Is Ignorance Politically Convenient?

Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Blog
By Tess Waggoner The GOP 2012 Presidential field is beginning to take shape, and as it does a common theme is echoing among the candidates: Islam is presented as a doctrine incompatible with American values. This discourse is non-factual, and has the potential to alienate and isolate Muslims and Arab Americans alike.
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Profiling and Pride: Arab American Attitudes and Behavior Since September 11

Posted on July 11, 2011 in Reports

In May 2002, the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) commissioned a survey of Arab American attitudes and behavior since September 11. The May survey is compared to a similar poll commissioned by AAIF in October 2001, in the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks. On some variables a three-way comparison is made, including findings of a survey of Arab American attitudes taken in 2000. The findings of the May 2002 survey reveal that Arab Americans have increased their concern about how the aftermath of September 11 has affected their community, but continue to maintain strong attachments to their ethnic identity...

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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 4

Posted on July 06, 2011 in Countdown
Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 4
This edition covers issues including the budget debate and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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Civil Liberties, National Security, and Innovative Issue-Framing

Posted by on June 29, 2011 in Blog
By Ed Gaier Aziz Huq, assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago, recently wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times in which he argued that defending Muslims from discrimination does not only preserve basic civil liberties, civil rights and the rule of law, but also carries significant national security advantages. Huq’s writing comes in the wake of the a number of worrying signs of growing Islamophobia, including the sharia ban voted into the Oklahoma constitution, the second round of Peter King’s McCarthy-style congressional hearings, rising popular discrimination of Muslims, and the detestable anti-Muslim rhetoric on display at the Republican presidential debates in New Hampshire.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Mona Yacoubian, Mike German

Posted on June 28, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 6/23/2011 Mona Yacoubian, Special Adviser, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention and Director of the Lebanon Working Group at the United States Institute for Peace; Mike German, Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
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New FBI Guidelines Set the Stage for Abuse

Posted by on June 24, 2011 in Blog
The new edition of the FBI manual called the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide is raising concerns about safeguarding privacy. Under the auspices of the guidelines, agents will be able to pick targets, commence and execute investigations without ever documenting their activity. They will also not be required to provide any factual evidence of current or future wrongdoing. Allowing agents to operate without any supervision, advocates argue, is inviting abuse of power. Former FBI agent Michael German, now Policy Counsel for the ACLU, has been the go-to expert on this. German joined AAI President, Jim Zogby on last night's edition of Viewpoint to talk about the new guidelines. We encourage you to take a look at this:
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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 2

Posted on June 21, 2011 in Countdown
This edition covers issues ranging from the first GOP presidential debate hosted by CNN in New Hampshire, to the recent Turkish Elections.
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Did the Bush Administration Order the CIA to Spy on Juan Cole?

Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Blog
Today, The New York Times carried the disturbing story of an ex-CIA officer, Glenn L. Carle, who claims that the Bush Administration asked the CIA to spy on Professor Juan Cole and gather damaging personal information on him in order to discredit him. Professor Cole was a sharp critic of the Bush administration and the war on Iraq, and “The White House wants to get him,” Carle recalled his boss saying.
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King Keeps Digging, Finds Nothing

Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Blog
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, continued his baseless examination of the “radicalization” of the American Muslim community today, hosting his second hearing on the subject entitled “The Threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons.” King’s first hearings back in March garnered considerably more attention from the media than today’s. The relative lack of attention (even from Rep. Keith Ellison, who was in and out of the room half the time) demonstrates how ineffective King’s first hearing was.
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Salon: Neocon flack: Weiner may have converted to Islam

Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Blog
Earlier today, The Washington Times posted an outrageous article in the paper's online "communities" section. The Article's author, Eliana Benador, attempts to stir up frenzy about an absurd question posed in her article: Whether Anthony Weiner, by way of his marriage to a Muslim woman, is "Married to a Muslim agenda." Benador makes a number of shocking, incoherent claims about Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin and paints them part of some grand Muslim conspiracy. We'd like to highlight a great piece of commentary on Benador's article from Salon's Justin Elliot and get your reactions.
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