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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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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