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Friday April 11, 2014

DOJ’s Proposed Changes to Racial Profiling Guidance are Inadequate

Yesterday, the Arab American Institute and nine other civil and human rights organizations issued a statement in response to a proposed change to the Department of Justice’s guidance on the use of profiling by federal law enforcement officers. AAI, in addition to several coalition partners, has been advocating for changes to the DOJ’s guidance since 2003, to include a prohibition of profiling on the basis of national origin and religion and to close the national security loophole.  Read More »

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Friday April 11, 2014

MLK III to Receive Special Recognition at 2014 Gibran Gala

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we are honored to have Martin Luther King III join us to accept a special recognition of his work and his family’s legacy, most especially the pioneering vision and leadership of his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Read More »

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Monday April 07, 2014

Naya Salah will be Singing “America the Beautiful” at Gibran 2014

When the Coca-Cola Company launched an ad campaign in 8 different languages, some saw controversy. When we saw the video of the young lady singing “America the Beautiful” in Arabic, our hearts melted. We are very excited to announce that Naya Salah, will be joining us to perform “America the Beautiful” in Arabic at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.  Read More »

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Monday April 07, 2014

Senator George J. Mitchell to Accept the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at 2014 Gibran Gala

The 2014 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be presented to Senator George J. Mitchell at this year’s annual Gibran Gala on Friday, April 25. Senator Mitchell’s meaningful contributions to so many facets of American society and international peace exemplify the qualities of leadership and understanding that the Arab American community honors at Gibran. We hope you can be there with us on April 25 as we present the Najeeb Halaby Award to Senator Mitchell for his embodiment of the true spirit of public service.  Read More »

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Tuesday April 01, 2014

In a Victory for Advocates, NYPD Gets First-Ever Inspector General

New York City on Friday, March 28 appointed its first-ever inspector general of the NYPD. Philip Eure will have oversight of the New York Police Department, which is the largest police force in the country, and where the department has come under attack because of its stop and frisk policy and the surveillance of Muslim communities and Arab American businesses in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere.  Read More »

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Monday March 31, 2014

Participant Media to Receive the Award for Corporate Citizenship at 2014 Gibran Gala

The Arab American Institute Foundation is pleased to announce that the Award for Corporate Citizenship will be presented to Participant Media at the 2014 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 25 in Washington, DC. Read More »

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Friday March 28, 2014

The Coming Reversion? Four Potential Elections that Could Redefine the Middle East

By Marc Sabbagh
Spring Intern, 2014

President Obama’s highly anticipated visit to Saudi Arabia is marked by numerous well-documented rifts that have complicated relations between the two countries. Three years after the recent Arab uprisings increased hope for monumental positive change across the region, Saudi Arabia’s current apprehension can also be viewed through the lens of four upcoming elections occurring this year, which (if they happen) have the potential to redefine and further destabilize the Middle East and bring back the pre-2011 regional status quo.  Read More »

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Friday March 28, 2014

Arab American, Nahla Kayali, Honored by White House as “Champion of Change”

Nahla Kayali has an incredible story. A first generation Palestinian immigrant who came to the U.S. from Syria, she first came to the U.S. when she was 16 shortly after getting married. Today, Nahla has earned herself a prestigious recognition from the White House as one of the Cesar E. Chavez “Champions of Change.” Read More »

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Tuesday March 25, 2014

State Says Discrimination Against Arab Americans Precludes Israel From Visa Waiver Program

We've written a number of times about the different legislative proposals in Congress that would admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program without meeting a number of statutory requirements. In response to a question about the Administration's position on these legislative proposals, during a daily press briefing on Friday, March 21, US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki said: "The Department of Homeland Security and State remain concerned with the unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel's border and checkpoints, and reciprocity is the most basic condition of the Visa Waiver Program." Read More »

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Tuesday March 25, 2014

Raising Awareness about the Plight of The Middle East’s Christians

Arab Americans are all too familiar with the plight of Arab Christians as a result of political unrest and violence plaguing the Middle East. From the occupation in Palestine, to unrest in Egypt, to the war in Syria, to perpetual violence in Iraq, Christian populations in the region are dwindling at a rapid rate. Yet, despite the situation on the ground, the issue receives little attention from the U.S. public, American lawmakers, and the international community. All too often, as AAI president Jim Zogby explains in a column, “Invisible Victims,” some Americans are not even aware that Arab Christians even exist.  Read More »

