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Talk of the Town Radio hosted by Ray Hanania WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on YahalaVoice.com

Guest 4:05 PM Activist Raed Jarrar. Former ADC communications director and now as policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), discusses the situation in Palestine and how American Arabs can help educate Americans on the truth of Israel's brutality, and also the situation in Iraq.
Guest 4:35 PM Rush Darwish, Chicago Palestinian activist and radio talk show host of RiseUp Radio discusses the challenges facing American Arabs, and his efforts to raise the awareness of mainstream Americans through strategic communications and events including coordinating Palestinian participation in the popular Chicago Marathon for the past several years.
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Texas businessman Farouk Shami addressed the 16th annual convention of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEG) in Washington D.C. on Saturday October 18, 2014 urging them to invest in Palestine to build the economy, create jobs and encourage peace. He warned that he believes that the rising extremism threatens Israel and that if Israel refuses to make peace with the Palestinians will find themselves facing a great insurmountable threat. Read the complete story on the speech at the Arab Daily News online website reported by writer Ray Hanania by clicking here.

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Hanan Ashrawi speaks to the 16th Annual Convention of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) detailing Israel’s ethnic cleansing, genocide and war crimes against Christians, and non-Jews, in Palestine and the Holy Land. A detailed article on her speech is on the news website of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com by editor Ray Hanania. Click here to view the complete article and photographs of the conference. This podcast is one of several that will be posted and written about at The Arab Daily News. Podcast.

Click here to read the story posted at The Arab Daily News.

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Seth Morrison of Jewish Voice for Peace discusses the peace process, BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement) and its limitations and achievements, and also why many American Jews support peace and compromise with Palestinians in contradiction of Israel's government.

Hosted by Ray Hanania on Talk of the Town Radio, Friday Sept. 10, 2014 and broadcast every Friday at 4 pm on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com. The website for Jewish Voice for Peace is www.JewishVoiceforPeace.org. Talk of the Town is hosted by Yahala Voice Radio and The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Talk of the Town radio is rebroadcast every Monday at 11 am on YahalaVoice.com.

Seth Morrison has held leadership posts in various local, regional and national Jewish organizations starting in college as a youth leader in Young Judea.  He is currently active in Jewish Voice for Peace serving on the Congressional Outreach Committee.

In 2011 Mr. Morrison resigned from the Washington DC Board of the Jewish National Fund in protest over repeated evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.  He chaired the Washington DC Metro Chapter of J Street in 2013 before becoming active in the BDS Movement.  His op-eds supporting Palestinian and Bedouin rights have been published in The Forward, The Jerusalem Post and +972 Magazine.

Mr. Morrison is also active in LGBTQ organizations and local politics in Northern Virginia.  Professionally he is a consultant specializing in marketing and strategic planning for both for and non-profit organizations.  Previously he was the SVP & General Manager of CTAM, a trade association serving the cable television industry.  As a marketer, he has been responsible for major local and national marketing, PR and social media campaigns for the cable television industry and non-profit organizations.

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Bob Fioretti vows to re-establish Arab Advisory council & important role of Ethnics in Chicago (Segment 1)

Richard Silverstein discusses Israeli-Palestinian peace (Segment 2)

Chicago Alderman Robert "Bob" Fioretti, 2nd Ward, said he is running for mayor of Chicago to restore racial and ethnic diversity and to give all of the the city's communities a voice in the running of "their city." Fioretti will face Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Feb. 24, 2015 non-partisan mayoral election. Fioretti was the guest on Talk of the Town Radio Show hosted by award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist Ray Hanania, who covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. The show was broadcast on Friday October 3, 2014 on WCEV 1450 AM radio and simulcast live on YahalaVoice.com internet radio. Fioretti acknowledge that his interest is not in Middle East politics but rather in ensuring that every citizen of Chicago has an equal voice in strengthening their city.

"I know he [Emanuel] dismantled or completely ignored the Arab Advisory council that was in existence and I do want to reconstitute it and put it back because I think we need to listen to them," said Fioretti, who acknowledged it was a no-brainer to restore the involvement of the various ethnic and racial groups that have been shut out of the Emanuel administration.

To read a story on the interview visit the Arab Daily News online at: www.TheArabDailyNews.com

The radio show also included an interview segment with popular American Jewish blogger and writer Richard Silverstein who has championed the movement to bring peace to both Israel and Palestine. Silverstein discussed the challenges American Arabs face in educating Americans and giving them a balanced view of the facts. Richard's website is www.RichardSilverstein.com
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Talk of the Town: Who's Who in Iraq, Syria conflicts with Ali Younes, Ray Hanania 09-26-14

The Editors of The Arab Daily News discuss the various factions and political forces involved in the wars and violence taking place in Iraq and Syria. Who's who in the conflict? Younes and Hanania discuss the regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad, as well as the growth of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also called ISIS Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). President Barack Obama has launched bombing assaults of ISIL and al-Qaeda targets in Iraq and in Syria, but not coordinating with Syria's dictator Assad.

