Outside audit says Facebook restricted Palestinian posts during Gaza war
An independent audit of Meta’s handling of online content during the two-week war between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas last year found that the social media giant had denied Palestinian users their freedom of expression by erroneously removing their content and punished Arabic-speaking users more heavily than Hebrew-speaking ones.washingtonpost.com
Michigan city’s election ballot could appear in Arabic for non-English speaking voters
A recent resolution passed by a Michigan city council could provide ballots for voters in Arabic, in addition to English, for this year’s primary election in August. The resolution was unanimously approved at the Dearborn City Council’s March 22 meeting. In a March 24 letter to Benson, Garrett called into question that the resolution doesn’t directly specify a language or dialect for the election materials, among other things. “The Michigan Election Law does not prohibit printing ballots in other languages in addition to English,” Rollow wrote. Whitmer sues in attempt to strike down Michigan’s 1931 abortion lawPlanned Parenthood sues state AG to reaffirm the right to abortion under Michigan Constitutionmlive.com
Israel's national library sees Arabic site traffic boom
The National Library of Israel says the number of visitors to its Arabic website more than doubled over the course of 2021, thanks to the digitization of its Arabic manuscripts and archives and an extensive outreach program in recent yearswashingtonpost.com
Israel's national library sees Arabic site traffic boom
Israel's national library says the number of visitors to its Arabic website more than doubled last year, driven by a growing collection of digitized materials and an aggressive outreach campaign to the Arab world. Around 650,000 users, predominantly from the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Algeria, visited the National Library of Israel's English and Arabic sites in 2021, said library spokesman Zack Rothbart. One of the most heavily trafficked resources on the Arabic website is a newspaper archive with more than 200,000 pages of Arabic publications from Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine, said Raquel Ukeles, head of the library’s collections.news.yahoo.com
Sabah Fakhri, Syrian tenor who helped preserve classical Arabic music, dies at 88
Mr. Fakhri was known for his marathon-length concerts. He once held the Guinness World Record for longest concert after he performed for 10 hours, without break, on a stage in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1968.washingtonpost.com
CommuniTEA in Arabic, an inspiring, community-focused podcast, features stories of successful Arabs in North America.
CommuniTEA in Arabic sponsored by Lipton Yellow Label is a podcast series highlighting the stories of successful Immigrants and first-generation Arabs within the Arabic communities in the U.S. and Canada. The season culminated with a $10,000 grant provided by Lipton Yellow Label awarded to the season’s most voted guest’s non-profit of choice. I want to thank CommuniTEA in Arabic, Lipton Yellow Label, and all the beautiful listeners of the podcast.” Bassem said. About CommuniTEA in Arabic: The CommuniTEA in Arabic podcast is produced and hosted by Malek Abdulsamad and Anwar Jebran, the founders of Arabic Media Company L.L.C. With more flavors, more varieties, and more ways than ever to enjoy tea, Lipton is driven by the passion for bringing the natural goodness of great-tasting tea to as many people as possible.arabamericannews.com
Dearborn offers sample ballots in Arabic as advocates seek voting help for non-English speakers
A Michigan city with one of the largest Arab American populations in the United States is offering sample ballots in Arabic to help non-English speakers participate in local elections. At the urging of local activists, the Dearborn City Clerk’s office released voter registration applications, absentee ballot applications and sample ballots in Arabic for the upcoming Aug. 3 primary. Advocates of Dearborn’s sizable Arab American community say providing translated information is vital to protect voting rights. Dearborn City Clerk George Darany did not respond to a request for comment. The release of new data from the 2020 Census will update the number of jurisdictions required to offer non-English election materials.mlive.com
Egyptian Illustrator Deena Mohamed discusses graphic novels, translation, and pressure to represent Arab community at Dearborn’s Green Brain Comics
For many writers and artists from marginalized groups, the pressure to always represent their community is exhausting. The categorization of their work as “African American...metrotimes.com
Arab Israelis are rising up to protest. Here’s what you need to know about their status in the country.
Many of the Arab Israelis taking part in recent mass protests are angered not only by the ongoing airstrikes against Palestinians, but also their own sense of being second-class citizensl.washingtonpost.com
Kuwait court expels harsh government critic from parliament
On Sunday, March 14, 2021, Kuwaits constitutional court ordered al-Dahoum expelled from parliament citing an old conviction for insulting the late emir. The court nullified Bader al-Dahoum’s membership in the currently suspended parliament, citing an old conviction for insulting the late emir. While Kuwait's parliament is more democratic than other Persian Gulf sheikhdoms, its powers remain limited. Lawmakers suspected political motives in the court decision, with 28 deputies demanding urgent legal changes to reduce the court’s influence over the elected parliament. The ruling “is seen as an attempt by the government to eliminate a harsh critic from the political scene," said Kuwaiti political analyst Mohammed al-Yousef.
Arab spacecraft enters orbit around Mars in historic flight
Emiratis celebrate after the Hope Probe enters Mars orbit as a part of Emirates Mars mission, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates swung into orbit around Mars in a triumph for the Arab worlds first interplanetary mission. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI – A spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates swung into orbit around Mars on Tuesday in a triumph for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. Amal’s arrival puts the UAE in a league of just five space agencies in history that have pulled off a functioning Mars mission. AdThe success delivers a tremendous boost to the UAE's space ambitions.
