Foreign Correspondent: Should Catalonia separate from Spain?

December 7, 2017 During a trip to Barcelona, I sat down to read a local newspaper and, although I understand Spanish, I couldn’t fathom a word. The newspaper was in Catalan. Catalonia is part of Spain but has its own distinct language, territory, culture and history of resistance to oppression. It was the Spring … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent Column: Make Saudi Arabia great again! Saudi ruler takes a cue from Trump

48 Hills, November 18, 2017 I stood in front of a mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, interviewing people for a story. Suddenly, two city police cars pulled up. Several minutes later plain clothes officers from the secret police began questioning me. I had entered the country with a journalist visa, but committed … Continue reading

US sells out the Kurds — again

Democracy is in retreat in Kurdistan as the US refuses to support independence By Reese Erlich – November 4, 2017 Syndicated column I stood at a border crossing as thousands of Yazidis and other refugees fled ISIS attacks on Mosul and nearby cities. Tens of thousands of refugees flooded into the Kurdish Region of Iraq … Continue reading

Trump’s moves against nuclear deal outrage Iranians

  By Reese Erlich October 22, 2017 In Washington DC, Trump’s moves against the Iran nuclear agreement are seen as getting tough on a dangerous enemy. In Iran, they are seen as the first steps towards another war in the Mideast. Last week, Trump refused to certify the nuclear agreement. Under that accord Iran has … Continue reading

Trump plans permanent occupation of Afghanistan

What will 4,000 more US troops do that 100,000 troops couldn’t do before? By Reese Erlich – August 22, 2017 48 On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban … Continue reading