Join a coalition of concerned Americans on the Middle East when Ziad Abu-Rish presents a talk on revolution in Egypt and Syria in the series "Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East," Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 - 9 pm at the Levantine Cultural Center.
Abu-Rish's presentation will explore the different trajectories of the "uprising" in two countries, Egypt and Syria. How was it that Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 18 days of largely non-violent protests, while Bashar al-Asad continues to hold on to power despite over two years of protests turned armed insurgency? How do we make sense of the recent popularly-backed toppling of Egypt's first democratically elected president, and the confrontations that have ensured since? Is "international intervention" a solution to the dire crisis in Syria? These are some of the questions that will be explored in the hopes of better understanding the nature of authoritarian regimes in Egypt and Syria, the bottom-up movements that sought to dislodge them, and the complexities and transformations these movements have since encountered.
By Nile El Wardani
Today marked the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution that continues to wage on with the same chants "Leave Leave"- this time directed against the new undemocratically elected President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Undemocratic, because the political system was rigged from the first round of elections, which was never reported by CNN.
CNN's coverage of Egypt has been and continues to be misleading, insufficient and biased. This does not allow the millions of CNN audiences worldwide to understand fully the true picture of what is going on in Egypt.
CODEPINK Women for Peace presents an evening of film and discussion with The Suffering Grasses. A year and a half on, with more than 30,000 dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, this film by Iara Lee (Cultures of Resistance) explores the Syrian civil war through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power. Read an op-ed on Syria by Iara Lee. Read a new view of The Suffering Grasses.
Hana El Gamal
Assistant to the Director
"In all, it appears that whatever the future holds in store for Egypt, the legacy of Tahrir Square—not the legacy of operation Iraqi Freedom—will provide the beacon of democracy in the region." —James Gelvin
"I have just seen this film at Edinburgh Film Festival, and it was absolutely phenomenal. A vital film for our times, and anyone that claims to care about democracy needs to see this film." —Swords and Sandals, UK
Red Flag Releasing and the Levantine Cultural Center present a special preview screening of the new documentary on Iran's democracy movement, The Green Wave, from director Ali Samadi Ahadi on Wednesday, July 25, 7:15 pm at Laemmle's Music Hall. A Q & A follows with author/scholar Reza Aslan and filmmaker Sally El Hosaini, writer/director of "My Brother the Devil" moderated by the Levantine Center's Jordan Elgrably. Seating is limited and you must RSVP with your first and last name, phone and email address to 323.413.2001. Read a Huffington Post article. The film opens in Los Angeles on August 10, 2012, with additional cities added each week. This special screening cosponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Aslan Media. Read an early review.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact. Amal Abdul Aziz
JUNE 5, 2012 310.967.9710
EGYPTIAN AMERICANS DISCUSS ELECTIONS, REVOLUTION & THE FUTURE
OF DEMOCRACY, SUN, JUNE 10, 5 PM
"Egypt Now: From Revolution to Democracy"—a forum presented by the Levantine Cultural Center in the MENA-X (Middle East/North Africa Exchange) series—presents four Egyptian Americans (Muslim, Coptic and Jewish) who will discuss Egypt's shifting landscape, from dictatorship to fledgling democracy, with particular emphasis on recent elections.
"Egypt Now: From Revolution to Democracy" in the MENA-X (Middle East/North Africa Exchange) series presents three Egyptian Americans (Muslim, Coptic and Jewish) who will discuss Egypt's shifting landscape, from dictatorship to fledgling democracy, with particular emphasis on recent elections. The panel includes Suzie Abdou, Nile El Wardani and Juliana Maio who have all published articles on Egypt in the June 2012 issue of the Levantine Review.
Join us for an afternoon of celebrating the vision of the Egyptian Revolution. The program will include an exclusive keynote via phone from Cairo by prominent blogger and activist, Alaa Abd El-Fattah. VJ Um Amel joins DJ Ma'at for an afternoon of world music synchronized to a remix of Egyptian cinema and media emerging from the revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. Drawn from the databases of the R-Shief initiative, this performance pays tribute to the vision of the people. Lunch will be served.