Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich (1947-2021) was an award-winning journalist and activist who wrote the syndicated column, Foreign Correspondent, for many years and was a frequent contributor to many outlets, including Common Dreams. His books include: "The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story from Inside Iran and What's Wrong with US Policy" ­(2018) and "Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect" (2016), and (with Norman Solomon) Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You (2003). See more of his work at his website.

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War correspondent, journalist, author, and activist Reese Erlich has been longtime contributor to numerous outlets, including Common Dreams. (Photo: via UMass Amherst) Views
Saturday, March 27, 2021
This May Be This Foreign Correspondent's Final Column
I’m dying. It’s not easy to write these words. But it’s true. In September 2020, oncologists diagnosed me with Stage IV prostate cancer. That means the cancer isn’t going away. Doctors can mitigate its spread, but I’ll never be in remission. The doctors want to help me maintain a decent quality of...
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People protesting the U.S. bombings of Syria. (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Friday, March 05, 2021
Biden's Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward
For the first time, the Biden Administration ordered a cross-border military attack in the Middle East. On February 26, seven U.S. missiles slammed into a facility used by Iranian-backed militias in Syria. Washington was retaliating for the February 15 attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq. The...
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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar's parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021. (Photo: Stringer/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, February 07, 2021
What Trump and the Myanmar Coup Have in Common
This week, military officers in Myanmar overthrew that nation's democratically elected government after the party it preferred lost the parliamentary elections. The military claimed voter fraud without presenting any proof. It tried to fill the streets with cheering supporters. It shut down some...
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Yemeni people affected by war receive food aid from a humanitarian organization on February 11, 2020 in Sana'a, Yemen. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 22, 2021
Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War
One day before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration added Yemen’s Houthi movement to a list of foreign terrorist organizations. It was just the latest, desperate attempt to hamstring President Joe Biden’s promise to end the war in Yemen. While Trump proudly proclaims that he started no new...
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A group of young intellectuals and artists demonstrate at the doors of the Ministry of Culture during a protest in Havana, on November 27, 2020. Views
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Are Cuban Protesters Freedom Fighters or US Pawns?
A hunger strike, police arrests, and a sit-in at the Ministry of Culture in Havana have rocked intellectual circles in Cuba in recent weeks. Critics say the government is once again suppressing freedom of expression. Government supporters, however, argue that the dissident movement is being...
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People leave flowers at the grave of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at Imamzadeh Saleh Shrine in Tehran, Iran on December 5, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, December 06, 2020
Iran Assassination Aims to Hurt Biden
Imagine for a moment what would happen if unknown assassins murdered a high-ranking U.S. scientist involved with chemical weapons. Let's say officials in Iran quietly took responsibility, arguing that the United States had violated international law because it continues to hold stockpiles of...
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The ruling elite in Washington, D.C., has long opposed the socialist policies of Bolivia for economic and geopolitical reasons. (Photo: Reese Erlich reporting from Bolivia for NPR) Views
Friday, October 23, 2020
What Bolivia Can Teach the United States About Democracy
Imagine the following nightmare: The United States faces a close vote in the presidential election. Trump claims voter fraud and seeks backing from the nation’s military, who then stage a coup to keep him in power. Farfetched? The Trump Administration already did it in Bolivia last year. “If the...
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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Trump Plays Both Sides Against the Middle
President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. Trump gets support from hardline interventionists for his efforts to overthrow governments in Iran and Venezuela, while backing...
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"Biden’s record on foreign policy is checkered," writes Erlich. "As a leading member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for many years, he supported the US occupations of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003." (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 28, 2020
Biden’s Troubling Foreign Policy
Last spring, the Biden campaign decided to hit back hard against accusations of being soft on China. So the campaign produced a blistering ad attacking Trump’s failure to confront China in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden ad was xenophobic and racist. “Trump let in 40,000...
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U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) speaks before a town hall at Holman United Methodist Church on April 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 14, 2020
Is Kamala Harris a Hawk?
Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin hasn’t forgotten a 2017 meeting with members of Senator Kamala Harris’s staff to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Israeli land and sea blockade was causing massive unemployment as well as shortages of food and electricity. Benjamin and other...
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