Arab Voices Community Calendar
The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices.  Listing them on this site is just a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area.  If you would like to include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.

 
 2007 Events

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December 31, 2007  -  New Year Dinner & Entertainment
 
When:  Monday, December 31, 2007
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
December 21-24, 2007  -  Texas Dawah Convention
 
Convention Theme:  Family In Focus
 
Texas Dawah Convention is much more than the largest Islamic convention in the southwest; it is both a rewarding spiritual revival and a platform that empowers our guests with strategies to deal with real word challenges. It is an experience that consistently breaks new ground and sets higher standards for American Muslim events.
 
Our guests interface with scholars, subject matter experts and organizations that offer practical solutions for the issues that face our community.
 
When:  December 21-24, 2007
Where:  George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston
  
This annual event is organized by a diverse group of volunteers and sponsored by Clear Lake Islamic Center.
   
For more information, visit www.texasdawah.org.
 

 
December 22, 2007  -  Holiday Party at ACC
 
Come and join us for a fun filled Holiday Party completely free of charge for all families in our community.  Party will include free food, soft drinks, coffee, games with prizes and gifts for all children!
 
When:  Saturday
, December 22, 2007
Time:  12 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
For reservation and more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or send e-mail to denise_acc@yahoo.com.
 

 
December 21, 2007  -  Eid Carnival
 
“Eid Fest 2007” – The Biggest Eid Carnival in the History of Houston by Texas Dawah
 
27 Major Rides and Games for Children and Adults
  
When:  Friday, December 21, 2007
Time:  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Location:  George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston
      
For more information, visit www.texasdawah.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
December 18, 2007  -  "An Unreasonable Man" Film about Ralph Nader
 
Over the last 50 years, Ralph Nader has done more than anyone to change the way we view ourselves, our government, and our domination by corporate power. He has been responsible for more progressive legislation than any congressman, senator, or president. Yet he has been ferociously attacked not only by the corporate political establishment, but by many of those who most agree with him. Has Nader abandoned the progressive cause, or have progressives betrayed their principles?  Hear from his strongest critics and his most dedicated admirers during the national broadcast premiere of "An Unreasonable Man," perhaps the most highly acclaimed political documentary of our times
 
What does the life of Ralph Nader tell us about this one man, about ourselves, about our times?
 
When:  Tuesday
, December 18, 2007
Time:  10 p.m. central time
Location:  PBS Channel 8
 

Watch the Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC9Hal0gycg
Learn More about Ralph: www.pbs.org/independentlens/unreasonableman/
  
Broadcast Schedule in your area: www.itvs.org/shows/broadcast.php?showID=7713
 

 
December 14, 2007  -  Toy Drive
 
When:  Friday, December 14, 2007
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
December 1, 2007  -  USS Liberty Dead in the Water
 
"USS Liberty Dead in the Water" Film Documentary
  
When:  Saturday, December 1, 2007
Location:  The Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (between Shepherd & Woodhead)
 
For more information, contact Bob (713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com).
 

 
November 28, 2007  -  Iran and the U.S.: Pulling Back from the Nuclear Brink
 
By Trita Parsi, National American Iranian Council
 
When: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
  
The government of Iran recently turned over a set of blueprints to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that detail precisely how one might shape weapons-grade uranium into a form useable in a nuclear warhead. Is this new openess an indication of real cooperation and thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations?
 
Dr. Trita Parsi is the President of the National Iranian Council and is an expert on Iranian foreign policy and US-Iranian relations. His articles on the Middle East have been published in The Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, The Globalist, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward, BitterLemons and the Daily Star. Dr. Parsi is also a frequent commentator on US-Iranian relations and Middle Eastern affairs, and has appeared on BBC World News, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN (Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room), CNN International (Your World Today), Al Jazeera, C-Span, NPR, MSNBC, Voice of America and British Channel 4.
 
Dr. Parsi also worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN in New York where he served in the Security Council handling affairs for Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara, and the General Assembly's Third Committee addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq.
 
Born in Iran and educated in Sweden and the United States, Dr. Parsi received a PhD in international relations at Johns Hopkins University's SAIS.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
November 27, 2007  -  Womens Global Leadership Conference
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
November 22-25, 2007  -  MAS 4th Annual South Regional Convention
 
Living Islam in the USA: The Challenge... The Methodology... The Solution...
  
When:  Thursday November 22 through Sunday, November 25, 2007
            (Thanksgiving weekend)
 
Where:  The Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010
  
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org/Conv/.
 

 
November 23, 2007  -  Thanksgiving Dinner & Entertainment
 
When:  Friday, November 23, 2007
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
November 19, 2007  -  Egyptian Business Luncheon
 
Featuring: Secretary of State James Baker III

Panelists will include:
 
Steven Farris, CEO and President of Apache Corporation
An Overview of Egypt’s Economy by Omar Mohanna, President of AmCham Egypt
The Growth of Egypt’s IT Sector by Dr. Adel Danish, Chairman of Xceed Contact Center
 
At the invitation of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a high level delegation of business people from Egypt will be in Houston for a two day trade mission sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham Egypt).
  
The delegates from this inbound trade mission are interested in meeting their counterparts from Oil & Gas, Medical, Pharmaceutical and IT & Communications sectors.
 
When:  Monday, November 19, 2007
Time: 11:30am to 2:00pm
Location: St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
 
Cost: Hosted; RSVP is required
 
For more information or to register, visit www.bilateralchamber.org or contact Ms. Aseel Saqer at programs@bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
November 17, 2007  -  Occupation 101 Film Documentary
 
“A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets. “ (Source: Official Occupation 101” site)
 
When:  Saturday, November 17, 2007
Time: 
6:30: PM until 9:00 PM
Location:  The Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (between Shepherd & Woodhead)
 
For more information, contact Bob (713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 17, 2007  -  March & Rally Against the War on Iraq
 

A march and rally against the war in Iraq will be held in Houston on Saturday, November 17. Participants will meet at Ervan Chew Park, 4507 Dunlavy, at 1 pm. At 1:30 pm, we will march to Bell Park, 4800 Montrose. We will have a parade permit, so we will be marching in the streets and should have quite a presence. The rally in Bell Park will include speakers, musicians, and spoken word artists.
 
On Saturday, November 17, we will raise our voices together to demand: Stop the war on Iraq! Bring all the troops home now! Hands off Iran! End the occupation of Afghanistan and Palestine! Stop the war on immigrants, people of color, and workers! Defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all!
 
This event is being organized by the International Socialist Organization, the Irish Unity Committee, the Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights, Mexicanos en Accion, and the Progressive Workers Organizing Committee.
  
For more information, contact Rona or David Smith (832- 692-2306 or 281-935-9248 or dsmith2740@comcast.net).

 

 
November 17, 2007  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
When: Saturday, November 17, 2007
  
For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com.
 

 
November 16, 2007  -  Town Hall Meeting
 
When:  Friday, November 16, 2007
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
November 12, 2007  -  Taha Muhammad Ali in Houston
 
Taha Muhammad Ali is a self-taught poet and a leading figure in the contemporary Palestinian literary scene.  At 17, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, he and his family escaped to Lebanon. Writing for more than five decades, Ali’s works, including his latest collection in English, So What: New and Selected Poems, focus on his childhood and the everyday realities of the Arab-Israeli struggles. The Boston Globe praises him for distilling from the ongoing conflict “not slogans, not hatred, but art of the highest order.” Ali will read in Arabic and Cole (who was recently awarded a MacArthur “genius” fellowship) will follow with his English translations.
 
When:  Monday, November 12, 2007

Time: 7:30
Location:  Alley Theatre, Neuhaus Stage, 615 Texas Avenue
 
Cost: $5 general Admission; Free for students and Senior Citizens
 
Registration: For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit INPRINT to register.
 

 
November 12, 2007  -  WorldQuest International Trivia Competition
 
When:  Monday, November 12, 2007
Time:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:  Westin Galleria, Galleria Ballroom, 5060 W. Alabama
 
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
November 10, 2007  -  ACC Annual "Unity & Friendship" Gala: A Rich Heritage, Foundation for our Future
 
The ACC annual Galas are the cornerstone events of our community-wide effort to improve the Arab American Cultural and Community Center land and building, and to continue developing programs that serve the Arab American community as well as all Houstonians.
 
Gala theme:  A Rich Heritage, Foundation for our Future
 
Honorees:
 -
Ruth Ann Skaff, Director of Development for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
   of North America

 - Philanthropic Award: Arab American Medical Association
 - Corporate Honoree: Riyad Bank Houston Agency
 
Emcee: 
Keith Monahan, Chief Meteorologists at KHWB Channel 39
Gala Chair:  Ms. Nuzha Petro

   
When:  Saturday, November 10, 2007
Time:  7:15 pm Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction, 8 pm dinner, program & entertainment
Location:  Hilton – Post Oak

 
Entertainment after dinner features singing stars Rana & Naim
 

For reservations and/or more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
November 10, 2007  -  Iraq: Behind the Headlines
 
By Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research
Speaker:  Sami Tawfiq, Shell
 
Sami Tawfiq will attempt to address some of the gaps in today's news and introduces a present day context to the headlines through a review of Iraq's history and culture. This dialogue will share views and experiences that we don't often see on the news.
  
When:  Saturday, November 10, 2007
Location:  Upper Kirby District Centre, 3015 Richmond Avenue, Houston , TX 77098
Time:  9:30 am - 12:00 pm
 
For more information, visit www.runmyclub.com/SietarHouston/eventcalendar.asp?id=204333.
 

 
November 7, 2007  -  Seeds of Peace
 
Janet Wallach, author and president emeritus of "Seeds of Peace," an organization dedicated to empowering young people from regions of conflict, Wallach will describe this program and its objective of developing the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and peace. A journalist and author of eight books, Wallach has written extensively about the Middle East. "Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell" is the biography of the British official most responsible for the creation of modern Iraq.
 

When: 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Time:  1 p.m.
Location:  Eagle Room of the college's Town & Country Center, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North.
 
For more information, contact Ann Bragdon, NWC Anthropology/Sociology faculty member (713-718-5642, ann.bragdon@hccs.edu.
 

 
November 7, 2007  -  The Media and the Middle East: New Frameworks for Political Analysis
 
Speaker: Dr. Robert Jensen
 
Robert Jensen is a professor of media law, ethics and politics at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Heart of Whiteness and Citizens of Empire. He also writes for popular media, and his opinion and analytic pieces on foreign policy, politics and race have appeared in papers and magazines throughout the United States. He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity.
 

When:  Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Time:  3 - 4:15 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston, Honors College
 

 
November 3, 2007  -  Health and Safety Fair
 
The Arab-American Medical Association, the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, Methodist Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital invite you and your family to Health& Safety Fair.  Houston Mayor Bill White will open event.
   
- Free flu shots for the first 200 visitors!
- Screenings for Prostate Cancer, Hypertension, Diabetes and Obesity, Diabetic Neuropathy
  & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Refractory errors
- Examination of vision
- Instructions on safety by the police and fire departments
- Free massage and fitness classes
 
When:  Saturday, November 3, 2007
Time:  9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
For more information, call Dr. Shaibani at 713-795-0033 or 713-906-0988, or log on to www.aama-houston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 2, 2007  -  Iraq In Fragments / Project Iraq
 
Artist Rescue Mission (ARM) and the Station Museum initiate Project Iraq with the film Iraq in Fragments.  Project Iraq is a yearlong project to raise awareness about Iraqi art and culture, and to render assistance to artists affected by the war.   Presentations about the project will be made by artist Gertrude Barnstone and Jame Harithas.  The evening features the film Iraq in Fragments, a film of modern day Iraq told by Iraqis living in war and occupation, nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, and winner of the Sundance Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography.
 
A block party outside the Station Museum with free food and music concludes the evening.
 
When:  Friday, November 2, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location: 
Station Museum, 1502 LaBranch
 
For more information, call 713-529-6900, email threetrillion@yahoo.com, or visit www.stationmuseum.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 1, 2007  -  Semitism and the Palestinians
 
Joseph Massad, Associate Professor, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
    
When:  Thursday, November 1, 2007
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Where: 
International Conference Facility in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
    
This lecture is part of
The Arab World, History, Politics, and Culture Lecture Series, sponsored by Rice University Department of History, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture Endowment, and The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
  
Paid self-parking is available at the Central Campus Garage. For complete location
and parking details go, to www.bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.
 
For more information, please contact Ussama Makdisi at 713-348-2561 or makdisi@rice.edu or visit www.history.rice.edu/calendar.cfm.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 1, 2007  -  Treasures of the Islamic World Gala
 
When:  November 1, 2007
Time: 6:30 pm
Location:  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
 
All proceeds from the treasures of the Islamic World Gala will go towards the purchase of significant works of art from these diverse civilizations. Currently the MFAH does not own any works of Islamic art.
 
For more information or to make an early reservation, please contact Azuredee Webb at 713-639-7518 or awebb@mfah.org.
 

 
October 31, 2007  -  "Justice for the Palestinians" Freeway Blogging
 
The purpose is to challenge our nation's unqualified support of Israel's oppression, evictions, imprisonments and killings of Palestinians in the occupied territories, which will not stop until the U.S. tells Israel to make a just peace.
 
When:  Every Wednesday
Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge over Freeway US 59
     
For more information, contact Bob Carter at 713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 28, 2007  -  Children and Youth Mental Health Plan - Arab Listening Session
 
Make a Difference in the Lives of Houston’s Future!
 
You are invited to attend and participate in the development of a comprehensive mental health plan for children and families of the City of Houston and Harris County.  The listening session with members of our community (parents, grandparents, educators, counselors and all concerned) will attempt to assess the behavioral healthcare needs of our children and adolescents in the Greater Houston Area.  Being involved as a community will help our children to have better resources and better training for their counselors and coaches at schools.  Learn more at www.hogg.utexas.edu/PDF/HFNews_Mar2007.pdf.
  
