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Strangling Gaza and the Radicalization of Political Discourse

Hamdan Azhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamdan Azhar

Charles Schumer, in a speech to the Orthodox Union, said that it "makes sense" to "strangle [the Palestinians in Gaza] economically." I tried to imagine how a young Palestinian-American living in New York might feel.

The Hurt Locker's Missing Disclaimer: No Arabs Were Harmed During the Making of This Movie

Ahmad Sadri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ahmad Sadri

Why get uptight, right? This is a genre flick, after all. And yet, this movie did make me uptight with its profound indifference to a nation utterly destroyed in an American preemptive war.

In Defence of an Arab-American Beauty Queen

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Faisal J. Abbas

I wasn't surprised that Fatih won the title because I believe in the democratic system that exists in the US. What I found to be appalling are some of things that have been said since she won the title last week.

Are We Overreacting to Compromising Photos of the New Arab-American Miss USA?

Jehan S. Harney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jehan S. Harney

So if a Muslim woman covers herself, then she is considered against Western values. But when a Muslim woman acts liberal, then she is criticized as being a "slut."

Looking ahead to 9/11/2011: The Time for National Healing Begins Now

Deepa Iyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Let's not wait fifty years to recognize the impact of post 9/11 policies on our communities and our country. The movement towards national healing must begin now.

Fort Hood Shootings: Soldiers Often 'Racialize' to Cope

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Glantz

I was surprised that it was a psychiatrist that shot a lot of people. It's no longer surprising to me that returning veterans would kill a bunch of people. But this guy was a psychiatrist who hadn't been deployed.

The Man Behind the J Street Smear Campaign

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

There sure is a lot of effort going into discrediting an organization that is, in fact, only a little to the left of the "mainstream" pro-Israel organizations.

An American Arab Thanksgiving

Ray Hanania | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ray Hanania

Food has a special place in our hearts as Arabs, so Thanksgiving was the American holiday we most loved. Food symbolizes the essence of freedom, the ability to feed your family without fear.

A Middle East Peace for Americans

Amjad Atallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amjad Atallah

Obama's struggle for Middle East peace, through an end to the occupation, can actually end up being another unifying factor among diverse groups of Americans.

9/11 Film Review of Amreeka: Drama of the Arab-Christian Experience in America Also Strikes Notes of Heart and Humor

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Amreeka is an artful, moving testimony to the perils of making assumptions about individuals or groups. It is a is a film of impeccable taste that unites instead of divides.

New Muslim Cool Forges Path for New America

Bakari Kitwana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bakari Kitwana

Fighting against being defined by America's bygone eras, New Muslim Cool points us toward a more complicated future.

"Flying While Arab" Continues to Soar

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

"Miss!" A large man with a crew cut pointed at me and exclaimed, "You have a bomb in your shoe!" This dude was talking to me. I was shocked.

Who Says no Bias? American Theaters Block Arab American Film

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ray Hanania

Two great Hollywood actors, Hesham Issawi and Sayed Badreya decided to make a Hollywood movie that told a part of the Arab American and Muslim Arab story in a real way.

Muslims "Off" a Plane

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wajahat Ali

We in the US are currently engaged in a "war on terror," but this does not give a democratic and free country license to be overwhelmed by fear of its own Muslim and Middle Eastern citizens.

"Shoe Tossing" - An Arab Perspective

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dean Obeidallah

It should be noted that there were at least 30 or 40 other pairs of Arab shoes in the press conference that were not thrown. In fact, many of the Iraqi reporters tried to stop the "shoe insurgent."

Arab- and Muslim-Bashing Failed in '08

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

None of the Muslim-bashing during this political season dissuaded Arab Americans and American Muslims from playing a significant role in the elections, from the presidential contest to state and local races.

Emanuel Apologizes To Arab-Americans For Father's Remark

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama's incoming chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel, apologized to an Arab-American group for his father's line when asked about his loyalties: "What is he,...

Arab Americans Have Substantial Presence in Tuesday's Elections

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

When Americans across the country flock to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Arab Americans will be standing with them side-by-side in line to vote.

Careful, Mudslingers: This Mud Votes

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Despite all of the muck thrown about this year, and all of the slights and blunders on all sides, Obama will likely win near identical huge majorities of both Arab American and Jewish voters.

Obama's Team Needs to Drop Phobia Towards Arab-Americans and Muslims

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

America needs Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans in positions of responsibility in our government -- and not just dealing with Arab-American and Muslim issues.

Arab American Community Shifting to Democrats, Not Targeted by Either Campaign

Jonathan Partridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jonathan Partridge

Most polls these days show President Bush's approval ratings hovering around a dismal 25 percent. However, Orange County resident Woody Aghnatios cons...

Jason Linkins

Campbell Brown Hits Back On Maligning Arabs, Muslims (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Campbell Brown's own brand of "special commentary" doesn't quite draw the fanfare of those offered by other media figures. So it should be noted that ...

Facts: Campaign Collateral Damage

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

The elementary school I attended as kid in Brooklyn was located in a "mixed" neighborhood --- which in the early 1940s meant Irish, Italian and Jews. ...

John McCain: I am an Arab and a Decent Man

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The suggestion that any ethnic group is treacherous and Anti-American is unacceptable, dangerous, and unbecoming of such a great nation.

Arab Americans at the Convention in Denver

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

This week, more than 40 Arab Americans are participating as delegates and members of standing committees to the DNC. Here's a look back at past Conventions that helps trace their progress in national politics.