Tunisia's Transition: How Can We Help?

Posted by David Curtis on July 28, 2015 in Blog
Is Tunisia the last hope for democracy after the uprisings of 2011? If indeed there is hope, especially in the wake of recent and appalling terrorism, the United States must play an integral role in supporting the democratic transition. Last week, a group assembled on the hill and alerted congressmen of the best ways to assist Tunisia’s democracy, which is still in its delicate infancy. Witnesses at a July 14th Congressional Subcommittee Hearing, titled “Tunisia’s Fragile Democratic Transition,” were in almost complete agreement about how to bolster prospects for democratic success in the Maghreb country. Their general consensus is both revealing and refreshing, considering the diverse backgrounds of panelists: representatives from both the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute spoke in harmony on how the U.S. can augment the chances for a Tunisian triumph.
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Transforming Higher Education

Posted by Nicole Khamis on July 27, 2015 in Blog

Discussion of the Higher Education Act, a hot topic on the Hill ahead of its budget reauthorization this fall, was accompanied by talk of decreasing federal regulations and de-mystifying financial processes for students who are struggling to pay and stay in college.

A hearing, titled “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers to Innovation” was held in the Dirksen Senate Building Wednesday morning to discuss problems and possible solutions to the flawed post-secondary education system. 

Signed into law by President Johnson in 1965, the HEA must be reauthorized every five years. Last reauthorized in 2008, members of Congress have been...

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AAI Interns Visit Representative Keith Ellison

Posted by Gabrielle Borg on July 27, 2015 in Blog
U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN-5) took time out of his busy congressional schedule to meet with the AAI interns last week. Before playing some chords on his guitar, the congressman discussed issues ranging from activism to gridlock in Congress. Representative Ellison, the first American Muslim in congress, has long championed the cause of Palestinian rights and continues to be an ally to the Arab American community.
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Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Action Alerts
Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism
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U.S. Congresswoman Demands Protection for Palestinian Village

Posted by Nicole Khamis on July 20, 2015 in Blog
The continued illegal land grabs and settlement building committed by Israel is not going unnoticed. State Department spokesperson John Kirby has said that the demolition of Susiya committed by Israel would be “harmful and provocative.” Members of congress are standing by the Palestinian villagers as well. Congresswomen Anne Eshoo (D, CA-18) along with 8 of her colleagues, has submitted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, demanding “immediate action to prevent the demolition of the Palestinian village of Susiya and prevent the continuing demolition of Palestinian neighborhoods,” which has already been signed by other members of congress. Demolition could happen as soon as this week, but Israel may be holding off because of the mounting pressure being contributed by the already cracked U.S-Israel relationship. What is clear is that Israel’s façade of baseless justification for its unjust policies are fading-and more are seeing the truth.
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Humanitarian Violations During "Operation Protective Edge"

Posted by Hunter Headapohl on July 20, 2015 in Blog
An independent commission of inquiry for the UN Human Rights Council recently published its report on last summer’s war in Gaza, referred to by Israel as "Operation Protective Edge." It investigated incidents on both sides that might amount to violations of international humanitarian law.
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A US-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

Posted on July 20, 2015 in Washington Watch
With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East.
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Ask Your Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on July 16, 2015 in Blog
Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 21: Let Us Never Fear to Negotiate

Posted on July 15, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: the Iran deal, Sanders and Clinton on the Hill, Scott Walker, the U.S. position on BDS, and more
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Time for U.S. Leadership on the Refugee Crisis

Posted by Annie-Marie Gergi on July 14, 2015 in Blog
According to a recent UNHCR report there are currently 4,013,292 refugees who are directly affected by the conflict in Syria. Women and children make up three quarters of the refugee population. On December 9, 2014, UNHCR called on governments around the world to provide resettlement and other forms of admission for 130,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016. The United States in response to the crisis is reviewing 9,000 applications from Syria, and State Department officials have stated that in 2015 the number of Syrian refugees that have been resettled into the United States has reached over 1,000. By fall of this year officials expect to accept 2,000.
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