Feeding Monsters

Posted on August 21, 2012 in Countdown
Carney recalled how Odysseus chooses to lose several of his men to the six-headed monster rather than lose his entire ship to the whirlpool. In Carney’s version of the epic, as you’ve surely guessed, the constitutional rights of Arab Americans and American Muslims are what must be fed to the six-headed monster to save the ship.
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Poll: The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict

Posted on August 17, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988 August 17, 2012

The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict

Arab American Institute to Release U.S. Public Opinion Data Ahead of Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Over the summer of 2012, the Arab American Institute conducted a poll: The American Divide: How We View Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East Conflict. AAI will release the results of the poll next week at a press briefing hosted by AAI president Dr. Jim Zogby. The poll will be released in conjunction with more than a decade’s-worth of polling...

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Finally, Arab Americans to be counted in the US Census

Posted by on August 12, 2012 in News Clips

We welcome the recent decision by the US Census Bureau to expand the race categories it uses to count US residents. Notwithstanding, this is a controversial step that will displease many groups, but for Arab Americans, the prospects of being fully counted is a welcome step even though some have expressed reservations.

The recent recommendations released by the US Census stems from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. The objective of the recommendations is to keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race by making broad changes to these surveys that would treat...

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Census seeks changes in how it measures race

Posted by Fox News on August 08, 2012 in News Clips

WASHINGTON –  To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners.

The recommendations released Wednesday stem from new government research on the best ways to count the nation's demographic groups. Still it could face stiff resistance from some racial and ethnic groups who worry that any kind of wording change in the high-stakes government count could yield a lower tally for them.

"This is...

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Could Michelle Bachmann cost Romney the Presidency?

Posted by on July 23, 2012 in News Clips

Michele Bachmann is flailing around accusing all the US government officials of Muslim heritage of being connected to the Muslim Brotherhood (which in turn she misunderstands as a radical group). Not only did she attack the aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, but when Rep. Keith Ellison complained about her McCarthyite campaign, she launched the same accusation at him (Ellison is one of two Muslims in the Congress).Bachmann’s bizarre behavior (there, I’ve been redundant) is alarming the Republican establishment. Even right wing poobah Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), head of the House intelligence committee, after initially supporting her, has backed away from...

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Third of Lebanese want laws based on Quran values

Posted by The Daily Star on July 21, 2012 in News Clips

BEIRUT: Just over one-third of Lebanese believe that laws should be based on the values and principles of Islam, while almost one in five believe that laws should comply strictly with the Quran, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

While these figures, along with the rise of Islamist groups in parts of Lebanon and the greater Middle East, may worry sections of the secular and Christian populations, political analysts believe Lebanon’s diverse religious makeup renders wholesale radicalization unlikely.

“Lebanon has a unique character,” observes Dr. James Zogby, founder and president of the Washington,...

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How Obama’s Middle East Policy Has Worked

Posted by The Daily Beast on July 16, 2012 in News Clips

Quick: what was Barack Obama elected to do? Save the economy, sure. Give everyone health care, sure. But that’s not all. For many of his most passionate supporters, Obama was elected to restore America’s reputation in the world.

He’s largely failed. Yes, the United States is today somewhat more popular in Europe than it was in the bad old Bush days. In Britain, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, America’s favorability rating has jumped from 53 percent in 2008 to 60 percent today. In Germany, it has surged from...

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Should America Be Involved in Democracy Promotion in the Arab World?

Posted on April 16, 2012 in Washington Watch
For the past three decades, democracy promotion has been a staple, though oftentimes understated arm, of overall US foreign policy. President Jimmy Carter advocated this agenda. Ronald Reagan advanced it as a weapon in the Cold War. And Presidents since then have embraced democracy promotion initiatives, though none with the ideological fervor of George W. Bush.
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Zogby: al-Assad’s Popularity Hits ‘Rock Bottom’

Posted by Newsmax on March 17, 2012 in News Clips

As this week marked the one-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising, prominent Middle East expert James Zogby tells Newsmax.TV that popularity for that country’s ruler has plunged to a new all-time low among fellow Arabs. “Today in most of the Arab countries where we polled, his numbers are at rock bottom and people support the opposition overwhelmingly and do not support him,” declared Zogby, founder and president of the Arab-American Institute (AAI) Foundation. “I think I’ve never seen a situation quite like this where somebody plummeted as quickly as he did.” Story continues below video.It was...

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AAI Releases Decade of Arab Opinion polls

Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Blog
AAI has launched a web-based Arab opinion poll section featuring data from the past ten years on a range of issues. Among the polling data released today are numbers showing the Syrian regime is facing increased regional isolation and that Bashar al-Assad's favorable ratings are at an all time low.
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