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

 
 2008 Events

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December 31, 2008  -  PROTEST ISRAEL'S MASSACRE OF GAZA AT THE ISRAELI CONSULATE IN HOUSTON
 
When:  Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Time:  4 - 6 PM
Location:  Israeli Consulate - Weslayan & U.S. 59 (One block North of the Southwest Freeway)
 
THIS LEVEL OF INHUMANITY AND WAR CRIMINALITY MEANS THAT WE MUST BRING OUR PROTEST TO ISRAEL'S DOORSTEP.
 
ISRAEL'S GENOCIDE IN PALESTINE DEPENDS ON THE WORLD'S ACQUIESCENCE.  DON'T BE SILENT, WHEN SO MANY NEED US TO SPEAK!
 
BRING YOUR SIGNS AND ENERGY.
 

 
December 30, 2008  -  PROTEST ISRAEL'S MASSACRE OF GAZA AT THE ISRAELI CONSULATE IN HOUSTON
 
When:  Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Time:  4 - 6 PM
Location:  Israeli Consulate - Weslayan & U.S. 59 (One block North of the Southwest Freeway)
 
THIS LEVEL OF INHUMANITY AND WAR CRIMINALITY MEANS THAT WE MUST BRING OUR PROTEST TO ISRAEL'S DOORSTEP.
 
ISRAEL'S GENOCIDE IN PALESTINE DEPENDS ON THE WORLD'S ACQUIESCENCE.  DON'T BE SILENT, WHEN SO MANY NEED US TO SPEAK!
 
BRING YOUR SIGNS AND ENERGY.
 

 
December 30, 2008  -  Protest Israeli War Crimes
 
When:  Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Time: 
 4 PM TO 5:30 PM
Location: MANDELL & DUNLAVY BRIDGES OVER HWY. 59 
(MEET ON MANDELL)
 
Bring your own signs (min 8" letters) for the bridges, if you like. We have the following signs:

STOP THE GENOCIDE ON GAZA
ISRAEL KILLED 200 IN ONE DAY
US/UN--STOP ISRAEL
GAZA SUFFERS--FREE PALESTINE
FREE GAZA.ORG
STOP ISRAELI CRUELTY
ISRAEL-WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK
ISRAEL BRUTALIZES WITH OUR TAX MONEY
STOP FUNDING ISRAEL APARTHEID
WAKE UP U.S.A.
 
QUESTIONS: BOB 713-771-9439
 

 
December 29, 2008  -  PROTEST ISRAEL'S MASSACRE OF GAZA AT THE ISRAELI CONSULATE IN HOUSTON
 
When:  Monday, December 29, 2008
Time:  4 - 6 PM
Location:  Israeli Consulate - Weslayan & US 59 (One block North of the Southwest Freeway)
 
THIS LEVEL OF INHUMANITY AND WAR CRIMINALITY MEANS THAT WE MUST BRING OUR PROTEST TO ISRAEL'S DOORSTEP.
 
ISRAEL'S GENOCIDE IN PALESTINE DEPENDS ON THE WORLD'S ACQUIESCENCE.  DON'T BE SILENT, WHEN SO MANY NEED US TO SPEAK!
 
BRING YOUR SIGNS AND ENERGY.
 
QUESTIONS: BOB 713-771-9439
 

 
December 28, 2008  -  Demonstration Against the Israeli Massacre
 
Urgent Demonstration to Condemn the Israeli Massacre Against the Palestinians
 
The Palestinian American community in Houston, joined by Arab American and other organizations, and all people of conscience are calling for an emergency demonstration to protest the Israeli massacre and war crimes against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.
 
When: Sunday, December 28, 2008
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Westheimer at Post Oak (Galleria Area)
 
On Saturday, December 27, more than 1,000 Palestinians were killed and injured in the Gaza Strip by 100 tons of bombs dropped from US-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters. The victims include men, women and children and the number of victims is expected to rise rapidly.
 
Join us on Sunday as we call for an end to the Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians.
 

 
December 24-27, 2008  -  Texas Dawah Convention
 
Learn it!  Live it!
Community in Focus
  
When:  Wednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27, 2008 
Location: 
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston
 
For more information, visit www.texasdawah.org.
 

 
December 17, 2008  -  Muslim Meditation with Ali Kemal Civelek
 
This monthly meditation series explores the connection between contemplation and well-being. Ali Kemal Civelek, President of the Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce, leads the meditation.
 
When:  Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Time:  12 noon
Location: 
The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross St., Houston, TX 77006
 
Admission is FREE; seating is first-come, first-serve.
 
For more information,. visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
December 10, 2008  -  The Universal Declaration at 60: Is the UN Human Rights Commission Doing Enough?
 
By Hillel Neuer
 
When: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 pm, Program: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway Plaza, The Grand Salon West Ballroom
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system comprised by 47 countries. It is charged with strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. But the organization has come under fire as many of its members are themselves accused of egregious rights violations. One of their leading critics is Hillel Neuer of UN Watch.
 
UN Watch is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations’ by the yardstick of its own charter. As the executive director and leading spokesman for UN Watch, Hillel Neuer has appeared before the UN Human Rights Council and regularly testifies before the US congress on UN reform. Neuer has written on law, politics and international affairs for publications such as the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic Online and the Christian Science Monitor. In the past year Neuer has debated UN human rights issues on CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.
 
Neuer holds a BA in intellectual history and political science from Concordia University, a BCL and LLB from the McGill University Faculty of Law, and an LLM in comparative constitutional law from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
  
This program is co-sponsored by American Jewish Committee.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
December 8, 2008  -  Eid Al-Adha
 
The Fiqh Council of North America has decided that Eid Al-Adha will be on Monday, December 8, 2008.
 
According to Saudi Press Agency, The Supreme Judicial Council announced that Saturday, November 29, 2008, is the first day of the lunar month of Zil-Hijja, and accordingly Arafat Day will be on Sunday, the 9th of Zil-Hijja, corresponding to December 7, 2008, and Eid al-Adha day will be on Monday, the 10th of Zil Hijja, corresponding to December 8, 2008.
 
Eid Prayers:
 

Reliant Center (Hall - A): Takbeerat at 8:30 AM & Salat at 9:30 AM.  Parking $7 Per Car
 
Masjid Elfarouq: First Prayer at 7:30 am, Second Prayer at 9 am, Third Prayer at 10:30 am
 

 
November 27-30, 2008  -  MAS-ICNA South Regional Annual Convention
 
Our Youth: It’s Time to Change
  
When:  Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30, 2008
            (Thanksgiving weekend)
 
Where:  The Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010
   
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org/Conv/.
 

 
November 26-30, 2008  -  ADS Thanksgiving Convention
 
The American Druze Society will hold a Thanksgiving Convention.  The theme is "A CHAIN OF LOVE AND CARING".
 
Dr. Clovis Maksoud will be honored at the Banquet Turath Gala.

  
When:  Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30, 2008
Where:  JW Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056
  
For more information, visit www.adshoustonchapter.com.
 

 
November 24, 2008  -  Inside Africa: Three Hidden Wars
 
Paul Salopek, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent, will talk about the underreported conflicts, genocides, and human rights abuses in Africa. He won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on political strife and disease epidemics ravaging Africa, witnessed firsthand as he traveled, sometimes by canoe, through rebel-controlled regions of the Congo. He also made headlines when he was kidnapped and held for 30 days in Darfur. He will discuss the three wars he has been covering in Africa: Somalia, Darfur (in the Sudan), and Congo.
 
Elias Bongmba, professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, will lead a question and answer session.
 
When:  Monday, November 24, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas
 
For more information, contact the Rothko Chapel at 713-524-9839.
 

 
November 22, 2008  -  Dr. Riyad Mansour in Houston
 
Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations
 
   
When
:  Saturday, November 22, 2008
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: 
The Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056
  
Tickets:  $25 per person (includes full course dinner)
Parking: Free
 
This event will be in Arabic and it includes Q & A session.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 20, 2008  -  Rothko's Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
 
Offerings and prayers of gratitude will be presented by representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith traditions.
 
When
:  Thursday, November 20, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas
 
For more information, contact the Rothko Chapel at 713-524-9839.
 

 
November 19, 2008  -  Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos
 
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, and granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, will present photographs and stories from her work documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance in the West Bank with the International Women's Peace Service. Her presentation will cover checkpoints, the Wall, Israeli activism, censorship, nonviolent resistance, and other topics rarely covered by US media. Baltzer is currently touring the US with her acclaimed presentation and book Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.
 
When:  Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (between Shepherd and Woodhead)
               Park in the lot of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church just east of the center.
 

 
November 18, 2008  -  Explaining Authoritarianism in the Arab World: The Case of Egypt
 
Samer Shehata, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
 
When:  Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m.,
a reception will follow lecture
Location: 
Fransworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center, Rice University
  
     
This lecture is part of The Arab World, History, Politics, and Culture Lecture Series,
sponsored by James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Department of History at Rice and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture Endowment.
 
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 on the lecture series, please contact Ussama Makdisi at 713-348-2561 or makdisi@rice.edu or visit http://history.rice.edu/arabworld.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 17, 2008  -  WorldQuest 2008
 
When:  November 17, 2008
Time:  Registration: 5:45 p.m., Dinner program: 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Galleria, Plaza Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama
 
Individual: $35, Table (10 seats): $350, Priority Table (10 seats): $500
 
Phone: (713) 522-7811, Fax: (713) 522-7812, Email: rsvp@wachouston.org
 
What is WorldQuest?
It's an exciting game of international trivla, played in teams of ten, with four rounds of questions. Answers are submitted by teams, not individuals. It's a great way to test your knowledge of international issues.

Who can play?
Anyone can play WorldQuest. Teams can be formed by businesses, schools, clubs or groups of friends. If you want to play but don't have a team, we can find a team for you.

How is WorldQuest played?
The game is played in four rounds of 25 questions each. Your team has 30 seconds to answer each question. Answer sheets are submitted at the end of each round. The trophy goes to the team with the highest number of points at the end of the four rounds. In the event of a tie, a sudden death round will be played.

What kind of questions will be asked?
The questions will be timely and relevant, covering topics such as international politics, current events, economics, geography and culture. Questions will cover all parts of the globe, so teams with a geographic balance of expertise will have an advantage.
 
For sample questions, more information or to register, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
November 15, 2008  -  ACC Annual "Unity & Friendship" Gala
 
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 Chair:  Manal Broeckelmann
    
When:  Saturday, November 15, 2008
Location:  Hilton – Post Oak
   
For reservations and/or more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366.
 

 
November 14, 2008  -  Deserter Film Screening
 
Houston Indymedia and Iraq Veterans Against the War present:
Deserter Film Screening
 
When:  Friday, November 14, 2008
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Rice Cinema,
Entrance #8 for Rice University at University and Stockton Ave.
 
Deserter, Big Noise Films, 2007, USA/Canada
 
'Deserter' is the journey a deserting soldier and his young wife as they flee across the country to seek refugee status over the Canadian border. As they move from safe house to safe house, we get to know Ryan and Jen - two, shy, small-town kids from the Central Valley who joined the military because there were no jobs, and find they must make a heroic stand in order to escape an illegal and immoral war.  'Deserter' is a political road movie with one of the few happy endings that this war has given us.
 
After the film, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War will talk about their experiences and facilitate a discussion.
 
Cosponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War, Rice for Peace, Veterans for Peace, and Military Families Speak Out.
 
More information at http://houston.indymedia.org.
 

 
November 12, 2008  -  Body of War
 
"Body of War" (2007, 87 minutes). Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine, wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Portrays what it's like inside the body, heart and soul of this young man. Produced and directed by Phil Donahue & Ellen Spiro.
  
When:  Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Time:  12:30 p.m.
Location:  Eagle Room, Northwest College's Town & Country Center, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North.
 
For more information, contact Ann Bragdon, Northwest College Anthropology/Sociology faculty member (713-718-5642, ann.bragdon@hccs.edu).
 

 
November 11, 2008  -  Protest the Iraq Occupation
 
Veterans for Peace Chapter 12 has an entry in the Veterans Day Parade. Join them in marching behind a large banner that says, STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ, BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW. Gather at 11 a.m. at the corner of Milam and Prairie in Downtown Houston.
 

 
November 8, 2008  -  Arab American Medical Association Meeting
 
For more information, visit www.aama-houston.com.
 

 
November 8, 2008  -  Christian Egyptian Heritage Society Annual Gala
 
When:  Saturday, November 8, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 Dinner, 8:30 p.m. Program
Location:  Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 E Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX
 
Featuring For The First Time DJ Kamel and Trans Arabian Sounds Band
 
Tickets: $75.00, Students: $40.00
Reserve by check to: CEHS, 7887 San Felipe #122, Houston, TX 77063

   
For more information, contact the Christian Egyptian Heritage Society.
 

 
November 5, 2008  -  Force and Diplomacy: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
 
Peter Mansoor, (Ret.) Colonel, US Army
   
When:  Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 pm, Program: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
The "surge" in Iraq was more than an increase of military force. Of greater importance was the change in the way U.S. forces were deployed. Repositioning the US military with Iraqi forces out in neighborhoods, the new strategy emphasized protection of the population and recognized that the only way to secure people is to live among them. This new counterinsurgency doctrine was authored in part by Peter Mansoor.

As executive officer to the commanding general, Mansoor served on a Council of Colonels that advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff to reassess the strategy for the Iraq War. Based in part on this group's deliberations, the United States began the "surge" strategy which resulted in improved security and greater political stability in Iraq. Mansoor was one of the major authors of the Iraq situation report, delivered by Petraeus to Congress in September, 2007.
 
In his memoir, Baghdad at Sunrise, Mansoor gives us a detailed analysis of the operation, the decisions made and the lessons that should be learned by the military and political leaders. 
    
F
or more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
November 3, 2008  -  Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror
 
JOHN PILGER, Author, Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker to SPEAK in HOUSTON.
 
When:  Monday, November 3, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Herzstein Hall Amphitheatre, Rice University
 
Following screening of: "Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror"
  
Click her for more information.
 

 
November 2, 2008  -  Dine & Discuss with Author John Zogby
 
John Zogby:  President and CEO of a highly regarded international polling and marketing research firm, John Zogby is frequently called upon to dissect emerging trends in American society for clients that include Reuters, NBC News and C-Span. He's also a regular contributor to network news broadcasts and talk shows. The Way We Live: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream is the title of his new book.
 
When:  Sunday, November 2, 2008
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 
Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas
 
Business Attire, Autographing Reception & Book Sales
 
 
For tickets, visit chron.com/bookandauthor or call 832-393-1450.
 

 
November 2, 2008  -  Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq
 
PAYING THE PRICE: Killing the Children of Iraq (2000). Internationally known and award-winning filmmaker and journalist John Pilger and Lowery travel to Iraq with Denis Halliday, a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, who resigned over what he called the "immoral policy" of economic sanctions. There they find a suffering nation held hostage to the compliance of a dictator, Saddam Hussein, over whom they have no control.
 
When:  Sunday, November 2, 2008
Time:  8:45 p.m.
Location:  Rice Media Center (take Entrance 8 at Stockton off University)
 

 
November 1, 2008  -  Funeral Service for Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah
 
It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah, a well respected doctor and friend.  Dr. Uwaydah passed away Friday evening in Houston, Texas.
   
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddique, located on 8830 Old Galveston Road (HWY 3), Houston TX 77034.
  
May God bless his soul and give comfort and patience to his family and friends.
 

 
October 30-November 2, 2008  -  International Quilt Festival
 

When:  October 30 - November 2, 2008
Time:  Thursday-Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM, Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM
Location: 
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
    
For more information, visit www.quilts.com.

 

 
October 24, 2008  -  Qatar Business Conference
 
Qatar is geographically small but is a commercial giant. According to the US Department of Commerce, from 2004 to 2007 US exports to Qatar have increased from $423 million a year to an astonishing $2.7 billion a year. By 2010 Qatar is forecast to become the largest natural gas exporter to the world, they currently supply one-third of the world's liquefied natural gas (LNG).
 
Qatar's reform minded leadership is diversifying the economic base of the country beyond oil and gas. They have transformed their hydrocarbon wealth into modern health facilities, tourism infrastructure and western style education institutions; Many renowned establishments and corporations from Texas such as Texas A&M University, The Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center recognize the value of Qatar's growing economy. All indicators point to significant future growth in multiple sectors for US exports to this market.
 
Join us for Houston's Annual Consular Business Conference to discuss US-Qatar business partnerships from leading US and Qatari business leaders.
 
When:  Friday, October 24, 2008
Time: 
8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast
          8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Panel Discussions
          11:40 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Presentation
 

Location: 
Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010
    
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
October 24, 2008  -  After the Last Sky: A tribute reading for Palestine Poet Mahmoud Darwish
 
Please join us for a reading of his works and tribute to his Spirit.
 
When: Friday, October 24, 2008
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Cafe Flores, 6606 Lawndale St., Houston, TX, 77023
 
Hosted by: Voices Breaking Boundries (VBB), Palestine Film Festival and Palapala Magazine.
 
For more information, call 713-294-7168 or 832-212-4728.
 

 
October 24-November 2, 2008  -  Fundamentals of Classical Arabic
 
When:  October 24 - November 2, 2008
Time:  7-10 PM Nightly, Information Session on October 10 at 8 PM
Location: 
Masjid Hamza / Mission Bend, 6233 Tres Lagunas, Houston, TX,77083
  
Prerequisites: Qur'an Reading in Arabic Without Comprehension. No writing or vocabulary required. 
 
