Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich is  a foreign correspondent who dabbles in political satire while writing his forthcoming book "Syria's Uprising: Assad, the Rebels and U.S. Policy." See www.reeseerlich.com

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 10:25am
From Surrender Monkey to Oldest Ally
France is our new hero. Just over 10 years ago that beleaguered country of fine wine and soft cheese was vilified for not supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Now Secretary of State John Kerry praises France as "our oldest ally."¹ France not only supports U.S. plans to attack Syria, it can do so without a parliamentary vote. That's a close ally indeed.
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Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 8:21am
Militias Become Power Centers in Libya
Dressed in military fatigues and carrying AK-47 assault rifles, the Zintan militia surrounded the building in Tripoli and entered without a fight. They weren’t seizing the last remaining Qaddafi stronghold; they were taking an oil company CEO hostage. The militiamen were demanding money for protecting the CEO’s oil fields during Libya’s civil war. There was only one problem. The company had already paid $600,000 for those services and wasn’t about to pay again.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 7:36am
Good Dictators and Bad Dictators
Perhaps you are confused by U.S. policy towards Middle East dictators. The U.S. supports some, denounces others and launches missiles to overthrow another. Having reported from the region for over 25 years, I can explain what might otherwise seem to be an inconsistent U.S. policy.
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Monday, June 27, 2011 - 8:06am
What Happened to Gush Katif Israeli Settlement in Gaza
GAZA STRIP -- In 2004 I reported from an Israeli settlement in the southern part of Gaza called Gush Katif. The ultra-conservative religious settlers living there told me Gaza was part of historic Israel, and they would never leave. Less than a year later, the Israeli government withdrew from Gaza and forced the settlers out. A few days ago, I went back to visit the land that was once Gush Katif. The results were pleasantly surprising given my general disagreements with Gaza’s governing party, Hamas.
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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:37am
“One Man, One Vote, One Time?”
Democracy demonstrators in Egypt had not yet overthrown the Mubarak dictatorship when American pundits were issuing dire warnings. “One Man, One Vote, One Time” became their mantra, indicating that extremist Islamic forces would come to power in Egypt and never allow a second round of elections. (Not surprisingly, the slogan assumes voters are men.)
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Friday, November 19, 2010 - 7:52am
4 Common Myths about the War on Terrorism
I'm finishing up a 25-city book tour that took me from New York and Chicago to Elizabethtown, PA, and Spearfish, SD. I met with college students, farmers and laid-off workers.
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 1:14pm
Poorer Nations Hit with 'Exorbitant' Consultancy Fees for Carbon Offset Projects
The UN-certified scheme that allows developed nations to pay for carbon reductions abroad instead of making domestic cuts has come under fire for paying high fees to consultants from rich countries. The Guardian has learned that the Nepalese government has so far paid a Norwegian company €150,000 to verify a greenhouse gas reduction programme for which it is seeking carbon credits. That sum would pay for 340 of the small-scale carbon cutting projects the government is trying to set up.
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Friday, July 9, 2010 - 7:53am
Can the Obama Administration Learn from the Death of Ayatollah Fadlallah?
A senior editor at CNN lost her job for tweeting about him. Thousands of Lebanese Shiites poured into the streets to mourn him. Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Fadlallah, often characterized in western media as the "spiritual adviser to Hezbollah," died of natural causes in Beirut this week at the age of 75. Many western leaders considered him a terrorist. I've met Ayatollah Fadlallah, and he was no terrorist.
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Monday, June 29, 2009 - 12:20am
Iran and Leftist Confusion
When I returned from covering the Iranian elections recently, I was surprised to find my email box filled with progressive authors, academics and bloggers bending themselves into knots about the current crisis in Iran. They cite the long history of U.S. interference in Iran and conclude that the current unrest there must be sponsored or manipulated by the Empire. That comes as quite a shock to those risking their lives daily on the streets of major Iranian cities fighting for political, social and economic justice.
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