Foreign Correspondent: Elizabeth Warren on War and Peace


Warren’s troubling foreign policy history includes uncritical support of Israel, supporting sanctions on Venezuela, and vilifying Russia and China as national security threats. But her views are also evolving. by Reese Erlich, The Progressive, July 26, 2019 https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-elizabeth-warren-on-war-and-peace-erlich-190726/ In the last few months Senator Elizabeth Warren has gained ground in public opinion polls tracking the … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: What’s Really Going on in Hong Kong?


To understand the current protests, look at Hong Kong’s colonial history By Reese Erlich July 12, 2019 48Hills.org For more than three months, people in Hong Kong massed in the streets to protest a proposed extradition law. Critics say it would allow China to extradite dissenting students, journalists, and business people to the mainland, where they … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Russia sees through Trump’s Iran bluster, but has Middle East problems of its own


By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the US is only isolating itself. Russia sees through Trump’s Iran bluster, but has Middle East problems of its own By Reese Erlich June 14, 2019, 48Hills.org MOSCOW — President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in … Continue reading

At 83, piano legend Larry Vuckovich recounts a ‘Fascinating Jazz Life’


Raw garlic, organic greens, and a history playing with the greats: The Bay Area favorite has all the essential elements https://48hills.org/2019/06/larry-vuckovich/All Ears By Reese Erlich, 48Hills.org June 13, 2019 Pianist and composer Larry Vuckovich has been a headliner in the Bay Area jazz scene for over 60 years. His creative approach to the music keeps … Continue reading

Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms


U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances. Foreign Policy By Reese Erlich May 29, 2019, 3:26 PM Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms MOSCOW—Russia is seeking to take advantage of the erratic actions of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration in the latest U.S.-Iranian crisis to expand its influence in … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin


He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Later Vladimir Pozner began describing himself as a “man of the left.” https://progressive.org/dispatches/-russian-journalist-iran-syria-united-states-putin-erlich-190530/ by Reese Erlich May 30, 2019 Vladimir Pozner hosts a very popular interview show, simply called Pozner, on Russian television, and he doesn’t pull his punches. When I … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: The Secret Behind Chinese Trepangs


Reese Erlich is on assignment in Moscow. He offers this humorous memory about a long ago visit to that famed city. by Reese Erlich May 17, 2019 https://progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-correspondent-secret-chinese-trepangs-erlich-190517/ I was nineteen when I first visited the country, then known as the USSR, with my parents and sister in 1966. It was quite exotic for Americans … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent — Bernie and Biden: A foreign policy analysis


Two of the leading Democratic presidential contenders have spent decades in DC. Here’s a look at their records on war, interventionism, and other key issues. By Reese Erlich May 3, 2019 – 48Hills  Supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden praise him as a man with extensive foreign policy experience. He’s living proof, however, that … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Will Julian Assange get a fair trial?


He’s pissed off pretty much everyone with any power in Washington DC. By Reese Erlich, 48Hills, April 19, 2019 Will Julian Assange get a fair trial in the US? British police dragged Wikileaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11, witnessed by a scrum of international media. Authorities in the … Continue reading

The DMV nightmare: Report and tips from the (long) lines


Tales from a three-hour wait: What you can do to avoid making it even worse. By Reese Erlich, 48 Hills, April 16, 2019 The DMV nightmare: Report and tips from the (long) lines Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories of people waiting five hours to renew their driver licenses at the always friendly California Department … Continue reading