Foreign Correspondent: Should Catalonia separate from Spain?


December 7, 2017 48.Hills.com During a trip to Barcelona, I sat down to read a local newspaper and, although I understand Spanish, I couldn’t fathom a word. The newspaper was in Catalan. Catalonia is part of Spain but has its own distinct language, territory, culture and history of resistance to oppression. It was the Spring … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent Column: Make Saudi Arabia great again! Saudi ruler takes a cue from Trump


48 Hills, November 18, 2017 I stood in front of a mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, interviewing people for a story. Suddenly, two city police cars pulled up. Several minutes later plain clothes officers from the secret police began questioning me. I had entered the country with a journalist visa, but committed … Continue reading

US sells out the Kurds — again


Democracy is in retreat in Kurdistan as the US refuses to support independence By Reese Erlich – November 4, 2017 Syndicated column I stood at a border crossing as thousands of Yazidis and other refugees fled ISIS attacks on Mosul and nearby cities. Tens of thousands of refugees flooded into the Kurdish Region of Iraq … Continue reading

Trump’s moves against nuclear deal outrage Iranians


  By Reese Erlich October 22, 2017 In Washington DC, Trump’s moves against the Iran nuclear agreement are seen as getting tough on a dangerous enemy. In Iran, they are seen as the first steps towards another war in the Mideast. Last week, Trump refused to certify the nuclear agreement. Under that accord Iran has … Continue reading

What’s Really Going Down in Venezuela


The Progressive, October 2, 2017 by Reese Erlich   Carmelinda Valera and her husband have a small farm perched on a steep hill with a breathtaking view of Caracas, Venezuela. As an early morning fog hugs the farmland, Valera shows me where they grow bananas, coffee, and other subsistence crops. Venezuela’s two-year-old economic crisis has … Continue reading

  Is Jazz Dead? | The answer seems to be yes and no


East Bay Monthly, August 2017 By Reese Erlich In recent years, eight Bay Area jazz clubs have folded. Yoshi’s in Oakland, one of the leading jazz venues in the United States, now books less jazz and more blues, R&B, and other popular music. Jazz sales account for about 1 percent of all recordings sold in … Continue reading

Full-on French Noir | The Jean-Pierre Melville retrospective comes to BAMPFA.


East Bay Monthly, July 2017 | By Reese Erlich Back in the 1960s at UC Berkeley, I came to love old American gangster movies. In those days, before DVDs or even VHS tape, anti-Vietnam War activists would raise money by showing old movies in Dwinelle Hall using 16-mm projectors. Thus, a whole new generation came … Continue reading

Trump plans permanent occupation of Afghanistan


What will 4,000 more US troops do that 100,000 troops couldn’t do before? By Reese Erlich – August 22, 2017 48 Hills.org On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban … Continue reading

Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria—Sleepwalking into a Global Confrontation


June 22, 2017, The Progressive magazine   With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia. On June 20, the United States shot down an Iranian drone flying near allied rebels in southeastern Syria. On June 17, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian Air … Continue reading

Does new TV widen political boundaries?


East Bay Monthly, June, 2017 — Berkeley actor Ann Hallinan and friends were excited about making a web series of their own: no Hollywood producers, no boundaries, no censorship. These veterans of the Bay Area theater companies combined efforts to make a web series NEXT about women in the high-tech industry, available on YouTube. Technology … Continue reading