Biden administration suspends some sanctions on Yemen rebels
(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Monday suspended some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels in his waning days in office. The Treasury Department said it would exempt certain transactions involving the Houthis from sanctions resulting from Pompeo's designation of the group as a “foreign terrorist organization” on Jan. 10. The sanctions Pompeo imposed had taken effect Jan. 19, just a day before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, and had been roundly criticized by the United Nations and relief organizations. Six years of war between a U.S.-backed Arab coalition and the Houthi rebels have been catastrophic for Yemen, killing more than 112,000 people and reducing infrastructure from roads and hospitals to water and electricity networks to ruins. Saudi Arabia has advocated the terror designation, hoping it would pressure the rebels to reach a peace deal.
Where to get delicious Middle Eastern desserts in Metro Detroit
Photo: Shatila Bakery in DearbornDETROIT – Metro Detroit is home to a large Middle Eastern community, and throughout the region you can find pastry shops that cater to the growing population. Shatila BakeryShatila Bakery is internationally known and attracts people from around Metro Detroit on a daily basis. Masri SweetsSome people argue that Masri Sweets on Schaefer Road in Dearborn has some of the best Kunafah in town. Lebon Sweets has locations in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Sterling Heights. Its baking journey began many years ago and is based on traditional recipes and the cultural heritage of Middle Eastern sweets.
Mali: 3 European hostages, 1 Malian politician freed
A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the country's capital late Thursday where they held emotional reunions with family members and were greeted by government officials. (Mali Presidency via AP)BAMAKO – A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the country's capital late Thursday where they held emotional reunions with family members and were greeted by government officials. Three-time Malian presidential candidate Soumaila Cisse descended next in a flowing white robe and turban, embracing first his wife and then his son. All four released hostages were then brought to a late night reception at Mali's presidential palace where they met with dignitaries. The hostages’ release came just days after Malian authorities freed nearly 200 jihadist prisoners over the weekend, which had fueled speculation that a prisoner exchange was imminent.
Joe Biden’s proper use of ‘inshallah’ in debate stuns Arab Americans
DETROIT – During the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a word only known to a person who grew up with Arab parents. Biden dropped an "Inshallah" at the debate. But NPR’s Asma Khalid confirmed with the Biden campaign that he did indeed say inshallah. — Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) September 30, 2020Did Biden say Inshallah? We made it lmaooooo — Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) September 30, 2020did Biden say “InshAllah” after asking “When?” indicating the proper use of InshAllah as meaning “never”?
United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024
Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter that his country plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024. Already, an Emirati space probe is hurtling through space on its way to Mars while last year it sent its first astronaut to the International Space Station. Sheikh Mohammed said the rover would be named “Rashid,” the same name of his late father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Rashid was one of the original founding rulers of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. ___Associated Press writers Isabel DeBre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.
Virus adds to deep despair felt by war-weary young Arabs
In the Mideast, wave after wave of war, disease and economic collapse leaves this generation feeling hopeless. She was preparing to leave to England, where she would spend a year working on her masters degree in pharmacy. Even before the pandemic, in 2019 youth employment in the Arab region was estimated at 26.4%, compared to a global rate of 13.6%, according to estimates by the International Labor Organization. A U.N. report this week expected some Arab economies to shrink by up to 13% this year, compounding the suffering of those affected by armed conflict. Working at the pharmacy in Baghdads Karrada district, al-Diwani encounters people suspected of being infected with the virus every day.
Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft
Three countries the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning in July 2020. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth big time. Each spacecraft will travel more than 300 million miles (483 million kilometers) before reaching Mars next February. Only the U.S. has successfully put a spacecraft on Mars, doing it eight times, beginning with the twin Vikings in 1976. The United Arab Emirates and China are looking to join the elite club.
After Floyd, raw talk, racial reckoning among US Muslims
American Muslims, Black and non-Black, are also having raw conversations like Makki's as they grapple with questions of racial equity, tensions and representation in their own faith communities. He and others have called for more Black Muslim speakers and not just to talk about race or only during Black History Month. Ubaydullah Evans, resident scholar for the American Learning Institute for Muslims, says hes experienced interpersonal racism," from some Muslims. Dozens of American Muslim organizations came together to demand police reform and pledged to support Black-led groups. He shared plans to send African American imams to different California mosques for a day.
Detroit Health Department to host coronavirus conference calls for non-English speaking residents
DETROIT – The Detroit Health Department and Neighborhood Department are hosting conference calls to share information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with non-English speaking residents. The conference calls will take place March 31, April 7 and April 14. Conference calls will be available at the following times in the following languages:2 p.m. - Arabic4 p.m. - Bengali6 p.m. - SpanishTo access the conference call, dial one of the following phone numbers:929-436-2866312-626-6799346-248-7799Individuals must then enter the following code into the phone to access the meeting:363 140 9738 # (pound sign)For more information, contact your District Administrator or Deputy District Administrator or call 313-224-4415.
Southwest can be sued for bumping passenger who spoke Arabic: U.S. judge
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected Southwest Airlines Cos (LUV.N) bid to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit by an American of Iraqi descent who was removed from a 2016 flight after another passenger heard him speak in Arabic and feared he might be a terrorist. FILE PHOTO: A Southwest Airlines plane is seen at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the Greater Los Angeles Area, California, U.S., April 10, 2017. The incident occurred on an April 6, 2016, Southwest flight awaiting takeoff to Oakland from Los Angeles. The case is Makhzoomi v Southwest Airlines Co et al, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. (In second paragraph, corrects title to magistrate judge, not district judge)feeds.reuters.com