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Jonathan Gornall, Syndication Bureau

Jonathan Gornall, Syndication Bureau

The writer is a British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK, Syndication Bureau.

Europe’s rising tide of immigration hysteria

In The Netherlands, a formerly fringe far-right party won more seats in the Dutch general election than any other political group. In Dublin, a knife attack outside a school triggers rioting and looting by right-wing thugs.

Condemning Israel’s vengeance

Among the many themes common to each of the Abrahamic faiths, found in the holy books of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, is the principle of proportional justice, enshrined in the ancient phrase, “An eye for an eye.”

Inconvenient unpopularity of climate policies

​Democracy is proving to be bad for the planet. If that seems like a bold claim, consider the facts as the 28th UN climate-change conference prepares to get underway in Dubai next month. The key item on the agenda at COP28 is to carry out the first “global stocktake” to determine what progress has been made toward meeting the goals of the legally binding 2015 Paris Agreement.

Why the oil industry is part of the climate change solution

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released its latest alarming report, warning that “there is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all”.

Stifling debate on Israel will only hold back peace

​A clue to the disingenuous nature of the highly successful efforts of the global pro-Israel lobby to conflate any criticism of the behavior of the state with antisemitism can be found in an extraordinary statement issued by the chief executive of an organization called UK Lawyers For Israel.

The UK should look east for radical health care 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.

Climate change, energy, and a question of leadership

The consensus among climate-change activists and many commentators is that the decision to put the head of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in charge of this year’s COP28 climate talks in the United Arab Emirates is akin to appointing a fox as head of security on a chicken farm.

Is it appropriate to appropriate?

​If you are a fan of yoga but can’t lay claim to Indian heritage, you should roll up your mat and slink away in shame, never to do downward dog again.

Christmas shoeboxes of love or a fundamentalist Trojan horse?

​Every November, thousands of schools in Western countries take part in Operation Christmas Child, during which young children and their families are encouraged to pack shoeboxes with toys, personal hygiene items, and school supplies for less fortunate children around the world.

Britain’s misplaced immigration anger and the vestiges of empire

Every 10 years, a census is carried out in England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics. Its purpose is to paint an accurate demographic picture of the population, to help with the planning, funding and running of public services.