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Wednesday October 01, 2014

Virginia 2014 Election News: Week of October 1

With the November elections almost one month away and Virginia's voter registration deadline on Tuesday, October 14, AAI is bringing you state-based coverage of campaign events and news highlights on Virginia through our Yalla Vote campaign. The goal is to keep you informed of election-related news happening across your state. Read More »

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Wednesday October 01, 2014

On Record: Virginia Candidates Share Perspectives on Immigration

By Eddie Bejarano
Fall Intern, 2014

“Since I came here in the 1960s, Roanoke has gone from being a sleepy, segregated town to being a city of extraordinary diversity. Today we proudly celebrate having more than 104 different nationalities,” reflected David Bowers, the Mayor of Roanoke, in a Washington Post article in March. The change that Mayor Bowers witnessed in Roanoke is a process that is transpiring all across the United States. Read More »

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Wednesday October 01, 2014

Michigan 2014 Election News: Week of October 1

With the November elections almost one month away and Michigan's voter registration deadline on Monday, October 6, AAI is bringing you state-based coverage of campaign events and news highlights on Michigan through our Yalla Vote campaign. The goal is to keep you informed of election-related news happening across your state. Read More »

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Friday September 26, 2014

Arab Americans Across the Country Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

Organizations in key states participated in the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote campaign in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day on September 23 to register voters and engage the public on issues important to our community. Read More »

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Thursday September 25, 2014

Arab American Doctor Named 2014 Federal Employee of the Year

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

On Monday evening, Dr. Rana Hajjeh, Director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, received the 2014 Federal Employee of the Year prize, one of the highest honors in public service. Read More »

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Wednesday September 24, 2014

“Here and Elsewhere”: New Museum Curator Natalie Bell Discusses Contemporary Arab Art Exhibit

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

For decades, the international art world largely overlooked contemporary Arab art. However, prominent figures in the art world, including the editor-in-chief of Artspace, have asserted that a newfound interest and curiosity in art from the Middle East has emerged in recent years. The Gulf states have undertaken vast cultural projects, and museums and art fairs are quickly becoming a central part of the region’s culture. Read More »

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Wednesday September 24, 2014

Upending the Status Quo: Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma

By Eddie Bejarano
Fall Interns, 2014

Villa Touma is a drama based in Ramallah and tells the story of lively eighteen-year-old orphan Badia, whose arrival at the Ramallah home of her three aunts releases a deluge of family secrets and long-held grudges. Suha Arraf, the film’s director, wanted viewers to “see another face of the Palestinians. Read More »

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Monday September 22, 2014

Breaking the Bad News: Ferguson Is Not That Unique

By Dina Salah-ElDin
Fall Intern, 2014

Three months are left for this Congress to take action and pass the End Racial Profiling Act. Originally triggered by a long history of nation-wide profiling, and brought to life by the murder of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, the bill was the topic of a Capitol Hill briefing titled “Ferguson and Beyond – Profiling in America” on September 16th. Read More »

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Monday September 22, 2014

Arab American Receives MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant yesterday. Professor Mattawa is among a group of 21 scholars and artists who were named 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellows. Read More »

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Friday September 19, 2014

Deconstructing Disorder: Conversation with David Ignatius and Tom Friedman

By Kristyn Acho and Eddie Bejarano
Fall Interns, 2014

On Friday, September 12, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted an event titled, “Middle East in Turmoil: Can it Recover?” Karim Sadjadpour, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, moderated the affair, which featured Thomas L. Friedman, columnist for the New York Times and David Ignatius, the bestselling author of Body of Lies and The Increment and journalist who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for over twenty-five years. Read More »

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Friday September 19, 2014

“Peace after Gaza”: Aspen Institute Hosts Dr. Fayyad and UN’s Feltman for Moderated Conversation

By Kristyn Acho
Fall Intern, 2014

The Aspen Institute’s Middle East division hosted an event on Monday which addressed existing political challenges in Gaza. Dr. Salam Fayyad, Palestinian politician and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority and Jeffrey D. Feltman, American diplomat and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, spoke with Aspen Institute President and CEO, Walter Isaacson in a moderated conversation.  Read More »

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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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