Dr James Zogby

  • On a US Embassy-sponsored speaking tour in Yemen before its 1993 national elections, I met with the leaders of various political parties and heard complaints about the ruling party’s repressive and anti-democratic behaviours. Some were serious human rights violations; others were seemingly ...

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  • In 2020, I published “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters.” Based on our polling during the first decade of this new century, “Arab Voices” was an effort to lay out the myths that have shaped Western discourse about the Arab World, understand why those ...

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  • In his ground-breaking 2008 book, “The Way We’ll Be,” my brother John used decades of polling to observe and define the values and worldviews unique to cohorts of Americans. He argued that their life experiences shared with contemporaries—defining events and traumatic ...

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  • Last week the Jerusalem Post ran a story under the headline “Palestinian Americans to be allowed to land at Ben Gurion Airport.” Israeli officials are now saying that instead of only permitting Palestinian Americans to cross over the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, they will allow them to ...

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  • Once again, gallons of ink are being spilled on articles arguing for and against US efforts to secure a new nuclear weapons pact with Iran. Will Iran return to the talks? Will the US agree to Iranian terms (and vice versa)? And at this point, do the Iranians even want a deal? While at times ...

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  • Will Arabs be able to form real democracies? (or some variation on that theme) is a question I am frequently asked these days. After several exchanges with those who ask this question, I have come to realize that in most instances, in the backs of their minds, are a set of assumptions about what ...

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  • Washington 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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  • All 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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  • For 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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  • Let 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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  • When 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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  • Washington 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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  • When 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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  • In 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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  • As 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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  • As 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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  • Israels 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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  • With 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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  • The 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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  • After 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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  • When 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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  • A 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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  • This 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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  • The 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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  • For 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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  • A 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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  • Something 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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  • We 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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  • Republicans 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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  • As 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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