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

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