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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

UAE Must Learn From UK’s COP26 When it Takes the Climate Leadership Baton By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 21, 2021

With hindsight it seems incredible that, until now, ever since COP1 in 1995 the words “coal” and “fossil fuel” have failed to make the cut in the final reports of any of the conferences of the parties to the UN’s Framework Convention in Climate Change. That would be like a report by the World Health … Continue reading “UAE Must Learn From UK’s COP26 When it Takes the Climate Leadership Baton”

What the Western Press Won’t Say: Dubai Expo 2020 Worksite Safer than Building Sites in Europe By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 6, 2021

It was, of course, only a matter of time before the sniping began. No sooner had Dubai’s Covid-delayed Expo 2020 opened its doors than the Western media was full of stories highlighting the deaths and injuries among the site’s migrant construction workers. The implication is that the workforce was ill-treated and forced to work in … Continue reading “What the Western Press Won’t Say: Dubai Expo 2020 Worksite Safer than Building Sites in Europe”

After Its Failure in Afghanistan, the US Should Now Recognize the Taliban in Kabul By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 11, 2021

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hubris as “exaggerated pride or self-confidence,” a character flaw that, in classical Greek tragedy, “led the hero to attempt to overstep the boundaries of human limitations and assume a godlike status.” Affronted, “the gods inevitably humbled the offender with a sharp reminder of his or her mortality.” Enter – or, rather, … Continue reading “After Its Failure in Afghanistan, the US Should Now Recognize the Taliban in Kabul”

Western Countries’ Betrayal of their Afghanistan Comrades By Jonathan Gornall - Aug 14, 2021

“No man left behind.” So goes the unofficial credo of the US armed forces, writ large in the global public consciousness, thanks to countless war movies in which soldiers do the right thing by their comrades. As events currently unfolding in Afghanistan show, however, when it comes to many of the thousands of Afghan interpreters … Continue reading “Western Countries’ Betrayal of their Afghanistan Comrades”