Hours: 30, Credits: 3, Instructor: Nouman Ali Khan
Click here for more information.
 
For more information, visit www.bayyinah.com/student_center/.
 

 
October 23, 2008  -  The Egyptian Renaissance in Modern Times
 
A Lecture Presentation By His Excellency Ambassador ElHusseini Abdelwahab, Consul General of Egypt in Houston.
   
The presentation will focus on that period of Egyptian history starting from the early nineteenth century up to the early twentieth century, with special emphases on the key players of the era such as: Saad Zaghlour, Mostapha Kamel and Talaat Harb.
  
When:  Thursday, October 23, 2008
Time:  6:30 pm: registration, 7:00 pm: Lecture
Location: 
The Renaissance Hotel, The Camellia room at the concourse level
 
Members & Students: Free, Non-Members: $10
  
For more information, contact the Christian Egyptian Heritage Society.
 

 
October 22, 2008  -  The Visitor Film Documentary about Post 9/11
 
"The Visitor" (2008, 100 minutes), filmmaker Tom McCarthy's documentary about post-9/11 life for immigrants living in the U.S.  A chance encounter of a Connecticut economics professor transforms his empty life as he becomes engaged with strangers, their visa issues, humanity and music.
 
When:  Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Time:  12:30 p.m.
Location:  Eagle Room, Northwest College's Town & Country Center, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North.

 
For more information, contact Ann Bragdon, Northwest College Anthropology/Sociology faculty member (713-718-5642, ann.bragdon@hccs.edu).
 

 
October 21, 2008  -  Shaping a World of Freedom
 
Ambassador W. Robert Pearson
  
When:  Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 pm, Program: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  The Junior League, Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
  
Shaping a World of Freedom
The Foreign Policy Budget We Need and the Real Cost of Doing Too Little
  
U.S. foreign policy sets the stage for America's global engagement. This engagement takes the form of military actions, diplomacy, foreign aid and more. It all comes with a cost. Robert Pearson argues that spending enough on diplomacy now can save other costs later. From the Caucasus to Cuba, Burma to Belarus, diplomacy is an important tool in the U.S. arsenal that must not be neglected. Ambassador Pearson will discuss key areas of change and concern for the next president and give his views on the key role of diplomacy in international problem solving.
 
During Ambassador Pearson's 30 year career at the Department of State, he served as director general of the Foreign Service, ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. He also held positions as the deputy assistant secretary general of NATO and chair of NATO's Political Committee. Before entering the Foreign Service, he served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the U.S. Navy. In 2005 he was responsible for creating the first civilian crisis response, reconstruction and stabilization organization in the U.S. Government and successfully tested the program domestically and internationally.
 
Currently, Ambassador Pearson is Head of the International Division for The SPECTRUM Group, a consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and of the University of Virginia Law School. Ambassador Pearson speaks French, Chinese and Turkish and is a member of the California Bar.
  
F
or more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
October 20, 2008  -  Bissan Rafe's Exhibit "Olive Brides"
 
Bissan Rafe's exhibit "Olive Brides" will be on display for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The exhibit explores the effects of war on women with a focus on Gaza.
 
When:  Monday, October 20, 2008
Time:  5 - 7 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston-Main Campus, 624 Agnes Arnold Hall
 
Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit www.friendsofwomen.org/artspace.asp.
 

 
October 19, 2008  -  Art Exhibit to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
 
Amnesty International USA Southern Regional Office is presenting this exhibition with original works by regional artists who are spotlighting the plight of internally displaced peoples.
 
The title is "From Darfur to New Orleans: Uphold the Right to Freedom of Movement and the Right of Return of internally displaced people in Sudan, across the Gulf Coast, and in Iraq."
 
Artists include Shelley Shanks, Gabriel Delgado, Dune-Micheli Patten, Patrick Medrano, Elizabeth Bick, and Ayad Al Rakabi, each of whom is creating original pieces for the event. The originals will be on display and signed prints will be available for sale.
 
When:  Sunday, October 19, 2008
Time: 
 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location:  Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St., www.winterstreetstudios.net
 

 
October 18, 2008  -  From Darfur to New Orleans: The Gulf Coast, and in Iraq
 
Art Exhibition, Private Reception & Campaign Launch
  
When:  Saturday, October 18, 2008
Time: 
 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location:  Winter Street Gallery, 2101 Winter St., www.winterstreetstudios.net
 

 
October 14, 2008  -  Tomorrow's Middle East
 
Robin Wright, Journalist and Author
 
When:  Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 pm, Program: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  The Junior League, Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more than thirty years, journalist Robin Wright has been reporting on the Middle East, examining the problems that shadow a troubled region. But in her latest trip, Wright found a budding culture of change and new voices pushing for more open, democratic societies. Activists, reformers, political leaders, and ordinary citizens are redefining the political debate at great personal risk. They are beginning to demand the kind of reforms that have swept the rest of the world over the past quarter century.
 
Who are the people and what are the forces pushing for change in the Middle East? Can they succeed?
 
Robin Wright has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News and leading publications around the world. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Among several awards, Wright received the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award for reportage from Iran in The New Yorker, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. She was named journalist of the year by the American Academy of Diplomacy, and won the National Press Club Award and the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting.
 
F
or more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
October 9, 2008  -  Poetry Reading and Discussion by Iraqi-American Poet Dunya Mikhail
 
The Cultural Enrichment Center Presents University of Houston-Downtown Visiting Poet Dunya Mikhail, Author of The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005)
  
Poetry Reading and Discussion
 
When:  Thursday, October 9, 2008
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston-Downtown, 1 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
                Robertson Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Academic Building
 
Born in Iraq in 1965, Dunya Mikhail worked as Literary Editor for The Baghdad Observer. Facing threats from the Iraqi authorities for her writings, she fled Iraq in the late 1990s. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Mikhail has published four collections of poetry in Arabic, and one lyrical multi-genre text, The Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea. The War Works Hard, translated by Elizabeth Winslow, won the PEN Translation Award. Shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize, it was selected by New York Public Library as one of 25 best books of 2005. Mikhail’s poetry has been in anthologized in World Beat- International Poetry Now, Le Poeme Arabe Moderne, Iraqi Poetry Today, The Post-Gibran Anthology of New Arab-American Writing, New Arab Poetry, and The Poetry of Arab Women.
 
For more information, contact Jane Creighton (creightonj@uhd.edu, 713-221-8295).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 3-9, 2008  -  "Allah Made Me Funny" The Movie
 
This original concert film follows three acclaimed comedians on stage and off as they lift the veil to reveal the humorous truth of what it’s really like to be Muslim in America.
 
Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, and Preacher Moss poke fun at themselves, their communities, government, human nature, and the tricky predicament of living in post-9/11 America. Featuring music of rising independent artists, ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY: LIVE IN CONCERT is rollicking good fun and gives people of all cultural backgrounds an opportunity to laugh hard, drop their guard and open their minds.
 
Opens in Houston on October 3, 2008 at the Angelika Film Center, 510 Texas Avenue.
 
Click here for flyer.
 
For more information, visit www.allahmademefunny.com.
 

 
October 7, 2008  -  National Neighbors' Night Out
 
The October date is a change from the traditional August date. Texas got an exception from the national sponsor, National Association of Town Watch, because of the heat. Last year, more than 640 NNO events were identified throughout the Houston/Harris County area. This response from the citizens resulted in a fourth place National Night Out Award for cities with a +300,000 population. The 2008 event will be a its 25th anniversary. The Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office, and surrounding law enforcement agencies will once again sponsor.
 
When:  Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Time:  Events should be planned to take place between 6 and 9 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Cathy at ckorrf@earthlink.net.
 

 
October 6, 2008  -  Pakistan: A Storm on the Horizon
 
Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institute
  
When:  Monday, October 6, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 pm, Program: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  The Junior League, Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
   
Pakistan is a crucial state in a crucial region, and things there are going awry. Nuclear weapons, terrorism, poverty, and drug trafficking make it a breeding ground for conflict. Pakistan's potential for creating additional regional instability now concerns many American security analysts. Can the US help to stabilize Pakistan? What is the first step?
 
Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC. During his career with the Central Intelligence Agency, he held assignments overseas and was the deputy chief of the Persian-Gulf task force during the war in 1991. At the National Security Council, he was the special assistant to the President and senior director for Near East and South Asian Affairs. He also worked for the National Intelligence Council, for the Pentagon as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Near East and South Asia, and for NATO as a special advisor to the Secretary General. He is a member of the Royal College of Defense Studies in London. He has received the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, Secretary of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and Distinguished Intelligence Career Medal. He earned bachelor's degree from Brown University and his master's from Harvard College. He now teaches at Georgetown University. He is author of The Search for Al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology and Future.
  
F
or more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
October 5, 2008  -  Ramadan Eid Picnic at ACC
 
Come & Join us for the Ramadan Eid PICNIC.
 
When:  Sunday October 5, 2008
Time:  12PM to 7PM
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston  
 
Food will be served from 2PM to 4PM From Fornos of Italy.
 
Music Entertainment with our favorite Houston Singer JABOUR Starting at 4PM.
 
Moonwalks ~ Popcorn ~ Cotton Candy ~ Arguile ~ Coffee & Tea…
 
Parking Fee: $10
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or visit www.ArabAmericanCenter.org
 

 
October 5, 2008  -  Syrian American Club Eid Al-Fitr Celebration
 
When:  Sunday, October 5, 2008
Time:  1 pm - 5 pm

Where:  Cafe Layal, 6328 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 5, 2008  -  Muslim Family Day at Six Flags Over Texas
 
ICNA Dallas will provide you a very good opportunity to celebrate Eid Ul-Fitr occasion with you and your family and friends. Come and join us on
 
October 5th, 2008
Six Flags Over Texas
Arlington, TX
 
Insha Allah, on October 5th, 2008, Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington TX is set to be transformed as "Muslim Family Fun Day", an event organized by ICNA. This event is designed to provide entertainment for the entire family!
 
Park Schedule: Open from 11 AM - 7 PM
Extended MFD hours: 7 PM - 10 PM
 
Event Highlights
 
   Prayer Facility. Salah-tul-Duhur, Salah-tul-Asr and Salah-tul-Maghrib in Jamah
   Quality Halal Food Vendors
   Islamic Organization Tables
   Bugs Bunny and friends Parade
   Amazing Roller Coasters Ride
   Looney Tunes Rides for younger kids
 
For more information, visit www.muslimfamilyfunday.com.
 

 
October 2-5, 2008  -  The Original Greek Festival Houston
 
Come and join The Original Greek Festival, now in its 42nd 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 also been expanded. OPA!!
 
When:  Thursday-Sunday, October 2-5, 2008
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, 2008  -  Houston Turkish Festival
 
When:  Saturday, October 4, 2008
Where:  Jones Plaza, Downtown Houston
 
 
For more information, visit www.turkishfest.atahouston.org.
 

 
October 4, 2008  -  Eid Festival at Masjid Elfarouq
 
When:  Saturday, October 4, 2008
Time:  11 am - 5 pm

Where: 
Masjid Elfarouq, 1207 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043
  
For more information, visit www.elfarouq.org or call 713-465-2020.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 4, 2008  -  International Festival of Fort Bend
 
Celebrating Cultures in our community!
 
When:  Saturday, October 4, 2008
Time:  11 am - 6 pm

Where: 
Stafford Convention Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477
  
Multi-cultural Parade & Cultural Performances, Ethnic Foods, Arts & Crafts, Free Children’s Attraction
 
For more information, visit www.if-fb.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 1, 2008  -  Eid Prayer / ISGH
 
Islamic Society of Greater Houston Announcement for Eid Ul Fitr - Shawwal 1429
 
There were reports of Shahada from the Islamic Center of Arkansas and Masjid Salahuddin Canada but ISNA, ICNA & Madrasah Islamia were unable to verify it.
 
Therefore 1st Shawwal will be on Wednesday Oct 01 and Salat ul Eid will be at Reliant Center @ 9:00 AM Insha'allah.
 
ISGH Shura.
 
For more information, visit www.isgh.org.
 

 
September 30, 2008  -  Eid Prayer / Masjid Elfarouq
 
Eid Mubarak!!! Sighting of the moon of Shawwal Eid ul Fitr has been confirmed in North america. Eid will be on Tuesday 9/30/08
  
Masjid Elfarouq will conduct three eid prayers according to the following schedule:
 
First Prayer: 7:30 a.m. (Arabic & English) Sh. Walid Basyouni
Second Prayer: 9:00 a.m. (Arabic) Sh. Ma'in Al-Qudah
Third Prayer: 10:30 a.m. (Arabic & English) Sh. Sayyed Mohamad
 
For more information, visit www.elfarouq.org.
 

 
September 28, 2008  -  Journalist Robert Fisk in Houston
 
Award-winning foreign affairs journalist Robert Fisk
 
Described by the New York Times as “probably one of the most famous foreign correspondents of Britain,” he has had over thirty years of experience in international reporting in Belfast, Sarajevo, Beirut, and Baghdad. His understanding of journalism is “that it must challenge authority – all authority – especially when governments and politicians take us to war.” He is considered the world’s most decorated foreign correspondent, having received numerous awards including the British Press Award’s International Journalist of the Year seven times. His publications include The Point of No Return: the Strike Which Broke the British in Ulster, In the Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War and The Great War for Civilization: the Conquest of the Middle East.
 
When: Sunday, September 28, 2008
Times: 3 pm: "Don't Trust the Press: Why Intelligence Sources Are Not Good Enough"
           7 pm: "The Lessons of History: Why We Should Not Have Invaded Iraq"

Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas
   
For more information, contact the
Rothko Chapel at 713-524-9839.
 

 
September 28, 2008  -  MAS Annual Ramadan Banquet: Embracing Our Future
 
MAS Houston invites the Muslim community to attend its Annual Ramadan Banquet “Embracing Our Future”.
 
A panel of speakers, including Imam Mahdi Bray and Sh. Main Al-Qudah will be present, as well as invited public officials.

 
When:  Sunday, September 28, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where:  Hilton Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77042
 

For more information, call 281-530-4627 or visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
September 28, 2008  -  Arees Institute Dinner & Fund Raiser
 
When:  Sunday, September 28, 2008
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location:  Mahraja Restaurant, 3711 Highway 6 South, Houston, TX 77082

For more information about the institute, visit www.arees.org.
 

 
September 28-Onwards  -  ICNA-GIC IKE Recuperation Center in Galveston
 
The Islamic Circle of North America Relief (ICNA Relief – 501 (c)(3) Tax ID#: 04-3810161) and the Galveston Islamic Center, are launching IKE Recuperation Center inside the City of Galveston.
 
At present, they have from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) around 5,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).
 
They Have Several Needs – Please Donate Your Time As Volunteers And/Or Donate: Water – Dry Ice – Regular Ice – Nice Clothes – Shoes – Utensils…
 
When: 
Sunday, September 28, 2008 – 12:00-Noon Onwards.
Location:  The Galveston Islamic Center – Masjid Usman Bin Ibane Affan - 921 Broadway Street – Galveston - Texas 77550
 
For more information, call Ayub Badat 917-602-4450, Saad Ansari 281-282-7010 or Dr. Rashid Siddiqi 713-624-0697.
 
SEND CASH DONATIONS: Mail Checks Or Money-Orders: ICNA Relief – 915 West Bertrand - Houston - Texas 77088 - Or Donate On-Line: www.ICNARelief.Org.
 

 
September 26, 27 & 28, 2008  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional popular Ramadan Tent at ACC for the entire month of Ramadan.  The Holy month of Ramadan is a wonderful time to promote a sense of family and community. So bring the family and friends and join us to enjoy a unique Ramadan environment with food and entertainment.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 26, 27 & 28, 2008
Time:  9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
Live Music by Jabour & His Band from 10:30PM to 12:30AM
Food provided by Fornos of Italy – Mr. Hassan Ibrahim
Coffee – Tea – Soft Drinks – Sweets – Shisha – And much more!
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or visit www.ArabAmericanCenter.org
 

 
September 26, 2008  -  America and the World: Options and Obstacles for the Next President
 
James P. Rubin, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
   
When:  Friday, September 26, 2008
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Hyatt Regency, Imperial Ballroom, 1200 Louisiana, Houston
  
Members: $35, Non-members: $45, Table: $500

 
On November 5, 2008, the president-elect must turn his attention to a full range of domestic and foreign challenges. His choices will profoundly impact our citizens, people in other countries and future generations.
 
James P. Rubin will give his assessment of America’s international engagement and the problems we face today in key areas such as the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, and Africa. From his vantage point at the highest levels of foreign policy, Rubin will discuss the next president’s options for overcoming future obstacles to U.S. actions.
 
James P. Rubin currently is a commentator and lecturer on U.S. foreign policy, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s school of International and Public Affairs, and senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Joe Biden. He is Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Partnership and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
Mr. Rubin served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and chief spokesman for the State Department. Previously, he worked as a top policy adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and served as a special negotiator during the Kosovo war to secure the demobilization of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
 
F
or more information, visit www.hwac.net, email rsvp@wachouston.org or call 713-522-7811..
 

 
September 26, 2008  -  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, September 26, 2008
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.
 

 
September 24, 2008  -  Lebanon, Iraq and Iran: Emerging Pathway Across the Middle East?
 
