When profiling becomes a real menace to society

Posted by Chicago Tribune on April 24, 2013 in News Clips

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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Gun Crazy

Posted on January 21, 2013 in Washington Watch
We have a cockeyed national debate on gun violence in which some motivated by political expediency seek to dodge core issues, while others driven by political ideology work to misdirect the discussion diverting it away from the core issues.
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Human Rights Commission Holds Briefing on Anti-Arab, Muslim Sentiment Post 9/11

Posted by on November 09, 2012 in Blog
Today the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) convened a briefing on Federal Civil Rights Engagement with the Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11. The commission hosted three panels to address “the success and failure of the federal government in engaging the Arab and Muslim American community post 9/11.”
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Testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (October 9, 2012)

Posted on November 08, 2012 in Speeches and Appearances
The story of Arab Americans coming of age as an organized community is a classic American tale of immigrants seeking opportunity, benefiting from America’s freedoms, but also experiencing, at times, the dark side of exclusion and discrimination that has so often been a part of our nation’s history.
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Jim Zogby Speaks on Panel at Wilson Center

Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Blog
Earlier today, AAI President Jim Zogby joined a panel of experts at the Wilson Center to discuss the results of a new public opinion survey on the role of the United States in a post-9/11 world. The event was introduced by The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center; and the speakers included Chicago Council on Global Affairs President Marshall Bouton, former CIA Director General Michael Hayden, and New America Foundation Senior Fellow Philip Mudd.
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America Has a Good Story; But It’s Not the One Politicians Tell

Posted on August 20, 2012 in Washington Watch
It was my mother who first taught me to be wary of people who spent too much time boasting of their greatness. She would pity their insecurity and wonder what weaknesses they were making such an obvious effort to mask with self-praise.
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Pulling Lebanon Back From the Brink

Posted on July 09, 2012 in Washington Watch
With neighboring Syria imploding, tensions with Iran mounting, and Israel ever threatening, Lebanon appears to be on the brink of conflict. But then that has been the story of Lebanon for decades now. This remarkably beautiful country filled with extraordinary people has long been a victim of its history, its own leaders and the machinations of outsiders. This may be Lebanon's past and present, but if we listen to the Lebanese people, it need not be the country's future.
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Santorum’s Partisan Take on Obama’s Iran Policy

Posted by on July 06, 2012 in Blog

Nearly 5 months ago, when Rick Santorum was still competitive in the race for the Republican nomination, he accused President Barack Obama of being too soft on Iran. Indeed, he went so far as to say that Obama was encouraging Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Speaking about President Obama to CNN, Santorum said, “this is a president who is not standing by our allies, is trying to appease, trying to find a way to allow—clearly to allow Iran to get this nuclear weapon.”

Yesterday, Eli Clifton of ThinkProgress quoted Santorum saying something quite remarkable: he suggested that President Obama might...

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The Response to Anti-Semitism: Is There a Double Standard?

Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Blog
AAI President Jim Zogby participated in a four person debate panel today addressing the question of whether or not there is a double standard in the response to anti-Semitism against Arab Americans compared with the response to anti-Semitism directed against American Jews.
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Dialing back the overheated war rhetoric

Posted by Iowa City Press-Citizen - Online on March 25, 2012 in News Clips

�The bottom line is this: Listen to Arab voices, and hear what they are saying, not just what the pundits are thinking,� Jim Zogby concludes in his 2010 book, �Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters.�

Zogby � founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Arab American Institute and senior adviser to the Zogby International polling firm � has spent a career trying to bridge the gap between what Americans think of Arabs and what Arabs think of Americans. In �Arab Voices,� he provides detailed analysis and a personal response to the polling data of...

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