Former Chicago City Hall and political reporters Monroe Anderson and Ray Hanania discuss the factors that will help decide the April 7 Chicago Mayoral Runoff election on Talk of the Town Radio Friday (4 PM) February 27, 2015 on 1450 AM Radio and live online at www.YahalaVoice.com. Anderson, who now writes a political column for the Chicago Defender, and Hanania, who is a media consultant and columnist with the Southwest Newspaper Group and Illinois News Network (www.IllinoisNewsNetwork.com) discuss the influence of the African American voters in the election.Is Jesus Chuy Garcia strong enough to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel and how can he win. What are Emanuel's weaknesses and Garcia's weaknesses? How do you explain the role of Garcia's strongest and closest political ally Congressman Luis Gutierrez endorsing Emanuel and abandoning Garcia and the Mexican American majority voters in his congressional district? Anderson and Hanania discusses these and other issues. Hanania is managing editor also of The Arab Daily News website at www.TheArabDailyNews.com and discusses the bias of Mayor Emanuel against American Arab voters. Anderson and Hanania discuss why Emanuel has ostracized and ignored voter constituencies like American Arabs and if he can do that to American Arabs what prevents him from doing that to other ethnic and racial voting constituencies like Blacks and Hispanics and Asians?
Feb 27th, 2015 by rayhanania
Ray Hanania rants on the issue of Chicago's Mayoral election which pitted Mayor Rahm "I Hate Arabs" Emanuel against challengers Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Alderman Bob Fioretti, businessman Willie Wilson and former Harold Washington aid William "Doc" Walls in the Feb. 24, mayoral election contest. Hanania takes calls from listeners. He also discusses the candidacy of 10th Ward aldermanic candidate Samantha Haddad Webb. The results are in and Garcia and Emanuel will face-off in a run-off on April 7, 2015 and who knows, maybe a humbled Emanuel might change his bias against American Arabs and show respect. (Doubt it!) But the choices are narrowed. Garcia has promised to support American Arabs if he is elected mayor.
Feb 25th, 2015 by rayhanania
Radio hosts Rush Darwish and Bentley Bob discuss the Chicago mayoral election with former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania during a segment of Darwish's popular live Chicago radio show "Riseup Radio" on 1450 AM (every Wednesday from 4:30 until 6 pm CST). The 20 minute segment assesses the assets and shortcomings of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his primary challenger County Commissioner Jesus Garcia who beat out three other challengers to force Emanuel into a run-off election on April 7. Darwish, Bob and Hanania examine the issues behind Emanuel's failure to win 50 percent of the vote, Garcia's strong showing and the role of American Arabs. They also discuss the candidacy of American Arab candidate Samantha Haddad Webb who ran unsuccessfully for alderman of the 10th Ward and the failure of American Arab and Muslim voters to support her enthusiastically.
Feb 16th, 2015 by rayhanania
Alexandra Halaby, spokesperson for the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC at www.IMEMC.org) which publishes a daily list of the most essential news stories from Occupied Palestine and the Middle East, discusses Palestine water rights stolen by Israel's occupation army. And she joins in to discuss reaction to the horrific murder of three Arab students at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Also joining the show is Ali Younes, co-editor of The Arab Daily News (www.TheArabDailyNews.com) discussing the Chapel Hill shootings and upheaval in the Middle East.
If you wanted to understand the Apartheid Nature of Israel, all you have to do is read the stories at IMEMC that the biased mainstream American news media ignores and doesn’t report. Every week, Palestinian civilians are murdered. Every week, an Israeli allegedly convicted of a violent crime or act of terrorism is set free by Israel’s apartheid government and war criminal Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Every week, Palestinians are brutalized, detained and sent to the Israeli Gulag, and their property is destroyed.
We also discuss the murder of American peace activist Kayla Mueller who was kidnapped by Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) and allegedly killed during a Jordanian military assault on Daesh targets. Many believe, though, that Mueller was murdered prior to the strike and the Daesh religious fanatics were lying for propaganda purposes as they have lied about other hostages. Tragically, many Israelis are celebrating the murder of American ISIL prisoner Kayla Mueller because Mueller had worked to support Palestinian civilians terrorized by Israel's military and the Israeli terror network of illegal settlements that have been pushing Israel to extremism. Many vicious hateful Israelis and American Jewish activists have celebrated and praised Mueller's murder as they have the murder of another American killed by Israeli forces, Rachel Corrie.
