Posted on April 30, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
David Frum, author and former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush spoke about the state of the Republican party and what to expect come mid-term elections. Frum discussed the current partisan divide in American politics today and commented on statistics which indicate the divide favors the Republican party. Frum drew what he saw as parallels between President Obama’s policies and current projected voting trends.
Bruce Morrison, immigration lawyer and former Congressman from Connecticut’s 3rd district, discussed the current status of immigration. Morrison commented specifically on a new law signed by Arizona governor Jan Brewer which gives law enforcement personnel the authority to stop individuals they believe to be in the country illegally and ask for paper work. The law has been criticized by the Obama Administration and is being scrutinized by both Democrats and Republicans alike. Morrison described the bill as “anger expressed through legislation.”
Amjad Atallah, Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, spoke about the current status of the Israeli and Palestinian issue. Atallah explained the current status of Palestinian politics and commented on a statement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that proximity talks with Israel could commence within the next couple of weeks. Atallah also spoke about the settlement issue and how it has hindered the peace process up to this point.
Ahmed Ahmed, Arab American Comedian turned Director discussed his first film Just Like Us which premiered last Saturday April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Just Like Us is the first full-length film Ahmed has directed and follows Ahmed and several other comedians on a tour throughout the Middle East. “The point of the film was to show that Arabs and Muslims laugh Just like us”, said Ahmed.
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