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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is a 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 others.

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French poll points to an increasingly isolationist Europe

In France, it came as little surprise last month when the right-wing National Rally won 30 percent of the vote in the European parliamentary elections, securing 30 of the country’s allocated 81 seats, and sidelining French President Emmanuel Macron’s liberal Renaissance party.

July 06, 2024

Is Europe sliding toward a new dark age?

Over the past week, the continent of Europe has undergone a seismic shift to the right.
Elections to the European Parliament have seen significant gains by far-right nationalist parties in countries including Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Hungary.

June 15, 2024

The law of unforeseen consequences: What now for Iran?

The sudden, unexpected death this month of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and the feverish speculation about the effect it will have on his country’s immediate future, is a reminder that the consequences of geopolitical events can rarely be predicted.

May 29, 2024

Smiling Israeli soldiers on the wrong side of history

Judging by an extraordinarily tone-deaf collaboration between a New York photographer and the Israeli army, the past seven months have been an endless round of fun and laughter for the Israeli soldiers delivering death and destruction on an industrial scale in Gaza.

May 10, 2024

Free speech under attack in the UK

As any tourist to London who has stumbled upon the quintessentially British piece of street theater in Hyde Park known as Speakers’ Corner will attest, the UK has long had an enviable reputation as a bastion of free speech.

March 06, 2024

Europe’s rising tide of immigration hysteria

In the Netherlands, a formerly fringe far-right party wins more seats in the Dutch general election than any other political group.

November 29, 2023

UK should look East for radical healthcare solutions

On May 24, 1948, my maternal grandfather, Herbert Johnson, died suddenly in bed, the victim of a cardiac arrest. He was just 50 years old.
Bert, as the family knew him, had seemed indestructible.

March 04, 2023