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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

  • Israel’s Oil Platforms in Jeopardy and the Samson Syndrome

    Published 04 February 2014 | viewed 14,902 times

    Are Hezbollah and Israel preparing for the next war? Everything seems to indicate that they are, despite the fact that all logic dictates that they…

  • Where is US Foreign Policy these Days?

    Published 28 January 2014 | viewed 6,164 times

    There is a remarkable absence of a comprehensive US foreign policy in the Middle East with the Obama administration missing the beat on just about…

  • Winds of Change are Shifting in Arabia

    Published 21 January 2014 | viewed 10,014 times

    Throughout the years of the Cold War the oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the stability that kept the tumultuous Middle East in check. The…

  • It’s all in the Pipeline

    Published 14 January 2014 | viewed 4,884 times

    Producing oil or extracting natural gas from the ground is only part of the problem; the other part is getting the product to market in…

  • The Volatile Middle East; Oil and Turmoil

    Published 08 January 2014 | viewed 10,617 times

    In recent history the Middle East has always been an area of turmoil, where wars came and went and conflicts were interrupted by long periods…

  • Oil Money Supports Middle East Uprising

    Published 04 January 2014 | viewed 8,346 times

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the Mideast’s enigmatic paradoxes. It is a country made up of many contradictions, from laws touching upon…

  • Saudi Arabia ups the Ante as it Opens up a New Pipeline

    Published 02 January 2014 | viewed 7,048 times

    Saudi Arabia has established a new pipeline linking the Lebanese military to its bank accounts. The kingdom has promised to pump some $3 billion of…

  • US to Become Less Dependent on Foreign Oil -- be Careful What you Wish for

    Published 18 December 2013 | viewed 41,935 times

    The US Energy Information Administration released on Tuesday an early version of its Annual Energy Outlook for 2014.  The main item being that the United…

  • Azerbaijan: Oil, Natural Gas and No Complicated Politics

    Published 11 December 2013 | viewed 11,922 times

    Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea, has the proper mix of abundant natural resources and uncomplicated politics making it attractive to Washington.…

  • The Mumbo-Jumbo of the Oil Markets

    Published 04 December 2013 | viewed 7,029 times

    There is something awfully similar between black crude oil and black magic; both are equally incomprehensible to the uninitiated and only insiders understand how it…

  • What Lifting the Sanctions on Iran Means… to Saudi Arabia

    Published 27 November 2013 | viewed 19,313 times

    The long standing mistrust that exists between Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia runs deep and involves far more than diverging view in politics…

  • How Prepared is the Oil Industry for a Cyber War?

    Published 14 November 2013 | viewed 12,323 times

    The next major conflict, if there is ever going to be one, will likely be very different from all past conventional wars we have seen…

  • Why Syria is Important to Iran?

    Published 05 November 2013 | viewed 13,174 times

    Remember Bill Clinton’s catchy slogan “it’s all about the economy, stupid?"  Well when it comes to the Middle East, it’s all about the oil.  The…

  • Oil and Politics: Who will Take over from the US in the Middle East?

    Published 29 October 2013 | viewed 24,164 times

    There is little doubt that politics as we knew it in the Middle East is changing right before our very eyes and with that shift…

  • Clash of the Oil Titans

    Published 22 October 2013 | viewed 9,224 times

    Saudi Arabia and Iran, two titans of the oil industry, are heading for a headlong confrontation in what could result in a destructive and devastating…

  • The Might of the Petro-Dollars at Work Once Again

    Published 15 October 2013 | viewed 8,961 times

    Petro-dollars, the word used to describe the billions of dollars earned from the sale of oil and natural gas, have helped change the shape and…

  • How Global Economies will Change Once Robots Replace Soldiers

    Published 08 October 2013 | viewed 7,713 times

    If you thought the use of drones was a bad idea, think again. It was just the tip of the iceberg. What is to come…

  • Middle East and North Africa to be Split into 14 Independent States?

    Published 02 October 2013 | viewed 10,110 times

    A recent report emerged earlier this week indicating that five countries in the Middle East and North Africa could soon split up to reform themselves…

  • On the Right Path

    Published 25 September 2013 | viewed 8,870 times

    When looking at a map of the Middle East and North Africa there is little room for optimism with militant Islamists gaining prominence to varying…

  • US-Russian Agreement Over Syria Brings Oil Under $107

    Published 17 September 2013 | viewed 9,853 times

    The diplomatic rabbit that Russia pulled out of its hat (actually out of John Kerry’s hat) by suggesting that Syria could hand over its chemical…

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