Category Archives: Islam

Russia replacing Washington as the Middle East’s political centre of influence

2by Claude Salhani – Russia. That is the key word for the future of geopolitics, especially where the Middle East is concerned. Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, is mak­ing headway in geopolitics in a manner that the Soviet Union at … Continue reading

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Not all refugees are created equal

by Claude Salhani – Not all refugees are created equal nor do all refugees receive the same treatment. The world watched in disbe­lief as millions of Americans be­came temporary refugees as they tried to remain one step ahead of Harvey … Continue reading

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The Kurds: Everyone’s ally and everyone’s foe

They are supposed to be on the same side, fighting a common enemy. Still, given that the end game for each side is a very different map of what post-civil-war Syria should look like, there are frequent clashes between Kurdish … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Islam

There is a great misun­derstanding of Islam in the West, a fair amount of which falls under the banner of Islamophobia — the unfounded fear of Islam. True, much of this misconception has been accentuated by actions of Islamist fundamentalists … Continue reading

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Islamist fundamentalists 14 years later

By Claude Salhani – In the days following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers in New York and on the Pentagon, just outside Washington, DC, I wrote an analysis that tried to explain why … Continue reading

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The Mideast Crisis – deja-vu?

Claude Salhani First published in The Arab Weekly Although part of what’s happening in Iraq is eerily reminiscent of the events leading up to the 2003 US inva­sion, the subsequent occupation of the country and the sectarian divisions that followed, … Continue reading

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Obama’s State of the Union and sad state of US foreign policy

By Claude Salhani | Based on President Barak Obama’s State of the Union speech earlier this week, chances of peace in the Middle East remains bleak at best, if not a distant impossibility. Here are the reasons why. Just as … Continue reading

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Possibly up to 1,000 Islamists in Belgium

By Claude Salhani | Sources close to French and Belgian intelligence services have told this reporter that there could be up to 1,000 Islamist “sleepers” currently hiding in Belgium, and waiting for the right moment to strike. Belgian police killed … Continue reading

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How effective is pope good will visit to Turkey

By Claude Salhani ] On the final day of his three-day visit to Turkey, Pope Francis told Islamist militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq they were committing a “profoundly grave sin against God”. No doubt this is sound counsel from … Continue reading

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Europe Needs A New Source of Oil and Gas, Fast

 By Claude Salhani Summer is over and many Europeans may have to keep warm this coming winter by thinking about their summer holidays while wrapped in blankets, praying for a short winter or for the world to come to its … Continue reading

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