To Be a Friend is Fatal: Documentary Highlights Plight of Iraqi Nationals Who Worked with US Forces

Posted by on December 06, 2013 in Blog
By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013 On November 20th, an important documentary highlighting the plight of Iraqi nationals who worked for the United States military forces during the Iraq war was screened on Capitol Hill. The List, produced by documentarian Beth Murphy, follows Kirk Johnson, founder of “The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies,” which has helped around 1,500 Iraqis who assisted the United States and are in need of special visas navigate the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
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Arab Myths Distort Understanding Of American Policy

Posted on September 23, 2013 in Washington Watch
As I attempted to demonstrate in "Arab Voices: What They Are Saying and Why It Matters" we, in the West, are still mystified by the Arab World. Absent real understanding, our public discourse and, too often, our policy debates are informed by crude myths and negative stereotypes of the region, its culture, and its people. I have noted on other occasions that much the same is true in the Arab World. Having just returned from the Middle East, I continue to be struck by how much of the Arab World's political discussion about American policy is myth-based.
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Zogby’s “Invisible Victims” Highlights American Ignorance of Arab Christians

Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Blog

James Zogby knows all too well the political and humanitarian perils that face the Middle East’s Christian population. In addition to his work at the Institute, he has made advocating for religious minorities and bridging gaps between members of different faiths his life’s work. In recognition of this, President Obama appointed him to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) earlier this month. Zogby’s work to raise awareness about the plight of the Middle East’s Christian population came to a critical juncture this year with continued sectarian violence in Iraq, increased attention to Syria’s...

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Saving the Arab Levant

Posted on July 29, 2013 in Washington Watch
Anyone who cares about the Arab World has to be profoundly shaken by the unraveling that is taking place across the Levant. Reviewing events unfolding from Iraq in the East to Lebanon in the West can give one the distinct feeling that the region is on a path leading to self-destruction. What, if anything, can be done to reverse course?
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Stop the Madness

Posted on June 03, 2013 in Washington Watch
In "Looking at Iran", a report on Iran's precipitous decline in Arab public opinion, our polling establishes several trends in attitudes unfolding across the Middle East. The most worrisome is the deepening sectarian divide that threatens to unravel several states, posing a long-term challenge to the region's stability. Several Arab states are already in turmoil, victims of this phenomenon. Sectarian tension in Lebanon is an old story, as it is in Bahrain.
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“Looking at Iran” Book Tour: Detroit, Houston, San Francisco

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog
After speaking at the Detroit Economic Club earlier this month about his latest book, Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Arab and Muslim Public Opinion, AAI President Jim Zogby is heading to the Common Wealth Club in San Francisco and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University next week.
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Iraq Unraveling

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Blog
As most of the Middle East focuses on the unfolding catastrophe in Syria, Iraq has begun to unravel. Though levels of violence have not reached the heights that were routine during Iraq’s 2004-2007 civil war, recent attacks have revived the sectarianism that made those years so bloody. Just on Sunday and Monday, multiple car bombings and shootings left 64 people dead and injured more than 170. What caused the current spasm of communal violence, and what might American policymakers do to arrest the cycle of retribution between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia communities?
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No Waiver For Israel

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Countdown
Our effort to oppose rewarding Israel with Visa Waivers is gaining traction in the media, with more reports about Israel’s long history of discriminating against Arab Americans and American Muslims at its borders. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a piece about opposition to Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Visa Waiver Bill, S. 462—significant, given that the paper is one of the largest in Boxer’s own state.
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H. Brandt Ayers: Bush and the bombers

Posted by Anniston Star on May 05, 2013 in News Clips

It is surpassing strange that last week we should celebrate the opening of the Bush library while one of the Boston bombers was telling investigators that he and his brother were radicalized by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.It would be wildly illogical and unfair to say that George W. Bush was responsible for the attacks, but it is certainly accurate to say that his wars roiled the Muslim world.There can be no arguing the fact that the two wars were unpopular in the United States and that, according to a Pew Center poll, 73 percent of the world population...

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H. Brandt Ayers: Bush and the bombers

Posted by Anniston Star on May 05, 2013 in News Clips

It is surpassing strange that last week we should celebrate the opening of the Bush library while one of the Boston bombers was telling investigators that he and his brother were radicalized by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.It would be wildly illogical and unfair to say that George W. Bush was responsible for the attacks, but it is certainly accurate to say that his wars roiled the Muslim world.There can be no arguing the fact that the two wars were unpopular in the United States and that, according to a Pew Center poll, 73 percent of the world population...

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