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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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Thursday July 17, 2014

Get Back To Work

This year, the annual White House Iftar was once again not without controversy. Normally a time to celebrate faith and community (as AAI did in our offices the following evening), this year’s White House Iftar was plagued by politics.  Read More »

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Thursday July 10, 2014

Let Freedom Ring?

We told you last week to expect some big news from Glenn Greenwald, who broke many of the Edward Snowden stories. Here we are, just after celebrating the 4th of July, with some new revelations from Greenwald that show major infringements of our civil liberties and basic rights.  Read More »

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Wednesday July 02, 2014

It Just IS

Throughout the past few weeks, Israel has accused Hamas of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and has retaliated by conducting the largest military operation in the West Bank since the second intifada. On Monday, the bodies of the three abducted Israeli teenagers were found in a field in Hebron. “Off the deep end” and “unprecedented,” Israel’s retaliation, which includes over 34 airstrikes in Gaza, has left 13 Palestinians dead and counting, more than 400 Palestinians imprisoned, and numerous buildings and homes destroyed.  Read More »

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Wednesday June 25, 2014

Up In The Air

We’re bringing you six topics this week because we can’t neglect talking about the 2014 roller-coaster primary season. “Countdown” is a countdown to elections after all. Read More »

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Thursday June 19, 2014

Bring It Back

In light of his recent passing, AAI would like to pay tribute and recognize just how unsurpassed and dear Casey Kasem was in the hearts of the Arab American community. Featured in our Together We Came series, Kasem’s nationwide contributions are unparalleled; he truly exemplifies what it means to be an exceptional American. Read More »

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Wednesday June 11, 2014

We’re as Shocked as You Are

Excuse us if we seem all over the place, but we can’t help but be in shock today after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in the VA-07 primary yesterday. Cantor was dealt a sharp blow by a relatively unknown candidate, Dr. Dave Brat, who boasted a campaign war-chest of $200,000. No, we didn’t forget a zero. Read More »

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Thursday June 05, 2014

Welcome to the Jungle

Let the pontificating begin. Some say that Arab countries have "warmed to President Obama." Others are saying Arabs have given the President a "negative 2014 report card." This can only mean one thing – a new Zogby Research Services poll is out. This week, ZRS released a comprehensive poll conducted in 7 Arab countries that looks at how Arabs view President Obama and U.S. policy in the region. Read More »

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