2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorary Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany

Jane Abraham

S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation

Hon. Michael Baroody

Alma Arrington Brown Chevy Chase Bank

Michael Brown The Ronald H. Brown Foundation, Inc.

Hon. Esther Coopersmith Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations

Mathilda Raffa Cuomo Mentoring USA

Deborah I. Dingell

Samia Farouki HIIFinance Corp.

Jamie Farr

Hon. Edward M. Gabriel Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

Hon. Eva Teig Hardy

Casey Kasem

Nemir Kirdar Investcorp International Inc.

Alma Powell Hon. Selwa S. “Lucky” Roosevelt Former White House Chief of Protocol Hon....

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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Steering Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Chair Jean R. AbiNader Moroccan American Center

Amjad Atallah New America Foundation

Maya Berry

Ahmed Chebbani American Arab Chamber of Commerce

George DeBakey Atomic Learning

William Farah, Esq. Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP

Hani K. Findakly Potomac Capital

Randa Fahmy Hudome Fahmy Hudome International, LLC

Michele Forzley Forzley & Associates

George N. Jalinos The Galen Group

Dr. Raymond Jallow U.S. Omen Trust

Dr. Al Johary Southern Federation of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs

Roxana Chahin Jordan Jordan Development Group

Reema Jweied-Guegel U.S. Jordan Business Council

Victoria Linden Midwest Federation of Syrian and Lebanese-American Clubs

Martha Toma Morrison World Affairs Council

Steve...

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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorees

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Award for Institutional Excellence:

Vital Voices

Vital Voices is a NGO that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

  The Middle East and North African Businesswomen’s Network (in 11 Middle Eastern Countries) aims to increase the number of women in business and the value of their businesses, to advance the role of women in society, and to promote a regional culture of women's entrepreneurship Partners annually with the U.S. State Department and FORTUNE Magazine to provide international emerging women leaders in business the opportunity to develop their leadership, management and...

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MIT Student Receives Young Arabs Science & Technology Award

Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Blog
Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini, an MIT Mechanical Engineering Master’s student and a 24 year old Jordanian national, received the inaugural 2010 Andoni Award for Young Arabs in Science and Technology. The award was presented during the 9th Annual Banquet of the Network of Arab American Professionals-New York last Saturday.
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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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