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.

 
 2010 Events

Click here for a list of UPCOMING events._

 
December 20, 2010 - Rabbis for Human Rights
 
Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights will speak at Congregation Emanu El in the Proler Chapel, 1500 Sunset Boulevard. The event is open to the public at no charge. RHR has championed the cause of the poor in Israel, supported the rights of Israel’s minorities and Palestinians, worked to stop the abuse of foreign workers, endeavored to guarantee the upkeep of Israel’s public health care system, promoted the equal status of women, helped Ethiopian Jews, battled trafficking in women, and more. The organizations’ websites are www.rhr.org.il and www.rhr-na.org (North America).
 
When:  Monday, December 20, 2010
Time:  7 p.m.
Location:  C
ongregation Emanu El in the Proler Chapel, 1500 Sunset Boulevard
 
For more information about this event and Rabbi Ascherman’s other appearances in Houston, contact Jerry Wald at 713-723-8291 or email jwald@prodigy.net.
 

 
December 18, 2010 - Syrian American Club Holiday Gift Drive
 
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, DONATE NEW TOYS AND GIFTS FOR NEEDY CHILDREN AND ELDERLY!
 
DROP OFF LOCATION: Syrian American Club, 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, TX 77057
DROP OFF TIMES: Every Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
DEADLINE: Saturday, December 18, 2010
 
CONTACT: Jessica Balderas (balderas.jessica@gmail.com) or
Judy Sultan (jmsultan@gmail.com).
 
Click here for more details.
 

 
December 15, 2010  -  Deadline to Submit Nominations for the Arab-American Cultural & Community Center's Board
 
The Arab-American Cultural & Community Center's (ACC) board is opening the nomination for up to 5 members.
 
Applicants:
  1 - Must have demonstrated a commitment to the ACC in the past
  2 - Are in Good Standing in the community
  3 - Minimum age is 25
  4 - Affiliated with Arab Heritage
 
Send a letter of interest and a letter of statement explaining:
  - Why you are interested in being a part of the ACC
  - How you will contribute to the ACC
  - Discuss any community work you have done in the past – list also the position and dates of service
 
Send the above to the following address by December 15, 2010:
 
    Aziz Shaibani, MD
    6624 Fannin # 1670
    Houston, TX 77030
 

 
December 15, 2010  -  "The Calling" Film
 
"The Calling" by Daniel Alpert:  A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans--Christian, Jewish, Catholic and Muslim--preparing to become America's next generation of religious leaders, The Calling follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals.
 
When:  December 15, 2010
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  Rice Media Center, Rice University, 6100 Main, Houston, Texas 77005
   
For more info, visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu.
 

 
December 12, 2010 - Syrian American Club's General Assembly Meeting
 
For more information, visit www.syrianamericanclub.com.
 

 
December 11, 2010  -  ICNA-Houston Dinner For The Why Islam Center
 

ICNA-Houston is organizing a dinner event on Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 6:30pm. onwards at Shahnai Restaurant located at 5920 Hillcroft Street, Houston, Texas 77036.

 

Keynote speaker on this occasion will be renowned Imam Khalid Griggs: His motivational presentation topic will be: “Rediscovering Commitment”, while inspirational message will be conveyed by Imam Abdul Rauf Khawalda; his topic will be: “Let's Commit New Year 1432 Hijrah Resolution”.

  

If you are part of a Muslim Organization, ICNA-Houston would like to encourage all of your Office-Bearers, Scholars, and Staff Members to attend this dinner event; & also announce after Jummah prayers to inform all of your general membership to attend this event.

 

Come & listen to the excellent presentations of the speakers; enjoy sumptuous dinner with us; and become part of the historic project of the Houstonian Muslim Community.
 

For more information, you can reach Haseeb Abdali, President ICNA-Houston at 713-261-4512; or Dr. Rashid Siddiqui, Coordinator of Why Islam Center Building Project at 713-624-0697; or ILyas Choudry at 832-275-0786.

 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
December 11, 2010  -  Elves and More
 
Bicycle Program "helping children get out of poverty"*
 
Once again, the Christian Egyptian Heritage Society (CEHS) is proud to be part of this year’s bicycle program, it’s a fun event that helps children in underprivileged neighborhoods. CEHS will pay the $20 registration fee for those who RSVP before November 25 (you do not have to be a member to join).
 
Volunteers choose from many different jobs; such as helping in assembling the bikes, greet volunteers, or simply act as a gofer to fetch & get that...among other things. We will go for dinner afterwards in a nearby restaurant.
 
*For more details about this program, visit www.cehs.org or www.elvesandmore.org.
 

 
December 9, 2010  -  "Gaza in Crisis" by Ilan Pappé
 

Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, author with Noam Chomsky of the newly-released book Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians, will speak at the Rothko Chapel.  Born in Haifa, Israel to German-Jewish parents who fled Nazi persecution, Pappé is professor of history at the University of Exeter, where he is also co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies and director of the Palestine Studies Center.  He is the author of the bestselling books The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, A History of Modern Palestine, and The Israel/Palestine Question.  Journalist John Pilger has called him “Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.”
 

When:  Thursday, December 9, 2010
Time:  7 pm - 9 pm
Location:  Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street
 
A question and answer session will follow his remarks. After the event, Professor Pappé will sign copies of his book “Gaza in Crisis”.
 
Event is free and open to the public.
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.

 

 
December 8-9, 2010  -  Syrian American Club Bazaar Couture
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
December 8, 2010  -  Iran: Power, Politics, and New U.S. Talks
 
Robin Wright, Journalist
 
Iran is scheduled to begin a new round of diplomatic talks with the United States and European Union this month. But Iran's labyrinthine political system -- and competing sources of power -- complicate all forms of diplomacy. The system is difficult to understand, even for the people who live there. As the clock ticks on nuclear developments and the calls for military action grow stronger, understanding Iran’s people, power, and political processes has become even more critical.
 
The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy is a new book bringing together 50 of the world’s top scholars on Iran. It is due to come out Dec. 1. In an experiment blending foreign policy with technology, it is also a living web site project with the entire book on the web and weekly contributions by the 50 authors on news developments. The scholars represent more than two dozen major foreign policy think tanks, and universities. Robin Wright will discuss the Iran today and the Primer project.
 
When: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Robin Wright is a journalist and foreign policy analyst and holds a joint senior fellow appointment at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News and The Christian Science Monitor. Wright has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The International Herald Tribune and many others. She has been traveling to Iran regularly since 1973 and is the author of four books on the country’s revolutionary ideology, leaders, politics, culture and conflicts. A recipient of the National Magazine Award for her reporting in Iran, she has also worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, and Yale University.
 

Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
December 1, 2010  -  Taste of Morocco
 
Professional Networking Series: "Taste of Morocco"
 
Join the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce for our Annual Moroccan Mixer. Spend an exquisite evening with Houston’s distinguished business professionals while enjoying traditional engaging decor, fine food and the hospitality that is woven into Moroccan culture.
 
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Saffron Moroccan Cuisine, 2006 Lexington Street, Houston, TX 77098
 
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Space is limited, reserve your spot today.
Members: $10, Non-Members: $20
  
For more information, please contact Zahra Lahlou: zahra@bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
November 30, 2010  -  Egypt and the Coming Election Season
 
Amr Hamzawy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
 
Egyptian political life is being tested as the country approaches the end of three decades of Hosni Mubarak’s presidency. Once seen as a model for the Arab world, Egypt suffers from an inward focus and political, economic, and social stagnation. Opposition parties and civil society actors have been marginalized. Islamists are suppressed by the government’s security forces and have limited room for maneuver. Will the deep frustration in the society provide openings for opposition parties and real political competition? Amr Hamzawy will discuss the mood in Egypt today, the challenges ahead, and what we might see in the coming election season.
 

When: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: Registration:6:00 p.m., Program:6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Amr Hamzawy is research director and senior associate at the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace in Beirut. He previously taught at Cairo University and the Free University of Berlin. Hamzawy has a deep knowledge of Middle East politics and specific expertise on the reform process in the region. His research interests include the changing dynamics of political participation in the Arab world and the role of Islamist movements in Arab politics. He is co-editor, with Marina Ottaway, of Getting to Pluralism: Political Actors in the Arab World, published in 2009. Hamzawy regularly contributes articles in Arabic to various academic journals. He also writes a bi-monthly op-ed for the leading Arab daily al-Hayat and several other regional and international newspapers.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
November 25-28, 2010  -  MAS Second Annual Regional Family Retreat
 
"Helping Families Build Strong Communities Through Tarbiya"
 
Join us Thanksgiving weekend for Fun & Education for the Entire Family!
 
AMENITIES AT A GLANCE
 * Spacious Rooms (456 square feet)
 * All Non-Smoking Rooms * Fitness Center * Laundry Facility Available * 27 Hole Golf Course
 * Check-in: 4pm
 * Check-out: Noon
 * Heated Swimming Pool * Driving Range * Golf Shop * Nearby Fishing
 * Jacuzzi * Blue Heron Restaurant * Hiking/Biking Trails * Tennis Courts

LOCATION: Tapatio Springs Golf Resort & Conference Center, 314 Blue Heron Blvd, Boerne, 78006-TX
 
LIMITED spaces available. Hotel rooms $89.00 a night per room discounted for early registration for $79.00 available only until 10/31/10. Condos $199 (Two bedroom, Living Room, and Kitchen) *ONLY 15 available, first come, first serve
 
Registration fee one time per family $35.00
 
When: Thursday, November 25 - Sunday, November 28, 2010
 
For more info, call 210-MAS-6001 or visit www.massanantonio.org.
 

 
November 21, 2010  -  Al-Awda Annual Family Picnic
 
Please join us for our first Annual Family Picnic. The whole family is welcome.
 
When:  Sunday, November 21, 2010
Time:  11:00AM - 6:00 PM
Location:  Herman Park, 6001 Fannin St, Houston, Texas (Covered Pavilions C & D)
 
Lunch will be served: $10.00 for adults $5.00 for children under 12
 
Activities & Fun: Picnic in the shade, hiking trails, Humongous playground for children of all ages, Houston Zoo, Japanese garden with its beautiful waterfalls, Jogging and exercise trails, Museum of Natural Science, railroad rides, paddle boat rental, 2 outdoor theatres, Beautiful lake and pool.
  
RSVP: Mr. Salhoot: 713-392-3464, Dr. Omran: 281-435-7411, email: shell1774@earthlink.net
 
For more info about Al-Awda, please visit www.al-awda.org.
 
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 21, 2010  -  MAS Eid Carnival
 
Bring the entire family for a full day of fun.
 

Delicious ethnic food for sale from vendors. Cotton Candy & Popcorn.
 
Moonwalks for the children. Sports activates: volleyball, basketball, and open playground.
Also, there will be a bone marrow drive.
 
 
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Time: 1:00 - 5:30
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston TX 77094
 

 
November 21, 2010  -  "The Struggle: Muslim Identity in America"
 
"The Struggle: Muslim Identity in America" - Youth Struggling for Truth
By Shaikh Suhaib Webb
 
When: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: MAS iBelong! office:1270 Conrad Sauer, Suite 106, Houston TX 77043
 
For more info, visit www.ibelonghouston.com.
 

 
November 20, 2010  -  Moroccan Society of Houston's Annual Gala
 
The Moroccan Society of Houston cordially invites you to our Fifth Annual Anniversary Gala.
Serving Our Community—”Celebrating a Milestone", Benefiting Underprivileged Schoolgirls in Morocco.
 
Reception, Dinner, and Live Music (Arabic, Chaabi, Rai) Featuring Morocco #1 Young Star Mohamed Reda, Moroccan Orchestra Led By Achraf Amir

When: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Time: 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Dr., Houston, Texas 77054
 
VIP Tickets: $75 (limited), Advance Tickets: $60, AT The Door: $85 (Dinner not included)
*walk-ins will depend on availability * Tickets are limited *3.00 $ charge for online payments

To purchase tickets, call Naoufal Abissta at 832-421-0210 or Mohammed Boughaba at 713- 478-9317.
 
For more info, email gala@moroccansociety.org or visit www.moroccansociety.org.
 

 
November 18, 2010  -  Leadership Series: U.S. Policy in Iraq
 
Speaker: Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Iraq issues
 
When: November 18, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Marathon Oil Corporation 5555 San Felipe Road Houston, TX 77056
 

Price: $20 - Member  /  $45 - Non-member
 
Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Iraq issues, will discuss U.S. policy in Iraq, specifically the shift in U.S. assistance from helping Iraq with infrastructure and institutions, to providing technical advice in key sectors such as health, agriculture, and economic diversification. The United States is endeavoring to transfer skills and expertise to Iraq's government, industry, and people. Under the terms of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, the United States is building a dynamic partnership with the Iraqi government and people. U.S. government agencies are working to support Iraq's development in a range of sectors, including education, energy, trade, health, culture, law enforcement, and judicial cooperation.
 
Sponsors: World Affairs Council Houston & Marathon Oil Corporation
 
For more information and to register, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
November 16, 2010  -  Eid Al-Adha  عيد الأضحى
 
Eid Mubarak! 
 
كل عام وأنتم بألف خير بمناسبة حلول عيد الأضحى المبارك
 

 
November 16, 2010  -  ‎ PAB Eid Carnival
 

The board of directors of the Palestinian American Bridge (PAB), wishes all of you "Happy Eid Ul-Adha".
 
Wishing you health happiness and prosperity. May Allah grace you with his love and protection.........., on Eid Ul-Adha and always!
 
"THERE IS NO BETTER TIME THAN THIS OCCASION TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE ORGANIZATION AND TO OUR PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN PALESTINE AND THE DIASPORA AS WELL AS TO OUR FUTURE; "THE STUDENTS" IN THE HOUSTON METROPOLITAN AREA"
 
"PLEASE ACCEPT OUR INVITATION FOR EID UL-ADHA CARNIVAL AND LUNCH ON THE FIRST DAY OF EID, SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER FOR DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS TO THE PARK".
 
Free Food!  Free Rides!  And most Important... LOTS OF FUN!!
 
When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: 12-5 p.m.
Location:
Clear Lake Park, 5002 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook (The park is very close to Kemah!)

  
Free admission!
  
For more information, visit www.pab-usa.org.

 

 
November 16, 2010  -  Screening of the Documentary 'SiCKO'
 

Concerned Citizens will be screening the documentary, Sicko, by Michael Moore. We will include scenes not shown in the theater release. The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore's movie 'SiCKO,' they go together hand in (rubber) glove. Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered, and-in some cases-ended by health care catastrophe, the film makes clear that the crisis doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens-millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well. After detailing just how the system got into such a mess (the short answer: profits and Nixon), we are whisked around the world, visiting countries including Canada, Great Britain and France, where all citizens receive free medical benefits. Finally, Moore gathers a group of 9/11 heroes - rescue workers now suffering from debilitating illnesses who have been denied medical attention in the US. He takes them to a most unexpected place, and in addition to finally receiving care, they also engage in some unexpected diplomacy.

While Moore's 'SiCKO' followed the trailblazing path of previous hit films, the Oscar-winning BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and all-time box- office documentary champ FAHRENHEIT 9/11, it is also something very different for Michael Moore. 'SiCKO' is a straight-from-the-heart portrait of the crazy and sometimes cruel U.S. health care system, told from the vantage of everyday people faced with extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage. In the tradition of Mark Twain or Will Rogers, 'SiCKO' uses humor to tell these compelling stories, leading the audience to conclude that an alternative system is the only possible answer.
 
When:
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Woodlands Public Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr.

 
The public is welcome to socialize at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 16th in the Meeting Room at the front of the Montgomery County South Regional Library (next door to Woodlands Pavilion) at 2101 Lake Robbins Drive in the Woodlands.

Admission is always free. Concerned Citizens of S. Montgomery Party has met at the library since 2001.

For more information, visit www.ccitizens.org.

 

 
November 16, 2010  -  “Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World”
 
Nir Rosen,
Journalist and Fellow, Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law
 
The Arab World: History, Politics and Culture Lecture Series
 
Nir Rosen has spent nearly a decade among civilians and militants who have been
challenging American power in the Muslim world. In his new book, “Aftermath,” he tells
their story, showing the other side of the U.S. wars in the Middle East after traveling from
the battle-scarred streets of Baghdad to the alleys, villages, refugee camps, mosques
and killing grounds of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and finally Afghanistan.
 

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Rice University
 
Self paid parking is available in the Central Campus Garage.
 
For more information, contact Ussama Makdisi at 713-348-2561 or makdisi@rice.edu.
 
Cosponsor: Arab-American Educational Foundation Lecture Series
Cosponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 16, 2010  -  WorldQuest 2010
 

WorldQuest is a game of international trivia, played in teams of ten, with four rounds of questions. Answers are submitted by teams, not individuals. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of international issues.
 
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.
 
When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Time:  Registration: 5:45 p.m., Dinner program: 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Westin Galleria. Galleria Ballroom, 3rd Floor, 5060 West Alabama
 
Member: $40, Non-member: $50, Corporate Challenge Table (10 seats): $700
 
For more info, visit www.wachouston.org.

