Faisal Al Yafai
Faisal Al Yafai is the executive editor of Newlines. He is a journalist, playwright, and partner at Hildebrand Nord. He was previously an investigative journalist for The Guardian in London and a documentary journalist for the BBC, and has reported from across the Middle East, from Eastern Europe, Russia and Indonesia.
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New technologies are allowing activists to document Syrian war crimes and even topple dictators. But from Iran to Tunisia to Israel to Russia, nation-states are reasserting their power. If cutting-edge digital tools have given activists new weapons, they have, at the same time, allowed governments to acquire entirely new — and secretive — digital arsenals.
For decades, the American left has pushed faith to the margins of political life, even as the right has embraced it as part of the culture wars. But post-9/11 culture wars and foreign wars are creating alliances among liberals that are bringing it back to the center.
In the midst of conflict in Israel and Palestine, award-winning journalist Rula Jebreal and +972 magazine cofounder Lisa Goldman, discuss politics, ideology and war with Newlines Magazine.
The Egyptian writer was marginalized and misunderstood at home and abroad. In Egypt, she was labeled anti-religion and secular. But in the West, too, she was put in boxes: Arab, feminist, revolutionary. She was more than all those things: a universal writer who transcended boundaries and wrote of the human condition.
Liberals should be wary of assuming voters of color have no home in the Republican Party. In fact, on many significant topics – faith, family, law and order – the Republicans may even speak the language of voters of color better than Democrats.
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Mad Hatter asked Alice. The MAGA crowd knew the answer to their riddle. They proceeded to “primary the hell” out of the Capitol. America was shocked. They had stepped through the looking glass.