For Boston, Gibran and the Year Ahead

Posted on April 16, 2013 in Countdown
We were all Bostonians last night as we looked on in horror at the senseless attacks on our fellow Americans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Boston and to those directly affected by yesterday's horrible tragedy.
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Countdown to Gibran

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Countdown

From Cairo to New York: More of the Same

Posted on April 02, 2013 in Countdown

More of the Same from the NYPD

Within days of his appointment, the new Chief of New York’s Police Department (NYPD), Philip Banks III, came out in defense of the department’s controversial Stop-and-Frisk program. Stop-and-Frisk gives officers the authority to search people they believe may be committing a crime. It has also been revealed that the NYPD keeps a record of those it stopped, regardless of innocence. Banks, who is third in line behind Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, called Stop-and-Frisk...

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Mixed Opinions on Obama’s Middle East Trip

Posted on March 26, 2013 in Countdown
President Obama has returned to Washington from his trip to the Middle East last week, and reactions have been decidedly mixed. Obama seemed to genuinely impress and charm the Israeli public, succeeding in sending the message that he has a real understanding of Israeli history and culture.
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Iraq: We Wouldn’t Do That Again

Posted on March 19, 2013 in Countdown
Or would we? Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, and it’s an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we let a small group of neo-conservatives capitalize on the fear of terrorism to launch our country into an unnecessary and counterproductive war.
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We Met With President Obama

Posted on March 12, 2013 in Countdown
Obama’s trip to the Middle East doesn’t officially start until next week, but he has already been hearing from key constituencies. Yesterday, the President hosted an Arab American meeting with community leaders at the White House. Pretty cool, huh? Well, it was about time!
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Hate Has its Price

Posted on March 06, 2013 in Countdown

Smear Campaign Behind Us, Let’s Get Back to Business

Posted on February 27, 2013 in Countdown
Well, it’s finally over. Despite being subjected to the most bizarre confirmation hearings we’ve ever seen, despite totally inappropriate questions about Hagel’s loyalty to the United States, and despite Congressional fawning over Israel in a way that probably makes most Israelis uncomfortable, Hagel’s confirmation passed through the Senate yesterday.
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Hagel, Hate Crimes, and the Holy Land

Posted on February 20, 2013 in Countdown
We’ve made changes to Countdown before, but not like this. Now, every week, Countdown will have an additional a video component. After we post the Countdown articles to the web, check back with us two days later because we’ll transform it into YouTube news clip complete with graphics and b-roll. We’re really excited about this, so please share the videos with your friends.
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Droning On

Posted on February 12, 2013 in Countdown
Following last week’s revelations about the Obama Administration’s rather flimsy legal justifications for its drone program, drones have received long-overdue scrutiny in Washington this week. They were one of the major themes of the confirmation hearings last week for John Brennan, an architect of the drone program and President Obama’s nominee for CIA Director. Across the political spectrum, there seems to be broad agreement that giving the executive branch the right to incinerate people from the sky without oversight undermines the Constitution’s separation of powers.
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