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Profiling Should End

James Zogby | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

The use of racial, ethnic and religious profiling by law enforcement is un-American and should end. Targeting people for what they look like or because of their group characteristics is discrimination at its worst and a poor excuse for law enforcement.

Youth Factor: The Missing Element in the Middle East Peace Process

Tala Haikal | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Tala Haikal

We believe young people need to take a lead in building this strong coalition for peace. First, we need to find each other. Obviously, there are major differences and much we won't agree about. But we have a mutual stake, for very different reasons, in the same outcome: a two-state solution.

AIPAC and CPAC Come to Town

James Zogby | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

When listening to the fiery rhetoric and watching the enthusiasm at both AIPAC and CPAC, it becomes apparent that both groups retain the capacity to create problems for opponents. They may be down, but they are not out.

Debbie Dingell May Run For Her Husband John Dingell's House Seat

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

Debbie Dingell, chairwoman of the Wayne State University Board of Governors and wife of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), is expected to run for her husban...

Jesse Jackson, 1984: A Transformative Campaign

James Zogby | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Those of us who participated in that 1984 campaign will never forget the experience. It was historic, it was pure excitement, and it unleashed a dynamic that helped to change American politics forever.

What American Hustle Doesn't Tell You About ABSCAM

James Zogby | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

There was another dimension of ABSCAM which American Hustle doesn't consider and media reviews have ignored and that is the impact ABSCAM had on Arab Americans.

Arab-American Day

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.05.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

The evening began with singing of the Star Spangled Banner. There was a beautiful art show, with representation from nearly 30 Arab-American artists. The large reception hall resonated with Middle Eastern music, and tables were filled with delicious Middle Eastern food.

What Happens When a 'Full-blooded American' Sends a Letter to a 'Foreign' Mom in Suburbia

Natasha Tynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Natasha Tynes

Last week I experienced my first racist incident in the eight years I have been living in the U.S. I have seen and heard of racism happening to others, but this time it hit close to home. It was an attack against the core of who I am.

Dearborn's Arab Americans: The Promise of the City's Future

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

For those of us who've worked with Dearborn Michigan's Arab American community during the past three decades, victories in this past week's municipal elections were more than just big news. They represent confirmation of our belief in the strength and vitality of the Arab American community.

Arab-American Diplomacy With Teenagers

Andy Braner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Andy Braner

I wonder if it's possible to create a bridge of trust through developing stories together? Certainly we don't have to do ropes courses or bike rides with heads of state, but maybe there's a place, a program, a reason for those involved in intimate negotiating to stop and forge friendship.

Özge Dogan's Documentary, The Sacred, Reveals Sense of Loss in New York's "Little Syria"

Todd Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Todd Fine

Inspired by the efforts of the "Friends of the Lower West Side" and the Save Washington Street coalition to protect the last traces of Manhattan's Little Syria neighborhood, Turkish director Özge Dogan completed an extraordinary documentary film called The Sacred in 2012.

Changing Perception of Arabs Through Tabloid Culture

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 08.19.2013 | TV
Faisal Al-Juburi

If people begin to understand through a certain amount of media osmosis that a person of Arab lineage can be one of two personality types on either end of the spectrum, then the hope is that they will also be able to fill in the rest.

Arab Americans Making Progress

James Zogby | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
James Zogby

Back in the 1970s, there really wasn't much of an Arab American community. Most people of Arabic descent didn't even identify as "Arab American." The Washington I see today is dramatically different from the city I came to 35 years ago.

Jaweed Kaleem

FBI Makes Big Changes On Hate Crimes | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.06.2013 | Religion

After years of pressure from civil rights groups and lawmakers who say attacks against religious and ethnic minorities are not adequately monitored b...

When Arabs Experiment

Roxane Assaf | Posted 07.24.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Leyya Tawil and Mike Khoury are two avant-garde artists featured at DIWAN5 whose solo work is challenging conventions in dance and music, respectively. As kindred spirits in creative inquiry, their collaborations with each other beget a third realm of expression.

Washington Street Plaza in 'Little Syria' Should Be Opportunity for New York

Todd Fine | Posted 07.20.2013 | New York
Todd Fine

New Yorkers can be mocked for making sport of being confrontational and protective about the handful of blocks that make up their little worlds, but the issues involving the 9/11 Memorial and "Little Syria" are too solemn and weighty to be handled in a closed and secretive way.

Fighting Racism After Boston

Brian Stone | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Brian Stone

Every time one of these attacks happen, I hear the insecure pleas of Muslim Americans trying to reassure others that "Not all Muslims are like that." They are continually shut out of the discussion and alienated for trying to say it.

Michael McAuliff

Sikhs, Arab-Americans Fear Boston Backlash | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- For Arab-Americans -- and people who are mistaken to be Arab -- there's an extra layer of fear that rides along with the frightening new...

Arab and Muslim Identity Amongst the Boston Wreckage

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Faisal Al-Juburi

In times like this, I do not want to renounce everything Arab and Muslim about me, but I do want to embrace without reservation the part of me that is American by birth and upbringing.

Engendering Pride in Iraqi-Americans 10 Years After the Start of the War

Faisal Al-Juburi | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Faisal Al-Juburi

As his thickly-rimmed glasses slid down his nose, he inquired about my racial background, intrigued by my name And, then, he had his epiphany: The war was the catalyst for my anxiety and confusion.

The Washington Post Should Hold Jennifer Rubin Accountable

Raed Jarrar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Media
Raed Jarrar

The Washington Post is a highly respected newspaper with a wide readership, and should distance itself from base attempts to smear an entire community using misinformation and sensationalism. It should set an example and hold Jennifer Rubin accountable.


James Zogby | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

Chuck Hagel is a valued friend. As a result, it was profoundly disturbing to me and members of my community when some of his opponents attempted to make his appearances before Arab Americans an issue in his confirmation process.

A Comedian and a Scholar on Changing Sexual Behavior in the New Arab World Walk Into a Room

Andrea Grossman | Posted 02.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

We in the west know so little about Arab culture, custom and practices. We know about Ramadan. We know about governments in power. We know about Arab history -- to a point and clearly not enough. We understand that we need to know more.

GOP Insults Yet Another Minority Group

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Hani Almadhoun

Ever since the embarrassing loss of the 2012 elections, the GOP is wondering how they can win over minority voters. I feel that they are genuine and w...

'Little Syria' Exhibit Opens at Arab American National Museum

Todd Fine | Posted 02.06.2013 | Arts
Todd Fine

The Arab American National Museum inaugurated an exhibit on a fascinating topic that forms the foundation of Arab-American history: the Little Syria neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.