By Sandra Mackey
Journalist and Author
 
When:  Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Time: 
Registration: 11:30 am. Program: 12:00-1:30 pm
Location:  Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama
  
Members: $35, Non-members: $45, Table: $500
 
As one of the great ironies of the Arab world, cosmopolitan Lebanon and tribal Iraq are proving to be the most similar countries in nature of their internal dynamics. Lebanon and Iraq both claim large Shia populations. It is the Shia on the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf who are providing the entrance for Persian Iran into the Arab world. Thus after 60 years, the Arab world is no longer simply the Palestinian-Israeli question but the Sunni-Shia divide between the Arabs.
 
Do Beirut, Baghdad, and Tehran now form a Shia axis in a vital region? Is US policy now focused on containing Iran rather than stabilizing the Fertile Crescent? What are the ramifications for American economic and strategic interests?
 
Sandra Mackey is an award winning author and veteran journalist. She has also served on the faculty of Georgia State University and as a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.
 
F
or more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
September 24, 2008  -  Debris and Diaspora: Iraqi Culture Now
 
Sinan Antoon, New York University Gallatin School
 
When:  Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m.,
a reception will follow lecture
Location: 
James A. Baker III, International Conference Facility
 
     
This lecture is part of The Arab World, History, Politics, and Culture Lecture Series,
sponsored by James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Department of History at Rice and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture Endowment.
 
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 on the lecture series, please contact Ussama Makdisi at 713-348-2561 or makdisi@rice.edu or visit http://history.rice.edu/arabworld.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 19, 20 & 21, 2008  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional popular Ramadan Tent at ACC for the entire month of Ramadan.  The Holy month of Ramadan is a wonderful time to promote a sense of family and community. So bring the family and friends and join us to enjoy a unique Ramadan environment with food and entertainment.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 19, 20 & 21, 2008
Time:  9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
Live Music by Jabour & His Band from 10:30PM to 12:30AM
Food provided by Fornos of Italy – Mr. Hassan Ibrahim
Coffee – Tea – Soft Drinks – Sweets – Shisha – And much more!
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or visit www.ArabAmericanCenter.org
 

 
September 15, 2008  -  Luncheon with US Ambassador to the UAE
 
Join the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council for International Understanding for a discussion with the newly appointed US Ambassador to the UAE. An exclusive opportunity for companies to meet with the Ambassador and brief him about their business concerns and interests in the UAE.
  
When:  Monday, September 15, 2008
Time: 
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location:  Four Seasons Hotel, Conroe Room, 1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010
 
 
Biographical Information:  Richard Olson is a career foreign service officer and a member of the senior foreign service. His previous assignment was as Deputy US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Prior to NATO he was director of the Office of Iraq at the U.S. Department of State. He had previously served in Iraq, volunteering to work with the Coalition Provisional Authority as Governorate Coordinator for the Province of Najaf. Mr. Olson joined the U.S. Department of State in 1982. He has served overseas in Mexico, Uganda, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia (as the Embassy's liaison officer to General Schwarzkopf during the 1991 Gulf War), Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (where he served both at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and as US Consul General in Dubai). His Washington assignments include: State Department Operations Center (twice), NATO Desk, and the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs (twice, including as Director).
 
Price:  $50 for Executive Members of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce or Business Council for International Understanding
 
For registration or more information, contact Aseel Saqer (programs@bilateralchamber.org, 713-880-8168).
 

 
September 13, 2008  -  Arab American Medical Association Meeting
 
For more information, visit www.aama-houston.com.
 

 
September 12, 13 & 14, 2008  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional popular Ramadan Tent at ACC for the entire month of Ramadan.  The Holy month of Ramadan is a wonderful time to promote a sense of family and community. So bring the family and friends and join us to enjoy a unique Ramadan environment with food and entertainment.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 12, 13 & 14, 2008
Time:  9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
Live Music by Jabour & His Band from 10:30PM to 12:30AM
Food provided by Fornos of Italy – Mr. Hassan Ibrahim
Coffee – Tea – Soft Drinks – Sweets – Shisha – And much more!
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or visit www.ArabAmericanCenter.org
 

 
September 10, 2008  -  Syria and the Challenges Ahead
 
By Joshua Landis
University of Oklahoma
 
When:  Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location:  The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: FREE, Non-members: $20
 
In a series of unprecedented talks, Syria and Israel are tackling tough issues that had been off the table just a short time ago. Israel is talking about water rights, the return of the Golan Heights and Shabaa Farms. Syria has distanced itself from Iran and warned Hezbollah that it is willing to negotiate with Israel. Despite past political tensions, ordinary Syrians seem especially eager to entertain tourists these days - even, or especially, Americans. As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad faces an estimate 30% unemployment, corruption, and an inefficient public sector, ending the isolation is as much an economic move as a political one, Foreign investment is badly needed.
 
How should the United States react to these developments? Is it time to end U.S. sanctions against Syria?
 
Joshua M. Landis is Co-Director of the Center for Peace Studies at the International Programs Center and Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies in the School of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He received his MA from Harvard University and PHD from Princeton University. Landis maintains a blog on Syrian politics and history, and religion. Updated regularly and quoted up by The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Slate Magazine, and the Council on Foreign Relations Landis’ blog is considered an authority on Syrian affairs.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
September 10, 2008  -  In Between: Iraqi Artists in Exile
 
Artist Rescue Mission (ARM) premiers this film produced locally by ARM and directed by Tish Stringer. “In-Between” chronicles the lives of Iraqi artists exiled in Syria and Jordan. Two of the exiled artists in the film will attend the premier. Mohammed Al Shammarey and Nazar Yahya will discuss their arts of bookmaking, painting, and video as well as their experiences as Iraqi artists. Stringer is a Houston-based anthropologist with expertise in radical cinema collectives and video activism. After the film, the artists and director will unfold the crisis, culture, and context of art in Iraq since the U.S. invasion as a prelude to the coming exhibition of Iraqi art at the Station Museum.
 
When:  Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Rice Media Center (Entrance 8 off University Blvd. at Stockton).
 
For more information, contact Michael Woodson at 713-444-2477 or email threetrillion@yahoo.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 10, 2008  -  The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan
 
"The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan" (2004, 96 minutes), a documentary about the impact of the Afghan war on civilians. Focus is on Mir, an energetic 8-year-old boy who lives with refugees in the ruins of the giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.
 
When:  Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Time:  12:30 p.m.
Location:  Eagle Room, Northwest College's Town & Country Center, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North.

 
For more information, contact Ann Bragdon, Northwest College Anthropology/Sociology faculty member (713-718-5642, ann.bragdon@hccs.edu).
 

 
September 10, 2008  -  Mayor Bill White's Annual Ramadan Dinner
 
Mayor Bill White and Council Member M.J. Khan cordially invite you to attend The Mayor's Annual Ramadan Dinner.
 
When:  Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m. Program, 7:37 p.m. Iftar and Prayers, 8:00 p.m. Dinner
Location:  City Hall Reflecting Pool, 901 Bagby St. @ Walker, Houston TX
 
RSVP to Rabia.Taslim@cityofhouston.net no later than Monday, September 1, 2008. Seating is limited and RSVP is required.
 
For information, call Rabia Taslim at Council Member M.J. Khan's Office at 832-393-3002.
 

 
September 6, 2008  -  Congressman Keith Allison in Houston
 
Congressman Keith Allison, First Muslim Congressman, will Visit Houston.
 
When:  Saturday, September 6, 2008 (First Saturday of Ramadan)
Time: VIP Reception 6:30, Iftar dinner 7:30
Location:  Westin Oaks Hotel, 5011 Westheimer at Post Oak Blvd. Houston, Texas 77056
 
For more information and/or to RSVP, contact Mustafa Tameez (713-247-9600,
mitameez@outreachstrategists.com).
   
He will meet with Muslim civic leaders. Iftar and dinner will be served.
 

 
September 5, 6 & 7, 2008  -  Ramadan Tent at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center will be hosting the traditional popular Ramadan Tent at ACC for the entire month of Ramadan.  The Holy month of Ramadan is a wonderful time to promote a sense of family and community. So bring the family and friends and join us to enjoy a unique Ramadan environment with food and entertainment.
 
When:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday / September 5, 6 & 7, 2008
Time:  9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

  
Live Music by Jabour & His Band from 10:30PM to 12:30AM
Food provided by Fornos of Italy – Mr. Hassan Ibrahim
Coffee – Tea – Soft Drinks – Sweets – Shisha – And much more!
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or visit www.ArabAmericanCenter.org
 

 
September 5, 2008  -  Muslim Community Center Fundraising
 
When:  Friday, September 5, 2008
Time:  6:30 PM
Location:  Shahnai New Banquet Hall, 5922 Hillcroft, Houston, TX 77036
 
Speakers: Prof. Suleman Nyang & Imam Hatim Hamidullah
 

 
September 2, 2008  -  The Arab Center: The Promise for Moderation
 
By Marwan Muashar
Former Prime Minister of Jordan
 
When:  Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: Free
 
Arab moderates are vigorously working towards a peaceful approach for reform to the Arab-Israel conflict. In the West, many believe that the region is filled with fanatics. This could not be farther from the truth.
 
Marwan Muasher's book The Arab Center, part analysis and part memoir recounts the humane side of Arab Peace initiative and the Middle East road map from a first-hand perspective. He explains the importance of the middle road approach to reform, and how the West's current approach with Islamic groups are doomed to failure. Why has the Arab Center made so little progress so far and how can that change?
 
Muasher holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Purdue University. He has 20 years of experience with the peace process in the Middle East serving as Jordanian Diplomat; Muasher has served as Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, and Jordan's first ambassador to Israel and the United States. Most recently he has joined the World Bank as Senior Vice President of External Affairs.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
August 24, 2008  -  AAEAA Texas Networking Dinner
 
Arab American Engineers and Architects Association of Texas (AAEAA) Networking Dinner
 

When:  Sunday, August 24, 2008
Time:  6:00 PM
Location:  Dimassi's at 11335 Kathy Freeway - Between Wilcrest and Kirkwood
 
Please join us at our Networking Dinner to meet with other professionals and celebrate AAEAA achievements.

For more information, visit www.tx.aaaea.org.
 

 
August 23, 2008  -  CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet
 
Please join us at our Annual Banquet to celebrate the success of CAIR-Houston in the past year, and learn about our vision for the future.
 
Theme:  "American Muslims: Communicating Understanding"
 
Keynote Speaker:  Edward Peck, Former Ambassador in Egypt and Chief of Mission in Iraq
 
Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR National
 
When:  Saturday, August 23, 2008
Time:  registration 6 p.m., dinner/program 7 p.m.
Location:  Westin Oaks Galleria, 5011 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056
  
Seating is limited. To reserve your seat purchase your ticket now.
 
For more information, call 713-838-CAIR.
 

 
August 22, 2008  -  Islamic Finance: Myths and Misconceptions
 
By Michael McMillen
 
When:  Friday, August 22, 2008
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location:  The Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, 43 Floor
 
Members: $35, Non-members: $45, Table Cost: $500
 
In the last ten years, there has been an increased demand for finance products and services that conform to Sharia. Islamic financiers and Islamic banks, distinguish themselves from their secular counterparts by prohibiting the charging of interest and by sharing profits and losses with their clients. Fueled by high oil revenues, Islamic finance has grown from a niche business in the Middle East-to a booming global industry of over $300 billion. Conventional Western banks, investment banks, fund managers and asset managers sense new opportunities and are beginning to offer Sharia-compliant investments in all sectors. How does Islamic financing work? What are the principles that define this system? How is it changing world business?

Michael J.T. McMillen is a partner of Fulbright and Jaworski LLP and works in the company's New York, Dubai, Riyadh, and London offices. He is recognized as an expert on Islamic Finance and is a recipient of the Euromoney award for Best Legal Advisor in Islamic Finance. Dr. McMillen has also received the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum award for Best Legal Advisor in Islamic Finance in North America. He received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and his BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently the chair of the Islamic Law Forum, a division of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also teaches Islamic Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School of Business.
 
For more information, visit ww.hwac.net.
 

 
June 17-August 14, 2008  -  ACC Summer Camp
 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center
A Non-Profit, Non-Political and Non-Sectarian Organization
 
Children bored at home this summer bring them to the ACC Summer Camp, every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17, 2008 till August 14, 2008.
 
Children between 5 and 13 years old
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Price: $15 per child/per day
 
Fun filled day with many different activities (Arabic Classes 2 hours, Arts and Crafts, Dabkeh Practice, Movies, Outdoor Activities, Soccer, Water games, Basketball, and many more).
 
Parents should provide children with their own sack lunches, with their names labeled on it.
 
For registration, please contact Denise Abboud (832-351-3366, denise_acc@yahoo.com).
 
Registration Deadline: June 14, 2008
 

 
August 10, 2008  -  In Memoriam... Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish
 
In Memoriam...
Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish
1941 -2008
 
Mahmoud Darwish, the world's most recognized Palestinian poet, whose prose gave voice to the Palestinian experience of exile and occupation, died today, Saturday, following an open heart surgery at a Houston hospital. He was 67.

The Palestinian poet was born in the village of Birwah, Galilee, in 1941. Following the 1948 war, the Israelis demolished the village and the family became refugees. As result of this experience, exile and dispossession became major themes of his writing.

Darwish has received several awards for his work, including the 1969 Lotus Prize by the Union of Afro-Asian Writers, the Lenin Peace Prize in 1983, and France's Knighthood of Arts and Belles Lettres in 1997. Many of his heroic poems have become popular as songs. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages.
 
A prayer Service will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at
 
ISGH Main Center - East Side
3110 Eastside Street
Houston, Texas 77098
713-524-6615
http://www.isgh.org
 
Darwish will be flown to his beloved Palestine where he will be buried.
 
Please Join Us for A Memorial Service & Tribute organized by the Palestinian American Community on Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at
 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff Road
Houston, TX 77099
 
For more information, call Kamal Khalil at 281-827-5934.
 
May God bless his soul and give comfort and patience to his family.
 

 
August 4-8, 2008  -  Syrian American Club Arabic Language Summer Camps 2008
 
Syrian American Club Arabic Language Summer Camps 2008
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
August 1, 2008  -  Airport Security
 
CAIR-Houston (Council on American Islamic Relations) has set up an airport security workshop with the Transportation Security Administration. TSA is the governmental organization that conducts all security checks at airports across America. The branch from Houston Intercontinental Airport will be presenting this workshop. Airport security affects all Americans and unfortunately has a bigger, yet negative impact on some Muslims who seem to be targeted for additional security checks. Come find out the facts and be better prepared next time you travel.
 
When: Friday, August 1, 2008
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location: 
ISGH Main Center
 
For more information, visit www.cairhouston.org.
 

 
July 27, 2008  -  Ralph Nader in Houston
 
Ralph Nader w/ Matt Gonzalez
 
When:  Sunday, July 27, 2008
Time:  2 p.m.
Location:  Hilton Hotel, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun, Suite 207, Houston, TX77204
 
Contribution- $10/$5 student

For more information, call 202-471-5833 or e-mail events@votenader.org.
 

 
July 26, 2008  -  Houston Grand Quranic Competition
 
Arees Institute , ISGH and MAS are pleased to announce "Houston Grand Quran competition starting July 26th, 2008.
 
Competition is open for males and females ages in between 16-21 years.
 
For registration and more details, please visit www.arees.org/qurancomp.php
 

 
July 4-6, 2008  -  ISNA South Central Conference
 
"Muslims in the Public Square" - Spiritual and Institutional Development
  
W
hen:  July 4-6, 2008
Location:
Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056
 
Events Include: 
   Exhibits / Bazaar
   Main Sessions; Break out Sessions (ISNA, MSA, MYNA)
   Islamic Entertainment Program
   Saturday Evening Banquet
   Babysitting Services
   Networking
 
For more information, visit www.isna.net/Conferences/pages/South-Central-Conference.aspx.
 

 
July 2-6, 2008  -  Birzeit Society 9th National Convention
 
When:  July 2-6, 2008
Location:  Intercontinental Hotel, Houston, Texas
 
For more information, visit www.birzeitsociety.org, or click here for event flyer/schedule.
 

 
Iraqi Refugees in Houston Need your Help
 
Many Refugees from Iraq have arrived in Houston. They need Muslim community’s help to settle down and start their normal life in this land. Most of them are highly educated (Masters and PhD) and experienced professionals. They need work.
 
ISGH (Islamic Society of Greater Houston) is in the process to collect more information and data to inform community how best these brothers and sisters can be helped.
 
For now, please call ISGH at 713.524.6615 and leave your name and contact # and let us know what kind of help you can offer for the refugees, or send us an email by logging on www.isgh.org.
 

 
June 27, 2008  -  A Night from Baghdad: Auction of Art from Iraq
 
Artist Rescue Mission Sponsors "A Night from Baghdad: Auction of Art from Iraq to Benefit Artists in Iraq".
 
When:  Friday, June 27, 2008
Time:  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (auction closes at 9:00 p.m.)
Where:  G Gallery, 301 East 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008
Contact:  Michael Woodson, 713-444-2477
 
On Friday, June 27, Artist Rescue Mission (ARM) will auction 31 paintings by 8 different artists living in Iraq to benefit those same artists. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. at G Gallery, 301 E 11th Street, the Benefit offers assistance to the artists and insight into the war-torn Iraq, art meant “to tell about the suffering of our artists inside our wounded Iraq,” as one of the artists, Salem Al Haj writes.
 
The evening will offer the 31 paintings in a silent auction; the highest bid will take the painting when the bidding closes at 9:00 p.m.
 
All proceeds from the art auction will go directly to artists in Iraq, and expenditures above the dollar value of the painting are tax deductible.
 
