The Internet Is Widely Accessible in Cuba. Why Is the US Insisting It Isn’t?


By Reese Erlich, Truthout The Internet Is Widely Accessible in Cuba. Why Is the US Insisting It Isn’t? Published February 12, 2020 Trinidad, Cuba — Sitting at an outdoor café, Alian Rojas deftly thumbs the small keyboard on his iPhone as he calls up The New York Times website. Then he shows a reporter how … 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

Foreign Correspondent: Who’s at fault for Cuba’s economic problems?


The US embargo, unsupported by any country in the world, harms the nation’s ordinary working people. https://48hills.org/2020/01/foreign-correspondent-whos-at-fault-for-cubas-economic-problems/By Reese Erlich January 31, 2020 HAVANA—Chef Alexis Alvarez was in panic mode. He was preparing a gourmet meal for visitors from the United States when the electricity went out. He mostly cooks with natural gas and charcoal, but … 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

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