Mitch Daniels and the Right

Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Blog

In recent months, Indiana Governor and potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels has come under scrutiny from some conservative groups, for suggesting the GOP call a “truce” on social issues with liberals in order to focus the country’s political efforts on more pressing fiscal issues. Daniels’ views became the inspiration for an article written by Marjorie Dannenfelser, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization committed to the integration of pro-life women in political life. Danenfelser's article highlights Daniels as a political outlier within the conservative wing and claims Daniel’s views will not take root among...

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Mitch Daniels and 2012

Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Blog

With midterms behind us, all eyes (and money and analysis and speculation, etc) have now shifted to 2012.  Yesterday, The Hotline released its inaugural edition of the “Presidential Power Rankings,” examining the most likely Republicans to end up with the nomination in 2012.  On the short list of contenders is none other than Arab American Mitch Daniels, who will also receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala.

The Hotline placed Governor Daniels in the number nine spot in its ranking and highlighted his appeal stating: 

Indiana's successful two-term governor is getting...

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2010 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Posted on November 03, 2010 in Arab American Institute

On April 21, 2010, 700 members, supporters, and partners from around the country attended the Arab American Institute Foundation's (AAIF's) Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala. Master of Ceremonies and founding AAI Board member Jean AbiNader opened the black tie event by inviting attendees to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of the evening's awardees, as well as the achievements of the Arab American Institute, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.

AAI President and co-founder Dr. James Zogby introduced the evening's keynote speaker, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who opened her remarks with a very special acknowledgement:...

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Arab-American Group Bestows Gibran Awards

Posted by Victor Shiblie on June 03, 2010 in News Clips

Special to the Diplomatic Pouch contributed by Victor Shiblie

Khalil Gibran was a 19th-century Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist whose work continues to inspire millions of people many years after his death. In his memory, the Arab American Institute (AAI) Foundation recently bestowed its annual Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards at a dinner marking the foundation’s 25th anniversary.

The April 21 gala, held at Washington’s Renaissance Hotel, attracted 700 people from across the nation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service received AAI’s Award for Institutional Excellence, while Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was honored...

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The 2010 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by Kate Oczypok on May 24, 2010 in News Clips

The 2010 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards were held on Wednesday evening at the Renaissance Hotel on 9th St downtown. The black-tie affair honored Hon. Richard M. Daley, Hon. Rosemary Barkett and Juma Al Majid. The Corporation for National and Community Service was also honored for their institutional excellence.

Sponsors enjoyed a reception before the gala, where Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Brian Baird (D-Wash.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) among others attended.

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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by MoroccoBoard on May 23, 2010 in News Clips

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event.

Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative. “This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by MoroccoBoard on May 23, 2010 in News Clips

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event.

Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative. “This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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Gibran Awards Honor Tolerance, Humanity

Posted by Mohamed ElShinnawi on May 20, 2010 in News Clips

For the past 12 years, Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran’s love for equality and better understanding between East and West have inspired an awards program at the Arab American Institute in Washington.

Lebanese-American poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran said, “I love you my brother, whoever you are, whether you worship in your church, kneel in your temple or pray in your mosque.”

Promoting understanding

“The Prophet,” Gibran’s famous book, reflects his commitment to understanding among racial, ethnic, and religious communities. The Gibran Awards celebrate those whose lives mirror Gibran’s vision of humanity…

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2010 Gibran Awards Gala Press Coverage

Posted on May 04, 2010 in Arab American Institute

Arab-American Group Bestows Gibran Awards The Washington Diplomat: Diplomatic Pouch

The 2010 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards The Hill

Gibran Awards Honor Tolerance, Humanity Voice of America

UAE philanthropist honored by Arab American Institute and Foundation Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards MoroccoBoard

Cultural preservation work earns prestigious honour for Emirati The National, UAE

Khalil & Da Mayor! Bisnow

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit...

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Ambassador Rice Weighs In on U.S. Strategic Interests In the Middle East

Posted on April 28, 2010 in Press Releases

“Let there be no doubt: President Obama and all of us in his Administration are determined to reach a comprehensive peace in the Middle East – central to which is a two-state solution. President Obama has defined this goal as a vital U.S. interest.”

Washington, D.C. – April 23, 2010 – In an address to the Arab American Institute’s annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 21, 2010, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice addressed the gathering of members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, and other distinguished guests and became yet another...

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