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

Trump’s Harsh Iran Policy Helped Hardliners Win Iran’s Elections


This article was supported by the Pulitzer Center. Trump’s Harsh Iran Policy Helped Hardliners Win Iran’s Elections By Reese Erlich, Truthout Published March 5, 2020 TEHRAN — The landslide victory for hardliners in Iran’s recent parliamentary elections confirms that whoever occupies the White House next year won’t have an easy time dealing with Iran. Many … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Hardliners win Iran elections but with little enthusiasm


by Reese Erlich https://progressive.org/dispatches/iran-goes-from-bad-to-worse-erlich-200227/ This column was supported by the Pulitzer Center. February 28, 2020 TEHRAN—The parliamentary candidates had rented a large hall for a campaign rally, but only a few hundred supporters showed up. They came to see Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, a leading hardliner and possible presidential candidate next year. As warm-up speakers droned on, … Continue reading

‘It’s a Punch in the Face to Trump’: Why Soleimani’s Killing Could Mean Hard-Line Victories in Iran’s Elections


The country’s parliamentary elections are a measure of popular support for confrontation with the U.S. by Reese Erlich Feb 20 2020, 7:58am The reporting for this story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. TEHRAN — Hundreds of older, mostly blue-collar workers whooped and cheered as parliamentary candidate Sayed Miaad Salehi worked the crowd with the … Continue reading

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