Salon: Could Obama Lose Arab American Voters Over Israel?

Posted by on June 07, 2011 in Blog

In an article that examines the impact of President Obama's Mideast policy on Arab American voters, Salon's Justin Elliott takes on an often ignored concern.  Elliott states, "While the media focus has been on Jewish Americans, this community is less than pleased with Obama's Mideast policy."  Elliott talked with AAI President Jim Zogby and sites AAI polling.  Click here to read the full article.  What do you think? Where are you at as compared to 2008?    

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Arab American Service Day

Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Blog
On May 14th, the Arab American Institute Foundation and the Network of Arab American Professionals hosted a storytelling and bookmaking workshop for local youth, as part of the National Arab American Service Day. Service Day was hosted in conjunction with National AmeriCorps Week to further the discussion and growth of national service in the public realm.
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What if an Arab-American ran for president?

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in News Clips

There's been a lot of talk in the past few years about Barack Obama's unusual-sounding -- to Western ears -- name. It turns out one of the possible GOP presidential contenders, Mitch Daniels, might well have been named Mitch Esau -- if the "Daniels" had not been tacked on to his Syrian grandfather's name at Ellis Island.

It was at an Arab American Institute award ceremony earlier this month that Daniels told the story of Elias Esau Daniels' arrival in America as a "penniless and illiterate" 21-year-old from Syria in 1905. Daniels' Syrian background was not previously well known, so...

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Daniels to receive Arab American award

Posted by Associated Press on May 10, 2011 in News Clips

An Arab heritage organization is honoring Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for his work in the public sector.The Arab American Institute will present Daniels with the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service during their 13th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala in May.The group says in a news release that the award is also in recognition of Daniels' pride in his ethnic heritage. The governor's paternal grandparents are from northern Syria.Daniels says he's grateful the institute thought of him, and the award reminds him of the opportunity that his penniless, illiterate grandparents had found in America.Daniels' spokeswoman says the...

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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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Gibran Gala a Stellar Success

Posted by on May 05, 2011 in Blog

Yesterday, May 4th, hundreds of guests from across the globe filled the Renaissance Hotel Ball Room in downtown Washington, DC for the 2011 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala, hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The black tie event was kicked off with a beautiful performance by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a project of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, followed by opening remarks by William Daley, White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Daley talked about the essential role Arab Americans play in our country, highlighted the challenging but hopeful times we have...

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Gov. Daniels says White House speculation reinforced Syrian roots

Posted by on May 04, 2011 in News Clips

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said the increased notoriety from speculation he may run for president has helped him reconnect with his Syrian ancestors.

Daniels, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Syria to western Pennsylvania, said the new connections have also deepened his concern for the country's people.

While accepting an award for public service Wednesday from the Arab American Institute at a dinner in Washington, Daniels told the audience how speculation he may seek the GOP's 2012 White House nomination was covered in the Syrian press, which prompted two people to contact him."I got emails from people there who had...

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Accepting award, Mitch Daniels highlights Syrian background

Posted by on May 04, 2011 in News Clips

Mitch Daniels drew extensively on his Syrian heritage in accepting an award from an Arab-American group Wednesday night, connecting his own family’s journey to the United States with the uprisings unfolding in his ancestral homeland and elsewhere in the Arab world.“There have been the same stirrings, same yearnings for freedom that have busted loose elsewhere," the Indiana governor said during his second public appearance of the day in Washington. “May Syria and all the lands near it soon become places of peace, and freedom and self-determination.” Daniels, who gave a major education speech earlier in the day...

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Barbour out, Daniels in?

Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Blog

Today Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour announced that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination. Gov. Barbour's announcement came as a surprise to most as in late January he said that he was "seriously thinking" about a presidential run. He shortly thereafter began traveling and also hired new staff. As he said he would, however, Barbour waited until the end of April to make his ultimate decision, and now as a result heads are turning towards Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Gov, Daniels, a close friend of Barbour's, has also garnered a fair amount of media attention and speculation...

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Arab American Group Provides Urgently Needed Medical Supplies in Arab World

Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Blog
I wanted to draw your attention to the work of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA). Today NAAMA sent out a press release announcing their efforts to provide "urgently needed" medical supplies throughout the Arab World. The release cites the abysmal state of emergency medical care in Arab countries and highlights the organization's commitment to provide supplies where they are needed. NAAMA's future goal is to "have funds available not only for the ongoing tragedy in Libya but to have contingency plans for emergency medical relief wherever the need may suddenly arise in other parts of the Arab world."
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