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Middle East Diasporic

Connecting Israel and Palestine together through MEPEACE

Online forum founder presents project in L.A. at the Levantine Center

By Ryan Torok, Jewish Journal

A social networking site recently featured Israelis, Palestinians and others chatting together online about the crisis in Libya and its implications for Israeli-Palestinian relations. Elsewhere on the site, a circulating letter of Jewish support for Egypt gathered signatures and a discussion forum featured photos of daily life in Gaza, which has prompted more than 200 comments.

Welcome to, where the goal is to mobilize moderates supportive of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Eyal Raviv, the site's founder and executive director, believes that peace starts with each of us - the "ME" in MEPEACE stands for "Middle East" as well as for the users themselves.

Turkish-Armenian Dialogue Group

Event Details
Apr 9 2011 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free to the public.
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
free street parking
an ongoing dialogue group for Armenians and Turks

Open Mountain is an ongoing dialogue group for Armenians and Turks. The kickoff meeting takes place April 9, 2011, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, participation is free.

We are calling on Armenians, Turks and supportive others to engage in a dialogue, to listen to all narratives, overcome stereotypes and see each other's common humanity. For more information, please email us at

Why Be a Stakeholder in the Levantine Cultural Center?

our spring fund drive must raise $25,000 by March 30th, 2011

The Challenge and the Case for Support

By Jordan Elgrably, Susan Seely, Leili Davari, Mark Kanga

The Middle East and North Africa—a vast and diverse region whose populations are woefully under-served in the United States, and largely misunderstood—has never been more in the news than this year. Our cultures, our countries have attracted enormous international attention as a result of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and beyond. Yet by and large, Americans continue to have few opportunities to learn about the Arab/Muslim world. Enormous barriers between east and west still exist.

Julian Schnabel's "Miral" Opens Despite Protest

Event Details
Mar 25 2011 7:00pm - Mar 26 2011 12:00am
Arclight Cinemas Hollywood
6360 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
first mainstream feature to offer Palestinian counter-narrative to 1948 and beyond

On Friday, March 25th, Miral will make history as the first mainstream American movie about Israel-Palestine told entirely from the perspective of three generations of Palestinian women. Based on the autobiographical novel from journalist Rula Jebreal and masterfully directed by Oscar nominee Julian Schnabel, Miral is unprecedented for both its content and distribution to US audiences. Starring Willem Dafoe, Freida Pinto, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Metwally and the great Hiam Abbass, Miral is a Venice Film Festival 2010 Official Selection (running time 1h52minutes, rated PG-13). See

Ghazal: Persian-Indian Fusion

Event Details
Apr 21 2011 8:00pm - 10:30pm
$28/33/43 ($15 for UCLA students)
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UCLA Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
ticket office 310.825.2101
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with power trio Kayhan Kalhor, Shujaat Husain Khan and Samir Chatterjee

In a stunning marriage of Indian and Iranian classical music, sitar virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan, son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan and Kayhan Kalhor, master of the kamancheh (the traditional fiddle of Persian classical music) present an evening of inspired improvisation.

Director's Screening of "Out Loud" With Samer Daboul

Event Details
Apr 8 2011 7:30pm - 10:30pm
$12 general admission, $10 students and LCC members
includes hors d'oeuvres and wine reception
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Goethe-Institut Cinema
5750 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles 90036
free parking beneath the bldg after 6 pm
an urban tale of taboo sexuality in modern-day Beirut

New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema presents a director's screening of Out Loud at the Goethe-Institut Cinema. This is one of the few Arab films to deal with the taboo subject of homosexuality in the Middle East. Screening includes a Q/A with writer/director Samer Daboul, followed by an hors d'oeuvres and wine reception. Out Loud is a modern tale of social conflict that examines the challenges faced by Lebanese youth in a society ruled by rigid ideas and traditions. Set in modern day Zahle (a suburb of Beirut), where free-spirited imagination and non-traditional relationships can be extremely challenging, Jason and four of his male friends and one woman form a unique friendship that allows them to transcend the strictures of Lebanese society, but not without sacrifice and pain.

"Sexy Voice": a True Libyan-American Story

in which a young immigrant struggles with culture shock in St. Paul
By Sue Narayan

June, 2006. Over a month since Mansur left, and I'm doing my best to help his son. As a favor, I call Sami at least once a week to see how he is doing, and I drive him on errands whenever he asks. I met Mansur and his wife Karima a quarter century ago through a University of Minnesota host family program, and celebrated with them in 1982 when their son, Sami, was born.

American Foreign Policy in Afghanistan in "Crossing Zero"

APRIL 7, 2011

Exactly What Role Did Social Media Play in Egypt's Revolution?

op-ed by Simon Mainwaring of the forthcoming "We First" book on the social media revolution

By Simon Mainwaring

The January 25th revolution in Egypt was an incredible achievement by its people and a truly inspiring example of the power of peaceful protest. Yet the work towards an effective transition to democratic government within Egypt has just begun. Meanwhile a debate continues to rage in the blogosphere as to the exact role played by social media.

A fusion of Middle Eastern sounds with rock in Twenty7

Los Angeles based band Twenty7

Twenty7's new CD PapatyaTwenty7's new CD PapatyaTwenty7 plays a unique blend of rock with Middle Eastern influences. The band formed in 2007 when a group of young and talented musicians met each other through mutual friends in Los Angeles, California. Comprised of members originally from Turkey, Twenty7 adds Middle Eastern flavor to rock, forming a unique style of music with strong rhythms, technical guitar riffs, and powerful vocals. Okan is the free-spirited vocalist and bass guitarist, Murat is the charming guitarist, Volkan is the down-to-earth darbuka percussionist, and Kurt is the perfectionist drummer.