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Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms


U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances. Foreign Policy By Reese Erlich May 29, 2019, 3:26 PM Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms MOSCOW—Russia is seeking to take advantage of the erratic actions of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration in the latest U.S.-Iranian crisis to expand its influence in … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin


He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Later Vladimir Pozner began describing himself as a “man of the left.” https://progressive.org/dispatches/-russian-journalist-iran-syria-united-states-putin-erlich-190530/ by Reese Erlich May 30, 2019 Vladimir Pozner hosts a very popular interview show, simply called Pozner, on Russian television, and he doesn’t pull his punches. When I … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Secret Behind Chinese Trepangs


Reese Erlich is on assignment in Moscow. He offers this humorous memory about a long ago visit to that famed city. by Reese Erlich May 17, 2019 https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-secret-chinese-trepangs-erlich-190517/ I was nineteen when I first visited the country, then known as the USSR, with my parents and sister in 1966. It was quite exotic for Americans … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent — Bernie and Biden: A foreign policy analysis


Two of the leading Democratic presidential contenders have spent decades in DC. Here’s a look at their records on war, interventionism, and other key issues. By Reese Erlich May 3, 2019 – 48Hills  Supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden praise him as a man with extensive foreign policy experience. He’s living proof, however, that … Continue reading

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