The Revolution Has a Soundtrack

Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Blog
Music and politics have always gone hand in hand. From Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony (originally titled “Bonaparte”) to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, artists have used music to echo the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of the people. The Arab world is no exception; it’s no coincidence that the Egyptian revolution of 1952 coincided with the rise of Arab greats such as Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Qultum, and Mohammed Abdel Wahab. Umm Qultum rose to fame partly through songs inspired by the political revolution of Gamal Abdel-Nasser.
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Patriot Act Extended

Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Blog

After last week’s stunning House vote rejecting the extension of key Patriot Act provisions, this week both the House and Senate passed extensions of those provisions. Those provisions include the “roving wiretap” provision, the “libraries provision,” and the “lone wolf” provision. The House sent the bill introduced by James Sensebrenner (R-WI) to the Senate by a vote of 275 to 144, granting a nine month extension to those provisions. 27 Republicans voted against the extension, including Arab American freshmen members of Congress, Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Congressman Amash released a statement following the vote stating...

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Gov. Daniels: A Voice of Reason at CPAC

Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Blog

Governor Mitch Daniels (R- Indiana) gave a compelling address to the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past Saturday. Attended by 10,000 or so prominent Republicans and by several viable presidential hopefuls, the CPAC gathering is often viewed as an opportunity to establish a profile of a possible candidacy. Branding himself as a pragmatic politician with an impressive fiscal track record, Daniels laid the ground work for what he hopes to be an effective GOP platform for the 49 other states to follow in the electoral college of 2012. Daniels cited the economic...

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Gov. Daniels: A Voice of Reason at CPAC

Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Blog

Governor Mitch Daniels (R- Indiana) gave a compelling address to the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this past Saturday. Attended by 10,000 or so prominent Republicans and by several viable presidential hopefuls, the CPAC gathering is often viewed as an opportunity to establish a profile of a possible candidacy. Branding himself as a pragmatic politician with an impressive fiscal track record, Daniels laid the ground work for what he hopes to be an effective GOP platform for the 49 other states to follow in the electoral college of 2012. Daniels cited the economic...

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Arab Americans on the Ballot 2012

Posted on February 10, 2011 in Arab American Institute

ARIZONA

• State Representative Matt Heinz (D) for US Representative (AZ-2)www.heinzforcongress.comAug 28 primary result: Lost

• State Senator Michele Reagan (R) for reelection (23rd District)http://votereagan.comNov. 6 Election Result: Won (unopposed)

  CALIFORNIA

• US Representative Darrell Issa (R) for reelection (49th District)www.issaforcongress.comNov. 6 Election Result: Won

• Khalid Jeffrey Jafri (R) for California State Assembly (13th District) www.jeffreyjafri.com Nov. 6 Election: Lost

• Johnny Khamis for San Jose City Councilhttp://johnnykhamis.orgNov. 6 Election Result: Won

• Ferial Masry (D) for California State Assembly (37th District)

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Patriot Act Rejection

Posted by on February 09, 2011 in Blog

Tuesday evening, the House voted against extending key Patriot Act measures. Those measures were the authorization for the FBI to continue using roving wiretaps on targets of surveillance; the “libraries provision” authorizing the government use “any tangible item” in surveillance; and the “lone wolf” provision, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act measure that permits surveillance of those who are not connected to an identified terrorist group. In the breakdown of the vote, surprisingly 26 Republicans and 122 Democrats voted against extending the above-mentioned measures.  Freshman Congressman and Arab-American, Justin Amash (R-MI) was one of the 26 Republicans who voted...

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Water Bobble!

Posted by on February 07, 2011 in Blog
Aside from your clothes, can you name the designer of any other items in your house? If you can, chances are that name would be Karim Rashid, alternately known as the Poet of Plastic, the Prolific Designer, and most notably, the Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas.
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Egyptian Americans Comment on Popular Uprising

Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Blog
A week of mass demonstrations in Egypt demanding the end of the rule of President Mubarak has left over 100 people dead, and has simultaneously stirred the aspirations, hopes, fears, and concerns of millions of people in Egypt and across the region. With things expected to further escalate, we asked several prominent Egyptian-American community leaders and members to share their thoughts on the situation.
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Dear Mr. President: Arab Americans on the State of the Union

Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Blog

With much speculation on what President Obama will say in tomorrow’s State of the Union address, we have asked several Arab Americans from across the country to share their thoughts. Below is what they had to say. Please join the conversation and share your reaction to their comments and elaborate with your own take on the speech. It is through this type of engagement that we can develop a healthy discussion on the current state of affairs and contribute to moving our country forward.

Related: State of the Union 2011: What to Expect

David Ramadan (R)

I spent...

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Dear Mr. President: Arab Americans on the State of the Union

Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Blog

With much speculation on what President Obama will say in tomorrow’s State of the Union address, we have asked several Arab Americans from across the country to share their thoughts. Below is what they had to say. Please join the conversation and share your reaction to their comments and elaborate with your own take on the speech. It is through this type of engagement that we can develop a healthy discussion on the current state of affairs and contribute to moving our country forward.

Related: State of the Union 2011: What to Expect

David Ramadan (R)

I spent...

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