James Zogby: Iranians quickly wearing out their welcome in the neighborhood

Posted by on May 05, 2013

Policy discussions here in the U.S. about Iran and its nuclear program most often focus exclusively on Israeli concerns. But Americans and Israelis are not the only ones unnerved by Iran’s role in the Middle East. Recently, I conducted extensive polling in the Arab and Muslim world and the results have important implications for the future of U.S. policy toward this vital region.

In a new eBook, “Looking at Iran: Iran’s Rise and Fall in Public Opinion,” I explore the way that perceptions of Iran in 17 Arab countries and three non-Arab Muslim countries have...

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James Zogby: Iranians quickly wearing out their welcome in the neighborhood

Posted by Detroit Free Press on May 05, 2013

Policy discussions here in the U.S. about Iran and its nuclear program most often focus exclusively on Israeli concerns. But Americans and Israelis are not the only ones unnerved by Iran’s role in the Middle East. Recently, I conducted extensive polling in the Arab and Muslim world and the results have important implications for the future of U.S. policy toward this vital region.

In a new eBook, “Looking at Iran: Iran’s Rise and Fall in Public Opinion,” I explore the way that perceptions of Iran in 17 Arab countries and three non-Arab Muslim countries have...

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Israel shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against any US citizens

Posted by The Hill on May 02, 2013

Congress is currently considering legislation (H.R. 300, H.R. 938, S. 462, S. 266) that would include Israel in the Visa Waiver Program, allowing Israeli citizens to enter the U.S. without obtaining a visa. Because countries seeking to qualify for visa waivers must provide "reciprocal privileges to citizens and nationals of the United States,” I would advise current sponsors and members considering signing on in the future to first take a hard look at the Department of State's Travel Advisory for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

According to the State Department, "U.S. citizens are advised that all persons applying for...

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When profiling becomes a real menace to society

Posted by Chicago Tribune on April 24, 2013

Some media found the possibility that foreign terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon to be too tantalizing of an explanation to pass up, even when it snares the wrong suspects.

On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, for example, the New York Post proudly presented a scoop that misidentified an injured "Saudi national" as a terror suspect. By the next day, authorities confirmed that the badly burned man actually was a witness, not a suspect. Sorry about that.

Online vigilantism ran so wild on the Reddit online link-sharing community that its general manager Erik Martin issued...

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Understandable for Muslims to “Hope Beyond Hope That This Doesn’t Turn out to Be What It Might Be.”

Posted by Slate on April 17, 2013

Last night I was invited to spend some time and meet some good people at the Arab American Institute Foundation's annual dinner—the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards. The invite came, I think, because I spent so much time covering Chuck Hagel's confirmation to Defense, and wasn't sure why every association Hagel might have had with an "Arab" group became a cause for red-alert panic. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was there, as was outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as were Congress's only two Muslim members, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. André Carson. (Both are African-American, not...

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Arab American on Boston Marathon: “Everyone in This Room Is Holding Their Breath”

Posted by Mother Jones on April 17, 2013

From House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to Sara El-Amine, the national director of President Obama's political nonprofit, Organizing for Action, the Arab American community can count the Obama administration's closest political allies and enemies among their number. Both were present Tuesday night as the Arab American elite gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at a black-tie event hosted by the Arab-American Institute in Washington, DC. Yet through the revelry and clinking of glasses, and the cheerful chitchat in English and Arabic, the terrifying attack in Boston cast a shadow over the evening.  

Veteran CNN and ABC News journalist Christiane Amanpour was there to...

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Christiane Amanpour to receive first-ever Anthony Shadid award

Posted by Politico on April 15, 2013

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will be honored this week with the Arab American Institute Foundation's first-ever Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism, named for The New York Times correspondent who lost his life last year in Syria.

"I'm incredibly thrilled and honored to be given this award, most importantly because of whose name it's in," Amanpour, who also hosts a program on CNN International, told POLITICO this afternoon. "Anthony was a great voice, a great reporter."

Shadid was a member of Amanpour's roundtable while she was host of ABC's "This Week," and the two often corresponded during the Arab...

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James Zogby: Israeli Strike on Iran ‘Would Be Disaster’  Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com

Posted by Newsmax TV on March 20, 2013

Israel striking Iran on its own to cripple the Iranian’s nuclear-weapons program “would be a disaster — and everyone knows that,” prominent Middle East expert Dr. James Zogby tells Newsmax TV. “The issue here is that Iran was emboldened by the defeat of Iraq, its nemesis to the north and the west,” Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

“At the same time, it has been flexing its muscles in the Gulf region. Iran’s favorable ratings have dropped to very low levels, lower than the United States. That’s bad...

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Obama meets with Arab-American leaders

Posted by Jerusalem Post on March 13, 2013

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama held his first official meeting with members of the Arab-American community Monday afternoon ahead of his trip to the Middle East next week.

In the off-the-record meeting, participants said the president spoke of his intentions regarding his upcoming trip and solicited suggestions about how to reach out to Palestinians during his visit, which will include stops in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

“He underscored that the trip is an opportunity for him to demonstrate the United States’s commitment to the Palestinian people – in the West Bank and Gaza – and to partnering...

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Obama meets with Arab-American leaders ahead of Middle East trip

Posted by The Hill on March 12, 2013

President Obama on Monday met with representatives from numerous Arab-American groups at the White House ahead of his visit to the Middle East next week.

Reports said the groups that attended the meeting included the American Task Force for Palestine, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine and the Arab American Institute.

The White House said Obama told the Arab-American representatives that he would use his visit to the Middle East as an opportunity to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the Palestinians, according to The Associated Press.

“We are pleased to have shared with President Obama our...

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