Adding Fuel to The Fire

Posted on June 19, 2013
Think our politicians have problems coming to consensus on fundamental issues? Well, the divisions among Egyptians highlighted in the new Zogby Research poll make finding consensus in Congress look like a walk in the park. One year ago, 57% of Egyptians said Morsi’s victory was either “a positive development” or “the result of a democratic election and the result need to be respected.”
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They Know You’re Reading This

Posted on June 12, 2013
You’ve heard of the SPOT program, right? Well, next time you go to the airport in just about any major city, remember this Countdown item. SPOT, which stands for Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, is a behavioral detection program used by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to screen passengers boarding planes.
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The End of a “Countdown” Era

Posted on June 04, 2013
You probably guessed by the title of this “Countdown” item that we’re not exactly heartbroken our favorite conspiracy theorist and five-term member of Congress, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, isn’t running for office next year. That’s right, in a video address last week Bachmann announced that she is not seeking a sixth term in Congress.
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Profiling is Profiling

Posted on May 28, 2013
Well, Lindsey Graham has really done it this time. Senator Graham (R-SC), a “Countdown” favorite (in the ironic sense) has succeeded in not only thwarting important efforts to prevent profiling in all its forms from the nation’s forthcoming comprehensive immigration bill, he’s effectively trying to reinstate National Security Entry-Exit System or NSEERS.
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No Waiver For Israel

Posted on May 21, 2013
Our effort to oppose rewarding Israel with Visa Waivers is gaining traction in the media, with more reports about Israel’s long history of discriminating against Arab Americans and American Muslims at its borders. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a piece about opposition to Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Visa Waiver Bill, S. 462—significant, given that the paper is one of the largest in Boxer’s own state.
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A Special Take Action Edition

Posted on May 14, 2013
The Arab American Institute is collecting stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. If you've personally been targeted by Israeli authorities in such an incident, fill out our Israel Border Harassment Reporting Form. All personal information will be kept private and stories will not be distributed without your expressed permission. As we make the case for why we should not reward Israel with visa waivers, we need to hear from you about personal accounts of Americans who have been unjustly denied entry based solely on their ethnicity, religion, political activism. We have a duty to educate our members of Congress, and let them know about the injustices at the border.
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We Won’t Back Down

Posted on May 08, 2013
After a drone strikes his village, Yemeni activist Farea Al-Muslimi comes to Washington to have a word with the Senate; physicist Stephen Hawking joins the academic boycott of Israel; former SC Governor Mark Sanford finds redemption; and if you've been harassed at Israel's border, we want to hear from you.
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Wavering on Visa Waivers

Posted on April 30, 2013
In the face of overwhelming evidence that the Bush Administration systematically tortured detainees in violation of American law and international treaty obligations, Obama’s mantra has been that he prefers to “look forward, not back.” Unfortunately for the President, his determination to forget that these crimes happened does not erase them.
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An American Citizen is an American Citizen

Posted on April 24, 2013
Those are the words of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice concerning Israeli treatment of Arab American citizens who are denied entry or subjected to heightened scrutiny at Israeli borders, an issue we have written about several times and raised with US officials on countless occasions.
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For Boston, Gibran and the Year Ahead

Posted on April 16, 2013
We were all Bostonians last night as we looked on in horror at the senseless attacks on our fellow Americans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Boston and to those directly affected by yesterday's horrible tragedy.
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