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Friday May 22, 2015

2015 Arab American Service Day

On May 16th, more than 2,000 volunteers across the country participated in the 11th annual Arab American Service Day – an annual event run by the National Network of Arab American Communities. This year, 22 unique groups worked on projects ranging from gardening to building houses to serving food to the less fortunate. Read More »

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Tuesday May 19, 2015

Good Kill?

By Eddie Bejarano and Waseem Mardini

'Good Kill' is one of what is sure to be a wave of stories waiting to be told about the new paradigm of U.S. military engagement. The film captures with almost documentary-like attention the intricacies of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or 'drone' warfare as well as the challenges facing the men and women that remote pilot those aircraft. Read More »

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Wednesday May 06, 2015

In the Headlines: AAI’s 2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Last week the Arab American Institute celebrated 30 years of political empowerment of the Arab American community at the seventeenth annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala. Over 700 guests were present and the event garnered coverage from a diverse array of media outlets. Read More »

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Monday May 04, 2015

Running in Brooklyn for Gaza

By Nada El-Eryan
American Friends of UNRWA

Despite snow flurries and below-freezing temperatures, nearly 600 runners and supporters gathered in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for the inaugural Gaza Solidarity 5K walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA. Read More »

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Friday May 01, 2015

Ambassador Susan Rice Addresses the Arab American Community

National Security Advisor Susan Rice addressed the Arab American community at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala on April 29th in Washington, DC. Her remarks in full: Read More »

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Thursday April 30, 2015

White House Staff Addresses Arab American Policy Concerns

The Arab American Institute’s 2015 Leadership Days were ended with a White House with a briefing by senior members of the Obama Administration. Over 100 leaders spoke with policymakers in the Department of Justice, the National Security Council, USAID, and the personal office of the President. Read More »

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Wednesday April 29, 2015

Arab American Leadership Days Kick Off on Capitol Hill

Today, AAI hosted a select group of Arab American community leaders from across the country on Capitol Hill as part of its annual Leadership Day. Read More »

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Tuesday April 28, 2015

AAI Celebrates 30 Years at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Arab Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC for the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala and our annual Arab American Leadership Days on Capitol Hill and at the White House on April 29th and 30th. The Gala is our annual celebration of the progress made by our community, and a chance to honor individuals whose work has promoted inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines. This year, we are honoring award winning actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek Pinault, NYU President John Sexton, the Honorable Michael Baroody, and Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright. Read More »

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Friday April 24, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

For the past 16 years, AAIF awards exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made a donation that was later converted into a youth scholarship in her name. Read More »

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Tuesday April 21, 2015

A Nuanced Lens Capturing the Middle East

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

Having a foot in both the Middle East and the U.S. profoundly influenced Matar’s photography, “Although I belong in many ways to the Middle East, I am still seeing it with fresh eyes and perspectives.” Read More »

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Friday April 17, 2015

Arab American-led initiative promotes Nile River cooperation

By Eve Soliman
Winter Intern, 2015

On Monday, March 23rd the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed a preliminary agreement approving Ethiopia’s hydroelectric project and provide the framework principles for building the dam that would impact the entire region. The construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is projected to be completed in 2017 and will cost $4.2 billion dollars. Read More »

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Tuesday April 14, 2015

John Sexton to receive the Award for Individual Achievement at the 2015 Gibran Awards Gala

“The status quo is not an option. We’re in for what I call a radical restructuring of higher education today.” John Sexton established himself as a pioneer figure in the formation of the Global Network University as the President of New York University. Mr. Sexton helped make the idea of borderless education possible and has made great strides to improve U.S. relations with the rest of the world through the unifying force of education.  Read More »

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Tuesday April 07, 2015

Alaa Basatneh, Peaceful Syrian Protestor’s Ally in Chicago

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

When speaking with Alaa Basatneh, you immediately get a sense of her quiet tenacity and unrelenting hope. At only 22, she has become an essential player in organizing peaceful protests against the Syrian regime from her home in Chicago. Read More »

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Friday April 03, 2015

Arab American Generations Launches with Keynote Speaker Ralph Nader

The Arab American Institute kicked off the Arab American Generations program with a packed room eager to hear from our esteemed speaker, Ralph Nader. Read More »

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Thursday April 02, 2015

Unsung Heroes

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it’s important to remember the women in the Middle East and all over the world who work daily and without fanfare to ensure that their communities are just and peaceful places. When the cameras are off and journalists have moved on to the next story, their work continues—often at great personal risk. Read More »

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Monday March 30, 2015

Perseverance at Its Best

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement that public schools in New York City will be closed in observance of the two most sacred Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, represents a meaningful achievement for the American Muslim community in New York, but also for the community nationally. Read More »

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Friday March 27, 2015

Michael Baroody to receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the 2015 Gibran Awards Gala

For the past seventeen years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has celebrated exceptional individuals whose work and service reflect the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran by promoting inclusion, cooperation, and greater understanding among people with diverse backgrounds. The Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service was created in 2004, in collaboration with Her Majesty Queen Noor, to honor Arab Americans who have excelled in public service and have strong pride in their ethnic heritage. Over his long career Mr. Baroody has demonstrated dedication to both his country and community, ranging from time serving in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and many posts with elected officials at the state and federal level, to spearheading efforts as treasurer of the Kahlil Gibran Memorial Foundation to build and maintain the memorial sculpture dedicated to the Lebanese-American poet in Washington, DC.  Read More »

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Wednesday March 25, 2015

Spy Games

A new game, TouchTone, released this week to the iTunes app store puts you in the shoes of a National Security Agency analyst. To move through the levels, you must solve puzzles in order to intercept communications from potential security threats, all while answering to your handler, codenamed “patriot”. The game is unsettling, after solving a puzzle correctly, you’re able to read private emails and make an assessment on whether to report them as suspicious activity. The more of these messages you read, the less sure you are of your ability to distinguish threats, and the less agency you feel you have in making your assessments. Read More »

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Monday March 23, 2015

Comedy and Crackdowns in Egypt

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

The wave of expression and revitalization of public discourse that came with the Arab uprisings of 2011 has since given way to increased repression and a crackdown on activists, journalists, and even comedians in Egypt. With laws mandating life imprisonment for accepting foreign funding to the ban on protests near official buildings, state policies have made it incredibly difficult for human rights activists to safely continue their work and Egyptian civil society to function normally. Read More »

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Friday March 20, 2015

Journalist Lawrence Wright to receive the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

We created the Anthony Shadid award in 2012 with Anthony Shadid's widow, Nada Bakri, as a way of honoring journalists whose coverage of the Arab world or the Arab American community has had groundbreaking impact. It is for his commitment to humanizing and demystifying the Middle East’s most complex people and conflicts that we celebrate Lawrence Wright with the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism at this year’s 2015 Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala, on April 29 in Washington, DC. Read More »

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