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Friday February 27, 2015

A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

By Eve Soliman
Winter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the past decade, profiling has had a harmful effect not only on the African American community, but the Arab American community as well. Read More »

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Wednesday February 25, 2015

For Sale: The Administration’s New Drone Policy

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

Last week the State Department announced that after a long internal review, the U.S. would now allow for the sale of armed drones to allied countries. While the U.S. has sold unarmed drones—utilized mostly for intelligence purposes—to allies such as Italy and France, this is the first time that armed drones would be sold to a country other than the UK. Read More »

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Friday February 20, 2015

More than Symbolism: Why a Name Change of a Judiciary Subcommittee Matters

"The new Senate Republican Majority’s decision to expunge civil rights and human rights from this subcommittee’s name is a discouraging sign given the growing diversity of our nation and the complex civil and human rights challenges we face,” reads a statement released by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The sharp words were a response to Senator John Cornyn’s (R-TX) decision to rename a Senate Judiciary subcommittee from the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to only the subcommittee on the Constitution. Read More »

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Friday February 20, 2015

Nakba Museum: Of Memory and Hope

In 2011, Bshara Nassar participated in a New Story Leadership program that brought together young Israelis and Palestinians in a powerful learning experience. The program took 18 participants to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which certainly seemed like an appropriate site for reflection. Read More »

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Friday February 20, 2015

Obama’s Overdue AUMF Proposal Permeated with Problematic Language

By Eve Soliman
Winter Intern, 2015

Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL is long overdue. Since U.S. military action against ISIL began on Aug. 8, 2014 we have launched 1,900 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Unsettlingly, our military campaign still lacks Congressional backing. Read More »

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Friday February 20, 2015

Tarik Mohamed: A PAC for Community Change

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

Arab American Tarik Mohamed is an incredibly positive individual, one who charges ahead despite obstacles and difficulties in his path. Read More »

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Wednesday February 18, 2015

The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

By Eve Soliman
Winter Intern, 2015

Arab Americans like Ralph Johns and those who campaigned for Jesse Jackson played important roles in advancing the civil rights movement and highlight our shared struggle for civil rights and justice that continues today. Read More »

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Friday February 13, 2015

Syrian Refugees: We’re Not Buying the Security Threat

Congressman McCaul and his colleagues’ challenge to U.S. resettlement efforts for Syrian refugees, is keeping in line with the embarrassing American tradition of misplaced xenophobia. Our Representatives would do better to reflect a different, more proud American tradition engraved on the plaque held by Lady Liberty Read More »

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Friday February 13, 2015

AAI Joins 150 Civil Rights Orgs to Demand Federal Action on Chapel Hill Murders

AAI joined a coalition of 150 civil rights organizations in a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Eric Holder imploring him to direct the FBI to open a federal hate crime investigation into the tragic slaying of three Arab American Muslims, Deah Shaddy Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Mohammad Abu Salha (21 years old), and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha (19 years old), who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 10th. Read More »

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Thursday February 12, 2015

Black History Month and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the United States

This month AAI is celebrating Black History month by highlighting how African American leaders and their allies began a movement in the United States to secure the civil rights and equality of all people.  Read More »

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Wednesday February 11, 2015

Analysis of Select Committees in the 114th Congress

Download AAI's new report on changes in Senate and House leadership positions that will likely define the 114th session of Congress moving into the 2016 election cycle Read More »

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Tuesday February 03, 2015

Jay Farhat: Moving Jacksonville Forward

When you speak to Jay Farhat you can feel how deeply he cares for the city of Jacksonville, Florida. His dedication and commitment to public service is evident in his 23 year history with the city. Read More »

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Wednesday January 28, 2015

Teetering on the Edge: Yemen’s Future

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

This past month and a half has seen some of the most transformative events in Yemen since the uprisings and resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in February 2012. Following their September 2014 takeover of Sana’a, the Houthi (also known as Ansar Allah) rebels solidified their dominance on January 20th as they took over the presidential palace and President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi offered his resignation to parliament just days later. Read More »

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Friday January 23, 2015

Lost In Translation: The GOP’s Multiple Responses to the SOTU

By Eve Soliman
Spring Intern, 2015

Rep. Ernst’s speech was not necessarily a response to the President's address, but one of vague agenda setting and their priorities after the recent victory in Congress, with little reference to direct plans or policy.Rep. Ernst’s speech avoided the topic of immigration. However, when Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) translated Ernst's speech into Spanish, he inserted his own comments on the issue of immigration. Read More »

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Friday January 23, 2015

Whitewashed: American Sniper and its Version of the Iraq War

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Tuesday January 20, 2015

Bridging the Divide in Andrews, North Carolina

For the Lebanese El-Khouri family in Andrews, North Carolina, having a bridge dedicated to the late Joe El-Khouri, a revered community leader, is a high honor. Late last month, the North Carolina Department of Transportation publicly recognized Bridge No. 92 as the “Joe El-Khouri Bridge.” Read More »

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Wednesday January 07, 2015

Arab and Muslim Americans Had a Rough 2014

With 2015 now underway Arab Americans and American Muslims are hoping that this year will be better for them than 2014.  Read More »

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Wednesday December 17, 2014

The U.S. and the Veto

Reports began leaking hours ago that the U.S. has decided to veto the Palestinian resolution. The prospective U.S. veto is nothing but an old tactic repeated ad nauseam.  Read More »

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Thursday December 11, 2014

Legislation Over Lamentation

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a group of law makers and policy advocates to discuss the current state of civil and human rights in this country. Led by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), the hearing focused on the need to reform several aspects of the United States’ criminal justice system and law enforcement agency practices that target and negatively impact minority populations. Read More »

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Tuesday December 09, 2014

How Stereotypes Gain Their Power: Alsultany on Hollywood’s Arabs and Muslims

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, there was an influx in television programs in the United States that focused on the Middle East and included Arab characters. These series, including 24, Homeland, and Tyrant, remain extremely popular with American audiences. Read More »

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