Posted on November 27, 2010 in Arab Voices

"The Arab Spring: Roots of Change in the Middle East"

C-SPAN, October 23, 2011. Texas Book Festival

"The Arab Spring: Roots of Change in the Middle East" was a presentation of the Texas Book Festival held in the C-SPAN/Book TV Tent. The program opened with a festival overview and schedule information. Authors talked about their books about the Middle East and the series of uprisings during the year. They responded to questions from members of the audience. Richard Dunham moderated. Full Story


9/11 at 10

St. Anthony Messenger, September 2011. Vol. 11, No 4

Dr. James Zogby, the head of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C., remembers that day vividly. He was sitting at a light in front of the University of the District of Columbia when he heard the news. His car radio wasn’t working.
“The woman in the car next to me waved for me to roll down my window,” he says. She told him about the plane going into the World Trade Center, and how her father worked there and she wasn’t able to contact him. Full Story

Arab Voices at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

C-SPAN Video Library, May 21, 2011

James Zogby talked about his book Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He responded to questions from members of the audience. This presentation was in the James Michener Non-Fiction Pavilion on the grounds of City Hall at the 2nd annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. Full Story

James Zogby at Busboys and Poets

Patricia Leslie, Washington Examiner, May 17, 2011

When it comes to the Middle East where 4,452 of our troops have died and 32,000 have been wounded since the Iraq invasion in 2003, where 1,562 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and 11,110 have been wounded, where 46,000 American troops are now stationed in Iraq and 100,000 in Afghanistan (Brookings), and through March, the U.S. had spent $806 billion in Iraq and $443 billion in Afghanistan (Congressional Research Service), Americans are just plain dumb. Full Story

America and Arab Spring: One Man’s View

David Byrd, Voice of America, May 13, 2011

How has the so-called “Arab Spring” changed the way Americans perceive people of the Middle East and North Africa? What about how people in that region look at the United States? American author and activist James Zogby says change is needed in both camps and cautions that many Americans still don’t understand the region. Full Story


Arab Americans After Death of bin Laden

"Washington Journal", C-SPAN, May 8, 2011

James Zogby talked about the reaction in the Arab-American community to the killing of Osama bin Laden and its aftermath. Topics included Arab-American views on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, U.S. policy toward Libya and Pakistan, and the year's upheaval throughout the Arab world. He talked about changes in Arab-American civic life and political attitudes. Mr. Zogby is the author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (Palgrave Macmillan). Full Story


James Zogby and Arab Voices on "The Diane Rehm Show"

"The Diane Rehm Show", WAMU, 88.5 (DC) - NPR, April 7, 2011

James Zogby joined Host Diane Rehm, guests Aaron David Miller and Greg Myre for a discussion on the affect of the Middle East uprisings on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Full Story

James Zogby Discusses Libya and Arab Voices with Wolf Blitzer

Transcript: "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", CNN, April 2, 2011. Full Story


"Book illustrates America's ignorance of Arab world"

Katherine Marcheski, Iowa State Daily, March 16, 2011

James J. Zogby illustrated the ignorance of Americans in his book tour lecture for his book, "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why it Matters." Full Story


"Speaker addresses local Arab discrimination"

Kendall Mccabe, The Daily Iowan, March 7, 2011

Children of Arabic descent in the United States get teased and called such names as “Osama” and “terrorist” each year around the anniversary of 9/11, said Shams Ghoneim, the former president of the Consultation of Religious Communities of Johnson County. Full Story


"Our View - U.S. needs to do more to listen to Arab voices", Iowa, March 5, 2011

"The bottom line is this: Listen to Arab voices, and hear what they are saying, not just what the pundits are thinking," Jim Zogby concludes in his new book, "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters" (Palgrave, 2010). Full Story


"Who Are the Arabs and What Do They Want?"

Jacqueline Shoen, The Majalla, 2/28/2011

In this interview with The Majalla, president of the Arab American Institute, Dr. James Zogby, shares his views about American political society and Arabs’ place in it, as well as the many faults and failures of US foreign policy in the Middle East. On the other hand, however, popular uprisings in the region have the potential to set the United States on a different path in its relationship with the Arab world, perhaps one that also considers the needs of Arabs as well as those of its own. Full Story

"Mubarak's Fall Spurs Calls To Rethink U.S. Policy"

Jackie Northam, NPR Morning Edition,  February 15, 2011

Many people in the region don't want the U.S. interfering in their countries' internal affairs, says James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. His book, Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why it Matters, is based on comprehensive polls taken across the Arab world. Zogby says the Arab public wants help building capacity and creating jobs and transparent economies. Full Story


"International Arab expert tells crowd in Chestnut Hill that Arabs and Americans have more in common than we think"

Lou Mancinelli,, February 9, 2011

Dr. James Zogby, founder and president of the Washington D.C. based Arab American Institute discussed his new book “Arab Voices – What They Are Saying To Us, and Why It Matters,” (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010) Monday evening at the Woodmere Art Museum as part of the speaker series of the Chestnut Hill Book Festival. Full Story


