Up In The Air

Posted on June 25, 2014 in Countdown
We’re bringing you six topics this week because we can’t neglect talking about the 2014 roller-coaster primary season. “Countdown” is a countdown to elections after all.
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It Takes A Nation: New Book Sheds Light on Arab Refugees in the United States

Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Blog
By Elizabeth Adams Summer Intern, 2014 In the recently published book, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans: Culture, Development, and Health, researchers from the American University in Cairo, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies shed light on the unique case of Arab refugees in the United States. Together, they wrote a chapter titled “Arab Refugees: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery” which can be used as a basic guide on the topic.
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A Widespread Problem Merits Worldwide Reflection: World Refugee Day 2014

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 On Friday, June 20th, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) commemorates what is arguably the “most urgent story of our time”� a story fraught with unspeakable hardship and irreconcilable loss, the story of the world’s 51 million refugees. As the current refugee population surpasses the record highs of the World War II era, World Refugee Day encourages people everywhere to contemplate the forces that expel so many from their homes and celebrate the inspiring resilience of millions.
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Bring It Back

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Countdown
In light of his recent passing, AAI would like to pay tribute and recognize just how unsurpassed and dear Casey Kasem was in the hearts of the Arab American community. Featured in our Together We Came series, Kasem’s nationwide contributions are unparalleled; he truly exemplifies what it means to be an exceptional American.
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Who Lost Iraq? And What We Can Do about It

Posted on June 16, 2014 in Washington Watch
Eventually the question will be asked— "Who lost Iraq?" In a way it might be seen as an improper question to ask since it presumes that Iraq was ours to lose. The fact that it was not, however, doesn't absolve us of responsibility. We have badly bungled Iraq from the beginning. Our invasion was irresponsible, our occupation and administration of the country were disastrous, and our departure, though necessary, left too many critical issues unresolved. What should also be clear is that no one is blameless.
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India leads all nations in sending people to Detroit

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in News Clips

Whether pushed or pulled, immigrants arrived from many countries. India

The largest single immigrant group in metro Detroit comes from India.

Of the 41,000 living in the region's four main counties, about half live in Oakland County, with 11,000 in Wayne and the rest in Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

The demand for professionals in the medical fields and computer technology has fueled an influx of highly educated Indian immigrants to metro Detroit, said Silvia Pedraza, a professor of sociology and American culture at the University of Michigan.

"They draw on what they know well and are good at," she...

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The Coming Reversion? Four Potential Elections that Could Redefine the Middle East

Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Spring Intern, 2014

President Obama’s highly anticipated visit to Saudi Arabia is marked by numerous well-documented rifts that have complicated relations between the two countries. Whether over the support for opposition movements in Syria, Western negotiations with Iran, or the United States’ absence in Egypt, it is widely reported that the Saudis aren’t happy with the Obama administration’s Middle East policies.

Three years after the recent Arab uprisings increased hope for monumental positive change across the region, Saudi Arabia’s current apprehension can also be viewed through the lens of four upcoming elections...

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Raising Awareness about the Plight of The Middle East’s Christians

Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Blog

Arab Americans are all too familiar with the plight of Arab Christians as a result of political unrest and violence plaguing the Middle East. From the occupation in Palestine, to unrest in Egypt, to the war in Syria, to perpetual violence in Iraq, Christian populations in the region are dwindling at a rapid rate. Yet, despite the situation on the ground, the issue receives little attention from the U.S. public, American lawmakers, and the international community. All too often, as AAI president Jim Zogby explains in a column, “Invisible Victims,” some Americans are not even aware...

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Shaking in Their Boots

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Countdown
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), won’t bash the National Security Agency (NSA) for spying on everyday Americans - in fact she stood by the NSA after the Snowden revelations - but if you spy on her Senate staff, she’s coming after you. That’s the lesson CIA Director John Brennan is learning right now after Senator Feinstein’s heated speech on the Senate floor yesterday.
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Writing the Soundtrack to Social Change

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Blog
By Margaret Lowry Arab American singer, songwriter and activist Stephan Said, welcomed as “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” by Billboard Magazine, has been favorably compared by critics to Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Bob Marley. Born to an Iraqi father and Austrian mother, Said’s own amalgam of cultures inspired his musical sound which mixes genres, instruments, and even languages.
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