FX’s “Tyrant” and the Thin Ice of Stereotypes

Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Blog

By Myles Teasley Summer Intern, 2014

Take a deep breath and cross your fingers as FX’s new original series “Tyrant” premieres on Tuesday, June 24th. Just months after ABC’s “Alice in Arabia” got nixed for ‘insidious stereotyping’, this political drama follows Bassam ‘Barry’ Al-Fayeed, a California pediatrician and family man who fled his role as the son of an unpopular dictator in order to escape the brutal politics and intrigue.

In the series, he reluctantly ends his self-imposed exile and returns to his country for his nephew’s wedding where he and his...

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White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 On Monday, the White House honored a group of outstanding immigrants who had been granted legal residency under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kamal Essaheb, a Moroccan immigrant and leading immigration reform advocate, was among those honored.
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Together We Came

Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Blog

In light of his recent passing, we want to take this time to share how exceptional and dear Casey Kasem was to the heart of the Arab American community. Best known for his radio countdown show American Top 40, disc jockey and radio personality Casey Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 to Lebanese immigrants.

More than an entertainer, AAI President James Zogby reflects, “Casey is more than the most recognized voice of his generation, what he said mattered. He inspired us to be positive, to strive for...

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival features stories from the Middle East

Posted by Margaret Lowry on June 13, 2014 in Blog
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opened yesterday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center in New York City. With their festival, Human Rights Watch aims to bring to light human rights violations through film while creating a forum for discussion and exploration of these issues.
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Together We Came

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Blog

Ralph Nader was born in 1934 in Connecticut to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from Zahle, Lebanon. Nader’s parents’ Arab heritage played an influential role in his formation.  Growing up, Ralph was taught Arabic proverbs to instruct every aspect of his life and engrain in him strong values of social justice and respect. Ralph was brought up not only with his parents’ cultural heritage, but also with their outspoken political minds. Mr. Nader opened a bakery and restaurant in Connecticut where, as Ralph says, ‘for a dime you got a cup of coffee...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Blog

Farouk El-Baz was born in the Nile Delta village of Zagazig, Egypt in 1938. At the early age of twenty, El-Baz completed dual degrees in chemistry and geology from Ain Shams University in Cairo. El-Baz then immigrated to the United States where he spent time conducting extensive research at the highly esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He went on to earn a Masters of Science and a PhD in geology at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

After holding brief teaching positions in Egypt and Germany, El-Baz joined NASA’s...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Blog
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1936 into a Syrian family, Diane Rehm is a renowned journalist and public radio talk show host. She is best known for her nationally and internationally distributed National Public Radio (NPR) program, The Diane Rehm Show, which she has hosted for more than 30 years.
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Together We Came

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in Blog

Elias Zerhouni arrived in the United States after spending his youth in Algeria. While growing up in Algerian town Nedroma, his father, a teacher, stressed the importance and value of education. Elias was a gifted student, particularly excelling in the sciences and he was determined to become either an engineer or a physicist. As a student, he volunteered in a village in the mountains of Algeria and witnessed how the poor were affected by restricted access to quality healthcare. Seeing this suffering and realizing that he could do something to alleviate it, Zerhouni decided that...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 05, 2014 in Blog

In celebration of the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI will highlight outstanding Arab American immigrants and their descendants who have had an indelible impact on the vibrancy of our nation. From creating the first artificial heart to sending the first shuttle into space, the Arab American community has been an important part of American growth and success. The portraits of Arab Americans shared here will remind us that the United States is a nation defined by our diversity and the contributions of countless immigrants from all over the world.

Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese...

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Join Us in Celebrating the First Annual Immigrant Heritage Month this June!

Posted by on June 02, 2014 in Blog

Today marks the beginning of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide effort to share people’s stories of immigration in America. Our community, like many others, is proud of our ethnic heritage and together we can highlight narratives of Arab Americans who have contributed so much to so many aspects of America.

Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), an initiative spearheaded by Welcome.us, is an important platform to join many other immigrant communities to underscore how our country’s heritage is built on the diversity and contributions of immigrants. Our combined, coordinated voices can be a...

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