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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.

Dubai Hopes to Future-Proof Its Economy Through University Free-Zones By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 16, 2019

What, exactly, is higher education for? It’s a question that few pause to consider in an age when education to university level is not only regarded virtually as mandatory, but has also become a significant source of income for many economies. It is also a question that, indirectly, is raised by the publication of a … Continue reading “Dubai Hopes to Future-Proof Its Economy Through University Free-Zones”

Brexit: Refugees Used as Bogeymen as the UK Prepares to Leave the EU By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 13, 2019

The sudden appearance of Iranian refugees in small boats off the coast of England, just as the UK’s parliament was deadlocked over the government’s plans to leave Europe, seems to be a curious coincidence. In fact, there is nothing “sudden” about Iranians seeking asylum in the UK – throughout last year a total of 539 attempted to … Continue reading “Brexit: Refugees Used as Bogeymen as the UK Prepares to Leave the EU”

After America’s Retreat from Afghanistan and Syria, an Arab Nato Would Serve the Region By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 2, 2019

It is 17 years since airstrikes against Taliban and Al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan delivered the first hammer blow of US vengeance for the 9/11 attacks on American soil. The wrath of the world’s most powerful nation, terrible to behold, would have tragic repercussions across the Middle East that continue to echo to this day. … Continue reading “After America’s Retreat from Afghanistan and Syria, an Arab Nato Would Serve the Region”

‘Weaponized Misinformation’ – and Just Plain ‘Stupidity’ – Impedes Vaccination Against Diseases By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 19, 2018

Study the world map of vaccine-preventable diseases maintained by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (Gavi) and, when it comes to measles, it is easy to conclude that large parts of the world are in the grip of an epidemic. In fact, they are. But the name of that epidemic is not “measles”: it … Continue reading “‘Weaponized Misinformation’ – and Just Plain ‘Stupidity’ – Impedes Vaccination Against Diseases”

Britain’s Plan for a Holocaust Memorial Recalls Its Government’s Sad Response to Past and Present Refugee Crises By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 13, 2018

In 2015, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that a memorial to the victims of the Jewish Holocaust was to be built alongside the UK’s Houses of Parliament. It would, he said, stand as “a permanent statement of our values as a nation.” To the countless thousands of Jews who were denied sanctuary by the … Continue reading “Britain’s Plan for a Holocaust Memorial Recalls Its Government’s Sad Response to Past and Present Refugee Crises”