A Taste of Their Own Medicine

Posted on July 09, 2013 in Countdown
Before we get right into this week's edition of "Countdown," all of us at AAI would like to wish those observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan a Ramadan Mubarak.
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Countdown to Coup?

Posted on July 02, 2013 in Countdown
One need only watch the news for five minutes to come to the conclusion that Egyptians are deeply divided politically, and regardless of what you think about protests to oust Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, it’s clear that he’s in trouble. Polling and ongoing protests both reflect an anti-Morsi sentiment that may have profound implications for the president himself and for the office going forward.
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Idols, Immigrants, and Voting Rights

Posted on June 25, 2013 in Countdown
The Supreme Court strikes down an essential part of the Voting Rights Act; the New York Times editorial board accuses the NYPD of "overreach" in its spying and Stop-and-Frisk programs; a vote on the Senate immigration bill is expected this week; and wedding singer Mohammed Assaf of Gaza is crowned "Arab Idol," giving Palestinians something to cheer about.
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Adding Fuel to The Fire

Posted on June 19, 2013 in Countdown
Think our politicians have problems coming to consensus on fundamental issues? Well, the divisions among Egyptians highlighted in the new Zogby Research poll make finding consensus in Congress look like a walk in the park. One year ago, 57% of Egyptians said Morsi’s victory was either “a positive development” or “the result of a democratic election and the result need to be respected.”
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They Know You’re Reading This

Posted on June 12, 2013 in Countdown
You’ve heard of the SPOT program, right? Well, next time you go to the airport in just about any major city, remember this Countdown item. SPOT, which stands for Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, is a behavioral detection program used by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to screen passengers boarding planes.
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The End of a “Countdown” Era

Posted on June 04, 2013 in Countdown
You probably guessed by the title of this “Countdown” item that we’re not exactly heartbroken our favorite conspiracy theorist and five-term member of Congress, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, isn’t running for office next year. That’s right, in a video address last week Bachmann announced that she is not seeking a sixth term in Congress.
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Profiling is Profiling

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Countdown
Well, Lindsey Graham has really done it this time. Senator Graham (R-SC), a “Countdown” favorite (in the ironic sense) has succeeded in not only thwarting important efforts to prevent profiling in all its forms from the nation’s forthcoming comprehensive immigration bill, he’s effectively trying to reinstate National Security Entry-Exit System or NSEERS.
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No Waiver For Israel

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Countdown
Our effort to oppose rewarding Israel with Visa Waivers is gaining traction in the media, with more reports about Israel’s long history of discriminating against Arab Americans and American Muslims at its borders. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a piece about opposition to Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Visa Waiver Bill, S. 462—significant, given that the paper is one of the largest in Boxer’s own state.
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A Special Take Action Edition

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute is collecting stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. If you've personally been targeted by Israeli authorities in such an incident, fill out our Israel Border Harassment Reporting Form. All personal information will be kept private and stories will not be distributed without your expressed permission. As we make the case for why we should not reward Israel with visa waivers, we need to hear from you about personal accounts of Americans who have been unjustly denied entry based solely on their ethnicity, religion, political activism. We have a duty to educate our members of Congress, and let them know about the injustices at the border.
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We Won’t Back Down

Posted on May 08, 2013 in Countdown
After a drone strikes his village, Yemeni activist Farea Al-Muslimi comes to Washington to have a word with the Senate; physicist Stephen Hawking joins the academic boycott of Israel; former SC Governor Mark Sanford finds redemption; and if you've been harassed at Israel's border, we want to hear from you.
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