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Wednesday September 17, 2014

A World Not Ours: Fleifel Tells His Story

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

AAI is proud to sponsor the documentary A World Not Ours (2012) at the fourth annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. Directed by Mahdi Fleifel, the film is a compelling and intimate portrayal of three generations in exile in Lebanon’s Ein el-Helweh refugee camp. Fleifel uses his own video recordings, family archives, and historical footage to tell his story. Read More »

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Tuesday September 16, 2014

What You Might Have Missed from the “In Defense of Christians” Summit

By now, anyone who has heard of the “In Defense of Christians” (IDC) summit that took place in Washington, DC last week undoubtedly knows of the infamous incident involving Senator Ted Cruz. It is unfortunate that the only headlines out of the summit were Senator Cruz’s remarks and the audience’s reaction, as well as a few hit-pieces on the religious leaders in attendance. In an effort to highlight and “remind” people about why these leaders from across the country and the world gathered in DC last week, here are six notable things you might have missed from the IDC summit as Senator Cruz stole the spotlight. Read More »

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Monday September 15, 2014

For Obama and ISIL, Twitter is the New C-Span

By Dina Salah-ElDin
Fall Intern, 2014

From Washington, D.C. to Cairo to Hong Kong to Kiev, posting updates from a city square where tens, hundreds, or even tens of thousands are marching for or against a cause or a government has almost become the driving force for much of the activity on social media. Over the past month, Twitter became the center stage from which the militant group known as the Islamic State declared its territorial gains in Iraq and its executions of two American journalists. Read More »

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Monday September 15, 2014

Rep. Peter King Reminisces About the Good Ol’ Days of (in)Effective NYPD Surveillance

Up for re-election this November, Peter King (NY 2) is up to his old tricks. Criticizing New York City’s Mayor Jim deBlasio, Rep. King attacked deBlasio’s rollback of NYPD surveillance programs earlier this year.  Read More »

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Monday September 15, 2014

#YallaVote: Michigan 2014 Election Overview

Our 2014 Michigan state voter guide is online! AAI's Voter Guides are designed to help you before going to the polls and contain brief overviews of many of the key issues of concern to Arab Americans, detailed descriptions of key races in your state, and important candidate information. Read More »

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Sunday September 14, 2014

#YallaVote National Voter Registration Day Booths

#YallaVote is coming to a campus near you! See where voter registration drives are being held across the country in coordination with National Voter Registration Day, September 23. Read More »

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Friday September 12, 2014

Signposts Along the Road: Identifying Restrictive Voter Rights Laws

By Eddie Bejarano
Fall Intern, 2014

With Election Day, November 4, quickly approaching, it is important to highlight and consider the implementation of new elections laws that restrict the voting rights of millions of Americans. In the most recent, and by far the most consequential, challenge to the Voting Rights Act was the 2013 landmark Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. Read More »

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Thursday September 11, 2014

#YallaVote: Texas 2014 Election Overview

Our 2014 Texas state voter guide is online! AAI's Voter Guides are designed to help you before going to the polls and contain brief overviews of many of the key issues of concern to Arab Americans, detailed descriptions of key races in your state, and important candidate information. Read More »

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Thursday September 11, 2014

Remembering Their Roots: The Itoo Society Reaches One Hundred-Year Milestone

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

In northern Lebanon, there lays an old village named Aytou that rests on the side of a mountain. Like so many other immigrant populations, a large number of Aytou people came to the United States in the early 1900s in search of opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland.  Read More »

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Thursday September 04, 2014

#YallaVote: California 2014 Election Overview

Our 2014 California state voter guide is online! AAI's Voter Guides are designed to help you before going to the polls and contain brief overviews of many of the key issues of concern to Arab Americans, detailed descriptions of key races in your state, and important candidate information. Read More »

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Tuesday September 02, 2014

AAI Virtual Brownbag: “Civil Liberties in Jeopardy: Profiling, Surveillance and the Way Forward”

