ISIS: Is It All About The Oil?

By Claude Salhani | Mon, 23 June 2014 21:35 | The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – the radical Islamist group in control of large swaths of the two countries from which it takes its name — has released a map on its web site projecting where it wants to be just five […]

Why ISIS Won’t Stop With Iraq

by Claude Salhani 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 threat emanating from the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is so serious to the stability of the region — and beyond […]

Moscow and Kiev: A Dialogue Of The Deaf

By Claude Salhani — 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 was set to turn off the gas spigot to Ukraine on June 3 amid tensions over recent political developments in the former Soviet country that […]

Remembering D-Day

by Claude Salhani– Let’s take a moment today and remember those valiant men who waded ashore on the beaches of Normandy, in France, 70 years ago today. Many of them were boys really, 18 years old and even younger as some lied about their age in order to enlist. They were met by heavy fire from […]

Shopping Without Borders

By Claude Salhani – An indication of how successful a country is likely to function in the world of free trade and commerce may be found in the ease or difficulty in that country’s bureaucracy. And what better measure of any country’s bureaucracy than dealing with the purgatory of most bureaucracies, typically a country’s customs […]