Because Arabs Don’t Lack the “Mental Ingredients”

Posted on July 16, 2013 in Countdown
As uprisings continue across the Arab world, policymakers here in Washington are wrestling with tough decisions on how to measure a response. We know that Arab Americans have a unique role to play in these ongoing policy debates, and that’s why AAI is responding to calls from the community to convene national Arab American conversations on Egypt, Syria, and Palestine. We cannot let Arab American perspectives on the events unfolding in the Arab world go unheard. Unlike David Brooks’ assertion, we understand that there is more to the story than a lack of “mental ingredients.”
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Countdown to Coup?

Posted on July 02, 2013 in Countdown
One need only watch the news for five minutes to come to the conclusion that Egyptians are deeply divided politically, and regardless of what you think about protests to oust Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, it’s clear that he’s in trouble. Polling and ongoing protests both reflect an anti-Morsi sentiment that may have profound implications for the president himself and for the office going forward.
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Egypt After June 30th

Posted on June 30, 2013 in Washington Watch
Regardless of how events develop in the days that will follow June 30th in Egypt, consideration must be given to the situation that now exists: Egypt is now facing a crisis more substantial than the one that led to the downfall of the Mubarak government. In the past few years: food and fuel prices have soared, unemployment has risen sharply, the crime rate has tripled, and in just the last year alone there have been almost 9,500 demonstrations and protests nationwide.
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Ahead of June 30th, Zogby Research Poll Shows the Reasons Egyptians Are Protesting

Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Blog
Demonstrations planned this Sunday by the Tamarod or “Rebel” movement in Egypt are expected to bring out millions of Egyptians into the streets to protest Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government. Ahead of the protests, Arab American Institute President and Director of Zogby Research Services, Dr. James Zogby conducted the most comprehensive study of Egyptian public opinion, surveying attitudes toward Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Poll: Egyptian Support for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood Plummets

Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Blog
Three years after Tahrir and one year after the presidential election, President Morsi’s support has narrowed dramatically among Egyptians. Today, Dr. James Zogby, Arab American Institute President and founder of Zogby Research Services (ZRS), will released a new comprehensive opinion survey on Egyptian attitudes toward the Muslim Brotherhood. Surveying 5,029 Egyptian adults nationwide and conducted between April 4th and May 12th, 2013, the poll is the most extensive study of Egyptian public opinion.
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Census Snapshot of Arab American Community Important but Still Undercounts

Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Blog
Recently, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) released a report called Arab Households in the United States: 2006�2010. Using data from the 2010 census, the report is meant to serve as a snapshot of the Arab American population. Examining the ACS’ brief, it’s quite clear that one fundamental issue exists with the way the Census counts the Arab American community. As AAI executive director Maya Berry put it in a recent interview with NPR’s Code Switch, "The census undercounts our community. It always has." According to the Census Bureau’s ACS report, there are approximately 1.5 million Americans of Arab descent in the United States. In contrast, AAI says the number is more than 3.6 million.
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Stop the Madness

Posted on June 03, 2013 in Washington Watch
In "Looking at Iran", a report on Iran's precipitous decline in Arab public opinion, our polling establishes several trends in attitudes unfolding across the Middle East. The most worrisome is the deepening sectarian divide that threatens to unravel several states, posing a long-term challenge to the region's stability. Several Arab states are already in turmoil, victims of this phenomenon. Sectarian tension in Lebanon is an old story, as it is in Bahrain.
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Arab-Americans: A ‘Growing’ Community, But By How Much?

Posted by NPR on May 30, 2013 in News Clips

One-and-a-half million Americans today claim Arab ancestry, according to a new Census Beaurau report.

That's less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population.

Still, Maryam Asi, a demographer at the Census Bureau who co-wrote the report, says the Arab-American community is "growing," with a 76 percent increase since 1990 and 25 percent increase since 2000.

Some advocates of the Arab-American community, however, have raised questions about whether these numbers reflect the actual size of the population.

"The census undercounts our community. It always has," says Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute, an...

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“Looking at Iran” Book Tour: Detroit, Houston, San Francisco

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog
After speaking at the Detroit Economic Club earlier this month about his latest book, Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Arab and Muslim Public Opinion, AAI President Jim Zogby is heading to the Common Wealth Club in San Francisco and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University next week.
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H. Brandt Ayers: Bush and the bombers

Posted by Anniston Star on May 05, 2013 in News Clips

It is surpassing strange that last week we should celebrate the opening of the Bush library while one of the Boston bombers was telling investigators that he and his brother were radicalized by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.It would be wildly illogical and unfair to say that George W. Bush was responsible for the attacks, but it is certainly accurate to say that his wars roiled the Muslim world.There can be no arguing the fact that the two wars were unpopular in the United States and that, according to a Pew Center poll, 73 percent of the world population...

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