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Faisal Al Yafai

Faisal Al Yafai is currently writing a book on the Middle East. He is also a frequent commentator on international TV networks such as CNN, the BBC and France 24. Al Yafai has been an investigative journalist for The Guardian, a documentary journalist for the BBC and a writer for other news outlets. He is also an essayists and playwright. Al Yafai has reported from across the Middle East, and from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He served as a Churchill Fellow in Lebanon and Indonesia. He can be followed on Twitter @FaisalAlYafai.

Articles By Faisal Al Yafai

Amid a Surging Far-Right, Can France Hold the Line Against Extremists? By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 24, 2022

France’s ultimate centrist is now a man squeezed in the middle. Unexpectedly, Emmanuel Macron lost his absolute majority in the French parliament, just weeks after being re-elected president. Instead, he will now have to govern, squeezed between a left-wing bloc led by Jean-Luc Melenchon, who challenged him for the presidency and came within a whisker of being the runner-up, … Continue reading “Amid a Surging Far-Right, Can France Hold the Line Against Extremists?”

The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush Is No Laughing Matter By Faisal Al Yafai - May 28, 2022

Oh, how the audience laughed. George W. Bush, America’s former worst president until the age of reality TV politics, was giving a speech last week in Texas when he reached the topic of the war in Ukraine. “Russian elections are rigged,” he told the audience. “Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral … Continue reading “The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush Is No Laughing Matter”

France’s Philosopher King Searches for Worthy Problems By Faisal Al Yafai - May 15, 2022

Mere days into his new presidency, and Emmanuel Macron is already demonstrating he has lost none of his towering ambition. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Macron – in the midst of a vast war on the European continent, don’t forget – proposed a new political community for the continent, to sit alongside the European Union. … Continue reading “France’s Philosopher King Searches for Worthy Problems”