All posts tagged: Middle East

Are You Wondering Why Gas Prices Have Fallen Recently?

The New York Times reports that gasoline prices are tumbling just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin. “Consumers can thank the tentative reduction in tensions in the Middle East and swelling supplies of domestic oil for their good fortune, and energy experts say prices could fall further if negotiations between the West and Iran progress.” It’s curious to think we may have to thank Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for low gas prices this holiday season. The former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could talk prices up but recent negotiations in Europe over Iran’s nuclear developments are bringing them down. The actions, or lack of actions, of the United States in the middle East could help grow our economy and make the holiday season more cheerful. There was a spike in oil and gasoline prices over the summer after the Egyptian army staged a coup and when the United States appeared poised to take military action in Syria. The Brent oil benchmark climbed above $115 a barrel in …

Mar 12 – The Iraq War Since 2003: Ten Years of Consequences

March 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. This discussion will focus on some of the consequences of the war from the perspective of Iraqis and the Middle East generally. When Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Where UCSD, Robinson Auditorium, IR/PS Complex Panel: Mike Davis (UC Riverside) “Urbanism in Baghdad and the Iraqi Refugees in San Diego” Wael Al-Delaimy (UCSD School of Medicine) “Public Health and Human Rights in Iraq since 2003” Ibraham al-Marashi (CSU San Marcos) “Selling the War, and Its Consequences” Hasan Kayali (UCSD) “Campus Activism and the Invasion of Iraq” Moderator: Michael Provence (UCSD) Sponsored by the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series, and co-sponsored by the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). Read more about events at the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies. The Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies (IICAS) sponsors the IICAS Middle East Studies Speaker Series at UC San Diego. IICAS supports collaborative international research and area studies, and encourages interdisciplinary research, discussion and …

Feb 23 – Miko Peled Book Signing

Dear Friends, Israeli American author Miko Peled talks & takes Q & A at Protea Gallery this Saturday, February 23, 6.00-8:30 PM. This should be a lively event. Miko Peled is the son of Matti Peled, one of the founders of the state of Israel. Miko recounts his family’s history and his own transformation after entering in dialogue with fellow San Diegans, and creating a foundation with Palestinian Nader El Banna, all in the last 12 years. TEXTSCAPES a photo-based exhibit by Joyce Dallal, acts as a relevant backdrop to Peled’s talk. Dallal’s evocative pieces are made of texts from UN resolutions between Israel and Palestine, LA Times headlines from the Iraq War and her aunt’s writing of the Pledge of Allegiance in Judeo-Arabic, a language spoken and written by Baghdadi Jews. This event is free and with a reception of refreshments (Menu: anise tea and other Middle Eastern treats). Warmest regards, Doris Bittar Where *Protea Gallery* 3780 30th Street San Diego, CA 92104 When Saturday 23 February, 6.00-8.00pm (619) 787-8505