Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is charging ahead in his political career

Posted by on July 01, 2010 in Blog

There is a pause to ponder in almost every interview, a hiccup in the stream of words, a groping for just the right phrase, and then it emerges: “With Ray, what you see is what you get.”

He has worked for three decades in Washington, capital of spin, of parsing, of nuance, of cunning, of backstabbing intrigue, where half-truths are too common to refute and many a flat-out lie goes without rebuke.

Amid all of that, Ray LaHood, the most out-there secretary of transportation in history, is that rare mammal in modern Washington: a regular...

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Arab Americans on the Ballot: 2010 Election Results

Posted on June 09, 2010 in Arab American Institute

ARIZONA

• State Senator Paula Aboud (D-28th District) for reelection: Won www.paulaaboud.com • State Representative Matt Heinz (D-29th District) for reelection: Won http://www.heinzforarizona.com • State Representative Michele Reagan (R-8th District) for State Senator (8th District): Won http://votereagan.com

  CALIFORNIA

• Sam Abed for Mayor of Escondido: Wonhttp://www.samabedformayor.com

• Bill Dalati for Anaheim City Council: LostCandidate Statement

• U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-49th District) for reelection: Won • Ferial Masry (D) for 37th Assembly District: Lost

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Take Action

Posted on May 26, 2010 in Arab American Institute

Say NO to laws like Arizona’s SB 1070!

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Beauty Pageants and Neocons

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Blog

Sunday night Rima Fakih, a Muslim immigrant from Lebanon who now calls Dearborn, Michigan her home, was crowned Miss USA.

Fakih’s win became a source of great pride for many in the Arab American community. And without any commentary on the role of beauty pageants and their depiction of women, as a beauty queen, Ms. Fakih is now as all-American as apple pie and baseball.

That could be the end of this nice story, but no. Because of Ms. Fakih’s ethnicity or faith, it is unfortunately just the beginning.

Talking heads from the right...

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Ask Congress to Stand United with the Administration in Opposing Settlements!

Posted on March 18, 2010 in Action Alerts

When the Netanyahu government announced during Vice President Biden’s recent trip to Israel plans for new settlement housing construction in East Jerusalem, the Administration rightly voiced opposition to the maneuver.

But it was not only the timing of the announcement, during Vice President Biden’s visit, that was so counterproductive to recent efforts to begin ‘proximity talks’ between Israelis and Palestinians. The substance of the plan, coupled with Israel’s recent provocative announcements claiming their “rights” in Hebron, Bethlehem, and the Jordan Valley, undermines the very goal of any peace efforts.

Vice President Biden, Secretary Clinton, and other senior...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby:  Stephen Walt, Sameh Shoukry, Robert Borosage

Posted on February 05, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Dr. Stephen Walt (phd), Professor of International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, spoke about various foreign policy issues currently facing the Obama Administration. Walt spoke about Iran and the Obama Administration’s efforts of re-engagement and diplomacy with the controversial regime, but sated that among other developments in Iranian politics, Ahmadinejad’s reelection last summer contributed to worst of all possible worlds for the Obama Administration. Walt also commented about the efficacy of sanctions and stated that increasing the “squeeze” on Iran in the hopes of bringing about a regime change is “like asking for a miracle”. He...

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Tell your Representative to support immediate relief for people in Gaza!

Posted on January 29, 2010 in Action Alerts

McDermott-Ellison letter to President Obama

Moran-Inglis letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Contact Your Representatives Now

Two letters are circulating the House urging the Obama Administration to address the delay of promised assistance to the people of Gaza—one letter calls for immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, the other for increased access to education.

Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) and Bob Inglis (R-SC) are asking their House colleagues to sign onto a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Monday, December 21 supporting increased access to higher education in the...

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AbiNader, Baadani talk to Army EEO advisors

Posted by on January 21, 2010 in News Clips

On Monday December 14, 2009, Jean AbiNader, AAI board member and COO of the Moroccan Center, and Jamal Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military, presented to over 100 U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Advisors studying at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The presentation at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. afforded a timely opportunity to explore issues unique to Arab and Muslim American soldiers in the field.

“As an AAI member, it is really important to me to continue educating people, especially those who can advocate for our community,...

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Tell Congress to Vote NO on H. Res. 867

Posted on November 03, 2009 in Action Alerts

The Arab American Institute opposes H. Res. 867, a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to oppose the endorsement or consideration of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ (The Goldstone Report) in multilateral fora.

H. Res. 867 incorrectly defines the mandate under which the investigation into human rights violations was conducted; distorts the basis for the UN investigation and the findings of the Report; compromises U.S. leadership and the role of Congress on matters of accountability and transparency in international human rights law; and damages...

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McCain and Obama at AIPAC

Posted on June 09, 2008 in Washington Watch

NOTE: This column is based on a more detailed, individual treatment of both candidates’ speeches at AIPAC. Click here to read Dr. Zogby’s analysis of McCain’s speech, and here to read his analysis of Obama’s speech.

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, the presumptive Republican and Democratic nominees for President, addressed AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) last week. Always a depressing spectacle, this year’s conference, at least, provided some interesting insights into the differences that divide the candidates, and the way they played out with the AIPAC audience.

First up was McCain, whose hawkish...

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