All content tagged: Reese Erlich

Down With Tyranny - 2020-09-27 - Original post - cached version


-by Reese Erlich

In a surprise ceremony on Wednesday, embattled President Alyaksandr Lukashenko was reportedly sworn in for a sixth term after Belarus’s contested elections in August. Opposition leaders are calling the unannounced ceremony a “thieves’ meeting” and a “farce”...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

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...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-08-30 - Original post - cached version

An important behind-the-scenes battle is being fought over the Democratic nominee’s conservative positions.

-by Reese Erlich

Last spring, the Biden campaign decided to hit back hard against accusations of being soft on China. So the campaign produced a...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-08-17 - Original post - cached version
The Challengers by Nancy Ohanian -by Reese Erlich

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...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-08-01 - Original post - cached version
Iranian civilians are endangered by recent sabotage carried out  against both military and civilian targets. Here a woman sells spices in the bazaar. Photo: Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich
author, The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What's Wrong with U.S. Policy...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-07-18 - Original post - cached version
Two refugee children in Kabul. Photo: Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich

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...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-07-04 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

I arrived at the airport in Tripoli, Libya, on assignment for CBS Radio with my paperwork in order. I even had the phone numbers of local immigration officials in case anything went wrong.  It quickly did.

An airport official said my...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-06-20 - Original post - cached version
Accountability by Nancy Ohanian

Contrary to the image of brutal and repressive communists, police in Cuba offer an instructive example for activists in the United States.

-by Reese Erlich

A group of muscular cops carrying semi-automatic pistols...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-06-07 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

One morning along a street with cracked sidewalks and houses with fading paint, Dr. Liz Caballero and two medical students stopped at every door in that part of Havana’s Vedado district. During normal times, these neighborhood doctors practice preventative...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-06-06 - Original post - cached version

The United States is paying the price for denying people what Malcolm X called "the right to be a human being."

-by Reese Erlich

One of Germany's largest dailies ran the headline “This killer cop set America ablaze,” with a photo of the Minneapolis police...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds.

-by Reese Erlich

Trump’s Justice Department wants to drop all charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-10 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

We all know that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has been a disaster. But is Joe Biden’s any better?

Trump promised to stop America's endless wars but has stationed some 80,000 troops in the Middle East. He pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord,...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-25 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

The Republican Party is trying to shift blame for President Donald Trump’s disastrous coronavirus policies onto China. Chinese communists, Republican leaders claim, hid the pandemic from the public, allowing it to spread worldwide.


Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version
U.S. soldiers are increasingly disliked in Iraq. Photo: Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich,
Author, The Iran Agenda Today

While the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, tensions between the U.S. and Iran are heating up.

The two countries are engaging in tit-for-tat...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version
Erlich wears protective clothing when interacting with family

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center

-by Reese Erlich

On February 22, I left Iran after a week of covering the country’s parliamentary elections. Ten days later, my nose started...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-03 - Original post - cached version
Most Iranians ignored the campaign posters. In Tehran only 25% voted in the parliamentary elections. Photo by Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich

TEHRAN— The parliamentary candidates had rented a large hall for a campaign rally, but only a few hundred supporters showed up. They came...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-16 - Original post - cached version

Let’s insert a little rationality into the debate; it’s serious but hardly cause for panic.

-by Reese Erlich

A new and deadly virus from China is coming to get you. Cancel your travel plans, quarantine your grandparents, and don’t let a Chinese person sneeze on...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-03 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. embargo, unsupported by any country in the world, harms the nation’s ordinary working people.

Innovative chef Alexix Alvarez; photo by Sandra Vasquez

-by Reese Erlich

HAVANA— Chef Alexis Alvarez was in panic mode. He was preparing a gourmet meal for visitors from the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version
A protest against a hike in fuel prices in Iran led to a popular uprising against the government in November 2019

-by Reese Erlich

Trump blinked. After threatening to bomb military and cultural sites in Iran, President Donald Trump has apparently backed down on further...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version
U.S. troops in Kurdistan. Photo by Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich

On Jan. 2 a U.S. 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...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-26 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

Ralph died on an escalator in a foreign airport on Christmas Eve. I called my black, carry-on suitcase "Ralph" because he was almost like family. Ralph was 30 years old in suitcase years. His zipper had broken, and I managed to fall onto his pull-up handle and...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-16 - Original post - cached version
Pencil drawing of John Lennon by Robbie Robertson

-by Reese Erlich

Robby reflects the views of many older white workers who are critical of the system and blame Democrats and liberals for its breakdown.

I first met Robby...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-03 - Original post - cached version

Morales was the glue that held everything together

-by Reese Erlich

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...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

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...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

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...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-20 - Original post - cached version
Photo Op in Ankara

-by Reese Erlich

In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has managed to create a massive and avoidable crisis in Syria.

By greenlighting the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, Trump’s policy forced more than 160,000 Syrians to flee their homes...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

ISTANBUL— The drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on September 14 is jolting the entire Middle East, the latest incident in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and Iran. Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed credit for the devastating attack...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

Washington, DC is buzzing with talk of troop withdrawals and the impact on peace talks in  Afghanistan. The U.S. may start withdrawing troops within months, the start of what would be a gradual withdrawal of all 14,000 U.S. troops from the country.


Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

by Sam Husseini

Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley is known for being in "period pieces" such as Pride and Prejudice, so her playing the lead in the new film Official Secrets, scheduled to be release in the U.S. this Friday, may seem odd at first. That is until one considers that...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-25 - Original post - cached version

by Reese Erlich

I first met Jason Lee when he was promoting jazz concerts in his hometown of Hong Kong. More recently, he has been sending me Facebook messages about the Hong Kong protests. You would think that a relatively prosperous, 43-year-old Hong Konger would support the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version
China has evolved from producing food and toys to creating sophisticated AI machinery and 5G phone networks. Here a Chinese chocolate factory. Photo: Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich

China is coming after us! Time to steel ourselves for battle against the human-rights-...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

In the last few months Senator Elizabeth Warren has gained ground in public opinion polls tracking the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. In some states, she’s ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders and pulling close to former Vice President Joe...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

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 could...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version
U.S. sanctions have caused the cost of some food items to jump 3 times in the last year. Here, bakers in Isfahan.
by Reese Erlich

The Iranian government saw the President’s vacillation as a sign of weakness, one journalist tells me, “Iran was ready to retaliate on an...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-15 - Original post - cached version

By trying to isolate Russia and Iran, the US is only isolating itself.

-by Reese Erlich


President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in Moscow during the height of the US-Iran crisis in May....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-02 - Original post - cached version
Vladimir Pozner by Reese Erlich

Vladimir Pozner was well-known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Then he began describing himself as a “man of the left.”

Reese Erlich, reporting from Moscow


Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

[Reese Erlich is on assignment in Moscow. He offers this humorous memory about a long ago visit to that famed city. His current reporting from Russia will appear in two weeks.]

I was only 19 when I visited the USSR with my parents and sister in 1966...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-04 - Original post - cached version

by Reese Erlich

Supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden praise him as a man with extensive foreign policy experience. He’s living proof, however, that extensive doesn’t necessarily mean good.

Biden reflects the mindset of the previous generation of mainstream...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Tales from a three-hour wait: What you can do to avoid making it even worse.
-by Reese Erlich

Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories of people waiting five hours to renew their driver licenses at the always friendly California Department of Motor Vehicles? Well, there’s...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-07 - Original post - cached version
Volodymyr Zelensky

-by Reese Erlich

Ukrainians can chose a crook or a clown as their new president. So far the clown is winning.

Volodymyr Zelensky, a prominent comedian without political experience, received 30% of the vote in a multi-candidate...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

by Reese Erlich

Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream US media outlets are there to give a helping hand. All pretense of fairness and balance disappear in favor of outrageous distortion. For the most recent example,...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-02-23 - Original post - cached version

-by Reese Erlich

The murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has intensified Washington’s debate over the war in Yemen. On February 13, by a 248-177 vote, the House of Representatives passed a War Powers Act resolution to end U.S. participation in the war.


Down With Tyranny - 2019-02-10 - Original post - cached version
Community activists in Caracas who support the government of President Nicolas Maduro  have formed food co-ops to help overcome the economic crisis

by Reese Erlich

Tens of thousands of angry people march in the streets to protest lack of democracy. Women bang on pots to raise...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-01-29 - Original post - cached version
Despite US rules that have made phones and connections expensive, many Cubans have free access to global media-- like these farmers in rural Cuba. Photo by Reese Erlich

by Reese Erlich

HAVANA — A group of Cubans stared intently at the screens of their smart phones here in Old...

Down With Tyranny - 2018-12-29 - Original post - cached version

by Reese Erlich

Last week President Donald Trump surprised the world, and much of his own staff, by announcing plans to pull over 2000 US troops out of Syria. Then he said he would cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan in half.

In response, Secretary of Defense James "Mad...

Down With Tyranny - 2018-12-16 - Original post - cached version
Individual One by Nancy Ohanian

-by Reese Erlich

New York, America's largest city is abuzz over the latest revelations about Donald Trump's crimes. I'm here on book tour discussing Iran, but audiences want to know if Trump will be impeached.

Court documents filed in the...

Down With Tyranny - 2018-12-03 - Original post - cached version

by Reese Erlich

I’m on a low-budget book tour, sleeping in spare bedrooms and munching granola in the kitchens of progressives all along the East Coast. Many had felt beaten down and pessimistic from two years of Trumpism. But I now sense some optimism and a renewed fighting...

Down With Tyranny - 2018-11-20 - Original post - cached version
The Israeli blockade severely limits the import of medicine, gasoline and other essential goods into Gaza. Children and other civilians suffer. Photo (c) Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich

Earlier this week the Israeli military and armed groups in Gaza clashed in the worst fighting...

Down With Tyranny - 2018-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Mid-Term Elections Could Reverse Trump Policies

The Arab Spring spread through Saudi Arabia and continued for years in the mostly Shia Muslim, eastern part of the country. When the current Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman came to power, he escalated the war in Yemen and cracked down on...
Down With Tyranny - 2018-10-21 - Original post - cached version
Can you name these 3 guys?

-by Reese Erlich


In 2013, an Iranian national living in Texas was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for planning to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, D.C. The State Department alleged that Iran’s Al Quds force...


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