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Co-Editor of The Arab Daily News online (www.TheArabDailyNews.com) discusses the Charlie Hebdo terrorism and how anti-Muslim activists and pro-Israel activists are using the terrorism murders of the magazine's staff to deify and make ok racist and bigoted caricatures. Charlie Hebdo is a racist publication that has attacked Arabs and Muslims and other religions including Judaism and Christianity. Yet, the focus of elevating Charlie Abdo to a position of respect in the context of "free speech" stretches the bounds of principle and morality. Both the terrorist attacks and the murders should be condemned. Condemn the terrorism and murder, and also condemn Charlie Hebdo for promoting racist hatred int he guise of "satire." Racism is not funny. This is a pre-taped segment for Talk of the Town Radio hosted by Ray Hanania and broadcast live on 1450 AM Radio and www.YahalaVoice.com online radio on Friday's at 4:05 pm. Visit www.TheArabDailyNews.com for more information.

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Alexandra Halaby, the North American Spokesperson & Media Liaison for the International Middle East Media Center (www.IMEMC.org) discusses the IMEMC's program to deliver accurate news and features and stories about Palestine to Western audiences in English. She also discusses the Hasbara campaign by pro-Israel activists who are using deception to undermine Palestinian rights and promote divisions in the Palestinian and Arab community. This is a pre-taped segment for Talk of the Town Radio hosted by Ray Hanania and broadcast live on 1450 AM Radio and www.YahalaVoice.com online radio on Friday's at 4:05 pm. Visit www.TheArabDailyNews.com for more information.

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This week on Talk of the Town Radio with Ray Hanania with feature two interviews. In the first segment, we interview Ziad Asali the President of the American Task Force on Palestine, the largest grassroots Palestinian American advocacy organization in the United States. Asali discusses the consequences of the failed UN Security Council resolution to recognize Palestinian Statehood and sovereignty, and the need for Arab citizens of Israel to participate and not boycott the March 17, 2015 special Israeli elections. About 20 percent of the Israeli voting population is Palestinian, but many Palestinians have boycotted the elections rather than exercise their right to vote and influence the demise of the rightwing fanatics who control Israel's government. Palestinian Israeli voters can help undermine the power of extremist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the religious fanatics and re-direct Israel back to the negotiating table to recognize Palestinian rights to statehood.

In the second half of the one hour show, we interview Stanley Cohen, the prominent New York civil rights attorney who has represented many Arabs, American and non-American, who have been falsely accused of engaging in terrorism. Cohen has been harassed and vilified by the U.S. Justice Department and falsely accused and wrongly convicted of tax evasion. A few days before he begins his 18 month prison sentence on Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015, Cohen discusses why he will remain dedicated to the principle of the International Rule of Law and the American Constitutional principle that people are innocent until proven guilty and not guilty simply because they are Arab or Muslim. Jewish American himself, Cohen said that the government has used profiling, stereotypes and racism to target Arabs who criticize Israel and Muslims falsely accused of supporting terrorism.
Talk of the Town Radio is broadcast every Friday at 4:05 PM CST Chicago Time on 1450 AM Radio and simulcast live online at www.YahalaVoice.com.
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Comedian Ramzy Sweis joins us for a hilarious discussion on Talk of the Town radio on Friday Dec. 26, 2014 on YahalaVoice.com with Ray Hanania.

During the second half of the hourlong show, Ali Younes talks to us about the problems Jordan is having with ISIS and freeing kidnapped citizens.
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How do we defeat the most anti-Arab racist Chicago Mayor ever, Rahm Emanuel? Who do we vote for. In a continuing series to explore the options for voters in the February 24, 2015 Chicago Mayoral election, we speak with Samir Khalil executive director of the Arab American Democratic Club which has endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia. Although many Arabs support Ald. Bob Fioretti, Khalil argues that Garcia has a long history of supporting Palestine. But the issue is, can Garcia win?

Talk of the Town Radio Friday Dec. 19, 2014, with host Ray Hanania on 1450 AM Radio and simulcast live on www.YahalaVoice.com. Check out the articles on the mayoral race and why it is so important to defeat Emanuel, who has done everything he can do undermine the presence and involvement of American Arabs in Chicago politics. Click here to read the article on how Emanuel has undermined Chicagoland's American Arab community at The Arab Daily News.
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Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward discusses his candidacy for mayor of Chicago, challenging the most anti-Arab mayor Chicago has ever had, Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Fioretti discusses how he believes he can defeat Emanuel citing the mayor's deteriorating support in key communities. He reiterates his commitment to diversity, an issue that Emanuel has abandoned. And, Fioretti talks about the key issues facing Chicago voters in the upcoming Feb. 24, 2015 mayoral election open primary candidacy.

The field of candidates is crowded with seven candidates running. In the Feb. 24 election, a candidate must win 50 percent plus 1 vote to win the election. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two candidates with the highest votes will run-off in the April election.
Fioretti was interviewed on 1450 AM Radio's Talk of the Town radio show which is simulcast live on www.YahalaVoice.com. It is hosted by award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania.
For an overview of how Chicago's Arab American community is approaching the mayoral contest, click here for the article in The Arab Daily News.
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12-05-14 Larry Derfner 972mag.com on Israeli elections

972mag.com political writer Larry Derfner discusses the upcoming Israeli elections which will be held on March 17 following the collapse of the  ruling coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Derfner argues that Netanyahu's Likud colleague Moshe Kahlon who is a slightly conservative centrist, could help redirect Israel from Netanyahu's hardline rejectionist anti-peace policies. Derfner discusses how Kahlon still may not be the person who can revive the peace process, but he could be more amiable to viewing two-states and a Palestinian State. 

Netanyahu has been one of the most rightwing extremists in Israel and he has carefully redirected Israel away from the peace process and used his office to provoke violence and confrontation.

Derfner appeared on Talk of the Town Radio with host Ray Hanania, managing editor of The Arab Daily News online newspaper www.TheArabDailyNews.com and broadcast live on 1450 AM Radio in Chicagoland and simulcast live online at www.YahalaVoice.com.
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11-14-14 Arab Newspaper publisher Mansour Tadros

Mansour Tadros, publisher of The Future News (Al Mustaqbal) in Chicago discusses the ethnic news media and the American Arab community, and challenges small publishers face in addressing and covering the American Arab community in Chicago and the United States. Tadros, Jordanian American, has been publishing his newspaper since 2002 continuously twice each month. The Future News is recognized as the most authoritative print newspaper in Chicagoland and in the Midwest of America.

Tadros is the guest on Talk of the Town Radio on 1450 AM Radio which is simulcast live on www.YahalaVoice.com radio. Tadros is interviewed by radio talkshow host and award winning journalist and columnist Ray Hanania.

For more information visit www.TheArabDailyNews.com
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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.
To contact Samantha Haddad Webb, visit her web page at www.Webbfor10.com.
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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 Association.

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, the Chicago Tribune, the Durham Herald-Sun, Arms Control Today and in television 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.

For more information on Talk of the Town Radio visit www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Talk of the Town Radio is available in podcast format at The Arab Daily News website and iTunes.

Read the story about this interview at The Arab Daily News by clicking here. Nov. 3, 2014

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