Ambassador Susan Rice Takes Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to the Basketball Court

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 14, 2014 in Blog
It must have been a welcome change of pace for National Security Advisor Susan Rice to confront the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basketball court rather than the negotiating table. Somewhere between managing the campaign against ISIS, weighing in on the reconstruction of Gaza, and negotiating a web of alliances to take on Middle East conflicts cooperatively, Ambassador Rice welcomed a group of Palestinian and Israeli youth to the White House basketball court for an hour long pick-up game.
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Michigan and Middle Eastern Refugees

Posted by on September 28, 2014 in News Clips

Michigan is the best candidate to accept Iraqi and Syrian refugees, not because of its railroads and factories, forests and rivers, or even because of its system of government, but because of Michiganders themselves. Of the many chapters of the American immigration success story, two of its finest – Polish immigration in the early 20th Century and Lebanese immigration half a century later – were written in Michigan. Michigan may yet write a third.

The situation is this: Iraqis and Syrians are fleeing in the tens of thousands, and Michigan is in need of people. Michigan accepting these refugees would...

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American Muslims 13 years after 9/11

Posted by OpEdNews on September 27, 2014 in News Clips

The seven-million strong Muslim American community remain under pressure, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alarmingly, mainstream American opinion of Muslims is getting worse. According to the July survey of Arab American Institute (AAI) there has been a continued erosion in the favorable ratings Americans have of both Arabs and Muslims. For example, in 2010 favorable ratings for Arabs were 43 percent. They have now declined to 32 percent. For Muslims, the ratings dropped from 36 percent in 2010, to 27 percent in the 2014 survey.

Not surprisingly, a direct consequence of this disturbing downward slide can be seen...

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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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“Here and Elsewhere”: New Museum Curator Natalie Bell Discusses Contemporary Arab Art Exhibit

Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 For decades, the international art world largely overlooked contemporary Arab art. However, prominent figures in the art world, including the editor-in-chief of Artspace, have asserted that a newfound interest and curiosity in art from the Middle East has emerged in recent years. The Gulf states have undertaken vast cultural projects, and museums and art fairs are quickly becoming a central part of the region’s culture.
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Upending the Status Quo: Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma

Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Blog
By Eddie Bejarano Fall Interns, 2014 Villa Touma is a drama based in Ramallah and tells the story of lively eighteen-year-old orphan Badia, whose arrival at the Ramallah home of her three aunts releases a deluge of family secrets and long-held grudges. Suha Arraf, the film’s director, wanted viewers to “see another face of the Palestinians.
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ISIS and its enemy: pluralistic dialogue and understanding

Posted by The Duke Chronicle on September 24, 2014 in News Clips

It’s happened again. The world has been plagued with another outbreak. No, not Ebola. Well, yeah, Ebola. But there’s another disease that has poisoned our discussions—ISIS.

A group commits fanaticism thousands of miles away and similar to many Arabs, Muslims and other beings resembling ‘other’ in this country, I suddenly find myself in the position of defense. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know a single individual who identifies with this group. I’m expected to change my conversations to resemble the rhetoric of a feeble body. A weak body. A scared body. An apologetic body. This country teaches you to...

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Islamophobia Is As American As Apple Pie

Posted by Opposing Views on September 24, 2014 in News Clips

Here we go again with a new round of bombings and missile strikes in the Middle East. More of a chance for our anti-Islamic bent in America to be watered. I must say though I am certainly glad we have some Arab nations also involved. It gives us cover and disguises the fact that America for the most part is filled with Islamophobia.

We simply have an easier time making the decision to drop bombs on Muslim countries than we do any other. Of course we justify that with our Islamophobia and belief that Muslims are out to get us....

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Defending Christians is about defending goodness and humanity, advocates say

Posted by on September 23, 2014 in News Clips

Sandri's comment drew a strong round of applause. But the feelings of unity were soured just one day later, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another keynote speaker, told the IDC crowd, including Christians from Palestine and Lebanon, "Christians have no greater ally than Israel."

The senator's comment so angered the audience and elicited such a strong refrain of boos that Cruz was eventually forced to walk off stage. "If you do not stand with Israel and the Jews," he said before exiting, "then I will not stand with you."

In the aftermath, many accused the 2016 presidential hopeful...

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