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Wednesday July 23, 2014

AAI President Jim Zogby on Gaza

AAI President Jim Zogby has been commenting on the situation in Gaza on several networks and programs. Watch his recent interviews and read recent columns here.  Read More »

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Wednesday July 23, 2014

Jim Zogby and Shadi Hamid Discuss Egypt’s Transition, U.S. Policy and Regional Response to Gaza

As Egypt contends with new political realities and is center stage in the Gaza ceasefire talks, AAI President Jim Zogby and Dr. Shadi Hamid from the Brookings Institution sat down for a live streamed discussion and Q&A on Egypt’s transition, U.S. policy options, the regional response to the Gaza crisis, and recent Zogby polls that shed light on Egyptian opinions of the United States. Read More »

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Tuesday July 22, 2014

The Illusion of Self Defense

By Nadeem Istfan
Summer Intern, 2014

The Israelis and Palestinians have entered another vicious cycle of violence in the name of “self-defense”. With over five hundred Palestinians killed and hundreds of rockets landed in Israel, a long-term peace agreement could not be further away. Read More »

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Monday July 21, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is delighted to announce that the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to Maisune Elhaija and Judy Mualem. Each year, AAIF awards outstanding students for their leadership and dedication to serving their communities.  Read More »

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Friday July 18, 2014

Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

In war torn Syria, artillery shells litter the rubble of destroyed homes and cultural heritage sites; but in an art studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the beginnings of the bronze bust of late Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani, sits waiting to immortalize this Syrian history now vulnerable to the destruction of war.  Read More »

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Thursday July 17, 2014

AAI to Host Hill Briefing on Resettling Iraqi Allies

Caught in the maelstrom of waning media coverage and partisan politics on Iraq are some of the United States’ most indispensable allies—the thousands of Iraqi nationals who advanced the U.S. mission as military translators, journalists, and human rights activists. For the courageous individuals employed on behalf of the United States, the Islamic State's crusade in Iraq does not occasion a captivating news article or impassioned political debate. Rather, it is a crisis with life threatening implications. Read More »

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Thursday July 17, 2014

Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie Wins Contest to Join First Lady at Annual “Kids State Dinner”

Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, age 12, was selected as a winner of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.” He was honored today at the annual White House’s Kids State Dinner for his dish, “Mediterranean Kebabs with Cilantro Tabbouleh”.  Read More »

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Thursday July 17, 2014

AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

By Hanane Lahnaoui
Summer Intern, 2014

The Arab American Institute hosted its third annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Iftar on Tuesday, July 15th at AAI’s office. The event was well attended by young Arab American professionals and students as well as friends from the DC area. Read More »

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Wednesday July 16, 2014

After Spring: Bringing Taekwondo to Syrian Refugee Children

By Myles Teasley
Summer Intern, 2014

The unrelenting tragedy of the Syrian refugee camps deeply struck Mr. Lee, a South Korean humanitarian who has spent the last fifteen years living in the Middle East. Recalling the lessons of his childhood, he was determined to make a difference by using Taekwondo to help instill stability and discipline into the lives of a refugee society that has endured a tragic breakdown in personal stability. Read More »

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Friday July 11, 2014

The House Divided: Congress Disagrees Again About U.S. Involvement in Iraq

By Sara Maaiki
Summer Intern, 2014

According to a United Nations report, the death toll in Iraq now totals over 2,400 lives lost in the month of June. There are over 370,000 newly displaced Iraqis since the recent rise of the Islamic State group. Last month, President Obama addressed the current crisis in Iraq, saying that the United States “will continue to increase our support to Iraqi security forces.”  Read More »

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Wednesday July 09, 2014

AAI Statement on NSA Revelations

According to a news report from Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept, our government has been spying on American citizens. In the most specific claim yet of the federal government’s domestic surveillance program, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations have been monitoring the email communication of around 202 “U.S. Persons,” including the five American Muslims highlighted by The Intercept.Read More »

