Yalla Vote

Posted on June 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute
Get involved in the 2016 elections!
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Join the Fight Against Surveillance

Posted on June 01, 2015 in Action Alerts

This week the Senate will consider “reform” bills that claim to limit the NSA’s authority to conduct indiscriminate surveillance. But the proposed version of the USA Freedom Act does not end the bulk collection of U.S. citizens' data, nor does it offer protections to citizens from warrantless surveillance. The Senate should not pass such weak reforms, which instead of rolling back surveillance authority, validates its continuation.  If it were to come up as an emergency measure, the Senate should under no circumstances vote for a short-term reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Even a 60...

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GCC Business Leaders Remain Confident In the Face of Regional Challenges

Posted on May 30, 2015 in Washington Watch
Despite a precipitous decline in oil revenues, continuing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and concern with Iran's agenda, business leaders in key Arab Gulf countries remain quite confident about economic prospects for their region.
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Congress is Close to Passing Pro-Settlement Legislation

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on May 28, 2015 in Blog

TakeAction.jpgThe U.S. Congress is close to passing a two-sentence amendment to a Senate trade bill, and a similar one attached to a House customs bill, that will entirely change the U.S.’s policy in regards to Israel and its settlements. 

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Syria

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Arab American Institute

  Background Moving into its 8th tragic year, the conflict in Syria continues to take a heavy toll on the Syrian people. It is impossible to get an accurate count of the casualties of the Syria war, but some estimates put the death toll at over half a million people. An estimated 5.4 million people have fled Syria, and more than six million have been displaced inside the country. While the Assad regime and its allies...

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Voting Rights

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Domestic Policy

President Obama’s 2015 speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bloody march in Selma, Alabama reignited a long fought battle to protect the right to vote for all citizens. As the President noted, voter ID laws and the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder have seriously impeded and infringed on that essential right. The VRA was passed to outlaw discriminatory voting practices that had disenfranchised racial and ethnic minorities in the United States for decades.


Iraq

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Arab American Institute

The instability and violence that Iraq faced as a result of the 2003 U.S. war has been alarmingly exacerbated by the territorial gains and violence of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL’s military successes, coupled with the growing sectarian divisions within Iraqi society have eroded any progress in governance and civil society. The Arab American Institute continues to support U.S. policies that call for the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and a stable government based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for democratic...

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Lebanon

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Arab American Institute
Read and download AAI's latest report on the stakes in Lebanon.
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#NoWaiverForIsrael

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Arab American Institute

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) authorizes the Attorney General and Secretary of State to allow temporary visitors from certain countries to come to the United States without nonimmigrant visas. Central to the Visa Waiver Program is a provision that guarantees reciprocal travel privileges for American citizens seeking to visit that country.

Currently, there is both a congressional and joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State efforts to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program. In particular, three of the bills exemption language that exempts Israel from the waiver requirement by lessening the reciprocity requirement for Israel to be...

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An Initiative Worth Supporting

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Washington Watch
I have written before about some of my Palestinian American heroes, including men like Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Zahi Khouri. I want to add to that list, my friend, Sam Bahour. Two and a half decades ago, Ibrahim was a respected tenured professor at Northwestern University, and Zahi was Chairman of the Board of a major Park Avenue-based investment group. Sam, the youngest of the group, was a successful small businessman in Youngstown, Ohio.
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