 

 
November 16, 2010  -  Women, Islam and Reform in the Middle East
 
Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses her latest book, "Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East."
 
Isobel Coleman, D.Phil., is senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She also serves as the director of CFR’s Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Initiative and CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include economic and political development in the Middle East, regional gender issues, educational reform and microfinance. In 2006, she co-authored “Strategic Foreign Assistance: Civil Society in International Security” (Hoover Institution Press). Her latest book, “Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East” (Random House), examines how women are bringing about reform in the Middle East within an Islamic framework.
 
Coleman’s work has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Star, The Dallas Morning News, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. She is a frequent speaker at academic, business and policy conferences. Her media experience includes interviews on CNN, CNN International, ABC, Good Morning America, BBC, PBS’s Frontline, al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera and NPR. She has testified before Congress on Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
Prior to joining CFR, Coleman was CEO of a health care services company and a partner with McKinsey & Company in New York. She was formerly a research fellow at The Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at American University, where she taught political economy. A Marshall Scholar, Coleman holds a D.Phil. and M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University and a B.A. in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University.
 
When:  November 16, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location:  Rice University's Baker Institute, 6100 Main, James A. Baker Hall, Houston, 77005
 
For more information and to RSVP for this event, please click here.
 

 
November 15, 2010  -  Deadline to Submit Applications for Americorps
 
Want to make a difference in your Community? Support The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) as an Americorps Volunteer.
 
What are the benefits of being an Americorps volunteer?
  • Annual living allowance paid biweekly
  • $5,350 Education Reward for tuition or student loan
  • Health Coverage
  • Child care benefits
  • Training
 
As an ACC Americorps member you will:
  -Help low-income Arab Americans get the services they need to be strong and independent.
  -Work with youth in recreational and educational activities.
  -Do cultural outreach to increase understanding of Arab-American Communities.
  -Help immigrants transition into their life in the U.S.
  -And many more activities…
 
Eligible candidates are:
  • 17 years or older with a high-school diploma or GED
  • A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Committed to service and community-based activism
 
The program begins in January and applications are accepted till November 15th , 2010.
 
For more info, contact Niveen at 832-351-3366 or by email at niveen_acc@yahoo.com.
 

 
November 13, 2010  -  Christian Egyptian Heritage Society Annual Gala
 
When:  Saturday November 13, 2010
Time:  6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:30 Dinner
Location:  Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 E Greenway Plaza, Houston
 
Featuring Jabour and his Band.
 
For more information, visit www.cehs.org
 

 
November 12, 2010  -   Iran: Energy, Nuclear Ambitions, and Sanctions
 
Eugene Gholz, University of Texas

The recent sanctions on Iran are the toughest ever passed by Congress, specifically targeting the energy and financial industries. The sanctions limit Iran’s ability to buy refined petroleum as well as goods and services to modernize its oil and natural gas sector. They also penalize international banking institutions involved with Iran's increasingly powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. How effective are the current sanctions and will they curb Iran’s nuclear program? Eugene Gholz will discuss Iran’s energy industry, its nuclear ambitions, and the new sanctions.

An expert on the aerospace and defense industries, Eugene Gholz currently works in the Office of Industrial Policy at the Department of Defense. He is on leave from the University of Texas at Austin where he has been an associate professor of Public Affairs since 2005. Before that, he was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Gholz has written extensively on innovation, business-government relations, defense management, and U.S. foreign military policy.

Gholz is a research associate at MIT's Security Studies Program, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Independent Institute's Center on Peace and Liberty. He earned a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When: Friday, November 12, 2010
Time: Registration: 11:30 a.m., Program: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Americas, Ballroom of the Americas, 2nd Floor, 1600 Lamar, Houston

Members: $40, Non-members: $50

In partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Young Professionals

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
November 6, 2010  -  "The Arabs Gone Wild" Stand up Comedy Tour
 
After playing to sold out shows this Spring in Washington DC, San Francisco, Anaheim and LA, The “Arabs Gone Wild Tour” heads out for an 8 city fall tour including our first ever show in Houston, Texas!

The show features Arab-American comedians Dean Obeidallah (as seen on Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” Special/ABC’s “The View”/CNN), Aron Kader (as seen on Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” Special/Comics Unleashed), and Maysoon Zayid (As seen in the movie “You Don’t Mess with The Zohan”/Comedy Central’s “The Watch List) plus special guests in Omar Elba (Showtime) and Baha Khalil (NY Arab-American Comedy Festival.)

When: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: The House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77002

Tickets: $15 to $35 - www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=65270

You can save $ from the online service charge by buying the tickets in person at the box office before the day of the event)

Check out the video trailer for the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2FePeZpouY

For more details about the tour please visit: www.arabsgonewild.com.
 

 
November 5, 2010  -  A Pro-Palestine Lobby for America: What Has Been Done & What We Can Do
 
Founder & President of the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) will present the work and plans of AAPER, the Pro-Palestine Lobby.
 
When: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
For more information, contact houston@aaper.org.
 

 
November 4, 2010  -  The Annual Amazing Faith Dinner Dialogues
 
These are the dinners where folks are welcomed by host homes all over the city to participate in an evening of dialogue with people from many faith traditions. We've created an unintimidating game-like process that introduces everyone and allows participants to speak their minds in a very safe environment.
 
When:  Thursday, November 4, 2010
  
For more information, visit www.imgh.org/interfaith-relations/dinner-dialogues.
 

 
November 3, 2010  -  Ghassan Bin Jiddo of Aljazeera on Media & Politics
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center - Houston is hosting Ghassan Bin Jiddo of Aljazeera to speak on Media and politics in the Middle East.
 
When: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancaliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
 
Everyone is invited. Admission is Free.
Translation provided
  
For more information:  pacc.houston@gmail.com, www.pacchouston.org
 

 
October 30, 2010  -  Free Palestine Walk
 

On October 30, 2010, citizens of Houston will join Americans in more than 45 cities across the United States participating in the Second Annual Free Palestine Walks, sponsored by the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER).
 
The Free Palestine Walks are silent walks to (1) raise awareness about Palestine among thousands of Americans who will attend, sponsor, and observe the walks and (2) raise funds for an advertising campaign to educate millions of Americans about Palestine.
 
When:  Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time:  1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location:  Oyster Creek Park Gazebo

  
To Walk or to Sponsor a Free Palestine Walker, Visit http://houstonwalk.eventbrite.com.
 
Register to Walk before October 15: $15
Register to Walk after October 15: $20
(Each Walker Receives a T-Shirt!)
 
For More Information about AAPER, Visit www.aaper.org.

 

 
October 27, 2010  -  Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters by James Zogby
 
Dr. James Zogby will be at an event in Houston for the release of his new book, Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters. The book examines the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding and listening to those of the Arab and Muslim worlds. My book also looks at how listening and failing to listen has negatively affected U.S. policy and perceptions.  Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session and book signing.
 
James Zogby, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Arab American Institute and a senior adviser with the polling firm Zogby International. He writes a weekly column appearing in 20 Arab newspapers and hosts a weekly call-in discussion program on Abu Dhabi television.
 
Zogby’s book “Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us, and Why It Matters” reveals the results of the 2009-2010 Zogby International polls conducted across a number of Arab countries covering Arab opinions about America and the Middle East. Drawing from this data, Zogby contests widely held myths about the Arab world, including: the uniform existence of a backward and aggressive Arab mindset; the notion of Arabs as consumed by hatred of the West; and the idea that Arabs are blinded by violent religious teachings.
 
In addition to overturning these and many other falsehoods, Zogby outlines what Western governments and society as a whole can do to bridge the crippling gap of understanding that exists between the West and the Middle East.
 
When:  Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location:  Rice University's Baker Institute, 6100 Main, James A. Baker Hall, Houston, 77005
 
For more information and to RSVP for this event, please click here.
 

 
October 20, 2010  -  What next for Egypt? The Succession from Hosni Mubarak and Beyond
 
Bruce Rutherford, Colgate University

Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for the past 28 years, is now 81 years old. Though he has not yet said if he will run in the 2011 election, change is certainly coming to Egypt. The country has been awash with rumors that son Gamal Mubarak will succeed his father. Mohamed ElBaradei, who until recently held the top position at the International Atomic Energy Agency , was considered a leading candidate at one time. The powerful intelligence chief — Mubarak aide Omar Suleiman — is also cited as another possibility.

Holding elections that are democratic and fair will be an enormous challenge. Can widespread popular dissatisfaction be turned into a credible political challenge and away from violence? Who will serve as Egypt's next president and what will this mean for the future of the country?

Bruce K. Rutherford is associate professor of political science at Colgate University and director of the university’s program in Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization. He earned the Ph.D. from Yale University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton University and Harvard Law School. His publications include Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World (Princeton, 2008) and “What do Egypt’s Islamists Want? Moderate Islam and the Rise of Islamic Constitutionalism.” (Middle East Journal, 60:4, Autumn 2006, 707-731).

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Members: Free, Non-members: $20

For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
October 17, 2010  -  Poet Adonis on the Need for an Arab Revival
 
Special Lecture: Poet Adonis on the Need for an Arab Revival
 
This program is presented in Arabic and English. Simultaneous translation provided.
 
Nominated three times for the Nobel Prize, Adonis has been called "today´s most daring and provocative Arab poet," while his influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T. S. Eliot´s on English-language verse, and to David Hume on Western philosophical thought.
 
Adonis has written extensively on the need to change the framework of both thinking and reasoning in the Arab world in order to stop the disintegration of Arab culture. In his own poetry—which is experimental in form and prophetic in tone—Adonis breaks with tradition to liberate his work from the chains of the "text".
 
In this rare Houston appearance, Adonis addresses the factors that hinder intellectual advancement in the Arab world, and why a new way of thinking is not an option, but an urgent necessity.
 
Adonis has written more than 20 books in his native Arabic, including the pioneering work An Introduction to Arab Poetics. Adonis received the Bjørnson Prize in 2007, the first International Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award, and the highest award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels. He lives in Paris.
 
When:  Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location:  The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium Theater
 
A reception and book signing follow the program. Adonis´s newly released English-language anthology, Adonis: Selected Poems will be for sale in the MFAH Retail Store.
 
This program is open to the public and free with general museum admission.
 
If you are not a museum member, mention "Arab Voices" at the door for a free admission. Seating for this program is limited.
 
This program is generously co-sponsored by the Arab American Educational Foundation.
 
For more information, visit www.mfah.org.
 

 
October 17, 2010  -  International Festival of Fort Bend
 
When:  Sunday, October 17, 2010
Time:  11 am - 6 pm
Location:  Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford TX 77477
  

For more information, visit www.if-fb.org.
 

 
October 16-17, 2010  -  Annual Houston Turkish Festival
 
When:  Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17, 2010
Time:  Saturday 12-10 pm, Sunday 12-8 pm
Location:  Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002
 
For more information,
visit www.turkishfesthouston.com
 

 
October 16, 2010  -  ACC Annual "Unity & Friendship" Gala
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) 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. The gala is a black tie event featuring dinner, dancing, a silent auction and entertainment in an elegant ambiance. 
 
Honoring: The State of Qatar "for electing Doha the Capital of the Arab Culture for the year 2010", Dr. Philip Salem "for lifetime achievement", and Mr. Mohamad Salhoot "for Outstanding Community service"
 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Clovis Maksoud, Former Ambassador of the Arab League to the United Nation
 
Special Guest: Mr. Mohammad Al Chamat, known as "Abu Marzouq" in Bab AlHara

Entertainment: Singer Jabour & Arabic Musical Band, and Award Winning Magical Entertainer
Paul Driscoll
  
When:  Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm Reception & Silent auction, 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
Location:  Post Oak Hilton Hotel Ballroom, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056
 
Black Tie RSVP  -  Individual tickets available
 
Contact ACC Gala Team at 713-359-6461 or by email accgala2010@gmail.com.
 

 
October 10, 2010  -  "Citizenship, Loyalty & Change: What is the Future for Muslims in the West?" Lecture by Dr. Tariq Ramadan
 

Renowned Islamic Scholar Dr. Tariq Ramadan will make his first public lecture in Houston, Texas on October 10, 2010 at the University of Houston.
 
Lecture: "Citizenship, Loyalty & Change: What is the Future for Muslims in the West?"
(Brief Fundraising Event for MAS Katy Center to follow)
 
When:  Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time:  3 pm - 6 pm
Location:  University of Houston, Houston Room, 2nd floor University Center
 
Admission for this event is free. The public is invited; so, please invite your non-Muslim friends to this very engaging and interactive event.
 
For information, contact Hamza (713-820-3300, hamza@mashouston.org).
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
October 10, 2010  -  4th Houston Poetry Event
 

تشرفني دعوتكم لحضور أمسيتي الشعرية الرابعة، وذلك الساعة السادسة من مساء الأحد 10 أوكتوبر 2010 في قاعة كافيه دندنة (الأمير سابقا) في مدينة هيوستن/تكساس حيث سألقي قصيدة "خواطر عربية من المهجر" وغيرها.

ستتضمن الأمسية وقفة في ذكرى الفقيد أبو عبيدة عمران كما سيشارك فيها الشعراء العرب جاد البابا و عيسى قنصل و رأفت البجيرمي وكذلك عازف العود العراقي الأستاذ زبير العوادي وتشمل على تقديم القهوة والمأكولات العربية الخفيفة. الدعوة عامة ومجانية، فيرجى إرسالها للأصدقاء والمعارف كما يرجى الوصول مبكرا فالأماكن محدودة.

هذه الأمسية برعاية النادي السوري الأمريكي، إن برس للطباعة، جريدة المدار، الحسامي للخدمات القانونية، الخطوط الملكية الأمريكية للشحن و سمارت موتورز للسيارات.

الشـاعـر طريف يوسـف آغـا

I am honored to invite you to attend my 4th poetry event, I will recite my poem “Arabic Memories from Abroad” and others. The event will include a tribute to Abu Ubaidah Umran. Also, the Arab poets Jadd Al-Baba, Eassa Kunsol, Rafat Albujairami and the Aud master player Zubair Awwadi will participate.
 
The event will include light Arabic food, coffee and refreshments. This invitation is Public and free. Sponsored in part by The Syrian American Club, In Press Printing, AL-MADAR Newspaper, Hussami Law Firm, American Royal Shipping Lines, and Smart Motors for cars.
 
Tarif Youssef-Agha
  
When: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time: 6 pm
Location: Dandana Café (previously Al-Amir), 12645 Whittington, Houston, TX 77077

 

 
October 9, 2010  -  Annual Health & Safety Fair at ACC
 

The Arab American Cultural & Community Center and the Houston Police Department invite you and your family to the 9th Annual Health & Safety Fair.
 
When:  Saturday, October 9, 2010
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Instruction on Safety by Houston Police Department
FREE FLU SHOTS  (Flu shots are limited. First come first served)
 
ABSOLUTELY FREE SCREENINGS for: Blood Pressure, Glucose, Cholesterol, Pulmonary, function test, Heart Attack prevention / EKG/PVD, BMI, Chiropractic/Spine, Dental/Oral, Hygiene, Vision Health Care, Breast Cancer/Informative, and so much more!!!

Volunteers Needed. For more information, call ACC at 832-351-3366 or send an email niveen_acc@yahoo.com.
 

 

 
October 9, 2010  -  Malek Jandali Live at Rice University in Houston
 

Malek Jandali's musical project "Echoes from Ugarit" will be presented in Houston, which is based on the oldest music notation in the world, discovered in Ugarit - Syria dating back to 3400 B.C.
 
Mr.
Jandali is a Syrian-American composer and pianist based in Atlanta and has been living in the United States for the last 17 years. He has arranged and orchestrated the music of Ugarit and produced the album after signing a landmark record deal with Virgin Megastores. "Echoes from Ugarit" which was recorded with The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra is now available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon (Please check links below).
 
Mr. Jandali has performed his works throughout Europe, Middle East and North America.
 

The main goal of "Echoes from Ugarit" is to present the rich culture and heritage of Syria and the Levant region in an attempt to fill the gap between cultures in an effort to promote understanding, harmony and peace.
 

When:  Saturday, October 9, 2010
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Rice University, Stude Concert Hall
 
For more information, click here.

 

 
October 7-9, 2010  -  The Original Greek Festival
 
For more information, visit www.greekfestival.org.
 

 
October 2, 2010  -  Eid Carnival at Maryam Islamic Center
 
Fun - Food - Family
 
Dunk tank, Obstacle course, Photo boards, Camel Ride, Choo Choo Train, Moonwalk, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Sack Race, Egg Toss
 
Over 1500 people expected!  Great place for vendors! International Food
 
When:  Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time:  4 pm - 10 pm
Location:  Maryam Islamic Center, 600 Sartartia Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77479
 
For more information, visit www.maryammasjid.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 2, 2010  -  Arabic Language Classes at the ACC
 

The Arab American Cultural and Community Center is proud to offer improved Arabic Classes for the school year 2010-2011 starting Saturday October 2nd, 2010 for both children and adults for all levels. With the volunteering and supervision of a recognized successful professional: Mrs. Houda Bates.
 
  - New curriculum and teaching materials
  - Increasing proficiency levels - Testing from level to level
  - Improved teaching environment
 
Arabic Language classes will be offered every Saturday from 10AM to 2PM.
 
The fees have increased to be able to provide the better quality of of the classes: Monthly Fees: ACC members: First child $80; second child $65; Adults $90, Non-members: First child $95; second child $80; Adults $100
 
Registration Period: Tuesday, September 28Th to Saturday, October 9Th at the ACC office.
 
… and we also offer ESL, Spanish and French classes at the same time!
 
We will also offer the following adult classes at the same time as the Arabic language classes: English as a Second language (ESL), Spanish, French
 
For additional information, contact the ACC at 832-351-3366 or via email at niveen_acc@yahoo.com.

 

 
October 2, 2010  -  إم حسين و فرقة مسرح أجيال - Shoufou Alwawa Wayn
 

آكبر جولة فنية لـ "إم حسين" و "فرقة مسرح أجيال" في أميركا وكندا
 
When:  October 2, 2010
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Stafford Center Performing Arts Theatre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477
 
For more information, visit www.imhussein.com/houston.html.
 
Click here for additional details.
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
September 30, 2010  -  Songs of Blood and Sword
 

Fatima Bhutto, Author
 
Fatima Bhutto, a member of Pakistan’s most prominent political dynasty, has written a personal account of the tumultuous events of the past decade. She is the daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, an elected member of parliament who was assassinated in 1996. Her aunt, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated in 2007, the latest in a long line of family tragedies. Ms. Bhutto will discuss growing up at the center of Pakistani politics, where violence was never very far away.
 
Author and journalist, Fatima Bhutto, has reported from Lebanon, Iran, and Cuba. She wrote weekly columns for Jang - Pakistan's largest Urdu newspaper and its English sister publication The News. Her work has appeared in the New Statesman, Daily Beast, Guardian, and The Caravan Magazine. Fatima Bhutto has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and a M.A. in South Asian Government and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
 
She is the author of two books; her latest, Songs of Blood and Sword, will be available for sale at the program.
 
When: Thursday, September 30
Time: Registration: 6 p.m., Light Dinner: 6:30-7 p.m., Program: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Westin Galleria Hotel, Plaza Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama
 
Members: $25, Non-members: $35

 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.

 

 
September 29, 2010  -  Town Hall Meeting: A Discussion on the SBOE
 
Sponsored by Ellen Cohen, State Representative for District 134
 
The meeting will address issues affecting the State Board of Education (SBOE), which will be meeting one week prior to the town hall. Panelists include:
 
• Representative Scott Hochberg, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Public Education
• Honorable Lawrence Allen, Vice Chair of the State Board of Education
• Kathy Miller, President of Texas Freedom Network
• Angela Miller, Manager of Secondary Social Studies Curriculum for the Houston Independent School District
• Sharon Pope, Director of Publications for Texas Council for the Social Studies
 
When:  Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Houston Community College West Loop Center, 5601 West Loop South, Houston
 
Please join us to discuss your issues and concerns with our participants. We look forward to a great turnout!
 

 
September 29, 2010  -  Faith, Labor and Justice: The Struggle for Worker Rights in Houston
 
On the day following Labor Day please join us for a discussion of the current state of worker rights here in the Houston area. Organized in conjunction with the national Interfaith Worker Justice Committee campaign titled Labor in the Pulpits, on the Bimah in the Minbar our program will explore the links between faith, labor and justice through conversations with four local workers involved in organizing efforts. Workers will present personal reflections on unionization, health and safety issues, wage theft, and the importance of organizing for worker justice and respect for labor laws.
 
When:  Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time:  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006-4829
 
Christine Diaz with the KPFT radio program Voices at Work will moderate the conversation. This program is co-sponsored with the Houston Interfaith Workers Justice Center.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
For more info, visit www.
rothkochapel.org.
 

 
September 27, 2010  -  Emergency Protest against FBI Raids against Anti-War Activists
 
The FBI has raided several homes of anti-war activists who have opposed US moves against Palestine, Iran, and Colombia on Friday, September 24.
 
Plan and Support national days of protest at FBI offices or Federal Buildings, September 27 and 28th.
  
W
hen:  Monday, September 27, 2010
Time:  5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith St., Houston, TX, 77002
 

 
September 18-26, 2010  -  Human Trafficking Awareness Week
 

The Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, a 501(c)3 organization in Houston that raises awareness about human trafficking in the Houston area will hold its 4th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week, which will take place this September at various locations throughout the city.  
 
For a detailed list of scheduled events, visit http://houstonrr.org/?page_id=429

 

 
September 26, 2010  -  Muslims & Money Management
 
“Muslims & Money Management” - Panel Discussion by Specialists and Scholars
 
Speakers: Dean Schaner, Joe Bradford, Faheem Khwaja, Afaq Durrani
 
When:  Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time:  3 PM – 5:30 PM
Location:  ISGH NW-SBIC, 1209 Conrad Sauer
 

 
September 25, 2010  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
The gathering this time will be mainly social, with no set program.
 
We will have an area reserved for us. And to make things easier, everyone will pay for themselves on the way out.
  
When:  September 25, 2010
Time:  5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:  Dimassi's on Westheimer
 
Please RSVP to aeltaher@consolidated.net.
 
For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com/.
 

 
September 21, 2010  -  "The Most Dangerous Man in America"
 
The Most Dangerous Man in America
Daniel Elsberg and the Pentagon Papers
 
To celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21, 2010, Pax Christi Houston will show the award-winning film about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. This is a "must-see" film for anyone who is concerned about the U.S. war machine and the politics of war.
 
Following the film, we will have a discussion about WikiLeaks and our response to the continuing U.S. military activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
When:  September 21, 2010
Time:  7 pm
Location:  Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda Road, Houston
 
This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
 
Call Frank Skeith @ 281-955-0342 or Dave Atwood @ 832-693-5710 for more information.
 

 
September 20, 2010  -  Arab-American Voters Host Texas Gubernatorial Candidates
 
Arab-American Voters Invites You to Join Us as we host Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Governor Rick Perry And Bill White.
 
Come hear from the candidates to help you decide who you will cast your vote for on November 2nd.
 
When:  Monday, September 20, 2010
Time:  6 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
If YOU don’t vote, WE don’t have a voice! Not registered to vote yet? No worries, we will be happy to register you at the event.
 
Co-Sponsored by:  American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Houston Chapter, Andalucia Social & Educational Media Center, Arab Voices Radio Talk Show, Clear Lake Islamic Center, Council on American Islamic Relations of Houston (CAIR), IslamInSpanish, Masjid W.D. Mohammed, The Muslim American Society (MAS), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Houston Branch, Network of Arab-American Professionals of Houston (NAAP), and Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
 

Click here fro event flyer.
 

 
September 17, 2010  -  Not for Sale: The Scandal of Human Trafficking in Houston and Beyond
 
David Batstone, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on human trafficking and author of Not For Sale, an examination of the global slave trade, will speak at the Rothko Chapel. In 2007, he co-founded the “Not For Sale” campaign, which is inspiring thousands of people from grassroots activists to business leaders to celebrities to join together to put an end to modern-day slavery. A former professor of Social Ethics at the University of San Francisco who held the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair, David Batstone has worked as a journalist for publications including the San Francisco Examiner, where he was a foreign correspondent, contributing from Latin America. For six years he was executive editor of Sojourners magazine, and he was a founding editor of Business 2.0 magazine. He has contributed to Spin, Wired, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune and is the recipient of two national journalism awards. This program is presented as part of Houston’s fourth annual Human Trafficking Awareness Week.
 
When:  Friday, September 17, 2010
Time:  7 pm 
Location: The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006-4829
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
For more info, visit www.
rothkochapel.org.
 

 
September 12, 2010  -  MAS Katy Eid Festival
 

Join us from 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at MAS Katy Center for an Eid celebration.

There will be rides and petting zoo for the children. Also, free food for the entire family!

InshaAllah, this event will be held if the weather is good.

When:  Sunday, September 12, 2010 
Time:  11 am - 6 pm
Where:  MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd Houston, TX 77094
 
For more info, visit www.mashouston.org.

 

 
September 12, 2010  -  Eid Fest 2010
 

When:  Sunday, September 12, 2010
Time:  11 am - 6 pm
Location:  Masjid as-Sabireen
 
For more info, visit www.eidfest2010.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
September 12, 2010  -  Syrian American Club Eid El-Fitr Party
 

Please join us in celebrating Syrian American Club Eid El-Fitr Party.
   
Food, fun, and entertainment will be provided for adults and children of all ages!

DJ with Arabic & English Music, Karaoke, Games, Balloon Art, Illusion and Comedy Show
 
When:  Sunday, September 12, 2010
Time:  1 pm - 5 pm
Location:  Cafe Layal-Midtown, 207 Gray St., Houston, TX 77002
 
RSVP Required!
  
For more info, click here for event flyer.

 

 
September 11, 2010  -  National Day of Unity
 

Join us as the diverse religious communities of Greater Houston unite to honor the 9/11 victims. This vigil will be an opportunity for people of all walks of life to work together towards mutual understanding, cooperation and respect.
 
When:  Saturday, September 11, 2010 
Time:  1 pm - 2 pm
Location: The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX 77006-4829
 
Click here for event flyer/list of the sponsors.

 

 
September 9, 2010  -  An Evening With Colonel Ann Wright, Anti-Iraq War activist and member of the Gaza Flotilla
 

The Baker Institute Student Forum invites you to attend "An Evening With Colonel Ann Wright, Anti-Iraq War activist and member of the Gaza Flotilla".
 
When:  September 9, 2010
Time:  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  (reception to follow)
Location:  Rice University's Duncan Hall, Mcmurtry Auditorium
 
Sponsored by The Baker Institute Student Forum.
 
RSVP ASAP to bisf@rice.edu because there is limited seating and food!

 

 
September 7, 2010  -  Threats and Opportunities: The Year Ahead for President Obama
 

Charles Lipson, University of Chicago
 
The big foreign policy test may be Afghanistan, but there are plenty of other challenges to keep the President up at night: the spread of nuclear weapons, the resurgence of Al-Qaeda, the rise of China, and the continued search for peace in the Middle East. How is Obama expected to tackle these and other issues? Will his new soft-power approach become an effective new policy?
 
Charles Lipson is an award-winning analyst and teacher of international politics and history at the University of Chicago, where he is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science. He also founded and directs the University’s Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES), where scholars from around the world come to discuss the latest issues in world politics. He is one of the most popular lecturer’s on campus.
  
When:  September 7, 2010
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
Co-Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston and the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.

 

 
September 7, 2010  -  Khatem Al Quran at Islamic Da`wah Center
 

Khatem Al Quran on Tuesday Sep 7th-28th day of Ramadan (night of the 29th of Ramadan).
 
When:  September 7, 2010
Time:  Isha Prayers starts at 9:15, Taraweeh Starts at 9:30 Lead by Sh. Zoubir Bouchikhi
Location:  Islamic Da`wah Center, 201 Travis St., Houston Texas 77002
 
400 Parking spaces free of charge within a walking distance from the Center reserved exclusively for our visitors.
 
For more info, visit www.islamicdawahcenter.org or call 713-223-3311.

 

 
September 4, 2010  -  Ramadan Ftour & Dinner by Moroccan Society
 
The Moroccan Society of Houston Cordially invites you and your family to attend our Ftour & Dinner Celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.
 
When:  Saturday, September 4, 2010 
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Where:  Cafe Mawal, 6006 Fairdale Lane, Houston, Texas 77057  (713-977-1999)
 
12 dollars per person- Kids (under 6) Free
 
Wishing you the best this month. Ramadan Mubarak.
 
For more info, visit  www.moroccansociety.org.
 

 
September 3, 2010  -  Khatmul Qur'an & Fundraising at MAS Katy Center
 
We would like to invite everyone to our Annual Khatmul Qur'an and Fundraising to support the construction of the masjid. As you see, our occupancy permits were granted earlier this year, and the masjid building and school building are completely remodeled. We want to thank the community for its continuous support. We have made great strides this year, but more support is needed to continue our efforts.
 
We will have a community Iftar dinner immediately after maghrib prayer. Later in the evening, the board will have a construction presentation and Br. Fady Qaddoura will have a motivational afterwards. We hope to see you there inshaAllah. Jazakumullahu khairan.
  
When:  Friday, September 3, 2010 
Where:  MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd Houston, TX 77094
 
For more info, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
September 3, 2010  -  International Day of Quds
 
In solidarity of the oppressed of the world. Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
 
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 3, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Westheimer and Post Oak (Galleria Area)
 
Sponsored by the Worldwide Movement for Justice and Peace (WMJP).
 
For more info, visit www.alqudsday.org.  
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 2, 2010  -  Are Outcomes to National Security Challenges Predictable?
 

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Hoover Institution
 
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita uses game theory to understand and even shape the outcome of human events. From predicting the results of negotiations or the outcome of wars and elections, he has had an astonishing 90% accuracy rate. It is a simple concept: people compete, and they always do what they think is in their own best interest. When applied to Iran, North Korea or talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, game theory can be a powerful tool for developing successful strategies.
 
When:  Thursday, September 2, 2010
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Julius Silver Professor of Politics at New York University. He is a specialist in policy forecasting, political economy, and international security policy. His current research focuses on the links between political institutions, economic growth, and political change. Doctor Bueno de Mesquita has won numerous awards, including the Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Award for significant contributions to international understanding. In a survey conducted by Foreign Policy magazine, Bueno de Mesquita was identified as one of the ten most influential political scientists in the foreign policy arena. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan.

Bueno de Mesquita's book, The Predictioneer’s Game, will be available for sale at the program.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info: Email: rsvp@wachouston.org or call (713) 522-7811

 

 
September 1, 2010  -  Ramadan Iftar by NAAP-Houston
 

The Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP-Houston) is a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab-American community.
   
When:  Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Time:  Maghrib/Sunset time
Location:  TBA
 
For more information, visit www.naaponline.org.

 

 
August 31, 2010  -  Opportunities in Algeria
 
SME Workshop Series: Opportunities in Algeria
 
Despite the current economic back-drop, Algeria has experienced 5% growth year after year and plans to invest $126 Billion as the government seeks to diversify and modernize the economy. As one of Africa's richest nations, the opening of the Algerian market has significantly increased investments, exports, and imports in recent years.
 
Join us for an exclusive briefing on the economic and business climate of Algeria with CECA Supply & Service's Vice President, Mr. Rami Touma. CECA Supply's 15 years of expertise in Algeria has earned them the 2010 "E" Star Award for outstanding contributions to growing US exports, strengthen the economy and creating American jobs. The award is given out by the Obama Administration in parallel with the National Export Initiative.
 
With an aggressive liberalization program by the Algerian government to attract foreign direct investment, the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce will be embarking on our first annual US Trade & Investment Mission in cooperation with the US-Algeria Business Council and the Embassy of Algeria in Washington DC.
 
When: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Time: 9am – 10am
Location: Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 2323 S. Shepherd Dr., Suite 1150, Houston, TX 77019
 
Members: Free, Non-Members: $20
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
August 29, 2010  -  Mayor’s Annual Ramadan Iftar and Dinner
 
Mayor Annise Parker and former CM, M. J. Khan Cordially invites you to attend The Mayor’s Annual Ramadan Iftar and Dinner.
 
When: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. - Program, 7:51 p.m. - Iftar and Prayers, 8:15 p.m. – Dinner
Location: George Bush Grand Ball Room (3rd Floor), George R. Brown Convention Center
 
RSVP:
Rabia Taslim (713.446.2961 Email: rabiataslim@yahoo.com
Omar Khawaja (713.344.6036 Email: omar.khawaja@gmail.com
 
Sponsoring Organizations:
Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH); Council Of American Islamic Relations of Houston (CAIR); Institute for Interfaith Dialogue (IID); The Institute of Islamic Knowledge (IIK); Islamic Education Institute of Texas (IEIT); Vohra Masjid; Masjid Almumineen; Muslim Student Association (MSA); Islamic Education Center (IEC); Houston Shifa Services Foundation (HSSF); Islamic Medical Association (IMA); Ibn-e-Sina Clinic; His Highness Prince Aga Khan; Imami Council for the Southwestern United States; Citadel Foundation; Houston Masjid of Al-Islam; Risala Foundation; Muslim American Society (MAS); Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslims Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Houston-Karachi Sister City Association
 
Host Committee:
Farouk Shami (Event Chair); M. Farooq Malik; Aftab Ghesani; Nasruddin Rupani; Dr. Moien Butt; Dr. Asaf Qadeer; Dr. Abdelkader Fustok; Dr. Tarek Hussein; Khalid Khan; Shahzad Bashir; Sami Ahmed; Haroon Shaikh; Shaukat Zakaria; Marshal Sulaiman; Syed N. Izfar; Abeezer Tayyabji; Imam Wazir Ali
 

 
August 28, 2010  -  Know Your Rights by IEC-Houston
 

Mr. John T Floyd, a well know Criminal Defense attorney and human rights supporter, along with representative for CAIR, will be speaking at the Islamic Education Center–Houston. The topic of discussion is: Your rights and, Do's and Don'ts if approached by FBI or other law enforcement agencies.
 
Whether or not you are a U.S. citizen you have certain rights. IEC-Houston invites you to come and understand your rights. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered by an expert attorney.
 
When:  Saturday, August 28, 2010
Time:  6 pm - 8 pm
Location:  IEC-Houston, 2313 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057
 
Time will be set aside for interactive Q and A session.
 
For more info: info@iec-houston.org or Shaan Rizvi at shaan.a.rizvi@gmail.com
 

Click here for event flyer.

 

 
August 27, 2010  -  ICNA Relief Annual Iftar Dinner
 

When:  Friday, August 27, 2010
Time:  6:30 PM
Location:  Shahnai Restaurant, Houston
 
For more information, call 713.261.4512 or 936.355.8765.

 

 
August 26, 2010  - America’s Interests in a Changing Middle East - Part 2
 

Haim Malka, Center for Strategic and International Studies
 
There is a striking shift in the power and relationships in the Middle East today. Turkey is looking outward and asserting a new influence in regional politics; Egypt is turning inward as domestic issues and the presidential elections next year take center stage. Iraq is more stable even while Yemen becomes more fragile and concern over Iran’s nuclear program is now shared by many in the region.
 
What are America’s interests and responsibilities in the shifting sands of the new Middle East?
 
This two part program will examine current US relationships and vital interests with views from distinguished Middle East experts, Ussama Makdisi, on August 24th and Haim Malka, on August 26th.
 
Haim Malka is deputy director and senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His principal areas of research include violent non-state actors, the Arab-Israeli conflict, North Africa, and political Islam. Before joining CSIS in 2005, he was a research analyst at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, concentrating on Israeli-Palestinian issues and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Malka spent six years living in Jerusalem while working as a television news producer covering the region. He holds a BA from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television. He is the author of numerous articles on Hamas and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
When:  Thursday, August 26, 2010
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
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.

 

 
August 26, 2010  -  Interfaith Women’s Ramadan Iftar
 

Muslim women of diverse backgrounds will head tables and discuss their unique life experiences with their guests. Everyone will enjoy traditional Ramadan foods from around the world. For this Iftar Dinner, women of all faiths will unite to celebrate and honor Muslim women’s contributions to the arts, sciences, religious and academic scholarship, politics and everyday life.
 
Opening Remarks by Dr. Elora Shehabuddin of Rice University
 
When: Thursday, August 26, 2010
Time:  Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  The Great Hall of Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002
 
Tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance by registering online.
 
Presented By: The Interfaith Women’s Iftar Planning Committee, Brigid’s Place and Christ Church Cathedral

For more information you may contact Kafah Bachari Manna at 713-231-3874 or womensiftar@gmail.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.  

 

 
August 25, 2010  -  Unity Meeting and Iftar by Farouk Shami
 

In Honor of Abo Abaydah, Farouk Shami invites you for a Unity Meeting followed by Iftar.
 
When:  Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Time:  5 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Please RSVP to 832.418.7752 or jamilah7@hotmail.com by Monday, August 23.

 

 
August 24, 2010  - America’s Interests in a Changing Middle East - Part 1
 

Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
 
There is a striking shift in the power and relationships in the Middle East today. Turkey is looking outward and asserting a new influence in regional politics; Egypt is turning inward as domestic issues and the presidential elections next year take center stage. Iraq is more stable even while Yemen becomes more fragile and concern over Iran’s nuclear program is now shared by many in the region.
 
What are America’s interests and responsibilities in the shifting sands of the new Middle East?
 
This two part program will examine current US relationships and vital interests with views from distinguished Middle East experts, Ussama Makdisi, on August 24th and Haim Malka, on August 26th.
 
Ussama Makdisi is a professor at Rice University. Dr. Makdisi is first to hold the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009. In his writings, Professor Makdisi reshapes the view of the history of America in the Arab world by exploring missed opportunities for cultural understanding, retrieving unused historical evidence, and juxtaposing Arab perspectives with American ones. He is an award winning author of three books. His writings have appeared in publications such as The Journal of American History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Middle East Report. His latest book, Faith Misplaced: the Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001, will be available at the lecture.
 
When:  Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.

 

 
August 21, 2010  -  MAS Houston Annual Fundraising Dinner
 

Come support your favorite Muslim American Society Houston program - Clear Lake Youth Center, Houston Qur'an Academy, and more!
  
When:  Saturday, August 21, 2010
Time:  6 p.m. 
Location:  Shahnai Reception Hall, 5920 Hillcroft, Houston TX 77036
  
Tickets $60/family of 4 and $25/individual
 
Babysitting is available.
 
Contact Hamza at 713-820-3300 hamza@mashouston.org for tickets or more details.

 

 
August 21, 2010  -  Ramadan Iftar by Light of Islam Bookstore
 

Join Light of Islam for a light dinner to celebrate the sacred month of Ramadan. Muslims all over the world gather and break their fast from food and drink in an Iftar. People from all faiths are welcome to celebrate Ramadan.
  
When:  Saturday, August 21, 2010
Time:  7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location:  Light of Islam Bookstore, 409 E. Nasa Parkway
 
 To RSVP, call 832-205-1457. To learn more, visit www.light-of-islam.org.

 

 
August 20, 2010  -  Ramadan Iftar by PACC-Houston
 

The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) is pleased to invite you and your family for Ramadan Iftar.
 
Food, Dessert, Refreshments, Moon Walk for children, Basketball, and Hookah
Cash Service: Coffee, Juices, Hookah
  
When:  Friday, August 20, 29010
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
  
Sponsored by the Palestinian American Cultural Center-Houston in coordination with the ACC.
 

Click here for event flyer.

 

 
August 20, 2010  -  "A New Standard For Deception” Screening
 

Houston911Truth will offer a free screening of "A New Standard For Deception” by Kevin Ryan. Kevin Ryan was the Underwriters’ Laboratory employee who was fired for telling the truth about the strength of the steel in the Twin Towers and their ability to withstand the impact of a jetliner.
 
When:  Friday, August 20, 29010
Time:  8 p.m.
Location:  Pecore Hall (corner of  Sul Ross at Woodhead) - a block south of W. Alabama
  
For more information, visit www.houston911truth.net.

 

 
August 19, 2010  -  Pioneers of Change
 

Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times
 
In spite of the turmoil of recent history, the Middle East can be described as a place of warmth, humanity, and eccentricity. Neil Macfarquhar will share the stories of men and women across the region who are working toward a more open and tolerant society. Activists and intellectuals, both funny and astute, they are pioneering political and social change from unexpected places.
 
Neil Macfarquhar’s exposure to the Middle East started early, moving to Libya at the age of three with his family. He has spent more than 25 years in the region, including five years based in Cairo as the bureau chief for The New York Times. He has also spent seven years as a correspondent for The Associated Press in Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Cyprus. He is currently The New York Times bureau chief at the United Nations. Fluent in Arabic and French, Macfarquhar holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Stanford University.
 
Macfarquhar is the author of The Sand Café as well as The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday, which will be available for sale at the program.
 
When:  Thursday, August 19, 2010
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
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.

 

 
August 18, 2010  -  Ramadan Iftar by NAAP-Houston
 

The Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP-Houston) is a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab-American community.
   
When:  Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Time:  Maghrib/Sunset time
Location:  TBA
 
For more information, visit www.naaponline.org.

 

 
August 14, 15 & 16, 2010  -  Memorial Service & Funeral Arrangements for Abou Obeida Omran
 

Abou Obeida Omran, Palestinian peace and justice activist, founder of Al-Awda-Houston, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, passed away in Houston on Friday, August 13, 2010.
 
Funeral Arrangements for Monday, August 16:
 
  Prayer at El-Farouq Mosque at 2:00 PM on Monday, August 16
After prayer, the body will be transported to Forest Lawn Cemetery for burial
 
Prayer at
El-Farouq Mosque @ 2 p.m. on Monday
1207 Conrad Sauer Drive, Houston, TX 77043
 
Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery after prayer
8701 Almeda Genoa Rd, Houston, TX 77075

Memorial service will be held over 3 days (dinner/iftar will be served).
 
When: Saturday-Monday, August 14-16, 2010
Time: 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC), 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston

 
Message from Al-Awda National about Abou Obeida:
 
  Al-Awda Shocked by Gruesome Murder of Abu Obeida Omran
 
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is shocked, saddened and outraged at the gruesome and trajic murder of Abu Obeida Abdel Salam Omran. On Friday August 13, 2010, Abu Obeida was deliberately run over and dragged with a car apparently during an attempted robbery at one of his gas stations in Houston Texas. The alleged killers were arrested by police after they fled the scene. Abu Obeida died that night from the injuries he had sustained during the attack. Abu Obeida is originally from the village of Burin near Nablus on the West Bank. He was 42 years old, married with two sons, Abu Obeida and Abu Ali Mustafa, and a daughter, Maryam. His wife is expecting another child. 
 
Abu Obeida was a young man full of energy. He was actively involved in building Al-Awda's chapter in Houston which he founded. He was a successful businessman and a leader in the community. He took part in the Viva Palestina US convoy to Gaza in 2009, and actively helped with employment, housing, financially or other ways all of the Palestinian refugees who recently arrived in Texas from Al-Waleed camp in Iraq. Abu Obeida was a dedicated activist for his people's right to return to their original homes and lands from which they have been dispossessed by Zionist forces and the Israeli state beginning in the 1948 era. He was in his first year of service as a member of the national coordinating committee of Al-Awda and was responsible for the external affairs of the organization. He strongly believed in strengthening, expanding and consolidating efforts in Al-Awda, and was working with colleagues in Texas to develop chapters of the organization in four other cities in that state. In addition to several other projects, Abu Obeida was most recently organizing with colleagues in Texas and elsewhere a conference to take place in Houston in October 2010 to advance the campaign for one democratic state in all of Palestine with the restoration and implementation of Palestinian rights in full. Abu Obeida and his leadership will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.
 
We extend our deepest condolences to Abu Obeida's family, friends and our community. We have lost a comrade and share in your grief.

 
May he rest in peace.

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون
 
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442
E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org/

 

 
August 14, 2010  -  Houston Qur'an Academy & Katy Islamic Academy
 

Houston Qur'an Academy (Grades - 4 to 12) is a full-time Qur'an Memorization Program with emphasis on understanding. Sanad Certificate with renowned scholars. We have Certified teachers, Full Academic Program, Advanced curriculum, Accredited Online Public School, Welcoming Environment.
 
Katy Islamic Academy (Preschool to Grade 3) is a full-time Islamic School with classes in academic subjects along with Islamic and Qur'anic courses. Everything is new for next school year: school building, masjid, playground, dining hall, basketball court, volleyball court, and much more!

Open House on Saturday August 14th from 1:30 pm to 3pm.

Full time Qur'an-Memorization Program with emphasis on UNDERSTANDING
Sanad Certificate with Renowned Scholars Dr. Hamed Ghazali & Dr. Main Alqudah

• Individual Qur'an and academic program for each student
• HQA students enrolled in accredited on-line public school
• All Certified Teachers for all academic subjects
• Brand new school building in scenic setting
• Attractive playground, basketball/volley ball courts & soccer field

Visit this Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
HQA & KIA 1800 BAKER RD, HOUSTON, TX 77094

For Further Information Please Contact: Sr. Shamima 732-318-7082 for Houston Qur'an Academy and Br. Aijaz 832-859-6092 for Katy Islamic School.

 

 
August 13-14, 2010  -  Arabian Nights
 

The play is a wonderful adaptation of A Thousand Nights and One Night, including dance, music and storytelling/acting-- is a high-energy, entertaining, cultural introduction to the most famous literary traditions of the eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Empire.
 
When:  August 13 & 14, 2010
Time:  8 pm
Location:  FrenetiCore/ Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd., Houston TX, 77011
 
For more information, visit www.nationalreptheatre.com or call 832-421-5993.

 

 
August 7, 2010  -  CAIR-Houston's Annual Banquet
 
Wake Up: Rising to Meet the Challenge
 
Please join us at CAIR-TX, Houston's annual fundraising dinner.
 
Keynote Speaker: Edward Peck, Former Ambassador, Palestine Activist, Member of the Freedom Flotilla
 
When: Saturday, August 7, 2010
Time: 6 pm - 10 pm (Program Starts at 7)
Location: Westin Oaks Galleria, 5011 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas
 
For more information, visit www.cairhouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 3, 2010  -  Environmental Care in Islamic Teachings
 
The Rothko Chapel is hosting an exploration of Environmental Care in Islamic Teachings. The discussion is led by Imam Muhammad N Haq, president of the Webster, Texas based American Society for Islamic Awareness.
 
Imam Muhammad N Haq explores the key values of environmental care present in Islamic teachings and addresses the cultural and spiritual framing of the ethics of environmental care. Presenting an overview of Islamic cosmology and the call to stewardship, Imam N Haq elevates human obligations under Islamic law to protect the land, water, forests, and animals. Islamic teachings on preservation and protecting nature can complement secular approaches to environmentalism. Finding common ground in environmental care is a key ingredient for creating a sustainable future.
 
Muhammad N Haq holds a master's degree in world religions from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he was a faculty member in the Theology Department. A resident of Houston for more than 10 years, he routinely speaks on Islam and interfaith issues at universities and conferences.
  
When:  Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Time:  7 pm
Location:  The Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006

  
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
July 25, 2010  -  Domestic Violence Program
 
This month we will have a very important topic regarding domestic violence and its implications. The topic will be covered from all aspects such as Shariah, educational, legal and psychological.
 
The guest speakers will talk on different aspects:
 
   Dr. Hamed Ghazali - Educational
   Dr. Main Alqudah - Shariah
   Br. Ali Zakaria - Legal
   Dr. Arif Shoaib - Psychological
 
Moderator: Dr. Kebire Ahmed
   
When:  July 25, 2010
Time:   5:15 to 8:30 pm (Come pray 'Asr and Maghrib with us)
Location:  MAS Katy Center 1800 Baker Rd, Houston TX 77094
 
Babysitting and dinner will be provided, so please be there and don't miss this opportunity to learn about this important issue.
   
For information, send email to info@mashouston.org.
 

 
July 21, 2010  -  AAPER - Houston Chapter Meeting
 
American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights - Houston Chapter Meeting
  
When:  July 21, 2010
Time:  6 PM
Location:  Cafe Express - Uptown Park
  
For information, visit www.americansforpalestine.org or send e-mail to houston@aaper.org.
 

 
July 17, 2010  -  'GOT RIGHTS?' Workshop
 
Do you know what to do when questioned by law enforcement?
 
Please join us for this special event which serves to educate you on what your rights are when law enforcement entities approach you.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Mr. John Floyd, J.D. (criminal defense attorney), Ms. Annette Lamoreaux, J.D. (ACLU TX Board Member) and Mustafa Carroll (Executive Director of CAIR-TX, Houston)
 
When:  Saturday, July 17, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: South Texas College of Law, Garrett Townes Hall, 1303 San Jacinto Street, Houston
 
Free Breakfast Reception at 9:00am!
 
For more information, visit www.cairhouston.org.
 

 
July 14, 2010  -  Wright & Meadors, Eye Witness on the Free Gaza Flotilla
 
Ann Wright and Joe Meadors, two members of the Free Gaza flotilla that was attacked last month by the Israeli Defense Forces, will speak in Houston about their experiences on the humanitarian aid flotilla.
 
Wright and Meadors are doing this tour to raise awareness of the situation in Palestine and to raise money for a United States boat to be part of the next flotilla. They want to tell the public about what they witnessed during the raid and experienced while they were being held by the Israeli government.
 
Army Colonel (Ret.) and former State Department diplomat Ann Wright was a passenger on the Challenger 1, which along with the Mavi Marmara was part of the flotilla. She has been on several humanitarian aid missions into Gaza ands she is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience, a compilation of stories of men and women who risked careers, reputations, and even freedom out of loyalty to the Constitution and the rule of law.  
 
Also speaking at this event will be Joe Meadors.  Joe was on board the Sfendoi in the flotilla.   He is a retired Accountant currently living in Corpus Christi, TX.  This is the second time he has been on a boat attacked by the IDF.  On June 8, 1967, he was a signalman aboard the USS Liberty when the ship was attacked by the combined forces of the Israeli Air Force and Navy.  The attack which left 34 dead and 173 wounded on the USS Liberty remains the only attack of its kind in US naval history not to be the subject of an investigation by the US government.
 
When:  Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Meet & Greet at 4:30 pm
Presentation at 7:15 pm
  
Click here for the details.
 
This event is sponsored in part by Code Pink Houston, Houston Peace and Justice Center, Dominican Sisters of Houston, Veterans for Peace, Green Party of Texas, and Mandell Bridge Group for Justice for Palestinians.
 
For information, contact Madeleine Crozat-Williams at 713-748-8133 or 713-802-2530.
 

