Egyptian Coptic Christians Are Still Under Threat

Posted by Karen Girgis on November 18, 2015 in Blog

Last week, Reham Saeed, host of a popular TV show in Egypt called Sabaya al-Kheir, aired photos of a sexual assault victim, attempting to discredit her. Within hours, the show was canceled due to the efforts of a large online boycott campaign. Bassem Youssef, the heralded “Jon Stewart of Egypt” took up the cause, asking for companies to boycott the show on his Twitter feed. In a time where media is closely monitored by the Egyptian state- to the point where a journalist can be fined for contradicting the government’s official narrative...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 35: Not Like That

Posted on November 05, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: CVE is still flawed, U.S. sends forces to Syria, Vienna talks, Sinai crash and the GOP debates
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AAI Congressional Briefing: DOJ Guidance on Profiling

Posted by Nisreen Eadeh on November 04, 2015 in Blog

In June 2003, Attorney General Ashcroft issued the Department of Justice's Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, which said that federal "law enforcement ought not to profile when engaging in their duties." As AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said at the briefing last week, "this makes sense," but there were too many loopholes exempting certain law enforcement from adhering to the guidance. As a result, The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Eric Holder, updated the Guidance in December 2014 to include not only racial profiling, but profiling based on ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,...

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#Yalla2016 Day 2: Domestic Issues We Must Confront: Profiling, Surveillance, Hate, and Exclusion

Posted by Nadia Aziz on October 29, 2015 in Blog

The second day of AAI’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan focused largely on developing political platforms ahead of the 2016 election. In particular, the domestic policy discussion touched on programs and initiatives that have direct impacts on the lives on Arab Americans.  The topics discussed were profiling, Countering Violent Extremism programs and effectiveness, and hate crimes.

Sakira Cook of the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights discussed how profiling is one of the practices that disproportionately impacts minority communities. Giving context to the Department of Justice’s Guidelines on Profiling, she...

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Inside (T)ERROR

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on October 07, 2015 in Blog

“They trying to make me force this dude into saying something to support terrorism,” stated Saeed Sharif Torres, a former undercover FBI informant and star of the new film, (T)ERROR, which played at the Investigative Film Festival & Symposium in Washington, DC on October 2nd, 2015. This documentary film, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, provided viewers with a rare inside view into one of the highly controversial counterterrorism tactics employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to enhance our national...

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An American Pope with a Challenge for America

Posted on September 28, 2015 in Washington Watch
While the policy challenges posed by Pope Francis were significant, what I found most striking was the way he was able to firmly ground his message within an American narrative.
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Snapshots: American Citizens Discriminated Against at the Israeli Border

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 23, 2015 in Blog
Snapshots: American Citizens Discriminated Against at the Israeli Border The Arab American Institute collects stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. Here are some of the stories we've collected.
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Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 21, 2015 in Blog
With the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attack, a collection of people took to Twitter, using the hashtag #AfterSeptember11, to share painful stories of prejudice, racism and discrimination in a post-9/11 era. More than 50,000 tweets were sent out by people sharing stories for being or appearing Muslim, Arab, or South Asian. While some referred to verbal attacks, like being called a “terrorist” or “Bin Laden,” others spoke of suffering more violent attacks. One person wrote, “#AfterSeptember11 I grew up without a mom because someone with a gun decided that she needed to answer for it with her life.” The online conversation highlights that hate crimes and discrimination are still very much a reality for everyday American Muslims, Arab Americans, and communities of color even 14 years after 9/11.
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Dangerous Fantasy and Reality in the Internal Republican Debate

Posted on September 21, 2015 in Washington Watch
What the media missed in its criticism of Trump, was that the views expressed reflected a mindset that has become mainstream in today's Republican Party.
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Just to Reiterate, Bigotry Has No Place in the Public Discourse

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 18, 2015 in Blog

 Last night, Donald Trump’s exchange at a New Hampshire town hall meeting revealed anti-Muslim bigotry which should have no place in this election or any public discourse in our country. You can watch the whole thing here on CSPAN in case you missed it. The moment captured three things: willful ignorance about the faith and citizenship of the President of the United States; fear mongering about American Muslims; and the growing normalization of anti-Muslim and often anti-Arab bigotry not only in the limited setting of Trump’s town hall, but in the mainstream conversation surrounding regrettable events like this.

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