No matter how you look at it, Israel doesn’t want peace

Posted by The National on July 29, 2014 in News Clips

It is hard to be impartial about Israel. As the death toll in Gaza climbs ever higher, many in the Gulf might query why one would want to make the effort in any case. What’s there to be “impartial” about? But in reporting, analysing and commenting on the current conflict, newspapers and television reports are piecing together the first draft of history. There is a place for polemic and a place for passion – but there is also a necessary place for objectivity.

That’s something that many organisations around the world strive for in their coverage of Israel (not withstanding...

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American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims: 2014

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Arab American Institute

Conducted on June 27-29, 2014, American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims, provides a critical update on the Arab American Institute's polling in 2010 and 2012 tracking identical issues. Taken in context, the 2014 poll indicates a persistent trend of increasingly negative attitudes by Americans towards the Arab and Muslim communities.

Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 1,110 likely voters in the United States between 6/27/14 and 6/29/14. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1110 is +/- 3.0 percentage points.

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Jim Zogby and Shadi Hamid Discuss Egypt’s Transition, U.S. Policy and Regional Response to Gaza

Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Blog
As Egypt contends with new political realities and is center stage in the Gaza ceasefire talks, AAI President Jim Zogby and Dr. Shadi Hamid from the Brookings Institution sat down for a live streamed discussion and Q&A on Egypt’s transition, U.S. policy options, the regional response to the Gaza crisis, and recent Zogby polls that shed light on Egyptian opinions of the United States.
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American Muslims’ ongoing civil rights fight

Posted by Al Jazeera on July 13, 2014 in News Clips

Washington, DC - Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks, Arabs and Muslim Americans in the US still face continuing bias and prejudice, Arab Americans and civil rights activists say.

"It has gotten worse for us," said Nadia Tonova, the executive director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) in Dearborn, Michigan. "We are a community that is constantly under suspicion. It's really at a point where it's out of control."

The NNAAC is rolling out a $4.5m grassroots mobilisation campaign called " Take on Hate " in New York City on July 15, designed to give Arab...

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New poll claims to show most popular U.S. president among Arab nations – and the least

Posted by Washintgon Post on July 03, 2014 in News Clips

Zogby Research Services, a polling company that specializes in the Arab world, has a new poll out that looks at perspectives on U.S. leadership in recent years.

One detail in the report caught my eye: this chart that shows how different Arab nations viewed recent U.S. presidents.

As you can see from this chart, Bill Clinton is viewed by a large number of people across the Arab world as the U.S. president with the most positive relationship with their nation. Perhaps this is obvious: Clinton's personal charm and his public speaking ability made him popular all around the world, and...

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New poll claims to show most popular U.S. president among Arab nations – and the least

Posted by Washintgon Post on July 03, 2014 in News Clips

Zogby Research Services, a polling company that specializes in the Arab world, has a new poll out that looks at perspectives on U.S. leadership in recent years.

One detail in the report caught my eye: this chart that shows how different Arab nations viewed recent U.S. presidents.

As you can see from this chart, Bill Clinton is viewed by a large number of people across the Arab world as the U.S. president with the most positive relationship with their nation. Perhaps this is obvious: Clinton's personal charm and his public speaking ability made him popular all around the world, and...

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Census Considers How to Measure a More Diverse America

Posted by The New York Times on July 01, 2014 in News Clips

When Alexa Aviles received her census form in 2010, she was frustrated by the choices. Like all Hispanics, Ms. Aviles, a Puerto Rican who lives in Brooklyn, was first asked to identify her ethnicity and then to answer a question about her race. Ms. Aviles, 41, who works for a nonprofit, thought, “I’m all of these!” In annoyance, she checked Hispanic, and then identified herself as white, black and “some other race.”

Mustafa Asmar, a Palestinian-American waiter in Paterson, N.J., does not like his options either. Arab-Americans are broadly classified as white in the census. “When you fill out...

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Morocco: Outlier in Latest Zogby Poll?

Posted by on June 09, 2014 in Blog
By Myles Teasley Summer Intern, 2014 One of the categories of the recently released Zogby Poll was U.S. favorability rating measured in seven Arab countries. Tracking from 2002 through 2014, the countries were Palestine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco. What’s curious, however, is that throughout 2009, while most of the surveyed countries were at or near their respective highs in terms of favorability toward the United States, Morocco was halfway through a precipitous decline. What explains such a nosedive that knocked Morocco’s favorability rating from a high in 2008 around 29% to less than 5% in 2010?
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The Story Behind the Polls

Posted on June 09, 2014 in Washington Watch

On June 3rd, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) released the results of polling in seven Arab countries (Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE). Conducted during the month of May, the ZRS polls measured Arab attitudes toward the United States and President Barack Obama five years after his historic June 4, 2009 Cairo University speech.

The polls received wide coverage in traditional and social media, but it was interesting to note the extent to which writers appeared to cherry-pick the findings they liked. Some noted, for example, that Obama's ratings and overall US ratings have improved, while...

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India leads all nations in sending people to Detroit

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in News Clips

Whether pushed or pulled, immigrants arrived from many countries. India

The largest single immigrant group in metro Detroit comes from India.

Of the 41,000 living in the region's four main counties, about half live in Oakland County, with 11,000 in Wayne and the rest in Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

The demand for professionals in the medical fields and computer technology has fueled an influx of highly educated Indian immigrants to metro Detroit, said Silvia Pedraza, a professor of sociology and American culture at the University of Michigan.

"They draw on what they know well and are good at," she...

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