The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble

When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq. At the time I warned that, far from being a humanitarian intervention, this action threatened to … Continue reading “The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble”

Cuba’s ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats Is Pure Science Fiction

The mainstream media stories were straight out of a science fiction movie. Somebody in Cuba was aiming a super sophisticated “sonic weapon” at US diplomats here in Havana, causing them to experience hearing loss, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches and even brain damage similar to a concussion. From December 2016 through February 2017, according to the … Continue reading “Cuba’s ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats Is Pure Science Fiction”

Trump’s Phony Support for Iran’s Popular Protests

During a recent reporting trip to Iran, I interviewed almost two dozen people at random in both rich and poor neighborhoods of Tehran. All the middle and upper-middle class people I spoke with said the government of President Hassan Rouhani had made economic progress, although not as much as they wanted. All the working-class Iranians … Continue reading “Trump’s Phony Support for Iran’s Popular Protests”

Make Saudi Arabia Great Again!

I stood in front of a mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, interviewing people for a story. Suddenly, two city police cars pulled up. Several minutes later plain clothes officers from the secret police began questioning me. I had entered the country with a journalist visa, but committed the grave crime of practicing … Continue reading “Make Saudi Arabia Great Again!”

US Sells Out the Kurds – Again

I stood at a border crossing as thousands of Yazidis and other refugees fled ISIS attacks on Mosul and nearby cities. Tens of thousands of refugees flooded into the Kurdish Region of Iraq as Kurdish relief workers greeted them with water and food. It was August 2014, and I was there on assignment as a … Continue reading “US Sells Out the Kurds – Again”

Trump Moves Encourage Iranian Hardliners

In Washington DC, Trump’s moves against the Iran nuclear agreement are seen as getting tough on a dangerous enemy. In Iran, they are seen as the first steps towards another war in the Mideast. Last week, Trump refused to certify the nuclear agreement. Under that accord Iran has agreed to stringent inspections of its nuclear … Continue reading “Trump Moves Encourage Iranian Hardliners”

Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan

On my first reporting trip to Afghanistan, I was surprised to find that so many people supported the US invasion. They loved President George Bush because he got rid of the hated Taliban regime. But when I asked what should the US do now, most answered “go home.” That was in January 2002, just three … Continue reading “Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan”

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria

Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdish leaders, peshmerga fighters and U.S. officials. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington. 1. Islamic State presents an immediate threat to the … Continue reading “10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria”