UAE has ‘unique’ relationship with Iran, says poll author

Posted by The National on December 18, 2014 in News Clips

ABU DHABI // The author of a poll that surveyed more than 7,500 Arab-speaking adults said the UAE held a “unique” relationship with its neighbour Iran, which could help explain some of the surprising figures.

As hundreds of thousands of Iranians call the UAE home and Dubai is one of Iran’s top trading partners, it puts the UAE in a different basket to other surveyed countries.

“There are strong historic ties, especially in Dubai, with Iran,” said Dr James Zogby, managing director of US-based research centre Zogby Research and a contributor to The National’s opinion pages. “There is a very...

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The U.S. and the Veto

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on December 17, 2014 in Blog
Reports began leaking hours ago that the U.S. has decided to veto the Palestinian resolution. The prospective U.S. veto is nothing but an old tactic repeated ad nauseam.
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AAI Joins the Mossawa Center Campaign Against Israeli Police Brutality

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on November 25, 2014 in Blog
The Mossawa Center has launched a campaign demanding an end to Israeli police brutality focused on the latest Arab-Israeli casualty, Khayr al-Din Hamdan.
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What do Arabs Want? AAI President Zogby Shares at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Posted by on November 07, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 At the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference last week, Dr. James Zogby spoke in a regional perspectives panel.
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In Other News

Posted by on November 06, 2014 in Blog
By Eddie Bejarano Fall Intern, 2014 Recent news coverage of the Middle East and North Africa has almost entirely focused on the Islamic State and U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria. While coverage of these events is important, we cannot forget about the issues facing other states and people in the region.
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Win or Lose

Posted on October 31, 2014 in Countdown
This is our last countdown before the midterms and we just want to take a moment to remind you to #YallaVote.
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Egyptians visit Washington to defend their ‘revolution’

Posted by Barbara Slavin on October 26, 2014 in News Clips

The conversation at a Virginia hotel not far from Washington’s Reagan National Airport quickly grew heated as a group of influential Egyptians sought to convince a dozen Americans that the removal of elected president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 and his replacement by Field Marshal Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was a plus for Egypt’s political evolution and US interests.

Some members of the Egyptian delegation — invited to Washington by Hands Along the Nile Development Services, a group that promotes people-to-people ties with Egypt, and several US faith-based organizations — accused American think tank staff and human rights advocates of having...

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These Candidates Are Courting the Muslim Vote

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in News Clips

There actually are a few places in America where pols court the Arab American vote. It’s nice, but it hasn’t translated into real power.

Typically news stories about American politicians and the Muslim community run along the lines of: “Republican Official Demonizes Muslims.”   For example, recently we were treated to Oklahoma Republican State representative John Bennett calling Muslim Americans a “cancer” that must be cut of America. 

And over the last few years we have seen Republican officials fan the flames of hate toward Muslims by championing anti-sharia legislation. Of course, even the proponents of these laws admitted there were...

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Ambassador Susan Rice Takes Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to the Basketball Court

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 14, 2014 in Blog
It must have been a welcome change of pace for National Security Advisor Susan Rice to confront the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basketball court rather than the negotiating table. Somewhere between managing the campaign against ISIS, weighing in on the reconstruction of Gaza, and negotiating a web of alliances to take on Middle East conflicts cooperatively, Ambassador Rice welcomed a group of Palestinian and Israeli youth to the White House basketball court for an hour long pick-up game.
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Know Your Audience

Posted on October 03, 2014 in Countdown
We haven’t even finished with the 2014 elections and candidates are already posturing on foreign policy as Middle East issues take the spotlight. You’ve probably heard of Ted Cruz’s controversial comments to Middle East Christians last month. Well, we are surprised to see Rick Santorum’s lengthy and strong statement against Ted Cruz’s actions at the summit.
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