"Arab Expert James Zogby: They Don’t Hate Us"

Henry Reske and Kathleen Walter,, 2/5/2011

Mideast Arabs don’t hate the United States — and they actually have much in common with average U.S. residents, Arab American Institute President James Zogby tells Newsmax.TV. They admire Americans’ values of freedom and democracy, as well as the U.S. culture, he said. Full Story


"New Book Busts Arab Myths: 'Arab Voices' examines major US false perceptions about the Middle East"

Mohamed Elshinnawi, VOA News, January, 20 2011

The United States has committed more money, troops and resources to the Middle East than to any other part of the world since the Vietnam conflict of the 1960s. Yet Americans know very little about the Arab world, and much of what they know is wrong, according to James Zogby, author of the new book, Arab Voices. Full Story


"Dr. Zogby encourages U.S. to listen better"

Arooj Ashraf, La Prensa, January 14, 2011

City Club of Cleveland welcomed Dr. James Zogby, an expert on Arab-American relations, on Jan. 14, 2011 to discuss his most recent book, Arab Voices: What they are saying to us and why it matters. In the book, he outlines the political and economical stakes the U.S. has in the Middle East but said most problems stem from a very simple problem, “We don’t listen to its people, and because we don’t listen we do not understand the region.” Full Story


James Zogby: 'Arab Voices'

KUOW.ORG - 94.9 FM, (Seattle, WA) January 6, 2011

James Zogby says Americans are losing our lives in a part of the world we don't understand. Just as Americans have invested more money and more soldiers in the Middle East, he says we're closing our ears and our minds to what Arabs think and believe. Full Story


"President of Arab American Institute speaks on Middle East"

Jonathan Simmons, Student Media at Florida International University, 1/3/2011

Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has made a career out of informing Americans about one of the world’s most strategically important – and, he says, most misunderstood – regions: the Middle East. Full Story


"Local Egyptian-Americans Pray for Peace"

Jeff Burnside, NBC, Miami, January 2, 2011

According to Zogby, the Egyptian military is distancing itself from embattled President Hosni Mubarak as millions are preparing to protest Tuesday. Zogby used his new book, Arab Voices, and his public opinion polling in Middle Eastern nations to emphasize how little we understand about Arab nations where so many disdain American policies even though 65 percent love American values. Full Story


"Arab-American Relations"

The Michael Eric Dyson Show, WEAA-88.9 FM (Washington, DC) December 15, 2010

Despite what some Americans might believe, Arabs don’t hate Americans. In fact, they care about the same issues as Americans—taking care of their families and working hard. That’s the message that James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. wants to relate. Listen to the Interview


"True Voices of the Arab World"

All Sides with Anne Fisher, WOSU Radio (Columbus, Ohio) December 14, 2010

Why Americans need to look beyond the myths and listen to the actual voices of the Arab world, with Arab American Institute founder and President James Zogby. Listen to the interveiw


"Shattering five ’super myths’ about Arabs"

The Saudi Gazzette, Joseph Richard Preville, 12/13/2010

What inspired you to write Arab Voices?

There were two principle reasons. First and foremost is that the United Sates is deeply engaged and invested across the Middle East, and yet knows so little about the region. As a result, we have made significant foreign policy blunders, compromising our interests and our allies. As I note in the book, at the time we went into Iraq, only about 11 percent of Americans under the age of 35 could even find Iraq on the map. Full Story


"Author native to Utica promotes book at Utica College"

WKTV News Channel 2 (Utica, NY) December 6, 2010

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - World-renowned author and human rights activist James Zogby made a stop in Utica Monday night. James Zogby is the older brother of famous pollster John Zogby, both are Utica natives. ames Zogby is the founder of the Arab-American Institute. He also serves on the national advisory board of the American Civil Liberties Union and is the author of several books. Full Story


" 'Arab Voices' Speak In New Book"

WDET 101.9FM (Detroit, MI), December 1, 2010

Among the issues federal lawmakers are grappling with…is the state of relations between the U-S and the Middle East. One man with a window on that relationship…is the President of the Arab American Institute – James Zogby. He’ll be at the University of Michigan – Dearborn to discuss his new book…”Arab Voices – What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters.” Zogby described the book’s genesis…to WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter…Liststen to Dr. Zogby's Interveiw


"Failure to communicate: Do Americans fail to listen to a variety of ‘Arab Voices’?"