Since President Obama’s January speech on government surveillance and despite numerous incidents of discrimination by law enforcement and other agencies, the Arab American community in particular continues to be dealt numerous blows when it comes to surveillance and profiling. Whether online or on-the-ground, these threats and infringements seriously undermine faith in our government and leaders. Read More »

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Monday August 25, 2014

Arab Americans Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson

As Arab Americans, we understand the real life impact of profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. We know how it can range from “minor” inconveniences while traveling to destroying someone’s professional career. The death of yet another young African American teenager demonstrates how truly grave the consequences of profiling can be. Read More »

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Monday August 18, 2014

No Humanity in Congress’s Version of “Moral Decency”: Congress’s Approval of Funds for Israel

By Elizabeth Adams
Summer Intern, 2014

In a frenzied hurry before the Hill entered its five week long recess, Senators and Congressmen rushed to pass H.J. Res. 76, “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Resolution, 2014”. This bill is the vehicle that legalizes giving U.S. aid in the sum of 225 million dollars to Israel for its much celebrated “Iron Dome” missile defense system. The Iron Dome is lauded among Israelis and Westerners alike, being seen as the only thing stopping Hamas’s rockets from causing wanton death and destruction within Israel. Read More »

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Monday August 18, 2014

If I Did It: Foreign Policy by Hillary Clinton

By Jad Ireifej
Summer Intern, 2014

In a recent Interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg, Hillary Clinton made it clear that if she was president, American foreign policy would look different. Read More »

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Thursday August 14, 2014

Dearborn Awarded Second Place in a Race to the Bottom

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

The indiscriminate finger-pointing and senseless name-calling traditionally reserved for elementary school playgrounds is apparently lent a certain credibility in Washington—the kind that allows government agencies to designate terror suspects without regard for concrete facts or irrefutable evidence. The details of classified government documents revealing the scope of the United States’ Terrorist Screening Database were brought to light in an article published by the Intercept just last week.  Read More »

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Tuesday August 12, 2014

AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when we all know it is counter to our own national security interest. Read More »

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Tuesday August 12, 2014

Media Bias By Omission? AAI President Jim Zogby Sheds Light on Likud Charter

By Nadeem Istfan
Summer Intern, 2014

Last Sunday, on the CNN show “Reliable Sources”, AAI President Dr. James Zogby and columnist S.E. Cupp spoke about what the media often omits when reporting the current conflicts in the Middle East. Dr. Zogby challenged Cupp’s claims from a recent op-ed that the media consisently and wrongly omits exposing Hamas’ main objective to destroy the Zionist state by stating that the Likud charter is comparable to the former and even less frequently recited. Read More »

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Monday August 11, 2014

The Impact of the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit

By Hanane Lahnaoui
Summer Intern, 2014

The 2014 U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC last week brought together leaders from across the African continent, including North Africa. A recent initiative launched by President Obama after his visit to the African continent last summer, the summit was the first of its kind to welcome African leaders to the nation’s capital. The summit focused mainly on trade and investment as well as development, security and the relationships between the U.S. and the African nations. Read More »

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Tuesday August 05, 2014

Abandoning ‘Benign Neglect’: A Case for US Engagement in North Africa

By Myles Teasley
Summer Intern, 2014

Over the next few years, as many as 12000 experienced, potentially radicalized, fighters will be returning to their home countries. Given the precariousness of the region, even glimmering examples of progress (Tunisia) could crumble into a corridor of instability and failed states stretching from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. If there has ever been a time for the United States to abandon its time-honored practice of ‘benign neglect’ toward Arab North Africa, it is now.  Read More »

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Friday August 01, 2014

Rising Entrepreneurship in Ramallah

By Hanane Lahnaoui
Summer Intern, 2014

TechCamp is an initiative launched by the U.S. Department of State’s office of eDiplomacy. It is part of Hillary Clinton’s Civil Society 2.0 Initiative, which she launched in 2009 as Secretary of State. The purpose of this initiative is to “help grassroots organizations around the world use digital technology to tell their stories, build their memberships and support bases, and connect to their community of peers around the world.” It also urges to strengthen the sense of entrepreneurship in communities and combine it with the use of technology. Read More »

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