When:  Sunday, October 28, 2007
Time:  2 to 4 PM
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Sponsored by The Joint City/County Commission on Children with the generous support provided by Hogg Foundation.
 
For more information, contact Lilas Taha (281-787-3463, lilastaha@aol.com).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 27, 2007  -  Annual Young Muslim Quiz Competition
 

14th Annual Young Muslim Quiz Competition for KG to Grade 12 by ICNA
 
When:  Saturday, October 27, 2007
Time:  8:30 AM
Location:  University Center (UH) Main Campus
 
For more information and registration: 
houstonquiz@gmail.comwww.icnahouston.com/quiz/.

 

 
October 26-28, 2007  -  Our Voice. Our Future. Yalla Vote '08
 
The Arab American Institute (AAI) and the AAI Foundation present the 2007 National Leadership Conference.
 
Meet presidential candidates who are attending the NLC to address our community and our issues. Attend sessions with leading experts and analysts discussing the election's top issues. Participate in training sessions on fundraising, getting out the vote, and more. Network with activists, business leaders, and elected officials.
 
When:  October 26-28, 2007
Location:  Doubletree Hotel, Dearborn, MI
 
This is your chance to help craft the Arab American action agenda for Election 2008. Don't miss it.
 

To reserve your spot, or for more information, visit www.aaiusa.org/nlc07 today.
 

 
October 26, 2007  -  Marcel Khalife Performs in Houston
 
Named UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2005 for his artistic achievements and humanitarian work, Lebanese singer, composer and oud (Near Eastern lute) master Marcel Khalife reshapes traditional Arab music into an alluring, universally communicative form of expression. Khalife has been injecting a new life into the oud through his deep attachment to the lyrical text, through his association with great contemporary Arab poets, most notably the renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
 
Marcel Khalife is that rare thing - and take it from me, it is rare, because I know a lot about music - he is a musician engage. He is involved in the society and the times of which he is a part. Professor Edward Said
 
Artistic revolutionary. cultural icon. master of the oud. His songs have a power beyond mere words & music. National Public Radio- NPR
  
Date: Friday, October 26, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place:
Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford TX 77477
 
  
Sponsors: AAEF, Rothko Chapel, AAMA, Bilateral Arab American Chamber of Commerce, ACC, HPJC and Houston Free Press.
 
For information on Marcel Khalife and his tour, visit www.marcelkhalife.com.
 

 
October 26, 2007  -  National Health Forum 2007
 
The Medical Community is extremely concerned about the deteriorating relationship that exists between the medical community, pharma, the business community and consumers in the United States. The National Health Forum was established to build bridges between these constituencies. The NHF hosts the U.S. Surgeons General and the American Medical Association President to communicate their important messages nationally. In addition, the NHF continually surveys the medical community and their relationship to patients, pharma, business and academia in medicine.
 
Furthermore, healthcare organizations confront risks that threaten their reputation and financial security. Healthcare organizations must navigate complex rules and changing regulations, because of continued growing pressure on revenues, costs and ever increasing regulations. These challenging times requires clinicians, pharma, academia, business and consumers to have a broad perspective and to understand the business of healthcare.
 
When:  Friday, October 26, 2007
Location:  The Houstonian Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston, Texas 77024
 
The National Health Forum is committed to educating all these groups by helping them understand, quantify, examine and manage the risks that matter most to their organizations.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 25-26, 2007  -  16th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
 
The National Council on U.S. Arab Relations invites you to attend the 16th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference.  Revisiting Arab-U.S. Strategic Relations: Geopolitical, Energy, Defense Cooperation, and Developmental Dynamics
 
When:  October 25-26, 2007
Location:  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington D.C.
 
For more information, visit www.ncusar.org.
 

 
October 24, 2007 -  The Next Steps in Iraq: Using America's Smart Power
 
By Frederick Barton, Center for Strategic and International Studies 
  
When:  Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
  
Frederick Barton will discuss the next steps for the US in Iraq, both military options and the use of America's soft power in the region. How do we integrate soft and hard power into "smart power" to address current and future national security challenges?

Frederick (Rick) Barton is a senior adviser in the CSIS International Security Program and co-director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project. A member of the CSIS Commission on Smart Power and a supporting expert to the Iraq Study Group and the Task Force on the United Nations, Barton is a regular writer, commentator, and contributor to global public discussions.

 
 
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
October 24, 2007  -  "Justice for the Palestinians" Freeway Blogging
 
The purpose is to challenge our nation's unqualified support of Israel's oppression, evictions, imprisonments and killings of Palestinians in the occupied territories, which will not stop until the U.S. tells Israel to make a just peace.
 
When:  Every Wednesday
Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge over Freeway US 59
     
For more information, contact Bob Carter at 713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 24, 2007  -  The Aramco Brats Story
 
The premier of Home film to bring you inside the culture, the history, the religion, the community, the world of Saudi Arabia on an adventure that will leave you humbled, inspired and enlightened. Scenes of Salaam Films in association with Aramco Brat Media present you the Houston premier of HOME-The Aramco Brats’ Story.
 
When: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Time:  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film starts at 8 p.m.
Location:  River Oaks Theatre
 
When guests may arrive to the River Oaks Theatre where they will meet and greet while being served light Arabic refreshments at the upstairs lounge before they hurry to snag a good seat for the dedications and premier of HOME-The Aramco Brats’ Story beginning at 8pm. Afterwards guests will have the opportunity to ask the Directors a few questions and socialize a little as well as support the filmmakers when picking up their copy of the HOME DVD.
 

 
October 23, 2007  -  "The Iron Wall" Presentation
 
A presentation on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict including some background material on the origins of the conflict, an outstanding documentary entitled The Iron Wall, and a group discussion afterwards.
 
When:  Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Time:  6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location:  McGehee Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
 
There is free parking in the parking garage on San Jacinto between Texas Avenue and Prairie. The meeting is the monthly meeting of the Young Adults Group at Christ Church, but open to the general public.
 
For more information about the film, visit www.theironwall.ps.
 

 
October 21, 2007  -  International Festival in Fort Bend County with a Palestinian Performance
 
The First Annual International Festival in Fort Bend County.
 
FREE ADMISSION, Fun-filled indoor event, Multicultural dances, Ethnic food booths, Arts & crafts booths, Children's activities.
 
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2007
Time: 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM
Theme: International Food and Cultural Festivity
Place: Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd. Stafford TX 77477
The only State-of-the-Art Performing Arts Theater and Convention Center in Fort Bend County
 
  
For more information, visit www.if-fb.org.
 

 
October 19, 2007  -  In Translation: Readings from Contemporary Arabic Literature
 
The Jung Center welcomes prominent translators Hosam Aboul-Ela and Fady Joudah as they discuss their work and read from their recent translations of Ibrahim Abdel Megid and Mamoud Darwish, in this free presentation
 
When:  Friday, October 19, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location:  The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
 
Join The Jung Center for an evening honoring contemporary Arabic literature and the work of literary translation. University of Houston Professor Hosam Aboul-Ela will read from his translations, including his latest, the Egyptian magical realist novel Distant Train by Ibrahim Abdel Megid. Poet and physician Fady Joudah reads from his translations of the works of the internationally renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, with a brief discussion to follow.

About the books and authors:
Distant Train, by Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdel Megid, is a lyrical novel set in Egypt's western desert. Written in the tradition of magical realism, the book's events spring from the dreams, customs, migrations, and desires of people living in historic obscurity on the
fringe of the glitzy, petrodollar kingdoms of the Middle East. In its mixture of avant-garde experimentation and invocation of myth, Distant Train breaks new ground in Arabic language novelistic art. Similarly, its translation challenges conventional notions of what Arabic fiction
should be. One of the most prolific novelists of Egypt's post-Naguib Mahfouz generation, AbdelMegid was born in the literary city of Alexandria where he has set the majority of his award-winning novels. In addition to translations into several languages, his novels have
inspired numerous films and television dramas in Egypt.
 
Mahmoud Darwish is one of most admired and celebrated poets from the Arab world. The author of more than twenty books of poetry and ten books of prose, Dariwsh has received numerous honors, including the Lenin Peace Prize, the French medal for Knights of Arts and Letters, the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, and the Prinz Claus Award from
the Netherlands. The Butterfly's Burden presents three recent books in their entirety in a bilingual volume, each translated into English for the first time: The Stranger's Bed (1998), Darwish's first collection of love poems; State of Seige (2002), a terse, politically charged
sequence written in Ramallah; Don't Apologize for What You've Done (2003), a song "green like the phoenix" after the daily horrors in Ramallah.
 
Hosam Aboul-Ela teaches postcolonial studies at the University of Houston. He is the author of a critical book about William Faulkner and the Global South and the translator of the novel Voices by Soleiman Fayyad.
 
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American. He is a physician of internal medicine and has been a field member of Doctors Without Borders. His own poems and translations have appeared in several literay journals such as The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Progressive. His first poetry volume, The Earth in the Attic, is forthcoming.
 
For more information or to register, visit www.cgjunghouston.org/programs/fall/translation.htm, or call call 713-524-8253.
 

 
October 17, 2007  -  "Justice for the Palestinians" Freeway Blogging
 
The purpose is to challenge our nation's unqualified support of Israel's oppression, evictions, imprisonments and killings of Palestinians in the occupied territories, which will not stop until the U.S. tells Israel to make a just peace.
 
When:  Every Wednesday
Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge over Freeway US 59
     
For more information, contact Bob Carter at 713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 14, 2007  -  ACC Family Picnic
 
The coffee shop will be open to serve food, drinks, sweets, coffee, tea, and arguila. There will be music & entertainment
   
When:  Sunday, October 14, 2007
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
October 14, 2007  -  Blood Drive for Issa Skaffi
 
MD Anderson blood bank will be at the ACC during the family picnic (October 14) to collect blood for our friend and ACC member Issa Skaffi. Issa is undergoing treatment at MD Anderson and constantly needs blood. Please join us on Sunday & enjoy the picnic with friends and family and give blood for Mr. Skaffi
 
When: 
Saturday, October 14, 2007
Time:  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston  
   
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
October 13, 2007  -  Eid Al Fitr Party at ACC
 
Come celebrate Eid with us. Please bring your friends and family and come enjoy a wonderful evening. The evening will include a full course dinner and entertainment by Nedal Jaloudi & Khaled Al Jamal.
 
  
When:  Saturday, October 13
, 2007
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
For reservations and information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
October 13, 2007  -  Eid Party at Moody Gardens
 
Members of the Islamic Center at Galveston and the Egyptian American Society at Houston will hold a special buffet lunch ($15) at Moody Gardens to celebrate Eid.
  
  
When:  Saturday, October 13
, 2007
Location:  Moody Gardens, Galveston
   
For reservations and information, send email to EgyptianAmericanSociety@yahoo.com or visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com.
 

 
October 13, 2007  -  René Moawad Foundation Gala
 
The Foundation’s annual benefit dinners are its primary fundraiser. Each event brings together around 400 members of the Arab-American community and American friends of Lebanon. For the first time since the establishment of the Foundation, such dinner will be held in Houston.
 
When: 
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Location:  Hotel Zaza,
5701 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005
 
Following the traditions of our past Galas in Washington and Miami
, this year RMF-USA will be honoring a highly accomplished Lebanese-American:
Mr. Darrell E. Issa of whom is the member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 49th district.  Click here for the contribution form.
  
The gala will include a fashion show held by highly recognized Lebanese designers (www.jeanfarescouture.com)
 
For more information, visit www.rmf.org.lb.
 

 
October 13, 2007  -  Turkish Festival
 
It’s time to embrace the Turkish Culture in our cosmopolitan city once again. The festival will be alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of Turkey. The local Turkish American community invites you to spend a delightful day and get a taste of Turkey here in your own home town without traveling 8000 miles. How? American Turkish Association of Houston (ATA-Houston) will bring Turkey to you. This wonderful event, which will be the 17th this year, outgrew its original location at the River Oaks Park seven years ago and has been held downtown ever since.
 
When:  Saturday, October 13, 2007
Location: 
Jones Plaza, Downtown Houston
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
October 13, 2007  -  Eidul Fitr Prayer at Reliant Center
 
When:  Saturday, October 13, 2007
Time:  Takbeerat at 8:00 AM, Salat at 9:00 AM
Location:  Reliant Center (Hall – E) Reliant Park (Kirby at 610 Loop South)
Parking:  $8 per vehicle - “Red Lot” Parking Lot Use Kirby at Mcnee Entrance
 

Zakat-ul-Fitr is $8 per person
 
For more information, visit www.isgh.org.
 

 
October 10, 2007  -  Afghanistan: Building a Moderate, Stable Society
 
By S. Frederick Starr, Central Asia - Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  
When:  Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
  
Coalition goals in Afghanistan have been stated in purely negative terms: to destroy Al Queda, the Taliban, and the drug trade. However, over the past five years positive prospects have also emerged, including the development of a moderate Muslim society with democratic institutions, and the reopening of age-old channels of transport and trade. Drawing on his extensive experience in the region, Frederick Starr will discuss both the negative and positive aspects of U.S. goals and the overall prospects for success.

Dr. Starr is the founding chairman of the Central Asia - Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He began his career as an archaeologist in Turkey and went on to found the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, which opened U.S. research contact with Central Asia. Starr has advised three U.S. presidents on Russian/Eurasian affairs and organized and co-authored the first strategic assessment of Central Asia.

 
 
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
October 10, 2007  -  "Justice for the Palestinians" Freeway Blogging
 
The purpose is to challenge our nation's unqualified support of Israel's oppression, evictions, imprisonments and killings of Palestinians in the occupied territories, which will not stop until the U.S. tells Israel to make a just peace.
 
