Linda S Heard

  • TWhile EU envoys to Kiev were patting themselves on the back for twisting the arm of Ukraine’s beleaguered leader, President Viktor Yanukovych had made a hasty exit. ‘Peaceful’ demonstrators in Independence Square were still baying for his blood even after he signed an agreement to ...

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  • TThey seek him here; they seek him there. The whereabouts of whistleblower Edward Snowden still puzzles media hawks trolling every nook and cranny of a Moscow airport where it is believed the fugitive from US justice is still in transit. The belief is that he is hiding out in a room just about big ...

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  • TIt has been almost 10 years since the US and Britain unleashed ‘shock and awe’ on the Iraqi capital Baghdad ostensibly to punish a rogue dictator for hoarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in non-compliance with binding UNSC resolutions. In reality, Saddam Hussein had shut down his ...

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  • T The definition of democracy is “the government of the people, by the people”, but that should be redefined when so many citizens in democratic countries feel disempowered. Democracy’s failings are tragically playing out in its birthplace Greece where the government has to abide ...

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  • T Just when we think that things can’t get any worse, they just might. I wonder how many of us who wished our friends a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year infused that message with any real confidence. The reality is that most of the world is in a mess; sadly, created by mankind’s ...

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  • TThe Iraqi government has agreed to institute talks with the US on allowing between 10,000-15,000 US troops (benignly referred to as 'trainers) to remain in the country for two years past the 2011 deadline for the American military withdrawal. The idea that Iraqi politicians, who are supposed to be ...

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  • TThere is a nasty whiff of bigotry and racism wafting over European nations, which should have learned lessons from the horrors of the Holocaust. Indigenous Europeans are becoming more xenophobic than ever with most of their ire turned against Muslim populations. And, unfortunately, Europes ...

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  • TSouthern Sudan has come up with a new national anthem and a new flag. It designed a new currency several years ago, but debates are still raging over what the new country should be called. There are various options being mooted, including the Nile Republic, Equatoria, Juwama, New Sudan and South ...

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  • TThe Obama administration has not only eschewed sticks in favour of carrots, such as the supply of 20 sophisticated warplanes, to bring Tel Aviv temporarily into line it has also promised to use its veto to prevent UN Security Council acceptance of any unilaterally declared Palestinian state or any ...

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