4 Community Leaders in Dearborn Honored at AAI's National Leadership Conference

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 22, 2015 in Blog

Ismael Ahmed, Ali Baleed Almaklani, Joseph Borrajo, and Suzanne Sareini might not be names that you are entirely familiar with, but their stories and their dedication to organizing our community are a major reason behind the successes the Arab American community has had over the past 30 years. As part of AAI's National Leadership Conference, hosted a dinner gala to celebrate their sometimes overlooked work. Ismael Ahmed, who is now the Associate Provost at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, was a founding member of ACCESS in 1971, which under his...

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Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform. 

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.

Over the course...

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AAI Celebrates 4th Annual American Generations Iftar

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on July 10, 2015 in Blog
Last night the Arab American Institute hosted our 4th annual Arab American Generations Iftar. Over 100 summer interns, students and professionals from all around the DMV area gathered at the AAI headquarters to break fast and share a meal together.
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Palestinian flag-raising is highlight of heritage week in Paterson

Posted by on May 04, 2015 in News Clips

PATERSON — A throng of more than 600 sang the Palestinian anthem and cheered as the Palestinian flag was raised at Paterson City Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Women garbed in hijabs and embroidered dresses and men in keffiyehs participated in the third annual raising of the green, black, red and white flag, in an event sponsored by the Arab American Civic Organization. The crowd waves Palestinian and American flags as Laila Ghannam, the governor of Ramallah, speaks during the ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

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Arab American-led initiative promotes Nile River cooperation

Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015

On Monday, March 23rd the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed a preliminary agreement approving Ethiopia’s hydroelectric project and provide the framework principles for building the dam that would impact the entire region. The construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is projected to be completed in 2017 and will cost $4.2 billion dollars.

The dam is designed to generate 6,000 megawatts of clean and sustainable energy for the region and advance Ethiopia’s development. At 1,780 meters wide and 145 meters tall, it will be the largest dam on...

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Unsung Heroes

Posted by on April 02, 2015 in Blog
By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015 As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it’s important to remember the women in the Middle East and all over the world who work daily and without fanfare to ensure that their communities are just and peaceful places. When the cameras are off and journalists have moved on to the next story, their work continues�often at great personal risk.
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Turaath: Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia

Posted by Shadi Matar on December 08, 2014 in Blog
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee held the Turaath concert last week at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.. This year's event, "Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia" celebrated musical collaborations throughout the world.
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The Arab American Comedy Festival Kicks Off Next Week in NYC

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Blog

Through comedy, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid have not only contributed to changing perceptions about Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, but they've also helped redefine how Arab Americans and Muslim Americans view themselves. Obeidallah and Zaid cofounded the Arab American Comedy Festival in 2003, and since then the festival has gone through a remarkable evolvution. In an interview with Time magazing, Obeidallah reflected on how things have changed, saying the festival's comedians have moved past the  “‘We’re not all terrorists [jokes]’” into something that, years later, is now considered an event that celebrates Arab heritage. “It’s saying,...

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Middle East Institute Honors Asfari and Gabr at 68th Annual Banquet

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 16, 2014 in Blog
Asfari and Gabr will be honored at the Middle East Institute’s 68th Annual Awards Banquet. Asfari will receive the Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence, which recognizes exceptional contributions of Arab men and women in the fields of politics, culture, business and philanthropy. Gabr will be accepting MEI’s Visionary Award, which recognizes an Arab individual or institution for their exceptional work in the region.
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Reclaiming Culture: Syria Relief and Development Discusses Upcoming Event, “Art in Exile”

Posted by on October 08, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

In times of conflict, individuals have often found art to be an effective device to document experiences and to address political and social grievances.

The artists and filmmakers featured in the Syria Relief and Development’s upcoming event in Washington, D.C. on October 13 and 14, called “Art in Exile,” are no different. Each artist included in the affair will present a piece that revolves around political themes and discussions of political events and exile.

However, perhaps more interestingly, the event will provide attendees with a human perspective on...

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