Daniels to receive Arab American award

Posted by Associated Press on May 10, 2011

An Arab heritage organization is honoring Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his work in the public sector.The Arab American Institute will present Daniels with the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service during their 13th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala in May.The group says in a news release that the award is also in recognition of Daniels' pride in his ethnic heritage. The governor's paternal grandparents are from northern Syria.Daniels says he's grateful the institute thought of him, and the award reminds him of the opportunity that his penniless, illiterate grandparents had found in America.Daniels' spokeswoman says the...

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Arab Americans After Death of bin Laden

Posted by C-SPAN on May 08, 2011

James Zogby talked about the reaction in the Arab-American community to the killing of Osama bin Laden and its aftermath. Topics included Arab-American views on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, U.S. policy toward Libya and Pakistan, and the year's upheaval throughout the Arab world. He talked about changes in Arab-American civic life and political attitudes. Mr. Zogby is the author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (Palgrave Macmillan). He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. The program concluded with a video clip of a spoof of Osama bin Laden on C-SPAN.

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Gov. Daniels says White House speculation reinforced Syrian roots

Posted by on May 04, 2011

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said the increased notoriety from speculation he may run for president has helped him reconnect with his Syrian ancestors.

Daniels, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Syria to western Pennsylvania, said the new connections have also deepened his concern for the country's people.

While accepting an award for public service Wednesday from the Arab American Institute at a dinner in Washington, Daniels told the audience how speculation he may seek the GOP's 2012 White House nomination was covered in the Syrian press, which prompted two people to contact him."I got emails from people there who had...

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Accepting award, Mitch Daniels highlights Syrian background

Posted by on May 04, 2011

Mitch Daniels drew extensively on his Syrian heritage in accepting an award from an Arab-American group Wednesday night, connecting his own family’s journey to the United States with the uprisings unfolding in his ancestral homeland and elsewhere in the Arab world.“There have been the same stirrings, same yearnings for freedom that have busted loose elsewhere," the Indiana governor said during his second public appearance of the day in Washington. “May Syria and all the lands near it soon become places of peace, and freedom and self-determination.” Daniels, who gave a major education speech earlier in the day...

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Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’

Posted by on April 19, 2011

While some GOP presidential contenders ratchet up their anti-Muslim rhetoric to toxic levels, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel (R) is set to accept a prestigious award next month from the Arab American Institute.May Berry, executive director of AAI, told TPM that the award was incidental to his status as a possible presidential candidate and celebrates his broad record of public service and his Syrian heritage, which is not commonly known. Nonetheless, she noted that Daniels' award comes at a time of increasingly mainstream anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in conservative circles."It's a moment to honor our own and Mitch Daniels goes back...

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HOPE continues humanitarian mission at 4th annual banquet

Posted by Nick Meyer on April 16, 2011

DEARBORN  —  As airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip have continued and general civilian populations in Palestine have continued to suffer under an internationally-condemned occupation, the need for humanitarian aid has remained high to say the least.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn's Humanitarian Organization for Palestinian Equality (HOPE) in recognition of this need held its 4th annual "United for Freedom" banquet at The Dearborn Inn in  support of Palestinian civilians on Friday, April 8 as a large crowd raised money for the United Palestinian Appeal organization.  Proceeds from the night were expected to go to the Samouni Community Center and Classroom...

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Giving Voice to Arab Americans So Phobia Won’t Silence U.S. Principles

Posted by Michael Coleman on April 11, 2011

On the day after Rep. Peter King's headline-grabbing congressional hearing on Islamic radicals in the United States last month, James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, sat in his downtown office trying to make sense of it all.The loquacious intellectual and leading spokesman for Arabs in America (and sometimes by default, Muslims) concluded that the hearing, the first in a series, didn't make any sense. He wasn't alone. Critics said the entire thing smacked of a McCarthy-like witch-hunt, and that the opening hearing produced plenty of drama and political posturing, but little actual debate or analysis. King,...

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Giving Voice to Arab Americans So Phobia Won’t Silence U.S. Principles

Posted by Michael Coleman on April 11, 2011

On the day after Rep. Peter King's headline-grabbing congressional hearing on Islamic radicals in the United States last month, James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, sat in his downtown office trying to make sense of it all.The loquacious intellectual and leading spokesman for Arabs in America (and sometimes by default, Muslims) concluded that the hearing, the first in a series, didn't make any sense. He wasn't alone. Critics said the entire thing smacked of a McCarthy-like witch-hunt, and that the opening hearing produced plenty of drama and political posturing, but little actual debate or analysis. King,...

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