 
July 10, 2010  -  MAS Youth Lake Trip at Lake Livingston
 
All-Day trip with All-Kinds of Stuff! High-School Boys (Ages 13+ only)

Swimming -- Sports -- Canoeing -- BBQ -- Hike -- Reminders -- Competitions
 
When:  Saturday, July 10, 2010
Time:  7 am - 9 pm
Location:  Lake Livingston Park - Meet 7 am at the MAS Youth Center (16302 Sea Lark Rd, Houston, TX 77062) 
 
$15 per person
 
To register or questions: Aqib Gazi: aqibgazi@yahoo.com, (713) 933-9936 or Muhammad Esam: mesama@gmail.com, (408) 435-7473
 
Everyone must register. Solid adult supervision.
 

 
July 9, 2010  -  Houston Quran Academy Open House
 
Come learn more about Houston Qur'an Academy and Katy Islamic Academy this Friday after Jumu'ah. Houston Qur'an Academy (HQA) is a full-time Qur'an memorization school that also offers tutoring in academic subjects. Katy Islamic Academy (KIA) is a full-time Islamic School which accepts students from Pre-Kinder (age 3) to 3rd grade. The director of the schools is Dr. Hamed Ghazali.
 
Fall Semesters starts in mid-August. Tuition is $375/month per student. Also, there is a $100 registration fee and a yearly book fee of $200 per student.
 
When:  Friday, July 9, 2010
Time:  2:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Location:  1902 Baker Rd., Houston, TX 77094 (next to MAS Katy Center)
 
Click on www.mashouston.org to learn more about the schools.
 
For information, call Shamima at 732-318-7082.
 

 
July 3, 2010  -  For the Love of Gaza, For the Love of Jazz... JAZZA
 
Join us for a benefit/fundraiser for KPFT and Al-Awda. Enjoy the jazz stylings of Gilad Atzmon.
 
Performance by renowned jazz musician Gilad Atzmon, born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). As a multi-instrumentalist he plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Clarinet and Flutes. His album "Exile" was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He has been described by John Lewis in the Guardian as the "hardest-gigging man in British jazz". His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
   
When:  Saturday, July 3, 2010
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Plaza Americas (formerly Sharpstown Mall), 7500 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, 77036
 

Tickets are available on-line at Brown Paper Tickets, or call KPFT at 713-526-4000 between 10 am and 5 pm on weekdays. Admission is $20.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 26, 2010  -  ICNA-MAS South Central Regional Conference
 
Save Family, Save Society
  
Speakers:
 
   Imam Siraj Wahaaj
   Dr. Zahid Bukhari
   Sheikh Yasir Qadhi (tentative)
   Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan
   Imam Khalid Griggs
   Sheikh Omer Sulieman

When:  Saturday, June 26, 2010
Time:  9 am - 10 pm
Location:  University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX, 77004
 
Activities: Parallel Adult & Youth Sessions, Interfaith Event, Cultural Bazaar, Fun Activities for Kids
 
For more information, visit www.icnasouth.com.
 

 
June 26, 2010 -  Miss USA (Arab-American Immigrant) in Houston
 
Farouk Shami & Farouk Systems, INC are proud to host Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, first Arab-American Immigrant to be crowned Miss USA.
 
When:  Saturday, June 26, 2010

Time:  4 pm - 8 pm

Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
   4-5pm: Have your picture taken with Rima
   5-6pm: Welcome by Farouk and Rima
   6-8pm: Jabour, Al-Awda Dabkah Troupe
 
Dinner & Refreshments will be served.
   
For additional information or questions call Rula Khoury at 832-878-5211.
 

 
June 21, 2010  -  Talking Peace: A New Approach to Middle East Peace
 
Alick Isaacs, Talking Peace Project
 
When: Monday, June 21, 2010
Time: Registration: 5:30 p.m., Program: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Compass Bank Building, 2001 Kirby, 2nd Floor Conference Room
 
Dr. Alick Isaacs is a research fellow at the Hartman Institute's Kogod Centre for Contemporary Jewish Thought. He also teaches at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and serves as the editor of religious affairs at the interdisciplinary journal Common Knowledge. Dr. Isaacs has published numerous articles in academic journals and is the recipient of a number of honors and fellowships, including the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Doctoral Scholarship from Bar-Ilan University. He has a doctorate in Jewish history from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
Isaacs is also director of the Talking Peace project, which works to expand the circles of people talking about Middle East and Israeli society. He calls for a constructive debate between all segments of Israeli society on concerns and commitments for Israel and the Middle East.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
June 19, 2010  -  AAPER - Houston Launch & "Occupation 101"
 
Join us as we celebrate the official launch of the Houston chapter of the American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER)
 
When:  Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time:  6:00 PM
Location:  14114 Glasgow Place, Houston, TX 77077
 
Refreshments will be provided.
 
Award-winning documentary “Occupation 101” will be shown
 
For more information, call 713-446-1047 or e-mail Houston@AAPER.org.
 
Don’t forget to sign our letter urging the White House to condemn the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, and to call for an end to the Gaza siege: http://www.aaper.org/freegaza
 
The American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to inform the American public about the human and national rights of the Palestinian people and the role of the United States
in the Middle East.
 

 
June 17, 2010  -  UAE Minister of Foreign Trade
 
You are invited to an exclusive luncheon and presentation by the Minister of Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi.
 
With numerous achievements in both the public and private sectors, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is one of the most recognised UAE government officials. In 2009, she was named among the Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World and the Wall Street Journal recognized H.E. Sheikha Lubna as one of its "50 international women to watch", calling her "one of the Mideast's highest-profile movers and shakers."
 
When: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Time: 12 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston 77002
 
For more information contact: Mohammad Abudayyeh at connect@bilateralchamber.org or call 713-880-8168.
 
Space is limited for this event and the invitation is non-transferrable. RSVP's are required and must be submitted by June 11.
 

 
June 15, 2010  -  Business Friendly Bahrain
 
Join us for a breakfast briefing, featuring His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al-Khalifa CEO of Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), highlighting the opportunities and overall climate for U.S. companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
 
The Kingdom of Bahrain is committed to establishing businesses in the sectors of finance, healthcare, manufacturing and industrial services, professional services, information and communication technology (ICT), training and education. The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) will assist U.S. businesses with the challenges of foreign investment through tax incentives.
 
When: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Time: 8 am - 10 am
Location: Federal Reserve Bank Building, 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston 77019
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
June 10, 2010  -  Feast of Faiths: A Cross-Cultural Culinary Experience
 
Experience and learn about foods from the different religious traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism prepared by five local Houston chefs. Enjoy eclectic music of the United Nations Association Houston Choir. Feel empowered by the experience to help create a climate of respect and compassion.
 
When:  Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time:  7:00 - 9:30 pm
Location:  Houston City Club, One City Club Dr., Houston, TX 77046-0903
 
Individual tickets start at $150
 
The proceeds from this event will support the Boniuk Center's outreach initiatives to foster religious tolerance among Houston youth. Please consider generously supporting this new endeavor. 
 
For more information, visit or call 713-348-4536.
 

 
June 5, 2010  -  Stress Free Love: The Art of Raising Children
 
If you would like to know the answers to the following questions, then this seminar is for you!

1. Have you ever wondered what effect your marital relationship would have on your children?
2. Do you or your spouse ever argue or fight right in front of your children?
3. Do you and your spouse have different parenting styles?
4. Do you and your spouse know how to be an effective parenting team?
5. Do you know the origin of you or your child's anger and how resolution of this conflict may occur.
6. Do you communicated effectively with your child or student?
7. Are you truly raising your children to be happy, successful and diligent people?
8. Do you know the steps of positive discipline and do you know how to deal with a strong-willed child?
9. Do you want your teen/student to conform to your rules?
10. Do you want to promote harmony in your family or classroom?
 
MAS, IMAN Academy and CLIC are organizing. It is called, "Stress Free Love: The Art of Raising Children" for parents and educators. Dr. Isra Yahya a child psychologist, mother and community educator is coming from Florida. 

Workshop 1: our marital relationship's effect on our children, if arguing, how does that effect them? how to be a better team, how to parent when having different styles etc

Workshop 2: origin of anger, how to resolve conflict in our families, how to promote harmony

Workshop 3: 10 tips to raising happy and successful children, this will include tools of positive discipline, how to establish open channels of communication with your teens etc

Open counseling session: where you may ask the psychologist for her professional opinion on matters relating to you and your family, for example, how do you potty train to how do you reach out to your teenager who grew up in a different culture than you?
 
When:  June 5, 2010
Time:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location:  University of Houston
 
For registration or more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 
Refreshments, lunch and all-day children's program will be provided!!!
$50/family and $20/individual includes everything!!
Certificate of completion will be offered to all educators
 

 
June 4, 2010  -  Candle Light Vigil  (Freedom Flotilla)
 
Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine invites you to a Candle Light Vigil to remember the civilians and peace activists who were murdered by Israel on board the ships of freedom carrying medical and humanitarian supplies to Gaza.
 
When: Friday, June 4, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: In front of the Israeli Consulate, 24 Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046
 
Please bring candles, the family, and bottles of water.
 
For more information, visit www.hcjpp.org.
 

 
June 3, 2010  -  On the Trail of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan: Why Osama Bin Laden Is So Difficult to Find
 
Tim McGirk, TIME Magazine
 
Rugged mountains, remote caves, and a culture of isolation make Afghanistan one of the best hiding places on earth. Correspondent Tim McGirk has followed Bin Laden over the smugglers’ crossroads near the desert border with Iran, through the craggy mountains of the Hindu Kush, and even in the high-rent districts of two Pakistani cities, Peshawar and Karachi, where a few al Qaeda chiefs have been found hiding in villas. He explains why Bin Laden has not been captured and what our troops are experiencing now.
 
McGirk has covered Afghanistan extensively over the past decade, first as Delhi correspondent for The Independent, then as South Asia bureau chief for TIME. His acclaimed documentary, On Bin Laden’s Trail, filmed for National Geographic, required three months reporting in Waziristan and other villages in the Pashtun tribal belt of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
As correspondent and bureau chief for TIME, McGirk covered wars and insurgencies in the Spanish Sahara, Algeria, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Indonesia, Colombia, and Peru. He witnessed the Taliban uprising and the fall of Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. He was the only American reporter in Iran after the failed 1979 U.S. hostage rescue mission, after which he managed to talk his way out of detention by Revolutionary Guardsmen in the Tehran airport.
 
Born in Bogota, Colombia, McGirk received a degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.
   
When:  Thursday, June 3, 2010
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
Co-Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston and the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
June 1, 2010  -  Deadline to Apply for PAB Scholarship
 
New Student Scholarship Program (Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah Scholarship)
 
The Palestinian American Bridge (PAB) organization is proud to announce the establishment of Ibrahim Uwaydah Scholarship, a new annual academic scholarship in honor of the late Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah for students of Palestinian origin who study in the Houston area in higher education institutions, yet another major milestone in the organization’s endeavors.
 
In February 2010, PAB held its Annual Banquet Event and hosted Mr. Andrew Whitley, Head of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency). During this event, PAB was able to raise $47,600 to benefit the new scholarship program.
 
The goal of the new scholarship is to recognize outstanding students of Palestinian origin who live in the Houston Metropolitan area and are attending or plan to attend a university or college in the Houston Metropolitan area, reward them for their achievements and help them meet their basic academic expenses.
 
Ibrahim Uwaydah’s Scholarship is a merit and need based scholarship. The amount of money that will be awarded is based on the financial need of the student.
 
For more details, including requirements and application, click here.
 

 
May 31, 2010  -  Demonstration to Protest Israel's Massacre against Freedom Flotilla
 
Demonstration protesting the New Israeli massacre and high sea piracy against the unarmed civilians from over 40 European and Arab countries on the ships of freedom carrying medical and humanitarian supplies to Gaza that has been suffocating for 3 years of Israeli inhumane blockade.
 
When: Monday, May 31, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak (Galleria area), Houston
 
Sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine.
 

 
May 30, 2010  -  An Evening with George Galloway
 
British politician, author, broadcaster and Member of Parliament. He is the founder of the Respect Party and is a peace advocate. He is most known for outspoken pro-Palestinian views.
 
Come listen to this exhilarating speaker share his story of being on the front-line of the international human rights movement.
 
When: Sunday, May 30, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM (Limited Seating)  -  see Greeting Caravan above
Location: Crown Plaza-River Oaks, 2712 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77098
 
For more info, call 972-331-9021 or visit www.muslimlegalfund.org
 
Sponsored by the Muslim Legal Fund of America.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 30, 2010  -  George Galloway Greeting Caravan
 
British politician, author, broadcaster and Member of Parliament. He is the founder of the Respect Party and is a peace advocate. He is most known for outspoken pro-Palestinian views.
 
When: Sunday, May 30, 2010
Time: 4 PM  (to be followed by Fund Raising Dinner (see below)
 
For more info, call 713-545-5257.
 
Sponsored by Al-Awda Houston.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 13 through May 30, 2010  -  Solo Exhibitions featuring Suha Shoman, Charif Benhelima and others
 
Station Museum of Contemporary Art wishes to announce the following six solo exhibitions. These exhibitions will open on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 7 pm with music & refreshments.
 
Two films about Palestine by noted artist Suha Shoman deal with critical issues concerning the Israeli occupation of her homeland.
 
Charif Benhelima’s photographic project, Welcome to Belgium, illuminates the plight of Arab immigrants in Europe. An essay by noted Belgium painter, Luc Tuymans, describes Charif’s project as “a testimony, beginning at the beginning and covering a research period lasting nine years.”
 
Santiago Forero presents a singularly perceptive perspective on life in the United
States through his cryptic photographs. Santiago is a graduate student from Colombia attending the University of Texas.
 
Saluto Romano by Czech artist Martin Zet is a series of photographs portraying himself as an object within various environments. This is his ongoing attempt to find freedom and his true identity in a post-communist world.
 
Houston artist Ed Wilson’s steel sculptures are based on photographs that he took of concentration camps in Germany. They convey moral outrage at the same time as they represent his powerful sculptural identity. His photographs will be exhibited along with his sculptures.
 
The Station Museum is also presenting a group of mystical paintings by Elliot Wolfson who, in addition to being an artist, is one of the world’s most important authorities on the Kabbalah, understood as esoteric teachings concerning about mysticism and nature of the universe.
 
These exhibitions will be on view: March 13, 2010 - May 30, 2010
 
The Station Museum is located in Midtown on the corner of Alabama and La Branch.
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free.
 
For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 713-529-6900 or visit www.stationmuseum.com.
 

 
May 26, 2010  -  Women, Islam, and Reform in the Middle East
 
Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
 
In recent years, a number of Muslim women's groups have emerged, struggling for equality and justice using Islamic arguments. Most were led by highly educated women and seem to lack a strong popular base. Today, a new kind of grassroots Islamic feminism is stirring across the Middle East. Described by Isobel Coleman through the lives of women in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, they fight against the notion that a discussion of women’s rights is western, secular, and corrupt. Will the new Islamic feminists bring social change and reform?
 
Isobel Coleman is a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she also directs the council's Women and Foreign Policy program. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is a frequent speaker at academic, business, and policy conferences and a guest commentator on networks including CNN, the BBC, Al Jazeera, and NPR. She has testified before Congress on Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
Dr. Coleman, a Marshall Scholar, earned degrees in international relations from Oxford University and in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University. Her latest book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: Women and Change in the Middle East will be available at the lecture.
  
When:  Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
Co-Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston and the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 21-23, 2010  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
The 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. 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. Named “Best Film Festival” by the Houston Press in 2009
 
When:  May 14-16 and 21-23, 2010
 
Click here for Festival Program/Details.
 

 
May 23, 2010  -  Syrian Poetry Event: Syria Talks about Herself
 
By Arab Syrian Poet in Exile Tarif Youssef-Agha
 
It is a Cultural and Historical poem that takes you on a journey to Pre-historic Syria with her ultra rich civilizations and ultra unique characters. It takes you to cities like Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Tartous, etc. and to historic sites like Afamia, Ugaret, Amreet, Arwaad, Ebla, etc.
   
When: Sunday, May 23, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Cafe Byblos, Houston
  
For more info, visit http://sites.google.com/site/tarifspoetry/.
 
Sponsored by
The Syrian American Club and Al-Madar Newspaper.
 

 
May 20, 2010  -  Houston's Many Faces of Islam Panel Discussion
 
A diverse panel of Houstonians from a variety of Muslim communities will discuss their personal experiences of being Muslim in H-town.
 
Professor Dina al-Sowayel of The University of Houston will moderate the panel.
 
When: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Duncan Hall 1055, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005
 
This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
 
Sponsored by the Boniuk Center.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 15, 2010  -  ACC Scholarship Fund Raising Dinner
 
The Arab American Cultural Center announces the 2010 Scholarship program to promote the further education of Arab American youth.  Assisting outstanding youth in reaching their educational goals is just one way, the Arab American Cultural & Community Center demonstrates its commitment to our community.
 
