Saturday, May 27, 2006

Arab Media Watch back online after hacker attack

Arab Media Watch is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, several months after a vicious hacking.

It provides our usual services such as media reviews, action alerts, analyses, news, press releases, an events calendar, TV and radio listings, media contacts, quote of the day, tips for media lobbying, forums, polls, a shop etc.

However it is bigger, better and more secure than the previous website, including more country backgrounds, a Palestine Body Count, and lists of AMW's media interactions and events, among other things.

It is also a work in progress, so expect more improvements and additions in the future. AMW owes its success to the efforts and interest of its members. To register, go to:

Members on our old site will have to re-register. It is free, easy, fast and confidential, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. To find out more about AMW, go to:

We continued our activities during the hacking period, including regular media interviews, letter-writing and articles. Our highlights included hosting Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, and conducting a major study into the BBC's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at the invitation of the BBC as part of its impartiality review.

Our findings and recommendations closely mirrored those of an independent panel, the Communications Research Centre at Loughborough University, and Israeli international lawyer Noam Lubell - all officially commissioned by the BBC - as well as previous research by Professor Greg Philo of the Glasgow University Media Group. Comparative highlights of each report are at:

Friday, May 26, 2006

Toast to King Tut tour Friday June 9

Contact: Paul Lee
Christina Breslow
The Field Associates of The Field Museum Present
"THE FIELD TRIP: A Toast to Tut"

CHICAGO (April 7, 2006)—On Friday, June 9, The Field Associates of The Field Museum will host their summer event, The Field Trip: A Toast to Tut. The event will showcase Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.
The exhibition of nearly 130 priceless treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other royal tombs opens May 26 and runs through January 1, 2007.
The Field Associates event is inspired by the mysterious wonders of ancient Egypt. Guests will enjoy food and cocktails on the Museum’s northeast terrace, musical entertainment throughout the night by DJ Plez and a jazz trio, and a special raffle. The evening’s highlight will be a private viewing of Tut and the Museum’s permanent exhibition Inside Ancient Egypt. The event begins at 7 pm and ends at 11 pm.
"We're excited to kick off the summer party season with a much anticipated event that will place the treasures of Tut center stage," says Curtis Spears, co-chair for the event.
Tickets are $95 for individual tickets, $85 for Field Associates members, and $800 for a block of 10 tickets. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-866-FIELD-03 or online at
Proceeds from the event benefit the educational programs of The Field Museum including those geared toward student and teacher enrichment, community outreach, and public lectures.
The Field Associates is a membership organization of young professionals of diverse professions and backgrounds with a common interest in exploring the depth of The Field Museum. This dynamic group was established to promote awareness of The Field Museum’s collections, research and public programs, and to encourage involvement through a variety of activities and events.
For more information about The Field Associates of The Field Museum and The Field Trip: A Toast to Tut, please contact Christina Breslow at 312.665.7133.

This is an exhibition from National Geographic. Organized by Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions in association with The Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and The Field Museum. Tour Sponsor: Northern Trust. Chicago Sponsor: Exelon, Proud Parent of ComEd.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Portrait of Syria opens


New York- After its successful debut at New York's prestigious Lincoln Center (from May 5th-18th 2006), international arts nonprofit ArteEast announced today the the launch of the second station of its North American tour of "Lens on Syrian Cinema: Thirty Years of Contemporary Cinema", at the Gene Siskel Film Center, in Chicago, from June 2nd to 28th, 2006.

The program, titled, "New Stories and Ancient Dreams: The Way to Syrian Cinema," includes four masterworks of Syrian cinema.The series is planned to continue touring at the following institutions: The Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa; The Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Pacific Film Archives in Berkley, The San Francisco Arab Film Festival) and The Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon.

A complete tour schedule is available at

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER o 164 N. State St. o Chicago, IL

TICKETS: $9 general admission o $7 students o $5 Film Center members.

