Gibran Gala a Stellar Success

Posted by on May 05, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday, May 4th, hundreds of guests from across the globe filled the Renaissance Hotel Ball Room in downtown Washington, DC for the 2011 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala, hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The black tie event was kicked off with a beautiful performance by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a project of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, followed by opening remarks by William Daley, White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Daley talked about the essential role Arab Americans play in our country, highlighted the challenging but hopeful times we have...

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Gov. Daniels says White House speculation reinforced Syrian roots

Posted by on May 04, 2011 in News Clips

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said the increased notoriety from speculation he may run for president has helped him reconnect with his Syrian ancestors.

Daniels, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Syria to western Pennsylvania, said the new connections have also deepened his concern for the country's people.

While accepting an award for public service Wednesday from the Arab American Institute at a dinner in Washington, Daniels told the audience how speculation he may seek the GOP's 2012 White House nomination was covered in the Syrian press, which prompted two people to contact him."I got emails from people there who had...

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Accepting award, Mitch Daniels highlights Syrian background

Posted by on May 04, 2011 in News Clips

Mitch Daniels drew extensively on his Syrian heritage in accepting an award from an Arab-American group Wednesday night, connecting his own family’s journey to the United States with the uprisings unfolding in his ancestral homeland and elsewhere in the Arab world.“There have been the same stirrings, same yearnings for freedom that have busted loose elsewhere," the Indiana governor said during his second public appearance of the day in Washington. “May Syria and all the lands near it soon become places of peace, and freedom and self-determination.” Daniels, who gave a major education speech earlier in the day...

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Barbour out, Daniels in?

Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Blog

Today Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour announced that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination. Gov. Barbour's announcement came as a surprise to most as in late January he said that he was "seriously thinking" about a presidential run. He shortly thereafter began traveling and also hired new staff. As he said he would, however, Barbour waited until the end of April to make his ultimate decision, and now as a result heads are turning towards Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Gov, Daniels, a close friend of Barbour's, has also garnered a fair amount of media attention and speculation...

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Arab American Group Provides Urgently Needed Medical Supplies in Arab World

Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Blog
I wanted to draw your attention to the work of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA). Today NAAMA sent out a press release announcing their efforts to provide "urgently needed" medical supplies throughout the Arab World. The release cites the abysmal state of emergency medical care in Arab countries and highlights the organization's commitment to provide supplies where they are needed. NAAMA's future goal is to "have funds available not only for the ongoing tragedy in Libya but to have contingency plans for emergency medical relief wherever the need may suddenly arise in other parts of the Arab world."
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Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’

Posted by on April 19, 2011 in News Clips

While some GOP presidential contenders ratchet up their anti-Muslim rhetoric to toxic levels, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel (R) is set to accept a prestigious award next month from the Arab American Institute.May Berry, executive director of AAI, told TPM that the award was incidental to his status as a possible presidential candidate and celebrates his broad record of public service and his Syrian heritage, which is not commonly known. Nonetheless, she noted that Daniels' award comes at a time of increasingly mainstream anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in conservative circles."It's a moment to honor our own and Mitch Daniels goes back...

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Justin Amash Votes by the Book

Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Blog

Well actually, it’s not a book, but it is a rather important document sometimes ignored; the United States Constitution. Representative Amash, 30, Republican from Michigan, is the youngest Arab American ever elected to Congress.

In yesterday’s New York Times, there was an extensive profile on Amash and his voting record. The article’s author, Jennifer Steinhauser, was particularly interested in Amash’s methodology in arriving at decisions on legislation. Steinhauser, labeling Representative Amash “Contrarian,” cited his willingness to take unlikely stances on issues and side with lawmakers on the opposite side of the aisle because – unlike many of his compatriots in...

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Vital Voices To be Honored for Empowering Women in the Middle East

Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Blog
"As an Arab American woman I am proud of the recent changes in the Middle East and the opportunity women there have to participate in the newly accessible civic forum. Vital Voices has worked for years to support women in these environments, through local communities and women's networks, to improve the lives and futures of women both inside and outside the Arab World. To honor their commitment at this time in history not only makes me proud of what they've done, but hopeful for the work they will continue to do in the region." - AAI Executive Director, Maya Berry.
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The Hill: “Daniels is playing by his own rules”

Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Blog

We've been writing about Mitch Daniels quite often, and we've watched him in the news closely these past few months. Governor Daniels (R-Indiana) has been relatively quiet about a potential presidential run, but has remained a subject of extreme interest for many reasons. Gov. Daniels piques our interest not only because he is Arab American (his grandparents are from Syria), he is a politician who - even in today's hyper-partisan political climate - has not digressed from his primary focus; fixing the economy. He has insisted that other issues not become a distraction and has not pandered to the anti-Muslim, anti-Arab...

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The Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden

Posted by on April 07, 2011 in Blog
The Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden was founded in 1991 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the poet’s birth in Besherre, Lebanon. Located across from the British Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, the memorial was designed by renowned sculptor Gordon Kray.
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