We’re Back!

Posted on May 07, 2015
We didn't forget about you but were just incredibly busy with our Gibran Gala and Leadership Days, last week. We love our community and thank all those who joined us to commemorate AAI's 30th anniversary at our Gala and Leadership Days. Over 700 guests attended the Gala, and we could not have done any of it without you. Thank you so much for being with us last week to celebrate our heritage, our achievements, and to reflect on the progress that has been made, and the work that still needs to be done. We also want to thank all of our wonderful awardees Salma Hayek Pinault, Lawrence Wright, John Sexton and Michael Baroody for their leadership and for embodying the spirit and tradition of the Arab American poet Kahlil Gibran.
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Hard Road Ahead

Posted on April 08, 2015
In what is likely to be the most complex campaign to earn a GOP presidential nomination, Sen. Paul must tread a very thin line appealing to both his libertarian base as well as a much broader GOP base.
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How Could This Happen?

Posted on April 02, 2015
The plight of Palestinians living in Syria has been all but ignored since the start of the conflict. As international delegations headed to Kuwait for the third annual donor conference on Syria, UNRWA warned that the emergency fund for Palestinians was dangerously low.
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And We’re Off!

Posted on March 26, 2015
Tea Party luminary Ted Cruz charismatically launched his bid for the presidency this week. And boy, the champion Princeton debater raised the bar high for those who will follow, even if he did immediately hit his head on that very same bar upon resuming his Senatorial duties. Ted Cruz put together quite a show for the 10,000 Liberty University students who were required to attend.
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Everything Old Is New Again

Posted on March 19, 2015
The Israeli elections wrapped up on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu securing a fourth term. His public shift to the right in the days ahead of the election, declaring there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, and his racist insult on election day against Israel's Arab citizens, "right-wing rule is in danger, Arab voters are streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations," worked as designed.
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“There’s still work left to be done”

Posted on March 12, 2015
While Republicans have railed against the Obama Administration and Democrats for their lack of bipartisan efforts in the past, it seems that there are certain instances in which casting bipartisan efforts aside is appropriate. Senator McConnell seemed to get a little ahead of himself last week after he bypassed the committee process and attempted to bring the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 up for a vote before the March 24th deadline for a political framework.
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Keep Your Friends Far and Your Enemies Farther

Posted on March 04, 2015

Countdown Vol. 13, No. 5

Bigotry at its Best

We all knew that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approached the podium at the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Policy Conference, he was bound to deliver controversial comments with the typical helping of condescension and props. The Prime Minister deployed a truly staggering litany of outmoded orientalist language at Monday's Conference.  Bibi stated that the region finds itself consumed by “medieval barbarism” and described a "dark and savage, and desperate Middle East" where women experience “repression, enslavement...

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The More Things Change…

Posted on February 25, 2015

You Say it Ain't So... But is it?

We have been repeatedly, thoroughly, annoyingly, and sometimes beautifully reminded that the White House’s “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) programs are not aimed at the American Muslim community. We were first assured when the CVE program was announced in 2010 by Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, and even though it was done so at a Muslim community center (why?!), we still wanted to believe it. Again we were promised that it wasn’t about us by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and...

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Posted on February 11, 2015
A week ago today, President Obama held the first meeting of his administration with the American Muslim community. It enjoyed the peculiar distinction of simultaneously being a top-secret meeting and publicly disclosed on the White House website. You can imagine the media furor this caused.
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