Western Leaders Descend on Macedonian ‘Battleground’ as Moscow Pulls Its Punches
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Western Leaders Descend on Macedonian ‘Battleground’ as Moscow Pulls Its Punches

Outside of the Balkans, Macedonia is a country rarely on the radar. Yet, this month, its two million people are at the center of an illusory tug-of-war. As September destinations go, it has plenty of appeal. Daytime temperatures are between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius (80-86 Fahrenheit), nights are balmy and there’s plenty of sunshine….

Russian Aircraft Brought Down in Syria: Hard Road to Peace
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Russian Aircraft Brought Down in Syria: Hard Road to Peace

A Syrian S-200 air defense system inadvertently shot down a Russian surveillance plane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Sept.17 while countering Israeli air strikes against targets in the country’s coastal Latakia governorate. Fifteen Russian servicemen lost lives as a result. The aircraft was returning to Hmeimim air base. The Il-20 is a military version of the…

Idlib: Lull Before the Hurricane. New US Military Doctrine for Intervention in Syria
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Idlib: Lull Before the Hurricane. New US Military Doctrine for Intervention in Syria

It appears that the Russians have pressed the pause button on their plans for an offensive alongside the Syrian government to retake Idlib. By the time they return to play mode the martial music may have changed. New US policies for Syria Without fanfare the US has just reformulated its position to create the conditions…

The Donald in Wonderland
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The Donald in Wonderland

Once upon a time, there was a little-known energy company called Enron. In its 16-year life, it went from being dubbed America’s most innovative company by Fortune Magazine to being the poster child of American corporate deceit. Using a classic recipe for book-cooking, Enron ended up in bankruptcy with jail time for those involved. Its shareholders lost $74 billion in the…