Viewpoint with James Zogby: Emil Salayta, Lavinia Limon, Aaron Blake

Posted on July 01, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Father Emil Salayta, head of the Tribunal Court of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Co-founder of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, discusses the current status of Christians in the Holy Land.

Lavinia Limon, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), discusses refugee issues in the Middle East.    

Aaron Blake, National Politics Reporter at the Washington Post discusses developments related to the current GOP presidential field.

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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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The GOP Debate: Rightward Drift on Display

Posted on June 20, 2011 in Washington Watch

The contest has begun to determine who will be the Republican candidate to square off against President Obama in 2012 national elections. For months now, individuals have been announcing either their intention to run or to form what are called "exploratory committees" to determine whether or not they should run. At present, the field though not complete, includes: three former Governors (Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman) a former Senator (Rick Santorum); the former Speaker of the House of Representatives (Newt Gingrich); two current Members of Congress (Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul) and a businessman (Herman Cain). At this point,...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Bulent Aliriza, Moeed Yusuf, Shane D’Aprile

Posted on June 17, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Bulent Aliriza, Senior Associate and Director, Turkey Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), discusses the recent elections in Turkey in which the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was elected to its third majority term in Turkish Parliament.

Moeed Yusuf, South Asia Adviser at the U.S. Institute of Peace, discusses the current status of U.S.-Pakistan relations and the implications of tensions between the two countries for U.S. operations in the region.

Shane D'Aprile, Editor, Campaigns & Elections, provides analysis of the...

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POLITICO’s Guide to the GOP Debate

Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Blog

For those of you tuning in to CNN’s Republican presidential debate tonight 8 P.M. ET, be sure to check out POLITICO’s Viewer’s Guide for a great look into the key questions that each presidential contender must answer.

With Mitt Romney steadily climbing in the polls, tonight may well be a defining moment in a presidential nomination race that has gained more attention for candidates’ failures than their successes. Let’s just hope that the debate will stay focused on salient political issues.

Click here to see: The N.H. debate: A viewer’s guide 

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Demand an End to Bigotry

Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Blog

Last night’s GOP debate on CNN gave us a disturbing glimpse of how Islam and Muslims will be talked about in the lead up to the upcoming election.

Herman Cain had infamously stated that he “will not” hire Muslims in his administration, then backtracked to say he was merely “uncomfortable” hiring Muslims, then decided that he would subject Muslims to a loyalty test —to which no other religious member would be subjected. Last night, Cain confirmed his religious bigotry, saying that “we don’t have the same threat [from other religions] that we have from that particular one.”

Former Speaker Newt...

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“There are some genuinely bad people who would like to infiltrate our country”

Posted on June 13, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"The Pakistani who emigrated to the U.S. became a citizen, built a car bomb which luckily failed to go off in Times Square was asked by the federal judge, how could he have done that when he signed -- when he swore an oath to the United States. And he looked at the judge and said, 'You're my enemy. I lied.' ...if you're not prepared to be loyal to the United States, you will not serve in my administration, period. We did this...with the Nazis and we did this in dealing with the communists. And it was controversial both times,...

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“Of course we’re not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts”

Posted on June 13, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“Well, first of all, of course, we're not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts. That's never going to happen. We have a Constitution and we follow the law. No, I think we recognize that the people of all faiths are welcome in this country. Our nation was founded on a principal of religious tolerance. That's in fact why some of the early patriots came to this country and we treat people with respect regardless of their religious persuasion.”

Full transcript here

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It’s Back!

Posted on June 13, 2011 in Countdown
With the 2012 election a mere 512 days away, we are re-launching Countdown in time for tonight's Republican primary debate on CNN in New Hampshire. Even though the debate won’t include all the delightful candidates polling below 2%, we’ll try not to be as elitist as CNN is accused of being but we are still launching our 2012 coverage with the first debate that people from Washington care about. Read it and let us know what you think. And even better, feel free to drop us an email with items we should include in future editions of Countdown.
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“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people…”

Posted on June 12, 2011 in Campaign Statements

  "As President, on my first day in office, I will issue an executive order directing the US Embassy in Israel to be moved to Jerusalem as provided for in the legislation I introduced in congress in 1995." "Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we've had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community."

"As President, on my first day in office, I will issue an executive order directing the US Embassy in Israel to...

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