Middle East

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Miko Peled Shares His Journey from Staunch Zionist to Israel-Palestine Peace Activist Sunday

    Though he lives in Coronado now, Miko Peled was born in Jerusalem and has a grandfather who signed Israel's Declaration of Independence. His father served as an Israeli general who later became a peace activist, a critic of Israel's territorial expansion and a supporter of dialogue with the PLO and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Marine's Book and Film on Early Days of Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Discussed at Library

    A free series that marries books, films and discussion about them kicks off Saturday at Santa Ana Public Library with a Marine's account of the early days in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The author's hand-held video journal from that time will be shown later in the month. The Blue Cascade is F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez: End the Afghanistan War and Bring All U.S. Troops Home Now

    The revelation from her party leader, President Barack Obama, that ending the war in Afghanistan will involve leaving about 10,000 U.S. troops there through 2016 does not sit well with Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). "Our troops have been in Afghanistan for over 10 years," says the senior me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    End of Federal Probe into Claims Muslims Created Anti-Semitic Climate at UCI Cheered

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) office in Anaheim, which covers Southern California, is cheering news that the Department of Education (DOE) is closing an investigation into whether Palestinian rights activism on three UC campuses, including Irvine's, created an anti-Semitic clim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Tootsie Ice Cream Opens in Santa Ana; Also Offers Persian Shaved Ice

    Cute name? Check. Awesome location? Familiar flavors of rocky road and vanilla? Check. Check. Offerings of waffle ice cream sandwiches, and faloodeh, Persian shaved ice? Yep.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The OC Weekly Reader On the Iraq War: Our Coverage Over the Past Decade

    I still remember where I was when we first started bombing Baghdad in 2003--at some concert with some chilanga at the late, great Key Club in Los Angeles, still just a freelancer for this infernal rag. Everyone at the Weekly opposed the Iraq War, because we knew it was unjust, would accomplish nothi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Top Five Anti-War Songs Ten Years After Iraq

    Ten years ago, 'Shock and Awe' airstrikes by U.S. forces in Iraq marked the onset of another invasion of that country. President George W. Bush led a so-called 'coalition of the willing' mocked by anti-war activists as a 'coalition of the shilling' into hostilities under the pretext that Iraqi dicta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Syrian Revolution's Second Anniversary is Commemorated in OC This Weekend

    A weekend of events will be held in Orange County to commemorate the second anniversary of the Syrian Revolution.To kick things off, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area office in Anaheim (CAIR-LA) is joining the Syrian American Council LA chapter in presenting an edu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    [UPDATED with ASUCI Supporting Divestment:] UCI Student Panel Calls for Divesting from Firms Aiding Israeli "Apartheid"

    See Update No. 3 at the end of page 3 of this post on leaders of UCI's Associated Students signing the resolution urging the university to divest from named companies for human rights abuses in Palestine. See Update Nos. 1-2 on ASUCI's legislative council unanimously passing the resolution urging di ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2012

    Straight Outta Syria

    Orange County is home to growing numbers of refugees from that country's growing civil war

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Syrian American OC Resident Brings Medical Supplies To Syria

    As geopolitical gridlock stymies international aid in Syria, expatriates and Americans of Syrian descent are taking it upon themselves to travel to the region and medically assist refugees on border towns and residents inside Syria. One of them is Omar Chamma, who resides in Fountain Valley with hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    California Assemblywoman Targets Anti-Israel Campus Activism, Or: Five Criticisms of Israel that Are Inherently Not Anti-Semitic

    The California Assembly recently passed a resolution that calls upon college and university leadership to condemn anti-Semitism on campus. Assemblywoman Linda Halderman (R-Fresno) authored the resolution, which demands "no public resources will be allowed to be used for any anti-Semitic or any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Boot Camp Gets Recruits into the Military, Reboot Helps Veterans Once They are Out

    Those in the military who were deployed multiple times to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan often struggle transitioning back into "normal" society.A three-week workshop aimed at helping these service members through all aspects of civilian life--including finding employment--is coming to Brandm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Rapper Omar Offendum to Perform at UCI's 'Sounds for Syria' Fundraiser