When:  Every Wednesday
Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Where:  Mandell Bridge over Freeway US 59
     
For more information, contact Bob Carter at 713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 8, 2007  -  Interfaith Fast for Peace
 
The Network of Spiritual Progressives has joined with the National Council of Churches and many other organizations to sponsor an interfaith fast for peace, especially for the end of the war in Iraq. Like the Ramadan observance, which is being observed during the period that includes this date, the fast will be from sunrise to sunset. There are suggestions for contemplation, prayer, and action at www.interfaithfast.org.
 
When:  Monday, October 8, 2007
 

 
October 5, 6 & 7, 2007  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional outdoor Ramadan Tent every weekend for the entire month of Ramadan. A friendly haven offering family style, traditional warmth and hospitality, with assortment of food and beverages.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / October 5, 6 & 7, 2007
Time:  7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Enjoy a choice of Hot & Cold Beverages, falafel, coffee, tea, sweets, argila, card games, backgammon (tawlet Zaher), and more.
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
October 4-7, 2007  -  The Original Greek Festival Houston
 
Come and join The Original Greek Festival, now in its 41st year, and be Greek for a day! Growing attendance over the years continues to create excitement as the word gets around, so bring your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy the festive atmosphere and our new expanded festival site. Facilities, children's activities, Athenian playground & seating capacity have been expanded over the last three years.
 
When:  Thursday-Sunday, October 4-7, 2007
Location:  Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex near downtown and the Museum District in Houston,  3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006, 713-526-5377.
 
For more information, visit www.greekfestival.org.
 

 
October 4-7, 2007  -  A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City
 

What is it like to live the life of a refugee? To highlight the plight of the millions of people currently displaced by conflict in places like Sudan, Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières will set up the facsimile of a refugee camp in Fish Plaza, in front of Wortham Center.
 
The exhibit is made up of materials used by Doctors Without Borders in its medical humanitarian work around the world. Aid workers will guide visitors through the camp exhibit, explaining the challenges of building shelter, finding food and clean water, and handling waste disposal—all basic elements of survival for refugees and internally displaced persons. In the nutrition tent, visitors learn about the special therapeutic foods used to combat malnutrition. Tours of the health clinic, vaccination tent, and cholera treatment center demonstrate how the organization provides basic health care and responds to epidemics in refugee settings.
 
For more information, visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org/education/refugeecamp
.

 

 
September 30-October 7, 2007  -  Mahatma Gandhi Week
 
The annual celebration of the life, spirit, and legacy of the great apostle of nonviolent action for justice. The Mahatma Gandhi sponsors a series of events and contests. Among them will be:
 
- Gandhi Exhibit and children's activities – Sunday, September 30
The Children's Museum of Houston will host an interactive and fun filled exhibit on the theme "Heroes of Peace."
- "1000 Lights for Peace" - Sunday, October 7
Closing celebration. Mayor Bill White will be the chief guest. Attendees will be encouraged to make a pledge for peace by lighting a candle. 5-7 p.m. in the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park.
 
To participate in the following events, contact the Gandhi Library through its website:
- Field Trip
- Essay Contest
- Speech Contest
- Poster Contest
- Storytelling
   
To schedule a storyteller, email info@gandhilibrary.org.
 

 
October 5, 2007  -  Rally for the Liberation of Palestine (Quds Day)
 
The Day of Quds is the day of the oppressed. People of conscience worldwide, gather to express solidarity with the oppressed and exploited of the world in general and Palestine in particular. You are invited to come and voice your opposition to the unjust, illegal, and inhumane occupation of the Holy Land by the usurping Zionist entity.
 
When: Friday, October 5, 2007
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Israeli Consulate Bldg. (NE corner of Wesleyan and Highway 59), Houston
 
Worldwide Movement for Justice and Peace (WMJP).
Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 5, 2007  -  End the Genocide in Darfur Vigil
 
When: Friday, October 5, 2007
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location:
Mecom Fountain (where Montrose intersects with S. Main beside entrance to Hermann Park)
 

 
October 3, 2007  -  "Justice for the Palestinians" Freeway Blogging
 
The purpose is to challenge our nation's unqualified support of Israel's oppression, evictions, imprisonments and killings of Palestinians in the occupied territories, which will not stop until the U.S. tells Israel to make a just peace.
 
When:  Every Wednesday
Time: 
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Where:  Mandell Bridge over Freeway US 59
     
For more information, contact Bob Carter at 713-771-9439, rwcsr1@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 2, 2007  -  Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal
 
Author and freelance writer Anthony Arnove will present this talk, in which he'll explore the war's human impact, its real motive, and the case for withdrawal. Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, with a foreword by Howard Zinn, published in January 2007. He is also the editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War; Terrorism and War, a collection of post–9/11 interviews; and Voices of a People’s History of the United States. An activist based in Brooklyn, he is a member of the National Writers Union and writes regularly for ZNet.

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross

Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, contact Bridgette Wilkins (713-524 9839, bridgette@rothkochapel.org).
 

 
September 28, 29 & 30, 2007  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional outdoor Ramadan Tent every weekend for the entire month of Ramadan. A friendly haven offering family style, traditional warmth and hospitality, with assortment of food and beverages.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 28, 29 & 30, 2007
Time:  7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Enjoy a choice of Hot & Cold Beverages, falafel, coffee, tea, sweets, argila, card games, backgammon (tawlet Zaher), and more.
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
September 29, 2007  -  Children’s Peace Festival
 
This is the second year of the festival held in the northern part of the Houston metro area. There'll be a peace parade, crafts, games, stories, and music.
 
When:  Saturday, September 29, 2007
Time:  10 am - 1 pm
Location: 
Tomball College and Community Library, 30555 Tomball Parkway in Tomball
 
For more information, contact Sharon Alewine (281-357-3643, sharon.e.alewine@nhmccd.edu.
 

 
September 29, 2007  -  Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience
 

Alice Rothchild will read from her book, sign copies, and lead a discussion. An M.D., Rothschild developed an interest in progressive politics in the 1960s and 70s starting with campus opposition to the Vietnam War and moving on to her discovery of feminism and health reform movements while in medical school and residency. In 1997, through her involvement in the Boston Workmen's Circle, a progressive secular Jewish organization, Alice turned much of her non-medical focus to understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and its relationship to US foreign policy and American Jewry. She co-founded and co-chairs Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, now Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston, and co-organized the Jewish American Medical Project, now the JVP Health and Human Rights Project. Her book recounts her experiences of life in Israel, the complexity of Jewish Israeli attitudes, and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Based on interviews with a number of different women, she brings to life the voices of people mutually entwined in trauma, and explores individual examples of resilience and resistance.
 
When:  Saturday, September 29, 2007
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Location: 
Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama
 
Presented by the Houston Institute for Culture.

 

 
September 29, 2007  -  Islam 101 Class
 
The basics of Islam class.
 
When:  Saturday, September 29, 2007
Time: 
4-5 p.m. every Saturday
Location: 
Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddiq mosque, 8830 Old Galveston Road
 
No registration required. For more information, call Ruth Nasrullah at 713-397-9994.
 

 
September 25-27, 2007  -  Eyes Still on the Prize: Oil, U.S. & Iraq
 
Michael Schwartz, Professor of Economic Sociology and faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, has written extensively on the dynamics of popular protest, repression, war, and revolution; and on the relationships between the political economy and government policy. His book "War Without End: The American Military as an Instrument of Neo-Liberal Revolution," will be published next spring.
 .
Schwartz's speaking schedule:
Tuesday, September 25: "Eyes on the Prize: Oil, the U.S. & Iraqi" at 12:30 p.m. in the Cyber Lounge, Westgate Campus, HCCS' Northwest

Tuesday, September 25: "Can the United States is Win the War in Iraq?" at 3 p.m. in the West Loop Auditorium, HCCS's Southwest College.

Tuesday, September 25: "The Deconstruction of Iraq: A Sociological Perspective" at 7 p.m. in Sewall Hall Room 301 at Rice University.

Wednesday, September 26: "The Role of Oil: Origins and Trajectory of the Iraq War" at 1 p.m. in the Eagle Room, Town & Country Campus, HCCS's Northwest College.

Thursday, September 27: "The Case for Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq" at 9:30 a.m. at College of the Mainland, Texas City.
 

 
September 23, 2007  -  MAS Annual Ramadan Banquet: Building a Foundation for the Next Generation
 
MAS Houston invites the Muslim community to attend its Annual Ramadan Fundraising Iftar Banquet “Building a Foundation for the Next Generation”. Please join us in celebrating our success in serving our community through our MAS Houston Chapter projects such as the: MAS Youth Center, Freedom Foundation, Scouts, Outreach, and MAS youth. This year has been a busy year for us in delivering dawah services to Muslims and non-Muslims, and now is the time to share the joy of our success with you. We will be presenting what we have done in the past year, what is the plan currently, and what is our vision.
 
Speakers include Congressman Nick Lampson (invited), Imam Mahdi Bray, Sh. Zoubir Bouchikhi and Br. Rodwan Saleh.
 
When:  Sunday, September 23, 2007
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where:  Hilton Westchase
 

For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
September 21, 22 & 23, 2007  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional outdoor Ramadan Tent every weekend for the entire month of Ramadan. A friendly haven offering family style, traditional warmth and hospitality, with assortment of food and beverages.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 21, 22 & 23, 2007
Time:  7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Enjoy a choice of Hot & Cold Beverages, falafel, coffee, tea, sweets, argila, card games, backgammon (tawlet Zaher), and more.
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
September 22, 2007  -  Islam 101 Class
 
The basics of Islam class.
 
When:  Saturday, September 22, 2007
Time: 
4-5 p.m. every Saturday
Location: 
Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddiq mosque, 8830 Old Galveston Road
 
No registration required. For more information, call Ruth Nasrullah at 713-397-9994.
 

 
September 21, 2007  -  UN's International Day for Peace
 
Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, last year more than 3500 events took place on September 21 in 200 countries to promote A Culture of Peace. Locally, the Decade of Nonviolence-Houston, in conjunction with Rothko Chapel and the United Nations Association Chapter of Houston, is sponsoring a local commemoration of the day. City Council member Ada Edwards will read a City of Houston proclamation. In addition, there will be speakers from the consular corps and various faith leaders. The gathering space will be decorated with eight large, free-standing murals created by children, plus the United Nations flag.
 
When: 
Friday, September 21, 2007
Time: 
10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Ray Courtyard at Rice Memorial Student Center in front of Rice Memorial Chapel
 
The public is invited. For more information, contact Herb Rothschild (713-861-2494, herbertrothschild@hotmail.com).
 

 
September 20, 2007  -  From Baghdad to Beirut: What’s Right and Wrong with American Policy in the Middle East
 
By Rami Khouri, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs,
American University of Beirut, and Editor at Large, The Daily Star (Lebanon)
   
When:  Thursday, September 20, 2007
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Where: 
International Conference Facility in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
    
This lecture is part of
The Arab World, History, Politics, and Culture Lecture Series, sponsored by Rice University Department of History, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture Endowment, and The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
  
Paid self-parking is available at the Central Campus Garage. For complete location
and parking details go, to www.bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.
 
For more information, please contact Ussama Makdisi at 713-348-2561 or makdisi@rice.edu or visit www.history.rice.edu/calendar.cfm.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 14, 15 & 16, 2007  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional outdoor Ramadan Tent every weekend for the entire month of Ramadan. A friendly haven offering family style, traditional warmth and hospitality, with assortment of food and beverages.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 14, 15 & 16, 2007
Time:  7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Enjoy a choice of Hot & Cold Beverages, falafel, coffee, tea, sweets, argila, card games, backgammon (tawlet Zaher), and more.
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
September 15, 2007  -  Islam 101 Class
 
The basics of Islam class.
 
When:  Saturday, September 15, 2007
Time: 
4-5 p.m. every Saturday
Location: 
Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddiq mosque, 8830 Old Galveston Road
 
No registration required. For more information, call Ruth Nasrullah at 713-397-9994.
 

 
September 14, 2007  -  Iraq's Energy Development
 
You are invited to a private briefing and roundtable discussion with Frank Carrico, US Commercial Officer of the US Embassy in Baghdad.
 
Carrico will brief companies on the current projects under development in Iraq's energy and private sectors including US government contracts, trade facilitation, Ministry procurement assistance and provincial reconstruction.
 
When:  Friday, September 14, 2007
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: Jackson Walker, LLP, 1401 McKinney Street, Suite 1900, Houston, TX 77010
 
For registration and/or more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
September 13, 2007  -  Expanding Trade in our Multicultural World
 
Luncheon with Linnet Deily; Former U.S. Ambassador to the W.T.O.
 
Linnet F. Deily was nominated Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Ambassador and confirmed in that post by the U. S. Senate on May 27, 2001. In this capacity Ms. Deily served as the Chief of Mission of the USTR in Geneva and headed the U.S. delegation to the World Trade Organization (WTO) until 2005. She helped launch the Doha Round of negotiations and led the Geneva delegation in all aspects of the negotiations.
 
When:  Thursday, September 13, 2007
Time: 12 to 1:30 p.m.; 11:30 am registration
Location: Crown Plaza Houston Downtown, Bluebonnet Ballroom, 1700 Smith Street
 
For registration and/or more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
September 13, 2007  -  Crimes Against Humanity
 
The Houston Peace Forum will screen this documentary account of the five indictments
(with visual examples) brought by the International Commission of Inquiry into the crimes against humanity of the Bush Administration. Those giving testimony include Scott Ritter, Reserve Col. Ann Wright (ret.), Jeremy Scahill, producer of "Democracy
Now," and Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski (ret.), former Commander of Prisons in Iraq. This is a project of the Not In Our Name Statement of Conscience.
 
When:  Thursday, September 13, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, Room 302

 
Refreshments before, discussion after the showing.
 