“One lesson we can take from this event is a finding of hope in that Baghdad produces art even in such difficult times,” stated Board member Yasser Shaib. “All you hear about is violence and death, but beauty and hope co-exist with war.”
 
While viewing the art, patrons will enjoy music, wine, and food from Iraq, as well as a presentation explaining the journey of the paintings from Baghdad to Houston.
 
ARM is a non-profit organization that assists artists in areas of conflict, providing various means for their artistic expression. ARM was founded in 1994 to respond to the genocidal breakup of Yugoslavia. Its current endeavor is to assist Iraqi artists.
 
“Artists are all one. We all believe in the great potential of the human spirit,” said ARM president Michael Woodson. “‘A Night from Baghdad’ is ARM’s, and Houston’s opportunity to financially support, at least in a small way, the artists who are suffering terribly from war in a part of the world that has offered us so much by way of education, culture and civilization.”
 
Project Iraq has a fourfold mission: one, an Iraqi Art Exhibition late in the fall of 2008; two, residencies for Iraqi artists to interchange with Houston; three, a documentary about Iraqi artists and their culture in the context of the show’s curatorial efforts. Finally, ARM will present Iraqi cultural awareness programs in Houston featuring speakers, film, and cultural events.
 
For information, call 713-529-6900, 713-444-2477 or email threetrillion@yahoo.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 22, 2008  -  CAIR-Houston and LULAC Workshop
 
CAIR-Houston will conduct a workshop with the League of United Latin-American Citizens about common issues between the two communities.
 
When:
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Time: 
4:45 p.m. (between Asr and Maghrib salat)
Location:  Masjid El-Farouq
 
For more information, contact Shan Pasha at 713-838-CAIR.
 

 
June 20, 2008  -  CAIR-Houston Workshop with EEOC
 
The EEOC will join CAIR-Houston in conducting an employment rights workshop.  It will be led by EEOC representative Joe Bontke, an employment law specialist.
 
The workshop topics will include worker's rights, including allowance prayer during work hours, an important issue concerning our community today.
  
When:
 Friday, June 20, 2008
Time: 
8:45 p.m.
Location:  Masjid El-Farouq
 
For more information, contact Shan Pasha at 713-838-CAIR.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 10-25, 2008  -  Egypt in Transition: Ancient Civilization to Modern Society
 
University of Houston Clear Lake Summer Trip to Egypt
 
Whne:  June 10-25, 2008
Location: Egypt
Cost: $3,800
   
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor of The University of Houston-Clear Lake Program, Egypt in Transition: Ancient Civilization to Modern Society
Since the beginning of recorded history there has been a fascination with the Middle East region of the world. This interest has increased since the events of September 11, 2001 as citizens from the West in general and the United States in particular desire to learn more about the region and Islamic culture. Sitting at the crossroads of the Gulf Area and Sub- Saharan Africa, Egypt enjoys a pivotal position in the history and politics of the region as well as the wider Islamic world. This course is for the novice interested in learning more about Egypt’s history, people, culture, and society. Through an International Learning Component (ILC) students will travel to Egypt exploring and learning as they complete a research project that will increase bonds among Egyptians and Americans.
 
For more Information on this event, click here.
 

 
June 6, 2008  -  Kuffeiah Day
 
The protest will be against the clear racism displayed by a certain right-wing blogger, and her pals, after their ridiculous demand that Dunkin' Donuts pull an online ad featuring Rachael Ray wearing a distinctive black/white scarf, which apparently looked too much like the Palestinian kaffiyeh. According to said blogger, the kaffiyeh is the “traditional scarf of Arab men that has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad.”
 
Hold up you head high proud and wear Kuffeiah in any style you like.  In this day we want to say no to racism, which includes derogatory and incorrect stereotyping of a people - in this case, by misrepresenting a standard part of Arab culture, and a symbol of Palestinian solidarity.
  
Please bring a chair with you or something to set on.
 
When:  Friday, June 6, 2008
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: 
Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, Texas
 

 
June 5, 2008  -  Dialogue on Immigration
 
Join the Greater Houston Partnership for the June Meeting on Immigration, the Economic and Social Impact.
 

When:  Thursday, June 5, 2008
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston, Texas
 
Form more information, e-mail jreese@houston.org.
 

 
May 31, 2008  -  Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace
 
Justice & Equality in the Workplace (JEWP) will be conducting a training regarding applicable Federal labor laws and the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the workplace. Among the topics to be covered are the roles of the following federal agencies: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Additionally, there will be presentations about local agencies and organizations, such as Mayor's Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs (MOIRA), Harris County AFL-CIO, CRECEN/America Para Todos, Houston Interfaith Workers Justice, and the Consulate General of Mexico.
 
When:  Saturday, May 31, 2008
Time: 
 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:
Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star
 
Please register by May 15.
 
For a form and more information, contact Benito Juarez (benito.juarez@cityofhouston.net, 713-778-6503).
 

 
May 29, 2008  -  Outreach Program Sponsored by the office of Citizenship
 
The President’s inter-agency Task Force on New Americans will be hosting this meeting as part of its efforts to further involve volunteers and community organizations in immigrant integration initiatives. We are asking representatives from organizations that facilitate volunteerism and community service to attend this meeting so they can get involved in the New Americans Project, a new Task Force initiative that seeks to encourage volunteerism among both U.S. citizens and newcomers.
 
When:  Thursday, May 29, 2008
Time:  10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77006
 
As you may know, President George W. Bush created the Task Force on New Americans in an effort to strengthen the efforts of federal, state, and local agencies in providing immigrants the information they need to embrace the common core of American civic culture, learn English, and fully become American.
 
To learn more about the Task Force and the New Americans Project, please visit www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/committees/details.shtm.

During this meeting we will discuss details of the New Americans Project and other ways in which your organization can participate or utilize some of the Task Force’s resources, including the new website, www.welcometousa.gov and the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit.

As space is limited, please RSVP by Monday, May 26, 2008 to Norine Han at 202-272-1308 or e-mail at Norine.han@dhs.gov.
 

 
May 29, 2008  -  Post 9/11 Human Rights Violations in the U.S.
 
A talk by David Fathi, U.S. Program Director, Human Rights Watch. David Fathi directs the Human Rights Watch U.S. Program, which works to defend the rights of particularly vulnerable groups in the United States. HRW has published groundbreaking reports on various topics specific to this nation: counter-terrorism after September 11, treatment of non-citizens, life without parole for children, the death penalty, and racial discrimination.
 
When:  Thursday, May 29, 2008
Time: 
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 
Rothko Chapelm, 1409 Sul Ross at Yupon, Houston , TX 77006
 
For more information, contact the Rothko Chapel (713-524-9839, alice@rothkochapel.org).
 

 
May 28, 2008  -  The Post-American World
 
By Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek International
 
When:  Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Time:  7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  The Westin Galleria, Plaza Ballroom, 5060 W. Alabama
   
Pre-reception and book signing for those purchasing books in advance only:
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
Copies of The Post American World may be purchased in advance for $28.50 through the World Affairs Council. The books will be held under your name and be available at the reception. You must purchase at least one book per person to be admitted to the reception. Additional copies can be purchased at the program courtesy of Brazos Bookstore.
 
The tallest buildings, biggest dams, best-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era?
 
Fareed Zakaria was named editor of Newsweek International in October 2000 and is a regular columnist for the publication. Previously, Zakaria was the managing editor of Foreign Affairs and author of several books, including The Future of Freedom, which was a New York Times bestseller.
 
Zakaria has won several awards for his columns and cover-essays and in 2007 was named one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. He serves on the board of Yale University, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and Shakespeare and Company. He received a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.
 

For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 25-27, 2008  -  Remembering the Victims of the Iraq War
 
Remembering the victims of Iraq War on Memorial Day
 
When:  Sunday, May 25 - Tuesday, May 27
 
The Houston chapters of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and CodePINK are sponsoring a Memorial Day weekend observance to honor both military and civilian casualties from the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteers are needed to place flags and read names on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until the >4500 labeled-flags are placed. The memorial, which includes a section devoted to veterans who have committed suicide since returning from the ongoing wars, will be on display at Hermann Park along Fannin St. just west of the Sam Houston statue and Hermann Circle Drive.
 
For more information, contact Jim Rine (281-414 1386, jmrine@hotmail.com).
 

 
May 25, 2008  -  3rd ICNA-MAS South Central Regional Conference
 
When:  Sunday, May 25, 2008
Location:  University of Houston, University Center, Houston, TX
 
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
 
Registration: Family $30, Individual $15 and Student $10
Early Registration (Last date Saturday May 18th, 2008)
Family $25, Individual $15 and Student $8
 
Click here for event flyer.
 
For More Information, call 866-282-2326, or visit www.icnasouth.com.
 

 
May 24, 2008  -  "Life in Occupied Palestine" Film Documentary
 
In 2003, Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish American, visited the West Bank to discover for herself the realities of daily life for Palestinians under the Occupation by Israel. For eight months over the following four years, Baltzer lived and worked with farmers, Palestinian and Israeli activists, and the families of political prisoners, traveling with them across endless checkpoints and roadblocks to reach hospitals, universities, and olive groves. What emerges from her journal is not a sensationalist tale of conspiracies and suicide bombers, but a compelling, trying, and inspiring description of daily life under the Occupation.
 
When:  Saturday, May 24, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (west of Woodhead)
 
For more information, contact Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
May 24, 2008  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting & Graduation Party
 
When: Saturday, May 24, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Dimassi's on I-10 @ Kirkwood, Houston
    

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

 
May 21, 2008  -  Lebanese Option Gathering: A Shia Alternative to Hezbollah
 
By Ahmad El-Assaad
 
When:  Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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
 
Lebanon is one of the most beautiful and complex countries of the Middle East, with a history of trade, pluralism, political freedom, and lively debate. But tension has been mounting in recent months and political infighting has increased. The presidential elections have been delayed eleven times in the last 6 months and the struggle for leadership threatens the stability of the state.
 
Can Lebanon get past the current crisis and establish a government that can provide for its people? What will Lebanon look like in five years? Can Hezbollah be disarmed? Should a secular system be put in place?
 
Ahmad El-Assaad is a leader in Lebanon’s Shia community and an outspoken critic of Hezbollah. He is the head of the Lebanese Kafa’at Party and the son of Kamel al-Assaad, a former Speaker of Parliament and the longest-serving leader of the Lebanese Parliament. In July 2007, he and other Shia leaders founded the Lebanese Option Gathering, a coalition party and an alternative to Hezbollah and the Amal Movement. He argues that the history of Shi’ism is one of diversity and respect for differing opinions and that his party represents democracy, equality, good government, and freedom. El-Assaad states, and that these are the views held by a majority of the Shia community.
 
Please join us for a discussion of the current political crisis and the future of Lebanon.
 

For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 18, 2008  -  Palestinian Cultural Day
 

Panel will be in Arabic Language.
 
When:  Sunday, May 18, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Click here for event flyer (in Arabic).

 المركز الثقافي العربي  ACC
يتشرف بدعوتكم لحضور يوم فلسطين الثقافي
ندوة ثقافية عن الشعر والرواية والسينما الفلسطينية
يتخللها قراءات شعرية ودبكات فلسطينية

المكان: المركز الثقافي العربي  10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, Texas 77099
الزمان: يوم الأحد الموافق
5/18/2008 الساعة السابعة مساءً

 

 
May 16-18, 2008  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
The second 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.
 
7:00 p.m. every night
  
   Friday, May 16: Rice University Media Center
   Saturday, May 17: Rice University Media Center
   Sunday, May 18:
Rice University Media Center
 
Click here for event flyer, or for more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
May 15-18, 2008  -  13th Annual Festival of Greece
 
Thursday, May 15:  4:00-9:00pm
Friday, May 16:  11:00-Midnight
Saturday, May 17:  10:00-Midnight
Sunday, May 18:  11:00-8:00pm
 
Location:  Saint Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church
               1100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77077
 
For more information, visit www.festivalofgreece.com.
 

 
May 17, 2008  -  Hearts for Hygiene Products Drive
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center in collaboration with the Houston Police Department invites you to the Hearts for Hygiene Products Drive for Houston's Refugee Women and Children.
 
When:  May 17, 2008
Time:  10 AM to 2 PM
Location: 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Join us for giveaways, goody bags and children's activities. 
 
We will be providing the following: Lunch, Hygiene Products Baskets for both women and children, Booth for the Houston Police Department, Booth for the Agencies Against Domestic Abuse, Medical Booth with a Pediatrician, Legal & Immigration Booth, Children Activities & Goody Bags, Other non-profit organizations that are helpful to these women
 
Please help us collect some hygiene products that they are desperately in need of.  Some things the women are in need of: Shampoos and Conditioners, Toothpastes and Tooth brushes, Feminine Sanitary Napkins, Hair Brushes, Soaps and Body washes, Body Wash Sponges, Shaving Cream and Razors.
 
Some things the children are in need of: Diapers, Baby Wash, Children’s Toothpaste and Tooth brushes, Children’s Shampoo, Baby Ointment, Baby Powder, Baby Wipes.
 
The donated items will help
refugee women and children from different countries such as Iraq, Sudan, Burma, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Congo, Cuba and Colombia.
  
For more information, call
Diana at 713-775-7005 or click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 15, 2008  -  Lust in the Dust! Excavations at the Petra Great Temple
 
Lust in the Dust! Excavations at the Petra Great Temple - Dinner Lecture by Martha Sharp Joukowsky, Diroctor of the Joukowsky Institute, Brown University
 
When:  Thursday, May 15, 2008
 
Tickets: $35.00 - dinner & lecture, AIA members $40.00 - dinner & lecture, general public
Lecture ONLY: FREE
 
For more information, call 281-497-7382 or visit www.aia-houston.com.
 

 
May 11, 2008  -  Iman Academy Annual Fundraising Dinner
 
Iman Academy Schools & Faith Childcare Centers Annual Fundraising Dinner: Breaking New Grounds.
 
 
When:  Sunday, May 11, 2008
Time:  4 p.m.
Location:  Grand Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Dr., Houston TX 77054 (Kirby @ 610)
 
Special Guest Speaker: Sh. Abdul Rauf Al Khawaldeh
 
Bring your family and friends.  Babysitting is available.  Great program for youth.
 
For more information, call Iman Academy at 281-498-1345.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 11, 2008  -  Crescent ArtFest
 
A one-day festival celebrating the best the Muslim community has to offer in arts and entertainment.  The event will feature local and international artists showcasing their talents in various areas.  Planned activities include a multicultural bazaar, a martial arts workshop, kids’ carnival, Muslima fashion show and a host of other events.  The highlight of the ArtFest will be an evening concert presenting popular local Muslim artists as well as artists from around the world.
 
When:  Sunday, May 11, 2008
Location:  Stafford Convention Center and Performing Arts Theater
 

 
May 11, 2008  -  Unique Art Exhibit on Mothers' Day
 
Women, The Graceful Vision of Peace.  Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. With God as creator, family all are we.
 
You are cordially invited to enjoy A Unique Art Exhibit.
 
Artists: Monther Yousef, Yazan Amin & Al-Iman Art Studio
 
When:  Sunday, May 11, 2008
Time:  10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Location:  Artists’ Alliance, Art School & Gallery, 104 Industrial Blvd, Suite Q Sugar Land, TX 77478, (281) 565-0957 or (713) 530-2120
 

 
May 9-11, 2008  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
The second 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.
 
7:00 p.m. every night
 

   Friday, May 09: Angelika Film Center
   Saturday, May 10: Museum of Fine Arts Houston
   Sunday, May 11: Museum of Fine Arts Houston
   Friday, May 16: Rice University Media Center
   Saturday, May 17: Rice University Media Center
   Sunday, May 18:
Rice University Media Center
  
Click here for event flyer, or for more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
May 10, 2008  -  AAEAA General Assembly Meeting and Board Elections
 
The Arab American Engineers and Architects Association (AAEAA) invites you to join them for their General Assembly Meeting and Board Elections.
 
When:  Saturday, May 10, 2008
Time:  2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location:  Atlantic Room, University Student Center at the University of Houston Central.
 
T
he Arab American Engineers and Architects Association, is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the empowerment and growth of Arab American professionals through education and community work. The Arab American Engineers and Architects Association also HELPS young Arab engineers find jobs and grow professionally through free seminars and workshops. 
 
For more information, visit www.tx.aaaea.org.
 

 
May 10, 2008  -  Arab American Medical Association Meeting
 
For more information, visit www.aama-houston.com.
 

 
May 9, 2008  -  Hip Hop from Palestine: 60 Years
 
DAM Concert
 
When:  Friday, May 9, 2008
Time:  Doors open at 10:30 p.m.
Location: 
Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel Street, Houston
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 8, 2008  -  The Election Files - The Theft of 2008
 
This BBC documentary film reports on how the U.S. elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen and Greg Palast's investigation into how the same things are being planned for 2008. This is the Houston Peace Forum's May offering.
 
When:  Thursday,
May 8, 2008
Time:  7:15 p.m. (refreshments first, discussion after)
Location: 
Room 203 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin corner Southmore.
 
For more information, contact Pat Nichols (713-681-6267, nicholspat@awesomenet.net).
 

 
May 6, 2008  -  The Much Too Promised Land, America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace
 
By Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Whne:  Tuesday, May 6, 2008
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
 
Why has the world’s greatest superpower failed to broker, or impose, a solution in the Middle East? If a solution is possible, what would it take? And why after so many years of struggle and failure, with the entire region more unsettled than ever, should Americans even care? Is Israel/Palestine really the “much too promised land”?
 
