When Anti-Arab, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Becomes Local News: What You Need to Know About a Pending Media Merger

Posted by Guest on October 17, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Although diversity in the media and news is essential to a well functioning democracy, diversity in media ownership has been on the decline since the 1980s. As of 2014, 90% of the media, including our news outlets, were owned by only six companies. Sinclair Broadcasting Group, an independent media group, is now another company concocting its own monopoly of local news stations with news of a possible merger with Chicago’s Tribune Media. A leaked internal memo from the president and CEO of Sinclair to employees of Tribune Media demonstrates that Sinclair is...

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AAI Statement on Presidential Proclamation Regarding the Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 25, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s third try at the Muslim Ban:  The Trump Administration’s attempt to window dress their Muslim Ban by presidential proclamation doesn’t fool anyone. The proclamation expands the xenophobic policies that discriminate against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. It’s no surprise that facing Supreme Court arguments the Trump Administration would try to play one more shell game to circumvent a potential ruling. Shamefully though, this third iteration of the Muslim Ban goes farther than the second version adding yet another Muslim-majority...

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Trump Administration continues to exacerbate the terrorism trope

Posted by Ryan Suto on August 08, 2017 in Blog

The late Jack Shaheen observed in 1984 that U.S. media and culture portray Arabs as only “billionaires, bombers, and belly dancers,” creating flat Arab characters which form the popular tropes that inhabit the mind of millions of Americans and others around the world. Since 9/11, however, many U.S. government officials and politicians have become disinterested in discussing billionaires or belly dancers, leaving only one lens to frame Arab American and American Muslim communities. Despite the broad political trend to frame these communities as only having use as counter-terrorism pawns, the Trump campaign and now the Trump Administration have taken this political trope...

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American Attitudes Toward Arabs, Muslims, Immigration, Civil Rights, and Surveillance (July 2017)

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 31, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Analytics poll in July, 2017, tracking American Attitudes towards Arabs, Muslims, immigration, civil rights, surveillance, and hate crimes. AAI President James Zogby breaks down the headlines: To download the full poll results click here.    To read "Negative Campaign Against Arabs and Muslims Has Consequences" by James Zogby, click here.  Key Findings: American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims are sharply divided along partisan lines, with Democrats holding a favorable view of...

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Let’s Make the State Department Better

With Secretary Tillerson on vacation (don’t worry, he’s “not going anywhere”), it appears that President Trump felt the State Department was a bit understaffed: on Wednesday, the President formally nominated Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to serve as the Department’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Perhaps most thrilled about the nomination are the residents of Kansas, whose beleaguered Governor has, according to a local House representative, wreaked “carnage and destruction” upon their state through the implementation of calamitous fiscal policies. While not the shiniest of governors (he’s rated second...


Update: The Muslim Ban in the Courtroom

Posted by Ryan Suto on July 19, 2017 in Blog

Today the Supreme Court affirmed an expansion of “familial relationships” exception to Trump’s Muslim Ban, but allowed the Administration to further limit refugee resettlement until later courts weigh in. 

WHERE WE ARE NOW: Citizens of Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iran are not allowed to travel to the United States unless they have 1) familial ties or 2) bona fide relations with US persons or entities. Family ties include: parent, parent-in-law, spouse, fiancé, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling (whether whole or half), step relationships, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law...

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Sam Harris: Perpetually Misunderstood

Posted by Omar Baddar on July 18, 2017 in Blog

If you ever go online to criticize renowned ‘New Atheist’ Sam Harris for any of his baseless assertions or wrong-headed arguments, you’ll likely find yourself on the receiving end of literally hundreds of tweets claiming you were misquoting him, misunderstanding him, or reading him out of context. Though Harris’s tweeps are ostensibly anti-religion, it’s really remarkable how much their reaction resembles that of a cult whose infallible leader has been questioned. Harris is more obsessed with Islam and Muslims than most contemporary atheist intellectuals, painting this religion as a unique threat to the world. He gained notoriety after...

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U.S. Government avoids investigating and defining the faith of nearly two billion people by five votes

Posted by Ryan Suto on July 14, 2017 in Blog

Early in July Representative Trent Franks of Arizona offered a troubling amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. That amendment was entitled “Strategic assessments of the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification.”

The amendment sought to empower the Secretary of Defense to create two assessments of "the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine,” one by “relevant” government employees and the other by ‘non-governmental experts from academia, industry, or other entities with appropriate...

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Statement Regarding Supreme Court Action on Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 26, 2017 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017 Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210   Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court action regarding the Muslim Ban: Today’s announcement from the Supreme Court is a disappointment but it does not mean that bigotry has won the day. In fact, contrary to how the White House has portrayed the Court’s action, what we know is that the Muslim Ban will get a full hearing in October and that the stay granted in...

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