The 2010 program includes five scholarships worth a $1,000 each. Students must submit their applications and transcripts by May 2nd, 2010.
 
For more information about the award, please contact Mr. Jamal Marzouki at 832-279-9339.
 
The scholarships will be awarded during a fundraising dinner event to be held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.
 
Full Buffet Dinner & Entertainment
Ticket price is $50 per person
RSVP by May 7th, 2010
Please call ACC at 832-351-3366, niveen_acc@yahoo.com
 
Download Scholarship Application.
 

 
May 14-16 and 21-23, 2010  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
The 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. 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. Named “Best Film Festival” by the Houston Press in 2009
 
When:  May 14-16 and 21-23, 2010
 
Click here for Festival Program/Details.
 

 
May 13, 2010  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival Rooftop Kick-Off Party
 
4th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival Rooftop Kick-Off Party
 
Featuring: Live Dabka and Band, Havikoro report-back from Palestine,  Live graffiti and Art Installations, DJ Lotus, DJ Joe B, Food, drinks and a lovely view of downtown
  
When:  May 13, 2010
Time: 7 PM - 10 PM
Location: KHON'S, 2808 Milam St., Houston 77006
 
Admission: $5
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org
 

 
May 11, 2010  -  Hope and Progress in Iraq
 
Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University, Former Ambassador to Iraq
 
The recent presidential elections are one of many hopeful signs, but progress in Iraq is clearly evident all around. Civilian casualties are a small fraction of what they were before the surge. Crude oil production is now up to pre-war levels, electricity far exceeds pre-war levels, and the Iraqis are handling more of their own security as U.S. troops withdraw. Sectarian violence continues though it has been drastically reduced. Economic prosperity and a successful transition to democracy in Iraq will have enormous implications for the region, if it can be sustained. What is the outlook for Iraq and what factors could still jeopardize the success?
 
Ryan Crocker is Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where he also holds the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. During his 37 year career in the Foreign Service, Crocker served as US Ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon. He was the first Director of Governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority, in Baghdad. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and also had assignments in Iran, Qatar, Iraq, and Egypt, and Washington.
 
When:  Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 9, 2010  -  Iman Academy Fundraising Gala
 
Iman Academy (SACS accredited school) is pleased to announce our 14th Annual Fundraising Gala
 
Guest Speaker: Sh. Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh
 
Continuing the Journey in Building Minds, Character and Iman
 
Dedicate an afternoon to learning about the outstanding achievements of the students at Iman Academy: Our Exemplary Status, Our Unprecedented Growth, & Our Bright Future.
  
When:  Sunday, May 9, 2010
Time:  3 pm
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054
               (Across from Reliant Stadium)
 
Tickets are available at any of our campuses for $25 per person or $50 per family.
 
For more information and purchasing tickets, please call 281.498.1345 or 713.910.3626 or visit www.imanacademy.org
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 9, 2010  -  Mother's Day Brunch
 
When: Sunday, May 9, 2010
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Location: Americas, 1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056
 
Cost: $49 per person, Children - 7-12 yrs old $15, under 6 yrs old free
 
Over 60 items buffet.... Please RSVP, ASAP
 
Send e-mail to musa@birzeitsociety.org with the number of attendees or Call James at 713-817-4510.
 
Sponsored by Birzeit Society - Texas Chapter.
 

 
May 8, 2010  -  Job Fair by Darul Arqam School
 
JOB FAIR by Darul Arqam School for Principals, Teachers & Coaches
 
When: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Time:  9 AM – 3 PM
Location:  ISGH Main Center, 3110 Eastside Street, Houston, TX 77098
 
Bring Your Resumes.
 

 
May 7, 2010  -  Darul Arqam (SE) Fundraising Dinner
 
Darul Arqam (SE) Fundraising Dinner
 
When:  May 7, 2010
Time:  7 PM 
Location:  The Plaza (Downtown)
 
For information and tickets, call 713-948-0094.
 

 
May 4, 2010  -  Doing Business in Saudi Arabia
 
Join us for a Breakfast Panel Discussion, featuring T.H. James B. Smith, Ambassador of the US to Saudi Arabia and Amer M. Kayani, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, who will speak about opportunities for US companies in Saudi Arabia.
 
Saudi Arabia's budget for fiscal year 2010 approximates $144 billion in expenditures, the Kingdom’s largest budget to date.
 
This emphasis on spending in a time of economic uncertainty demonstrates the Saudi government's ongoing commitment to developing infrastructure and improving social services in the sectors of education, health, security, social and municipal services, water, sanitary drainage, roads, electronic commerce and scientific research support. Infrastructure spending alone will total $69.3 billion of projects allocated to power generation, construction, and transportation.
 
The government is also committed to a $400 billion investment program through 2013 aimed at creating opportunities for the private sector through spending to keep the economy on a sustainable growth pattern.
 
Featured Panelists:
 
Amer M. Kayani, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, Embassy of the United States

Ms.Nouf Al Rakan, CEO, AL Imtiaz AL Amthal, A trading company specializing in IT solutions, clothing and food products.

Ahmed Islam, Regional Director of the Americas

Michael Linczyc, Principal/Corporate Director of Development, Wilson Associates
Internationally

Christopher Williams, Associate, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
     
When:  Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Time:  8 am - 10 am
Location:  Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, 711 Louisiana Street, Suite 2300 Houston, 77002
 
Members $20, non-members $25
 
Complimentary breakfast will be provided.
 
For more information, visit http://bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 4, 2010  -  A Mesopotamian Royal Feast
 
Dinner Lecture: Feasting – The Taste of Power
 
A Mesopotamian Royal Feast
 
Dr. Lauren Ristvet, Dyson Chair, The University of Pennsylvania
 
Ah, it’s wonderful to be king! Forget long drawn-out foreign wars or costly construction programs, one Mesopotamian king chose another strategy to strengthen royal power: feasting. He hosted a mind-boggling spread for 69,574 loyal subjects that included 1,000 oxen, 1,000 calves, 14,000 sheep, 1,000 lambs, and 10,000 fish. Then he commemorated royal largesse on a stele to remind everyone of a memorable day of gluttony. While we won’t duplicate such extravagance at our dinner, we will learn about the nature of food and feasting in ancient Mesopotamia and how feasting was an important part of ancient politics. Our celebration will also recreate a few ancient Mesopotamian dishes.
   
When:  Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Time:  7 pm 
Location:  Café Byblos, 6134 Richmond, Houston
 
Cosponsored by The Arab-American Educational Foundation.
 

 
May 3, 2010  -  “A Voice for Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East” - Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
 
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, a Palestinian humanitarian and advocate for peace in the Middle East who has been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak at the Rothko Chapel on Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in a program titled “A Voice for Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East.”
 
When:  May 3, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-serve. A reception for the public will follow the program.
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
May 3, 2010  -  Offshore Technology Conference Reception Honoring Delegates from the Arab World
 
13th Annual Offshore Technology Conference Reception: Honoring Delegates from the Arab World
  
When:  May 3, 2010
Time:  6 pm - 8 pm
Location:  Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts 2222 W. Loop South Houston, Texas 77027
  
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 2, 2010  -  Peace in Palestine by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
 
Peace in Palestine will come about only when the Nakba (62 year old catastrophe) is acknowledged.
 
Keynote speaker: Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative and a 2010 Peace Prize nominee.
 
When:  May 2, 2010
Time:  Doors open at 5 pm, Presentation at 6 pm, Q&A at 6:45 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
  
Admission: $10, Students $5
 
Sponsored by Al-Awda Houston. For more information, visit www.al-awdahouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 1, 2010  -  Houston’s first Buy Local Business Alliance Conference
 
On May 1st, 2010 local business people will gather to learn about the advantages of a Local Business Alliance. This partnership will help develop a “Brand Houston,” building trust in and credibility for local independent businesses. Activities will include setting up the framework of the Alliance and forming committees to create and support this organization.
 
The economic viability of the City of Houston and its surroundings depends on our locally owned businesses. When local businesses buy more from Houston based suppliers and increase the number of local customers, our region will become more self reliant. Local businesses link communities together and everyone in Houston benefits when the money we spend circulates through the hands of Houstonians.
 
The Business Alliance for Local Living Systems (BALLE) provides a framework which can be adapted to Houston’s local circumstances to promote
 
   New sales connections between local businesses
   An increase in local purchasing by member businesses
   An increase in customers patronizing local businesses
   An increase in contacts with other like-minded businesses
   You and your business will want to be there to get in on the ground floor.
 
When:  May 1, 2010
Time:  7:45 am - 5:15 pm
Location:  1805 West Alabama Street, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pecore Hall, Houston, TX 77098-2601
 
Conference registration is $25 per individual. Lunch will be provided and includes a continental breakfast and light lunch.
 

For more information or to register, visit www.houstonlocalbusiness.org.
 

 
May 1, 2010  -  Citizenship Day 2010
 
The American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas Chapter and Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston cordially invite you to Citizenship Day 2010 for persons seeking to apply for U.S. citizenship.
 
No-Fee Service! Attorneys/Accredited Representatives Will Be Present!
 
When: Saturday May 1, 2010, 9 am – 2 pm
Location: Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002, (713) 874-6570
 
Attention Applicants! Room for walk-ins is limited! Please call for your appointment.
 
Basic Requirements for Naturalization

 - Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)
 - 18 years old or older
 - Five Years of Continuous Residence as a Permanent Resident
        *Exception if Married to a U.S. Citizen (Three Years Continuous Residence)
 - Physical Presence in U.S. for at least half of the Five (or Three) Year Period
 - Good Moral Character for the Five (or Three) Years
 - Be able to Pass English and U.S. History/Civics Exams *Exceptions Available
 - Take a Loyalty Oath
 
For an appointment, directions, or information:
Applicants: Kaitlyn Allen, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6614
Attorneys and Volunteers: Sugey Ramos, Law Office of Jennifer Reynolds (713) 333-3333
 
What To Bring To Citizenship Day.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 30, 2010  -  International Friendship Potluck Dinner
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center presents Ladies, please bring your Favorite Dish and join us at the ACC for an enjoyable international Dinner, complete with exotic food and all kinds of fun, including a Special Door Prize!!!  “If you wish, wear your traditional costume!”
 
When:  Friday, April 30, 2010
Time:  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
 
RSVP by Monday, April 26, 2010 to niveen_acc@yahoo.com or 832-351-3366.
 
For more information, visit www.arabamericancenter.org.
 

 
April 29, 2010  -  Encountering the Jewish Future
 
Marc Ellis, Director, The Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University
 
Influenced by the Jewish ethical tradition and the dissonance of Jewish life after the Holocaust, with other Jews of Conscience, Professor Marc H. Ellis has sought to rescue the Jewish ethical tradition in the face of the demands of the 20th and now 21st Century.
 
When: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
 
Professor Marc H. Ellis was born in North Miami Beach, Florida in 1952. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Religion and American Studies at Florida State University, where he studied under the Holocaust theologian Richard Rubenstein and the American historian of the Catholic Worker, William Miller. He received his doctorate in History from Marquette University in 1980 where he was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta and the Jesuit Honor Society. Upon graduation he accepted a faculty position at the Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, New York, becoming founding director of their M.A. program and the Maryknoll Institute for Justice and Peace.
 
As a public intellectual, Professor Ellis has spoken at the United Nations in New York and in Vienna, the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Truman Institute at Hebrew University, the James Baker Institute at Rice University, the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, D. C., the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and, most recently, in Oslo, Norway at a conference on the 15th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. He has given endowed and keynote lectures in the United States, Israel, Canada, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines. Upcoming lecture engagements include the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the Society of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and the Danish Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor Ellis serves on the National Advisory Board of the Middle East Council, the Editorial Board of Tikkun Magazine and the Board of the Society of Jewish Ethics.

Commentary on Professor Ellis’s work:

The late Professor Edward Said, University Professor at Columbia University: "Marc Ellis is a brilliant writer, a deeply thoughtful and courageous mind, an intellectual who has broken the death-hold of mindless tradition and unreflective cliché to produce a superb account of post-Holocaust understanding, with particular reference to the Palestinian people and the moral obligation of Israelis and Diaspora Jews. He is a man to be listened to with respect and admiration."
 
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
April 28, 2010  -  U.S. Turkish Relations: An Essential Partnership
 
Bulent Aliriza, Center for Strategic and International Studies
 
A strong security partnership with Turkey has been an important element of U.S. policy for the last five decades. But in the last few years, U.S.-Turkish relations have deteriorated and today they are badly in need of repair. Turkey’s regional and domestic policies have complicated things, but the U.S. resolution on the Armenian Genocide was salt in the wound. The Turkish government showed its displeasure by immediately recalling Ambassador Namik Tan.
 
Dr. Aliriza will discuss Turkey, Armenia, and U.S. objectives in the Balkans, Central Asia, Middle East, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf.
 
Bulent Aliriza is the director of the Turkey Project for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Aliriza has lectured widely in the United States and in Turkey. He is a frequent commentator on Turkish and Caspian energy issues. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on American, European, and Turkish news outlets. Dr. Aliriza is the host of a current affairs discussion program from Washington on Turkish Radio and Television, Beyond the Atlantic. He earned degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford.
 
When:  Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Time:  Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
 
For more info, email rsvp@wachouston.org, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
April 2010  -  "Cousins - Welad Elam" (أولاد العم) movie coming to Houston
 
This film revolves around the world of espionage and intelligence, and mention of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
 
The Film WELAD ELAM raises the political crisis.
 

ضابط مخابرات مصرى يتصدى لمحاولة اختطاف جاسوس إسرائيلى لفتاة مصرية تزوجها دون أن تعلم بأنه جاسوس  -  بطولة منى زكى، شريف منير

Arabic with English sub-titles, 126 minutes.
 
Location:  Cinemark Tinseltown 290, 12920 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040
 
For more info including theatre location, visit www.cinema.reachmediatv.com.

 

 
April 23, 2010  -  Architects and Engineers Speak Out
 
Architects and Engineers Speak Out!  Over 1,100 Architects and Engineers Say Evidence Proves the Official Government Report is a LIE!
 
Come See and Hear What The Mainstream Media Refuses to Reveal: Military-grade Nano-thermite Was Used to Demolish All 3 WTC Buildings on 9/11/2001!
 
When:  Friday, April 23, 2010
Time:  Doors open at 7 PM, Screening at 7:30 PM, Open microphone follows 90-minute film
Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pecore Hall, Sul Ross at Woodhead

Ample, free, lighted parking.
Free admission (donations gratefully accepted) • Refreshments provided
 
For more information, visit www.ae911truth.org
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 17, 2010  -  Building a Strong Community
 
MAS Katy Center announces "Building a Strong Community" with Imam Siraj Wahhaj.
 
This full day will include lectures for the entire family, sports activities, and will conclude with a fundraising to support construction of the MAS Katy Center. Other speakers include Dr. Main Alqudah, Dr. Hamed Ghazali, and Dr. Kebire Ahmad. Motivational speaker will be Br. Ayman Aishat from Dallas.
 
There will be free food and free babysitting. Youth Activities include football, volleyball, soccer, and basketball! Come see the new playground for the youngsters!
  
When:  Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time:  1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd., Houston, TX 77094
 
Free for the Entire Family!
 
Contact Br. Hamza Bui at 713-820-3300 or email hamza@mashouston.org for more info.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 17, 2010  -  Syrian American Club Scholarship Endowment Gala
 
The Syrian American Club of Houston Cordially invites you to attend its 18th Annual Scholarship Endowment Gala*.
 
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time:  Reception and Silent Auction 7:30 p.m., Dinner 8:30 p.m.
Location:  The Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 W. Alabama Street, Houston, Texas
 
Entertainment by Singer Yousef Shamoun accompanied by Houston’s Own Musical Band.
 
R.S.V.P. Required Black Tie Optional

*Proceeds Benefit the Syrian American Scholarship Program
  
For more information, visit www.syrianamericanclub.com
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 17, 2010  -  English for Heritage Language Speakers Program
 
Advanced English and Professional Development for Federal Careers!
 
For US citizens who are native speakers of Arabic, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, and Urdu
 
The EHLS Program is an intensive, university-based program that enables nonnative speakers of English to develop the advanced level language skills they need to succeed in professional life. The program involves 6 months of full-time study at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, followed by 2 months of part-time study which can be completed remotely. Participants improve their English through study of research and presentation skills, meeting participation and facilitation, and professional writing. The program also provides support for participants who are seeking employment with the federal government. Full scholarships, a living stipend (during the full-time portion of the program), and a relocation reimbursement are available for qualified applicants.
  
English for Heritage Language Speakers Program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
 
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
RSVP by April 10th to niveen_acc@yahoo.com or 832-351-3366.
 
Find out more at www.cal.org/ehls.
 
EHLS is an initiative of the National Security Education Program.
 

 
April 17, 2010  -  Concert by Palestinian Folklore Group
 

The Palestinian American Cultural Center invites you to a Benefit Concert for Palestinian Refugees.
 
Featuring Ibrahim Sbehat and the Folklore Musical Group from Occupied Palestine Marj Bin Amer.

