Deal or No Deal

Posted on July 13, 2015 in Washington Watch
Here in Washington and across the Middle East, many are holding their breath awaiting news of the outcome of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran: some, in hopeful anticipation; others with a sense of dread.
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A Different Name (but still the same): The Priority Enforcement Program

Posted by Nicole Khamis on July 08, 2015 in Blog
But Secure Communities is not totally gone. A new program was put in place, different in name but not in its form, called the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). PEP differs from Secure Communities by narrowing the category of people ICE is able to request be detained for deportation. Under PEP, ICE agents may only request detention if the suspect has either been convicted of a serious criminal offense, or if there is sufficient evidence to suggest the person is a threat to public safety or national security. However, what is most alarming in the implementation of PEP is the amount of subjectivity it continues to allow ICE officers, which not only permits but encourages the continuation of biased policing.
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Israel's Dwindling Democracy

Posted by David Curtis on June 30, 2015 in Blog
Forget the continued construction of illegal settlements, and forget Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and its blockade of Gaza. Forget all of this, for now. But what of the rights and status of Palestinians who live within Israel itself; the “Arab Israelis?” For many Americans, the recent revelation that Israel had been planning to segregate the Israeli bus system – separating Jewish and Arab citizens – brought to mind visions of our own country’s dark history. The proposal was frankly outrageous, and seemed to many like it could have come out of 1950s Alabama.
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Saving the Interpreters Who Were Left Behind

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on June 30, 2015 in Blog
Matt Zeller, founder of the non-profit organization, No One Left Behind, has dedicated the next decade of his life to bringing every interpreter who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and their family, to the United States. Zeller was a service member in Afghanistan, a wounded combat veteran who did a one time tour. His zealous advocacy in support of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters comes from the fact that his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, came to his aid during a nearly fatal ambush.
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Follow the Money

Posted by Hunter Headapohl on June 29, 2015 in Blog
Since the ruling on Citizens United v. FEC in 2007, billions of dollars have begun to flow into the political process. Following the ruling, campaigns could be supported by Political Action Committees—colloquially known as super PACs—that can raise unlimited funds to support candidates. As a consequence, candidates have begun to change their behavior and campaign strategies to leverage super PAC funds as much as possible. The most recent and notable example of this is with the run up to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement and his affiliated super PAC 'Right to Rise,' which raised over $100 million while Jeb himself had not formally announced a presidential campaign, despite all evidence pointing to his intention to do so.
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Shedding Imperial Conceit

Posted on June 27, 2015 in Washington Watch
Donning the mantle of liberalism, Britain justified its imperial conquest and its subjugation of one-fifth of humanity as an enlightened and civilizing venture, the goal of which, they claimed, was to lift up the less civilized preparing them for self-rule.
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White House Hosts Annual Iftar Highlighting Contributions of Young Arab & Muslim Americans

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on June 23, 2015 in Blog
The White House held its annual Iftar in celebration of Ramadan yesterday, June 22nd with over 100 Muslim and Arab community leaders, Ambassadors, government officials, and young entrepreneurs in attendance. This year’s Iftar celebrated the contributions made by leaders in the Muslim American community. A select few were highlighted in President Barack Obama's welcoming remarks, where he shared stories of how the work of the Arab and Muslim community has had a tremendous impact. One particular young Arab American woman highlighted was Batoul Abuharb, who was featured in AAI’s #IAmArabAmerican series for the astounding work she does in Middle East's healthcare industry.
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“Terror and the Islamic State”: The Statehood and Seculars of ISIL

Posted by David Curtis on June 23, 2015 in Blog
Last week, David Kilcullen, former senior advisor to General David Petraeus and counterinsurgency expert, spoke at the New America Foundation in an event titled “Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State.” Dr. Kilcullen described the chilling inner workings of ISIL leadership, and the strategy he believes the West should consider in combating the ruthless group.
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Iranian Americans Polled on Nuclear Deal

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on June 22, 2015 in Blog
In May 2015, AAI President Jim Zogby and Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted a set of polls that explored the attitudes and views of Iranian Americans, and also surveyed the general public on the recent nuclear negotiations and broader U.S.-Iran relations. ZRS conducted these polls for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans’ (PAAIA) 2015 National Public Opinion Survey. PAAIA then hosted a congressional briefing to release the results of the survey.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 17: Someday this war's gonna end

Posted on June 18, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Perpetual war?, Israel's impunity, HRC and voting rights, and another anti-BDS law
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