For more information, contact Pat Nichols (713-681-6267, nicholspat@awesome.net.
 

 
September 12, 2007  -  Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey
 
By Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations
 
When:  Wednesday, September 12, 2007
   
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
September 11, 2007 - End the Occupation: Bring the Troops Home Now
 
Houston "receives" Bush's status report on Iraq
The Congressionally mandated and long anticipated "progress report" on our war on Iraq is being written, not by Gen. David Petraeus and our ambassador to Iraq—which was promised—but by the White House. Spinning the report began several weeks ago, and the spin will increase as the release nears. Release date is likely to be 9/11. At any rate, that is when the peace community in Houston will call for our government to comply with the wishes both of the Iraqi people and the American people: END THE OCCUPATION: BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW.
 
When:  Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Local events are as follows:
- Rally outside Houston City Hall at 2 p.m.
- A group of individuals will address the Houston City Council inside city hall (2-5 p.m.)
- Freeway Blogging on all six suspension bridges over the Southwest Freeway from 5 p.m.
- Candlelight Vigil at Mecom Fountain from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Sponsored by the Harris County Green Party. Other groups are invited to co-sponsor. For more information and to co-sponsor, contact Don Cook (713-705-5594, zenblews@hotmail.com.
 

 
September 8-9, 2007  -  Turkic Cultures & Children's Festival
 
The festival will have a broad content: Displays, artworks, craftworks, books, music, Turkic food, children's areas, folk dance, theater, parade, and evening concert. Throughout the event there will be performances on the stage. Visitors will observe, watch, read material, see movies, participate in hands-on activities and experience a unique tradition.
 
The festival will allow Turkic Americans, not only from Houston, but also from other Texas cities, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico to live and feel their native country. Children will learn more about the Turkic cultures and understand how Turkic-Americans have created a blend of the various cultures.
   
When: Saturday-Sunday, September 8-9, 2007
Time: 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Location:  City Hall - Hermann Square, 900 Smith Street, Houston, Texas
   
For more information, visit www.turkicfest.org.
 

 
September 8, 2007  -  CAIR-Houston Annual Banquet
 
Council on American Islamic Relations (Houston Chapter) Annual Banquet
 
This year’s theme is “Let the Conversation Begin”. Speakers at the event are : Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Sugarland Mayor David Wallace, Councilmember MJ Khan, and the Executive Director of CAIR-California Hussam Ayloush.”
 
When: Saturday, September 8, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Westin Oaks Galleria, Houston, Texas
  
Please join us at our Annual Banquet to celebrate the success of CAIR-Houston in the past year, and learn about our office's vision for the future. Tickets are $50 for individuals and babysitting is provided free of charge for those who purchase tickets in advance.
 
For more information, please email events@cairhouston.org or call 713-838-CAIR.
 

 
September 6, 2007  -  How to Restore America's Standing in the World
 
By Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
 
When:  Thursday, September 6, 2007
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
  
Assessing the current state of U.S.-Middle East relations, Ambassador Dennis Ross shows how the failure of statecraft in Iraq and the Middle East has undercut the United States internationally. In the globalized world - with its fluid borders and terrorist networks - statecraft is necessary to keep the peace, to resolve today's problems and to define a realistic, ambitious foreign policy. Drawing on his expertise in the art of successful negotiation, Ross describes how the tools of statecraft - diplomatic, economic, and military - can advance our interests and restore our standing in the world.
 
 
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
September 5, 2007  -  Expanding Egypt's Tourism Potential: The Little known Coptic Monasteries
 
Featuring: Dr. Shaza Ismail, Visiting Fulbright Scholar from Cairo, Egypt
 
Egypt is known for its pyramids, ancient ruins and other glories from it’s pharonic past. Most people are unaware of Egypt’s rich Christian heritage. The Coptic Egyptians and their history are often overlooked in the tourism guides. This vital part of Egyptian tradition and religious sites represent the world’s first Christians with their customs and rituals preserved as a fascinating window to those early days.  Join us for a journey to that era through a lecture by Egypt’s foremost authority on Coptic heritage.
 
When:  Wednesday, September 5, 2007
 Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston Clear Lake, The Forest Room 1418 in the Bayou Building,
2700 Bay Area Boulevard Visitor Parking in Reserved Lot R
 
Brown Bag Lunch: Drinks and dessert provided
 
For more information, contact Tina Halcomb (hadiya.halcomb@gmail.com, 713-880-8168).
 
This event is graciously co-sponsored by the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce with the University of Houston Clear Lake Office of International Initiatives.
 

 
August 31, 2007  -  "Ripples Cross" Film Documentary
 
Ripples Cross is a documentary film highlighting the experiences of international human rights activists in Palestine. Littleton, Colorado resident Mark Turner (24) documents his travels in the West Bank. Mark’s own video footage highlights in startling detail the realities and consequences of military occupation.
 
Mark and the other activists highlight what life is like under military closures and curfews in the West Bank. The activists share their experience of occupation including:
 
* The Palestinian Olive Harvest
* Demonstrations against the forced closures of civilian areas that result in soldiers violently evicting activists from closed military zones.
* Daily struggles against the military imposed curfew within the West Bank City of Nablus.
* Mark Turner and another international activist are shot by the Israeli military
* While recovering from gunshot wounds, Israeli elite commandos raid the hospital where Mark and Josh are staying.
* Activists staying inside a Palestinian home slated for demolition by the Israeli military are forced out at gunpoint when soldiers arrive to demolish the house.
* Activists reunite in London for a benefit concert to assist Palestinian families who have lost homes in Israeli operations.
 
When:  Friday, August 31, 2007
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama near Shephard, Houston
 
For more information, visit www.ripplescross.com/synopsis.htm.
 

 
August 24-26, 2007  -  Lebanese Leadership Conference
 
American Lebanese National Mission cordially invites you to attend its Lebanese Leadership Conference. It's not about Politics...... It's about Lebanon. Designed to bring Lebanese leaders together for a weekend of fun and serious brainstorming sessions to discuss the future of Lebanon.
 
Leaders in non-profit organizations, medicine, aerospace, business, education, diplomatic corps and others will come together to tackle the most mysterious question of all time: Where do we go from here?
 
Don't be left out. If you are a leader of a small group, large group, or just a leader in your own industry, you belong and encouraged to attend this conference. Let your voice be heard.
 
When: August 24-26, 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
 
For more information, send e-mail to LeadershipConference@alnm.net.
 

 
August 25, 2007  -  ALNM Community Forum
 
American Lebanese National Mission invites you to attend a Community Forum featuring federal law enforcement, former US ambassador Sam Zakhem, MP Dr. Mustapha Allouch, Marwan Francis (Embassy of Lebanon), Lebanese Youth Bridges.
 
Action packed and diverse panel. You have questions... they have answers.
 
When:  Saturday, August 25, 2007
Time:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location:  Renaissance Hotel, 6 Greenway Plaza East,
   
For more information, visit www.alnm.net.
 

 
August 25, 2007  -  ACC Entertainment Night
 
Enjoy a beautiful evening at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center.  The evening will include a full course dinner and entertainment by Ziad Ghosn (all the way from Lebanon) and Khalid Al Jamal.
 
When:  Saturday, August 25, 2007
Time:  Seating starts at 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Ticket Prices:
   ACC Members $40 per person for front seat, $30 per person for back seat
   Nonmembers: $45 per person for front seat, $35 per person for back seat
 
All proceeds benefit ACC programs and building fund.
 
For more information, visit www.acc-houston.com.
 

 
August 23, 2007  -  Global Political Islam: Prospects for Political Change in the Muslim World
 
By Peter Mandaville, George Mason University
 
When: Thursday, August 23, 2007
  
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
August 18, 2007  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
When: Saturday, August 18, 2007
Location:  TBA
 

For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com.
 

 
August 11, 17, 18, 2007  -   Criminal Law Workshop
 
This workshop is designed to increase the understanding of boundaries and limitations of law officers and knowledge on how the criminal system works. Topics to be covered include what to do when issued a warrant, what law enforcement officers can and can not do, civil rights law, what to do when police come to your door, “miranda rights”, and an extensive question and answer session.
 
When/Where:
  
  
  Saturday August 11, Maghrib (8:30) at Masjid Abu Bakr
     Friday August 17, Maghrib (8:30) at Masjid As-Salam
     Saturday August 18, Maghrib (8:30) at Masjid At-Taqwa
   
 
Snacks will be provided
 
      
For more information, please email events@cairhouston.org or call 713-838-CAIR.
 

 
August 11, 2007  -  Al Andalus! The Legend
 
Phase I performance of Al Andalus! The Legend:  Phase I of the Al Andalus project was funded by the City of Houston through a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist New Works Fellowship awarded to choreographer Sara Draper.
 
Al Andalus! The Legend" is a family-oriented dance epic. A fictional story involving historical figures is portrayed at the time when the Moors governed the southern Iberian peninsula during the 10th century, a period when Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in relative harmony and when the free exchange of knowledge set the stage for the European Renaissance.
 
The concert features four singers, eighteen dancers, and narration in Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Traditional and original music and modern choreography influenced by traditional dance styles enchant.? The cast includes Michel Youssef, Ryan Villaverde, Kristina Koutsoudas, and Lucia Rodriguez-Sanchez. Traditional and original music recorded by Sharon Joy, Isabelle Ganz, Khaled Al Jamal, Yuval Ron, and others. It should be wonderful entertainment for adults and children alike, for about the price of a movie ticket.
 
Who: Dancepatheatre. Choreographer Sara Draper, composer Sharon Joy, and a cast of 21 dancers and singers

When:  Saturday, August 11, 2007
Time:  8:00 p.m.
Location:  Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston at Hutchins, 3 blocks east of Highway 59 and Minute Maid Park. For directions & parking, visit www.barnevelder.org.
  
Audience members are invited to give feedback to the creative team and ask questions immediately following this performance.
 
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children age twelve and under. Prepaid reservations are requested. Contact tickets@dancepath.com or 713-522-6000 to make reservations.
 

 
August 10, 2007  -  "Ripples Cross" Film Documentary
 
Ripples Cross is a documentary film highlighting the experiences of international human rights activists in Palestine. Littleton, Colorado resident Mark Turner (24) documents his travels in the West Bank. Mark’s own video footage highlights in startling detail the realities and consequences of military occupation.
 
Mark and the other activists highlight what life is like under military closures and curfews in the West Bank. The activists share their experience of occupation including:
 
* The Palestinian Olive Harvest
* Demonstrations against the forced closures of civilian areas that result in soldiers violently evicting activists from closed military zones.
* Daily struggles against the military imposed curfew within the West Bank City of Nablus.
* Mark Turner and another international activist are shot by the Israeli military
* While recovering from gunshot wounds, Israeli elite commandos raid the hospital where Mark and Josh are staying.
* Activists staying inside a Palestinian home slated for demolition by the Israeli military are forced out at gunpoint when soldiers arrive to demolish the house.
* Activists reunite in London for a benefit concert to assist Palestinian families who have lost homes in Israeli operations.
 
When:  Friday, August 10, 2007
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama near Shepard, Houston
 
For more information, visit www.ripplescross.com/synopsis.htm.
 

 
August 8, 2007  -  Israel and Palestine: Is it Too Late for Peace?
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox to speak about the violence and current conflict in Gaza and its implications for peace in the region.
 
Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. is President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington D.C.-based foundation devoted to fostering peace between Israelis and Palestinians.  He is a board member of the Middle East Institute and Americans for Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) and a member of The Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs and Dacor-Bacon House.
 
When:  Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Time: 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Oaks, 5011 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056
 
Cost: Members: $35; Nonmembers: $45
 
To register, contact Ms. Aseel Saqer at programs@bilateralchamber.org or call 713-880-8168.
 
Sponsored by Comerica Bank, The Interfield Group and Palestinians for Peace and Democracy.
   
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
August 5, 2007  -  Immigration Law Workshop
 
This workshop is designed to empower all Muslims, regardless of their immigration designation, with the knowledge on how the immigration system works. Topics covered will be how to become a citizen, bring relatives from foreign lands, visa issues, and an extensive question and answer session. The workshop itself will last an hour and thirty minutes.
 
When:  Sunday, August 5, 2007
Time:  12pm - 3pm
Location:  Shahnai Restaurant, 5920 Hillcroft, Houston
   
For more information, please email events@cairhouston.org or call 713-838-CAIR.
 

 
August 4, 2007  -  Moroccan Unity and Friendship Fest Gala
 
To commemorate the eighth anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Mohammed VI (Moroccan National Holiday) the Moroccan Society of Houston will lead the Moroccan Community in Houston in organizing social, cultural, business, and recreational events in Houston. The MSH invites you to enjoy a Moroccan Night at the Moroccan Unity and Friendship Fest Gala.
 
When:  Saturday, August 4, 2007

Time: 06:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Click her for more information and event flyer.
 

 
July 12, 2007  -  "War Made Easy" Film Screening
 
The Houston Peace Forum's Summer Time Movie Series continues with this film.  Based on Norman Solomon's book, "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death," it exposes a 50-year pattern of deception that has dragged the U. S. into one war after another. Narrated by Sean Penn, "War Made Easy" is a powerful indictment of the current U.S. warfare state and a call to action.
 
When:  Thursday, July 12, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Rm. 302, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin.
 
Discussion follows. Refreshments served. 
 
For more information, contact Pat Nichols (713-681-6267, nicholspat@awesomenet.net).
 

 
June 27 - July 1, 2007  -  49th Annual Ramallah Convention
 
The Dawning Of The New Generation
  
The Ramallah Community of Houston welcomes you with open arms for a convention to remember. We shall come together to celebrate our family, culture, success and empowerment. With the Dawning of a New Generation, we look for greater future accomplishments through the involvement in the American political process. This includes the processes of decision making on issues that affect our lives, families and our beloved ancestral home of Palestine.
 