Lisa Kaaki, Arab News, December 1, 2010

Despite the Middle East’s critical role in both America’s own self-interest and global security and stability, America’s knowledge about Arabs is scanty and generally biased. Researchers at the Middle East Studies Association found that secondary school textbooks — where Arabs are still described as backward and nomads — give a distorted image of the Middle East. Full Story


After Words: James Zogby, "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why it Matters,"

C-SPAN 2, BOOK TV,, hosted by Barbara Slavin 

Using comprehensive polling date from eight Arab countries, James Zogby presents the thoughts and feelings of Muslims about stereotypes of their culture and religion, the 9-11 attacks, the War on Terror and the Iraq War.  With this data, Mr. Zogby says he hopes to clarify Arab culture and beliefs to the Western world.  He discusses his findings with Barbara Slavin, former senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, where she covered foreign policy. Watch Full Video


Arab Voices Radio Talk Show on KPFT 90.1 FM

Arab Voices Radio Talk Show, Said Fattouh, November 24, 2010

Jim joined Executive Producer and Host Said Fattouh for a 40 minute interview on Wednesday (November 24th) and talked about Arab Voices. You can listen to the show by clicking here.


" 'They wonder why America hates them' "

Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz, November 22, 2010

In a new book, Lebanese-American political activist James Zogby tries to understand how Arabs, both in the U.S. and the Middle East, feel about America, and decries the prejudice he sees among many Americans toward the Arab world. Full Story


"Do Americans Fail to Listen to a Variety of 'Arab Voices'?"

Politics Daily, Mary C. Curtis, November 17, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- James Zogby, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Arab American Institute (AAI), joked that he is "the son of a Lebanese merchant, and I've got a book and it's for sale." But in the rest of his speech to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte on Monday, he got serious about the message of that book. Full Story


The Greg and Dan Show

1470 WMBD (Peoria, IL) November 12, 2010

Dr. Zogby discusses Arab Voices within the context of "Celebrate Lebanon!", a cultural and educational gathering in Peoria, IL dedicated to American-Lebanese understanding and dialogue. 

Click here to listen to Dr. Zogby's interview.


"Celebrate Lebanon"

WGLT Newsroom (Peoria, IL) November 10, 2010

The city of Peoria has long ties to the nation of Lebanon, with mayors and other elected officials, including the current Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood proudly proclaiming their heritage. The city is marking those ties with a three-day gala, "Celebrate Lebanon," Friday through Sunday. Along with Secretary LaHood, the Lebanese Ambassador to the U-S and the country's Interior Minister will be on hand. WGLT's Jim Browne talks with the President of the Arab-American Institute, who'll deliver Friday night's keynote address of the event... Full Story

Click here to listen to Dr. Zogby's interview in full.


The Fred Thompson Show


"...I had [an Arab] person in one of our polls...say, 'they say we hate you - we dont. We love you. We just don't think you love us, and we feel like jilted lovers.' And that comes through so clearly in the numbers that we do. Favorable ratings for our policy in the single digits, but for our people and our culture and our values, majorities like us..." Listen to the interview

"What Arabs Really Think"

WBEZ 91.5 (Chicago, IL) November 2, 2010

What do Arabs really think? Jerome talks with James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute, and author of the new book “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying To Us and Why It Matters." Full Story


"An Arab Voice"

Mowahid Hussain Shah, The Nation, October 28, 2010

Those who know, know that challenging US policy toward the Arab-Muslim world outside the country is one thing, but seriously challenging within the US the inequity of US actions, especially so, on Middle East and Muslim-related issues, is an entirely different cup of tea. That is one of the reasons why dissenting voices in the mainstream are few and far between... Full Story


"Zogby to discuss book, myths he says shape how Americans view Arabs"

Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, October 20, 2010

James Zogby is crisscrossing the country promoting his new book, "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters." He's in Seattle Thursday and scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by The World Affairs Council and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Affairs at the University of Washington... Full Story


 “James Zogby, a Catholic of Lebanese decent, works to dispel myths about Arabs”

Monica Hesse, The Washington Post, October 20, 2010

In the early days after 9/11, employees of the Arab American Institute huddled in their modest K Street offices, afraid to leave the building. Police downstairs guarded the entrance, serving as protection from those who might deliver on the death threats sent to the nonprofit's founder and president, James Zogby... Full Story


"Zogby: Arab Voices — Listening and Moving Beyond Myth"

Informed Comment, October 19, 2010

After decades spent trying to better explain the Arab World to other Americans, all too often I have found myself running up against the same mythologies and half-truths that, year after year, stubbornly maintain an alarming ability to shape thinking about the region. Full Story


"PBC Interview: James Zogby on What the Arab World Is Saying to Us and Why It Matters"

The Progressive Reader, October, 2010

For years we’ve been sending our young men and women to fight and die there, but what do Americans really know about the Arab world? Not nearly enough, says James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and author of Arab Voices, an important new book that describes in finer detail than ever before what the region’s 350 million people really think about their lives, their countries, and the West... Full Story


" 'Arab Voices' by James Zogby promises insights to a world culture"

John Zogby ,Spero News, October 7, 201

I am proud to announce, that on October 12, Palgrave-Macmillan will release a new book Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters by my brother Dr. James Zogby, based on his lifetime of work in the Arab world and highlighting polling conducted by Zogby International... Full Story


Our View - U.S. needs to do more to listen to Arab voices