Khalil & Da Mayor!

Posted by Makeda Saggau-Sackey on April 24, 2010

The awards honor those who enhance the lives of Arab Americans and promote peaceful coexistence in all walks of life. We snapped Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha with his wife Rafif Elsayed.

Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley received the Award for Individual Achievement for convening the first US-Arab Cities Forum with Chicago’s sister cities. (Plus after showing Rahm yesterday, it's an equal time thing.) Hizzoner is with Randa Fahmy Hudome, who runs an eponymous government relations firm.

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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by Allied Media on April 23, 2010

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event. Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative.

“This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by Allied Media on April 23, 2010

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event. Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative.

“This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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Ambassador Rice Says ‘We Support the Fayyad statehood plan’

Posted by Wtana on April 23, 2010

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice addressed the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala Wednesday night. Amid the glitz and glamor of a Washington gala, Rice gave a rousing endorsement of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s statehood plan:

“We strongly support [Prime Minister Salam] Fayyad’s two-year plan and will do everything to make it happen.”

The Palestinian prime minister has worked tirelessly to ready the Palestinian territories for statehood – improving civil infrastructure in the West Bank, improving transparency in the government, and boycotting settler goods in the West Bank...

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Cultural preservation work earns prestigious honour for Emirati

Posted by Steven Stanek on April 22, 2010

Washington // A top Emirati businessman and philanthropist, Juma al Majid, was honoured yesterday with the prestigious Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity award for his charitable work in the UAE and efforts to preserve Arab and Islamic culture.

Mr al Majid, who sits atop a large business conglomerate that includes the UAE distributor of the South Korean car brand Kia, received the “award for international commitment” for the work of the Juma al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage, a Dubai-based non-profit reference library and research institute that has collected and restored more than 400,000 Islamic...

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UAE philanthropist honored by Arab American Institute and Foundation

Posted by Embassy of the United Arab Emirates on April 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (22 April 2010) — UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba recently attended the Arab American Institute and Foundation’s (AAIF) 2010 gala, where he accepted the Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award for International Commitment on behalf of UAE philanthropist and businessman Juma Al Majid.

AAIF chose Mr. Al Majid as its 2010 honoree because of his exemplary dedication of financial, humanitarian, and academic resources in order to preserve the unique culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Notably, in 1991, Mr. Al Majid established the Juma Al Majid...

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UN AMBASSADOR SAYS PALESTINIAN STATE IS A US NATIONAL INTEREST

Posted by Watan on April 22, 2010

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered rousing remarks at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala in Washington, DC . Her address was both an emphatic restatement of US policy in the Middle East and a genuine human approach to a conflict-riddled corner of the world.

After congratulating the honorees and thanking AAI president James Zogby, Rice emphasized the American belief in equality.

“Today, we seek a world rooted in a truth that we hold to be self-evident: that all people are indeed created equal,” Rice said “—of equal worth, of...

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Your privacy is assured

Posted by AAI- Helen Samhan on March 31, 2010

As census forms arrive in households across the country, arguments are surfacing that aim to frighten people — in South Florida and throughout the nation — from participating. They must be corrected. The consequences of avoiding the census are real, because an undercount costs those areas millions of dollars in lost federal assistance that is tied to population totals.

One fear is that individual census responses will not be kept safe. Every Census Bureau employee has taken a lifelong oath to protect the confidentiality of census responses. Any employee who reveals any personal census information is subject to...

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Census to Count Arabs as White, Despite Write-In Campaign

Posted by Suzanne Manneh on March 25, 2010

The Census Bureau says it doesn’t matter if Arab Americans write their race in on their Census questionnaire. Even if they check the “other” box and write in “Arab,” as many community groups advocate, the Census will still count them as racially white. “Anyone from Europe, North Africa or the Middle East [will be classified] as white,” said Roberto Ramirez, chief of the ethnicity and ancestry branch at the Census Bureau. Ramirez said that will be the case no matter how many people write in “Arab,” because the Census Bureau is required by law to...

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Census 2010 Seeks Partnerships with Arab American Organizations

Posted by Arab Detroit on March 22, 2010

Arab American Institute’s Helen Samhan shares the benefits of partnering with the Census Bureau for the 2010 Census outreach efforts. The Census Bureau seeks over 100,000 partnerships for the 2010 Census with organizations, religious institutions, businesses, schools, etc. to increase the reach of the Census, especially in small hard-to-reach communities.

The Arab American Institute (AAI), the lead organization representing Arab Americans’ policy and community interests, was founded in 1985 by James Zogby. Samhan is the Executive Director of AAI and has been working alongside the Census team to encourage Arab American participation in the Census for the past...

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