For nearly twenty years, Aaron David Miller has played a central role in U.S. efforts to broker Arab-Israeli peace. His position as an advisor to presidents, secretaries of state, and national security advisors has given him a unique perspective on a problem that American leaders have wrestled with for more than half a century.
 
His recent book discusses what went right, what went wrong, and how we got where we are today. It is an insider’s view of the peace process from a place at the negotiating table, filled with unforgettable stories and colorful behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
 
Aaron David Miller is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. Previously, Dr. Miller served as president of Seeds of Peace, and advisor to six secretaries of state. He helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the senior adviser for Arab-Israeli negotiations.
 

For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 5, 2008  -  Iraq's Energy Sector
 
Featuring: Embassy Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, John Nicolle.
 
Exclusive roundtable briefing with the Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, at the US Embassy in Baghdad, John Nicolle.
 
When:  May 5, 2008

Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Location: Westin Oaks Hotel, The Continental Room, 5011 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77056
 
Cost: Members Free, Non-Members $25
 
Registration: Seating is Limited. Registration will be taken on a first come first serve basis.
We recognize and thank the support of The Khudairi Group.
To register, contact Ms. Aseel Saqer at programs@bilateralchamber.org
  
Join us for an insightful conversation on the tender process with the current rounds in Iraq.
 

 
May 5, 2008  -  Offshore Technology Conference Reception
 
When:  May 5, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
 
Cost: Members and Sponsors and their guests: Free, Non-Members: $50, Registration: RSVP required.
 
To register online, contact Tina Halcomb (713-880-8168, edu@bilateralchamber.org). 
 
Featuring: Mayor Bill White
Delegates from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar.
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce started the tradition of honoring Arab delegates to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) over 10 years ago when we realized that people of mutual interest needed a place to network, exchange ideas and more importantly forge business and friendship ties in a setting that fosters US-Arab business development.
 
The OTC reception is that forum. Our mission is the practice of commercial diplomacy and there’s never been a time when that has been more important than today.
 
The 2008 BUSACC reception will host over 160 delegates from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar participating in the Offshore Technology Conference. Over 400 energy executives will be in attendance to meet and network with the delegation. Guests shall also include OTC and BUSACC board members, delegates from other energy producing nations, City and State officials.
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 3, 2008  -  Understanding Islam & Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbor
 
Masjid Al-Salam Community Invitation, Islamic Society of Greater Houston
 
Presentation and Open Dialog with the Community
 
When:  Saturday, May 3, 2008
Time:  3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Masjid Al-Salam, 16700 Old Louetta Rd., Spring TX 77379
 
Everyone is Welcome.
 
RSVP (Optional): Phone: 281-257-2575 or Email: info.alsalam@gmail.com.
 
For more information, visit www.masjidalsalam.com , or click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 2, 2008  -  Vigil for Darfur
 
Two months ago HPD officers told vigillers they couldn't stand at Mecom Fountain. Once again Houston's activists had to teach HPD the meaning of the First Amendment. So the First Friday vigil is re-commencing. The situation in Darfur is worsening as violence has spread into neighboring Chad and the approved United Nations peacekeeping force is desperately understaffed.
 
When:  Friday, May 2, 2008
Time:  5 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 
Mecom Fountain (where Montrose ends at S. Main near Hermann Park)
 

 
April 30, 2008  -  The Spirit of Democracy, The Struggle to Build Free, Democracies Throughout the World
 
By Larry Diamond, Stanford University
 
When:  Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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
 
Can the world achieve universal democracy? For Larry Diamond, the answer is yes. While admitting that recent efforts have stumbled and many democratic governments are faltering, Diamond emphasizes the inherent desire of all people to have freedom and participation in government. With wisdom and passion, he offers a hopeful path forward.

One of the world’s foremost scholars of democracy, Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford. He served as a senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad in 2004 and since then, he has lectured and written on U.S. policy in Iraq and the wider challenges of post conflict reconstruction. Diamond has published numerous books and articles on democracy. His latest, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008) explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the future prospects of democracy.

In 2007, Diamond was named Teacher of the Year by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that “transcends political and ideological barriers.” That year he also received Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Award for “his inspired teaching and commitment to undergraduate education” and “for the example he sets as a scholar and public intellectual.”
 
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
April 28, 2008  -  Public Reading & Book Signing by Fady Joudah
 
Poet and translator Fady Joudah will read from his book The Earth in The Attic, winner of the 2007 Yale Younger Poets Award. Joudah, a Palestinian-American medical doctor and a field member since 2001 of Doctors Without Borders lives in Houston. Following the reading, books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Co-sponsored with Inprint.
 
When:  Monday, April 28, 2008
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location: 
Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, Houston
 

 
April 26, 2008  -  "USA vs Al-Arian" Movie
 
”USA vs AL-ARIAN” is an intimate family portrait that documents the American-Muslim family Al-Arian's desperate attempt to fight terrorism charges leveled by the US Government.
 
A family facing charges of terrorism discovers truth and justice - the American way.  USA vs Al-Arian – on freedom of speech and political persecution.
 

When:  Saturday, April 26, 2008
Time:  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:  Rice Cinema, Rice University, Entrance 8 University and Stockton
 
In February 2003, university professor and pro-Palestinian civil rights activist Sami Al-Arian was arrested in Tampa, Florida, charged with providing material support to a terror organization. For two-and-a-half years he was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges and given limited access to his attorneys. While the Bush administration considered this a landmark case in its campaign against international terrorism, Sami Al-Arian claims he was targeted in an attempt to silence his political views.

The film follows Sami Al-Arian’s wife Nahla and their five children throughout his 6 month-long trial. It is an intimate family portrait that documents the strain brought on by the trial, a battle waged both in court and in the media. In the film a tight-knit family unravels before our very eyes as trial preparations, strategy and spin consume their lives. This is a nightmare come to life, as a man is prosecuted for his beliefs rather than his actions.

The film raises questions on whether it is possible for a man like Sami Al-Arian to receive a fair trial in the United States given the current hostile environment against Muslims and the strong US support of Israel. It presents democracy in a new light in a post-9/11 culture of fear, where "security measures" trump free speech and punishment is meted out in the name of protection. It is an example of how the American government’s hunt for terrorists is a struggle that can be seen from multiple angles.
 
Sponsored by Houston Indymedia and Houston Palestine Film Festival.
 
For more information, email info@hpff.org, or call 713-402-8373.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 26, 2008 -  Islamic Relief Fundraiser for Palestine: Children in Need
 
Islamic relief dinner scheduled in Houston for Children in need especially the current situation in Palestine.
 
Guest Speakers: Br. Rodwan Saleh, Dr. Omar Shahin, Dr. Hamed Ghazali and Br. Azhar Azeez.
 
When:  Saturday, April 26, 2008
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location: 
ISGH Main Center 3110 East Side St, Houston TX 77098
 
 
All your tax deductible donations from this event will go for the needy children and families in Palestine.
 
Supported by: Muslim American Society Houston Chapter & Islamic Society of Greater Houston
 
Tickets: Free Admission, Dinner provided, No babysitting provided
 

Click here of an
updated report on Islamic Relief’s work in Palestine.

For more information, visit www.irw.org, or contact any of the local contacts:
MAS Houston - (281) 530-4627 info@mashouston.org and ISGH - (713) 524-6615 

 

 
April 22, 2008  -  Arab American Business Network Monthly Network Lunch Meeting
 
“Reaching Your Goals, One Step At A Time”
 
Presented by Arnetta Yardbough, MLA, CPCC
Life & Business Coach
 
When:  Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Time:  11:30-11:55 Networking, 12:00-1:00 pm Meeting & Luncheon
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road
 
Please RSVP no later than Monday, April 21, 2008. Telephone: (832) 351-3366 or email manalgb@yahoo.com or denise_acc@yahoo.com
 

 
April 22, 2008  -   Condolences - Ziad Jazairi
 
With great sorrow and sadness we received the news of the passing of our good friend Ziad Jazairi.  May God rest his soul.
 
Ziad was a very active and respected member of the Arab American Community in Houston. He was well known by many and loved by all who knew him.  He was serving on the boards of the Syrian American Club and the Arab American Educational Foundation.
 
The Syrian American club offers its sincere condolences to his daughter, Alia, and to all members of his family.
 
We shall deeply miss him.
  
Condolences will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd 7:00 - 9:00pm at Al-Sham Cultural and Community Center located at 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, Texas.
  
The Syrian American Club
 

 
April 20, 2008  -  ACC Annual Spring Picnic
 
Come & Join us for a fun day at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center's (ACC) Annual Spring PICNIC
 
When:  Sunday, April 20, 2008
Time:  12 PM to 7 PM
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Entrance fee: $5 per person (Including food & beverage), FREE for children under 10
 
Lunch is served from 2 PM to 4 PM
 
Music Entertainment, Petting Zoo with 20 different types of animals, Moonwalks, Face Painting, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Arguile
 
For more information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366, or visit www.arabamericancenter.org.
 

 
April 20, 2008  -  MAS Boat Tour Along Houston Ship Channel
 
Get ready for an unforgettably spectacular FREE waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority's public charter tour boat!
 
When:  Sunday, April 20, 2008
Time:  2 p.m. 
Location:  111 East Loop North, Houston, Texas USA 77029 – Inside Port of Houston
 
The M/V Sam Houston offers leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruise along the Houston Ship Channel.
 
For more information contact Br. Mohamed AbdulHaadi, Tour Organizer (haadima@sbcglobal.net, 281-558-9977 (H) / 469-831-5514 (C).
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 19-20, 2008  -  Egyptian Festival
 
This year the Egyptian Festival will be part of the International Festival at Downtown Houston.
 
When:  Saturday April 19 from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday April 20, from 12-8 p.m.
 
To enter the festival there are tickets which are good for 1 day.
 
Early bird adult ticket (March 10 - April 16): $8.50
Advance adult ticket (after April 16): $12.50
At the gate: $15
All children 12 & under FREE courtesy of the TARGET KIDS FREE Program
Tickets will also be available March 10 at Houston area H-E-B locations.
 
To reach the Egyptian Festival Both # M611, you need to take entrance VE2.
   
For more information about the festival, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 19, 2008  -  Iman Academy Schools Job Fair
 
Excellence in Faith. Excellence in Education.
 
Faith Childcare Centers, One of the TOP Islamic Schools, SACS Accredited, Excellent Working Conditions, On the SPOT Interviews, Competitive Salaries & Benefits.
 
Me
et with school officials, and have an on the spot interview.
 
 
When:  Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time:  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location:  Houston Grand Plaza Hotel (San Jacinto Ballrooms), 8686 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX
 
Have your resume handy. If you are not able to attend, you may email your resume to fzaidan@sbcglobal.net, or fax it to 713-910-5955 or 281-498-5145.
 
For more information, visit www.imanacademy.org or click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 19, 2008  -  Prayer Services & Burial for Ziad Jazairi
 
With great sorrow and sadness we received the news of the passing of our good friend Ziad Jazairi.  May God rest his soul.
 
Ziad was a very active and respected member of the Arab American Community in Houston. He was well known by many and loved by all who knew him.  He was serving on the boards of the Syrian American Club and the Arab American Educational Foundation.
 
The Syrian American club offers its sincere condolences to his daughter, Alia, and to all members of his family.
 
We shall deeply miss him.
 
Prayer services will be held after noon prayer at 2:00pm tomorrow (Saturday) at Masjid El-Farouq on Grand Sauer Road.
 
Burial will take place at:
 
    Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
    located at Westheimer & Dairy Ashford in Houston
 
Condolences will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd 7:00 - 9:00pm at Al-Sham Cultural and Community Center located at 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, Texas.
  
The Syrian American Club
 

 
April 19, 2008  -  Dispatches from the Killing Zone Film
 
This film documents life both for Palestinian civilians under the threat of Israeli Defense Force attacks that do not discriminate between militants and children as well as for Israeli settlers who live in fear of suicide attacks. There is also coverage of the deaths of Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist crushed to by an Israeli bulldozer, and Tom Hurndall, who was killed while trying to rescue a seven-year-old child from the line of gunfire.
 
When:  Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (just west of Woodhead)
 
Admission is free.  Free parking in church parking lot at corner of Woodhead & W. Alabama.
 
Come early for snacks.  For more information, contact Bob (rwcsr1@yahoo.com, 713-771-9439).
 

 
April 19, 2008  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
When: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Cafe Layal, Richmond Ave. @ Unity Dr.
   
In this month's meeting, we are honored to host H.E. Ambassador Al-Husseiny Abdel-Wahab, Egyptian Consul General in Houston, who will talk to us about the current investment climate in Egypt and the impact of recent tax reforms. Following the presentation, we will have a question and answer session.
 

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

 
April 17, 2008  -  Amy Goodman in Houston
 
Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 650 TV and radio stations in North America, will be coming to Houston.  In connection with the release of her new book, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, co-authored with David Goodman, Amy Goodman is coming to Houston. As well as a book signing, her appearance will be a benefit for KPFT, which broadcasts her award-winning news program Democracy Now!
 
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door. Meet and Greet Reception: $250 includes autographed book, refreshments, and preferred seating.
 
When:  Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time:  6:30 - 7:30 p.m. folk singer David Massengill will perform, then Goodman will speak
Location:  Pavilion Royale, 5800 Airline Drive
 
For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.kpft.org, or call KPFT at 713-526-4000, x314.
 

 
April 16, 2008  -  Meeting Resistance Film Documentary
 
This documentary is based on interviews of Iraqis from a broad range of society who took up arms against the U.S. occupation. It is part of the documentary mini-series sponsored by Communication Department Professor Fred Schiff.
 
When:  Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Location:  Communication Building Room 202 at UH (entrance 16 from Cullen)
 
There is parking to the left; the parking meters are $1 or $2 for the day. If lot is full, go to parking lot across the street. The building number is 506 on the map at www.uh.edu/maps/uh_map_and_index.pdf.
 

 
April 16, 2008  -  Luncheon with U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
 
Luncheon with The Honorable Deborah Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
 
Whne:  Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Time:  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX
 
Cost: Executive Members Free; Non-members $100.  Registration: RSVP required.
To register contact Tina Halcomb (713-880-8168 edu@bilateralchamber.org).
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) is pleased to announce a group luncheon discussion with The Honorable Deborah K. Jones Ambassador of the United States to Kuwait

Ms. Jones is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. Ms. Jones entered the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in April 1982. She was confirmed by the United States Senate as Ambassador to Kuwait on April 1, 2008.

Most recently Ms. Jones served as Principal Officer at Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey. Her previous overseas assignments include service in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Baghdad, Iraq; Damascus, Syria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has served in Washington DC in the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat (Operations Center); as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asia Affairs; as Acting Public Affairs Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs; as the Jordan Desk Officer (International Relations); and as Country Director for the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Ms. Jones has also served on the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. She studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Rosslyn, Virginia and at the Department of State’s Field School in Tunis, Tunisia.

For more information, visit www.
bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
April 14, 2008  -  Women in Afghanistan Today
 
In 2001, the film "Beneath the Veil" revealed the plight of women living under the Taliban. In this follow-up, journalist and film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy returns to Afghanistan to find out how life has changed. Her journey starts in the bustling city of Kabul; then to Herat, on the Iranian border, where the suicide rate for women is shockingly high; and on to the remote rural areas in the north, where Afghan life is at its most basic.
 
Obaid began her career with New York Times Television in 2002 where she produced "Terror's Children," a film about Afghan refugee children, which won her the Overseas Press Club Award, the American Women and Radio and Television Award, and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. Since then, she has produced and reported on more than twelve films around the world.
 
When:  When:  Monday, April 14, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Museum of Fine Arts
 
For more information, call 713/639-7515.
 
Sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the World Affairs Council.
 

 
April 13, 2008  -  MAS Katy Center 1st Annual Banquet Dinner
 
You will have a chance to see a unique project for the Muslim community in Houston on 11 acres of land.
 
Guest speakers include Dr. Main Al-Qudah, Imam Mahdi Bray and Congressman Michael McCaul (invited). Also a presentation by project Architect Omar Mabsout from Archi Group.
 
When:  Sunday April 13, 2008
Time:  5.00 pm
Location:  Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77042
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 12, 2008  -  An Evening with Graphic Novelist Marjane Satrapi
 
An Evening with graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, internationally celebrated Iranian graphic novelist/memoirist, and author of the critically acclaimed Persepolis and Persepolis 2.
 
When:  Saturday, April 12, 2008
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St.
 
All tickets are $10.
 
For more information, visit www.inprinthouston.org/inprint.cfm?a=cms,c,57,2,23.
 

 
April 11, 2008  -  Annual Syrian American Club Scholarship Gala
 
Our annual Syrian American Club Scholarship Endowment Gala will be held on Friday, April 11, 2008. As always, the event will be a combined celebration of the educational achievement of students in our community, Syrian Independence day, and the unity and accomplishments of the Syrian-American community in Houston.
 
For more information, visit www.syrianamericanclub.com.
 

 
April 10, 2008  -  Understanding Hizbullah
 
Dr. Lara Deeb, assistant professor of women's studies at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss Lebanon's Hizbullah organization April 10 at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

In her lecture, "Understanding Hizbullah," Deeb will present an overview of the origins of Hizbullah and the group's development into a multi-faceted political party. She will also discuss the social and cultural institutions and networks associated with the party and with its constituents in the southern suburbs of Beirut and the party's appeal for many of Lebanon's Shi'i Muslims.

