Foreign policy for Republicans, and others: Part I

Posted by on February 09, 2012

For a while, we were concerned that the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination were not saying much about national security and foreign affairs. Now that a few have started, maybe they were better off before. Certainly, the Republican hopefuls have put to rest any lingering notion that their party is the one to trust with the nation’s security... the candidates offer largely bad analysis and worse solutions, nothing that suggests real understanding or new ideas... American voters deserve thoughtful answers. They’re not getting them. Republicans and Foreign Policy – New York Times...

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Why Aren’t More Arab Americans Working in Mainstream Journalism?

Posted by Columbia Journalism Review on January 31, 2012

There are anywhere between 3.5 and 5.1 million Americans of Arab descent, according to figures from the Arab American Institute, yet relatively few work in journalism full time. While meaningful estimates aren’t known, as journalism scholars that conduct demographic research in American newsrooms do not typically tally newsmakers of Arab descent, the National Arab American Journalists Association counts around 250 members, and half of those work for Arab American ethnic news organizations. (It should be said that the US government estimates upwards of two million Arab Americans, but the federal government essentially surrenders authority on this figure, as census forms...

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POLITICS-US: Racism Won’t Keep Arab Americans From Polls

Posted by on January 26, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov 3 2008 (IPS) - Arab Americans are expected to vote in large numbers Tuesday, despite concerns over voter intimidation and weak outreach from the presidential candidates, representatives of major community organisations say.

The Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has set up a voter protection unit staffed by lawyers to help dispel rumours that may have prevented some from going to the polls in the past.

“As always, there will be voter intimidation,” predicted Abed Ayoub, one of five attorneys attached to the unit. Enthusiasm for the election is higher than it was in 2004, he contended, pointing...

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Religion’s role evident in Egyptian protests, says observer

Posted by Catholic Review on January 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Religion has had its role to play in the mass rallies in Egypt protesting the oppressive regime of President Hosni Mubarak, according to the head of the Arab American Institute.

“To date, you had Muslims guarding the Christian churches. You had Christians surrounding the mosques on Friday (Jan. 28) to keep the police from storming them,” said James Zogby, author of “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters.”

“As folks used to say in the labor movement: ‘On the line, allies get made.’ I think there is a public coming together of at...

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Egypt bars son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, NGO colleagues from leaving

Posted by Laura Rozen on January 26, 2012

Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the head of the International Republican Institute's (IRI) Cairo office, was blocked from departing Egypt earlier this week. He, along with a dozen other colleagues from American non-government organizations (NGO), have been placed on an Egyptian "no-fly" list,  officials with IRI told Yahoo News Thursday.

The younger LaHood was blocked at passport control when he went to the Cairo airport Saturday, Lorne Craner, the head of the IRI, a Washington-based pro-democracy non-government organization, told Yahoo News.

The organization is raising awareness of the situation now because, despite calls from...

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2011 Texas Book Festival: Panel on the Arab Spring with Robin Wright, James Zogby, and Austin Bay

Posted by C-SPAN 2, Book TV on January 17, 2012

About the ProgramFrom the Texas Book Festival in Austin, a panel on the Arab Spring with Robin Wright, author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World"; James Zogby, author of "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters"; and Austin Bay, author of "Ataturk: Lessons in Leadership from the Greatest General of the Ottoman Empire." About the Authors    Robin Wright    Robin Wright, a journalist and foreign policy analyst, is the author of “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” and “Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam.”     Buy the...

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The phony war over which U.S. party loves Israel most

Posted by The Arab American News on January 13, 2012

"No Aid to Israel?" wonders a recent Facebook ad sponsored by U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. "Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich say they would start foreign aid to Israel at zero. Reject their extreme plan now!" the ad implores, directing people to sign a petition to that effect on my.barackobama.com ("Stand against "zeroing out aid to Israel"").

After signing the petition, the caption underneath a beaming photo of the president declares that "Any plan to cut foreign aid to zero across the board is dangerous and ignorant. It's up to us to get the word out about...

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The phony war over which U.S. party loves Israel most

Posted by The Arab American News on January 13, 2012

"No Aid to Israel?" wonders a recent Facebook ad sponsored by U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. "Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich say they would start foreign aid to Israel at zero. Reject their extreme plan now!" the ad implores, directing people to sign a petition to that effect on my.barackobama.com ("Stand against "zeroing out aid to Israel"").

After signing the petition, the caption underneath a beaming photo of the president declares that "Any plan to cut foreign aid to zero across the board is dangerous and ignorant. It's up to us to get the word out about...

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Arab American Institute asks for asylum for Syrians in U.S.

Posted by Leigh Munsil on December 20, 2011

An Arab-American group is asking the Obama Administration for temporary protected status for Syrian citizens currently in the United States.

"As the Syrian uprising nears its 10th month, the situation on the ground has grown increasingly dangerous for average Syrian citizens," says the letter, sent to the White House Monday by Arab American Institute’s president James J. Zogby. "Violent clashes between Syrian armed forces and resistance elements have broken out in all quarters of the country, and armed death squads roam the streets, empowered to arbitrarily arrest – and in many cases torture – Syrians who may or may not...

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Arab American Institute asks for asylum for Syrians in U.S.

Posted by Leigh Munsil on December 20, 2011

An Arab-American group is asking the Obama Administration for temporary protected status for Syrian citizens currently in the United States.

"As the Syrian uprising nears its 10th month, the situation on the ground has grown increasingly dangerous for average Syrian citizens," says the letter, sent to the White House Monday by Arab American Institute’s president James J. Zogby. "Violent clashes between Syrian armed forces and resistance elements have broken out in all quarters of the country, and armed death squads roam the streets, empowered to arbitrarily arrest – and in many cases torture – Syrians who may or may not...

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