By Victoria Chamberlin for Georgetown University National Security Reporting

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State Department Photo by Michael Gross

The Iraq war and exaggerated threat of weapons of mass destruction are present in the memories of most Americans. Determined not to repeat history, lawmakers pushed the State Department for clear answers to the lingering question of military force against Iran.

Last Wednesday Brian Hook testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism in an attempt to clarify the Trump administration’s Iran policy amidst a steady crescendo of tension between Washington and Tehran.

Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative to Iran continued to echo the State Department’s long-held position that the brutal economic sanctions are working, despite bringing the United States and Iran closer to conflict. …

By Victoria Chamberlin for Georgetown University National Security Reporting

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Photo by Marco Verch

WASHINGTON — Beginning with a friendly expression to mark the end of the Ramadan holiday, State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus jumped right into the topic of trouble with Iran in a briefing to the press corps.

The United States government remains committed to zero tolerance of evasion of economic sanctions on Iran, as European allies find ways to sidestep the policy.

Visual aids accompanied an introduction which listed examples claiming U.S. economic sanctions on Iranian oil have been successful.

“Our campaign is working,” Ortagus said in the pre-written statement at the podium. “The campaign is starving Iran’s proxies of the funds they rely on to operate on behalf of the regime.” …

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Ray Kibler, owner of My 3 Sons Unisex in Congress Heights, Washington DC gives a soldier a haircut

Ask any man in the military and you’ll get the same advice: If you don’t want to look like you’re fresh out of boot camp, find a good barber away from the base.

Haircuts in the military aren’t just about fashion. To promote uniformity, Army regulation 670–1 prohibits hair from touching men’s ears and the back of their collar. Soldiers are expected to maintain a professional appearance at all times. To comply with the standard, men in particular are required to get frequent haircuts, sometimes even once a week.

That can pose a problem for minority servicemembers.

Most bases have a barbershop on post to provide access to frequent and affordable haircuts. Those barbers are trained to cut all hair types, but when it comes to African-American and Latinx hair, they often aren’t that great. …


Victoria Chamberlin

Multimedia journalist in Washington, D.C.

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