Why Is Russia in Syria? A first-hand report from Mococw


It’s for many of the same bad reasons used by the United States to justify its military interventions. https://progressive.org/magazine/why-is-russia-in-syria-erlich-190801/ by Reese Erlich August 1, 2019, The Progressive MOSCOW — I’m ankle deep in mud, on a path to a working-class housing project in Moscow following a late spring drenching rain. I’m on my way to … Continue reading

China trade war not going well for Trump


Examining the real reasons behind this misguided US policy. China trade war not going well for Trump By Reese Erlich, 48Hills.org August 9, 2019 China is coming after us! Time to steel ourselves for battle against the human-rights-violating, currency-manipulating, job-grabbing, intellectual-property-stealing, missile-launching evil doers. Or so Washington, D.C. would like us to believe. Washington’s list … Continue reading

Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms


U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances. Foreign Policy By Reese Erlich May 29, 2019, 3:26 PM Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms MOSCOW—Russia is seeking to take advantage of the erratic actions of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration in the latest U.S.-Iranian crisis to expand its influence in … Continue reading

California Senate honors Reese Erlich’s journalism career


On Nov. 15, 2018, Reese Erlich was presented with a resolution honoring his work. Angela Yip presented the plaque on behalf of Senator Nancy Skinner. MEMBER’S RESOLUTION HONORING REESE ERLICH WHEREAS, Possessed of a broad repertoire of reportorial and writing skills and an international, cross-media career history spanning 50 years, Reese Erlich has earned well-merited … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Who is the bigger terrorist – Saudi Arabia or Iran?


Violence is only a big issue when it’s done by our enemies https://48hills.org/2018/10/what-the-khashoggi-case-tells-us-about-terrorism/ By Reese Erich, October 19, 2018 ISTANBUL — In 2013, an Iranian national living in Texas was sentenced to 25 years in prison for planning to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, D.C. The State Department alleged that Iran’s Al Quds force … 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

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

Foreign Correspondent: The U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble


http://progressive.org/dispatches/u-s-permanent-occupation-of-northern-syria-180213/ What will the leftists in Rojava do? by Reese Erlich February 13, 2018 The Progressive When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. … Continue reading

The Six Most Common Middle East Conspiracy Theories


Common Dreams Dec.  15, 2016 Reese Erlich I speak about the Middle East to people of various political persuasions around the US, from leftist college students to conservatives on AM radio talk shows. Most Americans are wary of further US military intervention in the region and ask intelligent questions about this very complicated topic. But … Continue reading

Waiting for Trump: watching US elections in Tehran


Iranians ponder the possible implications of the US presidential election on the future of the nuclear agreement   Reese Erlich for Tehran Bureau, posted on Guardian webpage Monday 7 March 2016 07.34 EST As American hardliners scramble to see who can bash Iran harder, Iranians worry the power struggle for control of the United States … Continue reading