Watch Out for Iranian Imperialism in the Middle East

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Romy Haber | @romyjournalist

The world has taken a hypocritical stance on Iran. We ask what American drones are doing over 7,500 miles away from US territory on a regular basis. Yet, we fail to ask an equally important question: what are Iranian weapons doing in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Gaza, and Iraq? Why are we so quick to condemn American imperialism, but often disregard the hypocrisy of those who claim to fight it?

Iran’s complaints about American imperialism are a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black. They do so merely to legitimize their own interventions and to portray themselves as the hero fighting American exploitation and Zionism. In reality, Iran’s interests go further than that.

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Progressive-Imperialist Hegemony and Its Follies

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Liberalism has been the dominant philosophy in recent debates about the role of the United States’ leadership on the international stage. A foreign policy of liberal hegemony or primacy has grown out of progressive-liberalism, where the US is an activist country to provide global security, global capitalism, democracy, and peace. The combination of universal liberal values with the unmatched US military power leads to advocates ignoring the historical and cultural contexts of other countries. The unintended consequences of progressive-liberal policies on the international stage is a rise of illiberal political movements. If liberalism does not become inward thinking, the belief in universal values may be its downfall.

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Trump Lifts Requirement to Report Civilian Victims of Drone Strikes

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Indri Schaelicke | @ISchaelicke

President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday that revoked a requirement for intelligence and military officials to declare certain unclassified information about foreign drone strikes.

Former President Barack Obama first established this policy via executive order. The order mandated that intelligence officials provide an “unclassified summary of the number of strikes” as well as “assessments of combatant and non-combatant deaths resulting from those strikes” each year.

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