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Monday, March 17, 2008

Vermont Academy offers scholarships to Arab students seeking to improve Arabic language skills

The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy is offering scholarships to students of Arabic heritage who want to continue and improve their knowledge of Arabic. We offer a four-week, residential, Arabic immersion summer camp in Vermont or California. See the MMLA website

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Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy
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White River Junction, VT 0500


Sunday, March 16, 2008

AAI offers internships for summer 2008

Want to be part of the most exciting election of today's generation?

The Arab American Institute is pleased to announce our 2008 summer/fall paid Field Organizing Internships. This is a great opportunity for rising juniors, seniors, grad students or recent graduates who are interested in community organizing and voter mobilization. Interns will be provided with extensive preparation and guidance during an all-expenses-paid training in Washington, DC at the end of May and will be a part of AAI's "Our Voice. Our Future: Yalla Vote 2008" campaign. Positions are available in six states: New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, California and Florida. Interns will gain a full understanding of the Arab American community and will have invaluable experience with ethnic outreach. The experience--exposure, networking with other field organizers, and planning political events--will prepare interns for work in almost any sector!

If you are interested, or you know a passionate politico in the making, please get in touch or forward this announcement on to a prospective intern.

For more information on the internships and how to apply, please visit: Applications are due by April 16, 2008. Have you signed the Yalla Vote 2008 National Petition yet? Sign the Arab American petition online and make your voice heard this election year. We will deliver the petition and accompanying signatures to the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees at their parties' nominating conventions at the end of the summer.

Sign online:

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

ALO Hayati Magazine now offered on major airlines

off with major Airlines

Amercia’s top Middle Eastern lifestyle magazine strikes a deal with Airlines bringing readership to 1.2 million!

Northridge, CALIFORNIA – March 10, 2008 – ALO magazine, the top magazine connecting cultures from East to West through lifestyle living, has proudly formed an alliance with two major airlines bringing its readership to 1.2 million.

A breakthrough publication in cultural unity, diversity, and understanding, ALO takes charge of advancing its mission through a new distribution agreement with Delta Airlines and Kuwait Airways, in New York, Boston, Seattle, Washington DC airports. This expansion brings ALO into VIP club rooms, shuttle services and on board international major airlines.

“Our international and national outreach is rewarding each day as we continue our mission of delivering the highest standards of publishing for Middle Eastern Americans.” says Wafa Kanan, publisher. “We are pleased with this airlines distribution as it confirms the needs and stamps the vision of cultural understanding in corporate America. Pioneering in ethnic marketing, we see even greater distribution is on the horizon.”

Delta Air Lines operates worldwide destinations and is the leader across the Atlantic, Latin America and the Caribbean while Kuwait Airways has proven itself all over the world by not limiting itself to the Middle East and covering the missing links in the Middle East that other international airlines often do not cover.

Now with an accrued readership of 1.2 million, ALO is gaining an increased level of awareness, broadening its reach to all existing forms of lifestyles across cultures and communities.

About ALO Hayati magazine

As America’s Top Middle Eastern Lifestyle magazine, ALO is an indispensable lifestyle guide, cultural reference and source of entertainment for a highly influential audience. ALO attracts elite lifestyle enthusiasts who want to expand, explore and experience the richness of the Middle Eastern culture.

With an insider's eye toward the unique aspects of this dynamic and diverse worldwide community, we cover the finest it has to offer in the worlds of heritage, beauty, culture, social issues, dining, art, entertainment, fashion, interior design, nightlife, philanthropy, business, sports and travel.

ALO is available by subscription, at Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores nationwide and published by Unique Image, Inc.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Censure Congressman Steve King over hateful anti-Muslim/Obama comments

Don't Let Congressman Steve King Off the Hook--Call Your Member of Congress and Ask for a Formal Censure

Last Friday, Iowa Congressman Steve King (R) told the Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa, "The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida ... would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror" if Barack Obama were elected president. He added, "His middle name does matter. It matters because they read a meaning into that."

Do not let Congressman King--Ranking Member of House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law--off the hook for making these bigoted and inflammatory statements! Call your member of Congress and express your belief that King should be formally censured by Congress. Click here to visit the AAI website and find out who your representative is, and how to contact him or her.

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper if you believe that King should not be awarded a pass by his colleagues, given his stature and the nature of his rhetoric. Click here to read the initial Associated Press story on King's comments.

If you need help taking action, please contact Leigh O'Neill, AAI Government Relations and Policy Analyst, at 202-429-9210.

Join AAI President James Zogby's eloquent call for action on the Huffington Post (below) and King's formal censure by Congress:Congress Should Censure Representative Steve King
Congressman Steve King's (R-IA) comments regarding the "joy" that a Barack Obama presidency would bring to "radical Islamists" are despicable, but they do not stand alone in two important respects. On the one hand, they echo outrageous comments that have become commonplace among right-wing commentators and radio talk show hosts. More disturbingly, they reflect a pattern of bizarre comments made by Congressman King on too many instances in the past.

King once dismissed the shameful horrors of Abu Ghraib as mere "hazing;" he advocated treating "illegals" like "livestock;" and even once denounced efforts to give revolutionary war hero General Pulaski posthumous citizenship as being akin to "amnesty."

Some have called for King to apologize, and others have called for Senator McCain to repudiate his views. These should be done, but they are not enough. This situation should be seen as being beyond partisanship and politics.

King is not merely some quack with a loose and tasteless mouth, venting his venom on a radio show, he is the Ranking Member of House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law. His words matter.If a member of parliament in a foreign country were to have made equally despicable and bigoted comments, we would be right to demand that action be taken against that individual. King must be held accountable by his colleagues for his remarks, which send a dangerous message to the world. He should be formally censured by the Congress, so as to make it clear that remarks such as these are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Monday, March 10, 2008

AAI Condemns Congressman's Anti-Muslim Remarks, Calls on Congressional Leaders to Censure Rep. King

AAI Condemns Congressman's Anti-Muslim Remarks, Calls on Congressional Leaders to Censure Rep. King

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDirector of Communications: Christina Zola, 202-429-9210, ext. 21 or 202-494-9859

AAI Condemns Congressman's Anti-Muslim Remarks, Calls on Congressional Leaders to Censure Rep. KingWASHINGTON - March 10, 2008 - The Arab American Institute (AAI) condemns remarks made by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) linking Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) to al-Qaeda and Islamist extremism and suggesting that the senator's election as U.S. President would jeopardize national security. AAI calls on Congressional leadership to formally censure these comments. AAI is deeply troubled that Senator Obama's name continues to raise suspicions about his religious affiliation and is especially concerned about how commonplace and acceptable it has become to defame and degrade Islam. Any notion that questions the fitness of any loyal American to elected office because of race or religion is unacceptable and must be addressed.

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said this weekend that "if [Obama] is elected president, then the radical Islamists and their supporters will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror." The congressman went on to say that "[Obama's] middle name does matter...because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world...They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name [and] because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict." These disparaging and dishonest comments by Congressman King only demonstrate how anti-Muslim rhetoric and general Islamophobia have come to be accepted in our national discourse since September 11, 2001.

"We believe that Congressman King's comments and behavior go beyond politics and partisanship and must be addressed by Congress as a whole," said AAI President Dr. James Zogby. "It is outrageous when a radio talk show host spews such venom, but it is much worse and sends a dangerous message when such statements come from the ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law. He must be held accountable by his colleagues."

Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities.
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