Foreign correspondent: Is Trump a hawk or dove?


Trump plays both sides against the middle By REESE ERLICH, 48 Hills SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. Trump gets support from hardline interventionists for his efforts to overthrow governments in Iran and Venezuela, while backing the … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Inside Biden’s international policy


An important behind-the-scenes battle is being fought over the democratic nominee’s conservative positions. BY  REESE ERLICH 48 Hills — Aug 27,  2020 Last spring, the Biden campaign decided to hit back hard against accusations of being soft on China. So the campaign produced a blistering ad attacking Trump’s failure to confront China in the early days of … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran


  This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of maximum pressure. By Reese Erlich Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran During the past month, Iran has suffered a half-dozen explosions and fires at military and civilian sites. A bomb blew up near the Parchin missile base outside … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Libya, the Forgotten War


Though it has disappeared from headlines, Libya’s humanitarian crisis continues unabated. by Reese Erlich, The Progressive https://progressive.org/dispatches/libya-the-forgotten-war-erlich-200702/ July 2, 2020 I arrived at the airport in Tripoli, Libya, on assignment for CBS Radio with my paperwork in order. I even had the phone numbers of local immigration officials in case anything went wrong.  It quickly did. … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Police Lessons from Cuba


Contrary to the image of brutal and repressive communists, police in Cuba offer an instructive example for activists in the United States. https://progressive.org/dispatches/police-lessons-from-cuba-erlich-200618/ by Reese Erlich, June 18, 2020 A group of muscular cops carrying semi-automatic pistols and batons slowly move through the crowd at the end of an outdoor salsa concert. My friends and … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn’s forgotten Turkish connection


Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds. By Reese Erlich Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn’s forgotten Turkish connection May 22, 2020 Trump’s Justice Department wants to drop all charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn despite his having admitted to being guilty. Twice. The … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Washington blames China for US problem


Trump officials are tying to deflect from their own pitiful performance Foreign Correspondent: Washington’s COVID blame game By Reese Erlich April 24, 2020 The Republican Party is trying to shift blame for President Donald Trump’s disastrous coronavirus policies onto China. Chinese communists, Republican leaders claim, hid the pandemic from the public, allowing it to spread … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: US Beats War Drums in Iraq


Leaders in Washington and Tehran say they don’t want a full-scale war, but they are playing a dangerous game. https://progressive.org/covid-19/us-beats-war-drums-in-middle-east-erlich-200326/ by Reese Erlich, March 27, 2020 While the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, tensions between the US and Iran are heating up. The two countries are engaging in tit-for-tat military attacks that threaten a … Continue reading

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

Foreign Correspondent: Is reaction to coronavirus overblown?


Let’s insert a little rationality into the debate; it’s serious but hardly cause for panic.  https://48hills.org/2020/02/foreign-correspondent-reaction-to-coronavirus-is-overblown/  By Reese Erlich February 14, 2020 A new and deadly virus from China is coming to get you. Cancel your travel plans, quarantine your grandparents, and don’t let a Chinese person sneeze on you! Social media is all atwitter. … Continue reading