AAI's Questions for General James Mattis at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

General James Mattis will will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, January 12th at 9:30am. Watch online here James Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps General who served as Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and concurrently as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2007 to 2010), Marine Expeditionary Force (2006-2007), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2005-2006), and most famously the 1st Marine Division, that led Marine forces into Iraq (2002-2004). Upon retiring, he served as a consultant, board member, and...

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AAI's Questions for Rex Tillerson at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rex Tillerson will will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00am. Watch online here Rex Tillerson has served 10 years as the CEO of ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. During Tillerson’s tenure at Exxon he oversaw global operations and negotiated business deals with foreign governments and major international conglomerates.  The Secretary of State serves as the President's chief foreign affairs adviser and is responsible for strategically developing diplomatic...

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How to Help Syrians Fleeing War

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 14, 2016 in Blog

You can make a difference for Syrians who desperately need help. Below we’ve listed groups doing life-changing work on the ground for your consideration.                                                                      photo courtesy yeowatzup The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) “Over 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and beyond....

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Countdown Vol 15, No 6: What’s Haunting Us Now?

Posted on October 20, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: election surprises, zombie intervention schemes, bad presents for Egypt, ceasefires, and police data tracking.
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Madaya Mom Comic Portrays Heroes of Syria: Mothers

Posted by Guest on October 17, 2016 in Blog

By Manel Zitoun The rhetoric surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis has become increasingly negative towards those fleeing the war. Even if they make it to “safety” outside of Syria, they are often faced with discrimination and racism. And those are the lucky ones. Those managing to survive in the war torn country face an incomprehensible reality, the outlines of which are largely ignored. To combat this Marvel and ABC News have decided to recreate the image of a hero to show a Syrian mother struggling to keep her family alive in Madaya....

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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 5: Look Who's Involved Now

Posted on October 13, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: FBI informant program's GO TO source for informants is revealed; US wades in new waters in Yemen & Syria, + new US support for refugees
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 3: Shimmy on Down to the Gutter

Posted on September 29, 2016 in Countdown
This week on AA's Countdown: How Clinton and Trump faired on the issues the Arab American Institute cares about, Countering Violent Extremism hearings, Syria disasters, Trump's plans for an Embassy in Tel Aviv, and anti-BDS bills pass in California and Pennsylvania.
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Community, faith leaders ask Congress to support refugees

Posted by Guest on September 19, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar President Barack Obama’s administration plans to increase the entry of worldwide refugees into the United States in 2017 to 110,000, according to an annual refugee report to Congress obtained Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Up from 85,000 this fiscal year, the raise marks nearly a 30% increase.  The last year the U.S. committed to settling as many refugees was in 1995, when President Bill Clinton set the ceiling at 112,000. While many advocates do not see this plan as enough to handle...

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