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

Trump’s new plan: Arm theater ushers


It’s not enough to protect the schools; how about the movies? By Reese Erlich February 25, 2018, 48 Hills WASHINGTON DC — President Donald Trump announced new plans today to combat mass shootings: arming movie theater ushers. “When we’ve locked down schools by arming teachers,” he said at a Rose Garden press conference, “mass shooters … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Australia solved the gun problem. We can too


A mass shooting created real reform Down Under — and strict gun control has worked. By Reese Erlich – March 12, 2018, 48 Hills  Progressives aren’t supposed to say this. But none of the major gun control proposals now being debated in Washington would actually stop mass shootings. I know that sounds heretical, or even … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Russians aren’t the only election hackers


The US has interfered in elections all over the world — and this Russian ‘crisis’ is a big deal about very little By Reese Erlich February 26, 2018, 48 Hills.com Welcome to the latest Washington crisis. The American people are supposed to be petrified at the threat posed by Russian spies who hack our emails, … 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

Foreign Correspondent: Cuba’s ‘sonic attack’ on diplomats is pure science fiction


https://48hills.org/2018/01/cubas-attack-science-fiction/  This ‘bullshit’ has had serious consequences in Havana By Reese erlich January 28, 2018 HAVANA — The mainstream media stories were straight out of a science fiction movie. Somebody in Cuba was aiming a super sophisticated “sonic weapon” at US diplomats here in Havana, causing them to experience hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches … Continue reading

Even an Ayatollah has a hard time convincing Iranians to stop smoking


Iran Is Losing Its Jihad on Tobacco   The Islamic Republic’s anti-smoking campaign is yet another example of the government’s shaky control over its population.  By Reese Erlich | January 29, 2018, 1:39 PM Foreign Policy TEHRAN — Ayatollah Sayed Hassan Moin Shirazi entered the room wearing a clerical brown robe and a black turban, … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Death of a suitcase


https://48hills.org/2017/12/death-of-a-suitcase/ RIP Ralph, who survived the life of a foreign correspondent’s luggage for 30 suitcase years By Reese Erlich 48 Hills.com, December 26, 2017 Ralph died on an escalator in a foreign airport on Christmas Eve.I called my black, carry-on suitcase “Ralph” because he was almost like family. Ralph was 30 years old in suitcase … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Trump’s phony support for Iran’s popular protests


`https://48hills.org/2018/01/115603/   Iranians on all sides of the political spectrum oppose the US president’s policies and actions By Reese Erlich – January 11, 2018 During a recent reporting trip to Iran, I interviewed almost two dozen people at random in both rich and poor neighborhoods of Tehran. All the middle and upper-middle class people I … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Should Catalonia separate from Spain?


December 7, 2017 48.Hills.com During a trip to Barcelona, I sat down to read a local newspaper and, although I understand Spanish, I couldn’t fathom a word. The newspaper was in Catalan. Catalonia is part of Spain but has its own distinct language, territory, culture and history of resistance to oppression. It was the Spring … Continue reading