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


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. 


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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Rachel Audi: A Profile of Dedication to Prince George’s County

Posted by on October 20, 2010 in Blog

Rachel Audi is the Republican candidate running for Maryland’s 47th district seat for the House of Delegates. Audi always embraces the inevitable questions about her last name with a laugh, saying, “People always ask about my name. People ask if I’m German or if I have an Audi car.” The answer to both is no. Audi is a proud American of Arab descent and she announced her candidacy in July to represent Prince George’s County just a month before her father, Norman Audi, passed away of cancer. Audi affectionately discussed how her father exhibited unwavering support for...

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Stand up for Nick!

Posted by on October 05, 2010 in Blog

Congressman Nick Rahall, an Arab American Democrat, has served West Virginia's 3rd District with distinction for 34 years. As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Nick has been fighting for jobs, mine safety, energy independence, ending war in the Middle East and caring for Americans veterans.

It should not be surprising that in a nasty election year, he is under attack. What is disturbing, however, is that the line of attack has focused on Nick's national leadership role in the Arab American community.

Listen to this ad (video below) being run on West Virginia television by the West Virginia...

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