Deeb received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from Emory University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University from 2003 to 2004 and 2006 to 2007.

Deeb is the author of numerous articles, and published "An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon" (Princeton University Press) in 2006. The book explores the relationship among ideas about gender, religiosity and modernity in Beirut's Shi‘i community.
 
    
When:  Thursday, April 10, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m.,
a reception will follow lecture
Where: 
James A. Baker III Hall's Kelly International Conference Facility.
 
     
This lecture is part of The Arab World, History, Politics, and Culture Lecture Series,
co-sponsored by Rice University History Department, the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture Endowment.
 
  
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.
 

 
April 10, 2008  -  A Joyous Sound: An Interfaith Peace Celebration
 
When:  Sunday, February 10, 2008
Time:  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location:   The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
 
Please join us for the Unity Peacemakers 6th annual Interfaith Peace Celebration at The Rothko Chapel. This year’s theme, A Joyous Sound, celebrates how different faiths use the transcending power of music in their worship. Various faith traditions will be presenting their use of worship music, including song, chants, dance, and meditations. The Celebration will be followed by a reception and time for fellowship at 4:30 p.m. in Guinan Hall at the University of St. Thomas.
 
Rev Howard Caesar, Keynote
Julia Laskowski, Opening Song
Language of Peace, Musical trio – East/West blend
Baptist – Covenant Church, Acappella choir
Hare Krishna, “Kirtan” w/ traditional instruments
Bahai, Youth group singers
Nichiren Buddhist Sangha, Liturgical hymns “shomyo”
Muslim, Details pending
Yoga for Peace, Stretching exercises
Tibetan Bon Buddhist, Mother Tantra prayer
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, Details pending
Jain, Details pending
Hindu, Baala Joyti: song, chants, dance
 
For more information and to RSVP, visit www.rothkochapel.org/ipc.htm.
 

 
April 10, 2008  -  Darfur the Focus at Houston Peace Forum
 
A video on Darfur will be shown followed by a discussion led by people who have been following the situation there: David Atwood of Houston Peace and Justice Center, Phivan Wright of Amnesty International, and Jeremy Rutledge of Covenant Baptist Church.
 
When:  Thursday, April 10, 2008
Time:  7:30 p.m. (refreshments served 15 minutes before program starts)
Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, Rm. 302
 
For more information, contact Pat Nichols, 713/681-6267, nicholspat@awesomenet.net.
 

 
April 9, 2008  -  Loose Change Documentary
 
This documentary explores suspicious facts about the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 and raises questions about who was complicit. It is part of the documentary mini-series sponsored by Communication Department Professor Fred Schiff.
 
When:  Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Communication Building Room 202 at UH (entrance 16 from Cullen)
 
There is parking to the left; the parking meters are $1 or $2 for the day. If lot is full, go to parking lot across the street. The building number is 506 on the map at
www.uh.edu/maps/uh_map_and_index.pdf
 

 
April 8, 2008  -  The Syrian Bride Movie
 
Spring Movie Series at Rice University
 
A moving drama from Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis, in which a young Israeli woman, engaged to a Syrian man, faces the fact that marriage to her betrothed in Syria will mean she can never return to Israel. But when she gets to the border and is about to begin her new life, some surprises await.
 
For more information, visit www.riceforpeace.net.
 

 
April 4, 2008  -  Bilateral Model League of Arab States
 
Model League of Arab States is an educational activity similar to Model United Nations, but more limited and targeted in its focus and scope. It deals solely with the 22 Arab countries, not the 192 member-countries in the United Nations.
 
Organized into five to ten-person delegations, student participants engage in debate and discussion with the goal of effectively representing a given country s foreign policy objectives in competition with students representing other Arab countries. By grappling with the foreign affairs challenges and opportunities of real-life Arab diplomats and foreign affairs practitioners, the participants are required to put themselves in the foreign policy shoes of someone from a country other than their own. The student delegates are required to learn their adopted Arab country s modern history, culture, society, economics, national politics, and public policy positions on the most pressing issues confronting Arab governments.
  
When:  Friday, April 4, 2008
Location: University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
  
Cost: $60 team registration in addition to $30 individual student registration.
 
For more information or to register, contact Tina Halcomb, Educational Outreach Coordinator at edu@bilateralchamber.org, or visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
April 4, 2008  -  Baitulmaal Annual Fundraising Dinner
 
Light up the darkness in Palestine and other destitute areas with Baitulmaal annual fundraising dinner.
 
When:  Friday, April 4, 2008
Time:  reception at 7 pm, dinner at 8 pm
Location:  Holiday Inn Select - Near Greenway Plaza, 2712 Southwest Freeway (Kirby@59)
 
Guest Speaker: Abderaouf Al Khawaldah, Sh. Zoubir Bouchikhi & Osama Abu Irshaid
 
Ticket: $30 per individual, Babysitting available
 
For more information, call 800-640-0832 or visit www.baitulmaal.org.
 

 
April 4, 2008  -   Ending the War in Iraq
 
Johnny Zokovitch, communications director for Pax Christi USA, will speak on the why, how, and when of ending this illegal, immoral, and failed attempt at old-style imperialism, which means permanent military occupation to control resources.  Pax Christi recently worked through this challenge at the Catholic Social Ministry gathering in Washington, D.C. Pax Christi is a Catholic peace and justice movement with more than 400 chapters.
 
When:  Friday, April 4, 2008
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Ahern Room, Crooker Center at University of St. Thomas, 3900 Graustark
 
Parking in the Moran Center Parking Garage on Graustark between Alabama and Richmond.
 

 
April 3, 2008  -  Palestinian Fashion Show at University of St. Thomas
 
When:  Thursday, April 3, 2008
Time:  7 - 10 pm
Location:  Student Life Mall, University of St. Thomas
  
Click here for more information.
 

 
April 2, 2008  -  Ancient Mesopotamia and the Invention of Writing
 
Speaker: Ancient Mesopotamia and the Invention of Writing. - Sarah Kielt Costello, Ph.D.
 
Based on her archaeological fieldwork in Turkey, anthropologist, archaeologist and art historian Dr. Costello provide latest research on the invention of writing in the Middle East. (80 minutes)
  
When:  Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Time:  1 p.m.
Location:  Eagle Room at HCC Northwest Town & Country Campus, 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway North Houston, TX 77043
 
For more information, visit http://nwc.hccs.edu/reel.
 

 
March 30, 2008  -  Words for Peace 5: Condemn Invasion
 
Voices Breaking Boundaries' much-loved and long-awaited Words for Peace 5: Condemn Invasion, will be a collaboration with Words Without Borders (WWB). The multidisciplinary show will showcase writings from WWB's publication Literature from the Axis of Evil. Other disciplines will include spoken word, performance art, video and music and the art presented will focus on countries that have been invaded over the past decade. Curated by Hosam Aboul-Ela, Samantha Schnee, Oskar Sonnen.
 
When:  Sunday, March 30, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: 
DiverseWorks Art Space, 1117 East Freeway, Houston, TX 77002
  
Admission: $5.00 (no one will be turned away)
 
W
riters, musicians, and cartoonists will offer a window into Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran and their personal responses to war/invasion:
 
Readings from Najem Wali (Iraq/Germany), Hayan Charara (Lebanon/USA), Farnoosh
Moshiri (Iran/USA), and Zara Houshmand (Iran/USA)
Music by Inaam Wali (Iraq/Germany) and Mazen Kerbaj
Cartoons by Mazen Kerbaj (Lebanon)
 
Food, organizational info tables, festivities, and much more! Merchandise will be available for signing by the artists
 
This event is a collaboration with Words Without Borders and is cosponsored by Brazos Bookstore, DiverseWorks, and KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM.
 

 
March 30, 2008  -  MAS Boat Tour Along Houston Ship Channel
 
Get ready for an unforgettably spectacular FREE waterborne tour of one of the busiest ports in the world aboard the Port of Houston Authority's public charter tour boat!
 
When:  Sunday, March 30, 2008 (and also Sunday, April 20, 2008)
Time:  2 p.m. 
Location:  111 East Loop North, Houston, Texas USA 77029 – Inside Port of Houston
 
The M/V Sam Houston offers leisurely 90-minute round-trip cruise along the Houston Ship Channel.
 
For more information contact Br. Mohamed AbdulHaadi, Tour Organizer (haadima@sbcglobal.net, 281-558-9977 (H) / 469-831-5514 (C).
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 28, 2008  -  Music for Peace
 
Featuring Adam Tendler
 
The Rothko Chapel and Foundation for Modern Music join the Musicians' Alliance for Peace to honor Music for Peace weekend with a reflective evening of modern chamber music. The program features pianist and Artistic Director of Foundation for Modern Music, Adam Tendler, joined by Houston Symphony violinist Sophia Silivos, and violist conductor Jacob Sustaita performing works by Arvo Pärt, John Cage, James MacMillan, and Toru Takemitsu. The concert will also include the world premiere of Tendler's extended work for amplified pianist, "Autumn Lines," incorporating texts by T'ang Dynasty poet Li Po.
 

When:  Friday, March 28
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location: 
The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
 
The Musicians' Alliance for Peace first held Music for Peace weekend in 2004 to unify a global community of artists and presenters dedicated to the vision of a lasting peace. By coordinating a vast number of concerts worldwide, The Music for Peace Project brings attention to international peace efforts while building a global community of active, socially conscious artists. Dedicated to cultivating peace as both a means and an end, The Music for Peace Project creates a global celebration of peace and provides a voice for the vibrant community that believes in peaceful solutions for the future.

Over the last three years, the Musicians' Alliance for Peace has sponsored over 350 concerts in 30 countries in the course of three 3 day weekends. This international, non-partisan call for peace was shared with audiences as diverse as the music itself. Music has the power to inspire compassion and foster understanding between cultures while deepening the bonds that form our communities.
 
Free Admission with ticket. Tickets must be picked up in the Chapel from 10am - 6pm (2 tickets per person).  Open Seating. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets guarantee a seat only until 7:20pm. Reception to follow program.
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org/Music4Peace.htm.
 

 
March 26, 2008  -  Reform in Riyadh: A Delicate Balance
 
By Karen Elliot House, Harvard University
 
When:  Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Location:  Hyatt Regency, Imperial Ballroom, 1200 Louisiana Street
Time: Registration: 11:00 a.m., Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
 
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
 
King Abdullah has already begun to move his country toward reform. From accession to the World Trade Organization to the billion-dollar overhaul of the educational system, this conservative kingdom is beginning to change. The reforms come at a critical time. Saudi Arabia is barreling toward an economic and social crisis if it does not act fast. Almost 75 percent of Saudi citizens are under age 30 and youth unemployment is approaching 30 percent - a potential breeding ground for terrorists and dissidents.

Are the reforms comprehensive enough and can they be sustained? What should the West do, if anything, to assist this important partner?

Karen Elliott House is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard University. Her research focuses include internal and external forces shaping political evolution in Saudi Arabia.
 

For more information, visit www.hwac.net. 
 

 
March 26, 2008  -  Inside the Houston-UAE-Qatar Connection
 
On March 26th, The Houston Business Journal will host a forum and publish a special section, DATELINE BUBAI, "Inside the Houston-UAE-Qatar Connection".
 
Two of Houston's top reporters will travel to the region to interview Houston companies successfully doing business in Dubai. They, as well as, a panel of industry experts from the energy, legal, medical and financial sectors, will conduct a forum to which the business community will be invited.
 
The panel will discuss topics such as; Houston companies that successfully conduct business in Dubai, life quality in Dubai and Qatar- the Dubai of tomorrow.
 
Event/Forum: March 26, 2008
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
March 25, 2008  -  Ann Wright will Speak in Houston
 
Over the last five years in numerous forums across America retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright has become a leading voice of like-minded U.S. government officials and military personnel at many levels. Ann Wright's book, co-authored with Susan Dixon, DISSENT: Voices of Conscience. Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq was published by Koa Press, Kihei, Hawaii in January of this year. In it, Ann Wright tells her story and that of other civilian government officials and military officers who have followed her example.
 
When:  Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  Anderson Hall, University of St. Thomas
 

 
March 25, 2008  -  Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour
 
It is hard to find anything to laugh about in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The on-going exchange of rockets, the split of the Palestinian government, and the border crisis have added another layer of complexity to stalled peace negotiations.

And yet a group of four Arab and Israeli comedians have come together to promote peace through comedy.

Palestinian and Israeli comedians on the same stage. Pointing fingers at themselves and each other and instead of blaming-they are laughing. It's never been done before. And hopefully it won't be the last time.
 
Charley Warady is the co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour. He headlined in comedy clubs across the United States, appearing on NBC and Comedy Central, before immigrating to Israel ten years ago. He has performed in Israel as part of the Off The Wall comedy series, targeting regional life and politics.

Ray Hanania is an award-winning journalist, peace activist, and author. Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour in November 2006 with Charley Warady to help confront growing animosity between Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs.

Aaron Freeman is a standup comedian, popular columnist, and radio commentator. His views on being a black, Jewish convert have made him a hit all across America. A veteran of Second City theatre, Freeman often offers his insights on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Yisrael Campbell is an Orthodox Jew who was born Catholic. He has performed his one-man show, "It's Not In Heaven" all over the world.
 
When: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Hobby Center, Zilka Hall, 800 Bagby Street
 
Members: Orchestra $28, Mezzanine $16
Non-members: Orchestra $35, Mezzanine $20
 
Tickets can be purchased from the Hobby Center Box office in person: 800 Bagby Street between Rusk and Walker, by telephone 713.315.2525, or online.
 
Members will be emailed a discount code to use when purchasing tickets. Please contact the Council office at 713.522.7811 if you have not received one.

 

For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 
 

 
March 21, 2008  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival Pre-Party
 
2008 Film Selection Unveiling
 
When:  Friday, March 21, 2008
Time:  7 - 11 pm
Location:  Mind Puddles Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy
 
Poetry by Fady Joudah, Sounds by DJ Sun, Cuisine by 3 Loc Chefs, Palestinian Jewelry Auction
  
$20 suggested donation includes dinner
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
March 20, 2008  -  Anti-War Freeway Blogging
 
This is another way to keep the public aware of a human disaster increasingly ignored by the corporate media. The official U.S. military death toll has reached 4,000. Iraqis have suffered much greater losses. Bring you signs and banners. Come to one of the bridges over US59 (Southwest Freeway). For this action there will be a presence on all the bridges from Montrose down to Hazard from 4-6 p.m.
 

 
March 20, 2008  -  Candlelight Vigil: 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War
 
Rice for Peace and Justice along with a number of campus organizations are organizing several events to mark the 5th anniversary of the Iraq Occupation.
 
Candlelight Vigil: 7:00 PM at Willy's Statue
A solemn candlelight vigil will feature performances by local spoken word artists and anti-war readings.
 
Sponsoring Organizations: Rice Democrats, Rice Libertarians, Harris County Libertarian Party, Houston Peace and Justice Center, HACER, and Rice Amnesty.
 
Contact rice4peace@rice.edu for more information, or visit www.riceforpeace.net.
 

 
March 19, 2008  -  Iraq War Art Exhibition, Dinner & Speakers
 
Rice for Peace and Justice along with a number of campus organizations are organizing several events to mark the 5th anniversary of the Iraq Occupation.
 
Art Exhibit: 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM in Grand Hall, RMC, Rice University
"Civilians of War" will consist of over 100 pieces of art created between 2002 and 2008 by David Miller (Berkeley, CA) and Marc Levine (Houston, TX) intended to shed light upon the plight of innocent Iraqis.
 
Dinner & Speakers: 6:30 PM in Grand Hall, RMC, Rice University
A panel discussion with representatives from 6 of the major political parties who will all present an anti-war stance.
 
 
Sponsoring Organizations: Rice Democrats, Rice Libertarians, Harris County Libertarian Party, Houston Peace and Justice Center, HACER, and Rice Amnesty.
 
Contact rice4peace@rice.edu for more information, or visit www.riceforpeace.net.
 

 
March 19, 2008  -  Iraq War Anniversary Vigil in Montgomery County
 
The Peace and Justice Network of Montgomery County is hosting this memorial candlelight silent vigil "to remember all of those who have been harmed and their families." As of February 13, 3,959 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq and 29,133 seriously wounded, plus 307 troops from other invading nations. 546 non-Iraqi contractors and civilian workers were killed 126 journalists have died, plus killed. 126 Journalists were killed. 546 non-Iraqi contractors and civilian workers were killed. 7,875 Iraqi police and soldiers have been killed, and somewhere between 100,000 and 600,000 Iraqi civilians. The sponsor wishes the vigil to be focused exclusively on ending the occupation and the violence, and asks that the signs people bring will simply say "peace."
 
When:  Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Time: 
6 - 8 p.m.
Location: 
Lake Woodlands Drive Bridge
 
For more information about Peace and Justice Network of Montgomery County, visit www.peacejusticenetwork.org.
 

 
March 19, 2008  -  Jim Hightower Book Release Benefiting KPFT
 
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker and author of "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish can go with the Flow".  Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
 
When:  Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Time:  7 PM to 9 PM
Location:  Landmark's River Oaks Theatre & Lounge 2009 West Grey
 
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 16, 2008  -  The Movement against Apartheid in Palestine: US 2008 National Speaking Tour & Film Screening
 
Palestinian activist, Mansour Mansour, and Israeli filmmaker, Shai Carmeli Pollak will be touring the United States with Shai's movie "Bil'in Habibti" during March 2008.
 
