Leah Schmidt
Leah Schmidt

A British educated American with a BA from the University of St Andrews in Arabic and Middle Studies and an MA from the University of Buckingham in Security studies. My main interests lie in the Middle East after spending extended time in Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, Libya, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. I'm currently studying in France.

News
Sept. 22, 2012

Libya Benghazi Protests Show Public Opinion is Turning in Favor of US and Against Militias

Growing discontent with the mostly unchecked militia and the death of Ambassador Stevens has led to large scale protests on Friday in Benghazi.

Aug. 10, 2012

Sarah Attar Was Named First Saudi Arabian Woman in the Olympics, But She Was Actually the Second

Media unfairly ignores the real first Saudi female athlete, Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani.
News
June 24, 2012

Saudi Arabia Succession, Price of Oil in Doubt After Death of Crown Prince Nayef

Crown Prince Nayef's death highlights the reality that most of Saudi's royals are elderly and the future of the country is uncertain.
News
March 10, 2012

Newt Gingrich Attacks Mitt Romney For Speaking French, Underlining How Americans Don't Embrace Foreign Languages

Does the ad attacking Romney for speaking French show us a greater bias against language learning in the United States?
News
March 9, 2012

Qatar is World's Wealthiest Country, But Also Among Most Obese

Qatar’s vast oil wealth and desire to maintain its tribal traditions has led to sky-rocketing rates of obesity and diabetes, especially amongst young children.
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Nov. 2, 2011

With the Death of Crown Prince Sultan, A Less Progressive Path for Saudi Arabia

With the death of the Saudi Crown Prince, the new Crown Prince Nayef ushers in a more conservative future for Saudi Arabia.