We are planning a convention for all ages and interests. We hope to exceed all expectations.
 
When:  June 27 - July 1, 2007

Where:  The Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010
 
 
For more information, visit www.ramallahclubhouston.com.
 

 
June 28, 2007  -  Leadership Training Camp for Arab Americans
 
The 2007 Houston Ramallah Convention proudly announces the launching of the Leadership Training Camp for Arab Americans. The leadership training program will offer informative seminars/workshops about how to get involved in government, business, and global affairs relating to Arabs in the US and abroad.
 
The workshops aim to provide our ambitious young adults with a unique and inspiring experience that will develop in them strong, effective leadership skills. Participants will learn about the political issues that concern our community and ways in which to become more active to make a difference. They will also be offered lots of opportunities about different career areas such as Education, Government, Medical/Health, and Law.
 
In keeping with the theme of our Houston convention, The Dawning of A New Generation, we invite all of you young adults to join us in building on our past successes and help pave a better road for the future.
 
 When:  Thursday, June 28, 2007
  
Times: 11:00 - 12:00 "Empowerment through Education" by Hussein Ibish, PhD. (Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, Executive Director of the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership)
 
Palestine 101 - (DVD and presentation). An overview of Palestine history and the conflict with Israel. The objective of this session is to address the question, 'who we are' as Palestinians; the session is designed to develop informed and focused community members and eventual leaders. We must first understand who we are and the issues before we can master the argument.
 
12:00 - 12:30 "Building an Arab Coalition" by Jason Assir (former Community Relations Associate with the Arab American Institute, Mr. Assir assisted in developing election and policy efforts at the local level in the state of Texas)
 
"Local" Political Insights - (presentation). The objective of this session is to build on what we've learned from the first session by applying the knowledge of who we are to political and community action; the session is designed to provide ideas on how to mobilize the community and get politically involved at the local level (go to meetings, work on campaigns, start a political organization, get your friends and family involved, run for office, etc).
 
12:30 - 1:00 "The Impact of Getting Involved" by George Salem, Esq. (Board of Director, American Task Force on Palestine; co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and currently serves as its Chairman)
 
Have Your Say at the "National" Level - (presentation). The objective of this session is to speak about Arab issues and legislation at the national level; look at the trends and impact of Arab involvement; speak to the success of national movement, for example, show how votes, petitions, etc. can make a difference and change policies that negatively affect Arab Americans.

Where:  The Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010
  
 
For more information, visit www.ramallahclubhouston.com.

 

 
June 25, 2007  -  Eyes on the Future: How Youth in the Middle East View Their World
 
Shafeeq Ghabra, Host of The Weekly Diwaniya
 
Approximately half of the population of the Middle East is under the age of 21. They use cell phones, follow fashion, and attend school like their Western counterparts. But they must also navigate a complex path between traditional culture, religious values, Western attitudes, and social expectations as they establish identities, search for jobs, and find marriage partners.
 
How do the youth in the Middle East see their future? What are their hopes, fears and challenges? Who inspires them and who do they look to for guidance? How will this youth-bulge affect regional transformation?
 
Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra is the host and commentator for The Weekly Diwaniya, a new socio-political TV program aimed at opening a dialog with young people in the Middle East and bridging the gap between generations. It is now one of the most popular programs in the region. Dr. Ghabra was the past president of the American University of Kuwait, an institution he helped launch. He also heads the Jussor Arabiyya Center for Leadership and is a regular contributor to newspapers both in the Middle East and around the world. He is often interviewed on major news outlets such as CNN and BBC and is the author of several books including Israel and the Arabs: From the Conflict of Issues to the Peace of Interests.
 
When:  Monday, June 25, 2007
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 

HWAC members Free, non-members $ 20. Table Cost n/a.
  
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
June 14, 2007  -  Spotlight on Torture: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
 
June is Torture Awareness Month. Working with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the Dominican Sisters will screen "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib." A discussion will follow.
 
When: 
Thursday, June 14
Time: 
7 p.m.
Location: Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda Rd.
 
For more information, contact Ceil Roeger, OP at 713-747-3310.
 

 
June 11, 2007  -  Confronting Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas: Israel’s Search for Peace
 
Sallai Meridor, Ambassador of Israel to United States
 
The recent dialogue with Secretary Rice and Syria indicates the renewed efforts to find a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict. While these efforts are undoubtedly a positive development for Israel, the country still faces significant challenges and new obstacles. In addition to the growing influence of Hezbollah and Hamas, Israel must now also deal the potential threat of a nuclear Iran, and the instability of neighboring Iraq. How will Israel confront these issues in its quest for an enduring peace? What can be done to renew the dialogue with neighboring countries and get peace talks back on track?
 
Sallai Meridor was named ambassador to the United States in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he served as the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization from 1999-2005. Ambassador Meridor also served as an advisor to the Israeli minister of defense and to the minister of foreign affairs. During his government service, Meridor was involved in the designing of Israel's foreign and defense policies, played a role in the peace process leading to the Madrid Peace Conference, participated in the negotiations that followed as the representative of the Ministry of Defense, and led Israel's Inter-Agency Steering Committee on Arms Control.
 
When:  Monday, June 11, 2007
Time: 
Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 
The Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Monarch Room, Houston
  
HWAC members $30, non-members $40. Table Cost $500.
 
   
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
June 10, 2007  -  Cages and Dreams: 40 Years of Occupation, 60 Years of Dispossession in Palestine
 Special National Program
 
Sunday, June 10th marks four decades of Israel's illegal military occupation of Palestine, against a backdrop of nearly sixty years of ethnic transfer and displacement.
 
Tune in to a Pacifica national special, "Cages and Dreams: 40 Years of Occupation, 60 Years of Dispossession in Palestine."
On this special, Pacifica investigates the cause and effect of Israel's continuous military occupation. Hear Palestinian voices from the older generation and youth movements, from refugee camps and the diaspora.
  
When:  Sunday, June 10, 2007
Time:  6 p.m.
Where: 
KPFT 90.1 FM Radio in Houston and other national Pacifica and affiliates radio stations. (LIVE streaming online)
 

 
June 6, 2007  -  “On Our Watch" Film on the Genocide in Darfur
 
“On Our Watch,” produced by Refugees International, documents the continuing mass atrocities in southern Sudan. Sponsored by Houston Says “No” to Genocide, which will lead a discussion afterward about possibilities for local action.
 
When:  Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda Rd.
 
For more information, call 832-693-5710.
 

 
June 5, 2007  -  The Iron Wall  Film Documentary
 
Purpose:  To foster discussion about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
  
After the Holocaust how can the Jews so easily forget man's capacity for inhumanity toward his fellow man?
 
June 5, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of Israel's illegal and immoral occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights. The film, THE IRON WALL, depicts the demeaning, demoralizing and brutal treatment of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israeli soldiers acting on orders of the Israeli government.
 
As posted on the website, www.theironwall.ps/aboutfilm.html:
In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote:
 
  "Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is
independent of the native population - behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach."
 
From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

We invite you to watch this informative but disturbing 52 minute documentary, THE IRON WALL, which vividly depicts how the Israeli government systematically displaces and expels an indigenous people and appropriates land to Israeli settlers. Over 200 settlements and outposts have been built and occupied in direct violation of international law and at the expense of a contiguous and viable Palestinian entity.
 
If you have any conscience whatsoever for a dispossessed and powerless people this film is guaranteed to arouse your righteous indignation and foster lively
discussion.
 
When:  Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Time: 
6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. film (52 minutes), discussion follows
Location: 
The Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (between Shepherd and Woodhead)
                Free parking across the street or next door in church parking lot
.
 
Admission is free Collection may be taken to pay nominal rental fee).
 
Refreshments: Come early and bring non-messy food and drinks to share, like chips, dips, salsa, cookies, etc.
 

A statement by Ariel Sharon A.F. P. Nov. 15, 1998:  "everybody has to move, run and grab as many hill-tops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours......everything we don't grab will go to them."  
 
For more information, contact Bob Carter at rwcsr1@yahoo.com.

 

 
June 3, 2007  -  Hate Site Response Training
 
Become a part of the Hate Site Response Team! We are actively recruiting volunteers for this task. For more information on how to become a member of HSRT or more information about the committee itself please visit the Volunteer Center on our website at www.cairhouston.org/volunteer.htm.
 
When:  S
unday, June 3, 2007
Time:  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location:  CAIR-Houston Office
 
Lunch Provided
 

 
June 2, 2007  -  Americorps National Service Day
 
The Vice Consul of Qatar and his son will be joining the efforts of the Arab American Cultural and Community Center on June 2nd to celebrate Americorps National Service Day. In unison with Americorps, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) will be joining hands to sort, package, and ship medical supplies to countries world-wide.
 
In the past this has been a day of transformation for those involved as well as the recipients. The NNAAC has been involved with over 18 projects taking place in 15 cities around the country. The goal is to encourage community involvement and improvement through volunteering. This organization of Arab Americans is aligned with the efforts of Americorps, which connects 70,000 Americans yearly to service the critical needs of the globe. Many individuals within both of these organizations are familiar with the health need of the world and by building partnerships with Project C.U.R.E. these organizations offer unparalleled intensive service.
 
When: Saturday, June 2, 2007
Time:  12 noon to 2 p.m.
   

For more information, visit www.projectcure.org.
 
Press Release
 

 
June 2, 2007  -  New Shifa Clinic
 
You are cordially invited to join Muslim Health Professional Society & Shifa Foundation for a Special Evening Introducing The New Shifa Clinic.  A Clinic Today.... A Teaching Hospital Tomorrow.
 
An entertaining evening with a variety of special guests including comedian Mo Amer, art exhibit and more.
 
When:
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Double Tree Hotel, 400 Dallas, Houston, TX 77002
713.759.0202
  
Donations Checks can be mailed to: Shifa Foundation, 8303 SW Freeway, Suite 575, Houston, Texas 77074
 
To RSVP, contact 832-646-5681, 713-443-4110 or alshifaclinic@gmail.com.
 

 
March 31-June 2, 2007  -  Guantánamo: Pictures from Home. Questions of Justice of Justice
 
When: March 31 - June 2, 2007
Where: 1113 Vine Street Houston 77002
 
Guantánamo. A word and a place that have become a part of our vocabulary, unsettling and unseen, invoking some of the most controversial aspects of the war on terror since 2001.

GUANTÁNAMO. Pictures From Home. Questions of Justice. is a rare glimpse into the life of the prison, the men who are detainees, and the U.S. lawyers who represent them.

The words of the lawyers who are representing the detainees, their photographs and interviews, the de-classified proceedings from military tribunals take us from the Middle East and Afghanistan into the cells of Guantánamo. The stories raise deeply troubling questions how the U.S. is dealing with the war on terror and its reverberations throughout the world.

Guantánamo. Pictures From Home. Questions of Justice. will be on public view at FotoFest from March 31 to June 2, 2007. The opening is Saturday, March 31 with the project director, artists, curator, and participating lawyers.

The exhibition presents images and stories gathered together over the past two years by photographer Margot Herster. The photographs are accompanied by video and sound installations done by Ms. Herster and Houston-born photographer and video artist Carolyn Mara Borlenghi.

For more information, please contact Vinod Hopson (projects@fotofest.org, 713.459.7294) or Patti Stoddart (press3@fotofest.org, 713.223.5522 ext 26) or visit www.fotofest.org/exhibitDetails.asp?eventID=65.
 

 
May 27-29, 2007  -  Honoring the Iraq and Afghan War Dead
 
Veterans for Peace Chapter12, the local chapters of Military Families Speak Out and CodePINK, and other Houston area organizations are holding a three-day memorial for all casualties of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
 
Everyone is invited to help read names of the more than 3,300 US casualties of the Iraq war and the nearly 400 US casualties of the Afghanistan war or to help place the 3,700 labeled flags.
 
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 27 and will continue until all names are read and the flags planted. 
  
When:  Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29
Time:  10 a.m.

Location: 
The memorial will be set up in Hermann Park along Fannin St. just west of the Sam Houston statue and Hermann Circle Drive.
 
To volunteer, contact Jim Rine (281-414-1386, sanjacsec@yahoo.com).
 

 
May 27, 2007  -  2nd ICNA-MAS South Central Regional Conference
 
All are Invited, Muslims and Non Muslims.
 
Renowned National and International Islamic scholars will address:
   Highlights of the Event
   Lectures on Islamic Values
   Interactive Workshops
   Special Youth and Sister's Programs
   Ethnic Food (Asian/Arabic)
   Extensive marketplace
 
Speakers:
Dr. Mukhtar Magrawi, Sheikh Abdool Rahman Khan, Dr. Khurshid Khan, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, Dr. Ahmed Sakr, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Imam Khalid Griggs, Dr. Hamed Ghazali, Dr. Zoubir Bouchikhi, Ridwan Saleh
 
Registration:
   Family $25, Individual $15 and Student $10
   Early Registration (Last date Saturday May 20th, 2007)
   Family $20, Individual $12 and Student $8
 
When:  Sunday, May 27, 2007
Time:  9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location:  University of Houston, University Center
 

For More Information, visit www.icnasouth.com.
 

 
May 24, 2007  -  Civil Liberties and Guantánamo
 
Should we be concerned with Guantánamo? What is the impact of U.S. detention policies on civil liberties in the U.S. and its values of due process, habeas corpus and the separation of powers – values that have shaped the U.S. Constitution and underlie our system of justice? How do the newly created military commissions for the “war on terror” function in the context of the Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution? Do they raise questions about our own civil liberties? What are the implications of Guantánamo for our legal system and human rights?
 
These are the questions to be addressed by Dr. Jordan Proust of the University of Houston Law Center and Scott Sullivan, University of Texas School of Law and Guantánamo attorney.
 
