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

Trump’s Harsh Iran Policy Helped Hardliners Win Iran’s Elections


This article was supported by the Pulitzer Center. Trump’s Harsh Iran Policy Helped Hardliners Win Iran’s Elections By Reese Erlich, Truthout Published March 5, 2020 TEHRAN — The landslide victory for hardliners in Iran’s recent parliamentary elections confirms that whoever occupies the White House next year won’t have an easy time dealing with Iran. Many … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Hardliners win Iran elections but with little enthusiasm


by Reese Erlich https://progressive.org/dispatches/iran-goes-from-bad-to-worse-erlich-200227/ This column was supported by the Pulitzer Center. February 28, 2020 TEHRAN—The parliamentary candidates had rented a large hall for a campaign rally, but only a few hundred supporters showed up. They came to see Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, a leading hardliner and possible presidential candidate next year. As warm-up speakers droned on, … Continue reading

‘It’s a Punch in the Face to Trump’: Why Soleimani’s Killing Could Mean Hard-Line Victories in Iran’s Elections


The country’s parliamentary elections are a measure of popular support for confrontation with the U.S. by Reese Erlich Feb 20 2020, 7:58am The reporting for this story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. TEHRAN — Hundreds of older, mostly blue-collar workers whooped and cheered as parliamentary candidate Sayed Miaad Salehi worked the crowd with the … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump Blinks, but the Iran Conflict Continues


Trump’s decision to de-escalate will save lives in the short run, but his actions have alienated tens of millions of people in Iraq and Iran. https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-trump-blinks-but-the-iran-conflict-conflict-continues-erlich-200110/ by Reese Erlich January 10, 2020 Trump blinked. After threatening to bomb military and cultural sites in Iran, President Donald Trump has apparently backed down on further escalation in … Continue reading

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

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

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

Foreign Correspondent: Russia sees through Trump’s Iran bluster, but has Middle East problems of its own


By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the US is only isolating itself. Russia sees through Trump’s Iran bluster, but has Middle East problems of its own By Reese Erlich June 14, 2019, 48Hills.org MOSCOW — President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Murder of Saudi journalist builds opposition to Yemen war


Congress considering War Powers Act vote https://48hills.org/2018/11/murder-of-saudi-journalist-builds-opposition-to-yemen-war/ By Reese Erlich November 1, 2018 The murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has backfired on the Saudi royal family by focusing new attention on its vicious war on Yemen. The last few weeks have seen startling new reports on civilian atrocities and growing support for a … Continue reading