GOP, Stirring a Lethal Brew

Posted on April 04, 2011 in Washington Watch
The matter of bigotry against Muslims in America has been with us for quite some time now. In the past week, there were multiple incidents that served to catapult this problem to the forefront of national attention.
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Hardball: Burning of the Quran leads to violent reaction

Posted by MSNBC on April 01, 2011 in News Clips

On Friday April 1, 2011, AAI President James Zogby appeared on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews to discuss the violent reaction in Afghanistan to a Qur'an burning in Florida. The Assault on a U.N. compound in Afghanistan lead to the deaths of several people.

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Durbin’s Hearings Send an Important Message

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog
On Tuesday, Democratic Party Whip Senator Dick Durbin (IL) convened a hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. Viewed widely as a counterweight to Representative Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on "radicalization" in the American Muslim community, Durbin's hearing did not garner nearly as much attention from the media. Despite the relative lack of coverage, the message Senator Durbin's hearings sent to the American Muslim community and to the general American public at large was an extremely important and positive one.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Aaron David Miller, Faiz Shakir, Tamara Cofman Wittes

Posted on April 01, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 3/31/2011 Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar; Faiz Shakir, Vice President and Editor of ThinkProgress; Tamara Cofman Wittes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
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Senate Committee Assesses Border Security Progress

Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Blog
This afternoon, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Securing the Border: Building on the Progress Made.” The hearing will be held at 2:30pm in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in room 342. There are three witnesses scheduled to testify:
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“The Arena”: ‘Senate Muslim hearing counterweight to King?’

Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Blog
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) convened a hearing today on Capitol Hill entitled: “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims.” Though the hearings did not garner nearly as much media attention Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) March 10th hearings on "radicalization" within the American Muslim Community, AAI President Jim Zogby today in Politico's "The Arena" makes the case for how important Durbin's hearing is stating: "If unresolved (anti-Muslim bigotry) will tear at the very fabric of our nation's self-definition."
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Senate Hearing Live: “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims”

Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Blog
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), assistant Senate Majority Leader, will hold a hearing of the Judiciary committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights that will focus on protecting the civil rights of American Muslims. AAI welcomed this announcement as the continued rise of anti-Muslim bigotry hinders the free exercise rights of all religious communities.
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CNN’s “Unwelcome”: A Welcome Examination of Intolerance in America.

Posted by on March 26, 2011 in Blog
"Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door" is the profoundly disturbing documentary (appearing on CNN, Sunday, March 27 at 8:00 PM) that tells the story of Murfreesboro's war with itself. Produced by Soledad O'Brien, "Unwelcome" is both low key and forceful.
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Examining CMUs

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog
We previously highlighted the Federal Bureau of Prisons Communications Management Unit (CMU) to isolate and set apart “dangerous terrorists and other high-risk inmates." Coming up in Monday's edition of The Nation magazine, acclaimed author Alia Malek examines the issue in a must read piece entitled "Gitmo in the Heartland."
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King Not Fit to Lead

Posted on March 14, 2011 in Washington Watch
For all the fanfare and bluster, the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Homeland Security hearings on "The Extent of Radicalization in the Muslim Community and That Community's Response" produced little of value. The entire affair was so shockingly ill-conceived and so poorly executed as to leave one wondering whether the Committee's Chairman, New York Republican Peter King, was fit to lead.
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