Wavering on Visa Waivers

Posted on April 30, 2013 in Countdown
In the face of overwhelming evidence that the Bush Administration systematically tortured detainees in violation of American law and international treaty obligations, Obama’s mantra has been that he prefers to “look forward, not back.” Unfortunately for the President, his determination to forget that these crimes happened does not erase them.
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An American Citizen is an American Citizen

Posted on April 24, 2013 in Countdown
Those are the words of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice concerning Israeli treatment of Arab American citizens who are denied entry or subjected to heightened scrutiny at Israeli borders, an issue we have written about several times and raised with US officials on countless occasions.
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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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