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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AAI Virtual Brownbag: “Civil Liberties in Jeopardy: Profiling, Surveillance and the Way Forward”

Posted by on September 02, 2014 in Blog
Since President Obama’s January speech on government surveillance and despite numerous incidents of discrimination by law enforcement and other agencies, the Arab American community in particular continues to be dealt numerous blows when it comes to surveillance and profiling. Whether online or on-the-ground, these threats and infringements seriously undermine faith in our government and leaders.
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On And On

Posted on August 22, 2014 in Countdown
As Arab Americans, we understand the real life impact of profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. We know how it can range from “minor” inconveniences while traveling to destroying someone’s professional career. But the death of yet another young African American teenager demonstrates how truly grave the consequences of profiling can be. We stand in solidarity with all victims of profiling and against the militarization of police forces. We stand with those seeking justice in last week’s shooting of Michael Brown, in which we saw the most extreme impact of profiling. There is so much work to be done.
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Few Steps Forward, Few Steps Back

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute hosted an important emergency leadership summit in DC last Thursday on U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing crises in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We heard from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who spoke to members of our community just as news alerts were coming in about the United States air drop in Iraq and the military strikes against ISIS. With that, our community’s discussions over the troubling U.S. policies on Gaza also turned to the U.S. actions and strategy in Iraq, where important communities, including Iraq’s minorities, are being targeted, excluded and expelled by an “Islamic State.”
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We All Need A Break

Posted on August 01, 2014 in Countdown
The line between liberty and security continues to blur, as news such as Greenwald’s revelations in the Intercept about NSA surveillance and the FBI’s counterterrorism practices emerge every few weeks. We only need to look at the latest AAI Poll on American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims to understand why these practices continue without much outcry.
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Free at Last? Anti-Surveillance Legislation Appears Before the Senate

Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Blog
By Jad Ireifej Summer Intern, 2014 AAI was a signee on a letter that encouraged top members of the Senate to swiftly pass the unadulterated form of the USA Freedom Act that was presented Tuesday. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), the Senate Judiciary Chair, unveiled the Freedom Act and the bill will lead to stricter surveillance restrictions, if passed.
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Mic Check: One, Two

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Countdown
It’s been a rough week for Secretary of State Kerry and most of the Middle East.
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Get Back To Work

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Countdown
This year, the annual White House Iftar was once again not without controversy. Normally a time to celebrate faith and community (as AAI did in our offices the following evening), this year’s White House Iftar was plagued by politics.
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Let Freedom Ring?

Posted on July 09, 2014 in Countdown
We told you last week to expect some big news from Glenn Greenwald, who broke many of the Edward Snowden stories. Here we are, just after celebrating the 4th of July, with some new revelations from Greenwald that show major infringements of our civil liberties and basic rights.
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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014 in News Clips

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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