As one habeas corpus attorney has written: After 9/11, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated that the past legal paradigm of the laws of war had been rendered obsolete. Untangling these issues and ensuring the protection of the principles of justice dear to U.S. citizens and American legal profession are likely to dominate the landscape of civil liberties for decades to come.
 
When:  Thursday, May 24, 2007
Time:  6pm - 7:30pm
Location: United Way, 50 Waugh Drive (at Feagan), rooms G & H
 
Dr. Jordan Paust is a leading writer, speaker and professor on international law, human rights, military commissions and terrorism on the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center and Ford Foundation Fellow at Yale University. He has chaired the Committee on International Law and the Use of Force of the American Bar Association among many other national organizations relating to international law, international criminal law and human rights.

Scott Sullivan, an Assistant Professor in the Emerging Scholars Program at the University of Texas Law School is an expert on foreign relations law and international law and teaches a seminar on International Law & U.S. Courts. Also with the international law firm of Allen & Overy, he has been extensively involved with representation of detainees at Guantánamo.
 
For more information, visit www.fotofest.org.
 

 
May 18-20, 2007  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 

Voices Breaking Boundaries is pleased to present for the first time a Houston Palestine Film Festival. This exciting festival, cosponsored by The Station, Rice Cinema and Fotofest Inc., will bring not only cutting edge new cinema from Palestine about Palestine but will also present three directors Lina Makboul, Nida Sinnokrot and Elle Flanders along with political analyst/academic/ journalist (and Angry Arab) As’ad Abu Khalil and Rice University Associate professor Ussama Makdisi.
 
The first annual Houston Palestine Film Festival brings an honest and independent view of Palestine and its diaspora’s society, culture, and political travails through the art of film. This group of groundbreaking cinematic texts rise above the degrading stereotypes or reductively politicized depictions that are so familiar to Houstonians. A major goal of the Festival is to directly expose our local community to the perspective of artists as a first step toward circumventing the many government and media filters that pollute our understanding of Palestine and the wider region. Some of the films in this year’s festival include Waiting / Attente (Dir. Rashid Mashrawi) and Leila Khaled, Hijacker (Dir. Lina Makboul). The first annual Houston Palestine Film Festival will include film screenings and conversations with directors and political scientists.

  
When:  May 11-13 and May 18-20, 2007
Time:  7:00 pm every night
 
Admission $5; 5-night Film Pass $20 (excluding May 13 screening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston)
 
Houston Palestine Film Festival is presented by Voices Breaking Boundaries and cosponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Station Museum, FotoFest, Rice Cinema and KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM.
   
For more information, contact VBB Managing Director Oskar Sonnen (713-524-7821, oskar@vbbarts.org).
  
Click here for the Press Release.

 

Click here for more details.

 

 
May 17-20, 2007  -  12th Annual Festival of Greece
 

Greek Food & Wine, Cooking Demonstrations, Gyro Eating Contest, Greek Music & Dancers, Gift Shop, Huge Kids Area, and more.
    
When:  May 17-20, 2007
Location:  1100 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077
 
Festival Hours:
   Thursday, May 17 - 4:00-9:00pm
   Friday, May 18 - 11:00-Midnight
   Saturday, May 19 - 10:00-Midnight
   Sunday, May 20 - 11:00-8:00pm
 
For more information, visit www.festivalofgreece.com.

 

 
May 19, 2007  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
Come celebrate with us the Graduates and the end of the school year.  Attend an informative useful lecture by Dr. Sharif Zaafran titled "How to Take Care of Your Health".
 
Come and enjoy a delicious meal provided by Mediterraneo Restaurant owned and operated by our members Sonia & Magdy Kotb. The cost for members is $10 including food, drinks, and dessert. Children under 10 years eat free. Guests pay $15/person. Money is paid at the door either by check or cash.
 
When: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 

Agenda:
   6:00 pm---Meeting will start
   7:00 pm---Promptly, food will be served & the celebration begins
   8:00 pm---Lecture & questions
   9:00 pm---Social
   10:00 pm--Meeting adjourned
 

For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com.
 

 
May 19, 2007  -  Father Milad Yaghi Award Ceremony
 
The Parish Council of Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Church is proud to announce that General Emile Lahoud, President of Lebanon has bestowed The Republic of Lebanon's "National Order of the Cedar, Officer Grade" Upon Father Milad Yaghi, Lebanese Missionary Pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church In recognition to his service to our community in Houston since 1991.
 
Dr. Fadi Comair, General Director of the Lebanese Ministry of Electrical & Water Resources will present the award on behalf of President Lahoud following Devine Liturgy as a special Ceremony.
 
You are cordially invited to attend the Mass and Award Ceremony.
 
When: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time:  6 p.m.
Location:  Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church, 11935 Belfort Village, Houston
 
Reception will follow in the Church Hall.

For more information, visit www.ourladyofthecedars.net.
 

 
May 17, 2007  -  US-Mideast Relations: The Costs of a Damaged Dialogue
 

Wendy Chamberlin, The Middle East Institute
 
When:  Thursday, May 17, 2007
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  The Westin Oaks, Consort Ballroom, 5011 Westheimer, Houston
 
The negative image of America in the Middle East effects more than just the sale of our products. It is at the core of our ability to be an affective partner in regional transformation. In an effort to improve relations, Secretary of State Rice has toured the Middle East listening as well as talking to Middle Eastern leaders. How successful are her efforts? What more can be done to improve perceptions and renew the dialogue with Middle Eastern nations?
 
Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin is the president of the Middle East Institute. She previously served as deputy high commissioner for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees where she spearheaded humanitarian missions during several emergencies, including the crisis in Darfur and South Sudan. Ambassador Chamberlin served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2001-2002), to Laos (1996-1999), and held diplomatic posts in embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Morocco, Malaysia, and Zaire. Ambassador Chamberlain was the assistant administrator in the Asia-Near East Bureau for the US Agency for International Development (2002-2004) where she led reconstruction projects in Iraq and pioneered private/public sector partnerships to support Islamic education in the Middle East and East Asia.
 
HWAC members $30, non-members $40. Table Cost $500.
  
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.

 

 
May 16, 2007  -  Failure of Imagination: Americans and the Arab World
 

The Rothko Chapel presents A World of Walls, a series exploring the cultural, political, and human rights ramifications of barriers - visible and invisible.

 

Dr. Ussama Makdisi, associate professor of history, Rice University, and a recognized authority on the Middle East, will talk about the problems the Israeli-Palestinian wall provokes. Dr. Makdisi, who holds the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies, will also discuss other people barriers in the Middle East. He is author of The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lebanon. Dr. Makdisi received his Ph.D. from Princeton.
 
When:  Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Where:  Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.

 

 
May 12, 2007  -  Art for Peace & Harmoney
 

“Art is the beginning of all civilizations”
 
You are cordially invited to enjoy the grand opening of Al-Eiman Art Studio & Gallery, an Ongoing Gallery of Paintings About Palestine, Middle East & The Divine Art of The Arabic Calligraphy . The Gallery is dedicated for Empowering the Vision of Peace & Harmony among all kind of Human beings through knowing and understanding other Culture and Religions of different Races. Paintings will be Changed on Monthly Basis for Public View and Art Sale.

  
When:  Saturday, May 12, 2007
Time: 
5pm-8pm
Where: 
Artists’ Alliance Art School & Gallery, 104 Industrial Blvd, Suite Q, Sugar Land, TX  77478, (281) 565-0957
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
May 11, 2007  -  Mother's Day Celebration by Birzeit Society
 

Families and Friends of Birzeit Cordially invite you to celebrate Mothers Day.
 
Dinner, Dancing, Singer Jabur, Live Band & Belly Dancer.
 
When:  Friday, May 11, 2007
Time:  9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Where: 
Yalil Restaurant
 

$40 per person, $30 under 17 years old. This include Maza, dinner plate, soft drinks, desert, tax and tip. Please remember all precedes go to Birzeit Society, and used for good cause (Scholarships and more).
 
For tickets or more information, call Khalil Sayage (281-615-5949) or David Rabie (832-366-4496).

 

 
May 9, 2007  -  A Barrier for Peace? Israel’s Security Fence
 

The Rothko Chapel presents A World of Walls, a series exploring the cultural, political, and human rights ramifications of barriers - visible and invisible.

 

An expert on terrorism and political extremism, Dr. Ami Pedahzur, associate professor, Departments of Government and Middle East Studies, University of Texas, is also a senior fellow at the National Security Study Center, University of Haifa. Dr. Pedahzur can talk about the wall in Israel from several vantage points. He is associate editor of “Studies in Conflict and Terrorism” and also “Democracy and Security.” His forthcoming book is The Weapon of the Weak? The Paradox of Jewish Terrorism in Israel.
 
When:  Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Where:  Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.

 

 
May 6, 2007  -  Iman Academy Annual Fundraising Dinner
 

Iman Academy Schools & Faith Childcare Centers Annual Fundraising Dinner

 

When:  Sunday, May 6, 2007
Time:  4 p.m.
Location:  Holiday Inn Select, 2712 S.W. Frwy, Houston (Hwy 59 & Kirby)
 
Special Guest Speaker: Shaikh Abdul Rauf Al Khawaldeh
  
For more information, call 281-498-1345.

 

 
May 5, 2007  -  Music Beyond Borders Festival (featuring Palestine)
 

Music Beyond Borders (world music show on KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston) Presents MUSIC BEYOND BORDERS FESTIVAL.
 
When:  Saturday, May 5, 2007
Time:  6 - 10 PM
Location:  The Artery, 5401 Jackson at Prospect
 
FREE - donations are accepted and appreciated
 
Mohammad Rashed...Palestinian flute with dancers PALESTINE

Xiuh Ollin Aztec Dancers...prehispanic dancers MEXICO
Fun's Cantonese Opera Academy...Chinese opera CHINA
Film "Floating" by Oliver Eclarinal PHILIPPINES
Chakaveh Music Ensemble...classical Persian music IRAN
Kangsen Wakai...poet from CAMEROON
David and Chandra Courtney and friends...music from INDIA and PAKISTAN

   
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
May 4, 2007  -  Save Darfur Vigil
 

Everyone is invited to a vigil at the Mecom Fountain which will go from 3 to 6 pm on May 4. Signs will be available so just show up sometime during that period.

  

When:  Friday, May 4, 2007
Time:  3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location:  Mecom Fountain
 
For more information, call (713) 812-9640.

 

 
May 2, 2007  -  Of Borders and Walls
 
The Rothko Chapel presents A World of Walls, a series exploring the cultural, political, and human rights ramifications of barriers - visible and invisible.
  
Dr. George Gavrilis, assistant professor, Department of Government, University of Texas, will give an overview of walls being created around the world. He will describe how history shows that barrier walls and barbed wire constructed by aggressive states may not be the best way to provide security. His new book is Boundary Regimes in Dangerous Peripheries. Dr. Gavrilis received his Ph.D. at Columbia and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.
 
When:  Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Where:  Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
May 2, 2007  -  Beyond Islamism: The Growth and Impact of the New Islamic Media
 

Peter P. Mandaville, George Mason University
 
Date:  Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:  The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
  
The dramatic expansion of free media in the Arab and Muslim worlds is changing the political landscape. For better or worse, it fosters the free flow of information and opinions in ways that were unthinkable two decades ago. The internet, blogs, and scores of pan-Arab radio stations and satellite channels are being created by religious leaders and Islamist movements--in many cases, outside of government control. Should the more secular West be concerned? What do we need to understand about the growth of the new Islamic media? What are their goals? Will they fuel tension or lead to better communication and understanding?
 
Peter Mandaville is an associate professor in the Public and International Affairs department and the co-director of the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University. He is the author of Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (2001) and Global Political Islam (forthcoming, summer 2007). Dr. Mandaville was born and raised in the Middle East and has conducted research throughout the Muslim world.
 
HWAC members Free, non-members $ 20.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.

 

 
April 30, 2007  -  Offshore Technology Conference Reception
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the annual welcome reception for Arab delegates to the Offshore Technology Conference. Delegates from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Libya and the United Arab Emirates will be in attendance.
  

For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
April 29, 2007  -  ACC Family Picnic
 
This will be a great day of fun for the entire family with Live Music by California singer Nidal Jaloudi, food & soft drinks, music, soccer, volleyball, basketball, games for the children, fly kites, and more...
   
When:  Sunday, April 29, 2007
Time:  12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Food will be served from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
$5 per person, children 10 years & under free
  
For information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
April 26, 2007  -  Building a Foundation for our Next Generation
 
Muslim American Society - Houston invites you to the grand opening of our new "MAS Youth Center "MYC - Houston".
  
When:  Thursday, April 26, 2007
Time:  3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where:  6226 Hwy 6 South, Houston TX 77083
 
All family members are invited (food, snacks, presentations, etc.)
  
For more information, call MAS at 281-530-4627 or visit
 

 
April 24, 2007  -  Egypt’s Role in the Middle East
 
Nabil Fahmy, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States of America
 
When:  Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Westin Galleria, Monarch Room, 24th Floor, 5060 West Alabama
 
HWAC members $30, non-members $40. Table Cost $500.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
April 24, 2007  -  Navigating the Legal and Commercial Waters in Libya
 
The Libyan market re-opened to U.S. investors in April 2004 following the restoration of diplomatic relations. The lifting of sanctions has created endless investment opportunities for U.S. companies, from the oil & gas sector to medical services & equipment to tourism. However, U.S. companies face a variety of practical difficulties operating in Libya. The speaker panel assembled will discuss the business environment, for both large and small companies, practical commercial considerations and the legal challenges companies face when entering the market. Join us for a frank and open discussion about the market potential of Libya, the realities on the ground, and the various commercial and legal complexities facing U.S. investors in this burgeoning oasis.
 
