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US fires missiles at Syria but the justification unravels

Foreign Correspondent column  by Reese Erlich April 19, 2018 In 1998, al Qaeda killed 224 people when it attacked U.S. embassies in east Africa. In retaliation, President Bill Clinton ordered a missile strike against what he described as an al Qaeda nerve gas factory in Sudan. For years, he insisted that the attack had dealt … Continue reading

Trump, Tokyo, and the Korean crisis

Foreign Correspondent column Both the left and the right in Tokyo are angry at the US president, and they don’t see much hope for talks with North Korea By Reese Erlich  April 12, 2018 TOKYO — My reporting from Japan indicates President Donald Trump has managed to piss off both the political right and left. … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Inside the US war in Yemen

The American military and Middle East politics create a horrible humanitarian crisis Reese Erlich 48 Hills.com March 27, 2018   One of the most important US Senate votes in decades took place recently, and few people know it happened. On March 20, Senators voted on whether to stop US support for Saudi Arabia’s vicious war … Continue reading

Trump’s new plan: Arm theater ushers

It’s not enough to protect the schools; how about the movies? By Reese Erlich February 25, 2018, 48 Hills WASHINGTON DC — President Donald Trump announced new plans today to combat mass shootings: arming movie theater ushers. “When we’ve locked down schools by arming teachers,” he said at a Rose Garden press conference, “mass shooters … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Australia solved the gun problem. We can too

A mass shooting created real reform Down Under — and strict gun control has worked. By Reese Erlich – March 12, 2018, 48 Hills  Progressives aren’t supposed to say this. But none of the major gun control proposals now being debated in Washington would actually stop mass shootings. I know that sounds heretical, or even … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Russians aren’t the only election hackers

The US has interfered in elections all over the world — and this Russian ‘crisis’ is a big deal about very little By Reese Erlich February 26, 2018, 48 Hills.com Welcome to the latest Washington crisis. The American people are supposed to be petrified at the threat posed by Russian spies who hack our emails, … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble

http://progressive.org/dispatches/u-s-permanent-occupation-of-northern-syria-180213/ What will the leftists in Rojava do? by Reese Erlich February 13, 2018 The Progressive When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Cuba’s ‘sonic attack’ on diplomats is pure science fiction

https://48hills.org/2018/01/cubas-attack-science-fiction/  This ‘bullshit’ has had serious consequences in Havana By Reese erlich January 28, 2018 HAVANA — The mainstream media stories were straight out of a science fiction movie. Somebody in Cuba was aiming a super sophisticated “sonic weapon” at US diplomats here in Havana, causing them to experience hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches … Continue reading

Even an Ayatollah has a hard time convincing Iranians to stop smoking

Iran Is Losing Its Jihad on Tobacco   The Islamic Republic’s anti-smoking campaign is yet another example of the government’s shaky control over its population.  By Reese Erlich | January 29, 2018, 1:39 PM Foreign Policy TEHRAN — Ayatollah Sayed Hassan Moin Shirazi entered the room wearing a clerical brown robe and a black turban, … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Death of a suitcase

https://48hills.org/2017/12/death-of-a-suitcase/ RIP Ralph, who survived the life of a foreign correspondent’s luggage for 30 suitcase years By Reese Erlich 48 Hills.com, December 26, 2017 Ralph died on an escalator in a foreign airport on Christmas Eve.I called my black, carry-on suitcase “Ralph” because he was almost like family. Ralph was 30 years old in suitcase … Continue reading