Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich's syndicated column, Foreign Correspondent, appears every two weeks. His book The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story from Inside Iran and What's Wrong with US Policy ­will be published in October. See his website or follow him on Twitter: @ReeseErlich

 

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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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"I’m optimistic. Trump’s policies are not working. The U.S. will have to change, and the change will be for the best." (Photo: CC) Views
Friday, July 31, 2020
Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran
During the past month, Iran has suffered a half-dozen explosions and fires at military and civilian sites. A bomb blew up near the Parchin missile base outside Tehran, Iran’s capital. Fires broke out at an electric power station and aboard seven ships in a southern port city. Iranian government...
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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat
On June 26, in a major front page story, The New York Times wrote that Russia paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan last year. The story quickly unraveled. While the military is investigating the allegations, Mark Miley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there’s no...
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A demonstrator addresses the riot police that are blocking the entrance to I-195 during a protest in Miami on June 5, 2020. (Photo: Adam DelGiudice/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Lessons From Cuban Police
A group of muscular cops carrying semi-automatic pistols and batons slowly move through the crowd at the end of an outdoor salsa concert. My friends and I have a bottle of rum, and I think for sure the cops will confiscate it, and maybe even arrest us. Instead, the cops motion for us to drink up,...
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Saturday, June 06, 2020
The Rest of the World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots
One of Germany's largest dailies ran the headline “This killer cop set America ablaze,” with a photo of the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd. Protests in the United States, the article reported, looked like “scenes out of a civil war.” Bettina Gaus, political correspondent for the...
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Journalist Reese Erlich, working at his home office, dressed in protective gear while under quarantine following a recent trip to Iran and a runny nose that followed. (Photo: Courtesy of the author) Views
Friday, March 13, 2020
On My Stint in Coronavirus Quarantine
On February 22, I left Iran after a week of covering the country’s parliamentary elections. Ten days later, my nose started running like a faucet. Normally, I would assume it’s a cold, pop some antihistamines, and proceed with my work. But these are not normal times. Symptoms of the coronavirus...
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Sunday, January 12, 2020
"Would the American Public Tolerate US Soldiers Defending Trump Hotels?"
Trump blinked. After threatening to bomb military and cultural sites in Iran, President Donald Trump has apparently backed down on further escalation in his quasi-war with Iran.
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