Foreign Correspondent: What Bolivia Can Teach the US About Fair Elections


The South American nation sets an example of how to undo a coup.  By Reese Erlich Imagine the following nightmare: The US faces a close vote in the presidential election. Trump claims voter fraud and seeks backing from the nation’s military, who then stage a coup to keep him in power. Farfetched? The Trump Administration … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Rightwing Populism Will Make You Sick—Really


The world’s worst outbreaks are occurring in nations with authoritarian leaders, like Trump. By Reese Erlich  https://progressive.org/dispatches/rightwing-populism-make-you-sick-erlich-201009/ The four countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 infections in the world are all led by rightwing populists: the US, India, Brazil, and Russia. Throw in the United Kingdom, which has the largest infection rate in Europe, and … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Turmoil in Belarus


Belarusian political activists face a difficult situation, caught between a ruthless dictator and a potential Western takeover of their country. By Reese Erlich SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 In a surprise ceremony on Wednesday, embattled President Alyaksandr Lukashenko was reportedly sworn in for a sixth term after Belarus’s contested elections in August. Opposition leaders are calling the unannounced ceremony a “thieves’ … Continue reading

Foreign correspondent: Is Trump a hawk or dove?


Trump plays both sides against the middle By REESE ERLICH, 48 Hills SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. Trump gets support from hardline interventionists for his efforts to overthrow governments in Iran and Venezuela, while backing the … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Inside Biden’s international policy


An important behind-the-scenes battle is being fought over the democratic nominee’s conservative positions. BY  REESE ERLICH 48 Hills — Aug 27,  2020 Last spring, the Biden campaign decided to hit back hard against accusations of being soft on China. So the campaign produced a blistering ad attacking Trump’s failure to confront China in the early days of … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Is Kamala Harris a Hawk?


Biden’s VP pick has at times embraced militarism and even attacked Trump from the right. Foreign correspondent: Kamala Harris on war, peace, and the Middle East by Reese Erlich Aug 14, 2020, 48Hills.org Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin hasn’t forgotten a 2017 meeting with members of Senator Kamala Harris’s staff to discuss the humanitarian crisis in … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran


  This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure. By Reese Erlich Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran During the past month, Iran has suffered a half-dozen explosions and fires at military and civilian sites. A bomb blew up near the Parchin missile base outside … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat


Opportunist Democrats and foreign policy insiders drive ‘hysteria.’ https://progressive.org/dispatches/russia-bounty-story-falls-flat-erlich-200717/ by Reese Erlich July 17, 2020 On June 26, in a major front page story, The New York Times wrote that Russia paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan last year. The story quickly unraveled. While the military is investigating the … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Libya, the Forgotten War


Though it has disappeared from headlines, Libya’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated. by Reese Erlich, The Progressive https://progressive.org/dispatches/libya-the-forgotten-war-erlich-200702/ July 2, 2020 I arrived at the airport in Tripoli, Libya, on assignment for CBS Radio with my paperwork in order. I even had the phone numbers of local immigration officials in case anything went wrong.  It quickly did. … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Police Lessons from Cuba


Contrary to the image of brutal and repressive communists, police in Cuba offer an instructive example for activists in the United States. https://progressive.org/dispatches/police-lessons-from-cuba-erlich-200618/ by Reese Erlich, June 18, 2020 A group of muscular cops carrying semi-automatic pistols and batons slowly move through the crowd at the end of an outdoor salsa concert. My friends and … Continue reading