The Tabboun: Fake Rahall site misleads voters
The Tabboun: an outdoor oven where Arab women would bake bread and sit and talk and gossip about events and people
The Republican Party has turned to a sleazy new technique to undermine their Democratic opponents, building fake websites to negatively promote the target candidates, including one targeting American Arab Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia. Rahall’s real site is at www.nickrahall.com.
The fake site is online at nickrahallforcongress.com and was funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee which is using the sites to solicit funds from online visitors. The NRCC has created dozens of fake sites targeting Democratic incumbents and some argue are misleading donors.
Not surprisingly, the Federal Election Board has not issued a statement on the problem.
CONTROVERSY FOLLOWS Olympian and Alpine Skiing athlete Jacky Chamoun at the Sochi Olympics. Chamoun posed for a calendar called ‘Ski Instructors’ shot by fellow Olympian Hubertus von Hohenlohe. The shots were risque and shot on the Faraya ski slopes outside Beirut in Lebanon. The shoot included teammate Chirine Njeimand created some negative publicity in Lebanon, though she was happy with the calendar. “It was positive for me. I don’t regret it at all,” Chamoun said. “When I started my job, for example, people when they search for me on the web sometimes they can see these pictures directly so you think maybe it’s not the best thing, not the best image you can give someone of you. But, I don’t really care. I really enjoyed it and I don’t regret it. I like these photos. I have no problem with it.”
WHO WAS THE FIRST person to open an Arab American store in Flint, Michigan, a community not too far from the Plymouth Rock of American Arabs, Dearborn, Michigan? Well, MLive.com writer Scott Atkinsonsays it is Ameen Farah, who is featured in research conducted by author and scholar Hani Bawardi who has a new book coming out soon called “The Making of Arab Americans.” Sounds like a great book and we can’t wait to read it and promote. Click here to read the story.
COCA-COLA PARTNERING WITH KEURIG to produce a pop-maker that will create soda pop in the home in a small “k-cup.” The idea of fake pop, though turns off many people. But the motivation behind it might be an effort by Coca-Cola to blunt any economic advances by SodaStream which is marketing a similar device to make homemade pop. The SodaStream effort has been the focus of much controversy because its largest factory is based in the racist all-Jewish illegal settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli Occupied West Bank. Maale Adumim is built on lands forcibly taken from Christian and Muslim Arabs of Palestine in when the West Bank was occupied by Israeli in June 1967. SodaStream has hired Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as their representative. Pro-Israel critics have accused President Barack Obama and his supporters of being behind a decision by Oxfam to drop Johansson as their “ambassador.” Oxfam is an international development organization that fights poverty. Click here for more information about Oxfam.
MORE BIAS FROM CONGRESS, the beehive of racist hatred and xenophobia. The US House of Representatives is proposing to adopt a new bill that would allow Israelis to enter the United States like citizens without a Visa, while increasing restrictions on Arabs and Muslims. The new bill is sponsored by California Congressman Brad Sherman, a member of the growing anti-Arab and anti-Muslim congressional caucus. Click for information on the bill. … Secretary of State John Kerry is reportedly denying rumors that he is considering running for President in 2016 in the Democratic Primary, presumably against his predecessor and former First Lady and Congressman Hillary Clinton. The reports are surfacing in the American Jewish media, which seems to be lining up against both Clinton and Kerry because of their often balanced opinions pushing for Israeli and Palestinian equality and peace. … Western Illinois University has done a nice profile of Jack Shaheen, a scholar who has helped document the images and negative stereotypes of Arabs in Hollywood movies. Click here to read the profile.
WORD ON THE STREET: … It’s encouraging that the word on the street is that AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is experiencing a drop in its influence. The more Israelis criticize President Obama and his efforts to bring about a fair and just resolution of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, the more Americans are starting to see many Israelis and especially the Israeli government as the ingrates that they are. American taxpayers give Israel more than $5 billion a year in subsidies and grants, and they are still bashing America for standing up to civil rights abuses by Israel in the Occupied Territories and by refusing to recognize the Illegal Israeli settlements. Most recently, attacks have come from the Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post Caroline Glick whose columns attacking peace and Arabs have recently included criticism of America.
The Tabboun: ADC Chairman Safa Rifka to address Michigan Banquet
MICHIGAN ADC NATIONAL GALA: ADC National Board Chairman Safa Rifka will be the keynote speaker at the 34thADC Michigan Annual Benefit Gala, held under the title “ADC Empowering the Margins.” The event will be held on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Greenfield Manor, located at 4770 Greenfield Rd, Dearborn, Michigan. Emcees of the Evening include Ms. Nadera Nassif & Ms. Jida Kilai. The National Anthem will be sung by artist Ms. Yasmin Suri. ADC Gala Committee Remarks will be offered by Dr.Ned Fawaz, Host Committee Chairman. The ADC National Remarks will be offered by ADC’s new National PresidentSamer Khalaf, who replaced Warren David. There will be a tribute to the late American Arab journalist Helen Thomas, followed by Rifka’s comments. Rifka is a master speaker. It will be interesting to hear him address the controversy that has shaken up Michigan’s ADC Chapter during the past year and the controversy that saw the ouster of longtime Michigan Director Imad Hamad.
The controversy involving unproven allegations of sexual harassment against Imad Hamad has been exploited by political extremists and fanatics including by groups like Ikhras, the anti-Arab hate site, and others. Rifka is expected to defend ADC which remains one of the most important American Arab organizations. Despite the personal attacks from the extremists, Rifka has stood firm and ADC has continued to battle bigotry and discrimination.
ARABS GOT TALENT SURPRISE
Jennifer Grout shocked many int he Arab World after it was clear she couldn’t understand Arabic. But her singing quickly won over the judges, although in the final episode of the popular Middle East TV show, she only came in 3rd place, despite the exaggerated speculation from the mainstream American news media. The most interesting aspect of the story is that more was written about Grout by the mainstream American news media than about American Arabs in the United States. … Do a search on Google for American Arabs and the top stories are Jennifer Grout and the “Ugly Arab” mascot of the Coachella Valley High school outside of Los Angeles. A sad state of affairs for American Arabs.
MISCELLANEOUS NEWS ABOUT AMERICAN ARABS
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a visiting lecturer who discussed the struggles of being an Arab-American in a post-9/11 world was met with student support during his talk Thursday at MTSU. Moustafa Bayoumi, an author and professor of English at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, discussed his book, “How Does It Fell To Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America,” during a lecture that lasted for two hours in the State Farm Room of the Business and Aerospace Building at Middle Tennessee State University. Click here to read the story in the Daily News Journal. … the new online social media siteChatArabs.com is interesting but it has some kinks to work out. I tried registering but the English side of the system doesn’t work as well as the Arabic side of the system. Hopefully, they will sort it out. Read story. …