Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Blog
As the first Palestinian American to run for governor in Texas, Farouk Shami embodies the classic “American Dream.” Since coming to the U.S. as a student from Ramallah forty-five years ago, Shami has worked his way to the forefront of the business world and is the Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. Although his company has been incredibly successful throughout the world, known for the innovative and extremely popular BioSilk and CHI products, he is now venturing from his role as a businessman into politics. Shami has entered the political scene with a desire to bring economic revival...Read more
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...Read more
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,...Read more Original Article
Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Blog
Of Palestinian and Iranian decent, Republican Amir Omar became the first Muslim to be elected to the Richardson, Texas City Council last May. Omar earned a victory over incumbent Dennis Stewart to occupy the 7th seat of the Richardson City Council. This Texas A&M University graduate is an active member of his community and is involved in over ten local groups and associations. He is a proud member of the Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation board and was honored in January with a Richardson Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Award. His achievements have brought a great sense of pride to both...Read more
Posted by on July 27, 2009 in Blog
It has been said that no matter where a person goes, there is no place like home. Whether it is the family, friends or traditions, there is no telling of the comforts and joys that a person’s home has to offer, and nobody knows these simple pleasures better than Dearborn City Councilwoman Suzanne Sareini. A life time resident of Dearborn, Michigan, Sareini’s public service began by spending time in her parent’s restaurant. “Their restaurant quickly became a place for members of the community to gather, and a place to help new Americans get on their feet.” Sareini recalls....Read more
Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Blog
Having spent his adult life volunteering for candidates within the Democratic Party, Nick Kahl decided “it was about time [he] ran, instead of working for candidates who didn’t fully represent the interests of [his] district.” Currently, Kahl is a Precinct Committee Person and Recording Secretary of the Mulnomah County Democratic Party in Oregon and his expansive political background makes him more than qualified to take on the big issues. Born and raised in East County, Kahl has a deep connection to his hometown and an unwavering commitment to its residents. While he realizes that his district has been held by...Read more
Posted by on September 15, 2008 in Blog
Majid Al-Bahadli, Obama delegate from Washington State, danced on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, cheered on by members of his state’s delegation, this past August. How he came to be there, the only Iraqi delegate on the floor, is an inspiration to us all.
Born and raised in Iraq, the budding political activist knew the risks of opposing Saddam’s regime: in 1980, his uncle and cousins, and many other family members, were executed for it. When Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1991, Majid heeded the United States’ call to rise up against him. But when the U.S. withdrew and...Read more
Posted by on September 03, 2008 in Blog
Rashida Tlaib might be running for State Representative for the first time, but she’s no newcomer to the area or to the issues. Residents know her by name, she’s visited their homes on her door-to-door campaign, and she’s part of a growing group of those who work in “service politics”. A self-described “daughter of the community” and “product of the culturally vibrant community of Southwest Detroit”, Rashida Tlaib is looking to represent Michigan’s 12th District, the district she grew up in.
Tlaib’s history of working in public policy and legal services is a natural fit for this position. She worked...Read more
Posted by on August 20, 2008 in Blog
David-Imad Ramadan has been a Republican activist at both a grassroots and national level since he moved to Washington, DC in 1989. Over the last twenty years, he has worked on every presidential campaign on the Republican side and has been involved in several gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns. He is currently the Precinct Captain and Outreach Chair for Loudoun County Republicans, and is involved with the Republican Party of Virginia, the Arab American Coalition for McCain, and the Lebanese American Coalition for McCain. “This is a very important election for me because of its implications in the Middle East,...Read more
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...Read more