The speaking tour is designed to create an opportunity for the speakers to address questions and discuss nonviolence movements in Palestine against the Israeli occupation and apartheid, joint struggles between Israelis and Palestinians, responding to military violence using nonviolent techniques, and others.
  
When:  Sunday, March 16, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Rice Cinema, Rice University
  
There will be screening of the film "Bil'in Habibti" and a discussion with the filmmaker and Palestinian activist, Mansur Mansur.
 
$5 suggested donation fee (but nobody will be turned away).
   
For more information, visit www.stopapartheid.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 16, 2008  -  Muslim Family in the USA
 
MAS Katy Center invites you to an evening with scholar Dr. Salah Elsawy who will present an important lecture titled "Muslim family in the USA".
 
When:  Sunday, March 16, 2008
Time:  7:30 pm
Location:  Katy Masjid, 1800 Baker Road, Katy, Texas 77094
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 15, 2008  -  Rally Against the Iraq War
 

Accordingly, the Progressive Workers Organizing Committee is calling for a Rally against the Iraq War.  The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq is coming up soon, and people in the Houston area want to express their opposition to the war and their demand that all the troops be brought home now. Although our organization has been pretty busy with the struggle in Spring for the past four months, we could not let the fifth anniversary of this immoral, illegal, and imperialist war pass without opposition. And we know you feel the same way.
 
When:  Saturday, March 15, 2008
Time:  2 pm
Location:  Mason Park, S. 75th Street and Tipps Street, Houston
 
The rally will be held in front of the community center building near the intersection of S. 75th Street and Tipps Street. The rally will include speakers, musicians, and spoken word artists. The rally will be held regardless of weather conditions.
 
For more information, contact David or Rona (832-692-2306, 281-935-9248)
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
March 15, 2008  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
When: Saturday, March 15, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Cafe Layal, Richmond Ave. @ Unity Dr.
   

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

 
March 14, 2008  -  Rally Against Israeli Atrocities
 

When:  Friday, March 14, 2008
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location:  Israeli Consulate Bldg. (Intersection of Wesleyan and Highway 59)
 
The recent escalation of the brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip in Palestine is yet another milestone of the Israeli war machine. The Zionists have constantly used overwhelming force against innocent civilians but the latest assault in Gaza was unprecedented in their vicious history of terrorism.
 
'Children have been shot in forty other conflicts I have covered. Death squads gunned them down in El Salvador and Guatemala; mothers with infants lined up and massacred in Algeria and Serb snipers put children in their sights in Sarajevo...but I’ve never watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap & murder them for sport like in Gaza' - Christopher Hedges- HARPERS Magazine
   
Sponsored by Worldwide Movement for Justice and Peace (WMJP) and the Greater Muslim Community of Houston.
  
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
March 13, 2008  -  Sufis, Shi´ites, and Shahs: The Great Shrines of Iran
 
Special Lecture: Sufis, Shi´ites, and Shahs: The Great Shrines of Iran, 1500-1650 return
 
The Safavids ruled Iran from 1501 to 1722. A dynasty of Azerbaijani and Kurdish origins, the Safavids declared Shi´a Islam as the official religion of their empire, marking one of the most significant turning points in the history of Islam. Dr. Sheila Canby examines the roles that the Ardabil Shrine, the dynastic heart of the Safavid Dynasty, the Shrine of Imam Riza in Mashhad, and the Shrine of Fatimeh Ma´sumeh in Qum, played in establishing Shiism as the state religion of Iran and the Safavid rulers as its protectors.
 
This lecture receives generous support from His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States. Additional promotional support is provided by Asia Society Texas Center.
 
When:  Thursday, March 13, 2008
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location: 
Caroline Wiess Law Building, MFAH
  
Admission is free and open to the public. A reception follows the program.
   
For more information, www.mfah.org.
 

 
March 13, 2008  -  Archaeology of the Sacred Series II - Jewish/Christian
 
Archaeology of the Sacred Series II - Jewish/Christian
Reconstructing an Ancient Papyri Book - How the Gospel of Judas was Restored and the Questions It Raises
 
National Geographic Restoration Team - Dr. Marvin Meyer and Dr. Gregor Wurst
 
When:  Tuesday, March 13, 2008
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location:  Rice University, Herring Hall, Room 100
 

For more information, call
281-497-7382 or visit www.aia-houston.com.
 

 
March 13, 2008  -  Good Intentions Corrupted: The Oil-for-Food Scandal and the Threat to the U.N.
 
By Mark Califano, Chief Legal Counsel, UN Oil-For-Food investigation
 
When:  Thursday, March 13, 2008
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location:  The Houston Club, 811 Rusk, The Texas Ballroom
 

Members: $35, Non-members: $45
 
The United Nations Oil-For-Food program was an attempt to help the Iraqi people survive the sanctions imposed on the Hussein government. Despite its good intentions, mismanagement and corruption plagued the program.
 
Under Oil-For-Food, the Iraqi regime steered oil contracts for political advantage—smuggling about $8.4 billion of oil in violation of UN sanctions.
 
Mark Califano served as the Chief Legal Counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the global investigation. He co-authored with Jeffrey Meyer and Paul Volcker Good Intentions Corrupted: the Oil-for-Food Scandal and the Threat to the U.N., which chronicles the findings of the Independent Inquiry Committee on the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal.

 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
March 7-13, 2008  -  Caramel Lebanese Film
 
In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other. Layale loves Rabih, but Rabih is married. Nisrine is Muslim and her forthcoming marriage poses a problem; she is no longer a virgin. Rima is tormented by her attraction to women and especially to a lovely client with long hair. Jamale is refusing to grow old. Rose has sacrificed her life to take care of her elderly sister.
 
In the salon, their intimate and liberated conversations revolve around men, sex and motherhood, between haircuts and sugar waxing with caramel.

Rated “PG” for thematic elements involving sexuality, language, and some smoking.
In Arabic & French with English subtitles.
 
Opens in Houston on March 7, 2008 at the Angelika Film Center, 510 Texas Avenue.
 

Visit the website at www.caramel-lefilm.com.
 

 
March 8, 2008  -  International Women's Day
 
Open Call for Submissions/Participation
 
In celebration of International Women's Day, 2008 a group of female artists and activists are
working collectively to create an event that promotes and supports a female artistic movement. The event is set to take place in Houston, Texas on March 8th, 2008.
 
This is an open call to artists and performers interested in a conscious movement of women's views via various art mediums to come together and build a vision of hope for our future.  Women have the natural healing components  necessary to make radical change in our society but everyday are faced with struggles which impedes their expression.
 
If you think you have some good ideas and would like to help and participate with the planning of this event you can. Please contact us at creativewomenunite@gmail.com or attend our meeting that takes place ever Monday at 7pm. E-mail us for location and any other questions you may have.
 
We are also looking for sponsors and any venue that may want to offer their spot for use.
 
Please share this info with all female singers, dancers, musicians, painters, photographers, poets, drummers, etc. and community activists/leaders and female business owners.
 
Peace, Creative Women Unite
 

 
March 6, 2008  -  From Roadmap to Headlines: Reading the Middle East
 
By Felice & Michael Friedson, The Media Line
 
When:  Thursday, March 6, 2008
Time:  Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Hyatt Regency, Imperial Ballroom, 1200 Louisiana Street
 
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
 
"One of the most difficult things in the world is to get a balanced presentation of anything that takes place in the Middle East." Marvin Kalb, former Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for NBC and CBS News
 
Is it possible to get coverage of events in the Middle East that is fair, timely, and in context? Just as biased reporting can reinforce hostilities, could more accurate and balanced reporting help build bridges between the people of the Middle East?
 
The Media Line is a non-profit news organization established to enhance and balance media coverage in the Middle East, to promote independent reporting in the region, and break down barriers to understanding in the Arab and Israeli journalism communities. The Media Line reports appear in diverse publications around the world including in Houston's Jewish Herald Tribune, CNN, and the New York Times.
 
Felice Friedson holds a degree in broadcast communications along with extensive credits in radio and television production. She is the co-host of TML's syndicated radio programs and frequently appears as a guest commentator on American and European radio and television. In 2005, Ms. Friedson created the concept for what became The Mideast Press Club, an initiative of TML that has achieved great success in bringing Israeli and Palestinian journalists together.
 
Michael Friedson has two decades of on-air broadcast experience and has worked professionally in numerous areas of the broadcast medium. He co-anchors TML's daily and weekly radio programs, and is a regular Middle East contributor to the BBC, USA Radio Network, Salem Radio Network, and local ABC and CBS stations. Mr. Friedson is involved in ongoing research on bias and balance in reporting from areas of conflict.
 

For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
March 2, 2008  -  Texas Primary Election Public Education Forum
 
Muslim American Society (MAS) Houston Chapter & MAS Freedom present The Texas Primary Election Public Education Forum
 
Confirmed Speakers:
  - Dr.James Zogby, President of AAI and official surrogate for Senator Barack Obama
  - Mr.Terry Mcauliff, National Campaign Manger for Senator Hillary Clinton and former
    national Democratic Committee Chairman
 
The Democratic and the Republican primary election will be held on Tuesday march 4th. Before you go out to vote, this is your opportunity to find out firsthand why you should vote for a candidate and let the candidates know what issues are important to you.
 
Please join us to hear from Representatives of various presidential candidates and parties, and ask them questions.
 
When:  Sunday, March 2, 2008
Time:  6.30 PM
Location:  Masjid Hamza, 6233 Tres Lagunas, Houston TX 77083.
 
For more information, contact info@mashouston.org or call 281-530-4MAS.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 1, 2008  -  Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Banquet
 
When:  Saturday, March 1, 2008
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston, Hilton Hotel
 
Zarqa Nawaz, producer of hit comedy “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and Muslim comedian Preacher Moss will be feature speakers in the banquet.  Workshops on Media Engagement and Civic Involvement.
 
For more information, contact Br. Afaq Durrani at 713-702-2377 or Br. Sayeed Siddiqui at
281-731-0092.
 

 
March 1, 2008 - MAS Community Dinner & Election Awareness Program
 
Muslim American Society (MAS) Houston Chapter will host a community dinner and election awareness program.
 
When:  Saturday, March 1, 2008
Time:  7:00 PM
Location: ISGH SE Masjid AbuBakr Siddique, 8830 Old Galveston Rd, Houston, Texas 77034
 
Click here to RSVP for this event.
 
For more information, contact info@mashouston.org or call 281-530-4MAS.
 

 
February 28, 2008  -  Empathy and the Rule of Law at Guantanamo
 
By Marc Falkoff
 
When:  Thursday, February 28, 2008
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006
 
Marc Falkoff, attorney for 17 Yemeni prisoners at Guantanamo, will discuss their situation at the detention camp. Fewer than half the prisoners are accused of committing hostile acts against the United States or its allies. During ten trips to the prison he collected Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak.
 
Falkoff is assistant professor at the Northern Illinois University College of Law, Chicago, where he teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and habeas corpus. He has also taught courses in post-conviction remedies and prisoners' rights at Brooklyn Law School. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent Scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Brandeis University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
 
For more information, or to RSVP, visit www.rothkochapel.org/falkoff.htm.
 

 
February 23-24, 2008  -  Shamiat Art Exhibit
 
The Syrian American Club presents Shamiat, a collection of artwork and open house with the artists.
 
When:  Saturday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
            Sunday, February 24, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Al-Sham Cultural & Community Center, 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, 77057
 
For more information, contact Rima Nabulsi at 832-496-7770.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 23, 2008  -  AAMA 6th Bi-Annual Ben Qurrah Awards Gala
 
AAMA-Houston 6th Bi-Annual Ben Qurrah Awards Gala
  
National Honoree: Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health
 
Local Honoree: Dr. Issam Raad, Professor of medicine, Chairman, Department of Infectious Diseases and Infection control, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
 
Honorary Chair: Monzer Hourani of Medistar Corporation
Gala Awards Chair: Dr. Aziz Shaibani
Gala Co-chairs: Cindi Albina, Nouha Zacca, Roula Abdalla
 
When: 
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Location:  Hotel ZaZa
 

Benefiting Medical students scholarship fund and other selected charities Individual tickets and tables of 10 available, Open to the public
 
Contact/Reservations: sandy_king@hcms.org
 

 

February 23, 2008  -  VETS Speak Out! Peace & Music Benefit

 
This March, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will gather in Washington D.C. to talk about their experiences in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
The Houston Chapter of Veterans for Peace invite you to help fund the Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan Conference in Washington D.C. March 13-16 by attending a Peace & Music Benefit.
 
When:  Saturday, February 23, 2008
Time:  3 - 7 p.m.
Location:  Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, 1031 E. 24th St., Houston, Texas
 
Music by Hank Woji, Patti Sullivan, The Free Radicals, and Brother 2 Brother with excerpts from films Winter Soldier (1972) and The Ground Truth (2006).
 
For more information, call 281-414-1386 or e-mail jmrine@hotmail.com
 

 
February 20, 2008  -  Approaching Iran
 
By Karim Sadjadpour
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

   
When: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 
The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
  
Members: FREE,  Non-members: $20
  
Iran is integral to issues of critical importance to U.S. foreign policy - Iraq, nonproliferation, energy security, terrorism, and Arab-Israeli peace. The need for engagement with Iran is often cited as a critical step in easing Middle East tensions and dealing with with the country's nuclear ambitions. Yet the January 7th confrontation between Iranian speedboats and U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz surprised many and shows how difficult an approach to Iran will be to implement.
 
Carnegie Endowment Associate Karim Sadjadpour will discuss the current realities in Iran that must considered if we want to engage the leadership or successfully influence actions.
 
Karim Sadjadpour joined Carnegie after four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Tehran and Washington, D.C. A leading researcher on Iran, Sadjadpour has conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials, and hundreds with Iranian intellectuals, clerics, dissidents, paramilitaries, businessmen, students, activists, and youth, among others.
 
A regular contributor to television news and radio programs, Sadjadpour is also frequently called upon to brief U.S. and EU officials about Iranian politics, nuclear program, and foreign policy. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including a Fulbright scholarship.
  
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
February 20, 2008  -  Norman Solomon - with Film: War Made Easy
 
Speaker -  Norman Solomon - with Film: War Made Easy
(How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death) (2007)
 
Author & Media Critic Norman Solomon will speak after the film, based on the best-selling book of the same title - a critique of media spin during wartime. (70 minutes)
 
When:  Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Time: 
1 p.m.
Location: 
Eagle Room at HCC Northwest Town & Country Campus, 1060 West Sam Houston Parkway North Houston, TX 77043
 
For more information, visit http://nwc.hccs.edu/reel.
 

 
February 19, 2008  -  Meeting Resistance Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
 
By Molly Bingham & Steve Connors
Directors
 

When:  Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Film: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Q&A: 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: 
Angelika Film Center, 510 Texas Ave., Houston
  
Members: Members: Free, Non-members: $10
 
Global Outlook (GO) presents Meeting Resistance, a documentary that raises the veil of anonymity surrounding the Iraqi Insurgency. By meeting face to face with the individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle, directors Steve Connors and Molly Bingham focus the spotlight on the “other side”. Though unprecedented access to these clandestine groups, we will learn about the motivations, hopes and goals fueling both the war in Iraq and the Iraqis who participate.
 
Steve Connors has worked for most of the worlds' newspapers and magazines including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, Der Spiegel, Stern and Paris Match. Starting in November 2001, Connors spent fifteen months in Afghanistan. He also spent fourteen months in Iraq during the invasion.
 
Molly Bingham began working as a photojournalist in 1994, traveling to Rwanda in the wake of the genocide. She has covered the Pentagon attack on 9/11, Afghanistan, Gaza and Iran. During her work in Iraq covering the invasion, Bingham was detained for eight days by the Iraqi government security services and held in Abu Ghraib prison. Her first major written story – on the Iraqi resistance – was published in Vanity Fair in July 2004.
 
Global Outlook or GO is a new World Affairs Council program series, bringing timely international affairs programs to exciting new locations and audiences in the greater Houston community. Significant subjects, lively dialogue, and lots of audience participation characterize Go programs. People of all ages are encouraged to attend and join in the spirited discussion.
 

For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
February 18, 2008  -  Meeting Resistance Film Screening
 
This daring and eye-opening film provides unique insight into the personal narratives of people involved in the resistance by introducing, face to face, the individuals who are passionately engaged in the struggle and documenting the sentiments and actions taken when their homeland is occupied. Meeting Resistance is the missing puzzle piece in understanding the Iraq War. The directors will discuss this film.
 
When:  Monday, February 18, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  Rice Media Center, Rice University, 2030 University, Houston, TX 77030
 
Directors will be present for Q&A
 
Brought to you by Artist Rescue Mission, Houston Indymedia, Rice for Peace and Justice and Houston Palestine Film Festival
 

 
February 15, 2008  -  Meet and Greet Dr. Donny George Youkhanna
 
Artist Rescue Mission: PROJECT IRAQ
 
Meet and Greet Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, former Director of Baghdad Museum of Antiquities.
 
When: Friday, February 15, 2008
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Toby Topek's Home, 922 Rochow, Houston, TX 77006
 
Suggested donation starting at $50, $100, $250. Proceeds go to assisting Artists in Iraq.
 
Artist Rescue Mission (ARM) is a nonprofit organization that assists artists in areas of conflict, providing various means for their artistic expression.
 

For more information, call 713-444-2477 or email threetrillion@yahoo.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 14, 2008  -  The Looting of the Baghdad Museum, A Loss of a Nation’s Memory
 
By Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, Former Director of the Baghdad Museum
   
When:  Thursday, February 14, 2008
Time:  7 p.m.

