Arab American Group Praises Mitch Daniels As ‘The Adult In The Room’

Posted by on April 19, 2011 in News Clips

While some GOP presidential contenders ratchet up their anti-Muslim rhetoric to toxic levels, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel (R) is set to accept a prestigious award next month from the Arab American Institute.May Berry, executive director of AAI, told TPM that the award was incidental to his status as a possible presidential candidate and celebrates his broad record of public service and his Syrian heritage, which is not commonly known. Nonetheless, she noted that Daniels' award comes at a time of increasingly mainstream anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in conservative circles."It's a moment to honor our own and Mitch Daniels goes back...

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Justin Amash Votes by the Book

Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Blog

Well actually, it’s not a book, but it is a rather important document sometimes ignored; the United States Constitution. Representative Amash, 30, Republican from Michigan, is the youngest Arab American ever elected to Congress.

In yesterday’s New York Times, there was an extensive profile on Amash and his voting record. The article’s author, Jennifer Steinhauser, was particularly interested in Amash’s methodology in arriving at decisions on legislation. Steinhauser, labeling Representative Amash “Contrarian,” cited his willingness to take unlikely stances on issues and side with lawmakers on the opposite side of the aisle because – unlike many of his compatriots in...

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Vital Voices To be Honored for Empowering Women in the Middle East

Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Blog
"As an Arab American woman I am proud of the recent changes in the Middle East and the opportunity women there have to participate in the newly accessible civic forum. Vital Voices has worked for years to support women in these environments, through local communities and women's networks, to improve the lives and futures of women both inside and outside the Arab World. To honor their commitment at this time in history not only makes me proud of what they've done, but hopeful for the work they will continue to do in the region." - AAI Executive Director, Maya Berry.
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The Hill: “Daniels is playing by his own rules”

Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Blog

We've been writing about Mitch Daniels quite often, and we've watched him in the news closely these past few months. Governor Daniels (R-Indiana) has been relatively quiet about a potential presidential run, but has remained a subject of extreme interest for many reasons. Gov. Daniels piques our interest not only because he is Arab American (his grandparents are from Syria), he is a politician who - even in today's hyper-partisan political climate - has not digressed from his primary focus; fixing the economy. He has insisted that other issues not become a distraction and has not pandered to the anti-Muslim, anti-Arab...

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The Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden

Posted by on April 07, 2011 in Blog
The Kahlil Gibran Memorial Garden was founded in 1991 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the poet’s birth in Besherre, Lebanon. Located across from the British Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, the memorial was designed by renowned sculptor Gordon Kray.
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Gibran Update: Actor Jeff Fahey to Present Special Recognition Award to USCRI

Posted by on April 04, 2011 in Blog
Actor Jeff Fahey will present the special recognition award to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) at the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Wednesday May 4. Fahey is a well known actor, appearing and starring in a wide range of movies and television shows throughout his career. Recently, Fahey played the role of Captain Frank Lapidus on the popular ABC series Lost.
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Former Government & State Officials

Posted on April 04, 2011 in Arab American Institute

The following Arab Americans are among those who have held elected or appointed office in selected categories

Former Government Officials Senior Administration Officials E. Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator, Michigan (1994-2000) Mitchell E. Daniels, Director, Office of Management and Budget (2001-2004); Jr. Asst. to the President, Political and Intergovernmental Affairs (1985-1987) Judith Rainey Baroody, Director of Strategic Planning and External Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State George Doumani, Director of Technology Policy, Department of Energy, George Bush Administration Zead A. Haddad, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Energy (2001-2008)...

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Stephen Said: Song of Arab Reform

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog
As an Iraqi American, Stephen Said has watched the recent events in Egypt and Tunisia with nervousness, wonder, and hope. Like many Arab Americans, he wondered what he could do to contribute to the cause, not simply for the ouster of President Mubarak from Egypt, but for “equality and freedom not just across the Arab world, but for the entire world.” His contribution, like that of Abdel Halim Hafez, Sam Cooke, or countless other socially-conscious musicians, comes in the form of song.
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Mitch Daniels Setting The Standard

Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog

With no leading Republican yet officially declared for president and only two exploration committees formed, the 2012 field remains wide open.  However, as one surveys the list of potential candidates, one sticks out for a very simple reason. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, in contrast to most if not all of his compatriots, has kept his rhetoric on an even keel. He hasn’t pandered to or sought out the political benefits of engaging in the hyper-partisan arena of campaign politics.Daniels has separated himself from the emerging GOP field by avoiding the traditional politics of pandering to the party’s base and has...

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Kahlil Gibran would be proud

Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Blog
Browsing the internet the other day, I found a series of videos about The Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala on YouTube which I thought were great. The videos contain original footage, serving as a comprehensive recap of the awards gala from years past. I wasn't surprised when I saw the name of the individual who posted them: Voice of America's Mohamed Elshinnawi, who has been a Gibran Gala regular for several years. His videos shed light on the reason why the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) holds its prestigious awards gala in Kahlil Gibran's name. If you haven't seen his videos before, they definitely warrant a look.
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