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Monday July 07, 2014

Taking the Easy Way Out: Intellectual Laziness in Middle East Analysis

By Elizabeth Adams
Summer Intern, 2014

When a situation such as Syria or Iraq arises that seems too chaotic to easily understand, the tendency in media and policy discussions is to start pulling it apart and placing the pieces in large labeled boxes so that we can compartmentalize and process all of the information. Read More »

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Tuesday July 01, 2014

Together We Came: Rosemary Barkett

Rosemary Barkett, the first female judge and the first Arab American judge to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, was born in 1939 to Syrian immigrants. An exemplary woman of many firsts, Judge Barkett credits her remarkable career to her diverse upbringing that helped give her a global perspective on shared values and an appreciation of the world as a whole. Read More »

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Monday June 30, 2014

Together We Came: Sam Maloof

Sam Maloof, arguably America’s number one wood craftsman, was born in 1916 in Chino, California to Lebanese immigrants. Referred to by President Carter as his personal “woodworking hero,” Maloof remained committed to the values of craftsmanship, integrity, and compassion which he learned from his parents’ heritage. Read More »

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Friday June 27, 2014

Americans are #MoreThanAProfile

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

Even the sun burned in a show of solidarity on Wednesday in front of the Capitol, as its heat matched the fervent, impassioned rhetoric of the many caucus leaders and political activists gathered at a press conference on profiling. Leaders from the Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus congregated in front of the Capitol building, a hallowed beacon of American democracy, to address what is decidedly “un-American” and an affront to democratic values— profiling. Read More »

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Thursday June 26, 2014

Together We Came: Naomi Shihab Nye

Poet, songwriter, and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1952 to a Palestinian father and American mother. A strong advocate for mutual understanding and respect between Americans and Arabs, Naomi has created a cultural space in America for people to come together to celebrate their commonalities alongside their differences. Her artistic spirit has inspired millions, perfectly demonstrating how art can be used to promote acceptance and love throughout the world and for generations to come. Read More »

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Wednesday June 25, 2014

Together We Came: Edward Said

Edward Said, a Palestinian American literary theorist and leading public intellectual, was born in 1935 in Jerusalem. A bold leader in the Arab American community, his groundbreaking work and resulting publication of "Orientalism" challenged the common understanding of how the West perceives and relates to the Middle East. His contributions to American intellectual thought and the significance of his activism with regards to U.S. foreign policy continues to spark important discussions and prolific debate. Read More »

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Tuesday June 24, 2014

FX’s “Tyrant” and the Thin Ice of Stereotypes

By Myles Teasley
Summer Intern, 2014

Take a deep breath and cross your fingers as FX’s new original series “Tyrant” premieres on Tuesday, June 24th. Just months after ABC’s “Alice in Arabia” got nixed for ‘insidious stereotyping’, this political drama follows Bassam ‘Barry’ Al-Fayeed, a California pediatrician and family man who fled his role as the son of an unpopular dictator in order to escape the brutal politics and intrigue. Read More »

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Tuesday June 24, 2014

Together We Came: Helen Thomas

Prominent reporter Helen Thomas was born in 1920 in Winchester, Kentucky to Syrian-born immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon. Feisty and passionate, Thomas covered the administrations of eleven U.S. presidents over five decades in relentless pursuit of the truth, making her one of the the best White House correspondents this country has ever seen. Hardly just a reporter, Thomas broke down barriers for female journalists, and earned nationwide recognition as the most fearless and respected leader of the press.  Read More »

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Monday June 23, 2014

It Takes A Nation: New Book Sheds Light on Arab Refugees in the United States

By Elizabeth Adams
Summer Intern, 2014

In the recently published book, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans: Culture, Development, and Health, researchers from the American University in Cairo, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies shed light on the unique case of Arab refugees in the United States. Together, they wrote a chapter titled “Arab Refugees: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery” which can be used as a basic guide on the topic. Read More »

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