Ted Cruz Again: Because We Didn’t Talk About Refugees

Posted by Kevin Hack on March 29, 2016 in Blog

Wouldn’t it be the greatest stroke of irony if the United States Refugee Resettlement Program was shut down by the child of a refugee that resettled in the United States? Senator Cruz doesn’t think so. Or maybe he does and just believes that the universe is guided by ironic twists of fate.

Last week, after calling for the policing and surveillance of all Muslim communities, a statement which out-controversy-ed even Donald Trump, Senator Cruz issued a letter to the Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS) insinuating poor performance on the part of the Refugee Resettlement Program...

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Op-Ed by ALC Delegate Sam Hindi: "An eye-opening study trip"

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 26, 2016 in Blog

by Sam Hindi                                                                                                                          [This story originally appeared in The Daily Journal]

Fourteen days, three countries, eight elected Arab-American public servants, 25 meetings with broad and diverse spectrum of ambassadors,...

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The Sweet Smell of Friendship

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on February 25, 2016 in Blog

Lush Cosmetics made headlines recently with the launch of the “Hand of Friendship” soap. Lush, a UK-based cosmetics retailer, is no stranger to what they call “ethical campaigns.” They are well known for standing up for animal rights, environmental protection, and other humanitarian causes. From Feb. 15 to 28, 100% of proceeds from the sale of the $5.95 heart-shaped soap will go into the “Friendship Fund.” The fund then gives the proceeds to groups that welcome refugees and help resettle them in North America. Both Amnesty International Canada and...

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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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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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Countdown Vol. 14, No. 5: Calling All Warm & Fuzzies

Posted on February 17, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: AIPAC wins and loses; all out war erupts between Republicans; a race for the races between Dems; the much needed Syria agreement looks shaky; Scalia's replacement fight is a simple matter.
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The “New Normal”

Posted on January 04, 2016 in Washington Watch
The twin conflicts raging in Iraq and Syria have unleashed an unsettling dynamic that is transforming both the Middle East and the world beyond this deeply troubled region. What is clear is that there is no end in sight to either of these conflicts and that the consequences of the continuing fighting are so profound that is no simple solution that will, any time soon, restore normalcy to either country or to the broader region. As difficult as it may be to ingest, it is imperative to recognize that a "new normal" has been created which policy makers must recognize and to which they must respond accordingly.
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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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AAI Meets with White House Officials for Syrian Refugees Roundtable

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on December 21, 2015 in Blog
On Friday, December 18, 2015, AAI participated in a Syrian Refugees Roundtable Discussion and a Citizenship Briefing at the White House along with a diverse group of ethnic organizations and organizations helping Syrian refugees resettle in the United States.
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Listening to Voices Across the Middle East: 2015

Posted on December 14, 2015 in Washington Watch
Polling is like opening a window. It allows us to hear the voices of people and to understand their beliefs, concerns, and priorities. I call it "the respectful science" because the views of every individual count. When you listen, you learn.
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