Meet our 2011 Summer Interns

Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Blog
Every summer, AAI hosts 10-12 well-qualified interns from an applicant pool of over 100 undergraduates and recent graduates. Selected interns are deeply involved in their communities, highly successful in their studies, often speak multiple languages, and demonstrate hard work and enthusiasm in all their work. Interns are selected to represent AAI at a variety of D.C. organizations, ranging from advocacy groups and political parties to members of congress and government agencies.
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Arab Americans After Death of bin Laden

Posted by C-SPAN on May 08, 2011 in News Clips

James Zogby talked about the reaction in the Arab-American community to the killing of Osama bin Laden and its aftermath. Topics included Arab-American views on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, U.S. policy toward Libya and Pakistan, and the year's upheaval throughout the Arab world. He talked about changes in Arab-American civic life and political attitudes. Mr. Zogby is the author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (Palgrave Macmillan). He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. The program concluded with a video clip of a spoof of Osama bin Laden on C-SPAN.

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Giving Voice to Arab Americans So Phobia Won’t Silence U.S. Principles

Posted by Michael Coleman on April 11, 2011 in News Clips

On the day after Rep. Peter King's headline-grabbing congressional hearing on Islamic radicals in the United States last month, James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, sat in his downtown office trying to make sense of it all.The loquacious intellectual and leading spokesman for Arabs in America (and sometimes by default, Muslims) concluded that the hearing, the first in a series, didn't make any sense. He wasn't alone. Critics said the entire thing smacked of a McCarthy-like witch-hunt, and that the opening hearing produced plenty of drama and political posturing, but little actual debate or analysis. King,...

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Giving Voice to Arab Americans So Phobia Won’t Silence U.S. Principles

Posted by Michael Coleman on April 11, 2011 in News Clips

On the day after Rep. Peter King's headline-grabbing congressional hearing on Islamic radicals in the United States last month, James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, sat in his downtown office trying to make sense of it all.The loquacious intellectual and leading spokesman for Arabs in America (and sometimes by default, Muslims) concluded that the hearing, the first in a series, didn't make any sense. He wasn't alone. Critics said the entire thing smacked of a McCarthy-like witch-hunt, and that the opening hearing produced plenty of drama and political posturing, but little actual debate or analysis. King,...

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Will Arabs Be Able to Form Real Democracies?

Posted on April 11, 2011 in Washington Watch
"Will Arabs be able to form real democracies?" (or some variation on that theme) is a question I am frequently asked these days. After several exchanges with those who ask this question, I have come to realize that in most instances, in the backs of their minds, are a set of assumptions about what constitutes a "real democracy" and a rather naïve and ahistorical understanding about how democracies come into being and then function and evolve.
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Durbin’s Hearings Send an Important Message

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog
On Tuesday, Democratic Party Whip Senator Dick Durbin (IL) convened a hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. Viewed widely as a counterweight to Representative Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on "radicalization" in the American Muslim community, Durbin's hearing did not garner nearly as much attention from the media. Despite the relative lack of coverage, the message Senator Durbin's hearings sent to the American Muslim community and to the general American public at large was an extremely important and positive one.
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Arab Expert James Zogby: They Don’t Hate Us

Posted by Henry Reske and Kathleen Walter on February 05, 2011 in News Clips

Mideast Arabs don’t hate the United States — and they actually have much in common with average U.S. residents, Arab American Institute President James Zogby tells Newsmax.TV. They admire Americans’ values of freedom and democracy, as well as the U.S. culture, he said.“The reality is they go to bed at night worried about their jobs, wake in the morning thinking about whether their kids get the education they need, whether they’ll have healthcare for their parents,” said Zogby, author of “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters.”“They’re really like us. When they come home and...

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ACLU’s Laura Murphy Discusses Controversial Anti-Terror Law

Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Blog
Laura Muphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office appeared on the latest Viewpoint with James Zogby to discuss a wide-range of civil rights issues including the controversial material support terror law.
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A Homecoming

Posted by on December 07, 2010 in Blog
Yesterday, I spoke about Arab Voices at Utica College in New York. I have traveled the country promoting my book, explaining its purpose and importance, but presenting my life's work to my hometown audience was particularly meaningful.
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Michigan and More Reviews

Posted by on December 06, 2010 in Blog
From Thanksgiving in DC to a great visit to Metro Detroit and seeing some old friends.
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