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Obama shuts down Bush-era Muslim registry to keep Donald Trump from using it
BY ALEX DAUGHERTY WASHINGTON
In 2001, Roskana Mun was a 16-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant living in one of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods. After 9/11, the U.S. government started tracking foreign Muslim men and boys, and Mun’s neighborhood changed as men were detained and in some cases deported.
“Women had to juggle raising a whole family and face the threat of detention,” Mun said. “Girls had to step up, and young people...Read more Original Article
BY 94.1 KPFA SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
Did you know that in many states, Arab numbers are equal to or greater than Jewish numbers — but for a variety of reasons, Arabs have never defeated a candidate with their clout. Why? In this episode, Arab American Institute president, Dr. James Zogby explains. He gets real about what it takes to achieve power in this country and he would know … For decades, he’s been working tirelessly in Washington to influence power in a pretty hostile climate. Don’t miss...Read more Original Article
BY MIKE DENEEN August 2, 2016
Thousands of visitors came to Cleveland last month to be part of the Republican National Convention. Most came for serious business – whether delegates on the floor or protesters outside. However, one group came not for business, but for comedy – albeit comedy with a message.
As you are likely aware, Republican candidate Donald Trump has generated tremendous controversy in his campaign, particularly in regards to Muslims. The Arab American Institute Foundation decided rather than doing traditional programming at this year’s RNC, it would put on a comedy show. “BANNED: Dangerously Funny Arab...Read more Original Article
BY RANIA KHALEK July 21, 2016
The Democratic primary race for president is effectively over following Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
But the battle over Israel and Palestine within the party is just getting started and will likely spill over into the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.
Throughout the platform writing process, those appointed to the drafting committee by Sanders shattered the illusion of lockstep Democratic support for Israel, first in Washington, DC, then in St. Louis and finally in Orlando, where the drafts were voted on by the full platform committee on July 9th....Read more Original Article
BY ANDREW KACZYNSKI July 14, 2016
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ran for Congress in 1990, his campaign came under fire from Arab-American groups for a political ad that was labeled racially-insensitive.
Pence, who is reportedly a finalist to be chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, later expressed his regrets about his behavior in that race in an op-ed titled“Confessions of a Negative Campaign.”
The ad, which BuzzFeed News was unable to obtain and view but was widely reported on in local press at the time, featured a man with a heavily Middle Eastern accent wearing a black...Read more Original Article
BY MOLLY TOOLE June 29, 2016
The meeting at a St. Louis hotel had run for more than nine hours and stretched into the night by the time the main reason Jim Zogby was there came up. As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s primary point person on the intractable Israeli-Palestine conflict, long a political landmine in U.S. presidential politics, Zogby was ready for a fight.
“We do not often see the Arab-Israeli conflict through Palestinian eyes,” Zogby began, according to an informal transcript of the meeting obtained byForeign Policy.
He was pushing an amendment calling for “an end to occupation...Read more Original Article
BY DANIEL BUSH December 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM EST
Despite widespread condemnation from critics at home and abroad, Donald Trump’s poll numbers aren’t suffering. His lead has only increased since he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, proving that such inflammatory rhetoric resonates with many Republican primary voters and alarming party elites who now see the businessman as a serious threat to win the GOP presidential nomination.
Whether this strategy translates to a win in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1 — or helps propel Trump to the nomination — remains to be seen.Read more Original Article
Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US has sparked a furore: the White House says the plan should disqualify Mr Trump from becoming president. The Pentagon says it hurts America's national security. And even the Republican speaker of the House says this is NOT what the party stands for. BBC World News presenter Mike Embley discussed the backlash with Gabriel Debenedetti, National Political Reporter with Politico and Maya Berry, the executive director of the Arab American Institute.Read more Original Article
By Justin Salhani
DEARBORN, MICHIGAN — When news broke that ISIS killed 130 people in Paris, this Detroit suburb known for its thriving Arab American community prepared for the inevitable retaliation. The day before, three Dearborn, Michigan residents had been killed in an attack — also claimed by ISIS – in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, but locals here often aren’t afforded the time to mourn.
Dearborn, a city of 95,000 people, has the highest concentrations of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the United States, making the community here a target for anti-Muslim sentiment. While the city resembles an American...Read more Original Article