Foreign Correspondent: The North Korea summit — We have been here before


Why Washington hawks will block any real peace agreement — as they always have in the past By Reese Erlich June 12, 2018, 48Hills.com Police wearing Darth Vader helmets and carrying shotguns mounted with tear gas launchers lined up ready for battle. Fifty yards away, tens of thousands students and workers placed iron bars and … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Why Young People Are Protesting in Gaza


by Reese Erlich The Progressive, May 24, 2018 http://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-why-protests-in-Gaza-180524/ On my most recent reporting trip to Gaza, I stayed with a family living just a short walk from the Israeli border. At dusk we watched a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean and could forget the ongoing conflict for just a few minutes. Living conditions for … Continue reading

What will Iran do now?


Foreign Correspondent Column May 21, 2018 Foad Izadi, an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, predicts that President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear accord will have sobering consequences. “If the Europeans are not able or not willing to oppose Trump,” Izadi told me in an … Continue reading

Natalie Portman boycotts Israeli prize; right wing goes ballistic


So what methods of protest are acceptable if you disagree with Israeli policy in the occupied territories? By Reese ErlicMay 7, 2018 48 Hills.Com Actress Natalie Portman, a strong supporter of Israel, has come under vicious attack for criticizing that country’s leadership. She now joins the club of scholars, journalists, and political leaders who are … Continue reading

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