Turaath: Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia

Posted by Shadi Matar on December 08, 2014 in Blog
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee held the Turaath concert last week at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.. This year's event, "Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia" celebrated musical collaborations throughout the world.
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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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America’s Orwellian Conundrum

Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Blog

“Fomenting fear stifles serious debate and constructive solutions … this nation deserves more than that,” stated Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) after the USA FREEDOM Act was voted down 58 to 42 in the Senate on November 18, 2014. The vote revealed a rare display of bipartisanship in what has typically been a partisan Congress. Unfortunately, this bipartisan apparition resulted in a significant setback for civil rights and liberties activists as well as opponents of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued that under the USA FREEDOM Act...

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AAI Joins the Mossawa Center Campaign Against Israeli Police Brutality

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on November 25, 2014 in Blog
The Mossawa Center has launched a campaign demanding an end to Israeli police brutality focused on the latest Arab-Israeli casualty, Khayr al-Din Hamdan.
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The U.S. Census Is Trying To Get A More Accurate Count Of Arab Americans

Posted by FiveThirtyEight on November 24, 2014 in News Clips

The first time Rashad Al-Dabbagh saw a census form, he didn’t know how to respond.

Sex? Male. Age? 20. But race? Al-Dabbagh, who moved to the United States from Saudi Arabia in 1998, scanned the 2000 census form looking for himself. He wasn’t white or black or Chinese or Samoan or any of the 10 other categories listed.

This is how the U.S. Census currently asks about race.

“I went through it and looked for Arab or Middle Eastern or Palestinian or anything I could identify...

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The U.S. Census Is Trying To Get A More Accurate Count Of Arab Americans

Posted by FiveThirtyEight on November 24, 2014 in News Clips

The first time Rashad Al-Dabbagh saw a census form, he didn’t know how to respond.

Sex? Male. Age? 20. But race? Al-Dabbagh, who moved to the United States from Saudi Arabia in 1998, scanned the 2000 census form looking for himself. He wasn’t white or black or Chinese or Samoan or any of the 10 other categories listed.

This is how the U.S. Census currently asks about race.

“I went through it and looked for Arab or Middle Eastern or Palestinian or anything I could identify...

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What do Arabs Want? AAI President Zogby Shares at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Posted by on November 07, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 At the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference last week, Dr. James Zogby spoke in a regional perspectives panel.
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Ben Shapiro says a majority of Muslims are radicals

Posted by PunditFact on November 05, 2014 in News Clips

The rise of the Islamic State group and its strategic use of grisly beheadings has stirred a heated debate in this country about the nature of Islam. Some critics say core Muslim beliefs invite violence. Defenders of religious tolerance say extremists represent only a tiny minority of Muslims.

Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro jumped in to say the nature of Islam is irrelevant. More important, according to Shapiro, is what its followers believe, "because that’s what they act upon." Through this lens, Shapiro painted a disturbing picture of the religious wellspring for people who fly planes into towers and behead their...

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The Arab American Comedy Festival Kicks Off Next Week in NYC

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Blog

Through comedy, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid have not only contributed to changing perceptions about Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, but they've also helped redefine how Arab Americans and Muslim Americans view themselves. Obeidallah and Zaid cofounded the Arab American Comedy Festival in 2003, and since then the festival has gone through a remarkable evolvution. In an interview with Time magazing, Obeidallah reflected on how things have changed, saying the festival's comedians have moved past the  “‘We’re not all terrorists [jokes]’” into something that, years later, is now considered an event that celebrates Arab heritage. “It’s saying,...

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Joseph Haj, an Arab American Pioneer in the World of Theatre

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Blog
By Eddie Bejarano Fall Intern, 2014 Arab American theatre director Joseph Haj recently received the 2014 Zelda Fichandler Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. The award is named after Zelda Fichandler, one of the original founders of the American regional theatre movement, and is awarded to directors whose artistry changed the American regional theatre scene.
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