2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awardees

2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awardees

We are pleased to announce we will be honoring award winning actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek Pinault, NYU President John Sexton, the Honorable Michael Baroody, and Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist Lawrence Wright at this year's Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala. Read more about the awardees and purchase your tickets today!

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Contact Your Elected Representatives about their Attendance at Netanyahu’s Speech

Contact Your Elected Representatives about their Attendance at Netanyahu’s Speech

Join AAI, ADC, and CPAO in contacting your elected representatives about their attendance at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech.

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Saving Lebanon

Saving Lebanon

Lebanon has become “the forgotten front” since all too often, the conflict ongoing within Lebanon is ignored in discussions about the war against ISIL. The immediate danger, however, is real. Read AAI's new report on how and why U.S. Congress must stand behind the people of Lebanon.

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Download Now: 114th Congressional Leadership Report

Download Now: 114th Congressional Leadership Report

Read our report on how new leadership in the 114th Congress will impact the issues that matter most to the Arab American community.

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Spy Games

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Spy Games

A new game, TouchTone, released this week to the iTunes app store puts you in the shoes of a National Security Agency analyst. To move through the levels, you must solve puzzles in order to intercept communications from potential security threats, all while answering to your handler, codenamed “patriot”. The game is unsettling, after solving a puzzle correctly, you’re able to read private emails and make an assessment on whether to report them as suspicious activity. The more of these messages you read, the less sure you are of your ability to distinguish threats, and the less agency you feel you have in making your assessments. Read More »

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Comedy and Crackdowns in Egypt

Monday March 23, 2015

Comedy and Crackdowns in Egypt

By Maha Elsamahi
Winter Intern, 2015

The wave of expression and revitalization of public discourse that came with the Arab uprisings of 2011 has since given way to increased repression and a crackdown on activists, journalists, and even comedians in Egypt. With laws mandating life imprisonment for accepting foreign funding to the ban on protests near official buildings, state policies have made it incredibly difficult for human rights activists to safely continue their work and Egyptian civil society to function normally. Read More »

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Journalist Lawrence Wright to receive the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Friday March 20, 2015

Journalist Lawrence Wright to receive the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

We created the Anthony Shadid award in 2012 with Anthony Shadid's widow, Nada Bakri, as a way of honoring journalists whose coverage of the Arab world or the Arab American community has had groundbreaking impact. It is for his commitment to humanizing and demystifying the Middle East’s most complex people and conflicts that we celebrate Lawrence Wright with the Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism at this year’s 2015 Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala, on April 29 in Washington, DC. Read More »

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Arab Portrayals in Film: A History of Stereotypes

Friday March 20, 2015

Arab Portrayals in Film: A History of Stereotypes

Dr. Jack Shaheen, the author of “Reel Bad Arabs” and “A is for Arab: Archiving Stereotypes in US Popular Culture”, has spent his career analyzing the way Arabs have been portrayed in American film and television over the last century. In 2006, his book “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies People” was adapted into a documentary and shown across the United States and to global audiences. In his book Shaheen asks “What is an Arab? In countless films, Hollywood alleges the answer: Arabs are brute murderers, sleazy rapists, religious fanatics, oil-rich dimwits, and abusers of women.” Shaheen’s book and documentary highlight the many examples in the American media that portray Arabs and the Middle East with the same repetitive negative stereotypes over the last century. Read More »

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