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Foreign Correspondent: Will Julian Assange get a fair trial?


He’s pissed off pretty much everyone with any power in Washington DC. By Reese Erlich, 48Hills, April 19, 2019 Will Julian Assange get a fair trial in the US? British police dragged Wikileaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11, witnessed by a scrum of international media. Authorities in the … Continue reading

The DMV nightmare: Report and tips from the (long) lines


Tales from a three-hour wait: What you can do to avoid making it even worse. By Reese Erlich, 48 Hills, April 16, 2019 The DMV nightmare: Report and tips from the (long) lines Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories of people waiting five hours to renew their driver licenses at the always friendly California Department … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Ukraine elections, Putin, and Trump


How the presidential election in a former Soviet state is related to the Russiagate scandal By Reese Erlich – April 5, 2019 https://48hills.org/2019/04/ukraine-putin-trump/ Ukrainians can chose a crook or a clown as their new president. So far the clown is winning. Volodymyr Zelensky, a prominent comedian without political experience, received 30 percent of the vote … Continue reading

A critical eye on 6 new political films


From Gorbachev to ‘Red Joan’: SFFILM Fest gets geopolitical Our Foreign Correspondent reviews films dealing with nuclear secrets, Perestroika, Syrian refugees, Afghan cinema under Communist rule, and more. https://48hills.org/2019/04/from-gorbachev-to-red-joan-sffilm-fest-gets-geopolitical/ By Reese Erlich – April 5, 2019, 48Hills The 62nd SFFILM Festival kicks off next week, and as usual there’s a plethora of movies to choose … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: How the US Media Distort News from Venezuela


Most of the reporters are echoing the lines of the Trump Administration — as if anything Trump says is credible. By Reese Erlich – March 22, 2019 – 48Hills Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream US media outlets are there to give a helping hand. All pretense of … Continue reading

John Pizzarelli salutes ‘swinging’ Nat King Cole at 100


The jazz guitarist speaks about his connection to the velvet-voiced legend and new album, ‘For Centennial Reasons’ By Reese Erlich  – February 26, 2019, 48Hills.org https://48hills.org/2019/02/john-pizzarelli-centennial-reasons/ As a young man, jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli fell in love with the music of Nat “King” Cole. “I bought some Cole records,” he told me in a phone … Continue reading

From Mali to Memphis: Dee Dee Bridgewater fires up the soul of her youth


The brilliant blues-jazz singer digs deep into her past for latest release—and puts one over on Elvis. By Reese Erlich – March 15, 2019 – 48Hills https://48hills.org/2019/03/dee-dee-bridgewater-memphis-yoshis/ Two of the great divas of blues and jazz will be performing in the Bay Area this coming week. It’s a wonderful opportunity not only to hear some … Continue reading

What’s really happening in Kashmir?


The geopolitics behind the recent military attacks from India and Pakistan By Reese Erlich – March 8, 2019, 48Hills https://48hills.org/2019/03/whats-really-going-on-in-Kashmir/ On Feb. 14, a suicide bomber killed more than 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir in what India claimed was a terrorist attack. India retaliated by bombing a terrorist training camp, which turned out to be … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days


“It would affect their ability to fight immediately.” February 21, 2019 https://progressive.org/dispatches/how-the-war-in-yemen-could-end-in-days-erlich-190221/ The murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has intensified Washington’s debate over the war in Yemen. On February 13, by a 248-177 vote, the House of Representatives passed a War Powers Act resolution to end U.S. participation in the war. But officials … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent — Venezuela: Democratic uprising or US coup?


Venezuelan activists who support President Maduro formed food co-ops to deal with high cost of groceries. Photo: Reese Erlich   Trump is strangling the country while US oil companies envision big profits. by Reese Erlich https://48hills.org/2019/02/venezuela-democratic-uprising-or-us-coup/ 48Hills.org, February 8, 2019  Tens of thousands of angry people march in the streets to protest lack of democracy. … Continue reading