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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

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”

If We Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Life Will Still Be Tough in the Gulf; But if We Don’t It Will Be Impossible By Jonathan Gornall - Nov 8, 2018

From “The Day the Earth Caught Fire” in 1961 to “Geostorm,” the latest climate-change disaster movie, there is no shortage of Hollywood scenarios in which the Earth heats up to the point where human life is wiped out. Now comes the chilling suggestion that by the end of this century, under the “business-as-usual scenario of … Continue reading “If We Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Life Will Still Be Tough in the Gulf; But if We Don’t It Will Be Impossible”

There Is Only One Way to Protect Your Privacy Online – Stay Off the Internet By Jonathan Gornall - Oct 11, 2018

Back in 1984, five years before the internet began to throw its tentacles around the world, who could have guessed that a low-budget science-fiction film that shot an Austrian bodybuilder to Hollywood fame and fortune was a prophetic cautionary tale? In 1989, five years after Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Terminator” hit cinema screens, a 34-year-old British … Continue reading “There Is Only One Way to Protect Your Privacy Online – Stay Off the Internet”