Dershowitz Scheduled to Debate Arab American Institute Leader Zogby on Newsmax TV

Posted by Newsmax on July 10, 2014

Editor's Note: The Debate is on. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Arab American Institute President James Zogby are scheduled to appear together on America's Forum on Newsmax TV on Friday at 11 a.m. to debate the escalating violence and tensions between Israel and Hamas. The apperance was scheduled after Dershowitz challenged Zogby on Newsmax TV to a public debate on the crisis in Israel. Here is that story and video: The sharp exchange of words between Alan Dershowitz and Arab American Institute President James Zogby continued on America's Forum on Newsmax TV on Wednesday, with the...

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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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At last, U.S. challenges Israel’s discrimination against Arab Americans

Posted by Haaretz on July 09, 2014

For almost four decades, I have been demanding that my government protect and defend the rights of its citizens of Arab descent when they travel to Israel and the Palestinian lands occupied since 1967. We have had limited success in getting past U.S. administrations to issue statements challenging Israeli behavior and discrimination at the border. None have taken concrete action, until now.

It may very well be that Israel's desire to enter the U.S. Visa Waiver program and the recent taped brutal beating of young Palestinian American Tariq Abu Khdeir have turned the tide, pushing Washington...

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At last, U.S. challenges Israel’s discrimination against Arab Americans

Posted by Haaretz on July 09, 2014

For almost four decades, I have been demanding that my government protect and defend the rights of its citizens of Arab descent when they travel to Israel and the Palestinian lands occupied since 1967. We have had limited success in getting past U.S. administrations to issue statements challenging Israeli behavior and discrimination at the border. None have taken concrete action, until now.

It may very well be that Israel's desire to enter the U.S. Visa Waiver program and the recent taped brutal beating of young Palestinian American Tariq Abu Khdeir have turned the tide, pushing Washington...

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New poll claims to show most popular U.S. president among Arab nations – and the least

Posted by Washintgon Post on July 03, 2014

Zogby Research Services, a polling company that specializes in the Arab world, has a new poll out that looks at perspectives on U.S. leadership in recent years.

One detail in the report caught my eye: this chart that shows how different Arab nations viewed recent U.S. presidents.

As you can see from this chart, Bill Clinton is viewed by a large number of people across the Arab world as the U.S. president with the most positive relationship with their nation. Perhaps this is obvious: Clinton's personal charm and his public speaking ability made him popular all around the world, and...

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New poll claims to show most popular U.S. president among Arab nations – and the least

Posted by Washintgon Post on July 03, 2014

Zogby Research Services, a polling company that specializes in the Arab world, has a new poll out that looks at perspectives on U.S. leadership in recent years.

One detail in the report caught my eye: this chart that shows how different Arab nations viewed recent U.S. presidents.

As you can see from this chart, Bill Clinton is viewed by a large number of people across the Arab world as the U.S. president with the most positive relationship with their nation. Perhaps this is obvious: Clinton's personal charm and his public speaking ability made him popular all around the world, and...

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Census Considers How to Measure a More Diverse America

Posted by The New York Times on July 01, 2014

When Alexa Aviles received her census form in 2010, she was frustrated by the choices. Like all Hispanics, Ms. Aviles, a Puerto Rican who lives in Brooklyn, was first asked to identify her ethnicity and then to answer a question about her race. Ms. Aviles, 41, who works for a nonprofit, thought, “I’m all of these!” In annoyance, she checked Hispanic, and then identified herself as white, black and “some other race.”

Mustafa Asmar, a Palestinian-American waiter in Paterson, N.J., does not like his options either. Arab-Americans are broadly classified as white in the census. “When you fill out...

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Treat Arab and Muslim Americans as fellow Americans, not suspects

Posted by Detroit Free Press on June 08, 2014

Arab Americans and American Muslims have been waiting five years for the Obama administration to finally put an end to Bush-era ethnic and religious profiling guidelines and practices. Now, we fear it may not.

The Arab-American and American-Muslim communities have a long and troubled history of ethnic profiling. During the mid-1990s, for example, people of Arab descent were routinely pulled out of line at airport check-in counters and subjected to humiliating searches in public view. I can speak from experience, having been on the receiving end of such behavior during this period. The process of being singled...

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India leads all nations in sending people to Detroit

Posted by on June 06, 2014

Whether pushed or pulled, immigrants arrived from many countries. India

The largest single immigrant group in metro Detroit comes from India.

Of the 41,000 living in the region's four main counties, about half live in Oakland County, with 11,000 in Wayne and the rest in Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

The demand for professionals in the medical fields and computer technology has fueled an influx of highly educated Indian immigrants to metro Detroit, said Silvia Pedraza, a professor of sociology and American culture at the University of Michigan.

"They draw on what they know well and are good at," she...

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