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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Bad Policy, Bad Politics

Posted on July 23, 2016 in Washington Watch
To understand why the United States fails so miserably in efforts to achieve an Israeli/Palestinian peace, all you need to do is take a look at the mix of bad policy and bad politics found in the Israel/Palestine sections of platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
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Washington Watch: Does Religion Matter in Politics?

Posted on June 25, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Shortly after Tim Kaine had been elected Governor of Virginia in 2006, a discussion ensued among Democratic party leaders about the lessons that could learned from Kaine's victory. Some observations were interesting, others were not. One was particularly off the mark. Because Kaine had often spoken about his Catholic faith, and because Democrats ordinarily do not, some concluded that the lesson to learn from Kaine's win was that Democrats needed to make a point of speaking more about religion. The observation was correct—Kaine did speak about his faith; but the conclusion was wrong....

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Together We Came: Mona Yacoubian

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 19, 2016 in Blog

Mona Yacoubian is one of Washington’s most knowledgeable foreign policy experts. You've probably heard her analysis on C-SPAN or PBS NewsHour, or read her numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy magazine. A Fulbright Scholar and member of the Council on Foreign Relations Yacoubian is currently  Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID). With a Master’s Degree in public administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy from Duke University, Yacoubian began her...

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Join Us For Arab American Leadership Days and Contact Your Member of Congress

Posted on April 19, 2016 in Action Alerts

For those who were unable to join us in D.C. for today's Arab American Leadership Days: Advocating for Justice, participate by contacting your member of Congress. 

We're not yet halfway through the year, yet 2016 has shown to be a vital year for Arab Americans. From the campaign trail, to Capitol Hill and the White House — programs that have direct impacts on Arab Americans are being proposed and enacted. 

Arab American leaders from across the country are participating in Arab American Leadership Days on April 19th and 20th to advocate for justice both on Capitol Hill and at the White House.  ...

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Ask RNC Chair Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Action Alerts

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. Late last  year, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community-based advocacy organizations to write to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.

Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and to state on...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 22, 2016 in Blog
Contact your Representative and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” to prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.
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Apple CEO’s Letter to America

Posted by Kevin Hack on February 22, 2016 in Blog

Apple CEO Tim Cook entered into a high stakes fight with the government last week when he released a letter to customers outlining his opposition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s demand that Apple grant the government access to the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.

Cook highlights the importance that customers place on the security of their data and the popularity of Apples end-to-end encryption of devices, primarily in protecting it from hackers and criminals, and the similar importance that Apple places on providing that security. He...

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Scalia's Passing and the Fight for His Seat

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 18, 2016 in Blog

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has left a large void on the bench for conservatives. A champion of “originalism,” Justice Scalia, changed the way we discussed and debated the Constitution.  Scalia advocated for the original meaning of the Constitution as opposed to treating it as a living, breathing document that slowly evolves with the times. His use of rhetorical extremes, and a form of argument he called “reduction to the absurd,” often shocked, alienated, and offended readers. While his piercing prose will forever remain in the...

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Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Washington Watch
Bernie Sanders has been unfairly criticized for being a "Johnny One Note" on foreign policy because he continually reminds voters of his early opposition to the Iraq War. To explain why he continues to emphasize the importance of his decision to oppose that war, Sanders has pointed to the speech he gave back in October 2002 in which he laid out five important reasons why he feared the Bush Administration's march to war.
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