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Wednesday March 04, 2015

Keep Your Friends Far and Your Enemies Farther

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Wednesday February 25, 2015

The More Things Change…

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Wednesday February 11, 2015

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

A week ago today, President Obama held the first meeting of his administration with the American Muslim community. It enjoyed the peculiar distinction of simultaneously being a top-secret meeting and publicly disclosed on the White House website. You can imagine the media furor this caused.  Read More »

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Wednesday February 04, 2015

Super Bowl Redux

In what would be the clear winner of the Super Bowl of crazy interviews, last week’s Foreign Affairs interview with Syrian regime leader Bashar Al Assad escalated the strongman’s friendly sociopath persona to new heights.  Read More »

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Wednesday January 28, 2015

We’re Back

We’re back! With a mere 649 days until the 2016 Presidential elections we've got much to cover and no time to waste. So here it is, your first edition of Countdown in 2015! Read More »

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Friday November 14, 2014

Cooperation, Nominations and New Friends

Excuse our absence last week, post-election fatigue got to us. As you have probably heard, the Arab American community experienced its share of triumphs and disappointments. Read More »

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Friday October 31, 2014

Win or Lose

This is our last countdown before the midterms and we just want to take a moment to remind you to #YallaVote. Read More »

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Friday October 24, 2014

Lost In Translation

Last weekend, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop a Texas voting requirement that necessitates all voters to show specific forms of ID before they cast their ballot. The law would disenfranchise an estimated 600,000 people – primarily African Americans and Hispanics – in the State. Read More »

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Thursday October 16, 2014

Ready or Not

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Friday October 10, 2014

It Does Seem Odd

Netanyahu is proud to be an American – apparently the Prime Minister of Israel understands American values better than the U.S. president and the administration does.  Read More »

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Friday October 03, 2014

Know Your Audience

We haven’t even finished with the 2014 elections and candidates are already posturing on foreign policy as Middle East issues take the spotlight. You’ve probably heard of Ted Cruz’s controversial comments to Middle East Christians last month. Well, we are surprised to see Rick Santorum’s lengthy and strong statement against Ted Cruz’s actions at the summit.  Read More »

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Thursday September 25, 2014

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

The Arab American Institute joined thousands of other groups in registering voters across the country for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday and some big breaking news: our nation’s first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, is stepping down and will leave his position after six years serving the president. Read More »

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Friday September 19, 2014

Time After Time

Election season always brings out the best in our government representatives, right?  Read More »

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Friday September 12, 2014

Boos Cruz and the Latest News

We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. In advance of this week’s seminal “In Defense of Christians” summit, AAI’s Jim Zogby – who serves on the IDC advisory board – warned in his column that we should be concerned with “those [attending] who either want to defend only some Christians… or those whose advocacy is limited exclusively to Christians.” You can see then why we weren’t too surprised when Texas Senator Ted Cruz got booed off stage after unnecessarily inserting Israel into his keynote speech.  Read More »

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Friday September 05, 2014

Working On It

Whether ending the occupation, passing the USA FREEDOM Act, devising a Syria strategy, investigating questionable practices by local law enforcement, or applying pressure on obstinate international actors, they're working on it! Read More »

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Wednesday August 27, 2014

Don’t Count On It

While the 2014 primaries wrap up, attention is already turning to 2016 – sure, The Hill’s “65 people who might run for president in 2016” may be just a bit excessive, but there are clear signs that some are laying the groundwork for 2016 presidential bids. We aren’t just talking about Hillary Clinton and Rick Perry, who we all know have been making the rounds. Read More »

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Friday August 22, 2014

On And On

As Arab Americans, we understand the real life impact of profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. We know how it can range from “minor” inconveniences while traveling to destroying someone’s professional career. But the death of yet another young African American teenager demonstrates how truly grave the consequences of profiling can be. We stand in solidarity with all victims of profiling and against the militarization of police forces. We stand with those seeking justice in last week’s shooting of Michael Brown, in which we saw the most extreme impact of profiling. There is so much work to be done. Read More »

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Wednesday August 13, 2014

Few Steps Forward, Few Steps Back

The Arab American Institute hosted an important emergency leadership summit in DC last Thursday on U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing crises in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We heard from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who spoke to members of our community just as news alerts were coming in about the United States air drop in Iraq and the military strikes against ISIS. With that, our community’s discussions over the troubling U.S. policies on Gaza also turned to the U.S. actions and strategy in Iraq, where important communities, including Iraq’s minorities, are being targeted, excluded and expelled by an “Islamic State.”  Read More »

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Friday August 01, 2014

We All Need A Break

The line between liberty and security continues to blur, as news such as Greenwald’s revelations in the Intercept about NSA surveillance and the FBI’s counterterrorism practices emerge every few weeks. We only need to look at the latest AAI Poll on American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims to understand why these practices continue without much outcry. Read More »

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Friday July 25, 2014

Mic Check: One, Two

It’s been a rough week for Secretary of State Kerry and most of the Middle East. Read More »

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