Dr James Zogby

  • TWashington Watch For weeks President Barack Obama faced a barrage of criticism from the Republicans over his administration's failure to intervene in Libya's ongoing conflict. The GOP's assault accused the President of "weakness", "dithering", and "a lack of leadership". But, coming from the same ...

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  • TAll too frequently these days, I am asked whether our past polling at Zogby International gave us any advance clues to the uprisings that have occurred in several Arab countries. The answer, of course, is no. We were surprised, as, I believe, were the demonstrators themselves by the outpouring of ...

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  • TFor all the fanfare and bluster, the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security hearings on The Extent of Radicalisation in the Muslim Community and That Community's Response" produced little of value. The entire affair was so shockingly ill-conceived and so poorly executed as to ...

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  • TLet me state quite directly: Islamophobia and those who promote it are a greater threat to the United States of America than Anwar al-Awlaqi and his ragtag team of terrorists. On one level, al-Awlaqi, from his cave hideout in Yemen, can only prey off of alienation where it exists. Adopting the ...

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  • TWhen speaking about the Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond, the language used here in the US is euphoric. Expressions like nothing will ever be the same again and the existing order is being swept away are common. But when the conversation comes home, the exuberant rhetoric is pushed aside ...

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  • TWashington Watch If one lesson is to be learned from the remarkable events unfolding in Egypt, it is that Arab public opinion matters. For too long, Arab voices have not been listened to, nor have Arab sensibilities or aspirations been respected. The Egyptian people have not only risen up, ...

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  • TWhen US politicians are forced to discuss critical Middle East matters, more often than not, their remarks either display an ignorance of facts, which are shaped more by political needs than reality, or are just plain dumb. So the commentary about the popular revolt in Egypt provides a case in ...

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  • TIn a display of faux piety, the 112th Congress opened its first day of business by reading aloud the Constitution of the United States. Referring to it as our sacred text, one-by-one, over 130 members of Congress queued up to participate, each solemnly reading a few words before giving way to a ...

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  • TAs I have read press reports of the US offering massive incentives to Israel in an effort to secure a three month settlement freeze, I wanted to give the US peace negotiators the benefit of the doubt. On too many levels, however, Im having trouble understanding the logic behind all of this. ...

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  • TAs I have been travelling around the US discussing my new book Arab Voices, attempting to shatter the myths that many Americans have about Arabs, I frequently get the question, but do Arabs understand us? In response I note that because of globalisation, many aspects of American culture are known ...

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  • TIsraels announcement, last week, of a radical expansion of Har Homa (an already massive settlement community between Jerusalem and Bethlehem) makes a mockery of the so-called peace process. The episode has further served to reinforce the belief that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ...

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  • TWith Republicans now in control of the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama's efforts to achieve Middle East peace and repair frayed relationships across this region have become more difficult. In some ways, the challenges the President will face may be greater than those confronted by ...

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  • TThe partisan divide on issues related to Arabs and Muslims has become disturbingly wide. For example, when, in a recent poll, we asked American voters whether they had favourable or unfavourable attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims, the results were shocking. Attitudes towards Arabs: Democrats - 57 ...

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  • TAfter decades spent trying to better explain the Arab World to other Americans, all too often I have found myself running up against the same mythologies and half-truths that, year after year, stubbornly maintain an alarming ability to shape thinking about the region. One of the reasons I wrote ...

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  • TWhen the Texas Board of Education passed a resolution late last month decrying the pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias [that] has tainted...Texas Social Studies textbooks, indicating that they would look to reject [such] prejudicial textbooks in the future, they were basing their criticism on a biased ...

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  • TA poll of Arab American voters completed just one month before the 2010 mid-term elections shows that they favour Democrats over Republicans by a wide margin. The poll also reveals the community divided in its assessment of President Barack Obama's job performance, with pluralities satisfied with ...

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  • TThis past Thursday, I hosted Congressman Brian Baird on my weekly television programme, Viewpoint (on Abu Dhabi TV, across the Middle East and Europe, and Link TV and Mhz Networks here in the US). Baird, a Democrat from the State of Washington, has been in the Congress for 12 years. He is retiring ...

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  • TThe US electorate is more volatile than ever. Many voters are angry, somewhat confused and looking for targets at which they direct their rage. The root of this discontent is the widespread insecurity caused by the prolonged economic crisis. Accelerating its growth has been a breakdown in public ...

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  • TFor Muslim Americans, this years anniversary of September 11, may be the most stressful one yet, and possibly the most consequential. A confluence of events and political developments has produced a situation more volatile than any since the immediate aftermath of the horrific terror attacks of ...

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  • TA few years back when Washington was preparing for the then highly touted Annapolis Peace Conference, I remember commenting that I was "hopeful, but not optimistic." As we approach the latest incarnation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I'm even finding it difficult to be hopeful, though I will ...

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  • TSomething remarkable happened on November 4, 2008. Despite economic distress, uncertainty and insecurity, voters went to the polls and chose hope over fear electing Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America. I say remarkable because in all my doctoral and post-doctoral work ...

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  • TWe are just ending a family vacation on this little island - Ocracoke Island - off the coast of North Carolina. We have been coming here for 35 years now, and though so much has changed, the simple beauty of the place remains. Ocracoke is one of the Outer Banks' barrier islands jutting out into the ...

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  • TRepublicans have dug a deep hole for themselves on matters related to the Middle East and Islam reflecting the extent to which the Party has become captive of the neo-conservative "clash of civilisation" crowd and their partners on the evangelical Christian right. This drift becomes clear after ...

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  • TAs an Arab American, I can empathise with Shirley Sherrod, the Georgia Department of Agriculture official, who, last week, after being falsely accused of making anti-white racist comments, was forced to resign from her post. For those who don't know the story: On July 19th a rightwing blogger ...

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  • TWashington Watch White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs, caused a bit of a stir last week when, in an appearance on Meet the Press, he suggested that Democrats might lose control of the House of Representatives in November. To be fair, Gibbs was merely saying what has become accepted as ...

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  • TTwo decades ago, I remember Jesse Jackson noting that when dealing with controversial issues that created deep divisions, one should be careful "not to excite one side, while only inciting the other." Although these cautionary words apply perfectly to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they have too ...

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  • TTwo separate incidents of Muslim-bashing occurred last week. Because they involved comments by prominent individuals and were so brazen, they caused some concern. But because neither resulted in any benefit to the offenders, only embarrassed silence or scorn, there is some hope that we may be ...

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  • TI am not easily shocked. I've been doing this work for too many years and I've seen too much to become outraged by the bad behaviour or acts of indecency or inhumanity. But two stories that recently came across my desk were so disgraceful, and in some ways dangerous, that I feel compelled to write ...

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  • TThe success of a President is measured not only by how well he handles the agenda he sets for his term in office, but by how he responds to the unexpected. This week President Obama was tested by challenges of each type. There are new questions being raised about the war in Afghanistan (America's ...

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  • TAs expected, Israel matched its use of overwhelming force against the passengers on the Mavi Marmara with an equally vigorous attempt to shape both how the story played out in the US media and the official response from the US government. To that end they prepared talking points, enlisted the ...

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