Halaby, who is now also a blogger at The Arab Daily News online news site, reads the last letter that was written by Mueller before her murder. The letter is published on the IMEMC web site. Click here to read Halaby's story.
But the big story this week is American racism and hate against Arab Americans and Muslims … in Chapel Hill where three students were murdered, shot in the head repeatedly by a White American Man who described himself as an Atheist.
Talk of the Town Radio Show is hosted by Ray Hanania and is broadcast every Friday at 4 pm on 1450 AM Radio and simulcast live on YahalaVoice.com radio. The show is rebroadcast every Monday on YahalaVoice at 11 am. This show was broadcast on Friday February 13, 2015.
Feb 13th, 2015 by rayhanania
Darwish and Hanania take phone calls from listeners in Greater Detroit and Greater Washington DC on the recent slaughter of three Arabs who were Muslim in Chapel Hill. Was it a hate crime? Was it an act of terrorism? Or, was it the act of an individual as many American insist. But Americans describe every act of violence by an Arab or a Muslim as an act of terrorism and a hate crime. Is there hypocrisy here?
Has the biased mainstream American news media covered this slaughter the way they cover and exaggerate violence by Arabs and Muslims?
We also talk with callers about Christian-Muslim relations and defining the victims as Muslims or as Arabs.
Muslim female activist and author Asra Nomani discusses extremism and radicalism in the Arab and Muslim community. Nomani talks about her friend, Daniel Pearl, one of the first Western journalists beheaded by Islamic extremists in 2002, and about how hatred drives extremism in the Middle East. An accomplished author, Nomani confronts extremist threats and attacks constantly because she represents the future of women's rights in the Muslim World.
We also discuss her several books on Islam which have caused a stir in the Arab and Muslim community … a woman leading the debate on politics and the battle between moderation and extremism is unacceptable to many …
Nomani is admired by moderates in the Arab and Muslim community because of her courage to stand up and advocate her views in the face of so much hatred and anger.
Asra Nomani guests on Talk of the Town Radio with host Ray Hanania, 1450 AM Radio every Friday at 4 pm CST Chicago time, and also broadcast live online at www.YahalaVoice.com radio.
US Arab Radio Host Atef Jawab discusses Saudi Arabia and challenges it faces from ISIL to civil rights and women's rights. Broadcast in Detroit and Washington DC on Friday morning Feb. 6, 2015 at 8 am EST on WNZK AM 690 radio live. The participants talk about women rights in Saudi Arabia including driving cars, voting, and also the rights of women int he West and the challenges they continue to face.
Ray Hanania is an award winning Palestinian American writer. He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 until 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He launched his own political consulting firm Urban Strategies Group in 1992. Hanania provides analysis of Chicagoland, Illinois and national issues for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper and analysis of Middle East issues for the Saudi Gazette. Hanania has managed the election campaigns of more than 60 candidates for public office from Chicago aldermen and cook county commissioner to statewide and congressional offices.
Walid Jawad is a conflict analysis and resolution expert. He was a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of State (2006-2010) and a Washington, DC correspondent (1997-2006), covering the White House, the State Department and the U.S. Congress. Walid holds an undergraduate degree in Decision Science and Management Information Systems, and a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Amal Namangani, a solutions leader with General Electric Healthcare Saudi Arabia, is an award winning activist for her community outreach and and commitment to diversity and has been recognized by the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh for her work with students with disabilities. She has a B.A. in English Literature from King Abdulaziz University Jeddah & a Master in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
At the 35 minute mark of the audio file, Hanania is attacked by a listener in Detroit who says he should "move to Arabia" because he "doesn't love America." Fascinating discussion about American Arab rights.
Feb 5th, 2015 by rayhanania
Grant Smith of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (www.IRMEP.org) discusses the power and corruption of the Israeli lobby and how Americans can stand up to the evil influence of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) which controls the Congress and forced the appearance of war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at a joint session of the US Congress without involvement of the president of the United States, Barack Obama. Israel's lobby can make or break any American who dares to challenge the foreign policy of Israel, a foreign country.
Jan 27th, 2015 by rayhanania
Journalist and editor Ali Younes joins Ray Hanania on Talk of the Town Radio on 1450 AM live and on Yahala Voice to discuss the recent death of Saudi Arabia monarch King Abdullah. They also discuss the turmoil that has overcome Yemen as the former pro-American dictator pushes to destabilize the government there giving al-Qaeda an advantage. We also discuss the threats made on Facebook against the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation Mosque (Bridgeview, Illinois) and the rise of anti-Islamic hatred in America today.
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.