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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

Maybe, Just Maybe, the Death of Little Alan Kurdi Saved Others from the Same Fate By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 13, 2020

If three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi had survived his family’s desperate attempt to join relatives in Canada in 2015, he, along with thousands of other schoolchildren in Vancouver, would this week be looking forward to returning to school for the first time since the coronavirus disrupted life around the world. Elementary school students in Toronto, … Continue reading “Maybe, Just Maybe, the Death of Little Alan Kurdi Saved Others from the Same Fate”

‘The Beatles’ at the Center of a Neo-Imperial Tussle Involving the UK and US By Jonathan Gornall - Aug 30, 2020

So the unseemly bargaining between Britain and the US over the judicial fate of the alleged mass murderers El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey has reached its unsavory conclusion. If all goes to plan, the two members of the ISIS gang known by their captives as “The Beatles” on account of their British accents will … Continue reading “‘The Beatles’ at the Center of a Neo-Imperial Tussle Involving the UK and US”

Instead of Tearing Down Symbols of Past Slavery, Focus on the Millions Still Enslaved Today By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 20, 2020

Fresh horrific details have emerged about the murder of George Floyd, the handcuffed Black man asphyxiated in Minneapolis by a white police officer kneeling on his neck. Transcripts from police body-cam footage reveal that as Floyd was dying, he cried out, “Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead.” The protests that followed his death … Continue reading “Instead of Tearing Down Symbols of Past Slavery, Focus on the Millions Still Enslaved Today”