POLL: Iraqis Say They’re Worse Off After War, View Iran Unfavorably

Posted by Ali Gharib on December 20, 2011

An accusation that a vice president led a death squad that targeted police and government officials roiled Iraqi politics yesterday — just a day after the last of the U.S. forces there withdrew across the border. The crisis deepened today when, speaking from the autonomous Kurdish north — out of reach of the central government’s security forces — the Sunni politician denied the charges and accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of using the warrant as a ploy to consolidate power. Does any of this dramatic political maneuvering surprise the Iraqi people? Judging by a poll released yesterday,...

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Arab American Institute Schools Gingrich For Calling Palestinians ‘Invented People’

Posted by Ryan J. Reilly on December 12, 2011

  Arab American Institute chairman George Salem is slamming Newt Gingrich for calling the Palestinians an “invented people” on Saturday, calling it “perhaps a new low in the campaign rhetoric of presidential hopefuls.” Gingrich stood by his remarks on Monday. But Salem said the comments from Gingrich (who considers himself a historian) were historically inaccurate. “A review of maps going back to the 16th century - and any serious review of history going back centuries earlier - reveals that Palestine and Palestinians were clearly there,” Salem said. “They were a part of the...

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Egypt vote signals uphill struggle for U.S. consultants

Posted by Sean J. Miller on December 01, 2011

The expertise of American political consultants and the disbursement of millions of U.S. dollars appears to have been unable to prevent an Islamist victory in Egypt's first round of post-revolutionary elections.

The Obama administration designated some $200 million, as a baseline, for democracy building in Egypt ahead of this week's vote. Moreover, in a bid to counteract the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, groups such as the International Republican Institute focused on building up the country's nascent Western-leaning political parties.

Although this week's vote took place in only nine of the country's 27...

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Egypt vote signals uphill struggle for U.S. consultants

Posted by Sean J. Miller on December 01, 2011

The expertise of American political consultants and the disbursement of millions of U.S. dollars appears to have been unable to prevent an Islamist victory in Egypt's first round of post-revolutionary elections.

The Obama administration designated some $200 million, as a baseline, for democracy building in Egypt ahead of this week's vote. Moreover, in a bid to counteract the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, groups such as the International Republican Institute focused on building up the country's nascent Western-leaning political parties.

Although this week's vote took place in only nine of the country's 27...

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Obama gets the hang of war

Posted by Frida Ghitis on November 07, 2011

Editor's note: Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review. A former CNN producer/correspondent, she is the author of "The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television."

(CNN) -- It seems a memory from a distant time: A charismatic Sen. Barack Obama, railing against the war in Iraq to rapturous cheers from anti-war voters; the campaign trail crowds overflowing with electrified activists, many convinced he shared their opposition to the use of force. A supremely self-assured Obama declaring he would hold face-to-face meetings with the leaders...

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Arab World Opinion Turns Overwhelmingly Against Syria’s Assad

Posted by Heather Horn on October 26, 2011

As atrocities in Syria continue, the question is inevitable: is the international community doing enough? Certainly the Syrian regime is, in analyst-speak, "increasingly isolated," but what does that actually mean? There have been the usual condemnations of violence. Individuals like the U.N. high commissioner for human rights have called for the international community to protect Syrian civilians. It's no surprise, of course, that the Western bit of the international community in particular is increasingly irritated, to say the least, with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. But if you're really looking to nail down what kind of "isolation" we're talking about,...

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Ahmed Maher Talks About 2nd Egyptian Revolution

Posted by Davin Hutchins on October 21, 2011

Egyptian democracy activist and April 6th Movement co-founder Ahmed Maher recently descended upon Washington, D.C. to make a case for a “2nd Egyptian Revolution.” In a speech before the Arab American Institute, Maher said that keeping constant pressure on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) is the only way that the dreams of the revolution can be realized.In an iPhone QuickTake interview with VOA’s Davin Hutchins, Maher said that SCAF is essentially an extension of the Mubarak regime by keeping the policies and personalities of the old guard in place....

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April 6 Youth Movement: Military’s policies will lead to new stage of revolution

Posted by Heb El Kodsy on October 19, 2011

The way the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) is running the country will lead to a new stage of the revolution, said April 6 Youth Movement leader Ahmed Maher on Tuesday.

“The SCAF wants to retain power and create a regime similar to the former president’s to preserve [the military’s] power in the constitution, which will lead to a new phase of the revolution,” said Maher in a seminar held by the Arab American Institute in Washington, DC.

He added that the circumstances that led to the 25 January revolution were similar to those which will lead to...

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POMED Notes: A View from the Ground: Egypt’s Aspirations and U.S. Interests

Posted by POMED Wire on October 19, 2011

On Tuesday, the Arab American Institute hosted an event entitled “A View From the Ground: Egypt’s Aspirations and U.S. Interests” featuring Ahmed Maher of the Egyptian April 6 Youth Movement. Maher’s speech started with a brief history of April 6 and the Egyptian revolution against Mubarak, followed by a discussion of current April 6 efforts to continue the momentum from the revolution.

For complete event notes, continue reading.  Or, click here for the PDF. 

Ahmed Maher began the discussion by giving an overview of the April 6 Movement and the events that lead up to the revolution. April...

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POMED Notes: A View from the Ground: Egypt’s Aspirations and U.S. Interests

Posted by POMED Wire on October 19, 2011

On Tuesday, the Arab American Institute hosted an event entitled “A View From the Ground: Egypt’s Aspirations and U.S. Interests” featuring Ahmed Maher of the Egyptian April 6 Youth Movement. Maher’s speech started with a brief history of April 6 and the Egyptian revolution against Mubarak, followed by a discussion of current April 6 efforts to continue the momentum from the revolution.

For complete event notes, continue reading.  Or, click here for the PDF. 

Ahmed Maher began the discussion by giving an overview of the April 6 Movement and the events that lead up to the revolution. April...

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