President Barack Obama delivered his 6th State of the Union Speech last month and many Arabs were wondering if he is still committed to peace in the Middle East given the obstructionist actions being taken by Israel to block peace. Ray Hanania reviews the history of State of the Union Speeches and analyzes President Obama's 6 State of the Union speeches and offers his insight into why Obama has not given up. TheArabDailyNews.com.
Journalists Ali Younes and Ray Hanania discuss the military coup that brought an end to Democracy in Egypt in July 2013 and imprisoned Mohammed Morsi, the Democratically elected President of Egypt. More than 25 million Egyptians (1/3 of the country's population and 80 percent of the registered voters) voted in the June 2012 elections that resulted in Morsi being elected. One year later, anti-Morsi activists staged massive protests and won the support of the Egyptian Military which had been battling with Morsi's new government. The military stepped in amid the violent anti-Morsi protests and arrested Morsi and members of his government. The Egyptian military, which is subsidized with a $1.5 billion grant from the United States, appointed new cabinet members and an acting president that suited their political agenda, bringing to an end the failed Democracy experiment in Egypt. The United States, which has a law prohibiting it from funding military coups, has turned a blind eye and pretends that it is not a military coup, and Egyptian foes of Morsi claim they represent real Democracy. even though their movement is one based on violence and confrontation. Journalists Ali Younes and Ray Hanania discuss some of the issues in this audio podcast of All Things Arab. Visit the Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Things-Arab/176756549075946.
Radio Baladi with Ray Hanania and Ali Younes on WNZK AM 690 Radio Friday May 17, 2013 www.RadioBaladi.com. Topics include the new campaign by Google to censor Arab writers online by targeting and shutting down their blogs. Hundreds of blogs by American Arabs and Arabs in the Middle East have been closed, claiming to be "spam sites."The truth maybe that Google recognize Palestine as a state a few weeks back and designated the West Bank as Palestine and that caused an uproar in the pro-Israel hate community. Google maybe trying to appease the Israeli extremists and fanatics by targeting the hate groups, rather than reversing themselves and calling Palestine Ïsrael"as the pro-Israeli haters are demanding.
Also, they discuss the situation in Jordan with the rise of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria and oppression of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad whose military has targeted civilians. The conflict has created an opportunity for terrorists like al-Qaeda to infiltrate and engage the conflict, also. The Syria conflict has divided the Arab Community and the Arab World.
Finally, we also talk about the shameful conduct of the Newseum, the Journalism Museum in Washington DC, which this week caved to pro-Israel hate activists. Last week, the Newseum announced it was recognizing as "Fallen Heroes" 88 journalists who were killed in conflict zones, including two Palestinian journalist working for the Hams-owned TV station al-Quds. The journalists, Mahmoud AlKumi and Hussam (Hossam) Salama, were driving in their car which was marked as "TV" on the roof -- standard practice for war zone journalists. They had just left covering a story at al-Shifaa hospital in Central Gaza where scores of Palestinian civilians were being treated who were attacked by Israeli military and settlers by missiles and bombs. The Israeli military IDF fired two missiles at the car killing both journalists. Israel claims all Palestinians are terrorists and therefore can be killed no matter their jobs, profession or even age.
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May 10th, 2013 by rayhanania
Radio Baladi broadcast Friday May 10, 2013 on WNZK AM 690 radio live in Metro-Detroit and online at www.RadioBaladi.com with co-hosts Ray Hanania and Ali Younes. We discuss the rising tensions in Jordan with the influx of Syrian refugees, efforts to bring about an end to the Syrian government oppression of its people, the Benghazi attacks and the aftermath, and Israel's decision to build more settlements in the West Bank rejecting peace with the Palestinians. Read Ray Hanania's columns and view his online video commentary blog at www.Hanania.com or www.RayHanania.com ... we also talk with Jesse Greene who lives in new York and has been trying to include products grown by Palestinians in his food coop and he discusses the challenges he is facing. Reach him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JesseGreene01
Radio Baladi Friday May 3, 2013 live on WNZK AM 690 Radio in Metro Detroit with co-hosts Ray Hanania and Ali Younes www.RadioBaladi.com. Hanania and Younes discuss events in Jordan where Younes joins us via Skype. They also discuss the Syrian Refugee problem and the conflict in Syria against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And they discuss the recent proposal by the Arab League to swap land for land between Israel and Palestine to achieve a peace accord. They also discuss the PEW Study of 38,000 Muslims throughout the World offering insight into how Muslims think about conversion, peace, suicide bombings and more.
