Dr. James J. Zogby

  • Back in the 1960s Americans were deeply divided on matters of war and race—with Christians in America on both sides of the divide. While Reverend Martin Luther King Jr and religious leaders associated with his Southern Christian Leadership Conference led protests and committed acts of civil ...

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  • We recently celebrated Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday dedicated to the life and legacy of this champion for equality and justice. The effort to gain national recognition for MLK Day took 14 years, from 1970, when it was first proposed until 1983, when it was passed by Congress and ...

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  • There was a flurry of news reporting last month after a newly elected Republican member of Congress was captured on video telling a crowd of supporters about her nervous elevator ride with a Muslim member of Congress. As her audience giggled in delight, she noted that there was no worry because her ...

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  • One year ago, looking at the many Middle East messes Joseph Biden was inheriting from his predecessors, I wrote a paper suggesting that he needed to adopt a bold and creative approach toward the region. I felt that it was important to recognise both the dire circumstances facing the Middle East and ...

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  • Since the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan, I have received questions from a number of journalists, both American and Arab. They have asked what the US withdrawal means for the region, for American leadership in the world, and which countries will now fill the void left by the absence of ...

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  • The Christmas story as it is told in the West contains timeless elements that have shaped our culture in significant ways. As we tell it, year in and year out, the story conveys to those who listen to powerful themes evoking deep feelings. It is, at its core, the tale of a helpless child born as an ...

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  • This past week, on November 29, the City of Philadelphia officially celebrated the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenny, was the keynote speaker at the event that also featured remarks by three members of the city council, ...

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  • Like many Americans, I was overjoyed by news that a Georgia jury had found three white men guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man. The jury rejected the defence’s argument that the three men were “protecting and defending” their neighbourhood and therefore were ...

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  • Most policymakers and pundits are confounded by what to do about Lebanon. They ask: “What do the Lebanese people want? How strong is the hold of the sectarian elites and Hezbollah over the population? And is change even possible in Lebanon?”In an effort to answer these questions, the ...

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  • There are many stories that will be written about the meaning of the 2021 elections, but for me the most important news was Abdullah Hammoud’s victory as the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan. In many ways, that city has played a central role in our work to empower the Arab American community.Since ...

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  • I’m not going to contest the oft-repeated notion that democracy is the best form of government, but I am going to observe that the way democracy is being practiced in the US and Israel is testing its wisdom. In both societies, democracy has been perverted and now amounts to doing whatever it ...

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  • I’m writing from my home in Washington, DC, on the evening of the Fourth of July, deeply troubled by the display that has just unfolded a few miles away on our National Mall. President Donald Trump, in defiance of all tradition, turned our nation’s birthday into a paid-by-US-taxpayer ...

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  • What happened to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was troubling. On the one hand, because she dared to challenge the way supporters of Israel have worked to silence debate on US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she became a victim of incitement, and the target of legislation meant to shame ...

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  • This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were “new details about the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.” His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who had been part of a small group of community ...

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  • This election was the meanest, dirtiest, and most disgraceful in my lifetime—and it will have consequences. Even before the results began to be reported on late Tuesday night, we already knew who the losers were going to be—the American people and our political culture. The damage done ...

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  • This month’s prize for dangerous moves and disingenuous press releases goes to the State Department for its October 18, 2018 notice, headlined “On the Merging of US Embassy Jerusalem and US Consulate General Jerusalem.” The release was a statement by Secretary of State Michael ...

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  • President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court exacerbated our nation’s deep partisan divide. It has also profoundly affected my neighborhood and my church. My family has lived in Northwest Washington, DC for almost four decades. During all this time, we ...

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