Posted on March 19, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Helen Samhan Executive Director at the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) discussed the 2010 Census. For over 20 years, Ms. Samhan and AAIF have been actively advocating civic engagement and integration among the Arab American community. In recent weeks leading up to Census day (April 1, 2010) Ms. Samhan and AAI have launched a public service announcement (PSA) aimed at encouraging Arab Americans to participate in the 2010 Census. Ms. Samhan discussed the 2010 census including many of its controversial elements, why it is important to ethnic communities to participate, and will break down the current status of the Census 2010 campaign. Ms. Samhan answered callers’ questions on the census.
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MJ Rosenberg, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network, discussed reactions from Joe Biden and Secretary Hilary Clinton to Israeli plans to authorize the building of new housing units in east Jerusalem. In public statements following the Israeli government’s decision, both Biden and Clinton expressed serious discontent with what they perceived as Israeli action to undermine American-led peace initiative in the Middle East. Rosenburg, who is an expert on U.S.-Israeli relations, pointed out that the harsh rhetoric used by the two U.S. officials is “unusual” and that words like “condemn” and “insult” seem to indicate that the U.S will not back down on this issue.
Rob Sobhani, Author of “King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: A Leader of Consequence”, spoke about his book, and highlighted his perspective on aspects of King Abdullah’s character. “I suppose what defined king Abdullah from the other leaders [in the Middle East] is that he’s honest”, Said Sobhani. Sobhani went on to discuss Abdullah further and explained his vitality for U.S.-Middle East relations stating: “…I firmly believe that president Obama has a once in a lifetime chance to put his hand across the table, shake Abdullah’s hand and solve some problems”, he added.