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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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Samir Khalil, the director of the Arab American Democratic Club of Illinois discusses the roll American Arabs play in local politics and in elections. Khalil discusses the recent luncheon which hosted dozens of elected officials including Gov. Pat Quinn, Samantha Haddad Webb the candidate for 10th Ward Alderman in Chicago, and many other candidates for Cook County, Chicago and statewide office.

Khalil was the guest on Talk of the Town Radio hosted by Ray Hanania, former Chicago City Hall reporter for the Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times from 1978 until 1992. Talk of the Town radio is broadcast every Friday at 4:05 PM CST Chicago time on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and also simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com. It is rebroadcast on Yahala Voice on Monday's at 11 am.
Khalil and Hanania discuss the failure of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to include American Arabs in his administration and his destruction of the American Arab role with his predecessor Mayor Richard M. Daley. After his election, Emanuel gutted the Chicago Human Relations Commission, eliminated the Advisory Commission on Arab Affairs and refused to fund the 5th annual Arabesque Festival which began in 2007.
Hanania is the managing editor of The Arab Daily News www.TheArabDailyNews.com and also President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting based in Orland Park, Illinois.
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Talk of the Town Radio hosted by Ray Hanania WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on YahalaVoice.com

Guest 4:05 PM Activist Raed Jarrar. Former ADC communications director and now as policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Services Committee (AFSC), discusses the situation in Palestine and how American Arabs can help educate Americans on the truth of Israel's brutality, and also the situation in Iraq.
Guest 4:35 PM Rush Darwish, Chicago Palestinian activist and radio talk show host of RiseUp Radio discusses the challenges facing American Arabs, and his efforts to raise the awareness of mainstream Americans through strategic communications and events including coordinating Palestinian participation in the popular Chicago Marathon for the past several years.
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Texas businessman Farouk Shami addressed the 16th annual convention of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEG) in Washington D.C. on Saturday October 18, 2014 urging them to invest in Palestine to build the economy, create jobs and encourage peace. He warned that he believes that the rising extremism threatens Israel and that if Israel refuses to make peace with the Palestinians will find themselves facing a great insurmountable threat. Read the complete story on the speech at the Arab Daily News online website reported by writer Ray Hanania by clicking here.

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Hanan Ashrawi speaks to the 16th Annual Convention of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) detailing Israel’s ethnic cleansing, genocide and war crimes against Christians, and non-Jews, in Palestine and the Holy Land. A detailed article on her speech is on the news website of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com by editor Ray Hanania. Click here to view the complete article and photographs of the conference. This podcast is one of several that will be posted and written about at The Arab Daily News. Podcast.

Click here to read the story posted at The Arab Daily News.

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Seth Morrison of Jewish Voice for Peace discusses the peace process, BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement) and its limitations and achievements, and also why many American Jews support peace and compromise with Palestinians in contradiction of Israel's government.

Hosted by Ray Hanania on Talk of the Town Radio, Friday Sept. 10, 2014 and broadcast every Friday at 4 pm on WCEV 1450 AM Radio and simulcast on www.YahalaVoice.com. The website for Jewish Voice for Peace is www.JewishVoiceforPeace.org. Talk of the Town is hosted by Yahala Voice Radio and The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com. Talk of the Town radio is rebroadcast every Monday at 11 am on YahalaVoice.com.

Seth Morrison has held leadership posts in various local, regional and national Jewish organizations starting in college as a youth leader in Young Judea.  He is currently active in Jewish Voice for Peace serving on the Congressional Outreach Committee.

In 2011 Mr. Morrison resigned from the Washington DC Board of the Jewish National Fund in protest over repeated evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.  He chaired the Washington DC Metro Chapter of J Street in 2013 before becoming active in the BDS Movement.  His op-eds supporting Palestinian and Bedouin rights have been published in The Forward, The Jerusalem Post and +972 Magazine.

Mr. Morrison is also active in LGBTQ organizations and local politics in Northern Virginia.  Professionally he is a consultant specializing in marketing and strategic planning for both for and non-profit organizations.  Previously he was the SVP & General Manager of CTAM, a trade association serving the cable television industry.  As a marketer, he has been responsible for major local and national marketing, PR and social media campaigns for the cable television industry and non-profit organizations.

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