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Linda S. Heard

Linda S. Heard is an author and columnist specializing in Middle East affairs.

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A prisoner of Israel’s petty vindictiveness

The life of nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, a former technician employed at Israel’s Dimona facility, is being deliberately and cruelly left in limbo.

January 31, 2017

Does Israel call the shots in British politics?

Russia’s alleged attempt to sway the results of the US presidential election pales by comparison to Israel’s proven infiltration of Britain’s political sphere.

January 25, 2017

Ankara’s greatest challenge is fixing the economy

Once stable and prosperous, Turkey is battling on multiple fronts, but despite the country’s woes it has escaped the specter of widespread civil discontent until now.

January 18, 2017

Sunni fears will not end with Mosul’s liberation

Iraq’s efforts to liberate the majority Sunni population of the country’s second-largest city from the talons of a bestial terrorist group are long overdue.

January 10, 2017

Obama’s ‘worst mistake’ needs strong medicine

For all his faults and eccentricities, Muammar Qaddafi unified Libya, delivered peace and prosperity to the people, and during latter years made heavy concessions toward reintegrating the country within the community of nations.

January 03, 2017

The UN, on Syria and Israel, is all talk and no bite

If there is one word to describe the UN, formed in the aftermath of World War II to ensure “never again,” it is “toothless.” Recent votes taken by the General Assembly and the 15-member Security Council, as well-meaning as they were, only serve to illustrate the so-called international community’

December 27, 2016

Myanmar’s blood-stained ‘democratic’ transition

The military junta may have officially been dissolved and free and fair elections held, but Myanmar’s government either supports the army’s ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, or is too fearful to stand up for the democratic values its leader Aung San Suu Kyi has always espoused.

December 20, 2016

Tensions between global powers hurt Syrians

As long as Moscow and Washington pull in opposite directions there is no resolution to the Syrian conflict. Each side’s goal is to project power. Bombs, guns and threats are worsening one of the most catastrophic and complex civil wars in living history.

November 08, 2016

Egypt: No gain without pain

In order to understand why Egypt’s economic temperature has cooled it should be understood that this once stable country with a healthy investment climate was rocked by a mass public uprising resulting in its overthrow that was met with prolonged Brotherhood violence and the emergence of a terror

November 01, 2016

Mosul beyond the battle

The Iraqi government’s initiative to free Mosul from the most brutal terrorist group the world has ever known is long overdue.

October 25, 2016