Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran


  This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure. By Reese Erlich Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran During the past month, Iran has suffered a half-dozen explosions and fires at military and civilian sites. A bomb blew up near the Parchin missile base outside … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat


Opportunist Democrats and foreign policy insiders drive ‘hysteria.’ https://progressive.org/dispatches/russia-bounty-story-falls-flat-erlich-200717/ by Reese Erlich July 17, 2020 On June 26, in a major front page story, The New York Times wrote that Russia paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan last year. The story quickly unraveled. While the military is investigating the … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Libya, the Forgotten War


Though it has disappeared from headlines, Libya’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated. by Reese Erlich, The Progressive https://progressive.org/dispatches/libya-the-forgotten-war-erlich-200702/ July 2, 2020 I arrived at the airport in Tripoli, Libya, on assignment for CBS Radio with my paperwork in order. I even had the phone numbers of local immigration officials in case anything went wrong.  It quickly did. … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Police Lessons from Cuba


Contrary to the image of brutal and repressive communists, police in Cuba offer an instructive example for activists in the United States. https://progressive.org/dispatches/police-lessons-from-cuba-erlich-200618/ by Reese Erlich, June 18, 2020 A group of muscular cops carrying semi-automatic pistols and batons slowly move through the crowd at the end of an outdoor salsa concert. My friends and … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Rest of the World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots


The United States is paying the price for denying people what Malcolm X called ‘the right to be a human being.’ https://progressive.org/dispatches/rest-of-world-sees-uprisings-not-riots-200604/ by Reese Erlich June 4, 2020 One of Germany’s largest dailies ran the headline “This killer cop set America ablaze,” with a photo of the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd. Protests … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn’s forgotten Turkish connection


Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds. By Reese Erlich Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn’s forgotten Turkish connection May 22, 2020 Trump’s Justice Department wants to drop all charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn despite his having admitted to being guilty. Twice. The … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Trump on Foreign Policy


Biden favors discredited Obama foreign policy but still looks better than you know who https://progressive.org/dispatches/biden-vs-trump-on-foreign-policy-erlich-200508/ by Reese Erlich, The Progressive, May 8, 2020 We all know that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has been a disaster. But is Joe Biden’s any better? Trump promised to stop America’s endless wars but has stationed some 80,000 troops … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Washington blames China for US problem


Trump officials are tying to deflect from their own pitiful performance Foreign Correspondent: Washington’s COVID blame game By Reese Erlich April 24, 2020 The Republican Party is trying to shift blame for President Donald Trump’s disastrous coronavirus policies onto China. Chinese communists, Republican leaders claim, hid the pandemic from the public, allowing it to spread … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: US Beats War Drums in Iraq


Leaders in Washington and Tehran say they don’t want a full-scale war, but they are playing a dangerous game. https://progressive.org/covid-19/us-beats-war-drums-in-middle-east-erlich-200326/ by Reese Erlich, March 27, 2020 While the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, tensions between the US and Iran are heating up. The two countries are engaging in tit-for-tat military attacks that threaten a … Continue reading

Foreign correspondent: I was under a brief coronavirus quarantine


The tests turned out negative — but I am one of the lucky ones with good health care and a stable place to live. https://48hills.org/2020/03/foreign-correspondent-i-was-under-a-brief-coronavirus-quarantine/ By Reese Erlich This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center March 13, 2020 On February 22, I left Iran after a week of covering the country’s parliamentary elections. Ten … Continue reading