Location:  Hilton Hotel, Conrad Hilton Ballroom, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Blvd.
  
Cosponsored by the Art History Program, School of Art, University of Houston
 
On April 10, 2003, a tragedy occurred that shook the world. As Baghdad fell, we watched in shock as the storied Baghdad Museum was looted of some of the most ancient artifacts in human history. Come hear a story ripped right from the headlines as the former director of the Museum tells of the fate of the museum and its collection of priceless artifacts that are not only a loss to the people of Iraq but to all humankind.
 
Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, a native of Al-Anbar province, did undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Baghadad along with archaeological work at such fabled sites as Babylon and Nineveh. He was the Director General of the National Museum in Baghdad, and also the Chariman of the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage. He has authored two books on the architecture and stone industries of Tell Es-Sawaan, and has given presentations on the current archeological and museum conditions in Iraq at conferences internationally. In the middle of the battle raging through Iraq, Dr. George was instrumental in recovering almost half of the 15,000 Mesopotamian artworks and artifacts that date back to as much as 6,000 years, which were looted from the museum and Iraq’s 12,500 archaeological sites during the American-led invasion of his country in 2003. Following death threats, the cessation of financial support and poor security, Dr. George, left Iraq and fled with his family to Syria. While living in Iraq, Dr. George was in constant fear for his life. He and his family were potential targets of violence not only due to being a relatively high-profile government official, but also for his frequent appearances in the western media. Dr. Youkhanna now teaches at SUNY at Stoney Brook through the help of Scholar Rescue Fund through the Institute of International Education’s program, whose mission is to rescue persecuted scholars such as Dr. George to continue their academic careers in safe locations.
 
Tickets are $20 - general public, $10 - members of AIA, free admission for students.
 
To obtain tickets, please call 281.497.7382 or visit www.aia-houston.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 13, 2008  -  Islam: Truths and Falsehoods
 
When:  Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Time:  7:30 PM
Location: 
The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006

The Rothko Chapel will host a panel of local Muslims to address misconceptions of Muslims in the United States and abroad. Panelists will provide accurate information about practitioners of Islam in Houston and throughout the world. Islam has been seldom understood in the United States and this situation has only grown more serious since the events of 9/11.
 
The Rothko Chapel has a longstanding history of promoting interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding. In 1971, an Imam, a Priest and a Rabbi consecrated The Chapel to be a sacred space for all people. The Chapel is dedicated to nurturing authentic relationships between people of diverse faiths. In today’s climate of fear and intolerance, The Chapel considers it critically important to counter bigotry and ignorance with information and understanding.
 
Panelists:

Wagih Abu-Rish, Houston businessman and president of the Arab-American Secular Coalition, which promotes a secular political framework within the Arab-American community and the Arab world. Raised in Lebanon, he is a graduate of the University of Houston and has a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon.

Dr. Kamel Fotouh. Egyptian-born professor of engineering and owner of an engineering consulting company, Dr. Fotouh is a member of the Katy Muslim community and co-founder of the newly-organized West Houston-Katy Interfaith Coalition.

Cheryl Pearson, African-American educator, was born in Los Angeles and converted to Islam in 1995. An adviser to the Institute of Interfaith Dialog in Houston, she has participated in symposia focusing on women and Islam.

Dr. Fred von der Mahden will moderate the panel. Emeritus Albert Thomas professor of political science at Rice University and a scholar at the James Baker Institute, he has written and spoken extensively on moderate Islam in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
 
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We appreciate your RSVPs for counting purposes. To RSVP for this event please visist www.rothkochapel.org/Muslim%20Panel.htm.
 

 
February 12, 2008  -  An Imam in America
 
By Andrea Elliot, New York Times
  
When:  Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 
The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
Members: FREE,  Non-members: $20
 
Over the last half-century, the Muslim population in the United States has risen significantly. But adapting to life here is not always easy and Islamic traditions often clash with American culture. At the center of the storm is the Imam, who must guide his flock as both a prayer leader and, increasingly, a community leader.
 
Andrea Elliott joined the New York Times in 2003 and now covers Islam in America as a metropolitan reporter. In 2005, she began a series of reports that focused on the process of integration and the impact of 9/11 on American Muslims. She was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on Sheik Reda Shata, an Egyptian-born imam who came to Brooklyn to preside over a mosque.
 
Elliott earned a B.A. degree in comparative literature from Occidental College in 1996. She took an M.S. degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999, graduating first in her class and winning a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. Her journalistic honors include awards from the New York Press Association, the Newswomen's Club of New York and the Society of the Silurians.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
February 10, 2008  -  Memorial Service for Dr. George Habash
 
Friends, family and representatives from the Arab community in Houston cordially invite you to participate in an event to mourn the death and to commemorate the life of  Dr. George Habash, doctor and revolutionary, born 1926; died January 26 2008.
 
When:  Sunday, February 10, 2008
Time:  6 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Coffee, soft drinks and snack food will be served
   
More information about Dr. George Habash is available at:
  
    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3E4F1FD5-CB24-407F-AC7C-94C4AF97E293.htm
    http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9266.shtml
    http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9274.shtml

 
Click here for event flyer (in Arabic).
 

 
February 9, 2008  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
When: Saturday, February 9, 2008
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Dimassi's on I-10 @ Kirkwood, Houston
   

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

 
February 6, 2008  -  The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the Future of Pakistan
 
By Frederic Grare, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    
When:  Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Time: 
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 
The Junior League, The Ballroom, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
Members: FREE,  Non-members: $20
 
The Dec. 27th assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto triggered massive waves of rioting in major cities across Pakistan. Even after the violence is contained, her death will create a power vacuum, and casts a shadow over the future of Pakistan.
 
Who is responsible for the killing and who benefits from her loss? How will this affect U.S. relations with the Pakistani security service and President Musharraf?
 
Frederic Grare is a visiting scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he leads a project assessing U.S. and European policies toward Pakistan. Grare’s research focuses on the tension between stability and democratization in Pakistan, including challenges of sectarian conflict, Islamist political mobilization, and educational reform.
 
Grare is also a leading expert and writer on South Asia, having served most recently in the French Embassy in Pakistan and, from 1999 to 2003, in New Delhi as director of the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities. Grare has written extensively on security issues, Islamist movements, and sectarian conflict in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A graduate of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Grare has also edited the volume, India, China, Russia: Intricacies of an Asian Triangle.
 
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.
 

 
February 5, 2008  -  Bilateral Arabic Language Scholarship
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce offers scholarship opportunities for American students to participate in an exciting four week Arabic language immersion program. The format is a summer camp called Al-Wāha Village where over 200 students can earn one year of appropriate level high school language credit.
 
Program DEADLINE: 2/5/2008
Location: Vergas, MN
 
Registration: Scholarship applications should be returned via mail to The Bilateral US Arab Chamber of Commerce Attn: Tina Halcomb, Educational Outreach Coordinator at P.O. Box 571870 Houston, Texas 77257. Registration forms may be submitted via email edu@bilateralchamber.org.
 
$25 application fee should be made payable to the Bilateral US Arab Chamber of Commerce. This will allow priority processing of our applicant pool. Deposit requirements should be made directly to Concordia and are fully refundable should no scholarship be granted. All applications should be sent directly to BUSACC.
 
Al Waha Arabic Language Villages 2008: clvweb.cord.edu/prweb/arabic/default.asp
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org/ECM/emails.asp?id=137.
 

 
Now through February 3, 2008  -  Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900 and Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur´an
 
Islamic Art and Culture Initiative
 
This year, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will establish the Islamic Art and Culture Initiative, wherein the MFAH will commit its exhibition and educational resources to the display and study of Islamic art. The MFAH recognizes that, as the Islamic world becomes increasingly important in the 21st century, the museum has the great responsibility to foster the public's awareness and understanding of the rich Islamic arts and cultures.
 
The development of the Islamic Art and Culture Initiative will be fourfold: organizing innovative Islamic Art exhibitions; building a stellar permanent collection of Islamic art; hosting stimulating educational programs to help interpret Islamic art, such as lectures, films, workshops, and symposiums; and opening a gallery space in the MFAH devoted solely to the presentation of art from the Islamic world.
 
Working with the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University, the MFAH presents this exhibition, Traces of the Calligrapher and the complementary exhibition Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur´an. Traces of the Calligrapher, for the first time, presents the elegant and masterful works of Islamic calligraphy alongside the tools used to create them. Writing the Word of God is devoted to a selection of folios from copies of the Qur´an, the preeminent context for the practice of calligraphy in the historical Islamic lands.
 
Traces of the Calligrapher and Writing the Word of God are organized by Arthur M. Sackler Museum Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Mary McWilliams, and Professor David J. Roxburgh, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. This important project was made possible by the strong initiative and generous support of Houstonian Vahid Kooros.
 
Traces of the Calligrapher will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue published by the MFAH and distributed by Yale University Press. The exhibitions and the catalogue resulting from them will undoubtedly contribute new material and insights for innovative approaches in the study of Islamic calligraphy and the rich field of Islamic art history.

   
For more information, visit www.mfah.org.
 

 
February 2, 2008  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer 2008 Gala
 
When:  Saturday, February 2, 2008
Location:  The Sheraton Suites Hotel, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, Texas
 
FECC is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers and there is no overhead.  All donations are used for treatment of the needy children, medical care and education.
 
For more information, call Dr. Samia Khalil at 713-500-6242.
 

 
February 2, 2008  -  Prince Among Slaves
 
Prince Among Slaves follows the true life story of Abdul-Rahman Ibrahima Sori, the prince of a large African Kingdom and Captain of his father’s armies who was captured in a battle in 1788 and sold into the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. After enduring the brutal Middle Passage, he eventually ended up in Mississippi at the birth of the U.S., where he remained enslaved for almost 40 years. Near providential circumstances finally led to his release, but not his freedom, nor the freedom of his large family. Defying the edict that he return immediately to Africa and still technically a slave, Abdul-Rahman set out on a quest to raise enough money to purchase his family’s freedom. Widely written about and sought after for public events, he became the most famous African in America, meeting with President John Quincy Adams and other leading luminaries of the day.
 
Prince Among Slaves paints a vivid picture of the extraordinary times in which this remarkable man lived, interweaving the universal themes of bondage and deliverance, privation and perseverance, to tell a story of survival of the human spirit about a person who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.

 
When:  Saturday February 2, 2008
Time:  6 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall
 
***Tickets are FREE But Seats Are Limited - HURRY!!!*** RSVP/Tickets Required

Co-Sponsored by: HEB • Honey Brown Hope Foundation • KPFT 90.1 • KUHT-8 Houston PBS • Mercy Community Center • Tara Energy • University of Houston Urban Experience Program • ZT Global • Houston UPF Pioneers Club
  
For sponsorship or partnership information, please contact Prince Houston Co-Chairs:
Ms. Tammie Campbell (281-499-7966, honeybrownhope@verizon.net) or Dr. Umair A. Shah (713-806-0883, uashah@aol.com).
 
For further information, visit www.princehouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 18-February 2, 2008  -   15th Iranian Film Festival
 
The popular annual showcase of the best in Iranian cinema turns 15! The selections were chosen by Bo Smith of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
 
Additional films screen February 1-February 2 at Rice Cinema (713-348-0000) and February 9-10 at Aurora Picture Show. Be sure to check out the display of Iranian publications in the museum´s Hirsch Library during business hours.
 
For more information and a detailed list of the films and showing times, visit http://www.mfah.org/main.asp?target=films&par1=1&par2=534.
 

 
February 1, 2008  -  Reception for Congressman Boustany
 
Fundraising Reception in Honor of U.S. Rep Charles W. Boustany, Jr. M.D., Member of Congress
 
When:  Friday, February 1, 2008
Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Location: 
Fadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine, 8383 Westheimer Rd., Houston
 
For more information, contact Councilman Hamid Kantara (drkantara@comcast.net) or Mo Shebaclo (mo@copyclub7.com).
 

 
February 1, 2008  -  Evaluating the so-called Threat From Iran
 
This will be the focus of a presentation by Massaud Nayen, a justice and peace activist who was born in Iran and lived there many years before moving to the United States. The program is under the auspices of First Friday Forum
 

When:  Friday, February 1, 2008
Time:  8 pm
Location: 
Guinan Hall, University of St. Thomas, 1303 Sul Ross, Houston.
 

 
January 27, 2008  -  Arabic Course for non-Arabic Speaking
 
Meeting in Masjid Elfarouq (immediately after salat al Asr) for those who are interested in learning about our Arabic course for non-Arabic speaking.
  
Dates:  Sunday, January 27, 2008
Time:  4 p.m.
Location: Masjid Elfarouq, 1207 Conrad Sauer, Houston, Texas 77043
  
For more information, visit
www.elfarouq.org/Arabic_Course.html.
 

 
January 26, 2008  -  Protest Against Israeli Aggression
 
Gaza On My Mind
 
Show Your Support - Join The Demonstration
Demonstrate with us against Israeli aggression
Protest the Israeli Blockade against Gaza and the Palestinian People.
 
Palestinians For Peace & Irish Unity Committee & All Humanity
 
   Demand An End To Israeli War Crimes Against The Palestinians
   An End To The Siege On Gaza!
   An End To Israeli Massacres Of Palestinians!
   Stop All Violence In Palestine - Violence Doesn't Bring Peace!!
   Demand The International Community Hold The Israeli State Accountable For Its Crimes!
 
When:  Saturday, January 26, 2008
Time:  1 p.m.
Location:  Westheimer & Post Oak (Galleria Area)
 

Sahar Abusada
Nora Dwyer
 

 
January 25-26, 2008  -  Saudi Aramco Job Fair Houston
 
Hosted By Aramco Services Company
 
Dates:  Friday-Saturday, January 25, 2008, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
            Saturday, January 26, 2008, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 9009 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77096
 
Don’t miss your opportunity to be interviewed at the Saudi Aramco Houston Job Fair. Meet company representatives and learn about the opportunities that await you at Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia.
 
Bring three printed copies of your resume (even if you have applied online).
 
For more information, visit www.jobsataramco.com/fair/hou.htm.
 

 
January 18-20, 2008  -  National Conference on Immigrant Rights
 
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is holding its national conference in Houston. Some themes of the plenary sessions and workshops will be The Intersection of Globalization and Immigration, Organizing Community Skills and Development, Racism and Immigration - Building Communities in the Post-Katrina era, Immigration Policy, Legislation and Border Enforcement, Youth and Young People, Racism and Immigration, Immigration, Labor and Workers Rights, and Immigration and the 2008 Elections.
 
$125 for the whole conference, $60 for Friday only, $40 for Saturday only, $25 for Sunday only. Unspecified discounts for students and low-income people.
 
Register by January 15 to get meals included in the registration fee.
 
When:  Friday, January 18 - Sunday, January 20
Location:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana, Houston
 
To register on-line, visit www.acteva.com/go/nnirr.  For more information, visit www.nnirr.org.
 

 
January 18, 2008  -  Promoting Opportunity and Investment in the Middle East
 
Featuring: Robert Mosbacher, Jr.
President and C.E.O., Overseas Private Investment Corporation
 
When:  January 18, 2008
Time: 
Registration 11:30 a.m., Luncheon program noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Houston Club, 811 Rusk, The Texas Ballroom
 
Cost: Members $35. Non-member $45 Tables of ten, preferred seating $500
 
To register, contact Ms. Aseel Saqer at programs@bilateralchamber.org
 
Co-sponsored with the World Affairs Council of Houston
 
Promoting jobs and investment in the Middle East is both sound economic policy as well as a critical part of improving US relations in the region. It is also an important means to achieving broader nation-building goals. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation helps US business with the challenges of foreign investment and provides financing, political risk insurance, and investment funds. OPIC complements the private sector and supports U.S. foreign policy by fostering economic development in new and emerging markets.
 
Robert Mosbacher, Jr., is the President and CEO of OPIC. From 1986 to 2005, he was the President of Mosbacher Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company that has been in business for more than 50 years. Mr. Mosbacher has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership, The Methodist Hospital, The Salvation Army, and the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, all in Houston. A graduate of Georgetown and SMU Law School, Mosbacher will discuss the impact of OPIC around the world, as well as the Access to Opportunity conference, scheduled for May 5-7, 2008 in Jordan.
 
“The markets of the broader Middle East, with their significant populations and long history of entrepreneurship, present great opportunities to American investors,” Robert Mosbacher, Jr.
 

 
January 14, 2008  -  Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism
 
By Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank & Joint winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
 
This program is in association with the Lone Star Alliance and The Woodlands High School Council for International Affairs.
 
     
When: 
Monday, January 14, 2008
Time:  Registration: 6:30 p.m., Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Town Center Exhibit Hall,
               1601 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, Texas
 
Free and open to the public. Reservations are required.
 
Social entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that has captivated the public, the media, activists, philanthropists, and businessmen alike. It applies the creative vision of the entrepreneur to today's most serious problems: malnutrition, housing, health care, and protecting the environment. Social entrepreneurs are revolutionizing our approach to economic development through the power of free markets.

Creating a World Without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus's own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in a hopeful economic and social revolution that is already under way - and the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.

Muhammad Yunus, a native of Bangladesh, was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. In 1972 he became head of the economics department at Chittagong University. He is the founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, a pioneer of microcredit, an economic movement that has helped lift millions of families around the world out of poverty. Yunus and Grameen Bank are winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
  
For more information, visit www.hwac.net.