Gabr Fellows Sit Down with HuffPost Live

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

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Four participants of the inaugural class of Shafik Gabr Fellows sat down with HuffPost Live yesterday to talk about the prestigious program and their misconceptions and newfound realizations about the United States and Egypt. The fellowship incorporates discussion sessions, action projects and trips to Egypt and the United States. Back in June, the 10 American fellows visited Egypt, all for the first time.

“I never knew the depth of Egyptian history and how much contribution they made to the world. In the discussions with my friends, [we saw the desire] to...

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Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

With a foot in two countries and knowledge of the inner workings of politics in two regions, Arab Americans uniquely understand that dialogue, discussion and engagement are necessary tools in improving the poor state of U.S.-Arab affairs and bridging the divide between two seemingly different regions and cultures.

On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed...

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Spying, Prying and Justifying

Posted on October 21, 2013 in Countdown
You don’t need us to tell you we like what we see from Bill de Blasio, the progressive Democrat who seems a shoo-in for the next mayor of New York City and has been harshly critical of the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program. But this week he gave us the best reason yet to support his election in two weeks: he promised to end NYPD’s pervasive, widespread surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslim New Yorkers.
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Progressive De Blasio Shines in New York Mayoral Race

Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Blog

By Dena ElianFall Intern, 2013

Bill de Blasio, the New York City mayoral candidate who labeled himself as the anti-Bloomberg, claimed a victory as lofty as his 6-foot 5-inch stature in the Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday night.

Whether de Blasio will be subject to a runoff election has yet to be announced. The public advocate was required to win 40% of the votes in order to avoid having to face a second round of primary elections. The eventual Democratic nominee will go up against Republican Joe Lhota, winner of the Republican...

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New Yorkers Cast Ballots for Candidates, but Vote on the Issues

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Blog

Today’s New York City elections are getting a lot of national press. But while the major media outlets remain focused on the Mayoral primary, which is important, to be sure, we at AAI are watching another race. Today could see the election of the first Arab American member of the New York City Council —and some significant changes in New York city policies.

Born in Kuwait, Zead Ramadan came to the US at age five. He’s the owner of X Café in Washington Heights, but most community members know him...

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Arab Americans Meet with White House and NSC on Israel/Palestine

Posted on August 13, 2013 in Countdown
No doubt you’re aware that ongoing US-brokered negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are underway this week. Secretary of State John Kerry has made it his job to get both sides to the table. In addition to Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry and the White House are bringing Arab Americans into the conversation. Last Friday, Secretary Kerry and White House National Security adviser Susan Rice met with Arab American leaders at the White House to discuss the negotiations.
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Better Late Than Never

Posted on July 25, 2013 in Countdown
Last week, we asked you to help us drive a conversation about some of the country’s most pressing foreign policy issues: Egypt, Syria, and Palestine. Our first week of conversation began Tuesday with a robust Twitter chat that included some of the foremost experts and journalists on Egypt and US policy toward the region. Community members from a range of backgrounds, and with a number of viewpoints, also participated to tackle some tough questions like whether the deposition of President Morsi constitutes a coup and what (if any) should the US role be in Egypt.
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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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What Monday’s Supreme Court Decision Means

Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a key decision on voting rights. By a 7-2 margin, the Court said that Arizona cannot require new voters to present proof of citizenship before being added to the voting rolls. In its decision, the Court held that the Arizona requirement was “inconsistent with” the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires that states accept and use the federal form. The federal form allows applicants to mail in their registration forms, simply swearing that they are U.S. citizens eligible to vote.

The Arizona requirement was one of a spate of...

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