Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Blog

We’ve been reading some diverse material this week, and here are three articles we think you’ll find interesting. They cover a broad scope of issues, including Arab American community news, national security, and Arab Americans in politics.

Visually impaired Arab American to be honored for work in rehabilitation and disability
Staff, Arab American News, March 28, 2013


DEARBORN — Rabih Dow, Director of Rehabilitation Services and International Training and Fencing Coach at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts will receive the Excellence and Great Achievements Award for his work in rehabilitation and disability from the Lebanese American Heritage Club. 

He will be honored during the LAHC 25th Annual Award Gala which is scheduled to take place on Thursday May 16th, 2013 at the Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. 

Dow was born in Lebanon. He lost his 15-year-old brother, his eyesight and left hand at age sixteen in an explosion in 1982 during the Lebanese war. The search for medical treatment sent him to Europe and later to the United States where he has resided since. Continue reading


Biggest Threat to U.S. National Security: Wars
Spencer Ackerman, Wired Magazine, March 28, 2013


In 2004, Osama bin Laden explained how his terrorists were going to win its struggle against a vastly more powerful adversary: al-Qaida sought to “blee[d] America to the point of bankruptcy.” Bin Laden is dead and his organization is a shadow of what it once was. Yet a new paper from a Harvard lecturer suggests that he had a point.

Linda J. Bilmes of the Harvard Kennedy School estimates that the wars bin Laden provoked the U.S. into launching over the past decade have cost “somewhere between $4 and $6 trillion.” She reaches that staggeringly high total by calculating not just what the U.S. spent on fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also what it will spend on veterans’ health care and benefits; equipment refurbishment; future commitments made to the Iraqi and Afghan governments the U.S. sponsors; and the repayment of the debt incurred by financing the wars through foreign borrowing. Notably, by Bilmes’ framework, the real costs of the wars will only manifest long after the troops have come home. Continue reading


The Senate Trouble-Maker in Waiting
Tim Alberta, National Journal, March 21, 2013


Justin Amash was dying to say something.

It was the night of March 6, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was filibustering John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director. As other senators trickled into the upper chamber to help Paul persevere in his 13-hour crusade, Amash sat silently in the back of the room. He felt helpless, unable to lend a hand to Paul, his friend and fellow libertarian. Only senators are allowed to speak on the Senate floor. And Amash, a House member representing Michigan’s 3rd District, is not a senator.

Not yet, anyway.

Amash emerged as a potential U.S. Senate candidate one day after Paul’s filibuster, when Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced he will not seek reelection in 2014. Thanks to Michigan’s mediocre Republican bench and his headline-grabbing habits in the House, Amash instantly became the subject of speculation, and not without reason: Strategists in both parties agree he’s in a strong position to secure the GOP nomination. Continue reading










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