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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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When the past is plundered, everyone pays the price

In the Enuma Elish — the Babylonian creation myth found inscribed on seven clay tablets from the 7th century B.C. and excavated at Nineveh in the 19th century — Eridu, in southern Mesopotamia, is named as the world’s first city.

June 20, 2022

How prejudice has its roots in the West’s imperial past

It is an unfortunate and occasionally dangerous reality of international relations that perceptions of whole countries and their entire populations are often reduced to a set of stubborn stereotypes.

May 20, 2022

Shakedown of Russia’s oligarchs harms Britain’s reputation as a country of law and order

LONDON: In the days of imperial heavy-handedness, when Britain ruled the waves and waived the rules whenever it suited its interests, London’s favored technique for dealing with those who dared challenge its global hegemony was to “send a gunboat.”

March 23, 2022