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Faisal al-Yafai
Faisal al-Yafai

Faisal al-Yafai is an award-winning journalist, essayist and playwright. He has been an investigative journalist for The Guardian in London and a documentary journalist for the BBC. Al-Yafai has reported from across the Middle East, from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He served as a Churchill Fellow in Lebanon and Indonesia. A well-known public speaker, al-Yafai is a frequent guest on television networks such as CNN, the BBC and France 24. He can be followed on Twitter @FaisalAlYafai.

In the Middle East, coronavirus spreads along routes of trade, faith, and war

There could be fewer more powerful signs that coronavirus is a threat to the Middle East than the extraordinary decision to stop foreigners going to Saudi Arabia’s holy cities for pilgrimage. ...

Valentine's Day in Saudi Arabia: That changing look of love

A short message to Saudis in love. If you’re reading this on Friday morning and don’t have anything planned for Valentine’s Day, be warned: You have no excuses anymore. For the past...

Israeli-Palestinian talks have been a triumph of form over content

The deal of the century is only the start of the process. Every few years, there is a new proposed peace deal or a new attempt at negotiations in the long-running and seemingly intractable...

Excluding Turkey from the EU is a dangerous mistake

In September of last year, as Germany’s election drew to a close, Angela Merkel went head to head in a TV debate with her main rival Martin Schulz. As expected, they clashed on the country&rsquo...

Ali Abdullah Saleh: The last dance of Yemen’s snake-charmer

No phrase is more associated with the three-decade rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh than “dancing on the heads of snakes”, his description of what it took to rule Yemen. Over the coming hours,...

Why Mugabe is still seen by some as a hero

“All political lives end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” Robert Mugabe, until Tuesday the longest-serving head of state in the world, now heading...