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America’s Great Game: The C.I.A. and U.S. Middle East Foreign Policy

Event Details
Mar 6 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Suggested $15 donation ($12 members/students), $30 with signed book
RSVPs strongly advised: 323.413.2001
Click here to reserve your seat/book
Westwood Hills Congregational Church
1989 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
At the corner of La Grange, south of Santa Monica Blvd.
Lot and street parking
a public forum and book signing on the shaping of the Middle East/North Africa

What shaped the C.I.A., and how does the agency play a role in our foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa? The Levantine Cultural Center presents a public forum and book signing with intelligence historian Hugh Wilford and former C.I.A. case officer Robert Baer, in conversation about the history of the agency's Arabists and the direction of U.S. Middle East foreign policy, particularly with respect to Israel, Iran and Syria. The discussion will be moderated by journalist and political commentator Robert Scheer. The program is made possible in part by Truthdig and LA Jews for PeaceKPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 FM is a media sponsor.

Hugh Wilford's new book is America's Great Game, The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East. Robert Baer is a former CIA case officer who served everywhere from Iraq to the former Soviet Union. (The 2005 film Syriana, starring George Clooney, was an adaptation of several of his books about the intelligence world.) Baer is the author of See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on TerrorismSleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude; and The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian SuperpowerRobert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the online news magazine Truthdig and a regular commentator on KCRW's Left, Right and Center.

Islamophobia, an Interfaith Forum

Event Details
Nov 11 2012 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free to the public
suggested donation $10/$5
no one turned away
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church
4464 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City CA 90230
Off the 405 at Culver, south on Sepulveda.
Parking behind Church.
Muslim, Jewish and Christian community leaders converse and take audience questions

The week after Chicago congressman Joe Walsh claimed, "There is a radical strain of Islam in this country, trying to kill Americans every week," there were two attacks in the Chicago suburbs, one at a mosque, the other at an Islamic school. In previous weeks, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned to the ground, and Sikh worshippers in Wisconsin were murdured "for looking Muslim." In the wake of 9/11, Islamophobia—in both neoconservative and liberal forms—has been an important ideological pillar of the "war on terror." From cultural, theological, and political perspectives, our speakers will deconstruct the most persistent myths about Islams and Muslims. and examine the role Islamophobia plays in justifying war abroad and political repression at home.

"What Happens After Zionism?" Public Forum

[LOS ANGELES—Aug. 23, 2012] Has time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and, some would argue, permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land? Media professionals and the general public are invited to participate in a public forum on "What Happens After Zionism?" when editors and authors of two new books re-open the dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate.

Arab Media Forum Presented by Randa Fouad of Egypt

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Jan 18 2012 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Free to the public, reservations required
UCLA Fowler Museum
Lenart Auditorium
A Step Towards Change

UCLA's OppenheimeLecture Series will present "The Role of the Media as a Partner in Protecting the Environment and Reaching Sustainable Development in Egypt" with special guest speaker Randa Fouad, on Wed., Jan. 18, at 6 pm on campus UCLA's Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditoriium. The forum is free to the public but reservations are required. Click here.

The Gaza Flotilla: International Activists in L.A. Public Forum

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Aug 7 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free to the public, suggested donation $5/10
RSVPs strongly advised as space is limited
Call the Levantine Center, 310.657.5511
Westside Pavilion
Community Room B
10800 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

adjacent to indoor entrance of Barnes & Noble and Landmark Theatres
at Pico and Westwood in West Los Angeles
"Progressive Conversations" presents Yonatan Shapira & Mary Hughes-Thompson back from Greece

Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, the monthly series organized by LA Jews for Peace and the Levantine Cultural Center, with support from the national organization Jewish Voice for Peace, presents Mary Hughes-Thompson and Yonatan Shapira on their experiences with the Gaza Flotilla in July. Despite failing to land any boats on the shores of Gaza, was the flotilla a success—as many international observers argued, because of all the media coverage?

Explore Conflict, the Middle East, in "From Babylon to Hollywood"


For Immediate Release [Los Angeles, May 23, 2011] As a topic of conversation, Iraq typically conjures up images of war and the U.S. military occupation that began in March 2003. Rarely do Americans have an opportunity to learn about the long history of theatre in Iraq, nor about theatre arts throughout the Middle East. Where can Americans learn more about Iraqi and Middle Eastern theatre and how it can bridge our cultural differences? On Friday, June 17, 7pm, the Levantine Cultural Center will present FROM BABYLON TO HOLLYWOOD: How Theatre Bridges the U.S. and the Middle East, an evening of performances, readings and conversation devoted to Iraq and theatre within the Arab/Muslim World. The evening is co-presented by Golden Thread Productions of San Francisco and Theatre Without Borders.

MENA-X: Kamran Pasha on Islam and Hollywood

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May 19 2011 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$15 nonmembers/$10 members
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Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
between La Cienega and Fairfax
ample street parking
"Facts, Myths and Martyrs"

"Islam and Hollywood: Facts, Myths and Martyrs" is a talk by Kamran Pasha—one of the first Muslim screenwriters in Hollywood and author of two page-turning novels on Islam. MENA-XMENA-XA quick-witted speaker with a knife-sharp sense of humor, Kamran Pasha's is the second presentation in the new MENA-X (Middle East/North Africa Exchange) lecture series, happening every Thursday at the Levantine Cultural Center. MENA-X presents incisive talks with experts and guest moderators to help us better understand the complexities of life on the ground in the Middle East and North Africa. Moderated by Dr. Nile El Wardani.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on America and Islam at Royce Hall

Co-presented by the Hammer Museum & UCLA Live
Wednesday, May 4, 8pm at UCLA's Royce Hall - Free admission

HYBRIDS Art Talk on art, identity, politics and the Middle East

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [Los Angeles, Feb. 3, 2011] Khalid Hussein (Egypt/Saudi Arabia/U.S.) and Noah Haytin (U.S.), two artists collaborating on the exhibit HYBRIDS, will engage in a moderated Art Talk on Thursday, Feb. 10, 8:30 pm, at the Inside/Outside Gallery, Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035.

Richard A. Falk and Jeff Halper on "What's Next for Israel/Palestine?"

[For Immediate Release-Los Angeles, 1/19/11] What's Next for Israel/Palestine: War, Peace or More Occupation? UN Special Rapporteur Richard A. Falk and anthropologist and author Jeff Halper will hold a public forum on February 5, 2011 at the Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave. in Los Angeles. Falk and Halper will address issues on the relations between Israel, Palestine, Turkey and the U.S. (A special donor dinner with Falk and Halper benefiting ICAHD will follow afterward from 6:30-8:30 pm. More info.)