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Ray Hanania's Podcast Column Commentary July 19, 2016, Violence today and 50 years ago. This column explores violence in America in a unique way comparing two unrelated events, the murder of police officers by two American veterans, and the reaction to the killings. Also, the racism of America reflected in the violence 50 years ago by Richard Speck and the murder of 8 student nurses. No one ran from the neighborhood after Speck raped, tortured and killed the 8 nurses. But two years later in 1968 in the same neighborhood, thousands of Whites fled when one Black family moved into the community in a massive White Flight to the suburbs. Many left in the middle of the night because they knew it was morally wrong.

For more information visit www.TheMediaOasis.com. Check out the online book "Midnight Flight" on The Media Oasis website.

Tough questions on killings today and 50 years ago

By Ray Hanania

July 21, 2016 

As a veteran who served active duty during the VietnamWar, and who wore a uniform proudly for more than 15 years including in theIllinois Air National Guard, I have a right to ask this question in the killings of eight Police officers this past month in Dallas and Baton Rouge?

What has the military done to respond to the trauma manyAmerican soldiers experienced first fighting in the just war to destroy al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and in the unjust wars that were fought in Iraq, and are being fought in Yemen and Syria?

Is this a price we are paying for those wars?

In East BatonRouge: the killer of three police officers, wounding three more, was identified as Gavin Long, an African-American of Kansas City Missouri. Long was a formerMarine who had served from 2005 to 2010, and he had been deployed to Iraq in2008, according to military records.

In Dallas Texas:the killer of five police officers, and wounding nine others, was Micah X.Johnson, 25, a reservist working in carpentry and masonry who deployed toAfghanistan once in 2013, and was a former member of an Army engineering company and served in the Individual Ready Reserves. ...


Ray Hanania's Podcast Column Commentary July 14, 2016, I Stand with the Police First, discussing the recent murders of 8 uniformed Police Officers in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the past few weeks. The column explores what the real issues are that should be addressed, from racism to the lack of parental involvement in the lives of young children. For more information visit www.TheMediaOasis.com.

I Stand with the Police, first

July 14, 2016

By Ray Hanania

I stand with the Police because the majority of Police officers are professionals who put their lives on the line everyday and night to protect us from criminals. 

But I also know that among the thousands of police in America, some have acted disgracefully and many have taken innocent lives.

The answer isn’t to turn this into an issue of racism, as some have done on both sides of the debate. It’s to acknowledge all of the ugly facts that have turned this country upside down resulting in the murder of five Dallas Police officers by an Afghan war veteran. 

And the answer isn’t to refuse to acknowledge that some cops don’t deserve to be cops and they should be prosecuted for murder and crime. Police can be criminals, too, and that is even worse than a normal criminal. ...


The Arab Daily News Radio show broadcast live in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 and in Washington DC on AM 700 and live online discusses with listeners and callers the recent murders of Black people by police and the killings of police by criminals in retaliation in Dallas. Isn't this the real terrorism that we face? Isn't this violence terrorism greater than the terrorism in the Middle East?

Host Ray Hanania discusses this and other issues including the absence of PR and his new book PoweR PR, plus the new 7th Edition of the Arab American Almanac by Joseph Haiek in Los Angeles, California.

#‎ArabRadio‬ ‪#‎PoliceShootings‬ ‪#‎ForeignAid‬ I'll be talking with listeners in Detroit and Washington DC this morning on how to stop the NRA Gun Terrorism in America and refocusing foreign aid to help Americans at 7 am Chicago time (8 am Detroit, live AM 690 and Washington DC AM 700) ... listen live online at http://tunein.com/radio/WNZK-690-s21615/ ... the call in number is 248-557-3300

60 minutes. Live. The Arab Daily News podcast and Ray Hanania Podcast or distributed by the Arab Daily News. Check out our websites at



Ray Hanania's weekly column podcast focuses this week on covering Chicago Mayors from Daley to Daley and the challenges faced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's American Arab community. Can they overcome their differences? It's not easy being mayor but Emanuel and American Arabs must try.

For more information visit Ray Hanania's website at www.RayHanania.com, his Middle East news site www.TheArabDailyNews.com and his mainstream American news site www.IllinoisNewsNetwork.com.

I covered Chicago City Hall and every Chicago Mayor from Richard J. Daley to Richard M. Daley and I know from interviewing the seven mayors during that period that being mayor is no easy job. But Daley’s successor Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has repeatedly turned down interview requests from me and while I understand the challenges Mayor Emanuel faces, he needs to open his door more. It’s not an easy job being mayor but it is made much worse when you close the door to the ethnic and community news media.

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Ray Hanania hosts a special broadcast of the Arab Daily News Radio show on Friday July 1, 2016 to discuss the bombings in Turkey, the killings in Iraq of civilians and in Syria, and the racism of Americans against Arabs, Muslims and Chaldeans

We’re opening the phone lines to talk about

we'll be talking about Hillary Clinton's efforts to undermine peace for the Palestinians and her denying the "occupation" which will fuel more violence and the need to step up resistance against Israel's illegal brutal and oppressive occupation ...

the more Israel refuses to recognize Palestinian rights, the more Palestinians have an absolute right to fight for freedom ...

also, we'll talk about the terrorism in Turkey and the hypocrisy of Americans ... they love to sympathize with White Europeans who die at the hands of terrorists but don't seem to care much when the victims are dark skinned, Muslim, Arab or Palestinian ...

