Saturday Night Live Makes Its Way to the Arab World

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on February 19, 2016 in Blog

This Saturday, Egypt will be welcoming a new television show. But this isn’t another Arabic melodrama, this is a show that has made its way to the Arab world from a few continents over. A country that is known for its film, music and theatrical industries, is even more recognized for its citizens’ sense of humor and comedy.

The hit American show, Saturday Night Live, has contracted the television channel OSN to be the official home for Saturday Night Live Arabic. Many famous and well-known actors such as

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Clean Energy Innovation From Where You’d Least Expect It

Posted by Jacob Saliba on February 18, 2016 in Blog
Located five minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 20 minutes from the city core, Masdar City is a one of a kind fully sustainable urban center with zero waste, featuring residences, schools, parks, restaurants and electric transportation. Projected to have an estimated population of 40,000 people by 2025, Masdar City is leading the way in developing renewable energy sources and infrastructures.
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The Arabs to Our South: The Arab Diaspora in Latin America

Posted by Jacob Saliba on February 16, 2016 in Blog
Look no further than south of the border. Welcome to Latin America! Home to exquisite landscapes, world wonders, warm weather and the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East. Latin America is home to anywhere from 17 to 30 million people of Arab descent, that’s more than any other diaspora region in the world. While we all know of Shakira, Salma Hayek and the likes, did you know Carlos Slim Helú, the wealthiest man in the world is of Mexican Lebanese nationality? How about the eight presidents, countless parliamentarians and mayors of Arab heritage?
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Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Washington Watch
Bernie Sanders has been unfairly criticized for being a "Johnny One Note" on foreign policy because he continually reminds voters of his early opposition to the Iraq War. To explain why he continues to emphasize the importance of his decision to oppose that war, Sanders has pointed to the speech he gave back in October 2002 in which he laid out five important reasons why he feared the Bush Administration's march to war.
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AAI Launches the Arab American Leadership Council Study Tour: Arab American Public Servants Connect with Arab World

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 28, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute is proud to launch its first annual Arab American Leadership Council Middle East Study Tour as part of our Arab American Generations programming. Six Arab American elected officials traveled to the Gulf, North Africa, and the Levant to learn about key US foreign policy issues and hear from the region's leaders.
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Muslim Millennials’ Views on Religion

Posted on January 11, 2016 in Washington Watch
At the close of 2015, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted face to face polling of 5,374 Muslim youth between the ages of 15 to 34 in eight Arab countries: Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Palestine. The results of the study provided fascinating insights into the views of a much "talked about" but not often "talked to" generation of Arabs.
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 1: Let the Games...Continue

Posted on January 07, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: 2016 has finally come, Saudi Arabia executes a Shia cleric, the Department of Ed gives a lesson on discrimination, surveillance dragnet catches Congress being hypocritical, President Obama takes action on gun control.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 41: Ring the Alarm

Posted on December 17, 2015 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: voice of reason Lindsey Graham, White House tackles hate, State Dept.'s twitter terror tiff and more
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#Yalla2016 Day 2: The Foreign Policy Issues We Must Elevate

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on October 28, 2015 in Blog

On the second day of its National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan, the Arab American Institute brought together three foreign policy experts to discuss an assortment of pertinent foreign policy issues. John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and the Zogby Companies, Steve Clemons, Washington editor at-large for the Atlantic, and Stephen Grand, Executive Director of the Middle East Task Force at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, spoke to participants about the Israel-Palestine Conflict, the Syrian Civil War and the current status of U.S. standing in the...

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The Political Discussion Around Refugees: #Yalla2016 Day 1 Luncheon

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

In continuing the discussion on Syrian refugees, AAI hosted a luncheon discussion featuring representatives from the State of Michigan’s government, local Michigan non profit organizations, and national organizations all working to resettle Syrian refugees in Michigan communities.

Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, Maya Berry, began the panel by introducing Lavinia Limon of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Migrants who offered a historical context of refugees coming into the U.S. In the 1980s, the U.S. was welcoming upwards of 370,000 refugees a year so a pledge of 10,000...

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