A critical eye on 6 new political films


From Gorbachev to ‘Red Joan’: SFFILM Fest gets geopolitical Our Foreign Correspondent reviews films dealing with nuclear secrets, Perestroika, Syrian refugees, Afghan cinema under Communist rule, and more. https://48hills.org/2019/04/from-gorbachev-to-red-joan-sffilm-fest-gets-geopolitical/ By Reese Erlich – April 5, 2019, 48Hills The 62nd SFFILM Festival kicks off next week, and as usual there’s a plethora of movies to choose … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: How the US Media Distort News from Venezuela


Most of the reporters are echoing the lines of the Trump Administration — as if anything Trump says is credible. By Reese Erlich – March 22, 2019 – 48Hills Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream US media outlets are there to give a helping hand. All pretense of … Continue reading

John Pizzarelli salutes ‘swinging’ Nat King Cole at 100


The jazz guitarist speaks about his connection to the velvet-voiced legend and new album, ‘For Centennial Reasons’ By Reese Erlich  – February 26, 2019, 48Hills.org https://48hills.org/2019/02/john-pizzarelli-centennial-reasons/ As a young man, jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli fell in love with the music of Nat “King” Cole. “I bought some Cole records,” he told me in a phone … Continue reading

From Mali to Memphis: Dee Dee Bridgewater fires up the soul of her youth


The brilliant blues-jazz singer digs deep into her past for latest release—and puts one over on Elvis. By Reese Erlich – March 15, 2019 – 48Hills https://48hills.org/2019/03/dee-dee-bridgewater-memphis-yoshis/ Two of the great divas of blues and jazz will be performing in the Bay Area this coming week. It’s a wonderful opportunity not only to hear some … Continue reading

What’s really happening in Kashmir?


The geopolitics behind the recent military attacks from India and Pakistan By Reese Erlich – March 8, 2019, 48Hills https://48hills.org/2019/03/whats-really-going-on-in-Kashmir/ On Feb. 14, a suicide bomber killed more than 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir in what India claimed was a terrorist attack. India retaliated by bombing a terrorist training camp, which turned out to be … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days


“It would affect their ability to fight immediately.” February 21, 2019 https://progressive.org/dispatches/how-the-war-in-yemen-could-end-in-days-erlich-190221/ The murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has intensified Washington’s debate over the war in Yemen. On February 13, by a 248-177 vote, the House of Representatives passed a War Powers Act resolution to end U.S. participation in the war. But officials … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent — Venezuela: Democratic uprising or US coup?


Venezuelan activists who support President Maduro formed food co-ops to deal with high cost of groceries. Photo: Reese Erlich   Trump is strangling the country while US oil companies envision big profits. by Reese Erlich https://48hills.org/2019/02/venezuela-democratic-uprising-or-us-coup/ 48Hills.org, February 8, 2019  Tens of thousands of angry people march in the streets to protest lack of democracy. … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Does Cuba censor the Internet? Think again


Despite US rules that have made phones and connections expensive, many Cubans have free access to global media.  By Reese Erlich https://48hills.org/2019/01/does-cuba-censor-the-internet-think-again/ 48Hills.org, January 25, 2019 HAVANA — A group of Cubans stared intently at the screens of their smart phones here in Old Havana, checking emails and Googling news stories. They and millions of … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent — Does Trump want peace in Syria?


http://www.48Hills.org   Foreign Correspondent Trump – the new anti-war champion?  By Reese Erlich  Dec. 28, 2018 Last week President Donald Trump surprised the world, and much of his own staff, by announcing plans to pull over 2000 US troops out of Syria. Then he said he would cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Sex, Russia, and impeachment


Blaming Trump’s victory on Russia is not a smart narrative for Democrats, and could backfire.  https://48hills.org/2018/12/sex-russia-and-impeachment/ By Reese Erlich December 14, 2018, 48Hills.org NEW YORK –America’s largest city is abuzz over the latest revelations about Donald Trump’s crimes. I’m here on A book tour discussing Iran, but audiences want to know if Trump will be … Continue reading