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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

Journalistic Hypocrisy in the Pegasus Spyware Revelation By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 22, 2021

It is difficult to know what is most shocking about this week’s revelations that the security services of many of the world’s governments might be using smartphone-based spyware to keep tabs on those they perceive to be enemies of the state. Despite the outrage expressed by various media outlets and opposition groups with political axes … Continue reading “Journalistic Hypocrisy in the Pegasus Spyware Revelation”

A Water War Simmers in the Horn of Africa By Jonathan Gornall - Jul 18, 2021

With the disturbing clarity of scientific analysis, in 2018 researchers at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre applied “innovative analysis of past episodes of conflict and cooperation over transboundary water resources” to identify “current and future areas where water issues are more likely to arise, and where cooperation over water should be actively pursued to … Continue reading “A Water War Simmers in the Horn of Africa”

The ‘Woke’ Generation Takes Feeling Offended to an Industrial Level By Jonathan Gornall - Jun 29, 2021

When I first arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2008, for several months I stayed at a hotel in the downtown Tourist Club area. Returning to my room late after work most nights, usually I fell back on room service and invariably ordered the excellent meze off the menu. That meze, featuring a smooth hummus garnished … Continue reading “The ‘Woke’ Generation Takes Feeling Offended to an Industrial Level”

Renaming Covid-19 Variants Will Help Fight Racism By Jonathan Gornall - Jun 8, 2021

From Aarskog-Scott syndrome to Zumbusch psoriasis, generations of clinicians and medical researchers have earned fame, fortune and a kind of immortality through the honor of having the rare disease or disorder they have identified named after them. But when an entire region or country finds itself associated with a deadly infectious disease, the result is … Continue reading “Renaming Covid-19 Variants Will Help Fight Racism”

Lessons on Empathy from Scotland for those Stoking Hate in the Israel-Palestine Conflict By Jonathan Gornall - May 27, 2021

Anyone who has followed the heartbreaking events in Gaza this month would be justified in thinking that, for all the recent and now dashed hopes of rapprochement, the Palestinians and the Israelis are locked in a cycle of enmity as predictable and inevitable as the tides. Madrid, Oslo, Wye River, Camp David, Taba, Beirut, Obama’s … Continue reading “Lessons on Empathy from Scotland for those Stoking Hate in the Israel-Palestine Conflict”