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Friday March 21, 2014

Sherrie Mikhail Miday: Paving a Path to the Bench

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

Sherrie Mikhail Miday’s bid for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge aims to set a historic milestone in the Arab American community, as she strives to become the first Arab American of Coptic Egyptian descent to be an elected judge. In Ohio’s most populous region, encompassing the entire Cleveland metropolitan area, Cuyahoga County is home to one of the largest Coptic communities in the U.S. It is also the county with the largest Arab American population in the state.  Read More »

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Friday March 14, 2014

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights on her career path and the challenges of working such an expansive health policy rollout.  Read More »

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Friday March 07, 2014

POLITICO’s Awkwardly Obvious Omission of an Obviously Awkward U.S. Ally

Last week, POLITICO Magazine took a stab at highlighting the United States’ “25 most awkward allies.” After reading their list, we have to be honest – this article wasn’t exactly POLITICO’s best work. Their analysis was rather shallow (not something you expect from a respected outlet) and their list contained one glaring omission. So, because we know POLITICO can do better, we have decided to help them out and add a 26th awkward ally.  Read More »

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Wednesday March 05, 2014

Shaking Djibouti: Drones of Opportunity?

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

Djibouti is an Arab League nation that’s probably more discussed in the U.S. for its similar phonetic structure to a phrase in the title of a 1976 hit by KC and the Sunshine Band. That being said, the country has an ongoing role in the Arab Spring uprisings, and houses the primary base of operations for U.S. Africa Command in the Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier. What are American interests in Djibouti and why isn't its strategic importance discussed more?  Read More »

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Friday February 28, 2014

Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King take on the Middle East

By Marc Sabbagh
Spring Intern, 2014

Fresh off their visit to Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Angus King (I-ME) are bringing their experiences back to Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, Kaine, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, led a subcommittee hearing on “Lebanon at a Crossroads.” The senators are also shedding light on other regional issues, including Syria’s humanitarian crisis, Egypt’s political unrest and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More »

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Tuesday February 25, 2014

Honoring John Dingell’s Service to Michigan, the Country, and the Arab American Community

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) will not be running for reelection in November, marking the end of a congressional legacy that began in 1955. Nearly 60 years after coming to Washington and serving over the course of eleven different presidential administrations, Rep. Dingell stressed his growing displeasure with the lack of productivity in Congress as a key factor in his decision.  Read More »

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Friday February 21, 2014

Federal Judge Rules NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Legal

In a 10-page opinion filed yesterday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit filed by eight Muslims in 2012 charging that the NYPD’s surveillance on the basis of religion was unconstitutional. Judge Martini denied the plaintiffs’ claims of religious profiling and said “The more likely explanation for the surveillance was to locate budding terrorist conspiracies.” Read More »

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Thursday February 20, 2014

Lebanon’s Wandering Eyes: The Non-Controversy over Jackie Chamoun

By Marc Sabbagh
Spring Intern, 2014

When it comes to the Olympic Games, the Middle East tends to draw attention from the region’s unique competitors (or lack thereof). One example: when Sarah Attar became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field in 2012. Now, another Arab athlete is getting some attention, but for all the wrong reasons. Read More »

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Friday February 14, 2014

Yemen’s Transition to Democracy: Sanaa Gets Sandwiched

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

Following the conversations held at the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), which concluded in late January, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansoor Hadi signed off on a two-year framework that will split the nation into six federal regions, divided along traditional ethnic boundaries. Is a federal system the best move forward for Yemen?  Read More »

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Thursday February 13, 2014

Damon Shadid Looks to Make History as First Arab American Seattle Municipal Court Judge

If elected in November, Seattle attorney and community leader Damon Shadid will become the first Arab American to serve as Seattle Municipal Court Judge. The brother of late Arab American and Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Anthony Shadid, Damon Shadid is proud of his Lebanese heritage and touts how his background has shaped his passion for serving poor and under privileged communities on his campaign website.  Read More »

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