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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

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”

Europe Turns Its Back on Its Liberal Principles as Refugees from the Middle East and Africa Drown By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 6, 2018

For just a moment in September 2015 it seemed that the wave of compassion generated by the photograph of a three-year-old boy lying dead on a Turkish beach might lead to meaningful change. Alan Kurdi, along with his 35-year-old mother, Rehan, and five-year-old brother, Galip, drowned in a desperate attempt to cross the five-kilometer stretch … Continue reading “Europe Turns Its Back on Its Liberal Principles as Refugees from the Middle East and Africa Drown”

MENA Region Makes Big Jump in Life Expectancy, But Lifestyle Diseases Threaten Gains By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 28, 2018

Over the past 10 years, the Global Burden of Disease Study has, in the words of an editorial this month in the medical journal The Lancet, delivered “a reassuring message” about the progress of humankind. Revised three times in a decade, this massive ongoing global healthcheck, the work of 1,800 researchers from 127 countries, has … Continue reading “MENA Region Makes Big Jump in Life Expectancy, But Lifestyle Diseases Threaten Gains”

The Middle East Has Its Own Map to Modernity By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 25, 2018

Sensationalist isn’t a word commonly associated with Foreign Affairs, the weighty magazine that since 1922 has prided itself on being “the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs.” But an essay in the current issue comes dangerously close to scaremongering. Under the provocative headline, “The Next Arab Uprising – the … Continue reading “The Middle East Has Its Own Map to Modernity”

There’s No Harm in Cannabis and It Has Medicinal Purpose? Wrong By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 15, 2018

On October 19, just two days after Canada became the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalize the sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes, an alarming paper published in an obscure medical journal went largely unnoticed by the world’s media. In the Archives of Toxicology, a team of Austrian researchers reported … Continue reading “There’s No Harm in Cannabis and It Has Medicinal Purpose? Wrong”