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Vietnam: Crackdown on Critics Escalates
Jan 31, 2013
"The Vietnamese government is systematically suppressing freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and persecuting those who question government policies, expose official corruption, or call for democratic alternatives to one-party rule," according to Human Rights Watch today it its World...
Aging Arab Americans: The Invisible Elders
Jan 22, 2013
DETROIT--As an Arab American journalist with a keen interest in community affairs and empowerment, I know that the elderly segment of the Arab American population is, like the entire community, in need of more resources, services and understanding. However, receiving...
Q&A: Dr. Fadi Al Khankan and the Syrian Expatriates Organization
Jan 17, 2013
Editor's Note: From a spark ignited during the Arab Spring, a violent conflict erupted in Syria in March 2011, resulting in more than 600,000 Syrians fleeing their country, the displacement within the country of nearly 2 million others, and an...
Vietnam and the Cell Phone Revolution
Jan 14, 2013
 Vietnam, a police state where freedom of expression can come with a multi-year prison term, is awash in cell phones. Whether for talking, texting or taking photos, Vietnamese are buying up mobile devices at a rate exceeding the country’s...
Mohawks Close International Bridge in Idle No More Solidarity
Jan 08, 2013
An estimated 300-400 people took part in an Idle No More solidarity march across the International Bridge in Mohawk territory between New York and Cornwall, Ontario, on Saturday. Image by Lorraine White.Hundreds of Mohawks from both sides of the imposed...
The Arab American News: Kay Siblani’s Story is Our Story
Jan 08, 2013
 The June 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon that led to the occupation of its capital Beirut again exposed a glaring lack of Arab opinion in America's mainstream media, and it became a breaking point later that year for three individuals...
Hate Crimes Against Muslims Escalating
Jan 07, 2013
The tragic events that unfolded on Sep. 11, 2001 gave birth to an ugly and embarrassing chapter in America’s history-the post 9/11 anti-Islamic and Arab era that continues today. Despite relentless national efforts to combat the negative stereotypes and intolerance...
Political Islam and the Arab Spring
Jan 05, 2013
Editors Note: The recent popular outcry in Egypt in response to President Morsi trying to usurp power was a test case for the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party. In reaction to the recent political protests in Egypt, one Arab- American commentator...
Al Jazeera Breaks into U.S. Market with Current TV Deal
Jan 04, 2013
Editor's Note: Al Jazeera has reportedly purchased Current TV, the left-leaning television network owned by Al Gore, for $500 million. The move promises to expand the Qatar-based network's programming to an American audience. NAM contributor Uchenna Ekwo writes that Al...
Executive Editor of The Arab American News Dies
Jan 03, 2013
DEARBORN, Mich.-- Marianna Kay Siblani, the executive editor of The Arab American News for the last 28 years passed away Wednesday, after a long, aggressive battle with Stage 4 breast cancer, reports The Arab American News. During her time at...
Indian Rape Protests Foretell Feminist Spring
Dec 31, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – As a co-founder of Narika, a Bay Area-based helpline for South Asian victims of domestic violence, I have come across many incidents of sexual assault against women in my community. It happens with numbing regularity.But few things...
U.S. Senate Extends Warrantless Wiretapping Under FISA
Dec 31, 2012
The Senate agreed on Friday to approve an extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, legislation that allows the NSA and other US intelligence agencies to wiretap conversations involving foreign citizens without obtaining a warrant.Despite growing opposition to one of...
In Chicago, Iraqi Refugees Carry Memories of War
Dec 23, 2012
CHICAGO -- A fragile sense of security often robs Zuhair Sulaiman of the luxury of a good night’s sleep. “The fear is embedded inside,” he said in Arabic at a meeting at Arab American Family Services in Bridgeview, Ill., just...
Gaza Youth: Growing Up In 'The World's Largest Jail'
Dec 14, 2012
 SAN FRANCISCO – A series of drawings is spread across the table in front of Ayman Nijim. One of them, in hues of yellow and blue, shows a row of helmeted stick figures – the Star of David carefully traced...
Paralyzed Arab American Put on ‘No Fly List’
Nov 19, 2012
The law firm of Ayad and Associates has brought a federal lawsuit against the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice and the Terrorist Screening Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of an Arab...
Q&A: Ben Jealous Getting NAACP Back Into Fighting Form
Nov 16, 2012
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Election Night, former White House adviser Van Jones told CNN that “Ben Jealous from the NAACP is a hero tonight for putting more than a million black voters in play.” Benjamin Todd Jealous is the president and...
An Aging Immigrant Rebuilds Life, Career in U.S.
Nov 14, 2012
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – At 3 a.m., the ring of the phone jolts Sabri Shuker out of bed.It’s not a typical wake-up call for most, but he’s come to expect them. His gut tells him the news he’s about to...
Time to End NYPD's Racial Profiling
Nov 13, 2012
In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) conducts indiscriminate and highly intrusive surveillance of Arab American businesses, mosques, coffee shops, and civic associations. In Brownsville and East New York, the NYPD stops, interrogates, and frisks a...
In Debate, Africa at Center of International Security
Oct 23, 2012
"Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals. We have in — in Egypt a Muslim Brotherhood president…."With those words, spoken Monday night by Barack Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney just 40 seconds in the...
Obama vs. Romney: Top 5 Foreign Policy Differences
Oct 22, 2012
In a presidential election that was supposed to be all about the economy, global events have turned the spotlight on foreign policy just weeks before Election Day. The killing of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, concern over Iran's...

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