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Analysis: If others could vote in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- If the people of the Middle East could vote in the U.S. presidential elections, chances are they would have voted in favor of Sen. Barack Obama over his Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, or his political opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain. But that was last week. In the short span of a few days, much has changed in the delicate juggling act that ties American domestic politicking to the more Machiavellian politics of the Levant, the lands of Arabia and of the Persians.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Jordan defends Islam with charm

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," reads part of an inscription on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, once the gateway to the New World.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Will Israel & Syria get serious?

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Now that the "engagement announcement" has been made public, it remains to be seen if Israel and Syria will have the courage to go through with their rapprochement and if Damascus and Jerusalem will say "yes" to end the state of war that exists between their two countries and proceed to consummate the peace treaty.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: The Palestinians' trump card

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to resign by the end of this year if no agreement was reached with the Israelis over the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor
Analysis: Hezbollah guns mightier than pen

Analysis: Hezbollah guns mightier than pen

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- Lebanon has always been a country that has stood out from the rest of the Middle East for a number of reasons -- primarily because Lebanon consistently has been a country of many contradictions.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Is MeK still a terrorist group?

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- When a group placed on the U.S. terrorist list changes its policy, getting off the list becomes complicated: Such is the case with the Mujahadin-e-Khalq.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Deterrence or olive branch?

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- When Yasser Arafat addressed the United Nations in 1974, he said he came bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Today, nuclear deterrence has replaced the gun.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor
Analysis: Engaging 'negotiable terrorism'

Analysis: Engaging 'negotiable terrorism'

WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Defying U.S. and Israeli warnings, Jimmy Carter met with Damascus-based Hamas leaders hoping to convince the Palestinian Islamists to renege on violence.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: A change in the Middle East?

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- A Lebanese politician predicts a new war between Israel and Syria and that Hezbollah's power in Lebanon would suffer a new assault from Israel.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: It's springtime; war in the air

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- It's springtime in the Middle East once again, and that usually means that fighting season may breakout soon. Unless….
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Damascus summit stresses schism

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- As expected, there were no surprises at the Arab summit in Damascus that ended Sunday without any breakthrough regarding the Lebanese presidential crisis. .
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Poll says govt must heed polls

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says he doesn't listen to public opinion polls; public opinion polls say Dick Cheney (and other politicians) should listen to public opinion polls. But how do you convince a politician that he should -- according to the people -- listen to public opinion polls when he doesn't believe in them?
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Iraq, 5 years and gaffes later

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- This Wednesday will mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Five years during which time America has been at war; make that wars, in the plural. While Iraq, due to the sheer scale of the conflict, seems to take center stage, there are two other wars being fought simultaneously. One is in Afghanistan against the resurgent Taliban who simply refuse to be beaten, and the other is the one President Bush likes to call "the war on terror."
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Lebanon pregnant with danger

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- It was late November 2007 when the already extended mandate of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud expired, the former president wished his staff at the presidential palace in Baabda good luck and goodbye, got into his armor-plated limousine and drove off into the night. Four months later and 16 attempts at staging elections to fill the vacant presidency, Baabda Palace remains unoccupied -- and Lebanon remains without a president.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Israel intel warns of new threat

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush had promised he would help usher in peace in the Middle East through his efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute -- the core conflict in the Middle East -- before his term as president expires in January 2009.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor
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