Clarence Page Addresses Racial Profiling of Arabs

Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Blog
By Jennine Vari Clarence Page has written a column addressing the unfounded accusations and racial profiling faced by Arabs and Muslims in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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When profiling becomes a real menace to society

Posted by Chicago Tribune on April 24, 2013 in News Clips

Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing of an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.

On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, for example, the New York Post proudly presented a scoop that misidentified an injured "Saudi national" as a terror suspect. By the next day, authorities confirmed that the badly burned man actually was a witness, not a suspect. Sorry about that.

Online vigilantism ran so wild on the Reddit online link-sharing community that its general manager Erik Martin issued...

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Understandable for Muslims to “Hope Beyond Hope That This Doesn’t Turn out to Be What It Might Be.”

Posted by Slate on April 17, 2013 in News Clips

Last night I was invited to spend some time and meet some good people at the Arab American Institute Foundation's annual dinner—the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. The invite came, I think, because I spent so much time covering Chuck Hagel's confirmation to Defense, and wasn't sure why every association Hagel might have had with an "Arab" group became a cause for red-alert panic. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was there, as was outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as were Congress's only two Muslim members, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. André Carson. (Both are African-American, not...

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Arab American on Boston Marathon: “Everyone in This Room Is Holding Their Breath”

Posted by Mother Jones on April 17, 2013 in News Clips

From House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to Sara El-Amine, the national director of President Obama's political nonprofit, Organizing for Action, the Arab American community can count the Obama administration's closest political allies and enemies among their number. Both were present Tuesday night as the Arab American elite gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at a black-tie event hosted by the Arab-American Institute in Washington, DC. Yet through the revelry and clinking of glasses, and the cheerful chitchat in English and Arabic, the terrifying attack in Boston cast a shadow over the evening.  

Veteran CNN and ABC News journalist Christiane Amanpour was there to...

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Christiane Amanpour to receive first-ever Anthony Shadid award

Posted by Politico on April 15, 2013 in News Clips

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will be honored this week with the Arab American Institute Foundation's first-ever Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism, named for The New York Times correspondent who lost his life last year in Syria.

"I'm incredibly thrilled and honored to be given this award, most importantly because of whose name it's in," Amanpour, who also hosts a program on CNN International, told POLITICO this afternoon. "Anthony was a great voice, a great reporter."

Shadid was a member of Amanpour's roundtable while she was host of ABC's "This Week," and the two often corresponded during the Arab...

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Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Posted on April 15, 2013 in Press Releases

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Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Washington, DC – April 11, 2013 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will honor Christiane Amanpour with the inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism next Tuesday, April 16th at the fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism isnamed for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid who tragically passed away last year. The Anthony Shadid award honors those whose coverage of the Arab world or the...

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Countdown to Gibran

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Countdown

Ralph Nader Receives the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Posted by on April 09, 2013 in Blog

By Jade Zoghbi

Spring 2013 Intern

Next Tuesday, the Arab American Institute Foundation will honor the extraordinary career and contributions of Ralph Nader during the annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. Nader will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service in recognition of his groundbreaking work on behalf of the American public.

“Time called Ralph one of the 100 most influential Americans of the Century,” says AAI President Jim Zogby. “It’s absolutely true. He may not have invented ‘consumer rights,’ but he’s the reason most Americans know those rights exist.

Nader was born in...

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Casey Kasem: Gibran Individual Achievement Award Recipient

Posted by on April 02, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Kemal Amen Kasem, better known as Casey Kasem, is the recipient of the 2013 Award for Individual Achievement at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on April 16.
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Arab American Awards Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour, Ralph Nader and Others

Posted on March 28, 2013 in Press Releases

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Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Honors Christiane Amanpour,Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman, Casey Kasem and Ralph NaderAmanpour to Receive Inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism   

Washington, DC – March 28 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will hold its fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 16th in Washington, DC. For fourteen years, the Gibran awards have recognized individuals, organizations, and corporations whose work reflects the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet by promoting inclusion, cooperation and greater understanding among people...

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