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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Daniels:  “Substance over Ceremony”

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Blog

Tea partiers are “choosing substance over ceremony, character over charisma, and Gov. Daniels fits the bill,” according to Dick Armey.

So says Maggie Haberman in today’s Politico. She quotes the former House Majority Leader as saying that Daniels, who will receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala, has an “outstanding track record” on the practical issues that Tea Partiers care about most.

His appeal to the GOP leadership and tea partiers notwithstanding, Daniels has yet to officially announce whether he’ll throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 Republican Presidential...

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Gibran is less than 6 weeks away

Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Blog
The Gibran Gala is just weeks away and the deadline to reserve your tickets is fast approaching. This year's awardees are Indiana Governor and potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels, who will be receiving the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, an award that has been given to Secretaries Ray LaHood and Spencer Abraham, and Judge Rosemary Barkett, among others; Vital Voices, an organization that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, including the Middle East; and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, which will be given a special recognition award to celebrate its 100 years of commitment to advancing fair and humane policy and providing direct professional services for immigrants worldwide.
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Karim Rashid is in town!

Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Blog
For those of you who read our post on Karim Rashid, make sure to attend his interior design lecture on March 24 at 6:30pm at George Washington University! Seating is limited, so RSVP at
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Know Your Florida Arab American Candidates: Robin Rukab & Tom Korge

Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Blog

Robin Rukab is not afraid to speak her mind. And she’s hoping that her confidence and plan for the city are exactly what the voters of Jacksonville want as they head to the polls on March 22nd.

Rukab has a long history with the city of Jacksonville. She was born in Jacksonville, and began her career with the city right out of high school, then later worked as Division Chief for Mayor Tommy Hazouri from 1987-1991. After that she started a new communications business. From there she begin working campaigns, lived overseas for a few years, and then returned to...

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100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

Posted by on March 08, 2011 in Blog
Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and this year the Arab American community has much to consider. Revolutions across the Middle East have featured Arab women at the front and center, a number of whom have been pivotal to the success of their respective uprisings.
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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Support

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute



ChevronHusami & AssociatesIssa Family FoundationAssad and Mary JebaraThe Al Maloof FamilyMorganti GroupPegasus Capital AdvisorsGeorge & Rhonda Salem Family Foundation The Palestinian Business Committee for Peace and Reform Corporate Hosts

Abdel-Maksoud PharmaciesY.K. Almoayyed &...

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About the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute


Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute Foundation, the awards focus attention on acts of leadership and dedication that promote the common good. The Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting co-existence and inclusion in all walks of life. The awards aim to promote the positive forces of diversity and cultural interaction, and to showcase programs that foster democratic and humanitarian values across racial, ethnic and religious lines. The award is named for the author of "The Prophet" whose message...

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2011 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Honorary Committee

Posted on March 01, 2011 in Arab American Institute

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany

Jane Abraham

S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation

Hon. Michael Baroody

Alma Arrington Brown Chevy Chase Bank

Michael Brown The Ronald H. Brown Foundation, Inc.

Hon. Esther Coopersmith Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations

Mathilda Raffa Cuomo Mentoring USA

Deborah I. Dingell

Samia Farouki HIIFinance Corp.

Jamie Farr

Hon. Edward M. Gabriel Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco

Hon. Eva Teig Hardy

Casey Kasem

Nemir Kirdar Investcorp International Inc.

Alma Powell Hon. Selwa S. “Lucky” Roosevelt Former White House Chief of Protocol Hon....

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