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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

Will Smallpox Remain the Only Disease to Be Eradicated from the World? By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 28, 2019

This month in Abu Dhabi health experts gathered for the second biennial Reaching The Last Mile Forum, an initiative launched in 2017 with the ambitious aim of ridding the world of the diseases that cause so much suffering for so many. Frontline public health workers were praised, tens of millions of dollars pledged in support … Continue reading “Will Smallpox Remain the Only Disease to Be Eradicated from the World?”

It’s Time to Rock the Boat and Transform Shipping By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 21, 2019

Such is the density of international shipping represented as tiny symbols on global maritime tracking websites that the vast fleet continuously circling the globe appears as a massive, previously undiscovered land mass. The illusion is fitting. As the World Economic Forum put it recently, “If shipping were a country, it would be the world’s sixth-biggest … Continue reading “It’s Time to Rock the Boat and Transform Shipping”

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”