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 and...

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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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Super Bowl Redux

Posted on February 04, 2015
In what would be the clear winner of the Super Bowl of crazy interviews, last week’s Foreign Affairs interview with Syrian regime leader Bashar Al Assad escalated the strongman’s friendly sociopath persona to new heights.
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We’re Back

Posted on January 28, 2015
We’re back! With a mere 649 days until the 2016 Presidential elections we've got much to cover and no time to waste. So here it is, your first edition of Countdown in 2015!
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Cooperation, Nominations and New Friends

Posted on November 14, 2014
Excuse our absence last week, post-election fatigue got to us. As you have probably heard, the Arab American community experienced its share of triumphs and disappointments.
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Win or Lose

Posted on October 31, 2014
This is our last countdown before the midterms and we just want to take a moment to remind you to #YallaVote.
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Lost In Translation

Posted on October 24, 2014
Last weekend, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop a Texas voting requirement that necessitates all voters to show specific forms of ID before they cast their ballot. The law would disenfranchise an estimated 600,000 people – primarily African Americans and Hispanics – in the State.
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Ready or Not

Posted on October 16, 2014

Ebola Spreads to the Midterms

For some politicians, the first question that comes to mind as the nation attempts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from spreading isn’t how to go about doing so, but how can I use this to my advantage? That’s right – the global Ebola outbreak now qualifies as election material. Michigan Republican Senatorial candidate Terri Lynn Land used the outbreak to reflect on President Obama’s management skills, saying that both the president and her Democratic challenger Rep. Gary Peters need “to lead and come up with a...

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It Does Seem Odd

Posted on October 10, 2014
Netanyahu is proud to be an American – apparently the Prime Minister of Israel understands American values better than the U.S. president and the administration does.
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