INFORMATION: 312-846-2800 o

DISCOUNTED PARKING: InterPark at 20 E. Randolph, $14 with movie ticket stub, no time limit!ABOUT ARTEEAST

ArteEast is a New York-based international nonprofit organization that supports artists from the Middle East and its diasporas, raising awareness of their most talented and groundbreaking work through public events, exhibits, a dynamic online gallery and a resource-rich website.Since its founding in 2003, ArteEast has brought over 200 feature, short and documentary films; the works of over 40 new visual artists; and 40 filmmakers, artists, actors and critics to the US to discuss their work. ArteEast programs have traveled to a dozen cities in the US and Canada, and are now expanding beyond North America.Visit the ArteEast website at to learn about our ongoing events, read up on the latest news from the art scene in the Middle East, and access our virtual gallery.MEDIA CONTACTRasha Salti, ArteEast. Mobile: +1 347 448 12 91.


ArteEast490 Third Street, #2Brooklyn, NY 11215Tel & Fax: 718 832 6564Email:

Congress votes to support violence and end peace process in Middle East

Congress votes to fuel more violence and block peace process
May 24, 2006
The Palestinian American Federation

Press Release

The Palestinian American Federation expresses its disappointment with the passing of HR4681, the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006. The vote count was 361 yeas, 37 nays, 9 presents (abstentions), and 25 not voting (Roll Call Vote No. 181).

It is a sad day in the history of a country that prides itself on the principles of "Liberty and Justice for all" This bill places the Palestinian People in great danger and would exacerbate a human catastrophe. This bill targets Palestinian families and children, and deprives them of their basic human needs by our Congress.

Instead our Congress should have voted "NO" to this bill to assure that the Palestinian families and children will be treated in a manner that would reflect our values that human lives are valuable.

A " NO" vote would have sent a message to the World of our intense desire to achieve a just and lasting peace. Our American values of compassion and charity were silenced where they should have been emphasized instead.

This vote was not a vote for peace, it was not a vote for America, it was a vote for more violence and more bloodshed.

As Rep. John Dingell ( D-MI) simply put it" Peace in the Middle East is not going to be achieved at gunpoint. It is going to be achieved by negotiations, by people working together; and that process may be ugly, dirty and slow, but it is the only process that will work."... "Our purpose should be to look to the well-being of the United States, craft a policy which is good for this country. And that policy can only be one which is good for Israel and for the Palestinian people, one which is fair to all, one which puts the United States as a friend and an honest broker of peace to both parties where we can be so accepted

Please go to the link below to find out which way your congressman voted, send him a thank you note if he voted NO, but if he voted YES, before you blame him ask yourself when was the last time he/she heard from you? Educate him, get involved.

(Roll Call Vote No. 181).

Please join: PalestinianAmericanFederation

Monday, May 22, 2006

Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans Workshop Wed. May 31, 2006

Perceptions of Arab Americans
Dearborn, Michigan, Fairlane Center
Wednesday, 5-31- 2006, 8:30- 2 p.m

"Arab Detroit" will hold its Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans Workshop, entitled "Arab Bashing in America: Fact or Fiction." on Wednesday, 5-31- 2006, 8:30- 2 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, ADC National President is keynote.

Other presenters include Dr. Nadine Naber, Assistant Professor of the Program on America Culture and Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan;

Dr. Evelyn Azeeza Sultany, Research Investigator on Racism for the Program on American Culture at the University of Michigan;

Ray Hanania, award-winning writer, author and comedian from Chicago.

The cost for the workshop is $95 per person, which includes a continental breakfast, luncheon and workshop. University of Michigan – Dearborn Fairlane Center.

