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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

To Stop Being Plagued by Locusts, Mankind Must – Ironically – Copy Locusts By Jonathan Gornall - Feb 24, 2020

There’s a good reason why the locust is invoked in both the Bible and the Quran as the ultimate expression of God’s vengeance. Since time immemorial the desert locust has fed upon the toil of countless generations of farmers across the Middle East and North Africa. It is doing so right now in the Horn of … Continue reading “To Stop Being Plagued by Locusts, Mankind Must – Ironically – Copy Locusts”

‘Prudent Over-Reaction’ Necessary to Protect Against New Coronavirus from China By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 26, 2020

At first, it looked like the outbreak of a new respiratory disease in China at the end of December had been limited to a few dozen people linked to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan. The world should have been so lucky. By now, if they haven’t done so already the Gulf … Continue reading “‘Prudent Over-Reaction’ Necessary to Protect Against New Coronavirus from China”

Trump’s Threat Against Archaeology. And Archaeologists By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 19, 2020

The shockwaves from Donald Trump’s threat to destroy 52 cultural sites in Iran may have receded, overtaken by the latest twists in the deadly game of one-upmanship being played by Washington and Tehran. But there’s still something to be learned from it. One irony shadowing Trump’s contemptuous attitude toward the world’s treasures is that it … Continue reading “Trump’s Threat Against Archaeology. And Archaeologists”