Does anyone out there NOT think that the war in Iraq opened pandora’s box for al-Qaeda, ISIS and radical religious terrorism throughout the world today? Does anyone not blame former President George W. Bush and the anti-Christ, former Vice President Dick Cheney. Bush and Cheney especially destroyed Iraq … the country is nothing today and will be wiped off the map by fanaticism and corporate greed that is draining every dollar and value out of that country … Iraqi’s don’t know it yet but that country today is insignificant and no one cares about it any more … and it is slowly being wiped off the map and is today insignificant …

And they are doing the same thing to Syria, too

I was with Mayor Rahm Emanuel this past week, too, and he was very courteous and receptive and I hope he will change and improve his relations with American Arabs. We'll see. But we have to end the politics of anger and dysfunction and understand American Politics and be a part of it, not apart from it.




Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosted an Iftar for Muslims on June 28, 2016. The Iftar, breaking the fast at sunset during Ramadan, was held at the Chicago Cultural Center. Emanuel spoke about his commitment to diversity, fairness, fighting hate and being inclusive. Many American Arabs attended the event.

Also attending and speaking were Ald. Joe Moore. For a complete rundown of the story on this speech and who was there and spoke read the story posted at The Arab Daily News online news website by clicking here.

The event was organized by Muslim American Activist Salman Aftab.

This podcast is posted to the Arab Daily News Podcast and Ray Hanania's Audio Podcasts.



RAY HANANIA'S Column-Commentary Podcasts, June 23, 2016

Tougher crackdown on guns is necessary for a safer society
We need gun control and we need to extend existing bans to prevent the sale of all forms of "automatic weapons (Semi Automatic and Fully Automatic.) We also need to increase the penalties on the possession of illegal gun ownership with up to 25 years in prison for individuals who use guns in a crime, to the death penalty for anyone who kills someone using a gun.
Ray Hanania's column/commentary podcast is an audio version of his weekly print column. For more information, visit www.RayHanania.com


Ray Hanania's column & commentary podcast. June 16, 2016 on Baby boomers, diets and weight loss.

Baby Boomers, red meats and an obsession with weight

June 16, 2016 Column (Southwest News Newspaper Group, Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com.)

By Ray Hanania

Many social patterns arose during thehigh points of the Baby Boomer generation.

They include a lot of things, like:

“Seizing the day,” Carpe Diem,which basically means one of two things to Baby Boomers: not saving until you are in the final turn towards retirement, or using your success to fleece the public to pack your retirement benefits beyond justification, something many state educators and government union bosses have done.


Embracing drugs including marijuana,while turning to alcohol obsession as a legal alternative.

Eating like there was no tomorrow.Our generation helped build the extremely unhealthy fast food industry. Baby Boomers financed the rise of the barbecue, which wasn’t used to cook healthy foods but to eat bad foods like red meats,processed garbage like hot dogs and baloney and red meat mixed with “meat slime” and “glue,” yes Glue!

Our generation fueled the rise of health clubs, places more about socializing than weight lose or health for most people. Some people more easily benefit from exercise and six-packs come naturally. But for the majority, exercise is not the answer to manage weight problems. It definitely is helpful, though. ... (Click to read more)

(Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist. Email him at rghanania@gmail.com.) 






Ray Hanania hosts his live radio show in Detroit and Washington DC (and online) discussing this week the life and impact of Muhammad Ali, the presidential race and the narrowed field with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with praise for Bernie Sanders who should still run as an independent candidate (Hell with them all).

TheArabDailyNews.com radio show is broadcast in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 radio and in Washington DC on AM 700 radio, and online (visit www.TheArabDailyNews.com for more info).

We discuss the life and times of Muhammad Ali with callers. We also discuss the visit of Sharja Sheik Mohammed bin al-Qasimi to the Southwest side of Chicago in 1976 and Muhammad Ali's support for the expansion of Mosques in America and his work with the Nation of Islam.

The radio interview is broadcast live on WNZK AM 690 Radio in Detroit and on AM 700 Radio in Washington D.C. and is podcast.

Read the Column at Al Jazeera English.

You can also listen live online during the show broadcast by clicking this link:

Click here or use the widget here.


You can call in during the show and share your opinion by dialing 248-557-3300.




Audio podcast of Ray Hanania's weekly column about the significance of Heavyweight boxing championMuhammad Ali (Mohammed Ali, Cassius Clay) to the American Arab, Palestinian and Muslims community, and to the author. This lengthy column, 11 minutes long, is the extended version of columns published at Al Jazeera English, the Southwest News Newspaper group, and TheArabDailyNews.com online news source for American Arabs.

Published June 9, 2016.

The column presents a historic overview of Ali's career and its impact on the American Arab community.


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