Michael Baroody to receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the 2015 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Blog
For the past seventeen years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has celebrated exceptional individuals whose work and service reflect the ideals of the great Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran by promoting inclusion, cooperation, and greater understanding among people with diverse backgrounds. The Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service was created in 2004, in collaboration with Her Majesty Queen Noor, to honor Arab Americans who have excelled in public service and have strong pride in their ethnic heritage. Over his long career Mr. Baroody has demonstrated dedication to both his country and community, ranging from time serving in the administration of President Ronald Reagan and many posts with elected officials at the state and federal level, to spearheading efforts as treasurer of the Kahlil Gibran Memorial Foundation to build and maintain the memorial sculpture dedicated to the Lebanese-American poet in Washington, DC.
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And We’re Off!

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Countdown
Tea Party luminary Ted Cruz charismatically launched his bid for the presidency this week. And boy, the champion Princeton debater raised the bar high for those who will follow, even if he did immediately hit his head on that very same bar upon resuming his Senatorial duties. Ted Cruz put together quite a show for the 10,000 Liberty University students who were required to attend.
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AAI Pres. Jim Zogby on Erin Burnett OutFront - “Israeli Arabs Treated Like Blacks under Jim Crow”

Posted by AAI on March 24, 2015 in News Clips

Arab American Institute President James Zogby appeared on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology for his racist remarks during the Israeli election.

http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/tv/2015/03/24/erin-panel-netanyahu-apologizes-to-israels-arabs.cnn

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AAI Pres. Jim Zogby on Erin Burnett OutFront - “Israeli Arabs Treated Like Blacks under Jim Crow”

Posted by AAI on March 24, 2015 in News Clips

Arab American Institute President James Zogby appeared on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology for his racist remarks during the Israeli election.

https://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/tv/2015/03/24/erin-panel-netanyahu-apologizes-to-israels-arabs.cnn

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Naked Bibi

Posted on March 23, 2015 in Washington Watch
In the lead up to Israel's March 17th election, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, fearful that he might lose his reelection bid, threw caution to the wind making blatant appeals to scare voters into returning him to office. He did so not caring who he alienated or what might be the consequences of his behavior. I have always argued that in the animal kingdom there is no creature more dangerous than a panicking politician and, in the last few days, Bibi was one such creature.
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Killing Off Myths

Posted on March 16, 2015 in Washington Watch
What many Arabs understand is that important parts of their world appear to be spinning dangerously out of control and that an intransigent Israel and an aggressive Iran are emboldened and ascendant. What they do not understand is why, in the midst of these threats and challenges, America's role is either absent or less than decisive. And precisely because many Arabs stubbornly hold on to myths about America's wisdom and power, they conclude that the unraveling and the threats must be by design.
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An Ugly Week in Washington

Posted on March 09, 2015 in Washington Watch
If "l'affaire Netanyahu" weren't bad enough, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell added insult to injury when he announced that early next week he will move for a vote on a bill requiring the White House to secure Congressional review and approval of any agreement concluded between the P5+1 negotiators and Iran.
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Netanyahu’s Legacy: A Fractured Israel and a Divided America

Posted on March 02, 2015 in Washington Watch
In a few days, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will mount the podium of the U.S. Congress to speak before a joint session of the House and Senate. He will use the occasion to blast Iran and issue dire warnings about the current US-led negotiations designed to limit Iran's nuclear program.
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Obama: “Pitch Perfect”

Posted on February 23, 2015 in Washington Watch
I must admit that I was somewhat skeptical as I approached last week's "White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism" (CVE). I was concerned that it might end up being nothing more than a "box-checking" exercise. I was troubled that it might be perceived as targeting American Muslims and fostering a sense of increased alienation for some, while at the same time feeding the sense of suspicion that could result in a spike in hate crimes against Muslims.
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The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

Arab Americans have been invested in the civil rights movement since its beginning stages in the 1950’s, and continue to be a supportive voice in the shared struggle for human rights. The Arab American community has made significant contributions to the civil rights movement by supporting efforts to end segregation and advance equality and justice in the United States.

Ralph Johns may not be well known, but he is an Arab American who played an instrumental role at a critical point in the civil rights movement. Johns is credited with encouraging the famous...

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