Religion’s role evident in Egyptian protests, says observer

Posted by Catholic News Service on February 02, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Religion has had its role to play in the mass rallies in Egypt protesting the oppressive regime of President Hosni Mubarak, according to the head of the Arab American Institute. "To date, you had Muslims guarding the Christian churches. You had Christians surrounding the mosques on Friday (Jan. 28) to keep the police from storming them," said James Zogby, author of "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters." He added: "As folks used to say in the labor movement: 'On the line, allies get made.' I think there is a public coming...

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U.S. Appeals For Orderly Transition In Egypt

Posted by Michele Kelemen on February 01, 2011

The United States evacuated 1,200 Americans from Egypt on Monday, and the State Department says it will keep chartering flights as long as needed. Behind the scenes, the Obama administration is pressing the Egyptian government to prepare for what U.S. officials call an orderly transition to democracy. The U.S. has carefully avoided calling for Hosni Mubarak to step aside.

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U.S. Appeals For Orderly Transition In Egypt

Posted by Michele Kelemen on February 01, 2011

The United States evacuated 1,200 Americans from Egypt on Monday, and the State Department says it will keep chartering flights as long as needed. Behind the scenes, the Obama administration is pressing the Egyptian government to prepare for what U.S. officials call an orderly transition to democracy. The U.S. has carefully avoided calling for Hosni Mubarak to step aside.

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Can Iraq stand on its own?

Posted by www.msnbc.msn.com on December 29, 2010

AAI President James Zogby appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Mathews to discuss the current situation in Iraq and plans for the country going forward.

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Wikileaks Cable: American TV Shows ‘Agents of Influence’ in Saudi Arabia

Posted by Devin Dwyer on December 10, 2010

American television shows broadcast across the Middle East are proving to be effective "agents of influence" in the ongoing battle over hearts and minds of ordinary Muslims pondering jihad against the United States, a confidential government cable published by Wikileaks reveals.

ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and "World News with Diane Sawyer," as well as CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and NBC's sitcom "Friends," all carry more sway with viewers than a U.S. taxpayer-funded Middle East broadcast network, an unnamed Saudi source told U.S. embassy officials last year.

"It's still all about the War of...

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‘They Wonder Why America Hates Them’

Posted by Natasha Mozgovaya on December 09, 2010

When former U.S. President George W. Bush wanted to improve the image of the United States in the Arab world, he entrusted the mission to Charlotte Beers, who began her career as a product manager for Uncle Ben's Rice. But clever copywriter's gimmicks - such as an inspiring film clip featuring a female Moroccan Olympic medalist running in shorts, or the Osama Bin Laden "Wanted dead or alive" poster that Beers attempted to place in Arab newspapers - didn't exactly go over big in Arab countries.

After the war began in Iraq, Beers left her job, but to this day,...

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No Clear Way Forward as Mideast Talks Collapse

Posted by Howard Arenstein on December 09, 2010

American efforts to get Israel to freeze Jewish settlement construction have collapsed. U.S. officials are scrambling to get Middle East peace talks back on track. But Palestinians are talking about moving ahead on their own toward an independent state.

President Obama's goal of reaching a comprehensive Middle East agreement by next September seems more remote than ever. So, the Palestinians are threatening to dissolve their limited government in the West Bank and act unilaterally to get the United Nations to approve an independent state.

Such a state has already been recognized by Brazil and Argentina. Palestinians say letters of recognition...

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Peter King: George Bush right on waterboarding

Posted by Seung Min Kim on November 10, 2010

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday defended the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding and said a Democratic colleague was “entirely wrong” to call for an investigation into the interrogation method sanctioned by the previous White House.King, the presumptive next chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, pushed back against demands by Rep. Jerrold Nadler  (D-N.Y.) for a probe into Bush-era waterboarding and asserted that President George W. Bush’s authorization of the practice “saved many, many lives.”

“Jerry and I are friends, but he’s entirely wrong on this,” King said in an interview with POLITICO’s Arena. “There would’ve been...

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James Zogby, a Catholic of Lebanese descent, works to dispel myths about Arabs

Posted by Monica Hesse on October 20, 2010

In the early days after 9/11, employees of the Arab American Institute huddled in their modest K Street offices, afraid to leave the building. Police downstairs guarded the entrance, serving as protection from those who might deliver on the death threats sent to the nonprofit's founder and president, James Zogby. Raghead, they had said. I'll slit your throat.

This is not the story that Zogby likes to tell. He prefers the one that happened next, the one where, in the middle of the threats and the police and the fact that the world had suddenly gone pear-shaped, he heard a...

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Arab-Americans favor Democrats, poll shows

Posted by Denver Post Wire Report on October 05, 2010

WASHINGTON — Arab-Americans, once considered a political swing group, are now solidly Democratic, according to a poll released Monday.

The survey conducted for the Arab American Institute by Zogby International indicates that Arab-Americans prefer Democratic candidates in the Nov. 2 midterm elections and that they overwhelmingly favor a Democrat-controlled Congress.

The survey found that the controversy over the proposed New York mosque and community center reinforced Arab-Americans' Democratic leanings because many critics of the plan were Republicans.

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