    Friday's massacre of 108 people, including dozens of children, in the Syrian town of Houla, has been roundly condemned by world powers as fears of a protracted civil war take hold. This weekend's horrific violence is the latest episode since a 14-month long uprising openly challenged the regime of B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Dana Rohrabacher and Hamid Karzai Spar as Afghanistan Bans Surfin' Congressman

    "A democratically elected congressman of the United States should not be talking of an ethnic divide in Afghanistan, should not be interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs, should not be asking the Afghan people to have a federal structure as against what the Afghan constitution has asked for, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Dana Rohrabacher Again Uses Twitter To Lie About His Terrorism Stances

    Leave it to Dana Rohrabacher--Orange County's senior career politician--to wreck an enjoyable Mother's Day with smelly political garbage.Late on Sunday night, Rohrabacher used his notorious, often inadvertently hilarious Twitter account to once again spew a self-serving lie about himself.This time, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Biola University to Hold Conference on Nuclear War, and How to Get Jews and Muslims Saved

    ​Nothing gets believers excited like the end of the world. To that end, Biola University this weekend will host a conference titled "Israel, the Church and the Middle East Crisis", featuring Calvary Chapel favorite Joel Rosenberg, a doom-and-gloomer in the Hal Lindsey mold, and author of "The G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Syrian Americans Drive From Anaheim To NYC To Thank Family of Slain Journalist

    ​They could have gone with a thank-you card. Instead, an overachieving group of Syrian Americans have packed into a couple vans and are headed to New York to show their gratitude to the family of Marie Colvin, an American journalist who died last month while covering the Syrian conflict.At 3: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Promised Land Sees Israel Through the Eyes of Surfers

    ​A film about surfers of different faiths coming together in Israel, of all places, makes its U.S. premiere at a sold-out screening in Dana Point this evening.Promised Land, which was directed by Todd Morehead and produced by Morehead and Carlsbad Christian nonprofit Walking on Water, screens at 6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Sign of the Great Recession, Part 98: Prices Rising at Military Mess Halls, Academies

    ​God bless our troops, but goddamnit, they're having it tough right now. Between a military that's shrinking, a lack of proper care for vets who need it, the thankless job of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a bunch of dirty hippies like me questioning why they had to go there in the first pla ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 22, 2011

    Semper F-U

    [Hey, You!] If a Marine served in Afghanistan, does that mean he can skip out on rent?

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    [BREAKING:] Obama: All U.S. Troops Will Be Out of Iraq by End of Year

    ​Congressman Dana Rohrabacher told the Laguna Niguel City Council last night that U.S. troops do not belong in Iraq. The Huntington Beach Republican must be ready to give Barack Obama a bear hug because the president just announced all U.S. military in Iraq will be home for the holidays.In announc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    UCI Muslim Student Union Event's Name was Less Threatening, But Critics Charge It Was Still Extreme

    ​Perhaps it was the UC Irvine-imposed suspension or the negative publicity over the disruption of Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren's February 2010 speech on campus or just plain old growing up, but the embattled Muslim Student Union just presented a kinder- and gentler-sounding program ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Syrians Take Protest to Consulate General in Newport Beach Today

    ​Events are moving fast across Northern Africa and the Middle East, and Syria is no exception. To protest the massacre of peaceful freedom fighters in the streets of their homeland, Syrian Americans throughout Southern California are gathering at the Consulate General of Syria in Newport Beach fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Nuclear Meltdown Might Cause Sushi Shortage​With as many sushi restaurants as we have in Orange County, the possibility of a sushi shortage after the tsunami disaster hadn't crossed my mind until this story in Israel's Ynet Business News. It's true that nearly all the hamachi sold is farm-raised and most likely routed through J ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 25, 2010

    A Not-So-Sweet Solicitation for the Troops

    [Hey, You!] Keep your jingoism out of my Halloween pumpkin!

