I was recently interviewed by Youmna Naufal​, a woman I am proud to call my friend and one of the most exemplary journalists in the country. You may remember her for her trailblazing interview with Julian Assange​, who spoke to her from the London Embassy of Ecuador, something that no other Middle Eastern journalist has done. She boldly questioned Assange on Russia and Wikileaks’ involvement in the U.S. elections, and myself being a part of the audience, I had the chance to contribute to the dialogue and directly ask him if he prefers Amal Clooney or Pamela Anderson. 

As for my interview, found here below, we discuss my writing, what it takes to be political engaged, the trash crisis, my awakening into the world of politics, and why we shouldn’t feel despondent about the lack of democracy in our region. It was a long journey for all democracies to become democracies, so dammit, progress is inevitable, it’s just a question of who spearheads it. I hope you enjoy it.




  • Passionate and interesting. Might disagree over pros and cons of incineration, but so amused that we are pretty close DNA relatives.

  • Lina Noueiri says:

    I agree 100% and just for sharing a small info what you did with Harvard happened with me in London at Harvey Nichols and I took it to the floor manager unfortunately nothing happened although they thanked me and welcomed my comment. This one was calling Lebanese bread sandwich Greek pita sandwich instead. Speaking up was my obvious choice because when it s a fact it s undeniable and successful. Wish you All the best always??? proud cousine ?

  • Gail Antabi says:

    Such wisdom and so profound? you overwhelm us. Never cease to amaze us

  • Noor Nasralah says:

    Always proud of you

  • Diva Khoury says:

    Always so proud of you. Every single word is gold. I’ll say it again, SARA FOR PRES. I love you habibi?

  • Lara Haddad says:

    You’re simply amazing! Miss you dearly! ❤️

  • Zeinab Alhasan says:

    Now u really speak to me couz ???

  • Zeid Tawil says:

    Great interview…and awesome house and view ?

  • Karam Toubba says:

    “Harvard issued an apology”

    Sara: “Surprising”

    Almost fell off the chair ?

    Amazing as always ❤️

  • Rhamy Abdel Hamid says:

    Pamela any day!

  • Faris Smadi says:

    Really enjoyed that. Most engaging. Well done Sara

  • Tanya Kassem says:

    Simply superb. Love the way you talk. I’m here to support you in your endeavors, and hope your positive and honest outlook becomes contagious enough to instill a real change. Good job, Youmna, so good to know of your work.

    • Youmna N. Mahmassani says:

      Thank you Tanya! Happy you enjoyed it – we look forward to more Y Chats and not to disappoint.

  • Alexander Keefe says:

    Wow. You’re so right about everything you said regarding the journey to democracy. And so clever. Never thought of it that way. Brilliant.

  • Maya Barbir says:

    bravo sara !

  • Sirine Ghandour Jawhari says:

    Very engaging interview, ladies! It went by so quickly I was hoping you’d expand more on many of the topics you touched on.

    • Youmna N. Mahmassani says:

      Thank You Sirine for watching. I guess it’s good news if you wanted to see more. Y Chats is in itself a chat show meant to be inspiring and entertaining. Hope you follow it and we don’t disappoint ?

      • Sirine Ghandour Jawhari says:

        it was my first Y Chat, and will definitely watch out for others, as well as for Sara’s next news. ?

  • Yara Abi Farhat Samaha says:

    waaaw waaaw waaaw. sooo proud of you Sara

  • Russell Patient says:

    If you’ve not seen it yet then now you have no excuse… Why can’t there be more individuals like Sara on this planet?

  • Sasha Van de Water says:

    Sara! Another masterclass is telling it like it is, supported with facts and obvious knowledge and experience, and importantly with humour, and modesty. Oh, and did I mention awesome style? You rock!

  • Youmna N. Mahmassani says:

    Thank you for your unfailing support towards myself and most importantly for Lebanon. To quote what everyone’s been saying “we need more people like Sara” – for this nation and beyond.

  • Ibrahim AlHusseini says:

    In a period rife with conjecture & opinions, it’s refreshing to hear from someone properly versed in her respective subject matter.

  • Tristan Hudson says:

    Brilliant, Sara. Simply brilliant. Your country can count you as a blessing. And congrats to Youmna. Awesome job.

  • Jihad Krayem says:

    ? ? ? ? ? ? ? WOW.

  • Nicholas Haddad says:

    Inspiring, informative, beautiful, a treat. Looking forward to everything you plan to do Sara El-Yafi

  • Fida Krayem says:

    Dear Sara, you are an inspiration for not just women, but human beings everywhere.

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