U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks at AAI’s Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted by Allied Media on April 23, 2010 in News Clips

On April 21, 2010, the Arab American Institute (AAI) held its 12th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered the key speech for the event. Ambassador Rice recognized the honorees of the evening, among them: Mayor Daley, Judge Barkett, Mr. Zeitoun, Juma al-Majid, and the Corporation for National Community Service for their commitment to advancing the common good initiative.

“This year’s honorees remind us of the importance of some great American ideals: service, responsibility, inclusion, and equality. Citizenship grants us great blessings,...

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Arab Americans at the White House and on the Hill

Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Blog

On Thursday, April 22, the Arab American Institute (AAI), in cooperation with the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), hosted over 80 Arab American leaders from across the country for an Arab American Leadership Day in Washington DC. The day included a White House Leadership Briefing, followed by a Capitol Hill Meet and Greet Lunch with members of Congress.

AAI worked closely with the White House Office of Public Engagement to organize the briefing with senior Administration officials to discuss issues affecting the Arab American community. Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at...

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Ambassador Rice Says ‘We Support the Fayyad statehood plan’

Posted by Wtana on April 23, 2010 in News Clips

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice addressed the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala Wednesday night. Amid the glitz and glamor of a Washington gala, Rice gave a rousing endorsement of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s statehood plan:

“We strongly support [Prime Minister Salam] Fayyad’s two-year plan and will do everything to make it happen.”

The Palestinian prime minister has worked tirelessly to ready the Palestinian territories for statehood – improving civil infrastructure in the West Bank, improving transparency in the government, and boycotting settler goods in the West Bank...

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Cultural preservation work earns prestigious honour for Emirati

Posted by Steven Stanek on April 22, 2010 in News Clips

Washington // A top Emirati businessman and philanthropist, Juma al Majid, was honoured yesterday with the prestigious Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity award for his charitable work in the UAE and efforts to preserve Arab and Islamic culture.

Mr al Majid, who sits atop a large business conglomerate that includes the UAE distributor of the South Korean car brand Kia, received the “award for international commitment” for the work of the Juma al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage, a Dubai-based non-profit reference library and research institute that has collected and restored more than 400,000 Islamic...

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UAE philanthropist honored by Arab American Institute and Foundation

Posted by Embassy of the United Arab Emirates on April 22, 2010 in News Clips

WASHINGTON, DC (22 April 2010) — UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba recently attended the Arab American Institute and Foundation’s (AAIF) 2010 gala, where he accepted the Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award for International Commitment on behalf of UAE philanthropist and businessman Juma Al Majid.

AAIF chose Mr. Al Majid as its 2010 honoree because of his exemplary dedication of financial, humanitarian, and academic resources in order to preserve the unique culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Notably, in 1991, Mr. Al Majid established the Juma Al Majid...

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Posted by Watan on April 22, 2010 in News Clips

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered rousing remarks at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala in Washington, DC . Her address was both an emphatic restatement of US policy in the Middle East and a genuine human approach to a conflict-riddled corner of the world.

After congratulating the honorees and thanking AAI president James Zogby, Rice emphasized the American belief in equality.

“Today, we seek a world rooted in a truth that we hold to be self-evident: that all people are indeed created equal,” Rice said “—of equal worth, of...

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Ambassador Susan Rice to Address Arab Americans at Kahlil Gibran Awards

Posted on April 19, 2010 in Press Releases

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and others to be honored

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will join members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and other distinguished guests in honoring awardees at this year’s Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Marking the Arab American Institute’s (AAI) 25th Anniversary, this year’s awards gala honors four individuals and one corporation for their work promoting inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines:

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will receive the award for Individual Achievement...

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2010 Awardee Profiles

Posted on April 05, 2010 in Arab American Institute

Hon. Richard M. Daley Award for Individual Achievement Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago is being recognized for his leadership role in promoting Sister City relationships in the Arab world. In 2008, he convened the first ever U.S. Arab Cities Forum along with Chicago Sister Cities International. The conference brought together nearly 50 mayors and municipal leaders from a variety of Arab nations to discuss issues related to education, economic development, and the environment. The Mayor was a featured speaker at the second convening in Amman, Jordan in 2009 and continues to encourage strong sister city ties between Chicago and...

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Farouk Shami: First Palestinian American to Run for Texas Governor

Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Blog

As the first Palestinian American to run for governor in Texas, Farouk Shami embodies the classic “American Dream.” Since coming to the U.S. as a student from Ramallah forty-five years ago, Shami has worked his way to the forefront of the business world and is the Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. Although his company has been incredibly successful throughout the world, known for the innovative and extremely popular BioSilk and CHI products, he is now venturing from his role as a businessman into politics. Shami has entered the political scene with a desire to bring economic revival...

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AbiNader, Baadani talk to Army EEO advisors

Posted by on January 21, 2010 in News Clips

On Monday December 14, 2009, Jean AbiNader, AAI board member and COO of the Moroccan Center, and Jamal Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military, presented to over 100 U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Advisors studying at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The presentation at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. afforded a timely opportunity to explore issues unique to Arab and Muslim American soldiers in the field.

“As an AAI member, it is really important to me to continue educating people, especially those who can advocate for our community,...

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