Foreign Correspondent: Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump — jockeying for power in Syria


While foreign powers continue their squabbles, Syrian civilians pay the price. https://48hills.org/2018/07/putin-trump-syria/ By Reese Erlich  July 12, 2018 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past several weeks tens of thousands walked to the Jordanian and Israeli borders hoping to … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: A leftist landslide in Mexico


On Sunday, July 1, democratic socialist Andrés Manuel López Obrador received a stunning 53 percent of the presidential vote, transforming the political landscape. https://48hills.org/2018/07/foreign-correspondent-political-landslide-mexico/ By Reese Erlich – July 2, 2018 When I was writing an article about street vendors in Mexico City, I saw firsthand how the country’s ruling party operated. Vendors eke out … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The North Korea summit — We have been here before


Why Washington hawks will block any real peace agreement — as they always have in the past By Reese Erlich June 12, 2018, 48Hills.com Police wearing Darth Vader helmets and carrying shotguns mounted with tear gas launchers lined up ready for battle. Fifty yards away, tens of thousands students and workers placed iron bars and … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Why Young People Are Protesting in Gaza


by Reese Erlich The Progressive, May 24, 2018 http://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-why-protests-in-Gaza-180524/ On my most recent reporting trip to Gaza, I stayed with a family living just a short walk from the Israeli border. At dusk we watched a beautiful sunset over the Mediterranean and could forget the ongoing conflict for just a few minutes. Living conditions for … Continue reading

What will Iran do now?


Foreign Correspondent Column May 21, 2018 Foad Izadi, an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, predicts that President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear accord will have sobering consequences. “If the Europeans are not able or not willing to oppose Trump,” Izadi told me in an … Continue reading

Reese interview in American Herald Tribune


Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the American withdrawal of the Iranian nuclear agreement? Reese Erlich: The US has been violating the agreement for some time by pressuring other countries not to do business with Iran. It started under Obama and intensified under Trump. Trump’s decision to reimpose harsh sanctions sends a message around … Continue reading

The Truth About Iran


What really happened earlier this year when young workers rebelled in Iran? by Reese Erlich The Progressive – April 1, 2018 Whenever I’m in Tehran, I like to visit Friday prayers. The weekly event, which can draw 10,000 or more people, attracts deeply religious Iranians who often support hardline policies. And on my most recent … Continue reading

Natalie Portman boycotts Israeli prize; right wing goes ballistic


So what methods of protest are acceptable if you disagree with Israeli policy in the occupied territories? By Reese ErlicMay 7, 2018 48 Hills.Com Actress Natalie Portman, a strong supporter of Israel, has come under vicious attack for criticizing that country’s leadership. She now joins the club of scholars, journalists, and political leaders who are … 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

Trump, Tokyo, and the Korean crisis


Foreign Correspondent column Both the left and the right in Tokyo are angry at the US president, and they don’t see much hope for talks with North Korea By Reese Erlich  April 12, 2018 TOKYO — My reporting from Japan indicates President Donald Trump has managed to piss off both the political right and left. … Continue reading