Unite Lebanon Youth Project to Receive Award for Institutional Excellence at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 24, 2016 in Blog
Unite Lebanon Youth Project to Receive Award for Institutional Excellence at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala
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Religious Plurality Is At Stake in the Middle East

Posted by Mahmoud Abunie on February 24, 2016 in Blog

The Middle East is the birthplace of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The three faiths have lived, struggled and overcome many issues throughout history and continue to work through similarities and differences. The fabric of the three faiths are a mosaic of the cultural and ethnic composition that make up the beauty of the Middle East. Everyone in the Middle East is suffering due to ISIL and their savage attempt to rule through violence and oppression. Christian communities in particular are being particularly targeted by ISIL’s barbarism. The communities suffering most acutely, Maronite, Assyrian,...

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UNHCR to Receive Award for International Commitment at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on February 17, 2016 in Blog

       Award for International Commitment   The amount of courage that goes into the decision to uproot your family from your home to an unknown world is extraordinary. For 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has ensured that no one needs to make that journey alone. It is their unflagging dedication to...

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Department of Education Pushes Back Against Discrimination

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on January 20, 2016 in Blog
The Department of Education (DOE) is urging schools and colleges across the country to thwart any harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin. In an open letter to educational leaders, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and acting Secretary John B. King, Jr. discuss the importance of ensuring a safe learning environment for students at a “time when fear and anger are heightened, and when public debate sometimes results in the dissemination of misinformation.”
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We the People: Obama's Final State of the Union

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 14, 2016 in Blog
On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his eighth and final State of the Union (SOTU) address. Outlining his speech with four “big questions” for America to address, he discussed the progress his Administration has made, and where he would like to see America in 10 years and beyond. The speech broke from tradition, appealing directly to the American people and focusing more on the future of our nation and less on future policies of the administration. Below are some of our takeaways from last night’s speech and the Republican response by Governor Nikki Haley.  
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Vote Against H.R.4038/S.2300, the American SAFE Act of 2015

Posted on January 12, 2016 in Action Alerts

On January 20, 2016, the Senate will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015. This bill was introduced by House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) as a reaction to the heinous attacks that occurred in Paris, France. While this bill seeks to enhance our national security, in reality, it tastelessly takes advantage of the recent tragedies in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California to strengthen the politics of fear, and seeks to enforce additional security requirements on the U.S. admission of Syrian refugees. The reality is that the U.S. already implements the most...

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Obama's Final State of the Union: What to Expect

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 10, 2016 in Blog
President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight. Teased as a “non-traditional” SOTU by the White House, the President is expected to speak more directly to the American people, as opposed to speaking to Congress as he has done previously. The speech will discuss the progress made on a range of issues during his tenure thus far.
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A Christmas Lesson

Posted on December 29, 2015 in Washington Watch
There are two Christmas stories. There is the romanticized antiseptic tale that has taken hold in our popular culture. It is the "Silent Night"/"Oh! Little Town of Bethlehem" version. Mary is smiling; Joseph is hovering protectively over mother and child. Animals provide warmth; angels are singing; and shepherds come to see the new born "Babe in the Manger". In this version, all is pure and all is bright. It is a comfortable story. But it's not real.
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Collateral Repair Project

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on December 22, 2015 in Blog

The Syrian refugee crisis saw an increase in media attention in 2015, in part due to statistics that demonstrated the crisis contributed to the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Tragic images of refugees fleeing to Europe struck a chord of compassion in many hearts. Rhetoric seemed to change when politicians began using unwarranted and misguided fear-mongering tactics in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. In the United States the dialogue evolved around how many Syrian refugees the U.S. should admit, and the various stages of security screenings...

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