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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Mitch Daniels and 2012

Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Blog

With midterms behind us, all eyes (and money and analysis and speculation, etc) have now shifted to 2012.  Yesterday, The Hotline released its inaugural edition of the “Presidential Power Rankings,” examining the most likely Republicans to end up with the nomination in 2012.  On the short list of contenders is none other than Arab American Mitch Daniels, who will also receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala.

The Hotline placed Governor Daniels in the number nine spot in its ranking and highlighted his appeal stating: 

Indiana's successful two-term governor is getting...

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2010 Midterm Races to Watch Tomorrow

Posted by on November 01, 2010 in Blog

The Senate Races

Too Close to Call: 7 Tossups

California

Incumbent: Barbara Boxer (D)

Challenger: Carly Fiorina (R)

The only certainty of this race is that California will continue to have a female Senator in 2011. Barbara Boxer is fighting for her political life against a candidate funding a large portion of her campaign and funding it well. Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, is hoping her personal wealth along with Senator Boxer’s declining popularity can propel her to California’s Senate seat in 2011. 

Colorado

Incumbent: Michael Bennet (D)

Challenger: Ken Buck (R)

The results from this race...

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Arabian Sights Film Festival

Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Blog
The fifteenth annual Arabian Sights Film Festival, which opened last week and hosts a variety of modern films from around the Arab world, is a highly anticipated event in Washington, DC. This weekend is the last opportunity to experience the Arabian Sights Film festival...
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Arab Americans Score Major Breakthroughs

Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Blog

On Wednesday, October 20, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP)’s 5th annual gala. Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the Obama Administration’s commitment to viable Palestinian statehood where “the indignity of occupation would end,” noting that the US position on Israeli settlements has not changed, and promising that the Obama administration will not turn its back on Palestinians and Israelis in their struggle for a just and lasting peace.

On Thursday, October 21, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) hosted former President Bill Clinton and former British first lady Cherie Blair at their gala in Washington. TYO is a non-profit...

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