Featuring:
 
  Tarek Eltumi, Libyan licensed attorney with the firm of Mukhtar, Kelbash & Elgharabli

Joshua Zive, attorney specialized in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act from Bracewell & Giuliani Law Firm in Washington D.C.

Darrell Cordry, General Manager for ChevronTexaco in Libya

Mike Nassar, Chairman and CEO of Energy Allied International

When:  Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Time:  8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where:  711 Louisiana Street, Suite 2300 Houston, TX 77002
  
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.

 

 
April 22, 2007  -  Immigration Town Hall Meeting
 
In partnership with the Arab American Cultural & Community Center of Houston, the Moroccan Society of Houston will hold an Immigration Town Hall Meeting.
 
When:  Sunday, April 22, 2007
Time:  4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
Panelists:
   Mrs. Norma Ayoub – Ayoub & Associates, P.C.
   Mrs. Wafa Abdin
   Mrs. Elaine Prappas
 
Event Agenda: Family Immigration, Business Immigration, Temporary Visas, US Citizenship, Consular Processing, Deportation Proceedings, FBI Name Checking Procedures, Applications Processing Times
 
The meeting will also discuss immigration proposals currently making their way through the United States Congress and how they might impact our community. Attendees will get immigration brochures from our panelists.

   
For information, call the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
April 21, 2007  -  "Emergence of a National Muslim Media for a Dynamic and Effective Community in a Plural Society" Town Hall Meeting
 

WHAT:  Muslim Media Network Forum – Theme: “Emergence of a National Muslim Media for a Dynamic and Effective Community in a Plural Society” Town Hall Meeting
 
Need to have an active National Muslim Media Network to positively impact various aspects of a plural society including upcoming Elections 2008
 
When:  Saturday, April 21, 2007
Time:  12:00 p.m.
Location:  Shahnai Restaurant, 5920 Hillcroft, Suite D, Houston, Texas 77036

RSVP: ILyas Hasan Choudry (832-275-0786, Choudry786@Yahoo.com), Shaukat Khan (832-867-2522)

 

 
April 20-21, 2007 -  Planning For U.S. Presidential Elections 2008 Begins
 
WHAT: Time to start planning for the U.S. Presidential Elections 2008
 
WHY: Our community is facing various issues and challenges, which can be resolved through our pro-active participation and role in the public square of U.S.
 
HOW: Identifying problems and issues, Doing research on these matters, Reaching out and creating awareness about these concerns, Encouraging the community to be pro-active
 
WHO: Community Media needs to play salient part in accomplishing all this by doing the necessary research and reaching out to candidates vying for various public offices including the highest office in the U.S.
 
Together: We can all make a difference
 
ACTION: Mark your calendars for Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2007 for seminars in the Houston-Galveston Greater Region by the Muslim Media Network, which brings for you all Weekly The Muslim Observer Newspaper.
 
SPEAKERS: Dr. Aslam Abdullah, who is Editor-In-Chief of Weekly The Muslim Observer & Director of the Islamic Society of Nevada in Las Vegas, and Dr. A. S. Nakadar - CEO & Publisher of Weekly The Muslim Observer. Other Speakers will be announced soon.
 
For more information, contact ILyas Hasan Choudry (832-275-0786, choudry786@yahoo.com), Shaukat Khan (832-867-2522), or the Weekly The Muslim Observer (248-426-7777).
 

 
April 20, 2007  -  Dr. Hanan Ashrawi at Peace through Development Gala
 
Join us in honoring Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian scholar, author, politician and activist. She is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Assembly; recipient of the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize; and founder and chair of MIFTAH - the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy.
 
When:  Friday, April 20, 2007
Time:  7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Where:  Sheraton Suites Hotel, 2400 West Loop South near the Galleria, Houston
  
Featuring: Palestinian Cultural Exhibition, Auction of hand-made Palestinian dresses representing the unique traditions of 12 cities, towns and villages
 
Tickets $50  -  can be obtained from Sahar Abusada at 281-565-6161, and will not be available at the door!
 
The funds raised will benefit economic development for the women of Palestine, helping establish the West Bank’s first woman-owned & operated canning factory
 
Sponsored by Palestinians for Peace and Democracy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
 
Click here for flyer.
 

 
April 15-20, 2007  -  America at a Crossroads
 
America at a Crossroads is a major public television event premiering on PBS in April 2007 that explores the challenges confronting the post-9/11 world — including the war on terrorism; the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan; the experience of American troops serving abroad; the struggle for balance within the Muslim world; and global perspectives on America’s role overseas.

Each night, series host Robert MacNeil will provide context to the compelling stories and provocative points of view to be shown throughout the week. The series of 11 independently produced documentaries is scheduled to launch on Sunday, April 15 and will run nightly through Friday, April 20, 8:00-10:00 p.m. Houston time. Additional films will air as specials following the premiere.

Aimed at creating a national dialogue surrounding the crucial issues explored in the series, an extensive media and outreach campaign in more than 25 communities accompanies the series. The campaign features screening events with the filmmakers and their subjects in discussions with United States military personnel, leading policy experts, leaders of the Islamic community, scholars from across the country as well as members of the public. Integrated Web and educational initiatives further extend the campaign.
 
For more information and to check the schedule, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/.
 

 
April 19, 2007  -  Faith Without Fear Film
 
Irshad Manji calls on her fellow Muslims to reform.  Irshad Manji is the internationally best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in her Faith. Through a new lens, this questioning Muslim takes a journey to reconcile her faith in Allah with her love of freedom. Along the way, she reveals the personal risks — emotional and physical — that come with such an urgent mission. The result is FAITH WITHOUT FEAR.

Trekking through the Arabian peninsula, Manji speaks with Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, who explains why he’s willing to turn his young son into a martyr. She also engages a California convert to Islam who now lives in Yemen and says that by covering her body and face, she’s exercising American-style freedom of religion. But is it really freedom if you’ll be punished for not covering? Manji meets one Yemeni woman who faces a steep price for rejecting the rules. Through them, Manji discovers what she thinks has corrupted a religion of justice to become an ideology of fear. She can relate: Her own home has bullet-proof windows.

With death threats stripping Muslims of their God-given right to free expression, Manji heads West for potential solutions. In the Netherlands, she sits down with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Member of Parliament and fellow dissident who, unlike Manji, has left Islam. Marked by rage, blood and a ritual murder, Ayaan’s story sheds light on how the fear is spreading — and whether it can be confronted. Manji then forays into the world of poor, young, disaffected Dutch Muslims. She leaves with a crucial lesson about why debate must replace violence if Muslims are to save themselves.

But is debate possible in Islam? That question brings Manji to Spain, where different religions, cultures and ideas flourished under Muslim civilization. It happened because of “ijtihad,” Islam’s own tradition of independent thinking. She shows the art, architecture and achievements that Muslims could once claim. In so doing, Manji finally encounters the Islam that she can love. Far from being a relic of the past, ijtihad is key to curbing atrocities committed today in the name of Islam. Manji introduces us to two Spanish Muslims who represent the humanity that ijtihad can restore to Islam, and the cruelty that Muslims will suffer at the hands of other Muslims if ijithad remains buried.

Throughout this high-stakes journey, Manji challenges herself to change. Wondering if her heart is blocked to the beauty of Islam, she invites one of her fiercest Muslim critics to break bread — and what she takes away aren’t crumbs. Yet Manji’s greatest epiphany comes from her pious mother. They don’t see eye to eye. But her mom’s dignified response in a moment of humiliation teaches Manji that Muslims can, in fact, have faith without fear. Islam allows it, if only Muslims will too.

When:  Thursday, April 19, 2007
Time:  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central/Houston Time
Where:  Houston Public Television (PBS) Channel 8
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_faith_without_fear.html.
 

 
April 19, 2007  -  Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
 

An opportunity for an intimate meeting with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, re-elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council to discuss the developing Economy in Palestine.
 
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a compelling and influential voice in the contemporary theatre of Middle Eastern politics, has been a central player in the struggle for a Palestinian homeland. A tireless campaigner for human rights, she has distinguished herself in both the academic and political arenas. Her academic expertise has played a vital role in the development and recognition of Palestinian culture, while her longstanding political activism on behalf of the Palestinian people has contributed greatly to the establishment of an independent and self-governing Palestine.

 

Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2007
Location: TBD
  
Registration: This Roundtable is open to Members only of thje Bilaterla U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
 
For more information please contact Ms. Aseel Saqer at 713-880 8168 or by e-mail at programs@bilateralchamber.org.

 

 
April 18, 2007  -  America's Muslims Film
 
A look at one of America’s fastest growing religions, AMERICA'S MUSLIMS explores the diversity of Muslims in America today, focusing on communities’ experience after 9/11, and contrasting life for Muslims here in the United States compared to Muslims in Britain and Europe.
 
The film — produced in conjunction with THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, including NewsHour correspondents Ray Suarez, Judy Woodruff, Spencer Michels and Fred de Sam Lazaro, and with openings and closings by Robert MacNeil — looks at the ongoing conversation American Muslims are having about life in the United States, including assimilation, discrimination, Muslim youth, religion and politics.
 
When:  Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Time:  9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Central/Houston Time
Where:  Houston Public Television (PBS) Channel 8
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_americas_muslims.html
 

 
April 18, 2007  -  Breakdown in the Gray Room: The Images from Abu Ghraib
 
By David Levi Strauss, Author and Commentator on Art and Politics
 
When:  Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Time:  7:00 pm
Where: 
University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Theater
Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Parking in lot 16B, across from the Fine Arts Building

 
Presented in collaboration with Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and with support from the University of Houston Downtown.
 

 
April 17, 2007  -  Arab Women Month: Arab Women in Poetry & Performance with Nathalie Handal
 

The Arab American Educational Foundation is sponsoring various events throughout the months of March and April to give tribute to Arab Women and to showcase their contributions and explain their role in Arab societies.
 
All events are held at Rice University at 7pm and are free to the public. Here is a schedule:
 
  Tuesday, April 17
Arab Women in Poetry & Performance with Nathalie Handal
McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall at 7pm.

 

Event flyer   -   Speaker Information
  
For more information, visit www.aaefhouston.org or call 713-266-2390.

 

 
April 17, 2007  -  Brilliant Lectures Presents Kofi Annan
 
When:  Monday, April 16, 2007
Time:  7:00pm
Where:  Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston
 

 
April 17, 2007  -  Gangs of Iraq Film
 
The anatomy of civil war.  Day after day scores of bodies litter the streets of Baghdad. To staunch the violence, the U.S. has spent billions to "stand up" the Iraqi forces.
 
In GANGS OF IRAQ, a joint production of FRONTLINE and the America at at Crossroads series, FRONTLINE takes a hard look at how the four-year training effort has failed and how the Coalition-trained forces have themselves been infiltrated by various sectarian militias.
 
Now, with President Bush proposing to send new U.S. troops to Iraq, it remains to be seen if America and its allies can build a national Iraqi army and police and restore order.
 
When:  Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time:  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central/Houston Time
Where:  Houston Public Television (PBS) Channel 8
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_gangs_of_iraq.html.
 

 
April 17, 2007  -  The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom Film
 
Richard Perle advocates and defends neoconservative policies.  Perle in conversation wtih Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of Al quds newspaper, London.
 
With debate over the war in Iraq still dominating policy discussions, this film follows one of the advocates for the war against Saddam Hussein.

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle travels the globe articulating, defending and debating the neoconservative case for an assertive American foreign policy.

Perle finds no shortage of candidates willing to challenge him on these issues.
 
When:  Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time:  9:00 pm - 10:00 pm Central/Houston Time
Where:  Houston Public Television (PBS) Channel 8
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_the_case_for_war.html.
 

 
April 16, 2007  -  Warriors Film
 
What is it really like to be a soldier in Iraq?  Filmed in 2005 in some of the most dangerous areas in and around Baghdad, WARRIORS profiles a handful of Army soldiers: five men and one woman.

They range from a squadron leader just weeks into his first combat command to a seasoned sergeant on a night raid in an insurgent hotspot.

WARRIORS opens a compelling, harrowing, and at times humorous, window on some less familiar sides of a soldier’s life: a look at who they are, what they do and why.

In this fight against an enemy hidden among the people, a soldier’s street level diplomacy is often called on more than the use of his weapon. Contrary to stereotypes, this generation of Army volunteers is better educated on average than the U.S. population at large. And, for many of the American men and women in Iraq, the strongest motivation is a need to serve and feel part of something bigger than themselves.

Above all, WARRIORS reminds us that these soldiers, often merely glimpsed in the news, are our neighbors, with lives they have left behind, many including children and spouses. But their daily work is not in an office. Their jobs require them to face down the daily threat of roadside bombs, sectarian violence and ambush.

During the course of this filming, the soldiers accompanied by the filmmakers were hit by an IED explosion, and then by a rocket-propelled grenade and machine-gun attack. After bringing back their casualties, this same platoon went right back out on patrol. That is part of their reality, part of what it takes to do their job.
 
When:  Monday, April 16, 2007
Time:  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central/Houston Time
Where:  Houston Public Television (PBS) Channel 8
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_warriors.html
 

 
April 15, 2007  -  Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda Film
 
From freedom fighters in Afghanistan to cold-blooded terrorists.  Providing an in-depth look at modern, radical Islamic groups, JIHAD: THE MEN AND IDEAS BEHIND AL QAEDA explores the ideas and beliefs that inspire them, along with the challenges they pose for governments in the Middle East and the West.

With previously unseen footage and first-hand testimony from those who fought, planned, argued, met or lived with them, this is the inside story of Al Qaeda's three leaders: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the recently killed leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi.

This film examines how the blood-soaked careers of these three men were driven by an evolving ideology of violence and hatred towards the West.

