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WHEN: 6 pm, MARCH 13, 2004

180 East Fifth Street, St. Paul, Minnesota


COST: $70.00
YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. CALL 612-788-6920 OR EMAIL US AT HURRY! SPACE IS LIMITED! If you are out of town and would like to donate tickets to the event, we would appreciate your help. We are also looking for silent auction items.

ABOUT SIMON SHAHEEN: Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His concert credits are a veritable compendium of the world’s greatest venues: Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cairo’s Opera House, Theatre de la Ville in Beirut, and Belgium’s Le Palais des Arts. In 2000 Shaheen appeared at the Grammy Awards with Sting, arranging the violin section for Sting’s live rendition of “Desert Rose.”

As a composer, Shaheen has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Jerome Foundation, and Yellow Springs Institute. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award.

Mizna is proud to host Mr. Shaheen in Minnesota where he will play for an intimate crowd of supporters and admirers.

ABOUT MIZNA: Mizna is a forum for Arab American arts that values diversity in the Arab community. We publish a nationally a recognized literary journal, and present community arts events. Mizna sponsored Minnesota’s first Arab Film Festival in 2003, and has presented public literary readings and nationally recognized speakers such as Jack Shaheen and Hakim Belabbes. In 2004, Mizna will be producing the first Arab American play in the Twin Cities, With Love from Ramallah, as well as bringing in performance artist Suheir Hammad. We are a leader in cultural activity in the Arab community. Mizna is a volunteer run non-profit organization that survives on grants and donations. Visit our website to learn more:



Heiner Buecker - Berlin
On January,18 at 2 pm starts an anti-war exibition
at coolTUR 030 Im TACHELES  ground floor most left
- Oranienburger Str. 54-56, 10117 Berlin
 U- Bahn Oranienburger Tor
S- Bahn Oranienburger Str.

On several monitors inside the room and in the showwindow
a collection of US Anti war art and internet content will be presented
Prominently the book ADDICTED TO WAR which  is illustrated by Joel Andreas (USA) and published by Frank Dorrel (USA).
No.9 in the Paperback Non-Fiction category
of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Sunday April 27th, 2003
a large collection of anti war protest photographs will be shown in several slideshows
prominently showing the immense protests in the US - and never shown in the mainstram media
from January  19th,  the exibition will be open daily from 12.00 to 1.30 am
after check for opening times online.
Several monitors in the showwindow are running 24 hours daily.
on the internet at 
photographs and a log will be posted daily.



Speak out against Israeli disregard to international conventions.



Today January 16th, the Israeli government prevented our Key-note speaker Mr. Shareef Misha’al (Abbas Zaki) from crossing over the Allenby Bridge on his way to Jordan.


Mr. Misha’al, a member of the legislative council in the Palestinian Authority, was invited to address the Palestinian American Congress at our fifth annual convention as the key-note speaker from Palestine. Mr. Misha’al has the clearance from the American State department to enter the United States by invitation from the Palestinian American Congress.


As an American organization we are outraged at the blatant disregard of the Israeli government to the request of our government to grant Mr. Misha’al entry into the United States.


We operate under the democratic principles here in the United States; such actions are incomprehensible to us.




CALL THE WHITE HOUSE   202-456-1414,

 FAX   202-456-2461



ASK FOR DANIEL AYLON             202-364-5500

FAX                                                    202-364-5560


To contact your elected officials follow the following link





Protest outside the French Consulate

in Atlanta, GA, USA

on Saturday January 17th.


Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta GA (USA)

Needed: Arms to Raise Banners at Protest Rally.

As most of you are aware, French President Jacques Chirac supported the propsed ban of Hijaab in schools and public buildings in France.

Due to the absence of a true Muslim state which would protect Muslim rights, Muslims throughout the world are mobilizing to protest this issue. Insh'Allah there is a planned protest outside the French Consulate in Atlanta on Saturday January 17th.

More details to be announced shortly.

Please pass the word on to people and any mailing list you belong to.

For more information visit:





Tom Hurndall died this evening (Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004)
His family and supporters have called for a vigil outside Downing
Street tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5.30pm.
Bring candles, placards, media.

For further info email:




An Open Letter from the Arab-American and Muslim Community to the US Anti-War Movement:

Ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine is essential in the mobilization for the March 20 world-wide anti-war demonstrations. It should also be essential in the US demonstratons.


Looking for YOU!

Mizna is looking for men and women of all ages to play various roles in the play, With Love from Ramallah to be staged in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are especially interested in Arab/Arab American and Arabic speaking community members.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Performers will receive a stipend for their participation.  Email us at for more information.

With Love from Ramallah is an original play written by Kathryn Haddad and Juliana Pegues. The setting of the play is in St. Paul, Minnesota and Ramallah, Palestine during one twelve hour time period in 2002. This play deals with issues of immigration, isolation, and occupation and explores the strength of the human spirit to survive.  The play will be presented at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota in June of 2003.  Rehearsals begin in April.  Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee.

Friday, February 6, 4-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 7, 1-5 p.m.

If you would like to contact us, please do not hit "reply" to this email.  Instead, email us at

Mizna is a not for profit community organization that supports Arab American art.  Visit our website at




The 6th National Egyptian Congress for the Egyptian ORL Society


            We are pleased to inform you that the 6th National Egyptian Congress for the Egyptian ORL Society will be held on January 21-23, 2004 at Le Meridian Hotel Cairo – Egypt.

Many professors will participate in this conference from Egyptian Universities, educational hospitals and ministry of health.

The main subject for the conference is Controversies in Otolaryngology


The conference Topics


q       Ear & Skull base: Chronic otitis Media /Stapes Surgery /Inner Ear Medicine &Surgery/ Implants/ Skull base Tumors/Auditory Investigations.

q       Nose & Para nasal Sinuses: Sinonasal  Tumors/ advanced ESS/ Fungal Rhinosinusitis / Nasal allergy.

q       Pharynx & Larynx : Head & Neck tumors / Sleep Disorders/ Airway problem management / phoniatry & phonosurgery/ Tonsillectomy controversies.

q       Facial Plastic Surgery : Rhinoplasty /Facial reanimation

q       Advanced Modalities: laser Surgery / Image Guided surgery/Imaging .

On this occasion we are invite your company to participate in the exhibition accompanying the conference.


For more details, please feel free to contact or email us.

We look forward to your active & fruitful participation


Best regards

Mohamed Hammad

Marketing Manager

Tel.: 00202 3023 642

Mobile: 002012 7564203




The San Francisco Tenderloin Black Radical Book Fair 
and University of Poetry


Read more about it at the following link

The San Francisco Tenderloin Black Radical Book Fair Featuring Akbar Muhammad, Marvin X, and Amiri Baraka.

Celebrating the Black Arts Movement
at Recovery Theatre @ Theatre St. Boniface
133 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco
between Leavenworth and Jones



Earth, a planet hungry for peace


The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers (Ran Cohen, pmc, 5/24/03).


The Israeli apartheid (security) wall around Palestinian population centers in the West Bank, like a Python (Alquds, 1/25/03.

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