Nov 13th, 2014 by rayhanania
Samantha Haddad Webb, candidate for alderman of the 10th Ward in Chicago, Illinois, talks about her candidacy and issues she believes need to be addressed in the Chicago Southeast Side ward. Webb, of Lebanese American heritage, is one of 8 First Responders (7 police and 1 firefighter) running for aldermanic offices in the city's 50 wards in the February 24, 2015 elections. Webb is a Chicago Police Officer and she comes from a family of police officers, too.
Talk of the Town Radio broadcast every Friday at 4 pm CST Central Standard Time in Chicago on 1450 AM Radio, and simulcast live on www.YahalaVoice.com
on the Internet. The show is rebroadcast on Monday's at 11 am and is available for download in podcast format from iTunes or from the Arab Daily News website www.TheArabDailyNews.com
Hosted by Ray Hanania.
Nov 3rd, 2014 by rayhanania
Roxane Assaf discusses the battle to save Chicago's Arab
Heritage on Talk of the Town Radio with host Ray Hanania. Talk of the Town is broadcast every Friday at 4 pm on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com and rebroadcast online on Monday's at 11 am.
Roxane Assaf discusses the challenges mounted by anti-Arab
activists in the American Jewish community to undermine Arab Heritage events in
Chicago and in Illinois. Members of several powerful American Jewish
Organizations successfully fought to block the popular Arabesque Festival that
was held at Daley Plaza in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Chicago Mayor Rahm
Emanuel was elected mayor in 2011 and his first act was to dissolve the
Advisory Commission on Arab Affairs and to undermine the Arabesque Festival, pandering
to demands of his anti-Arab political allies. Assaf discusses the battles and
also the popularity that Arabesque brought to Chicagoland. An award winning
journalist recognized with a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of
Professional Journalists and the National American Arab Journalists
Roxane Assaf teaches journalism at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago and North Park University and also directs and edits short videos. Her reports and
opinion have appeared in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine,
Tribune, the Durham Herald-Sun, Arms Control Today and
reports from Capitol Hill for the CBS affiliate in Monroe,
Louisiana. She is co-author of the 5th edition of the Lonely Planet travel
guidebook Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She is Outreach Director
for Chicago Area Peace Action,
local chapter of the nation’s largest grassroots peace network Peace Action.
National 1st Place winner of Society of Professional Journalists "Mark of
Excellence Award" for 2003 in Television General News Reporting. She
volunteers for lively arts organizations including theatre and opera companies
as well as for peace and social justice initiatives.
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Read the story about this interview at The Arab Daily News by clicking here. Nov. 3, 2014
Oct 27th, 2014 by rayhanania
Samir Khalil, the director of the Arab American Democratic Club of Illinois discusses the roll American Arabs play in local politics and in elections. Khalil discusses the recent luncheon which hosted dozens of elected officials including Gov. Pat Quinn, Samantha Haddad Webb the candidate for 10th Ward Alderman in Chicago, and many other candidates for Cook County, Chicago and statewide office.
Khalil was the guest on Talk of the Town Radio hosted by Ray Hanania, former Chicago City Hall reporter for the Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times from 1978 until 1992. Talk of the Town radio is broadcast every Friday at 4:05 PM CST Chicago time on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and also simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com
. It is rebroadcast on Yahala Voice on Monday's at 11 am.
Khalil and Hanania discuss the failure of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to include American Arabs in his administration and his destruction of the American Arab role with his predecessor Mayor Richard M. Daley. After his election, Emanuel gutted the Chicago Human Relations Commission, eliminated the Advisory Commission on Arab Affairs and refused to fund the 5th annual Arabesque Festival which began in 2007.
Hanania is the managing editor of The Arab Daily News www.TheArabDailyNews.com
and also President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting based in Orland Park, Illinois.
Oct 20th, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Oct 19th, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Oct 19th, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Oct 13th, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Oct 3rd, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
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
Sep 29th, 2014 by rayhanania
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
Sep 22nd, 2014 by rayhanania
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