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


April 28, 2015


Jennifer Bell, Bluelight Strategies,, 202-265-3000

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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A Nuanced Lens Capturing the Middle East

Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 Having a foot in both the Middle East and the U.S. profoundly influenced Matar’s photography, “Although I belong in many ways to the Middle East, I am still seeing it with fresh eyes and perspectives.”
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Unsung Heroes

Posted by on April 02, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it’s important to remember the women in the Middle East and all over the world who work daily and without fanfare to ensure that their communities are just and peaceful places. When the cameras are off and journalists have moved on to the next story, their work continues�often at great personal risk.
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Perseverance at Its Best

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on March 30, 2015 in Blog
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent announcement that public schools in New York City will be closed in observance of the two most sacred Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, represents a meaningful achievement for the American Muslim community in New York, but also for the community nationally.
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Spy Games

Posted by Margaret Lowry on March 25, 2015 in Blog
A new game, TouchTone, released this week to the iTunes app store puts you in the shoes of a National Security Agency analyst. To move through the levels, you must solve puzzles in order to intercept communications from potential security threats, all while answering to your handler, codenamed “patriot”. The game is unsettling, after solving a puzzle correctly, you’re able to read private emails and make an assessment on whether to report them as suspicious activity. The more of these messages you read, the less sure you are of your ability to distinguish threats, and the less agency you feel you have in making your assessments.
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