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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"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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Saturday, January 04, 2020
What's Really Going on With the US and Iran?
On Jan. 2 a US drone fired a missile on a car caravan leaving the Baghdad airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani and leaders of Iraqi militia groups. The Trump administration claims the attack eliminated terrorists planning attacks on US forces. But many Iraqis and Iranians...
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Saturday, November 30, 2019
What's Next for Bolivia After Military Coup?
In 2005, I sat in a lounge off the Senate chamber in La Paz, Bolivia, waiting for an interview. I was wearing my best coat and tie. With my thinning hair and grey mustache, I could pass for a Bolivian of European descent. In fact, numerous people smiled and said "buenos días," as if I was a...
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A Lebanese protester waves a national flag as he marches with others during a demonstration along the Fuad Chehab avenue in the capital Beirut on October 29, 2019 on the 13th day of anti-government protests. (Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, November 17, 2019
A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Lebanese have been demonstrating in the streets against corruption and for democratic rights. The protestors come from all economic classes and religious/ethnic groups. Like the Arab Spring uprisings that began in 2010, these protests are spontaneous and without...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Commons Members Lobby during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool / Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 01, 2019
Boris, Brexit, and the British Election
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s tousle-haired answer to Donald Trump, came into office promising to leave the European Union by October 31. He declared that he would rather “ die in a ditch ” than stay in the EU past that date. But by mid-October he had to ask the EU for an extension and,...
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