فرقة مرج بن عامر للفنون الشعبية الفلسطينية مع النجم الفلسطيني مطرب الأغنية الشعبية الفنان ابراهيم صبيحات

When: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, TX
 
Admission: kids free, students $10, adults $20
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
April 14, 2010  -  Brunch and Lecture featuring Elham Dwairy Tabry
 
The Ladies Alter Society invites you for a brunch and lecture featuring author and speaker Elham Dwairy Tabry.
  
When:  Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Time:  12 p.m.
Location:  St. George Church, 5311 Mercer, Houston, Texas
 
Call Basma Dwairy to make reservation at 281-487-6664.
 
 

 
April 10, 2010  -  ISGH-Spring Festival
 
When:  Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time:  11 AM – 6 PM
Location:  ISGH Spring Branch, 1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043
 
Food, rides, face painting, etc.
 
Form more info, call 281-668-3028 or 713-249-5019.
 

 
April 7, 2010  -  Reflections on War & Life in Gaza by Mohammed Omer
 
When: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Cafe Byblos, 6134 Richmond Ave., Houston
 
Admission & Dinner: $10
  
Form more info, visit www.rafahtoday.org, www.p4pd.org, or call 832-251-0505.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 6, 2010  -  Gaza on the Ground by Mohammed Omer
 
Mohammed Omer, Award-Winning Journalist and Photographer
 
Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer was born in 1984 and was raised in the Rafah refugee camp at the southern end of Gaza near the border with Egypt. In 2008 this independent journalist and photographer became the youngest journalist ever to be awarded the Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism. He was cited as the “voice of the voiceless” and his reporting was described as a “humane record of the injustice imposed on a community forgotten by much of the world.” He has reported for the Norwegian Morgenbladet, The Nation, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, among others.
 
The eldest of eight children, Mohammed Omer began working at age six to help support his family while his father was in an Israeli prison. A brother was killed in 2003 by an Israeli sniper, and nine days later an Israeli bulldozer crushed the family’s home, severely injuring his mother. In 2006, Omer graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza with B.A. degrees in English and Literature. In 2008, he reported being beaten by Israeli soldiers while traveling back to the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, and the government of The Netherlands lodged an official protest with Israel about his mistreatment, which Israel has denied.
 
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross
  
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
April 3, 2010  -  Arabesque Fest
 
Come celebrate the richness and diversity of Arab Culture April 3rd at Jones Plaza and support the Houston Palestine Film Festival! Come dance to live Arabic music, taste the many 'momma style' foods including a Battle of Hummus from Houston's best restaurants, smoke Shisha, and say hello to friends new and old.

The Arabesque Fest will be held at downtown's Jones Plaza overlooking Houston's skyline . Kids 12 and under are FREE to enter and there will be a wide array of children's activities including moonwalk, face painting, and more. So tell your friends, bring your family, and prepare to dance. Doors open at Noon yet festivities go until 10PM.
 
When: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Time:  Doors open at noon and festivities continue until 10 pm
Location:  Jo
nes Plaza, Downtown Houston, 600 Louisiana St. (directly across the street from Verizon Theater and The Angelika)
 
Slated to perform are: Jabbour, DJ Simiyu, Kareem, Dabka Troupe, and much more!
 
Proceeds benefit the Houston Palestine Film Festival; winner of the 2009 Best Film Festival award from Houston Press.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 3, 2010 -  Palestine Fundraising Dinner: Gaza Conflict One Year On
 
Join us for this important event as we shed light on the humanitarian situation in Palestine. There will be an update on the Gaza situation one year after the conflict.

A year after a 22-day war, Gaza is still a disaster zone and the population is even more dependent on aid. The people of Gaza continue to face food shortages and poverty is widespread.

Many of those who lost their homes still do not have adequate shelter. There has been little improvement in the health system as there is a severe lack of medicine and medical supplies.

There is also a desperate need for building supplies to rebuild some of what was lost in the war, for materials to help repair water and sanitation facilities and fuel for the power plant.
  
Guest Speakers: Shaykh Omar Shahin, Islamic Relief USA
 
When: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM - 10 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
 
Admission: $20, Dinner provided, Children’s program provided, and there will be free babysitting. Catering by Shahnai.
 
Sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and supported by MAS Houston.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 
For more info, please contact MAS Houston at 281-530-4627, Br. Hamza Bui at 713-820-3300 or Br. Hesham Ebaid at hesham.ebaid@mashouston.org.

To donate online, visit www.islamicreliefusa.org
 

 
April 1, 2010  -  Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Middle Class in the Middle East
 
Vali Nasr, Tufts University & Harvard Kennedy School
 
The growing middle class in the Middle East is a quiet but vital force that could dramatically change the region in the years to come. Connected to the global economy and concerned about quality of life, this new business-minded middle class has a vested interest in stability, not radicalism. Their economic, political, and social positions are rooted in market activities, focused on trade, and they eager to engage the global economy. Will this growing middle class be the source of lasting reform?
 
When: Thursday, April 1, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
Vali Nasr is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and a senior fellow of the Dubai Initiative run by the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2009 Professor Nasr was appointed Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. Before that, he was Professor and Chair of Research, Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Nasr holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of The Shia Revival, Democracy in Iran, and The Islamic Leviathan. Nasr regularly interviews on major network news shows as an expert on Middle Eastern affairs and writes for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Forces of Fortune, will be available at the program.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
 
For more information, email rsvp@wachouston.org or call 713-522-7811.
 

 
March 27, 2010  -  Women Rights in Islam Part II
 
A Lecture presented by Dr. Salah Elsawy.
 
This lecture aims to present and discuss Women rights in Islam from a scholarly perspective. Dr. Elsawy will discuss women rights at the social, economic and political level. The discussion will present documented and authentic resources from the Quran and the Teaching of the Prophet Mohammed Peace Be Upon Him.
 
When: Saturday March 27, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Islamic Da`wah Center, 201 Travis St., Houston Texas 77002
 
This lecture is free of charge. No Baby Sitting.
 
For more info, call 713-223-3311 or visit www.islamicdawahcenter.org.
 

 
March 27, 2010  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
When:  March 27, 2010
  
For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com/.
 
 
March 27, 2010  -  ADS Annual Scholarship
 
The Power of Giving Honoring Mr. Nijad I. & Mrs. Zeina Fares
Keynote Speaker:  Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, Founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute
 
When: When:  March 27, 2010
Location: J.W. Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Taxes 77056
 
For more information, visit www.adshoustonchapter.com.
 

 
March 26, 2010  -  Dinner With Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi
 
Meet 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, a women and children’s rights activist and lawyer from Iran.
 
Ticket prices range from $250 - $1,000 per person. All proceeds will directly support PeaceJam, a program which offers a peace-making curriculum to local at-risk youth and seeks to equip and inspire them to transform their communities.
 
When:  Friday, March 26, 2010
Time:  8 pm - 9 pm
 
The dinner will be held in a private home. To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.2peace.org/PeaceJamDinner.htm.

For more information, contact Anne Whitlock at awhitlock@2peace.org, 713-303-2760.
 

 
March 26, 2010  -  Falafel Night at Syrian American Club
 
Click here for the details.
 

 
March 25, 2010  -  In the Sufi Tradition: Poetry and Music Celebrating A Face That Does Not Bear the Footprints of the World
 
Usha Akella, Poet
Steve Gorn, Flute
 
When:  Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time:  7 p.m.
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross

 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
March 25, 2010  -  Yemen: Avoiding a Downward Spiral
 
Christopher Boucek, Carnegie Middle East Program
 
The problems facing Yemen seem almost overwhelming. Oil, the source of nearly 80 percent of government revenue, is quickly running out. Water levels are decreasing, Islamist extremism is increasing, and the weak central government seems unable to manage either one. Lack of public services, 35% unemployment, and stirring dissent make it easier for militants to recruit among the country's poor and disillusioned. Yemen's government also has little control over large areas of the mountains, allowing well-armed tribes to exert control with little interference from the capital. All of this could spill over to neighbouring countries and affect the stability of the entire Arabian Peninsula.

Can anything be done to end Yemen’s downward spiral?
 
When: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., Program: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Westin Galleria Hotel, 5060 West Alabama, The Monarch Room, 24th Floor
 
Dr. Christopher Boucek is an associate at the Carnegie Middle East Program where his research focuses on regional security challenges. He is a widely published expert on the Middle East, US foreign policy, Central Asia, energy, and terrorism.
 
Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Dr. Boucek was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and lecturer in Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School. He was also previously a media analyst at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., and worked for a number of years at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London.
 
Dr. Boucek holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
 
Members: $40, Non-members: $50
 
For more information, email rsvp@wachouston.org or call 713-522-7811.
 
 

 
March 20, 2010  -  National Day of Protest on the 7th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
 
Stop the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! 
Bring All the Troops Home Now!

Money for Jobs, Housing, and Healthcare!
 
When:  Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time:  2 pm
Location:  Rally at Mason Park, S. 75th Street and Tipps Street, Houston, Texas
 
Organized by the Progressive Workers Organizing Committee, Harris County Green Party,
International Socialist Organization, Latin American Organization for Immigrant Rights,
International Action Center, CPUSA Houston, Justice for Palestinians, Houston Peace Forum,
and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
 
For more information, call 832-692-2306 or 281-935-9248.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 17, 2010  -  Remember Rachel Corrie-Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Time:  5 pm - 6 pm
Location:  Mandell Bridge, Houston, Texas
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
March 16, 2010  -  Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
 
This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs--from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists"--along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.
 
Shaheen shows how the persistence of these images over time has served to naturalize prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Arab culture, in the process reinforcing a narrow view of individual Arabs and the effects of specific US domestic and international policies on their lives. By inspiring critical thinking about the social, political, and basic human consequences of leaving these Hollywood caricatures unexamined, the film challenges viewers to recognize the urgent need for counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity and humanity of Arab people and the reality and richness of Arab history and culture.
 
When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Woodlands Public Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Dr.
 
Our group meets to socialize at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 16th in the Meeting Room of the Montgomery County South Regional Library (next door to Woodlands Pavilion) at 2101 Lake Robbins Drive in the Woodlands. Concerned Citizens of S. Montgomery County has met monthly in The Woodlands since 2002. The presentation begins promptly at 7pm so that questions and discussion can follow.
 
"We encourage questions and civil discourse - it builds character."

  
For more information, visit www.ccitizens.org
 

 
March 11, 2010  -  Nelofer Pazira Speaks on Afghanistan: Fact or Fiction
 
Nelofer Pazira, Afghan-Canadian Filmmaker, Writer, Journalist and Human Rights Activist

Nelofer Pazira was born in India and grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Russian occupation of her country. The Paziras fled the war in 1989, when Nelofer was sixteen. After living as refugees in Pakistan for a year, the family migrated to Canada. She obtained a degree in Journalism and English Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, and completed her MA thesis (Anthropology/Sociology and Religion) at Concordia University, Montreal. She received an honorary doctorate of laws, honoris causa, from Carleton University in 2006.
 
When: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 1409 Sul Ross

  
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
March 8-12, 2010  -  Israeli Apartheid Week at UH
 
Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Houston is hosting a week of events as part of Israeli Apartheid Week.
 
For more information, visit http://sdshouston.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/israeli-apartheid-week-at-uh/ and http://houston.apartheidweek.org/.
 
Click here for flyer.
 

 
March 6, 2010  -  Iman Academy Schools & Childcare Centers Job Fair
 
Excellence in FAITH. Excellence in Education. One of the top Islamic Schools, SACS Accredited, Competitive Salaries & Benefits, Excellent Working Condition
 
Seeking qualified Principals and Teachers for the Schools and Childcare Centers (click here for job openings).  Have your resume handy.
    
When:  Saturday, March 6, 2010
Time:  10:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M
Location:  Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, Houston TX 77010 (RM 339A-339B)
  
If you are unable to attend, you may email your resume to resumes@imanacademy.org, or
fax it to: (713) 910.5955 or (281) 498.5145.
   
Click here for event flyer.
 
For more information, visit
www.imanacademy.org.
 

 
March 4, 2010  -  "Jerusalem: The East Side Story" Film Screening
 
Presented by Film Maker Mohammed Alatar, Director of Palestinians for Peace and Democracy
     
When:  March 4, 2010
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  Studio Movie Grill, 805 Town & Country Lane, Bldg. 10A, Suite 200, Houston 77024
  
Dinner & Film: $20
 
For more information, call 713-461-4449
 

 
March 2, 2010  -  Oman's Ambassador to the US: Opportunities in Oman
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a luncheon featuring H.E. Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States of America. Ambassador Al-Mughairy will be accompanied by her Commercial Attaché, Shereen Said.
 
As a result of the free trade agreement exports from the Unites States to Oman have increased 80%. Texas is the largest exporter to Oman in the United States with over $360 million in exports in 2009. Oman is currently promoting private foreign investment in the infrastructure, industrial, information technology, tourism and high education fields with projects worth $12 billion in the next decade. Sultanate of Oman is counted among the promising markets due to its strategic location.

 
When: March 2, 2010
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: InterContinental Houston Hotel, 2222 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027
 
Ambassador Al-Mughairy is an economist with an extensive business background. From 1985 to 1991 she was Director of Industrial Planning and Research, Ministry of Commerce & Industry and a member of the Planning Committee for Major Gas projects in the Sultanate of Oman. From 1991 to 1996 she was appointed as an advisor to the Under-Secretary for Industry at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. From 1996 to 2005 she was the representative and director general of investment promotion at the Omani Center for Investment Promotion and Export Development, New York City. Since taking over this position as Ambassador, she has been a strong advocate for the US-Oman Free Trade Agreement and has focused much of her energy on improving relations between the US and Oman.
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
February 27-28, 2010  -  Prayer: Beyond the Motions
 

In this unique application- based seminar, learn how to connect spiritually with your Creator through prayer. Let us teach you the hidden meanings behind salah and why it is essential to your existence. Not only will the instructor impart the skills you'll need to master khushoo but he will delve more deeply, into the inner realms and intricacies of this ibadaa. As a result, the prayer will no longer be regarded as a mechanical chore, but an intimate meeting with the Divine. Through such insight, we hope you will leave this non-fiqh seminar with an awakened and unparalleled understanding of this fundamental pillar of Islam.
 
Speaker: Shaykh Abu Nahla
 
When: Feb 27-28, 2010

Time:  9 am - 9 pm

Location: Norris Conference Center, 9990 Richmond Ave., Ste 102, Houston, TX 77042
 
Discounted student rate at $100, Scholarships are available as well as the group rate of 4 or more.
 

For more information, visit www.NoesisInstitute.com.

 

 
February 27, 2010  -  Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
 

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization. A documentary based on the Gallup poll of worldwide Muslim public opinion.
 
Focused on the issues of Gender Justice, Terrorism, and Democracy – the film presents remarkable data deftly, showing how it challenges the popular notion that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship that is based on facts – not fear.
 
Keynote address by Alex Kronemer, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Producer, Unity Productions Foundation
 
Special Chief Guest: Council Member, Mr. M J Khan
 
When:  Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time:  3:00 PM (light reception followed by presentation)
Location:  Angelika Film Center Houston, 501 Texas Street Houston, TX 77002
 
$12 per person, $5 for Students
 
For more information:
www.insideislam.tv/houston.
  
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
February 25, 2010  -  The Interfaith Amigos: Is Interfaith Dialogue Dangerous to Faith?
 

Pastor Don MacKenzie, Rabbie Ted Falcon, and Sheikh Jamal Rahman bring a message of deep hope and profound possibilities for healing both person and planet. Their work comprises a dialogue of the head, the heart, and the hands, encouraging greater understanding, compassion, and social action in the world.
   
When: February 25, 2010
Time:  7:30 p.m.

Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX
              Additional parking at 5620 Greenbriar
 
Book Signing Following the Lecture:  A deeply personal journey to interfaith collaboration that offers hope for an inclusive and healing way of being together in the world. Too often religion seems to fuel more hatred than love, more conflict than collaboration. Interfaith Talk Radio's "interfaith amigos"--a pastor, a rabbi and a sheikh--provide a rich understanding of the road to interfaith collaboration by sharing their stories, challenges, and the inner spiritual work necessary to go beyond tolerance to a vital, inclusive spirituality. Along with inspiring insights and encouragement for tapping into the promise of interfaith dialogue, they provide practical actions, additional readings and discussion questions to help you embody their revolutionary spirit of healing.
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
For more information, visit www.boniukcenter.org.

 

 
February 23, 2010  -  A Conversation on Visa Issues: U.S. Department of State
 
Speakers:
  Meg Olsen, Consular Officer, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  Kenneth Harder, Partner, Dunbar Harder, PLLC
  Saba Abashawl, Managing Director, Development, City of Houston
  Duaine Priestley, Director, Houston U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC)
    
Please join the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce as we welcome Ms. Meg Olsen, Consular Officer at the Bureau of Consular Affairs for the U.S. Department of State. The Department of State has initiated several changes and improvements to the visa process to reduce delays and streamline the process. Participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand, from the U.S. Department of State and prominent lawyers from Houston’s business community, about this important subject and ask questions that are of importance in today’s business world.
 
Ms. Olsen has been with the U.S. Department of State since March 2004. In her current role under the Office of Visa Advisory Opinions, she advises on eligibility of aliens for immigrant and non-immigrant visas under U.S. immigration law. Prior to her work with the U.S. Department of State, she worked for the Naval Air Systems Command in Lexington, Maryland (February 2002 to March 2004); Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Naples, Italy (February 1998 to February 2002); and Engineering Facilities Mediterranean Naples, Italy (October 1995-Feburary 1998).

When: February 23, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The BUSACC Conference Room, 2323 S. Shepherd, Suite 1100, Houston, TX 77019
 
Price: Free for Members; $15 for Nonmember
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
February 19, 2010  -  One Country: the only road to peace and just for Palestine
 
Ali Abunimah, Executive Director of Electronic Intifada
 
Palestinians for Peace and Democracy will host the second educational forum in Houston delving into the controversial question of a future state for the people of Palestinian.
  
When:  February 19, 2010
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location:  Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 3201 Sage Rd., Houston, TX 77056
  
Admission: $10, students $5
 
Mr. Abunimah is also the Executive Director of The Electronic Intifada and a writer and commentator on Middle East and Arab-American affairs. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jordan Times, Lebanon's Daily Star and Ha'aretz, among others. He is frequent guest on local, national and international radio and television, including public radio and television, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, the BBC and many others. Mr. Abunimah lectures frequently at colleges in the United States. He received his BA from Princeton University and MA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Abunimah travels often to the Middle East and is a full-time researcher in social policy at the University of Chicago. His first book, One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, was published in 2007 and makes a compelling case for a one-state solution based on legal equality for Israelis and Palestinians.
 
For more information, visit www.p4pd.org.
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 17, 2010  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time:  4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge, Houston, Texas
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
February 16, 2010  -  Update Iraq: Opportunities in 2010 and Beyond
 
Speakers:
   Samir Sumaida'ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
   Naufel Alhassan, Commercial Counselor, Iraq Commercial Office, Martin Hunt, Partner,
      Bracewell & Giuliani
 
When:  February 16, 2010
Time:  8:00 am to 10:30 am
Location:  Bracewell & Giulinai Law Offices, 711 Louisiana Street Suite 2300
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
February 15, 2010  -  An Evening with the Iraqi Community Featuring the Iraqi Ambassador to the US
 
Details: Join us for a conversation with the Ambassador of Iraq to the United States as he acquaints himself with the Iraqi community in Houston, Texas.
  
When: February 15, 2010
Time: Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston
  
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, or to register, click here.
 
Sponsors: The Khudairi Group, The Iraqi American Community Center
 

 
February 14, 2010  -  Illumination: Opening our eyes, Empowering our thoughts, and Inspiring our hearts
 
Our world is changing. But the time has come for us to allow the radiance of Islam to reclaim our hearts. With knowledge, we will find the strength to illuminate America with Islam. Join us for an exhilarating evening of ILLUMINATION! With comedy, nasheed, poetry and first-class performances, you'll embrace Islam in a way you've never experienced before.
 
A 3-in-1 spiritual experience: Nasheed + Poetry + Comedy!
 
Illumination will consist of several performances including one by a comedian (Br. Obaida from Phatwa Factory), a nasheed group (D Clique, various poets including Houston's local talent, and a short talk. A balance between entertainment & knowledge will be displayed through nasheeds, poetry, and comedy relating to Muslim youth. We will conclude with a poignant yet practical, inspiring talk/discussion.
 
When: February 14, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Houston Room, University of Houston
 
Contact: Br. Muhammad Abdallah, 408-435-7473, info@mashouston.org
Payment: $15 early tickets (until Jan 31st), $20 starting Feb 1st
 
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
February 13, 2010  -  PAB Annual Banquet Event
 
The Palestinian American Bridge cordially invites you to attend the Annual Banquet Event Hosting Mr. Andrew Whitley, Head of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency).
 
When: Saturday, February 13, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Westin Galleria / Plaza Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056
 
The event will include an update about the organization.
 

Donation: $75 includes full dinner
(
to benefit Dr. Uwaydah’s Scholarship, a new PAB Scholarship for Palestinian Students)
  
Babysitter Available (free)
 
Click here for event flyer.

 
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 713-907-6370 or visit
www.pab-usa.org.
 

 
February 11, 2010  -  Annual Interfaith Youth Dinner Dialogue
 
Students from Houston's faith communities will spend an evening in dialogue sharing their experiences, thoughts and views on faith with one another! Come and get to know Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Baha'i, Jain and other students! Each discussion will be moderated and everyone will be respected!
 
When: February 11, 2010
Time: 5:30-9:00PM
Location: St. Agnes Academy, 9000 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77036
 
Registration is required and space is limited.
 
For more information, visit www.imgh.org.
 

 
February 10, 2010  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time:  4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge, Houston, Texas
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
February 10, 2010  -  Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges
 
Charles Lipson, University of Chicago
 
The big foreign policy test may be Afghanistan, but there are plenty of other challenges to keep the President up at night: the spread of nuclear weapons, the resurgence of Al-Qaeda, the rise of China, and the continued search for peace in the Middle East. How is Obama expected to tackle these and other issues? Will his new soft-power approach become an effective new policy?
 
When:  Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
Charles Lipson is an award-winning analyst and teacher of international politics and history at the University of Chicago, where he is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science. He also founded and directs the University’s Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES), where scholars from around the world come to discuss the latest issues in world politics. He is one of the most popular lecturer’s on campus.

Dr. Lipson graduated from Yale College and received his Ph.D. from Harvard. His many publications include books on why constitutional democracies do not fight wars with each other, on how corporations try to protect their international investments, and on how nations design international institutions. He is currently working on the difficulty of creating and sustaining order in international affairs.

Besides his academic work, he writes opinion pieces for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and other publications and is a frequent guest on national radio and television. Professor Lipson also writes about education and academic integrity. His book, Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success (2004), is the first book for students to deal comprehensively with these issues.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
  
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 3-4, 2010  -  Consular Services to Iraqis in Houston
 
The Iraqi consul to Washington, D.C., Mr. Alaubidy, will be in Houston to conduct consular services to Iraqis to be prepared if they are interested in having passports, notarized legal documents, كفالة ,وكالة, or any other matters the consul can help with.
 
When: February 3 & 4, 2010
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston
 
Please visit www.iraqiembassy.us/consulate-Arabic.htm for more information.
 

 
February 1, 2010  -  Contested Boundaries: An Examination of the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Tri-Border Region
 
Asher Kaufman, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
The tri-border region has been a central area of conflict between Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. Delineated between French Syria and British Palestine between 1916 and 1923 and without regard to realities on the ground, it led to years of dangerous confrontation and may yet be the cause of more in the near future. To date, this border is neither properly defined along its full length nor fully accepted by the nations on either side of it. Dr. Asher Kaufman will discuss the history of the region, why the contested borders hold so much importance for future peace and stability, and the prospects of resolving border and territorial disputes.
 
When: Monday, February 1, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., Program: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Westin Oaks Hotel, Consort Ballroom, 5011 Westheimer, Houston
 
Asher Kaufman is an assistant professor of history and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, and headed its Middle East Unit. He has also taught at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Now on a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, his research on the contested regions in the north of Israel is highly relevant for the Arab-Israeli conflict, for the inter-Arab relationship, and for border disputes worldwide.
 
Members: $40, Non-members: $50
   
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 31, 2010  -  Iman Academy Meeting
 
Iman Academy-southeast will have a meeting for middle school parents to discuss the opening of 4 year High School next year at the New Campus. Iman Academy will discuss the curriculum, teachers and extracurricular activities for the High School. Dinner will be served.
 
When:  Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time:  4 pm
Location:  825 Jetstream, Webster, TX 77598
 
Students in this exciting new program will be able to:
  - Earn over 40 college credits while still in High School
  - Continue to learn Arabic and develop their Islamic Knowledge
  - Specialized tracks in Sciences and Engineering for those interested
  - Learn and develop skills through mentorship programs with local Muslim professionals
 
For more information, contact IASE at 281-204-8710.
 

 
January 29, 2010  -  What would a 2-state solution do for Palestinian human rights?
 
Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies
 
The Palestinians for Peace and Democracy in Houston is presenting educational events discussing the controversial question of the future State for Palestinians. In the first event Mrs. Nadia Hijab will explain "What would a 2-state solution do for Palestinian human rights?"  Mrs. Hijab is the Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies.  She is a syndicated columnist for AgenceGlobal, and a frequent public speaker and media commentator.  Mrs. Hijab’s first book, Womanpower: The Arab debate on women at work was published by Cambridge University Press. She co-authored Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel published by I. B. Tauris.  She is a frequent contributor to the BBC.  Mrs. Hijab worked for 10 years with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and since then has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, and Columbia University on issues of human rights, human development, gender, and the media.
 

When:  January 29, 2010
Time:  6:45 PM
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 3201 Sage Rd., Houston, TX 77056
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 28, 2010  -  "Driving to Zigzigland" Film Screening
 
A chronicle of a day in the life of a Palestinian cab driver in Los Angeles, DRIVING TO ZIGZIGLAND, portrays the social struggle of the Arab immigrant in post-9/11 America. A film audition typecasts Bashar to play an Al Qaeda terrorist role. The utilities are due and Bashar has twenty-four hours to make the money. For the remaining hours left until tomorrow, an unceasing flow of passengers ride in Bashar's taxi and give the Arab cabbie the run-around on issues that deal with suicide bombers, George Bush, Cat Stevens, the war in Iraq, music, and world geography. Bashar's quest to make the money is won until he realizes he has to choose between the Department of Homeland Security and his family. Shot in Los Angeles and Palestine, based on true stories.
 
When:  Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time:  7:30 PM
Location: Mango's Cafe, 403 Westheimer @ Taft St., Houston
 
For more information, visit http://hpff.org.
 

 
January 27, 2010  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Time:  4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge, Houston
  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
January 26, 2010  -  Hamas at the Crossroads?
 
Haim Malka, Center for Strategic and International Studies
 
A year after the Gaza War, Hamas faces one of its most complex challenges yet: how to develop a practical political agenda without compromising its basic tenets and ideology of resistance. The movement is divided over issues such as the use of violence, how to confront Israel, and options for renewing a Palestinian unity government. While Hamas firmly rejects a final agreement with Israel, there are signs that it seeks some accommodation and stabilization of the conflict. Are these merely tactical maneuvers or strategic changes in Hamas' approach? How is Israel responding to these changing dynamics? Can Hamas and Fatah overcome their divisions and rebuild a unified government? The outcome of these debates could dramatically alter Palestinian politics and the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
When: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Dinner: 6:30-7:00 p.m., Program: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: The Westin Oaks Hotel, 5011 Westheimer, The Consort Ballroom
 
Haim Malka is deputy director and senior fellow in the Middle East Program at CSIS. His principal areas of research include violent non-state actors, the Arab-Israeli conflict, North Africa, and political Islam. Before joining CSIS in 2005, he was a research analyst at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he concentrated on Israeli-Palestinian issues and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Malka spent six years living in Jerusalem, where he worked as a television news producer covering the region. He holds a BA from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television, and the author of numerous articles on Hamas and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
Members: $40, Non-members: $50
   
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 21, 2010  -  Screening of Rethink Afghanistan
 

Rethink Afghanistan is a documentary by Brave New Films on the war in Afghanistan.  A discussion of anti-war activities will follow the screening.
 
When:  Thursday, January 21, 2010
Time:  7 pm
Location: 
Dominican Sisters Meeting Room, 6501 Almeda
 
For more information, contact David Atwood at dpatwood@igc.org.

 

 
January 20, 2010  -  Al Qaeda’s Grand Strategy: An Assessment Eight Years into the War on Terrorism
 
Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
 
What is the state of al Qaeda today and what should we understand about their long term strategy?

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
Bruce Hoffman is a professor at the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and one of the nation’s leading experts on terrorism and counter insurgency. Hoffman served as Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency and as adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Previously he was Corporate Chair of Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency and director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the Rand Corporation.

Professor Hoffman is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, Human Rights Watch; a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a senior fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy, West Point; a senior fellow at the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University, Israel; and a visiting professor at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He holds degrees in government, history, and international relations and received a doctorate from Oxford University.
  
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
  
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 18, 2010  -  "To Shoot an Elephant" Film Screening
 

Film Screening & Presentation
 
TO SHOOT AN ELEPHANT is an eyewitness documentary from the only foreigners who stayed inside Gaza during the Israeli attack between Dec '09 - Jan '09.
 
Film to be followed by a presentation and discussion with special guest GRETA BERLIN, co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement.
 
When:  January 18, 2010
Time:  6:00 PM
Location:  Cafe Layal, 6328 Richmond, Houston
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
January 18, 2010  -  Annual MLK Parade Celebration
 

The Black Heritage Society presents the 32nd Annual “Original” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day Parade Celebration: “DREAMKEEPERS Weekend 2010”
 
When: Monday, January 18, 2010
Time: Parade Starts @ 10 a.m. Near Minute Maid Park
Location: Downtown Houston
 
For more inf
ormation, visit www.originalmlkparade.org.

 

 
January 17, 2010  -  Katy Family Day
 
On behalf of MAS Katy center, we would like to invite you all to our first Family day in 2010 on Sunday January 17th, 2010 starting at Salat Al-Zuhr @2.00 pm till Magrib. We will have organized sports activities for the entire family and general community meeting after Salat Al-Asr. Our meeting will feature presentations on construction and financial updates, upcoming youth and educational programs and activities and at the end we will have Q&A session.
 
Your presence is very important to us, and we would like to get your feedback and comments on our plans, please do your best to come and join us. The food arrangements will be a pot luck setting, so please bring with your favorite dish to share with the rest of our community.
 
MAS Katy Center 1800 Baker Rd, Houston TX 77094.
 

 
January 16, 2010  -  Kids' Fun Run
 
Fit for Fun, Fit for LifeTM

Children of all abilities are invited to participate in the 13th annual Texas Children's Hospital Kids’ Fun Run, presented by BKD, LLP. The non-competitive 3K and 1K event is the kickoff to the 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon weekend, giving all participants the opportunity to cross the official Marathon finish line!
 
When:  January 16, 2010
 
For more information, visit www.funrun.texaschildrens.org
 

 
January 15, 2010  -  "Zero: an investigation into 9/11" Film Screening
 

Houston911Truth will screen Zero, a 2009 Italian documentary.  Who were the alleged hijackers of the four airliners on 911?  How did the FBI know their identities almost immediately after the event?  How were the hijackers able to evade all airport security in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.?
 
When:  Friday, January 15, 2010
Time:  8 pm  (doors open at 7 pm)
Location: 
Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (between Shepherd and Woodhead)
 
Free parking is available at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church next door. 
 
Discussion will follow the film which is one hour and forty minutes.  Admission is free, donations accepted, refreshments provided.  The first 50 people get a free copy of the film.
 
For more information, visit www.houston911truth.net.

 

 
January 13, 2010  -  Bridge Blogging for Palestine
 
When:  Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time:  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Mandell Bridge

  
For more information, call Bob at 713-771-9439.
 

 
January 12, 2010  -  Opportunities & Challenges for a Palestinian State
 
Maen Areikat, Chief Representative of the PLO Mission to the United States
 
Ambassador Areikat will discuss developments in the Middle East peace process and opportunities and challenges for a Palestinian state. The settlement freeze recently announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, continued tension between Hamas and Fatah, and the status of President Mahmoud Abbas will be among the topics covered in the presentation.
 
When: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
His Excellency Maen Areikat is Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mission to the United States. Educated in England and the United States, he returned to Palestine in 1992 to work with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, the official spokeswoman of the Palestinian Delegation to the Peace Talks with Israel. Mr. Areikat became spokesperson for the Orient House, the headquarters of the Palestinian team to the peace talks. In 1994, he moved to the International Relations Department of the Orient House as Desk Officer of the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. From 1993-1998 Mr. Areikat took part in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at Beit Hanoun and Erez in Gaza, Taba in Egypt, and in Jerusalem. He was an official member of the Palestinian delegation at Wye River in the US in 1998.
 
As part of Our World in 2020 series, the lecture will be in an interview format, with questions taken from the audience during the discussion.
 
Members: Free, Non-members: $20
  
For more information, call 713-522-7811 or visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 10, 2010  -  Presentation & Q&A with Ambassador Areikat
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center-Houston invites you to attend a presentation and Q&A session by the PLO Representative to the United States, Ambassador Maen Areikat
 
When: Sunday, January 10, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056
 
Click here for event flyer.
 
For more information, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 

 
January 9, 2010  -  Egyptian American Society Meeting
 
The Egyptian American Society is inviting you to attend the first meeting of the new year and with the new EAS Board.
 
When: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Suites Galleria, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027
 
There will be a separate program and dinner for children that will be supervised and contains a range of fun filled activities.
 
For more information, visit http://easathouston.blogspot.com/.