REESE’S NEW BOOK


Distributed by Random House – Available Oct. 7, 2014. Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect Written by Reese Erlich Foreword by Noam Chomsky Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781616149482 Our Price: $25.00 Electronic Editions Format: eBook | ISBN: 9781616149499 Our Price: $11.99 Published by: Prometheus Books Hardcover On … Continue reading

Funeral for Armenian Syrian children killed by rebel mortar shells. (c) 2013 Reese Erlich

Syria’s minority Christians under threat from extremist Muslim rebels


Once a safe haven for Middle Eastern Christians, Syria has become a place where Christians are targeted for kidnapping and murder. Reese Erlich, GlobalPost December 25, 2013 DAMASCUS — The Arab Spring has turned very wintry for many Christians in the Middle East. As the Christian minority in Syria celebrates Christmas, local leaders say they … Continue reading

Ashura prayers at the Rukaya Shrine. Assad retains support from Shia, Christians and other minorities. (c) 2013 Reese Erlich

Assad’s divide-and-conquer strategy proving effective against Syrian rebels


GlobalPost By Reese Erlich December 18, 2013 US-supported rebels are losing ground to both ultra-conservative Islamist rebels and the Assad regime. DAMASCUS — Syria’s US-backed rebels are steadily losing ground to extremist Islamist groups, dealing a serious blow to Washington’s hopes to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The splintering of the Free Syrian Army … Continue reading

Syria's Minister of Justice Najm al Ahmad. (c) 2013 Reese Erlilch

Exclusive: GlobalPost speaks with Syria’s minister of justice


By Reese Erlich November 18, 2013 As the government retakes significant positions from the rebels, President Bashar al-Assad’s confidant Najm al-Ahmad discusses the war. DAMASCUS, Syria — Within the last few days the Syrian Army has retaken areas on the outskirts of Damascus, as well as parts of Homs and Aleppo, according to Najm al-Ahmad, … Continue reading

From Surrender Monkey to Oldest Ally


Published on Sunday, September 1, 2013 by Common Dreams [updated version]  by Reese Erlich France is our new hero. Just over 10 years ago that beleaguered country of fine wine and soft cheese was vilified for not supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Now Secretary of State John Kerry praises France as “our oldest ally.”¹ … Continue reading

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Algiers Accords bind US to non-interference in Iran — and are always forgotten


The Accords are a legally binding agreement quite famous in Iran and virtually unknown in the US. Reese Erlich GlobalPost, July 26, 2013 TEHRAN — Hassan Rouhani spoke about the Algiers Accords in his first press conference as president elect, a reference that might puzzle most Americans. The Accords are a legally binding agreement quite … Continue reading

Iranians say US sanctions hit wrong target


Since the US imposed strict sanctions 18 months ago, Iran’s economy has been in free fall: Oil revenues dropped by 50 percent, the local currency was devalued by 300 percent and inflation hit 40 percent. Iranians say ordinary people are the ones feeling the pain.  Reese Erlich GlobalPost, July 26, 2013 TEHRAN — The election … Continue reading

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Iran: Firmly behind the Assad regime


For both religious and geopolitical reasons, the Iranian government continues to serve as Syria’s most important backer with broad domestic support. Reese Erlich, Global Post, July 16, 2013 TEHRAN — Saeed Mohammad Husseini sat behind the counter at a store selling religious CDs as he explained his support for President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian … Continue reading

Syria spillover into Lebanon furthers intra-Muslim conflict in Mideast


Hezbollah claimed victory over the Free Syrian Army in Qusayr, but its entry into the war is fueling Sunni-Shia violence at home. Reese Erlich, GlobalPost, June 10, 2013 HERMEL, Lebanon — The strategic city of Qusayr in Syria has fallen to the Syrian Army, and the shock waves are still being felt in Lebanon, where … Continue reading

Syrian Christians become kidnapping targets, flee to Lebanon


Syria’s civil war is empowering extremists and squeezing Christians. by Reese Erlich, July 10, 2013 GlobalPost BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Syrian rebel group took credit for setting off a bomb in a supermarket parking lot in a part of southern Beirut populated with Hezbollah supporters Tuesday. Fifty-three people were injured, according to Lebanese health officials. … Continue reading

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