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Dr. Zogby — Washington Watch

Arab Americans: Confident and Concerned

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Over the many years I have been involved working within the Arab American community, I have had to contend with a range of myths and misunderstandings about both the nature and composition of the community as well as their attitudes toward major issues of concern facing the United States. On the one hand, we have engaged in demographic work to better know who we are, where we come from, and where we are living in the US today. Read More »

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

Monday November 17, 2014

Next week, Arab American leaders and activists from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing the leaders who will gather, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades.Thirty years ago, the obstacles confronting the community were quite different. Back then, Arab Americans, as an organized constituency, were excluded from the mainstream of American political life. Read More »

A 2014 Postmortem

Monday November 10, 2014

A few observations about this week's elections: 1. Our politics continue to be distorted and corrupted. In October, 1994, I was in the lounge at Kennedy Airport in New York City waiting to board an Egypt Air flight to Cairo. My fellow passengers, mostly Egyptians, were seated near a television watching a rather engaging program. Being just a few weeks before Election Day, each of the commercial breaks that interrupted the show featured hard-hitting political ads. They were dramatic and graphically compelling as such ads can be, with both the Democratic and Republican candidates' campaigns ferociously attacking each other.  Read More »

More to the US-Israel Spat Than Meets the Eye

Monday November 03, 2014

In case you haven't noticed, the Obama Administration is in the midst of an on-going and very public spat with the Netanyahu government in Israel. The "tit for tat" exchanges have been noted in the press, with reporters and some analysts providing banal motives for the acrimony. Some have suggested "revenge" -- pointing to Netanyahu's support for Obama's 2012 rival, Mitt Romney.  Read More »

My Mother, My Values, My Vote

Monday October 27, 2014

Back in 1996, my mother was interviewed on Good Morning America. They were doing a story on the November election and wanted to know why she, an 89-year-old Catholic woman, was voting for Democrats. In her responses to the GMA reporter, Mom related how her life experiences had shaped her politics. Her words are as relevant today, as they were 18 years ago. Read More »

We Need to Know More, But the “Experts” Aren’t Helping

Monday October 20, 2014

With the U.S. currently engaged in an air-war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and with voices now calling for deeper engagement in both conflict zones, the American public is being bombarded with commentary and analysis about ISIS, Syria and Iraq, and Muslims.  Read More »

The Fateful Decision: British House of Commons Votes on Palestine

Saturday October 11, 2014

On Monday, the British House of Commons will vote on a resolution recognizing the "State of Palestine." Passage of the motion will not create a state nor will it end the Israeli occupation. A "yes" vote is, nevertheless, important for several reasons. Though symbolic, passage will provide a much needed boost to the beleaguered Palestinian people. It will send a message that the world is paying attention to their plight and recognizes their rights.  Read More »

Netanyahu Fooled the New York Times— for One Day

Monday October 06, 2014

Ever the clever one, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was up to his old tricks again this week. On Monday, he addressed a half empty UN General Assembly chamber and then came to Washington for what was reported to be a rather chilly meeting with President Obama. His United Nations' speech was classic Netanyahu—ominous doomsday warnings coupled with red meat for the faithful, followed by misdirection and, for good measure, a bit of outright deceit intended for media consumption.  Read More »

Lebanon: The Forgotten Front

Monday September 29, 2014

While the world's attention has been focused on the combined efforts of Arab and US forces attacking "Islamic State" (IS) positions in Iraq and Syria, there is unfolding in Lebanon, a third front in the war against this violent extremist group. This third front has received scant attention. Because Lebanon has been so overwhelmed by the fallout from Syria's civil war, aggravating the country's fragile sectarian balance, the threat of IS poses an existential challenge that must not be ignored.  Read More »

A War Worth Fighting, But We’re Not There Yet

Monday September 22, 2014

It appears that we may be going to war against the Islamic State (IS). I use the word "appears" advisedly, because appearances may be deceiving. It's true that we've already bombed almost 200 IS targets. And it's true that the President has declared his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the IS, with Vice-President Biden upping the rhetorical ante promising to "follow them to the gates of hell". It's also true that Congress has now appropriated significant sums to train and arm a select group of Syria opposition fighters. But even with all this, there are still too many pieces of this puzzle that don't fit or are missing to be able to say what we are doing or where it will go. Read More »

Ted Cruz: The Dangers of Not Listening

Saturday September 13, 2014

My mother was fond of saying "if you want someone to hear you, you must first listen to them" -- know them, understand the questions they are asking, and be sensitive to their concerns. If you do this, she would say, "you will be able to speak with people and not at them." What happens when you don't follow this simple rule of communication was on display during the "In Defense of Christians" conference. Read More »

In Defense of Christians

Monday September 08, 2014

We have every reason to be concerned with the fate of the Christian communities of the Arab World. From Egypt to Iraq, these ancient churches have not only survived through centuries of hardship, foreign invasions, and domestic repression, they have also played an important role contributing to Arab culture and Islamic civilization. Read More »

A Lesson to Learn

Tuesday September 02, 2014

Almost daily, we are faced by difficult choices we are challenged to confront over a range of foreign and domestic policy concerns. We must decide whether to stand firm on principle or negotiate and compromise; whether to push for everything we want or work to achieve what we believe is possible.  Read More »

Ferguson Is All of Us

Monday August 25, 2014

This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go. Read More »

Obama’s Iraq Policy: Passing the First Hurdle

Monday August 18, 2014

With Nouri al-Maliki agreeing to step aside in favor of Haider al Abadi, Iraq may have passed its first hurdle on the way to forming the kind of government that will be needed to defeat the Islamic State (IS) and save the country from further conflict and fragmentation. Passing this hurdle may also serve to vindicate the cautious approach the Obama Administration has taken in addressing the crisis created by the brutal eruption of the IS. Read More »

The Gaza Saga Continues

Monday August 11, 2014

Bombs stopped falling on Gaza for three days, allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to return to what had once been their homes and neighborhoods. For many, this brief respite provided no relief since they emerged from their shelters only to find that the places they knew no longer existed. Homes in which they were born and raised, that held within their walls memories of the lives they lived, had been reduced to rubble. Not only had lives and hope been victims of this onslaught, memories were shattered, as well. Read More »

Arab Americans and American Muslims Are at Risk

Monday August 04, 2014

This past week the Arab American Institute (AAI) released its third biannual poll of American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims. Conducted by Zogby Analytics, 1100 likely voters were surveyed nationwide. The results were deeply troubling.  Read More »

The Washington Post Fails in Gaza

Monday July 28, 2014

Press coverage of this ugly war on Gaza has only served to remind us of the fundamental problem that has plagued the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the very beginning: Israelis are seen as real individual people; while Palestinians are an abstraction— objects of contempt, scorn, or pity—but not real people with whom we can relate. Read More »

The Nightmare of Gaza Continues

Monday July 21, 2014

I can only imagine the horror in Gaza today as Israel intensifies its assault of that overcrowded, impoverished strip. It is a continuing nightmare story of pain and loss, of trauma and devastation. The heartbreaking numbers by themselves tell part of the story— with hundreds killed, thousands wounded, tens of thousands without homes, and now 600,000 without water. But the story of Gaza is more than these numbers and this current assault. Read More »

The “Morality” of the Powerful

Monday July 14, 2014

More galling than Israel's brutal behavior toward the Palestinians is their determined effort to cloak their actions with claims of morality. There is, of course, nothing new in this. Throughout history, more powerful nations have always sought to portray themselves as more noble and their conquests as serving an elevated purpose. Read More »

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