Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 In war torn Syria, artillery shells litter the rubble of destroyed homes and cultural heritage sites; but in an art studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the beginnings of the bronze bust of late Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani, sits waiting to immortalize this Syrian history now vulnerable to the destruction of war.
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AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Blog
By Hanane Lahnaoui Summer Intern, 2014 The Arab American Institute hosted its third annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Iftar on Tuesday, July 15th at AAI’s office. The event was well attended by young Arab American professionals and students as well as friends from the DC area.
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White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 On Monday, the White House honored a group of outstanding immigrants who had been granted legal residency under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kamal Essaheb, a Moroccan immigrant and leading immigration reform advocate, was among those honored.
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The Six Cent Solution: Sending Relief to Medical Clinics in the Middle East

Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 While there is nothing remarkable about the six cents often found on street corners or in the forgotten depths of couch cushions, Batoul Abuharb harnessed the unlikely power of a six cent text message and launched Dunia Health, a global initiative to aid overburdened medical clinics throughout the Middle East.
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Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Blog

By Firas Suqi Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights...

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Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

With a foot in two countries and knowledge of the inner workings of politics in two regions, Arab Americans uniquely understand that dialogue, discussion and engagement are necessary tools in improving the poor state of U.S.-Arab affairs and bridging the divide between two seemingly different regions and cultures.

On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed...

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New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Blog

By: Melanie Snail Summer 2013 InternThis past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media.

Not only is Mr. Haber a Research Associate for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force but also a recent success...

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Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Blog
By Matt Haugen Summer 2013 Intern As part of our weekly Brownbag lecture series, Jennifer Salan came and spoke with summer interns. Salan, who currently serves as the Senior Producer on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, is a former AAI Communications Director who got her start in television working on Viewpoint with James Zogby.
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Commencing the Post-Gibran Countdown

Posted on April 24, 2012 in Countdown
What’s so “appropriate” about spying on Arab Americans and American Muslims? We don’t know either. To make things more confusing, we were just told at the Arab American Leadership Day briefing at the White House that there was an on-going DOJ investigation into the NYPD’s surveillance operations. So why was Mr. Brennan prematurely stating publicly that he has “full confidence that the NYPD is doing things consistent with the law?"
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Laura Hammad: An Arab American Voice in Florida

Posted by on April 04, 2012 in Blog

By Dalal Hillou

2012 Spring Intern

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has lately become rampant within the political sphere. With politicians such as Newt Gingrich stating that “Sharia is a moral threat”, Rick Santorum saying “there is no ‘Palestinian’”, and the recent anti-Sharia bill that passed in the Florida House and almost made it through the Florida Senate, many American Muslims or Arab Americans are beginning to feel that politics may be a useless and painful task. However, that is the opposite of what the community should feel – it should be more involved with politics to combat such bigotry....

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