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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 Middle East Needs Its Own Soft Power Institution like the British Council By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 10, 2019

Supporters and promoters of the Arabic language should take note of some enduring developments from the early 20th century. For out of the cauldron of imperialism and war came the seeds of world-culture formation. Start with Britain. By 1934, a worldwide financial depression had undermined trade and living standards. Competing ideologies were on the rise, … Continue reading “The Middle East Needs Its Own Soft Power Institution like the British Council”

Measles and Other Treatable Diseases on the Rise Because of an ‘Epidemic of Gullibility’ By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 4, 2019

Hidden within a report warning of a rise in the number of measles cases among children around the world can be found a disturbing parable of our times. Last week, the global children’s charity, Unicef, warned that cases of measles – a potentially fatal condition easily prevented by a safe, cheap vaccine administered in early … Continue reading “Measles and Other Treatable Diseases on the Rise Because of an ‘Epidemic of Gullibility’”

Why Arabic Is on the Cusp of Being a Global Language By Jonathan Gornall - Mar 4, 2019

Which language will be spoken on Mars when human beings colonize the red planet? English? Chinese? Or how about Arabic? Thanks to European expansionism during the 18th and 19th centuries, an era of global colonialism dominated by Britain, English became the world’s dominant language. Today, spoken by roughly 400 million native speakers but by twice … Continue reading “Why Arabic Is on the Cusp of Being a Global Language”

The Only Real Solution to Climate Change May Be ‘Constructive Recession’ By Jonathan Gornall - Feb 24, 2019

As speaker after speaker at the World Government Summit in Dubai this month took to the stage to fire off stark warnings about climate change and the impending extinction of humankind, it became clear that no one was going to take aim at the elephant in the room. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, president of the … Continue reading “The Only Real Solution to Climate Change May Be ‘Constructive Recession’”