Radio Baladi Friday April 26, 2013 on WNZK AM 690 Radio 8 am. Co-Hosts Ray Hanania and Ali Younes discuss the racism shown by Americans like Sen. Lindsey Graham towards Muslims in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Graham wants to deny Muslims accused of violence of their Constitutional rights in order to "protect"Christian Americans. Ali Younes and Ray Hanania debate and discuss the issue. They also discuss rising tensions between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East and speak with many Chaldean callers who believe that Islamic leaders fail to speak out against extremist Muslims in the wake of Islamic violence in America an din the Middle East. The web site is www.RadioBaladi.com
Radio Baladi Friday April 19, 2013 with co-hosts Ray Hanania and Ali Younes discusses the racial implications of the Boston Marathon Bombing and the slower rush to judgment that the killers were Muslim. As the show was being broadcast news cane out that Police had surrounded two suspects, Russians from the embattled Chechnya region. We discuss how Americans rush to judgment but also talk to a Chaldean woman in Metro-Detroit who expresses anger at Muslims, and Ali Younes and Ray Hanania discuss how the Arab community needs to address grievances of minorities more openly. www.RadioBaladi.com. Listen live online (download the App). WNZK AM 690 AM Radio Every Friday at 8 AM EST.
Saudi Gazette Columnist Ray Hanania and Al- Arabiya Columnist Ali Younes discuss issues in the news on Radio Baladi, Friday April 5, 2013, 8 am WNZK AM 690 Radio live in Metro-Detroit and online at www.RadioBaladi.com. Our guest this morning is Pamela Olson the author of the new book "Fast Times in Palestine" which details her two and one half year travels and work in Palestine. It's a fast paced, compelling story that offers a unique perspective into the real life of Palestinians. Olson, a typical American, met a friend who Was Arab, traveled to the Middle East and then ended up in Palestine where she was shocked to see that the reality was far different from what was being fed to Americans by the mainstream American media and politicians. Her book details her firsthand experience living with the Palestinians, exploring their views, feelings, experiences, politics and perspectives on peace with Israel. Fast Times in Palestine is a MUST READ book for anyone who wants to peek into the reality of Palestinian life. During the second half of the show, Hanania and Younes discuss Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi and activist Bassem Youssef and the tensions that are taking place as Democracy fights for survival in a hostile country beset by violence from both sides, the government and the activists. We also discuss Democracy and how it evolves. Should the world expect Democracy to take hold overnight or should we give it time to strengthen -- it took 237 years for Democracy to reach today in America and in early American Democracy that was violence, oppression, slavery and suppression of free speech and women's rights. Get more information at our website at www.RadioBaladi.com. Follow Ray Hanania on Twitter at @RayHanania and follow Ali Younes on Twitter at @ClearAli.
Mar 22nd, 2013 by rayhanania
Radio Baladi co-hosts Ray Hanania and Ali Younes engage in a lively debate and discussion about President Barack Obama's trip to the Middle East in this Special Edition Podcast of Radio Baladi www.RadioBaladi.com Friday March 22, 2013. Younes and Hanania discuss the ramifications of Obama's trip to Israel and Palestine, his public comments and whether or not his efforts might result in peace. They also discuss the extremism in the Arab and Jewish community and how extremists are obstacles to peace.
Ray Hannaia hosts Radio Baladi Friday March 22, 2013 on WNZK AM 690 radio www.RadioBaladi.com and discusses two issues, the lawsuit mess involving McDonalds and claims that back in 2011 it falsely claimed it was selling Halal Chicken, and some comments and discussion about President Barack Obama's trip to Israel and Palestine and the deep disappointment many Palestinians have with Obama's failure to stand up for justice and what is right. The extremists, though, take it to the far extreme and reject everything and despite my own dissapppointment with Obama I think we need to always grasp at hope that peace will come. Compromise is the ONLY solution. One State won't work and can't happen, and two-states is being massacred.
McDonalds in Dearborn and Halal. We had guest Paul Levy of the Citizens legal group set up by Ralph Nader 30 years ago talk about why he and the ACLU got involved to defend the rights of Majed Moughni who objected to a settlement of the class action lawsuit. The Judge and Lawyers came down hard on Majed and censored him but Levy was able to step in and reverse the truly unfair decision against Majed.
Here is a story on what happened originally, on the resolution of the Class Action lawsuit.
Here is a story on Majed's fight against McDonalds.
Here's a link to the Public Citizen's Litigation group that defended Majed's right to speak out
Clearly McDonald's screwed up and the lawyers representing the class action lawsuit made a major public relations mistake by trying to silence Majed. He has the right to object. The effort to silence Majed made this an even bigger case than it was and raises questions about the judge involved and raises even more serious questions about McDonalds which is the target of a growing boycott that is not about to stop. Why would they silence Majed unless they feared what he had to say?
On Barack Obama, we didn't spend a lot of time on this but will moving foward. Many people are disappointed with Obama's one-sided comments and his failure to take substantive action to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict. His trip did little to make things better but the fanatics have gone off the deep end, I think, in attacking him. It's ok to criticize Obama but it's not okay to promote hatred as some -- I said SOME -- continue to do. We have to reject the hate-driven fanatics and push for moderation.
-- Ray Hanania