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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

Are Sanctions Really About Hurting Iran Or About Propping Up the US Arms Industry? By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 14, 2019

Indulging in historical “what-if” speculation is always entertaining, if rather pointless. What if the artillery shell that merely wounded Corporal Hitler on the Western Front in 1916 had actually killed him? No Second World War, no “Final Solution” and perhaps even no Israel and no ongoing conflict in the Middle East? The potential ramifications of … Continue reading “Are Sanctions Really About Hurting Iran Or About Propping Up the US Arms Industry?”

Now Is the Perfect Moment for Oil Producing Countries to Recommit to Sustainable Energy By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 4, 2019

Gulf states have apparently been addressing the great issue of our time – the existential threat posed by the continued use of the fossil fuels upon which their vibrant economies have been built. Take Saudi Arabia, home to one fifth of the world’s oil reserves. In 2017, the kingdom launched a range of ambitious initiatives, … Continue reading “Now Is the Perfect Moment for Oil Producing Countries to Recommit to Sustainable Energy”

Electric Cars May Salve Our Conscience, But Without Renewable Energy They Could Be as Much an Ecological Disaster By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 21, 2019

As sea levels rise and climate-change protestors grow ever louder around the world, the owners of electric cars may feel they are doing their bit to avert a global-warming crisis. If so, they may be deluding themselves. Electric vehicles currently account for less than half of one percent of the world’s cars. That will change … Continue reading “Electric Cars May Salve Our Conscience, But Without Renewable Energy They Could Be as Much an Ecological Disaster”

It’s Time to Return All Archaeological Treasures to Their Rightful Owners By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 17, 2019

Next month an exhibition of 150 artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun will arrive in London for the third stop in a ten-city tour that has already broken box-office records in Los Angeles and Paris. The boy king has captivated western imagination ever since his tomb was discovered in 1922 but, as Egypt’s ministry for antiquities has made … Continue reading “It’s Time to Return All Archaeological Treasures to Their Rightful Owners”