From the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s to Islamic organizations today, the film offers insightful perspectives of Islam from Western and Middle Eastern journalists, U.S. intelligence experts on the frontlines of the fight against Al Qaeda, and friends and contemporaries of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahiri.

It is also the story of how the peaceful and noble religion of Islam was distorted by Islamist terrorists in the name of jihad.

Two years in the making, JIHAD: THE MEN AND IDEAS BEHIND AL QAEDA was filmed on location in the Middle East, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, America and Britain.

Based on extensive original research, the film presents the story of the birth and evolution of Al Qaeda, not through the second-hand reporting of Western journalists, but through powerful testimony from first-hand witnesses.
 
When:  Sunday, April 15, 2007
Time:  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Central/Houston Time
Where:  Houston Public Television (PBS) Channel 8
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/about/show_jihad.html.
 

 
April 12, 2007  -   Islam, Iraq, and The War on Terror
 
Senior Time magazine columnist Joe Klein will speak on "Islam, Iraq, and The War on Terror."  One of America's most astute observers of politics and international affairs, Klein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of many books, including his latest, "Politics Lost: How American Politics Was Trivialized By People Who Think You're Stupid," which is about the disservice rendered by political consultants; and "Primary Colors," inspired by the 1992 presidential race, a book that was on The New York Times bestseller list for 25 consecutive weeks.
 
When:  Thursday, April 12, 2007
Time:  6:30 p.m. private patron reception, 7:30 p.m. program
Where:  Wortham Center, Cullen Theater
 
Book signing after the program in the grand foyer. Books will be on sale throughout the evening in the Green Room.
 

 
April 11, 2007  -  The Challenge of International Leadership: How America Must Prepare
 
Jones Award, Recognizing James C. Day with speaker David L. Boren
 
Date:  Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Hyatt Regency, Imperial Ballroom, 1200 Louisiana St.
 
Is the United States producing the expertise and leadership it will need for the century ahead? Confronting a world that is full of both promise and danger, the global role of the United States will require a deep understanding of other cultures and languages. Leadership in the 21st century is not something for governments alone, the private sectors will also be critical. We will need citizens as well as leaders who have an international perspective of the political and economic forces that will shape the world.
 
How do we train the next generation to be globally competent citizens and prepared for the leadership challenges?
 
A life-long internationalist, Doctor Boren has understood that national security requires increasing the supply of people who know the languages and cultures of other nations, especially those of high-risk areas and not traditionally studied by Americans. He sponsored the National Security Education Act of 1991 to increase funds for teaching foreign languages and studies of areas critical to the national interest.
 
David L. Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma, was Governor of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1979 and was a U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1994. During his fifteen years as Senator he was the longest-serving chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence.
 
The Council proudly announces its selection of James C. Day, Chairman of Noble Corporation, as its Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones International Citizen of the Year for 2007.
 
James C. Day, a leader in the international oil and gas service industry, has built bridges to global commerce through a major international company. He has been widely recognized for his service to the energy industry and to our community.
 
Support of the Jones Award benefits the educational programs of the Council. Pledges received before March 10th will be acknowledged in all subsequent materials. All contributions in excess of $35 per reservation are tax deductible.
The Council is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational organization.
 
HWAC members $50, non-members $100.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net. 
 

 
April 11, 2007  -   The Challenge of Guantanamo Legal and Human Rights Issues
 
Featuring Lt. Col. Mark A. Bridges - Speaker, Professor of Constitutional and Military Law, USMA, West Point, NY

Anant Raut - Speaker, Pro Bono Habeas Counsel, Wiel Gotschal & Manges, LLP, Washington, DC

William Cunningham - Moderator, Professor Emeritas, International Studies, University of St. Thomas
 
When:  - Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Where:  University of St. Thomas, Ahern Room, Crooker Hall
Parking available in the garage off of Graustark. Crooker Hall is adjacent to the garage.
 
Presented in collaboration with the Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas.
 

 
April 9, 2007 -  Cindy Sheehan: "Impeachment! Our Right… Our Duty”
 

Joining Sheehan will be Dianne Wilson (author of "Unreasonable Woman"), Debra Sweet, Dr. Bob Jensen, and Sissy Farenthold. The theme is “Impeachment! Our Right… Our Duty.”
 
When:  Monday, April 9, 2007
Time:  6 - 9 p.m.
Where:  Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th St., Houston, TX 77008 (just west of T.C. Jester Blvd.)
 
Meet, greet & refreshments 6 - 6:30 pm

Music 6:30 - 6:50 pm

Speeches 6:50 pm

 

$5 donation requested. 
 
For more information, contact Charles Mauch (713-432-1277, chasmauch@aol.com).

 

 
April 5, 2007 -  The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future
 
Vali Nasr, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
 
When:  Thursday, April 05, 2007
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location:  The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
The conflict in Lebanon, escalation of sectarian violence in Iraq, and growing tensions between Iran and the United States have all drawn attention to the growing influence and power of the Shias in the Middle East, a region traditionally dominated by the Sunnis. How have external forces contributed to this long-born political struggle for the soul of Islam and how will Sunni-Shia differences shape the future of the region? Vali Nasr offers an in-depth analysis of the current Shia revival, the history of the Shia-Sunni competition, and of U.S. policy options.
 
Dr. Nasr is an adjunct senior fellow for the Council on Foreign relations as well as a professor of Middle East and South Asia politics and associate chair of research in the department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Nasr specializes in political Islam with a focus on the relation of religion to politics, violence, and democratization.  Dr. Nasr is the author of five books the most recent of which is The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future, which will be available at the program.
 
HWAC members Free, non-members $20.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
April 5, 2007 -  International Education and Cultural Affairs
 
The Director of The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy cordially invites you to attend a panel discussion on International Education and Cultural Affairs with The Honorable Dina Habib Powell, Assistant Secretary of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. David Leebron, President, Rice University and The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, the Baker Institute.
 
When:  Thursday, April 05, 2007
Time:  4:00 p.m. 
Location: 
Baker Hall, Rice University
 
Reception to Follow.  RSVP is required by email to bipprsvp@rice.edu or by Fax to 713-348-5993.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 31, 2007  -  Spring Festival 2007
 
When:  Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time:  12:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where:  1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043 (Spring Branch Area)
 
Fun for all ages, lots of food, rides, games, garments, jewelry, scarfs, computer games competition & much more!
 
Sponsored by ISGH, NW Zone, Spring Branch and El-Eman.
 

 
March 31, 2007  -  Voter Registration Workshop
 
The new local chapter of the MAS Freedom Foundation is hosting a Voter Registration Workshop.  A representative from the County Tax Office will be on-hand to "swear-in" all those who are qualified and willing to be "Deputy Voter Registrars".
  
The workshop will, also, include a session on successful methods for registering voters (to include countering apathy and rejection among potential voters) and an introduction to MAS, its Freedom Foundation, and the "R. E. V." project for '07-'08.
 
When:  Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time:  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:   ISGH Main Center on Eastside Drive (near the Greenway Plaza)
   
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
   
Interested persons may call Brad at 281-748-7464. 
 

 
March 29, 2007  -  Arab Women Month: Arab Women in Islam with Imam Yahya Hendi
 

The Arab American Educational Foundation is sponsoring various events throughout the months of March and April to give tribute to Arab Women and to showcase their contributions and explain their role in Arab societies.
 
All events are held at Rice University at 7pm and are free to the public. Here is a schedule:
 
  Thursday, March 29
Arab Women in Islam with Imam Yahya Hendi
McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall at 7pm.
 
Tuesday, April 17
Arab Women in Poetry & Performance with Nathalie Handal
McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall at 7pm.

 

Event flyer   -   Speaker Information
  
For more information, visit www.aaefhouston.org or call 713-266-2390.

 

 
March 27, 2007  -  Beyond Terrorism - Building a Resilient Nation
 
Stephen Flynn, Council on Foreign Relations
 
When:  Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Westin Oaks, Consort Ballroom, 5011 Westheimer
 
Acts of terror cannot always be prevented and nature continues to show its fury in frighteningly unpredictable ways. Resiliency, argues Flynn, must now become our national motto. Our growing exposure to man-made and natural perils is largely rooted in our own negligence as we take for granted the infrastructure handed down to us by earlier generations. Once the envy of the world, this infrastructure is now crumbling. After decades of neglect our public health system leaves us at the mercy of microbes that could kill millions in the next flu pandemic. Flash flooding could wipe out a fifty year-old dam north of Phoenix, placing thousands of homes and lives at risk. The next San Francisco earthquake could destroy century-old levees, contaminating the fresh water supply that most of California relies on for survival. It doesn’t have to be this way. The Edge of Disaster tells us what we can do about it, as individuals and as a society. We can and, Flynn argues, must construct a more resilient nation. With the wounds of recent national tragedies still unhealed, the time to act is now.

Among the world’s most widely cited experts on homeland security, border control, and trade and transportation security issues Flynn is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller America the Vulnerable. He is among the world’s most widely cited experts on homeland security and global trade and transportation security issues. He spent twenty years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, served in the White House Military Office during the George H.W. Bush administration, and as director for Global Issues on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration.
 
HWAC members Free, non-members $20.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
March 26, 2007  -  Arab Women Month: Arab Women Filmmakers with Dr. Alia Arasoughly
 
The Arab American Educational Foundation is sponsoring various events throughout the months of March and April to give tribute to Arab Women and to showcase their contributions and explain their role in Arab societies.
 
All events are held at Rice University at 7pm and are free to the public. Here is a schedule:
 
  Monday, March 26
Arab Women Filmmakers with Dr. Alia Arasoughly
Keck Hall room 100 at 7pm.
 
Thursday, March 29
Arab Women in Islam with Imam Yahya Hendi
McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall at 7pm.
 
Tuesday, April 17
Arab Women in Poetry & Performance with Nathalie Handal
McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall at 7pm.

 
Event flyer   -   Speaker Information
  
For more information, visit www.aaefhouston.org or call 713-266-2390.

 

 
March 25, 2007  -  The Path of Compassion: An Interfaith Peace Celebration
 

The Rothko Chapel will host the fifth annual Interfaith Peace Celebration, a gathering of representatives of nine faiths practiced in the Houston area. Following the welcome and opening remarks, representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, and Zoroastrian faiths will each offer a 5 to 10 minute sharing around the theme The Path of Compassion. The purpose of this inspiring annual event is to facilitate communication and understanding among members of the many diverse faith communities in Houston and to demonstrate the principle "that which unites us is greater than that which separates us." 
 
The 2007 Celebration is sponsored by the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University, the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, and the Houston Interfaith Forum.
 

When:  Sunday, March 25, 2007
Time:  2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: 
Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
Following the program in The Rothko Chapel, participants and guests are invited to a reception in Guinan Residence Hall, directly across Yupon Street from the Chapel on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to view literature and visit with representatives of several local faith and service organizations, and to find out more about the beliefs and practices of others.
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.

 

 
March 25, 2007  -  The Truth About Islam
 

A special episode of the TV program "The Connection".  It is an extended round table discussion featuring panelists from the Texas Muslim community. In the program they will discuss common misconceptions and peoples educational needs about Islam.
 
This program will host Shaykh Waleed Basyouni, An Islamic Scholar & the founder of the Texas Dawah Convention (TDC), Br. Rodwan Saleh, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), Br. Mohamed Elibiary, President and CEO of the Freedom and Justice Foundation (F&J), and Sr. Shazia Siddiqi, The founder of MIST and an ISNA advisor.
 
When: 
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Time:  5 p.m.
Where: 
Channel 8 PBS Houston

 

 
March 22, 2007  -  A View from the Middle East
 
Anthony Lake, Georgetown University
 
When:  Thursday, March 22, 2007
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where:  The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Seven years ago in an acclaimed novel Anthony Lake warned Americans that our greatest threats would come not from the great nations of the world but from small groups with the desire to harm. A year later his worst fears came true. Lake will address the threats that face our National Security focusing on the events in the Middle East that directly affect our homeland security. A former negotiator in Eritrea Lake will also touch on recent events in the horn of Africa.

Anthony Lake is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Dr. Lake most recently served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1962 and his State Department career included assignments as U.S. Vice Consul in Saigon and Hue, Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor, and Director of Policy Planning. He is the author of several books, including Somoza Falling and The "Tar Baby" Option: American Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia, and co-author of Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmasking of American Foreign Policy. In addition, he edited After the Wars and was a contributing editor to Legacy of Vietnam: The War, American Society and the Future of U.S.
 
 
HWAC members Free, non-members $20.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
March 20, 2007  -  America at a Crossroads Screening and Panel Discussion
 
Houston PBS and the University of Houston present a screening and Discussion with Irshad Manji and her film FAITH WITHOUT FEAR.
 
When:  Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Where:  University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77004
 

Reception
6:00- 7:00pm
Screening
7:00- 8:00pm
Discussion
8:15- 9:00pm
 
Panelists:  Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam Today and subject of FAITH WITHOUT FEAR
 
For more information, visit www.pbs.org/weta/crossroads/events/#hou.
 

 
March 18-25, 2007  -  4th Anniversary Iraq War Memorial
 
The event will honor and remember all the casualties of the Iraq war on the fourth anniversary of this war. There will be a flag planted for each American casualty, and a display memorializing the estimated Iraqi and civilian deaths resulting from the war.
 
When:  Sunday, March 18 through Sunday, March 25, 2007
Time:  10:00am - 4:00pm
Where:  Pasadena Strawberry Park, 2900 Lafferty, Pasadena, TX, 77502
            One block No. of Spencer Hwy, between Strawberry and Lafferty
  
Opening ceremonies will begin at 6pm, March 18. Tapes will be played every evening at dusk March 18-25.
 
For more information, contact Miklhut@aol.com, Jmrine@hotmail.com, or call Mikal Hutto at 713-302-5233.
 
Sponsored by Military Families Speak Out Houston and Veterans for Peace Chapter 12.