Election Central

Posted on August 12, 2016 in #YallaVote

Find out what all the 2016 candidates are saying about the issues that matter most to Arab Americans


James Zogby: Why I Support Bernie Sanders

Posted on April 18, 2016 in Washington Watch
There were many reasons, which I will describe in a moment, but high on my list is that I never forgot what happened to my hometown and so many other American cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Sanders earned my support because he understands what bad trade deals and corporate greed have done to our communities.
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Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Blog

One of the many ways we are ghting intolerance is by holding public of cials accountable for the rhetoric they espouse. The Arab American Institute’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no of cial can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope that it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of “Leadership or Pandering” examines xenophobia and...

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Grabbing Control of the Reins: The Republican Congress’s Attempt to Orchestrate U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted by on March 12, 2015 in Blog

From the brutal conflict in Syria, to Boko Haram in Nigeria, and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the White House has its hands full in implementing a U.S. foreign policy agenda that buttresses American interests and national security. Prominent Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (OH-8), and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Edward Royce (CA-39), have consistently criticized theadministration’s actions on multiple foreign policy fronts. Speaker Boehner’s recent invitation to Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress and the letter sent by 47...

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Obama’s Overdue AUMF Proposal Permeated with Problematic Language

Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015

Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL is long overdue. Since U.S. military action against ISIL began on Aug. 8, 2014 we have launched 1,900 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Unsettlingly, our military campaign still lacks Congressional backing.

Sent to Congress last week, President Obama’s AUMF request is the first proposal asking Congress to authorize military force in almost thirteen years. The three key points from the AUMF proposal against ISIL are: 1) it limits the campaign to a...

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Immigration Reform is Not Just for Latinos: Big Impact for Immigrants from MENA

Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Blog

Since announcing his executive order on immigration, President Obama has held two events to to clarify the extent and scope of his most recent executive order. The events, one in Las Vegas and the other in the President’s hometown of Chicago, were a chance for the President to engage directly with multi-ethnic communities on the prospective reforms. Although referring to his action as just “one small step on immigration,” his statements acknowledging the diversity of immigrant populations indicate that his executive action last week will have a huge impact on both documented and undocumented populations arriving...

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New AAI Poll Reveals Arab American Identity Trends and Political Concerns

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

This morning, Dr. Jim Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, released a new Zogby Analytics poll, Arab American Voters 2014: Their Identity and Political Concerns.

The poll revealed that Arab Americans are extremely proud of their ethnic heritage. Sixty-three percent of respondents identified as Arab American. This high percentage is a continuation of an upward trend that began in the 1990s, when only 51% described themselves as Arab American by country of origin or as Arab Americans alone.

This reveals that a stronger sense of...

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For Obama and ISIL, Twitter is the New C-Span

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Blog

By Dina Salah-ElDinFall Intern, 2014

From Washington, D.C. to Cairo to Hong Kong to Kiev, posting updates from a city square where tens, hundreds, or even tens of thousands are marching for or against a cause or a government has almost become the driving force for much of the activity on social media.  Over the past month, Twitter became the center stage from which the militant group known as the Islamic State declared its territorial gains in Iraq and its executions of two American journalists.

Last week, as President Barack Obama delivered a prime-time speech...

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If I Did It: Foreign Policy by Hillary Clinton

Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Blog

By Jad Ireifej Summer Intern, 2014

In a recent interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffery Goldberg, Hillary Clinton made it clear that if she was president, American foreign policy would look different.

Though she complimented President Obama on his intellect and abilities to follow complex and multifaceted situations, the former Secretary of State felt that the policy mantra of “don’t do stupid stuff” weakened America’s global position and has contributed to the continued violence we have seen across the Middle East this summer.

Clinton made it clear that she and the president did not...

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AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.

The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...

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