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Claude Salhani

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Claude Salhani

Claude Salhani is the senior editor with Trend News Agency and is a journalist, author and political analyst based in Baku, specializing in the Middle East, politicized Islam and terrorism.

He is the former editor of the Middle East Times and a long-time contributor to the Commentary pages of the Washington Times and Beirut’s Executive Magazine. He is the former International Editor with United Press International and also ran UPI's Terrorism & Security Desks.

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Latest articles from Claude

  • The Islamic State: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    Published 15 July 2014 | viewed 6,036 times

    If you think the oil industry is already too powerful, imagine that power under the control of already powerful terrorists whose aim is political supremacy…

  • Obama Fiddles While Iraq Burns

    Published 08 July 2014 | viewed 5,932 times

    To compare U.S. President Barack Obama to a modern-day Nero may be somewhat harsh, but as the Middle East continues to disintegrate, falling into chaos…

  • ISIS: Is It All About The Oil?

    Published 23 June 2014 | viewed 9,459 times

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – the radical Islamist group in control of large swaths of the two countries from which it…

  • Why ISIS Won't Stop With Iraq

    Published 17 June 2014 | viewed 24,459 times

    The slaughterhouse that Iraq has become in the past week is the stuff that nightmares are made of. And this is just the beginning.  The…

  • Moscow and Kiev: A Dialogue Of The Deaf

    Published 09 June 2014 | viewed 4,838 times

    A major energy crisis was averted last week in parts of Europe when common sense prevailed over the habitual hard-headedness often displayed by many politicians.Russia…

  • EU Backs Help From Azerbaijan And Turkmenistan To Keep Europe Warm

    Published 21 May 2014 | viewed 6,197 times

    At the Eurasian Media Forum in Kazakhstan last month, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak advised his audience not to make political predictions, because, he…

  • Opportunity For Azerbaijan As Europe Seeks Alternative To Russian Energy

    Published 13 May 2014 | viewed 7,551 times

    BAKU -- The last time Azerbaijan found itself at the center of geopolitics in a major way was when Nazi Germany was hoping to take…

  • Israel Celebrates 66th Anniversary With Some Peace, Some Oil, Some Incertitude

    Published 06 May 2014 | viewed 4,802 times

    May 5th marked the 66th anniversary of the founding of Israel. As the Jewish state marked the occasion, the government looks forward to exploiting the…

  • Western Sanctions On Russia? Think Twice

    Published 29 April 2014 | viewed 7,183 times

    Angered and frustrated Western leaders want to impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine. However, the U.S. and its…

  • Instability In Energy Producing Countries Brings Risks, Rewards

    Published 23 April 2014 | viewed 4,271 times

    Along with causing considerable hand wringing among Western leaders, Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea has raised concern in the oil and gas world -- an…

  • Who Really Won the Cold War Now?

    Published 15 April 2014 | viewed 5,813 times

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall the West was under the illusion that it had won the Cold War. The Western powers had defeated…

  • Russia’s New Weapons: Passports and Pipelines

    Published 08 April 2014 | viewed 9,534 times

    Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Sebastopol last month, Western leaders have been pondering how to get back at Moscow for its actions without starting…

  • Syria: Playing With Oil and Fire

    Published 01 April 2014 | viewed 5,895 times

    Politics and religion are two ingredients that are potentially dangerous in any context when mixed together. Now add three years of a violent civil war, deep-rooted…

  • Showdown in Ukraine: Putin’s Quest for Ports, Oil, Pipelines and Gas

    Published 25 March 2014 | viewed 22,277 times

    Yes, Russia is guilty of meddling in Ukraine, but then again so are the United States and the European Union. The major difference is that…

  • How to Mess Up a Revolution? Add Oil and Stir

    Published 18 March 2014 | viewed 6,072 times

    Following the popular uprising that saw the overthrow of the country’s dictator, Libya had everything going for it. Or so many Libyans thought.It had the…

  • Can Oil Turn Beirut into a New Dubai or a New Baghdad?

    Published 11 March 2014 | viewed 7,215 times

    The discovery of an important deposit of oil and natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea a few years ago in a triangular area just…

  • Russia’s Eastern War: Part Two?

    Published 04 March 2014 | viewed 6,410 times

    The crisis in the Crimea has already raised the price of Russian oil by $2 a barrel, as of Monday creating havoc on some energy…

  • Saudi Arabia: When the Old Guard Fails, Bring in ..the Old Guard

    Published 25 February 2014 | viewed 6,454 times

    Here is a prediction: if the current war in Syria is not contained it will only be a matter of time before it affects any…

  • Is Iran fooling the West?

    Published 18 February 2014 | viewed 6,477 times

    There are growing concerns in some political circles that the pressure placed on Iran to have it stop its nuclear development programs may have been…

  • Iran Takes on the US: Is this Provocation, Defiance or Tomfoolery?

    Published 11 February 2014 | viewed 13,637 times

    Responding to the US naval presence in the Gulf, described by the Islamic Republic of Iran as “arrogant,” Iranian leaders have decided to dispatch a…

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