Sep 15th, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Sep 8th, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Sep 1st, 2014 by rayhanania
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.
Aug 25th, 2014 by rayhanania
Andy Shallal talks about Politics on Talk of the Town with Ray Hanania
Andy Shallal who ran for Mayor of Washington DC in April 2014 discusses his candidacy and the political empowerment of American Arabs on Talk of the Town Radio show with host Ray Hanania. WCEV 1450 AM Radio and live on www.YahalaVoice.com. Shallal, who is American Arab of Iraqi heritage, discussions the importance of engaging in the political process, voting and running for office. To read a story about Andy's candidacy, click here. Talk of the Town is hosted by The Arab Daily News and Yahala Voice Radio.
Aug 15th, 2014 by rayhanania
The Mayor of Lincolnwood Illinois, Gerald Turry, defended the decision of the Human Relations Commission to rebuff complaints from a handful of activists demanding that the Palestine Flag be removed from a display of ethnic national flags placed on Lincoln Avenue in the north suburban Chicago community. Lincolnwood has displayed ethnic flags representing the various nationalities in Lincolnwood for the past 10 years since 2004 and this year had more than 60 flags on public display during August which is designated as Ethnic Pride Month. Turry, who is Russian Jewish American said that the issue of politics and the battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza was not an issue and had no relevance over the display of the flag. During an interview on Talk of the Town Radio show with host Ray Hanania on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and live on www.YahalaVoice.com, Turry said that he received some negative and vulgar complaints following the meeting last week but that the overwhelming majority of residents of Lincolnwood, Jews and Arabs, supported the decision to keep the Palestinian Flag on display. Turry said that the commission also had debates between Greeks and Turks, Indians and Pakistanis, and other rival ethnic groups but said only the debate over the Palestinian flag received media coverage. More than 200 people attended the Human Relations Commission meeting on Monday August 11, 2014. Talk of the Town Radio show is presented by Yahala Voice radio and The Arab Daily news at www.TheArabDailyNews.com.
Aug 11th, 2014 by rayhanania
Political consultant Dennis Denno, who is chief of staff to State Senator Virgil Smith, discusses the elections on Tuesday August 5 in which Smith defeated a challenge from State Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Tlaib was forced to retire from her legislative district seat because of Michigan Term limits and chose to challenge a fellow Democrat, Smith, to survive. Tlaib lost to Smith by a landslide. Tlaib received only 41 percent of the vote or only 8,615 total votes. Smith won an impressive 52 percent of the vote or more than 10,882 total votes. A third candidate, Howard Worthy, won only 8 percent of the vote or1,616 total votes, most of which many observers believed would have gone to Smith. In an ironic twist, the Associated Press called the election for Tlaib counting only ballots cast at the polling booth, but not including absentee ballots that were cast. Smith will go on Nov. 5 to face the Republican challenger, although the district is 71 percent Democratic.
Denno is interviewed by Talk of the Town Radio show host Ray Hanania, managing editor of The Arab Daily News and President and CEO of Urban Strategies Group media consulting. Talk of the Town is broadcast every Friday at 4 pm CST (Chicago time) live on www.YahalaVoice.com and on WCEV 1450 AM radio.
Denno also discusses regional elections including the battle between two term U.S. Congressman Justin Amash and extremist challenger Brian Ellis. Amash easily won in a landslide with more than 57 percent of the votes cast in the Republican primary election. Amash is expected to easily defat his Democratic challenger as the congressional district based around Grand Rapids is overwhelmingly Republican.
Hanania also discusses the decision by the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign to fire Professor Steven Salaita because of his pro-Palestinian viewpoints posted on his Twitter account. Salaita left his longtime teaching position as Virginia Tech and moved with his wife and child this past week to Champaign to begin the position. But before he could start, Chancellor Phyllis Wise cancelled his contract. Click to read a story on the Salaita racial firing.
Aug 1st, 2014 by rayhanania
Palestinian Ambassador Maen Areikat discusses the collapsing ceasefire in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Netanyahu's Israeli army on Talk of the Town with Ray Hanania on Yahala Voice radio August 1, 2014. Michigan legislative candidate Rashid Baydoun discusses his candidacy for the 11th Michigan House District. (A few telephone disconnects with Rashid, but he persists.) Also, we talk calls from callers. www.YahalaVoice.com Talk of the Town is broadcast live every Friday at 4 pm CST (5 PM EST, 12 midnight Jerusalem, Palestine).
Jul 29th, 2014 by rayhanania
Host Ray Hanania interviews Iymen Chehade and Peter Kirstein on the ramifications of the controversy surrounding the failed effort by Columbia College to cancel a class Professor Chehade was teaching on the Palestine-Israel conflict. Chehade's course was cancelled in November 2013 when a student alleged he was biased -- for showing a movie celebrated by Palestinians and Israelis, called "5 Broken Cameras." Click here for past articles and interviews.
Chehade received the support of the Illinois Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and its Illinois Vice President Peter Kirstein, who is also a history professor at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Kirstein and Chehade reflect on the battle that forced Columbia College to reinstate the course, and discuss Chehade's appointment to the AAUP's "Committee A on Academic Freedom & Tenure."
Jul 17th, 2014 by rayhanania
07-17-14 Israel's invasion of Gaza, Hanania & Younes debate the issues
Arab Daily News editors Ray Hanania and Ali Younes debate and discuss the issues surrounding the decision by Israel to launch a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Did Hamas or Israel start the current conflict? What are Israel's objectives? Is Hamas acting as a responsible government or are they terrorists with no strategic agenda other than conflict? Why is it that none of the Arab countries or the Muslim World have stepped in to speak out in defense of Hamas or the Palestinians in this conflict? Is the use of violence in the form of resistance against Israel effective or a detriment to the Palestinians and do they have other options? Hanania and Younes discuss these and other topics in this freewheeling 30 minute podcast discussion and debate. What is Egypt's role int he conflict and why are they siding with Israel? Why hasn't Hezbollah entered the conflict? And can the United States intervene to prevent the bloodshed that is one-sided and has taken more than 235 Palestinian lives including the deaths of more than 45 children?
Jul 11th, 2014 by rayhanania
Ali Younes and Ray Hanania, editors at The Arab Daily News online news website at www.TheArabDailyNews.com discuss the many aspects of the bombardment by Israel of the Palestinian civilians living in the Gaza Strip. Issues include how the conflict started and the factual history that shows Israeli settlers and soldiers were murdering and attacking Palestinian civilians long before the tragic June 12, 2014 kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers (Naftali Frankel and Gil-ad Sha'er, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19) and the subsequent torture murder of Mohammad Abu Khdeir the day that the bodies of the three Israeli children were discovered. Since then, nearly 100 Palestinians have been killed including 23 children, according to Reuters News Service. Issues include how the conflict started. The exaggeration of the killings. The imbalance of how only Palestinians are being killed by Israeli bombardment of Gaza yet the media focuses on the Hamas and Palestinian resistance to Israel's assault which has resulted in no Israeli killed. The bias of the mainstream American media including ABC TV and Diane Sawyer using video of the destruction of Palestinian areas and misrepresenting them as video showing the destruction of Israelis. Also, what responsibilities do the Arabs have in the war. Is there a difference between an Israeli government committing war crimes and individual militant Palestinians committing war crimes? Are Arabs responding properly or are they dysfunctional and incompetent in defending themselves in the public debate? And why is the Arab World not standing up to defend the Palestinians who are being massacred by Israel's indiscriminate attack mainly against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip? Who is responsible and what can be done.