What’s really going on with the US and Iran?


Q&A with Reese Erlich at the beginning of the 2020 crisis What’s really going on with the US and Iran? Reese Erlich, who has reported from the region for 20 years, sorts out the impact of Trump’s drone attack that killed a popular Iranian general. By Reese Erlich – January 3, 2020 On Jan. 2 … Continue reading

An Open Letter to a Trump-Supporting, Working-Class Friend


Robby reflects the views of many older white workers who are critical of the system and blame Democrats and liberals for its breakdown. https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-an-open-letter-to-a-trump-supporter-erlich-191213/ by Reese Erlich, The Progressive December 13, 2019 I first met Robby Robertson during the 1969 General Electric strike. He was a young, militant worker fighting for a decent contract and social … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: What’s next for Bolivia after military coup?


Morales was the glue that held everything together By Reese Erlich Foreign Correspondent: What’s next for Bolivia after military coup? 48 Hills, November 29, 2019   In 2005, I sat in a lounge off the Senate chamber in La Paz, Bolivia, waiting for an interview. I was wearing my best coat and tie. With my … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq?


Once again, people in the Middle East want democratic reforms and an end to corruption and foreign domination By Reese Erlich 48 Hills, November 16, 2019 Foreign Correspondent: A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Lebanese have been demonstrating in the streets against corruption and for democratic rights. … Continue reading

Americans rally against Turkish invasion


What happens next in northern Syria? By Reese Erlich  48 Hills, November 8, 2019 https://48hills.org/2019/11/foreign-correspondent-kurds-Rojava/ Editor’s Note: This story by our Foreign Correspondent columnist Reese Erlich is accompanied by photographs by Beth LaBerge. In Laberge’s words, “I spent two weeks in June traveling between Qamishli and Kobani with a group of mostly academics, accompanied by … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Brexit mess


Untangling the strange politics of Britain, the EU, neoliberalism and the left. By Reese Erlich 48 Hills Foreign Correspondent: The Brexit mess November 1, 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s tousle-haired answer to Donald Trump, came into office promising to leave the European Union by October 31. He declared that he would rather “die in … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump dumps Kurds as the empire crumbles


In less than two weeks, The Donald has created an entirely avoidable international crisis. Foreign Correspondent: Trump dumps Kurds as the empire crumbles By REESE ERLICH, 48 Hills October 18, 2019 In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has managed to create a massive and avoidable crisis in Syria. By greenlighting the Turkish invasion … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Turkey Plans an Attack on Syrian Kurds


Turkey plans ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria by Reese Erlich – October 3, 2019, 48Hills https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-turkey-plans-attack-on-syrian-kurds-erlich-191003/ ISTANBUL —The Turkish government plans to use Syrian refugees to displace the local Kurdish population in northern Syria. But so far, the scheme isn’t working so well. Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdoğan announced his intention … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Peace in Afghanistan?


The war was a disaster from the start. Now the US is pretending that we won. https://48hills.org/2019/09/foreign-correspondent-will-trump-bring-peace-to-Afghanistan/ By Reese Erlich, 48 Hills September 6, 2019 Washington, DC is buzzing with talk of troop withdrawals and the impact on peace talks in  Afghanistan. The US may start withdrawing troops within months, the start of what would … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Piracy Against Iran


The United States has become a high-tech Blackbeard. https://progressive.org/dispatches/trumps-missteps-on-iran-erlich-190917/by Reese Erlich September 17, 2019, The Progressive ISTANBUL — The drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on September 14 is jolting the entire Middle East, the latest incident in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and Iran. Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed credit for the … Continue reading