Boos Cruz and the Latest News

Posted on September 12, 2014 in Countdown
We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. In advance of this week’s seminal “In Defense of Christians” summit, AAI’s Jim Zogby – who serves on the IDC advisory board – warned in his column that we should be concerned with “those [attending] who either want to defend only some Christians... or those whose advocacy is limited exclusively to Christians.” You can see then why we weren’t too surprised when Texas Senator Ted Cruz got booed off stage after unnecessarily inserting Israel into his keynote speech.
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Working On It

Posted on September 05, 2014 in Countdown
Whether ending the occupation, passing the USA FREEDOM Act, devising a Syria strategy, investigating questionable practices by local law enforcement, or applying pressure on obstinate international actors, they're working on it!
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Don’t Count On It

Posted on August 27, 2014 in Countdown
While the 2014 primaries wrap up, attention is already turning to 2016 – sure, The Hill’s “65 people who might run for president in 2016” may be just a bit excessive, but there are clear signs that some are laying the groundwork for 2016 presidential bids. We aren’t just talking about Hillary Clinton and Rick Perry, who we all know have been making the rounds.
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On And On

Posted on August 22, 2014 in Countdown
As Arab Americans, we understand the real life impact of profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. We know how it can range from “minor” inconveniences while traveling to destroying someone’s professional career. But the death of yet another young African American teenager demonstrates how truly grave the consequences of profiling can be. We stand in solidarity with all victims of profiling and against the militarization of police forces. We stand with those seeking justice in last week’s shooting of Michael Brown, in which we saw the most extreme impact of profiling. There is so much work to be done.
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Few Steps Forward, Few Steps Back

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute hosted an important emergency leadership summit in DC last Thursday on U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing crises in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We heard from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who spoke to members of our community just as news alerts were coming in about the United States air drop in Iraq and the military strikes against ISIS. With that, our community’s discussions over the troubling U.S. policies on Gaza also turned to the U.S. actions and strategy in Iraq, where important communities, including Iraq’s minorities, are being targeted, excluded and expelled by an “Islamic State.”
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We All Need A Break

Posted on August 01, 2014 in Countdown
The line between liberty and security continues to blur, as news such as Greenwald’s revelations in the Intercept about NSA surveillance and the FBI’s counterterrorism practices emerge every few weeks. We only need to look at the latest AAI Poll on American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims to understand why these practices continue without much outcry.
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Mic Check: One, Two

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Countdown
It’s been a rough week for Secretary of State Kerry and most of the Middle East.
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Get Back To Work

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Countdown
This year, the annual White House Iftar was once again not without controversy. Normally a time to celebrate faith and community (as AAI did in our offices the following evening), this year’s White House Iftar was plagued by politics.
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Let Freedom Ring?

Posted on July 09, 2014 in Countdown
We told you last week to expect some big news from Glenn Greenwald, who broke many of the Edward Snowden stories. Here we are, just after celebrating the 4th of July, with some new revelations from Greenwald that show major infringements of our civil liberties and basic rights.
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It Just IS

Posted on July 02, 2014 in Countdown
Throughout the past few weeks, Israel has accused Hamas of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and has retaliated by conducting the largest military operation in the West Bank since the second intifada. On Monday, the bodies of the three abducted Israeli teenagers were found in a field in Hebron. “Off the deep end” and “unprecedented,” Israel’s retaliation, which includes over 34 airstrikes in Gaza, has left 13 Palestinians dead and counting, more than 400 Palestinians imprisoned, and numerous buildings and homes destroyed.
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