Salma Hayek receives Spirit of Humanity award

Posted by Mid-Day on May 01, 2015

Hayek was recognised in the Individual Achievement category for her role as producer of the animated film "The Prophet", inspired by Khalil Gibran's book.

"I'm a citizen of the world, and my country is humanity, kids are poets from the moment they're born; they get Gibran's message without thinking about the meaning of individual words," Hayek said during the award ceremony here on Wednesday, reports Efe.

The institute highlighted the Salma Hayek Foundation's work to end violence against women and attract global attention to humanitarian crises.

In Gibran's "The Prophet" nine directors interpret the work of the poet from Lebanon....

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US-backed two-state solution aims to preserve Israeli apartheid: Activist

Posted by Press TV on May 01, 2015

The United States wants Israel to commit itself to its version of a two-state solution which seeks to preserve “Israeli apartheid,” says David Cronin, a journalist and political activist from Belgium.

Cronin made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Friday, when asked about recent remarks by National Security Adviser Susan Rice about the Obama administration’s expectations from both the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority to commit to a two-state solution. 

“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to...

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U.S. pressures Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015

The Obama administration is quietly ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and engage in peace talks toward a political solution to the nation's conflict.

While Pentagon officials have said they are still backing the now month-old Saudi bombing campaign against on Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, the White House is increasingly signaling a desire for the campaign to come to an end.

"There is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, and the humanitarian situation will only worsen if the conflict continues," President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said on...

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U.S. pressures Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015

The Obama administration is quietly ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and engage in peace talks toward a political solution to the nation's conflict.

While Pentagon officials have said they are still backing the now month-old Saudi bombing campaign against on Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, the White House is increasingly signaling a desire for the campaign to come to an end.

"There is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, and the humanitarian situation will only worsen if the conflict continues," President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said on...

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Susan Rice: ‘No Military Solution’ In Yemen Either

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015

As the Obama administration claims that there is “no military solution” to militant attacks in Iraq, Ukraine, and Syria, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice has added Yemen to the list.

“As in Syria, there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” Rice said during a speech at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Gala on Wednesday.

Rice’s stark assessment of the current situation in Yemen is the latest indication that the administration is quietly backing away from touting the fight against terrorists in Yemen as a success story.

Obama’s launched dozens of American drone strikes targeting...

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National security adviser: US expects next Israeli government to recommit to two states

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she said.Obama administration...

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Getting to know an imam and seeing Muslims in the new light

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015

By Rachel Newcomb April 30 at 3:09 PM

Rachel Newcomb is associate professor of anthropology at Rollins College, where she also directs the Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. IF THE OCEANS WERE INK An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

By Carla Power

Henry Holt. 336 pp. Paperback, $19 Since Sept. 11, 2001, popular media has tended to represent Islam as monolithic and menacing, a faith whose adherents spend their time plotting to murder infidels, oppress women and instill sharia law in Western democracies. While the actions of...

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Salma Hayek receives humanitarian award from Arab American Institute

Posted by Lebanese Examiner on May 01, 2015

April 30, 2015 (WASHINGTON, DC) — Actress and film director Salma Hayek received the “Spirit of Humanity” Kahlil Gibran Award from the Arab American Institute on Thursday during an annual gala in Washington DC honoring successful Arab-Americans.

Hayek returned from a three-day trip to Lebanon on Tuesday, where she launched her new animated film “The Prophet”, which is based on Gibran’s book.

The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra, a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with imprisoned poet Mustafa.

The Washington DC ceremony was held at the...

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Rice: Obama Administration Firm on Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015

By Mohamed Elshinnawi

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice strongly reaffirmed the Obama administration's commitment to the two-state solution that leads to a sovereign Palestinian state. 

“The U.S. remains firmly committed to an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state, living alongside a democratic Jewish state of Israel in peace and security.” Rice said. 

Her remarks came in a keynote address to hundreds of Arab Americans from around the country Wednesday at the Arab American Institute Foundation's Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.  

Rice said while reassessing the U.S. approach to the Palestinian Israeli conflict, President Obama made...

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