Washington Watch: For Trump, It's the Show that Counts

Posted on September 03, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Late last year, as the primaries were just heating up, pundits and commentators were busy trying to make sense of the Donald Trump phenomenon. His stump speeches were more akin to the stream of consciousness rantings of an out-of-control id than what was expected from a serious presidential candidate. He frequently contradicted himself and, more often than not, told bold-faced lies. He insulted groups and individuals, making his party's leaders squirm. And yet his crowds were huge and passionate and his poll numbers were high and getting higher. The political class was baffled.

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Washington Watch: To Hell in a Handbasket

Posted on August 13, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This presidential election is exposing deep fault-lines in our society and the failure of some of the basic institutions of our democracy. If we don't change direction, we're on our way to "hell in a handbasket".   I begin with the difficult situation in which Republicans now find themselves as they watch their out-of-control nominee wreaking havoc. Once the "party of Lincoln", the GOP was, as late as a generation ago, led by George H.W. Bush and James Baker, in whose steady hands we emerged from the Cold War, and Congressional leaders like Howard...

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Election Central

Posted on August 12, 2016 in #YallaVote

Find out what all the 2016 candidates are saying about the issues that matter most to Arab Americans


Countdown Vol. 14 No. 21: Guess Who's Back, Back Again

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Countdown
95 days until the Election! This week on Countdown: convention chaos, Israeli settlement controversy, voting rights wins, CVE in the classroom + more!
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Yalla Philly Welcomes Delegates to DNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Kicking off a week of outreach and education programming, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted Arab American delegates to the Democratic National Convention for Arabic food in Philadelphia on Tuesday. With nearly 50 delegates to the DNC in 2016, the room was filled to capacity with old and new friends alike along with the local Arab American Philadelphia Host Committee. Delegates and guests shared their stories of how they became involved in activism and public service while sharing their advocacy on behalf of Palestine, civil liberties, and other...

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AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 4

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Last night, Hillary Clinton took the stage to accept the Democratic Party's nomination marking the end of the two-week long infomercial that was the 2016 presidential nominating conventions. Here it is, your last AAI Daily Dispatch from the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention:Arab Americans at the Convention INTERVIEW: 21 year old Syrian immigrant Ayla Kadah explains what she thinks it will take to get Bernie supporters united behind Hillary. Arab American PLEO delegate Jack Hanna, was interviewed by Early Returns and highlighted how his Syrian...

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INTERVIEW: Arab American Democrat Ayla Kadah

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 28, 2016 in Blog

Ayla Kadah is an Arab American delegate from Washington, where she supported Senator Bernie Sanders. Ayla is 21 years old, making her the youngest ever delegate from Washington State, and the youngest Arab American delegate at the 2016 Democratic Convention.  Q: When and why did you immigrate to the United States?  Though I was born in California, I was raised in Damascus, Syria. I moved back to the US in 2013 to attend the University of Washington in Seattle.  Q: What about Senator Sanders...

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AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 3

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2016 in Blog

It was a packed night last night. The Convention was bursting from the seams with Democrats eager to salute the Party's top elected officials - Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. We also got a first hand look at Hillary Clinton's pick for Vice President, Senator Tim Kaine. There's a lot to cover on all fronts, so here is your DNC Day 3 dispatch: Arab Americans at the Convention In addition to throwing a pretty spectacular party on Tuesday night, we're here at the DNC convention to educate delegates and inform...

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