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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

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”

Lack of Generosity by Wealthy Nations Will Keep Covid-19 Alive  By Jonathan Gornall - May 12, 2021

In early May, the UK and India signed the Migration and Mobility Partnership, an agreement that will make it easier for their young citizens to study, work and live in each other’s country for up to two years. Realistically, most of the traffic will be one way, which makes the partnership look like a generous … Continue reading “Lack of Generosity by Wealthy Nations Will Keep Covid-19 Alive “

More Carrots, Less of the Stick: UAE Experiments with Rewards for Good Behavior By Jonathan Gornall - Apr 27, 2021

Which would you prefer? Being fined for speeding – or being rewarded with cheaper car insurance for sticking to the limit for a year? How about your electricity bill? How would you feel about seeing it cut by, say, an additional 10 percent for reducing your household’s annual consumption? Questions about the relative social benefits … Continue reading “More Carrots, Less of the Stick: UAE Experiments with Rewards for Good Behavior”