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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

‘Sustainable’ and ‘Development’ May Not Be Compatible; Something Needs to Be Done About It By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 6, 2019

Last month, the European aerospace company, Airbus, predicted that over the next 20 years the number of commercial aircraft in operation around the world would double. Executives brushed off fears about the impact on climate change by insisting that the company was “a champion of bringing global emissions down.” Since 1990, technological advances have indeed cut … Continue reading “‘Sustainable’ and ‘Development’ May Not Be Compatible; Something Needs to Be Done About It”

Cynical Politicians Want to Demonize Refugees, But Kindness Triumphs Over Hate By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 30, 2019

Last month, 29-year-old Iraqi Kurd Mevan Babakar set out to track down a man whose small act of kindness when she was a five-year-old refugee helped to change her life. Mevan and her parents fled Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War. They traveled overland through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia and in 1994 … Continue reading “Cynical Politicians Want to Demonize Refugees, But Kindness Triumphs Over Hate”

A Victory in Yemen By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 11, 2019

Last month, victory was declared in a war that Yemen has been fighting against a brutal enemy for the past two decades. But in the wider world, the triumph passed almost unnoticed. Since 2011, the attention of the world’s media has been focused exclusively on the struggle between Yemen’s government and the Houthi rebel insurgency. … Continue reading “A Victory in Yemen”

If the Dugong Dies Out, It would Be an Indictment on Us All By Jonathan Gornall - Sep 1, 2019

Before the discovery of oil liberated the peoples of the Gulf from the tyranny of the fragile, hand-to-mouth existence they had endured for countless generations, the dugong was fair game. As exhaustive research published in the journal Zoology in the Middle East in 2017 made clear, the large, docile, herbivorous marine mammal played a vital … Continue reading “If the Dugong Dies Out, It would Be an Indictment on Us All”