Faisal Al Yafai
Faisal Al Yafai is International Editor at New Lines magazine. 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. He was part of the magazine’s launch team.
Latest from Faisal Al Yafai
We’re Launching a New Series: the Past, the Present and Beyond
In the 18 months since we started New Lines magazine, we’ve published longform essays, reportage and memoir. The idea has…
Two Prominent Leftist Writers Split on Syria’s War
A weekly review of news, essays, podcast and more from New Lines. The week of March 14 to March 18, 2022.
Technology is Handing Power Back to Autocrats
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.
The Tangled Politics of America’s Woke Liberals and Muslim Millennials
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.
Palestine, Israel and the New Right
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 Hidden Face of Nawal El Saadawi
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.
Why Democrats Are Losing Non-White Voters
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.
America, Through the Looking Glass
“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.