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About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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  • The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles
  • Finding Billy Battles
  • The Kikkoman Chronicles
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The Latest From My Blog

Are We Entering America’s “Dark Age?”

There was a time when rational people agreed that there were certain immutable laws of nature that were based on facts, common sense, and verified scientific data. For example, for millennia, humans have known there is a biological difference between men and women. We knew that only women had the … Read more…

A Note to ForeignCorrespondent Subscribers, Friends, and Visitors–Updated

Dear subscribers and friends of ForeignCorrespondent. You may have noticed a few changes on our blog in the past week or so. Here’s what has happened. First, we have simplified the method by which you can comment on posts. In the past, you were required to comment through the Facebook … Read more…

Tiananmen Square: A Massacre that Foretold China’s COVID-19 Treachery

As our battle against COVID-19, which began in Wuhan, China, in the fall of 2019, finally begins to wane, we are learning how the Chinese Communist Party purposely misled the world about the deadly virus—hiding the fact that it began in a Wuhan lab and is transmitted from human to … Read more…

My Retrospective on the Tiananmen Square Massacre Tomorrow

Please join ForeignCorrespondent tomorrow, June 4, for my personal retrospective on the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China–a horrendous event that I covered on that date in 1989.  In light of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) continued repressive behavior toward Hong Kong and its obvious responsibility and culpability in allowing … Read more…

Does Our Diversity Portend Disintegration?

I recall interviewing a World War II-era Japanese admiral in 1975 about the war, which at the time had ended just 30 years before. “The Japanese military felt confident it could defeat America on the battlefield and at sea because America was considered a “mongrel” nation—a nation of many races … Read more…

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY, IN A LAND THAT TIME FORGOT

I have no idea who put this together, but it showed up one day in my mailbox and I thought I would share it with my followers. It talks about a different time in America. Some say it was a simpler time without the complications, apprehensions, divisions, and violence our … Read more…

Anne Keegan: An Original Lost to the Ages

The other day I was thinking about some of the most interesting people I met and worked with during a 27-year-career as a reporter and foreign correspondent with the Chicago Tribune.  One of the first names that popped into my head was Anne Keegan, a one-of-a-kind reporter, and columnist for … Read more…

The Democrats are Right: There are Two Americas

A while back Bob Lonsberry, a Rochester talk radio personality on WHAM 1180 AM, said this in response to Democrats’ opinions about Income inequality and the fact that as a result, there are two Americas. It bears repeating and reposting, so here it is. In addition to his radio show, Lonsberry … Read more…

‘Survival itself is no small achievement’

This is a re-post of a story I posted in 2019 about legendary Chicago Daily News foreign correspondent Keyes Beech, one of the most respected and ethical journalists I have ever known. If you didn’t see this the first time around, I encourage you to take a look now. You … Read more…

Happening Now: The Marxist Conspiracy to Transform America

In 1958 a man named W. Cleon Skousen published a book entitled “The Naked Communist,” which examined the goals of Communism in the United States. In his book, Skousen revealed the strategies the Communist Party in America was using to destroy American society and its constitutional form of government. Today, … Read more…

THE LITTLE KNOWN STORY OF LEICA & GERMANY’S JEWS

Given the explosion of antisemitism in the United States and much of the world today, I thought I would re-run the following post that I published on ForeignCorrespondent in 2019. I think it has significant relevance in today’s political climate. I hope you find it as interesting as I did. … Read more…

A Hedge Fund Vulture Plunders my old Home: The Chicago Tribune

There are only a few places, outside of my actual home, that I ever felt I could call “home.” One was the U.S. Army Security Agency where I spent almost four years on active duty. Another was the University of Kansas where I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. However, … Read more…