For more information, please call 248.348.7555,

or e-mail:

Imam of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to present in Northbrook, Illinois

A weekend with a Holy Man
Music of the Soul
Bismallah ar Rahman ar Rahim
In the Name of the Allah the Merciful, the Compassionate

Surrendering to Love, Beauty and Peace
A weekend with a Holy Man
Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’I ash-Shaduli
Shaykh Sidi Muhammad al- Jamal is head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem and the Imam for the Al-Aqsa Mosque , and is the Guide to several million students world wide. As an internationally recognized spiritual teacher and man of peace, he was invited to speak as a featured guest at the United Nations World Peace Summit. His mission is to serve all of humanity, regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender, and to give the LOVE to everyone and not make any separation.
June 30, July 1 and 2, 2006
Northbrook, Illinois

You are invited to experience the wisdom of this internationally renowned teacher and Spiritual Guide Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal.

Sidi, as he is known to his students, has dedicated his entire life to helping people of all faiths to open their hearts to a deeply personal relationship with the Loving Reality that is at the core of all the world’s religions.

Surrendering to Love, Beauty and Peace
A weekend with a Holy Man
Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’I ash-Shaduli

WHEN: Friday June 30, 6:30 - 9pm
Saturday and Sunday July 1-2, 9:30 - 5pm
Khalwa- Special Prayer Retreat, Sunday night

WHERE: Divine Word International
2001 Waukegan Rd.
Northbrook, IL

COST : early registration $200 by June 7: after $250
New people / No Tuition, Donations Welcome

FOOD: $39 (3meals) per day / $13 lunch onlyper day;

HOUSING: $37 single w/shared bath,$56 single w/bath, $85 double,
$114 triple per nite

REGISTRTATION and INFO: please call PUREPEACE 773-878-0038

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Four Part Theatrical Presentation on 9/11 slated in LA

Los Angeles' "Belle of Baghdad," Iraqi actress Yasmine Hanani is starring in "Blockbuster! The 9/11 Commission Report (2001)," a dramatization of events leading up to the attacks of September 11. Hanani, the 25 yr-old actress who appeared in Albert Brooks' "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World," portrays Aysel Senguen a dentristy student and the wife of Ziad Jarrah, one of the four terrorists aboard Flight 93. Hanani recently competed as Miss Iraq in the Miss Asia USA Pagaent, held in Southern California April 29.

Blockbuster! is being presented in four segments showing the key players and their actions year by year, from 1998-2001, relating to the events leading up to 9/11. The final segment starring Hanani is to be presented May 31st at the Nakano Theatre in Southern California.

This segment follows the efforts of U.S. officials in 2001 to determine responsibility for the Cole bombing before striking al Qaeda within Afghanistan, all in the context of a new U.S. president stepping into office. As the fresh administration tries to understand national security concerns, al Qaeda operatives enter the U.S. to commence final preparations. The segment climaxes with highjacked airlines crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

All Americans know what happened on September 11, 2001, but few are aware of the events that took place prior to the attack as detailed in the U.S. government’s The 9-11 Commission Report. "Blockbuster" makes vivid how the attack grew from concept to reality, while America and its allies attempted to fight back.


Mitch Zamarin
Director, Entertainment Division
Asbury Communications
9615 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310.279.9040 - cell


Works in Progress presents Blockbuster! The 9/11 Commission Report (2001) at Nakano Theatre, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, on Wednesday, May 31, 7:00 p.m.

Works in Progress presents the original epic work Blockbuster!, a dramatization of events leading up to the attacks of September 11 presented in four segments showing the key players and their actions year by year.

All Americans know what happened on September 11, 2001, but few are aware of the events that took place prior to the attack as detailed in the U.S. government’s The 9/11 Commission Report. Blockbuster! makes vivid how the attack grew from concept to reality, while America and its allies attempted to fight back.

The final segment follows the efforts of U.S. security officials to alert the new Administration to the serious threat posed by al Qaeda in 2001 and the mounting evidence that a catastrophic attack on the American homeland is coming. As the Bush Administration tries to put its policies in order, Osama bin Laden pushes hard to execute the planes operations.
Tickets ($15 adults, $13 students / seniors) are available at the Box Office (310) 781-7171. Parking is free. For information, visit or call (310) 618-6342.

Works in Progress is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the Torrance Community Services Department.
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