Rafil Kroll-Zaidi

Rafil Kroll-Zaidi is a freelance writer and a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, where he was formerly managing editor.

Rafil’s current project is the story of a single federal criminal prosecution and its defendant: a former oncologist who ran a charity that violated the Iraq embargo during the sanctions era and who was suspected of terrorist financing. From investigation to trial to post-conviction appeals, the research examines at every stage how the national-security and criminal-justice apparatuses functioned for this defendant and how, in turn, they function more broadly.