Our Democracy in Crisis?

Posted on October 05, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I don't know which metaphor to use to describe the current crisis in our politics because so many come to mind. Are we at a tipping point? The edge of a cliff? Or sitting on a volcano waiting for it to explode? You can choose one or all, because we are in a place we've never been before and it's dangerous.    

The problem didn't start with the election of Donald Trump. Nor did it begin with the Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry against Trump. This is a developing crisis that has been growing like...

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AAI Statement on Refugee Resettlement

Posted on September 27, 2019 in Press Releases

Last night the Trump administration announced its intention to cap refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 at 18,000 individuals, the lowest refugee admissions goal in the history of the program. The decision to abandon tens of thousands of refugees in their time of greatest need, while Americans stand willing and able to welcome them, is a shameful, embarrassing, and cruel abdication of moral responsibility. 

This Presidential Determination represents the Trump administration's third straight decline in refugee resettlement goals, from 45,000 for FY 2018 and 30,000 for FY 2019 to now 18,000 in FY 2020. Historically, the annual goal...

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The Only Way Israelis Can Form a Government: Betrayal

Posted on September 21, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

As expected, the outcome of Israel's second national election was as murky as the first round in April. During the next few weeks, Israeli leaders will be engaged negotiations in an effort to form a government. The double-dealings and the betrayals that will need to occur for them to form a governing coalition will make "House of Cards" look like a tea party. The reasons for this are simple. The results of the election were close and inconclusive with no grouping, neither the one led by Prime Minister Netanyahu nor that of the main opposition led...

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An Israeli Election That Will Decide Nothing

Posted on September 14, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Before a single vote is cast in Israel's second national election this year, two disturbing facts are clear: the outcome will be as muddled as it was after the April contest and whoever wins, despite the permanent state of denial in which Western liberals find themselves, Israel/Palestine has become one state – an Apartheid state. Following April's election, unable to form a governing coalition of 61 Knesset members, Netanyahu called for a new election, hoping to improve his prospects. During the past five months, he pulled out all the stops. He bombed...

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2020 Presidential Candidate Profiles

Posted on September 03, 2019 in ELECTION CENTRAL 2020

AAI has active profiles for all 2020 Presidential candidates, which are continuously being updated with new information.

Addressing Those Who Have Been Fooled

Posted on August 31, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

It was more than a century and a half ago that Abraham Lincoln told us, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." While the wisdom behind these words is clear, what has long confounded me is, quite simply, "why can some folks be fooled all the time?"Answering this question has never been as important as it is today because we have a president who, despite having a strained relationship...

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Fight Bigotry in the Classroom & Defend the First Amendment

Posted by Arab American Institute on August 29, 2019 in Blog

Across the country young people and their families are preparing to go back to school.  As the 2019-2020 academic year gets underway, AAI wants to be sure that families are ready to respond to any incidents of bigotry, discrimination or First Amendment violations related to their child’s education.  We must be vigilant and remind our students and their families that they have rights.  Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, students are protected from being discriminated against based on...

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He Threatened Us, Now He Goes to Jail

Posted on August 17, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Back in May, a jury found Patrick Syring, a former State Department official, guilty of 14 counts of making threats against my life and my staff at the Arab American Institute. This week, a federal judge sentenced Syring to five years in prison to be followed by three years of court-ordered probation. This was Syring's second conviction. He had been found guilty of the same crimes against me and my staff in 2008 and served over a year in prison. After his release and a period of probation, he began once again to stalk, harass,...

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AAI Marks Tragic Anniversary by Calling for Passage of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

Posted on August 12, 2019 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Tess Waggoner, twaggoner@aaiusa.org | (202) 429-9210 

August 12, 2019 

On Tragic Anniversary, AAI Joins Families and Civil Rights Organizations to Call for Action on Hate Crime 

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-  On the anniversary of the 2016 murder of Khalid Jabara in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the 2017 murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“August 12 is a day indelibly seared in our memories. In 2016, Khalid Jabara was murdered on his front porch by a neighbor with a long history of hate speech, intimidation and violence directed towards the Jabara family. One year later, the world was aghast as the grounds of the University of Virginia and the streets of Charlottesville were gripped by hate, and Heather Heyer was murdered while peacefully taking a stand against it.  

Today, August 12, 2019, AAI is humbled to work with the families of Khalid and Heather in support of improved hate crime data collection and a more effective response to hate crime in our communities. 

We need members of Congress to understand that hate can’t wait. Alongside these brave families and a broad coalition of civil rights organizations, we urge Congress to pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.” 

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We Have a Problem: Guns

Posted on August 10, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Once again, mass shootings are in the US headlines. And in the aftermath of yet another massacre of innocents, we are in the throes of what has become patterned ritual behavior.After the initial shock, we undergo a brief period of mourning, followed by an equally brief period of soul-searching, data charts reminding us how many have died from mass shootings in the past month, year, decade, etc.; analysts commenting about what was unique or not so unique with this particular shooting; and, of course, finger-pointing at those who we believe have incited or organized...

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