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Linda S. Heard

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

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The Brexit madness

Strange how Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May voted for Britain to remain in the EU yet has morphed into one of Brexit’s most determined advocates refusing to contemplate a second referendum because the people have spoken, she says.

October 18, 2016

US election should be scrapped!

The upcoming US presidential election needs a redo. Both candidates are generally disliked and both are embroiled in various kinds of scandals. Neither is of the caliber to lead America, never mind the so-called free world.

October 11, 2016

A slap Congress is beginning to regret

Saudi Arabia’s response to legislation permitting the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Kingdom for compensation, which US President Barack Obama has characterized as setting a “dangerous precedent”, has been diplomatically low-key.

October 03, 2016

Solution for Syria recedes

It was almost in the bag. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov thrashed out a cessation of hostilities for months to allow aid convoys to reach stricken areas. The mood changed for the better; hope, albeit fragile, was in the air.

September 27, 2016

Goodbye, and good riddance!

It’s a pity President Barack Obama’s pivot away from the Middle East failed to manifest. Anywhere but here!

September 20, 2016

Congress bares its teeth

Saudi Arabia has been one of America’s closest Middle East allies ever since King Abdul Aziz met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on a US warship moored near Cairo in February, 1945. Despite very different in terms of culture, the two leaders got along famously.

September 13, 2016

Practice what you preach

It is about time that the US got off its high horse on human rights and understood that taking other nations to task on their human rights record is akin to throwing stones in glass houses. The latest recipient of the seemingly obligatory lecture is China.

September 06, 2016

A playground for flexing muscles

Growing up in the United Kingdom, I used to watch a hilarious sitcom called the “The Rag Trade” based on the clothing industry. At the close of the day the bossy shop steward would yell “Everybody out!” which became the show’s catchphrase.

August 31, 2016

The burkini brouhaha

France’s anti-Muslim paranoia is almost reaching the level of Trump’s.

August 23, 2016

Cementing dodgy alliances

Donald Trump has accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of being the “co-founders of Daesh” on three separate occasions eliciting questions about his sanity.

August 16, 2016