You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Posted on September 25, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute joined thousands of other groups in registering voters across the country for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday and some big breaking news: our nation’s first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, is stepping down and will leave his position after six years serving the president.
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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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Breaking the Bad News: Ferguson Is Not That Unique

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Blog

By Dina Salah-ElDin Fall Intern, 2014

Three months are left for this Congress to take action and pass the End Racial Profiling Act. Originally triggered by a long history of nation-wide profiling, and brought to life by the murder of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, the bill was the topic of a Capitol Hill briefing titled “Ferguson and Beyond – Profiling in America”  on September 16th.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), who introduced the bill last year, began the...

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Deconstructing Disorder: Conversation with David Ignatius and Tom Friedman

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho and Eddie Bejarano Fall Interns, 2014

On Friday, September 12, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted an event titled, “Middle East in Turmoil: Can it Recover?”

Karim Sadjadpour, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, moderated the affair, which featured Thomas L. Friedman, columnist for the New York Times and David Ignatius, the bestselling author of Body of Lies and The Increment and journalist who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for over twenty-five years.

The conversation covered a range of topics, including the origins of turmoil,...

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“Peace after Gaza”: Aspen Institute Hosts Dr. Fayyad and UN’s Feltman for Moderated Conversation

Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

The Aspen Institute’s Middle East division hosted an event on Monday which addressed existing political challenges in Gaza.

Dr. Salam Fayyad, Palestinian politician and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority and Jeffrey D. Feltman, American diplomat and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, spoke with Aspen Institute President and CEO, Walter Isaacson in a moderated conversation.

To begin the discussion, Fayyad stated that two elements need to be addressed to ensure that the 51-day war in Gaza (known as Operation Protective...

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A World Not Ours: Fleifel Tells His Story

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

AAI is proud to sponsor the documentary A World Not Ours (2012) at the fourth annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. Directed by Mahdi Fleifel, the film is a compelling and intimate portrayal of three generations in exile in Lebanon’s Ein el-Helweh refugee camp. Fleifel uses his own video recordings, family archives, and historical footage to tell his story.

Ein el-Helweh, which was established in 1948 to house displaced populations, currently holds nearly 70,000 Palestinian refugees. When Fleifel was still a child, his parents uprooted...

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What You Might Have Missed from the ‘In Defense of Christians’ Summit

Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Blog

By now, anyone who has heard of the “In Defense of Christians” (IDC) summit that took place in Washington, DC last week undoubtedly knows of the infamous incident involving Senator Ted Cruz. Type “In Defense of Christians” into Google, and almost every search result will mention the senator.

It is unfortunate that the only headlines out of the summit were Senator Cruz’s remarks and the audience’s reaction, as well as a few hit-pieces on the religious leaders in attendance. After Cruz got booed off stage, IDC’s Executive Director Andrew Doran exclaimed to the audience: “For the...

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For Obama and ISIL, Twitter is the New C-Span

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Blog

By Dina Salah-ElDinFall Intern, 2014

From Washington, D.C. to Cairo to Hong Kong to Kiev, posting updates from a city square where tens, hundreds, or even tens of thousands are marching for or against a cause or a government has almost become the driving force for much of the activity on social media.  Over the past month, Twitter became the center stage from which the militant group known as the Islamic State declared its territorial gains in Iraq and its executions of two American journalists.

Last week, as President Barack Obama delivered a prime-time speech...

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Gabr Fellows Sit Down with HuffPost Live

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

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Four participants of the inaugural class of Shafik Gabr Fellows sat down with HuffPost Live yesterday to talk about the prestigious program and their misconceptions and newfound realizations about the United States and Egypt. The fellowship incorporates discussion sessions, action projects and trips to Egypt and the United States. Back in June, the 10 American fellows visited Egypt, all for the first time.

“I never knew the depth of Egyptian history and how much contribution they made to the world. In the discussions with my friends, [we saw the desire] to...

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