Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Tony Khoury Provides an Independent Voice for Florida

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 17, 2016 in Blog

  Arab American businessman Tony Khoury does not fit into a traditional box. Khoury is progressive on the environment, tax reform, and women’s reproductive and LGBTQ rights. At the same time, he holds conservative values when it comes to military strength and foreign policy. Khoury is running for U.S. Senate as an Independent in Florida against Republican incumbent, Marco Rubio, and Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, as well as four other third party candidates. After living in Florida for more than three decades, he is proud to represent...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Ismael Ahmed was Born to Serve

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2016 in Blog

“I really believe that public education is the way forward for Michigan’s working people. If activists are going to concentrate energy somewhere, why not education? That’s where I want to put my energy, in public education, to make sure our children and youth have meaningful opportunities in the future,” Ismael “Ish” Ahmed said. Ahmed is a prominent Arab American activist in the metro Detroit area and a candidate for the Michigan State Board of Education. Looking at his past advocacy, time teaching, raising five children with his wife,...

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The Origin of the #YallaVote Campaign's Ammu Sam

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 07, 2016 in Blog

Growing up in the shadow of 9/11 was not easy, especially as a young Arab American and an American Muslim. Popular culture, the news media and the like all told me that my existence as an Arab American was a discrepancy, an oxymoron. How could I be an Arab and an American? An American and a Muslim? These questions often dizzied my young head as a I struggled to understand what it means to be an American of non-European descent. As I began my digital media work with...

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Yalla Vote's 2016 Voter Guides are Here!

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 05, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute’s 2016 state voter guides cover the basic rules of the upcoming election on November 8th specifically for the 12 states with the highest concentrations of Arab American voters. You’ll find information on registration deadlines, absentee voting, early voting, voter ID requirements, campaigning around the polls and information on poll watching. We’ve also included key demographic information for your state as well as the names of candidates seeking federal office. We hope you find this guide useful as you prepare for Election Day! Yalla Vote!
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First Presidential Debate: Our post-debate thoughts

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Yesterday we shared information on what the candidates have said about issues we expected to arise during the first presidential debate – and many of the topics were in fact discussed over the course of the 95 minute debate. That includes the government’s use of watch lists, profiling, surveillance, and domestic countering violent extremism programs. We’ve provided a brief snap shot of some of the candidates’ statements from the first debate and how AAI views the issues.   Civil Rights and Profiling: Hillary Clinton:  “Lester, I think implicit...

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First Presidential Debate: What You Need to Know

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 26, 2016 in Blog

Tonight is the first of the three presidential debates ahead of November 8th. Moderated by Lester Holt of NBC, the debate is expected to be cover three topic areas: America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America.  We have heard a lot from the 2016 candidates already, and have been tracking their policy positions and public statements on AAI’s Election Central Candidate Profiles. Below is a snap shot of what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already said regarding the issues we expect to arise during tonight’s debate.  Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Hillary Clinton:  "I am...

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Washington Watch: Stymied (and Appalled)

Posted on September 22, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby I am stymied. I've been writing this column each and every week for almost 24 years now. Since it appears in papers across the Arab World, I've attempted to explain American politics and policy to Arab readers.         

Most weeks, the columns practically write themselves. This week is different with the news dominated by events that almost defy explanation. In the first place, there's Donald Trump leading or tied in a number of national polls. Added to this, Congress overwhelming passed legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi...

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Washington Watch: For Trump, It's the Show that Counts

Posted on September 03, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Late last year, as the primaries were just heating up, pundits and commentators were busy trying to make sense of the Donald Trump phenomenon. His stump speeches were more akin to the stream of consciousness rantings of an out-of-control id than what was expected from a serious presidential candidate. He frequently contradicted himself and, more often than not, told bold-faced lies. He insulted groups and individuals, making his party's leaders squirm. And yet his crowds were huge and passionate and his poll numbers were high and getting higher. The political class was baffled.

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