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Rohrabacher: U.S. Military Incapable of Winning In Afghanistan

    Dana blew kisses to W​Given trillions of dollars, Pentagon brass like to think that no military mission is too difficult.So it's rare when a congressman--especially a conservative Republican politician--will openly tell the Pentagon that it's impotent: that no matter how many soldiers its sends or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Today's Biggest Laugh: Dana Rohrabacher as Sage

    Rohrabacher: Ignore my flip flops​In a county with a history of sending buffoons to congress, Dana Rohrabacher is fast earning his way to the top of the embarrassing heap.Rohrabacher, the politician who avoided Vietnam War era military service, continues to pretend he's an expert on the war in Afg ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010

    Farr Ligvani Exhibit

    Soka University

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Article Asks: Is UCI Safe for Jews?

    OCHillel.orgWelcome. (Or un-welcome?)​Lisa Armony has an exhaustive piece in the April 13 Jewish Journal whose title tells it all: "Is UC Irvine Safe for Jews?"Her conclusion? Yes and no.UCI has made international headlines in recent years, dubbed by observers an unwelcome environment for Jewish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Steve Lopez Connects Viewers to War's Effect on One Camp Pendleton Family

    Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez tonight gives a video profile of a Camp Pendleton family soon to be separated by an overseas military deployment.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Camp Pendleton Welcomes Its First Arabic Food Stand

    There's not a lot of warm fuzzy stories when you talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and even fewer ones about food. But here's one with both from the Wall Street Journal. It tells of how in nearby Camp Pendleton, they just set up a shawarma stand in the base due to popular demand. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2009

    Hidden Wounds, Paper Bullets

    Grand Central Art Center

  • Calendar

    July 30, 2009

    Green Party Meeting

    Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009
  • Calendar

    October 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2008

    You can't protest us; we're already protesting you!

    On Saturday, OC Weekly staff writer Luke Y. Thompson and myself took to the streets to see what was going on in Anaheim as a left-wing group known as the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition and put together a fairly huge "Anti-Zionism" protest with only a few days notice. Fairly predictably, a smaller scale "Pr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    Silent Shout

    Women in Black

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2006

    Hearts and Minds and Robo Calls

    While it can't be called a sign of progress, it is a sign that at least one familiar aspect of American life is taking hold in Iraq. According to Paul Kiel at, Not long after Republicans harrassed tens of thousands of Americans with automated phone messages in November's election, new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2006

    Good News from Iraq (Fake news edition)

    Somehow it's fitting that the only good news to come out of Iraq recently is the fake news. The New York Times reports on a satirical news show that debuted on the Iraqi sattelite station Al Sharqiya at the beginning of Ramadan. This being Iraq, the show's title is somewhat darker than "The Daily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    Staying the Course

    At his press conference this morning, President Bush promised yet again that when it comes to Iraq, we'll continue to push on even though we're waist deep in the Big Muddy. Elsewhere in this morning's news we find some milestones of the course on which we are staying. From the Washington Post: A te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2006

    Adapting in Iraq

    The last time I checked, the latest Bush administration slogan for its Iraq adventure is "Adapting to Win". This replaced "Stay the Course", which had fallen out of favor with the White House presumably since it might remind people just what "course" events are taking in Iraq. So, is Adapting to W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2006

    "... downhill all the way"

    With the first anniversary of the nightmarish devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans by Hurricance Katerina (with the assistance of the Bush administration) looming, and the major news media already gearing up for their fifth anniversary of 9/11 extravaganzas, the UK newspaper The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2006

    Spreading Democracy... or something

    Regardless of whether or not the Bush administration will succeed in its plan to introduce democracy into Iraq through an armed invasion and years of chaotic violence, it now appears that the administration has succeeded in bringing to Iraq something the country has had very little of since the Brit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2006

    A Third Anniversary Gift for Iraq

    Who knew that our political and military leaders were such a bunch of ol' sentimental softies? As a gift for the Iraqi people to mark the third invasion of their country, our leaders got them a miniature version of the invasion, Operation Swarmer. The mini-invasion has all feature that made that ful ... More >>

  • Food

    January 29, 2004
  • Food

    May 15, 2003

    Palo Fields

    The majestic meals of Caspian Restaurant

  • Unknown

    April 3, 2003
  • Columns

    April 25, 2002

    Couched in Ignorance

    Your TV and the Middle East

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