U.S. pressures Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

The Obama administration is quietly ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and engage in peace talks toward a political solution to the nation's conflict.

While Pentagon officials have said they are still backing the now month-old Saudi bombing campaign against on Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, the White House is increasingly signaling a desire for the campaign to come to an end.

"There is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, and the humanitarian situation will only worsen if the conflict continues," President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said on...

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U.S. pressures Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

The Obama administration is quietly ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and engage in peace talks toward a political solution to the nation's conflict.

While Pentagon officials have said they are still backing the now month-old Saudi bombing campaign against on Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, the White House is increasingly signaling a desire for the campaign to come to an end.

"There is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen, and the humanitarian situation will only worsen if the conflict continues," President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said on...

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Salma Hayek: ‘The Prophet’ is ‘hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

Salma Hayek Pinault appears on NBC's 'The Today Show' to promote her film, "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet"

http://www.today.com/video/salma-hayek-the-prophet-is-hardest-thing-ive-ever-done-437561923632

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Susan Rice: ‘No Military Solution’ In Yemen Either

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

As the Obama administration claims that there is “no military solution” to militant attacks in Iraq, Ukraine, and Syria, White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice has added Yemen to the list.

“As in Syria, there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen,” Rice said during a speech at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Gala on Wednesday.

Rice’s stark assessment of the current situation in Yemen is the latest indication that the administration is quietly backing away from touting the fight against terrorists in Yemen as a success story.

Obama’s launched dozens of American drone strikes targeting...

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National security adviser: US expects next Israeli government to recommit to two states

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she said.Obama administration...

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Getting to know an imam and seeing Muslims in the new light

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

By Rachel Newcomb April 30 at 3:09 PM

Rachel Newcomb is associate professor of anthropology at Rollins College, where she also directs the Program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. IF THE OCEANS WERE INK An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran

By Carla Power

Henry Holt. 336 pp. Paperback, $19 Since Sept. 11, 2001, popular media has tended to represent Islam as monolithic and menacing, a faith whose adherents spend their time plotting to murder infidels, oppress women and instill sharia law in Western democracies. While the actions of...

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Salma Hayek receives humanitarian award from Arab American Institute

Posted by Lebanese Examiner on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

April 30, 2015 (WASHINGTON, DC) — Actress and film director Salma Hayek received the “Spirit of Humanity” Kahlil Gibran Award from the Arab American Institute on Thursday during an annual gala in Washington DC honoring successful Arab-Americans.

Hayek returned from a three-day trip to Lebanon on Tuesday, where she launched her new animated film “The Prophet”, which is based on Gibran’s book.

The animated film, which draws on the 1923 book by Lebanese-born writer Kahlil Gibran, tells the story of Almitra, a headstrong girl who forms a friendship with imprisoned poet Mustafa.

The Washington DC ceremony was held at the...

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Rice: Obama Administration Firm on Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution

Posted by AAI on May 01, 2015 in News Clips

By Mohamed Elshinnawi

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice strongly reaffirmed the Obama administration's commitment to the two-state solution that leads to a sovereign Palestinian state. 

“The U.S. remains firmly committed to an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state, living alongside a democratic Jewish state of Israel in peace and security.” Rice said. 

Her remarks came in a keynote address to hundreds of Arab Americans from around the country Wednesday at the Arab American Institute Foundation's Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala.  

Rice said while reassessing the U.S. approach to the Palestinian Israeli conflict, President Obama made...

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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Posted on April 29, 2015 in Press Releases

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April 28, 2015

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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at

Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Salma Hayek, Lawrence Wright, Michael Baroody,

and John Sexton to receive Kahlil Gibran Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will deliver the keynote address Wednesday evening, April 29, at the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The event at 6:30 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel will honor four exceptional individuals for their...

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AAI Celebrates 30 Years at the 2015 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala

Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Blog
Arab Americans from across the country will gather in Washington, DC for the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala and our annual Arab American Leadership Days on Capitol Hill and at the White House on April 29th and 30th. The Gala is our annual celebration of the progress made by our community, and a chance to honor individuals whose work has promoted inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines. This year, we are honoring award winning actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek Pinault, NYU President John Sexton, the Honorable Michael Baroody, and Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright.
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