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 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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