State of the Union Arena

Posted on January 20, 2011 in Arab American Institute

David Ramadan (R)

I spent many days in January campaigning in South Western Virginia for two of my Republican friends: Greg Habeeb and Bill Stanley. Habeeb, a Lebanese American, and Stanley were running in a Special Election to replace two Republicans who are now members of Congress. On Tuesday the 11th, the citizens of South Side VA casted their votes and sent my two Republican friends to Richmond with a decisive 60+ % of the vote. The messages we heard from the voters as we worked the polls were familiar and consistent: cut spending, smaller government, fiscal responsibility, create jobs...

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In a Land of Opulence, a World of Art Emerges

Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Blog
The 21st century has seen something of a reputation flip for a few of the small emirates in the Arabian Peninsula, particularly Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Qatar. Once sandy flyovers that barely registered on the radars of the jetsetter crowd, these tiny states had become something of an ultra-luxury must-see in the early 2000s.
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Mitch Daniels and the Right

Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Blog

In recent months, Indiana Governor and potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels has come under scrutiny from some conservative groups, for suggesting the GOP call a “truce” on social issues with liberals in order to focus the country’s political efforts on more pressing fiscal issues. Daniels’ views became the inspiration for an article written by Marjorie Dannenfelser, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization committed to the integration of pro-life women in political life. Danenfelser's article highlights Daniels as a political outlier within the conservative wing and claims Daniel’s views will not take root among...

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Governor Daniels Goes to Washington

Posted by on January 07, 2011 in Blog

It’s not quite certain yet, but analysts observing the recent engagements and comments of Arab American Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels agree that he’s ever more serious about pursuing the Presidency in 2012.  While in DC to deliver a speech at the inaugural "Fiscy" awards, Daniels reportedly held several off-the-record political meetings in addition to appearing on MSNBC and CNN, continuing what Erin McPike of Real Clear Politics described as his “cat-and-mouse game with the press as he builds his national name recognition in advance of a potential bid.”A recent New York Times article stated that of...

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Arab American Mayor Sworn in by Arab American Judge

Posted by on January 07, 2011 in Blog

Mohamed Khairullah, an Arab American mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, was sworn in on Sunday to his third term in office. The oath was administrated by Judge Hany Mawla, the first Arab and Muslim American to serve on New Jersey's Superior Court. This unique occurrence reaffirmed the emergence of the Arab American and American Muslim community in New Jersey as a major powerhouse.  And when Arab Americans across the country hear of news like this, it strengthens their own political aspirations.

Mayor Khairullah (D) was born in Syria, immigrated to the United States in 1987 and has since...

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Understanding Cultural Nuance: Turns Out It’s Profitable

Posted by on December 21, 2010 in Blog
One of AAI's own, Nawaf Soliman, CEO of Object Design & Communications was recently featured in Washington Diplomat magazine for his work.
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The Itoo Immigrants�My Heritage

Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Blog
by Randy Couri Member of the Itoo Society and current President of the Itoo Society’s Men’s Branch, Randy Couri shares the story of his family's immigration from the village of Aytou in Lebanon. AAI President Jim Zogby had the pleasure of meeting Randy and talking about this special place while in Peoria, Illinois on November 13, 2010 for Lebanon Day. In this guest blog, Randy shares the pride the Arab American community of Peoria has in those early immigrants who helped establish their community.
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AAI Chairman George Salem Honored

Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Blog

AAI cofounder and Board of Directors Chair, George Salem, was recently honored by the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) with their 2010 Path to Peace Award. This prize, HCEF’s highest, is awarded annually to the “individual who throughout his/her life has vigorously championed the cause of Peace in the Middle East. It is conferred on an individual who, through tireless personal efforts, has promoted the peaceful reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, and amongst Muslims, Christians and Jews.” George Salem is only the fourth person to receive this distinction.

George undoubtedly deserves this acknowledgement. In addition to his many accomplishments and...

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Time Magazine Highlights Arab American Contributions to Detroit

Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Blog
In an article titled “Arab Americans: Detroit’s Unlikely Saviors,” Time highlights Arab American contributions to the city in its time of economic struggle.
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New Congress Brings New Voices for Arab Americans

Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Blog

If you read our post-election blog last week, you know that two new Arab Americans will join the House in January, nearly doubling our numbers in Congress. Going from three Congressmen to five may not seem like a big deal—after all, we’re talking about single digits here.  But this brings the size of the Arab American caucus to its highest level in 8 years.

Joining Representatives Nick Rahall (D-WV), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Charles Boustany (R-LA) are two new faces: State Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Justin Amash has been a State Representatie for Michigan’s 72nd...

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