You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Posted on February 11, 2015 in Countdown
A week ago today, President Obama held the first meeting of his administration with the American Muslim community. It enjoyed the peculiar distinction of simultaneously being a top-secret meeting and publicly disclosed on the White House website. You can imagine the media furor this caused.
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Whitewashed: American Sniper and its Version of the Iraq War

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Blog

By Maha Elsamahi Winter Intern, 2015

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, recently, had one of the largest January weekend box office open in recent history.  The star-studded cast brought to life Kyle’s claims to have been one of the deadliest snipers in American History. Despite its apparent popularity with moviegoers, the movie has garnered some criticism over the whitewashed portrayal of its protagonist and the 2003 Iraq war. Still, others praised its sensitive portrayal of a war weary and troubled soldier struggling to adjust to life after the intensity of war....

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UAE has ‘unique’ relationship with Iran, says poll author

Posted by The National on December 18, 2014 in News Clips

ABU DHABI // The author of a poll that surveyed more than 7,500 Arab-speaking adults said the UAE held a “unique” relationship with its neighbour Iran, which could help explain some of the surprising figures.

As hundreds of thousands of Iranians call the UAE home and Dubai is one of Iran’s top trading partners, it puts the UAE in a different basket to other surveyed countries.

“There are strong historic ties, especially in Dubai, with Iran,” said Dr James Zogby, managing director of US-based research centre Zogby Research and a contributor to The National’s opinion pages. “There is a very...

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Cooperation, Nominations and New Friends

Posted on November 14, 2014 in Countdown
Excuse our absence last week, post-election fatigue got to us. As you have probably heard, the Arab American community experienced its share of triumphs and disappointments.
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Lost In Translation

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Countdown
Last weekend, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop a Texas voting requirement that necessitates all voters to show specific forms of ID before they cast their ballot. The law would disenfranchise an estimated 600,000 people – primarily African Americans and Hispanics – in the State.
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We Need to Know More, But the “Experts” Aren’t Helping

Posted on October 20, 2014 in Washington Watch
With the U.S. currently engaged in an air-war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and with voices now calling for deeper engagement in both conflict zones, the American public is being bombarded with commentary and analysis about ISIS, Syria and Iraq, and Muslims.
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Ready or Not

Posted on October 16, 2014 in Countdown

Ebola Spreads to the Midterms

For some politicians, the first question that comes to mind as the nation attempts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from spreading isn’t how to go about doing so, but how can I use this to my advantage? That’s right – the global Ebola outbreak now qualifies as election material. Michigan Republican Senatorial candidate Terri Lynn Land used the outbreak to reflect on President Obama’s management skills, saying that both the president and her Democratic challenger Rep. Gary Peters need “to lead and come up with a...

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Know Your Audience

Posted on October 03, 2014 in Countdown
We haven’t even finished with the 2014 elections and candidates are already posturing on foreign policy as Middle East issues take the spotlight. You’ve probably heard of Ted Cruz’s controversial comments to Middle East Christians last month. Well, we are surprised to see Rick Santorum’s lengthy and strong statement against Ted Cruz’s actions at the summit.
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Lebanon: The Forgotten Front

Posted on September 29, 2014 in Washington Watch
While the world's attention has been focused on the combined efforts of Arab and US forces attacking "Islamic State" (IS) positions in Iraq and Syria, there is unfolding in Lebanon, a third front in the war against this violent extremist group. This third front has received scant attention. Because Lebanon has been so overwhelmed by the fallout from Syria's civil war, aggravating the country's fragile sectarian balance, the threat of IS poses an existential challenge that must not be ignored.
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Michigan and Middle Eastern Refugees

Posted by on September 28, 2014 in News Clips

Michigan is the best candidate to accept Iraqi and Syrian refugees, not because of its railroads and factories, forests and rivers, or even because of its system of government, but because of Michiganders themselves. Of the many chapters of the American immigration success story, two of its finest – Polish immigration in the early 20th Century and Lebanese immigration half a century later – were written in Michigan. Michigan may yet write a third.

The situation is this: Iraqis and Syrians are fleeing in the tens of thousands, and Michigan is in need of people. Michigan accepting these refugees would...

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