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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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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