Gibran Update: Actor Jeff Fahey to Present Special Recognition Award to USCRI

Posted by on April 04, 2011 in Blog
Actor Jeff Fahey will present the special recognition award to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) at the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Wednesday May 4. Fahey is a well known actor, appearing and starring in a wide range of movies and television shows throughout his career. Recently, Fahey played the role of Captain Frank Lapidus on the popular ABC series Lost.
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Former Government & State Officials

Posted on April 04, 2011 in Arab American Institute

The following Arab Americans are among those who have held elected or appointed office in selected categories

Former Government Officials Senior Administration Officials

E. Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator, Michigan (1994-2000)Mitchell E. Daniels, Director, Office of Management and Budget (2001-2004); Jr. Asst. to the President, Political and Intergovernmental Affairs (1985-1987)Judith Rainey Baroody, Director of Strategic Planning and External Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of StateGeorge Doumani, Director of Technology Policy, Department of Energy, George Bush AdministrationZead A. Haddad, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Energy (2001-2008)Walid Maalouf, Director of Public Diplomacy, Middle Eastern and Middle East...

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Stephen Said: Song of Arab Reform

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog
As an Iraqi American, Stephen Said has watched the recent events in Egypt and Tunisia with nervousness, wonder, and hope. Like many Arab Americans, he wondered what he could do to contribute to the cause, not simply for the ouster of President Mubarak from Egypt, but for “equality and freedom not just across the Arab world, but for the entire world.” His contribution, like that of Abdel Halim Hafez, Sam Cooke, or countless other socially-conscious musicians, comes in the form of song.
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Mitch Daniels Setting The Standard

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog

With no leading Republican yet officially declared for president and only two exploration committees formed, the 2012 field remains wide open.  However, as one surveys the list of potential candidates, one sticks out for a very simple reason. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, in contrast to most if not all of his compatriots, has kept his rhetoric on an even keel. He hasn’t pandered to or sought out the political benefits of engaging in the hyper-partisan arena of campaign politics.Daniels has separated himself from the emerging GOP field by avoiding the traditional politics of pandering to the party’s base and has...

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Kahlil Gibran would be proud

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Blog
Browsing the internet the other day, I found a series of videos about The Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala on YouTube which I thought were great. The videos contain original footage, serving as a comprehensive recap of the awards gala from years past. I wasn't surprised when I saw the name of the individual who posted them: Voice of America's Mohamed Elshinnawi, who has been a Gibran Gala regular for several years. His videos shed light on the reason why the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) holds its prestigious awards gala in Kahlil Gibran's name. If you haven't seen his videos before, they definitely warrant a look.
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Daniels:  “Substance over Ceremony”

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog

Tea partiers are “choosing substance over ceremony, character over charisma, and Gov. Daniels fits the bill,” according to Dick Armey.

So says Maggie Haberman in today’s Politico. She quotes the former House Majority Leader as saying that Daniels, who will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala, has an “outstanding track record” on the practical issues that Tea Partiers care about most.

His appeal to the GOP leadership and tea partiers notwithstanding, Daniels has yet to officially announce whether he’ll throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 Republican Presidential...

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Gibran is less than 6 weeks away

Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Blog
The Gibran Gala is just weeks away and the deadline to reserve your tickets is fast approaching. This year's awardees are Indiana Governor and potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels, who will be receiving the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, an award that has been given to Secretaries Ray LaHood and Spencer Abraham, and Judge Rosemary Barkett, among others; Vital Voices, an organization that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, including the Middle East; and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, which will be given a special recognition award to celebrate its 100 years of commitment to advancing fair and humane policy and providing direct professional services for immigrants worldwide.
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Karim Rashid is in town!

Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Blog
For those of you who read our post on Karim Rashid, make sure to attend his interior design lecture on March 24 at 6:30pm at George Washington University! Seating is limited, so RSVP at intdes@gwu.edu
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Know Your Florida Arab American Candidates: Robin Rukab & Tom Korge

Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Blog

Robin Rukab is not afraid to speak her mind. And she’s hoping that her confidence and plan for the city are exactly what the voters of Jacksonville want as they head to the polls on March 22nd.

Rukab has a long history with the city of Jacksonville. She was born in Jacksonville, and began her career with the city right out of high school, then later worked as Division Chief for Mayor Tommy Hazouri from 1987-1991. After that she started a new communications business. From there she begin working campaigns, lived overseas for a few years, and then returned to...

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100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

Posted by on March 08, 2011 in Blog
Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and this year the Arab American community has much to consider. Revolutions across the Middle East have featured Arab women at the front and center, a number of whom have been pivotal to the success of their respective uprisings.
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