Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq?


Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination By Reese Erlich 48 Hills, November 16, 2019 Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Lebanese have been demonstrating in the streets against corruption and for democratic rights. … Continue reading

Americans rally against Turkish invasion


What happens next in northern Syria? By Reese Erlich  48 Hills, November 8, 2019 https://48hills.org/2019/11/foreign-correspondent-kurds-Rojava/ Editor’s Note: This story by our Foreign Correspondent columnist Reese Erlich is accompanied by photographs by Beth LaBerge. In Laberge’s words, “I spent two weeks in June traveling between Qamishli and Kobani with a group of mostly academics, accompanied by … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Brexit mess


Untangling the strange politics of Britain, the EU, neoliberalism and the left. By Reese Erlich 48 Hills Foreign Correspondent: The Brexit mess November 1, 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s tousle-haired answer to Donald Trump, came into office promising to leave the European Union by October 31. He declared that he would rather “die in … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump dumps Kurds as the empire crumbles


In less than two weeks, The Donald has created an entirely avoidable international crisis. Foreign Correspondent: Trump dumps Kurds as the empire crumbles By REESE ERLICH, 48 Hills October 18, 2019 In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has managed to create a massive and avoidable crisis in Syria. By greenlighting the Turkish invasion … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Turkey Plans an Attack on Syrian Kurds


Turkey plans ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria by Reese Erlich – October 3, 2019, 48Hills https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-turkey-plans-attack-on-syrian-kurds-erlich-191003/ ISTANBUL —The Turkish government plans to use Syrian refugees to displace the local Kurdish population in northern Syria. But so far, the scheme isn’t working so well. Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdoğan announced his intention … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Peace in Afghanistan?


The war was a disaster from the start. Now the US is pretending that we won. https://48hills.org/2019/09/foreign-correspondent-will-trump-bring-peace-to-Afghanistan/ By Reese Erlich, 48 Hills September 6, 2019 Washington, DC is buzzing with talk of troop withdrawals and the impact on peace talks in  Afghanistan. The US may start withdrawing troops within months, the start of what would … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Piracy Against Iran


The United States has become a high-tech Blackbeard. https://progressive.org/dispatches/trumps-missteps-on-iran-erlich-190917/by Reese Erlich September 17, 2019, The Progressive ISTANBUL — The drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on September 14 is jolting the entire Middle East, the latest incident in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and Iran. Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed credit for the … Continue reading

Why Is Russia in Syria? A first-hand report from Mococw


It’s for many of the same bad reasons used by the United States to justify its military interventions. https://progressive.org/magazine/why-is-russia-in-syria-erlich-190801/ by Reese Erlich August 1, 2019, The Progressive MOSCOW — I’m ankle deep in mud, on a path to a working-class housing project in Moscow following a late spring drenching rain. I’m on my way to … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: What is the role of the US in Hong Kong demonstrations?


  And what would happen if the city became independent from China? BY REESE ERLICH Foreign Correspondent: What is the role of the US in Hong Kong demonstrations? 48 Hills, August 23, 2019 I first met Jason Lee when he was promoting jazz concerts in his hometown of Hong Kong. More recently, he has been … Continue reading

China trade war not going well for Trump


Examining the real reasons behind this misguided US policy. China trade war not going well for Trump By Reese Erlich, 48Hills.org August 9, 2019 China is coming after us! Time to steel ourselves for battle against the human-rights-violating, currency-manipulating, job-grabbing, intellectual-property-stealing, missile-launching evil doers. Or so Washington, D.C. would like us to believe. Washington’s list … Continue reading