A chessboard Middle East: Russia’s pawn is Syria (The Seattle Times)

 By Lawrence Pintak, Special to The Seattle Times — (Oct. 17, 2015) MODERN Syria is dead. Russia’s intervention into the bloody four-year conflict cements that reality. Now U.S. policymakers must plan for what comes next. And it’s not pretty. Officially, the Russians say they entered Syria to fight the radical Islamic State. But they come […]

Russia’s Grab for Ukraine, Georgia (The Seattle Times)

(Tbilisi, Georgia) Feb. 28, 2014 — IMAGINE if Washington state residents had been barred from the Vancouver Olympics because Canada refused to give us visas. Imagine if we couldn’t get there anyway because Whatcom County was in revolt against the U.S. — and protected by Canadian troops. Imagine if those same Canadian troops had massed […]