Who supports ISIL, who supports Assad and who supports the Syrian Freedom Fighters, which the United States was initially reluctant to arm? Hanania and Younes also discuss the role of Egypt and Jordan's King Abdullah.

Hosted on Yahala Voice radio and WCEV 1450 AM Radio on Friday Sept. 26, 2014 at 4 pm CST. The show is broadcast every Friday and is simulcast live online at www.YahalaVoice.com and rebroadcast online at 11 am on Yahala Voice. The show is hosted by Ray Hanania. www.TheArabDailyNews.com
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Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation President Sir Rateb Rabie discusses the challenges facing Christians in the Middle East. He talks about the anti-Christian views of Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a recent conference at the so-called "In Defense of Christians" conference held in Washington D.C. earlier in the month. Rabie also noted that his protest and the protest of other Arab Christians was not just against the extremism of the right or the extremist pro-Israel movement, but also a firm statement in defense of Muslims against rightwing Christian fanaticism.

Rabie appeared on Talk of the Town Radio on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com on Friday Sept. 19, 2014. The one hour weekly radio program is hosted by award winning Chicago journalist Ray Hanania, managing editor of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com.
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4 pm CST: Ray Hanania, host of Talk of the Town Radio show on www.YalahaVoice.com and WCEV 1450 AM Radio, interviews Virginia 11th District Delegate (State legislator) Sam Rasoul on his political career and his successful election in November 2013 and his election coming up in November 2015. Rasoul talks about the issues and the importance of American Arabs engaging in politics. He also discusses how anti-Arab racism and hate were used int he final days of his campaign by his opponent who libelously accused him of being associated with al-Qaeda and Islamic extremists. Despite the attack, Rasoul was easily elected.

4:30 pm Hanania expresses his views on the firing of Steven Salaita and the role of University of Illinois Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy calling for Kennedy's firing by Gov. Pat Quinn. Only one trustee at the UIUC Board, James Montgomery, voted to honor the job offer that was denied to Salaita over his criticism, posted on his Twitter account, against the government of Israel.
4:50 pm Hanania interviews the President of the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation Sir Rateb Rabie about the  appearance of Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a so-called conference on Middle East Christians. Cruz viciously attacked Arab Christians when some in the audience booed his assertions that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism. For more information visit The Arab Daily News website at www.TheArabDailyNews.com
Talk of theTown Radio Show broadcast live on Friday Sept. 13, 2014 on www.YahalaVoice.com and on WCEV 1450 AM Radio.

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Author and writer Naomi Shihab Nye joins Ray Hanania on Talk of the Town radio on WCEV 1450 AM and YahalaVoice.com radio Friday Sept. 5, 2014.

Naomi Shihab Nye who will discuss her books, her father, the late Palestinian Journalist Aziz Shihab, and her childhood growing up in Ferguson, Missouri where police recently shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Naomi discusses her books including "Habibi," and her latest book, "The Turtle of Oman."

Later, at 4:35 PM we'll talk with writer and journalist Ali Younes about war crimes in the Gaza Strip and whether or not Palestinians can and will file war crimes charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court, anti-Palestinian racist comedian Joan Rivers, and other topics. 

Live in Chicago on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and live online at www.YahalaVoice.com ... all shows are also podcast at www.TheArabDailyNews.com... the show is rebroadcast on Yahala Voice every Monday at 11 am CST.

The show is sponsored by The Arab Daily News www.TheArabDailyNews.com.

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Eron Henry of the Baptist World Alliance discusses fundraising efforts to help Christians who are being targeted by religious extremists in Iraq and in Syria. Henry, during an interview with Talk of the Town radio Friday August 29, 2014, said that the group has raised $20,000 so far and is continuing to raise money. Henry said that the BWA not only helps Christians but also Muslims who are in need in the Middle East. He said that the BWA is also raising funds for 300 Christian Families and 1,000 Muslim Families in the Gaza Strip who have been targeted by Israel's brutal military oppression.

Talk of the Town Radio is broadcast every Friday at 4 pm CST on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast online on the Internet at Yahala Voice Radio at www.YahalaVoice.com. It is rebroadcast online on Monday's at 11 am CST, and is available for download podcast from iTunes.
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