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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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Friday August 01, 2014

Clinton International Summer School Sparks a Flame for Young Palestinian

By Elizabeth Adams
Summer Intern, 2014

On the 28th of June, the Clinton International Summer School welcomed twenty exceptional students from the farthest reaches of the world to their International Summer Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The program is an opportunity for young leaders from underserved communities to come together in a show of brilliant diversity to learn about community engagement, business leadership, and entrepreneurship, all while building life-long ties with other future leaders. Read More »

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Thursday July 31, 2014

Free at Last? Anti-Surveillance Legislation Appears Before the Senate

By Jad Ireifej
Summer Intern, 2014

AAI was a signee on a letter that encouraged top members of the Senate to swiftly pass the unadulterated form of the USA Freedom Act that was presented Tuesday. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), the Senate Judiciary Chair, unveiled the Freedom Act and the bill will lead to stricter surveillance restrictions, if passed. Read More »

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Thursday July 31, 2014

In West Bank, Solidarity Turns to Senseless Violence

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

A show of solidarity turned to senseless violence on Friday, July 25th, as Israeli security forces open fired on Palestinians demonstrating peacefully in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar. Among the flood of peaceful demonstrators was Hashem Khader Abu Maria, an employee of Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI), and one of three Palestinians caught in the crossfires of disproportionate Israeli force. Read More »

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Thursday July 31, 2014

Candlelight Vigil for Gaza

Over 1000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, with thousands more wounded or unjustly arrested by the Israeli military. These civilians largely remain nameless and faceless, but with your help we can give identity to the victims lost in this tragic and unjust conflict. AAI and other DC organizations came together for a silent candlelight vigil at the White House on Wednesday, July 30th in honor of Palestinians who have lost their lives in Israel's current attack on Gaza. Read More »

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Tuesday July 29, 2014

AAI Poll Release: American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims

By Myles Teasley
Summer Intern, 2014

In a live-stream event on July 29th, Dr. Jim Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, and Matt Duss, incoming President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, released a new Zogby Analytics poll on American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims. Read More »

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Thursday July 24, 2014

A Fateful Encounter: Syrian Playwright Debuts Play at NY Festival

By Jad Ireifej
Summer Intern, 2014

Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts is holding a staged reading of the play A Chance Encounter by Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Noelle Ghoussaini. Read More »

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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

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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