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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.

You can follow Claude on Twitter

Latest articles from Claude

  • The Implications of the EU’s Lifting Sanctions on Syria’s Oil

    Published 23 April 2013 | viewed 11,482 times

    In an astute political move the European Union lifted its embargo Monday on oil imports from Syria. Actually better make that an embargo lifted on…

  • Syria: When is Enough, Enough? When the Oil becomes “Islamized!”

    Published 16 April 2013 | viewed 8,429 times

    The "cruelty and carnage" in Syria, is how the situation in that country has been described in a rare joint statement by the chiefs of…

  • Bahrain Places Hezbollah on Terrorist List

    Published 09 April 2013 | viewed 7,024 times

    The tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain became the first Arab country to place the Shiite Lebanese movement, Hezbollah, on their terrorist list earlier this week.…

  • Egypt Lacks Oil and Sense of Humor

    Published 02 April 2013 | viewed 7,510 times

    Egypt’s economy is in rather bad shape; practically in a shambles. Unemployment is officially placed at 13 percent, though the reality is certainly much higher.…

  • When Oil Revenues Go Awry

    Published 26 March 2013 | viewed 8,348 times

    By now it is no great secret that the small, but vastly rich oil and gas producing state of Qatar is playing a major role…

  • Lebanon’s Oil Industry Heading into Troubled Waters

    Published 20 March 2013 | viewed 8,304 times

    Oil and natural gas from Lebanon’s yet to be exploited fields in the Mediterranean Sea are heading into troubled waters experts in Beirut predict. Unless…

  • New Breach in the Sanction Wall?

    Published 13 March 2013 | viewed 6,318 times

    The announcement earlier this week of an agreement between Iran and Pakistan to build a pipeline between the two countries has ruffled some feathers in…

  • Recent Oil Discovery off Lebanese Coast Draws Naval Powers to East Med

    Published 05 March 2013 | viewed 18,402 times

    The discovery a few years ago of an important deposit of oil and gas reserves in the waters just off the Lebanese, Israeli and Cypriot…

  • Oil, Much as Weapons, is Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

    Published 26 February 2013 | viewed 9,817 times

    The discovery of oil in the Middle East around the 1930s has had a drastic effect on the lives of the people in the region. …

  • Americans Paying European Prices for Oil?

    Published 19 February 2013 | viewed 10,616 times

    Oh, how I miss the days of Bill Clinton’s presidency when the price of gas at the pump was around 99 cents per gallon. Yes,…

  • Syria, L'Enfant Terrible of Foreign Politics

    Published 13 February 2013 | viewed 6,842 times

    Syria today finds itself on the edge of a precipice, on the verge of falling into a deep political, social and economic abyss that could…

  • Why is Iran Going Nuclear?

    Published 05 February 2013 | viewed 18,815 times

    Iran is a member of OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It ranks among the world's top four countries that hold both proven…

  • Iran on the Offensive

    Published 29 January 2013 | viewed 13,788 times

    Until now, the Arab oil producing countries of the Persian Gulf, also called the Arabian Gulf, or to those seeking political neutrality, simply the Gulf,…

  • Oil, Democracy, and Ideas

    Published 22 January 2013 | viewed 6,096 times

    The French government came up with a catchy slogan during the 1970s oil embargo imposed by Arab member countries of OPEC in retaliation for the…

  • A New Middle East Crisis in the Making

    Published 15 January 2013 | viewed 10,295 times

    A demographic time bomb is clicking away in the Middle East with the creation of a new refugee problem as the continuing civil war in…

  • Iran's Real Threat to the West

    Published 09 January 2013 | viewed 8,248 times

    Since the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 much has been said about the threat the mullahs who control the country pose to international oil…

  • Syria's Oil Now a Target of Civil War

    Published 31 December 2012 | viewed 6,376 times

    It was only a matter of time before Syria’s oil industry, sagging as it may be, became a target in the country’s civil war, a…

  • Hezbollah Sends Warm Greetings on Christmas

    Published 29 December 2012 | viewed 6,160 times

    Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Lebanese Shiite organization, designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel, posted a Christmas greeting to all Christians in…

  • How Relevant is Syria's Oil in the Conflict

    Published 20 December 2012 | viewed 10,693 times

    Syria is among the countries in the Middle East which produces oil, though not nearly enough to be counted as one of the major producers,…

  • US Fighting Terrorism with Financial Weapons

    Published 11 December 2012 | viewed 7,307 times

    Forget about fighting fire with fire, it gets messy. Instead, find something as efficient, if not all the more so and that will convince your…

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