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Linda S. Heard

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

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Two sides of the same dime

I have the feeling that many throughout the Arab world will be muttering, “Come back Obama, all is forgiven” next January when his replacement is inaugurated into office.

August 09, 2016

Undue criticism of KSA

War is always an unpleasant business but military intervention cannot be avoided sometimes for reasons of self-defense and/or for the common good of an aggressed population.

August 06, 2016

US' hate fest has no positive outcome

IF there is one word to characterize the buildup to this US election it is “disrespect.” No low is too low. Their private lives are up for grabs, even those of their closest relatives.

August 04, 2016

US' hate fest has no positive outcome

IF there is one word to characterize the buildup to this US election it is “disrespect.” No low is too low. Their private lives are up for grabs, even those of their closest relatives.

August 04, 2016

Don’t conflate religion with terror

US President Barack Obama has come under fire from Republican politicians for his rejection of the term “radical Islamic terrorism” including from Sen. Tom Cotton who says his country needs a commander-in-chief “who calls the enemy by its name.”

July 26, 2016

Erdogan rides wave of popular support

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been consolidating his influence for decades on the back of his personal popularity.

July 19, 2016

Is a race war brewing in the United States?

There’ve been violent clashes between whites and African Americans over the decades, but the idea that black America would rise-up on mass is a preposterous proposition in most people’s minds. Absolutely unthinkable!

July 12, 2016

Ghutra is not a weapon!

Even if Donald Trump doesn’t manage to lord it over the White House, Trump-ism is certainly alive and well in Ohio.

July 05, 2016

Turning its back on Europe

Never have so many been so adversely affected by so few!

June 28, 2016

White people not designated terrorist

The definition of “terrorism” is “the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.”

June 21, 2016