Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

10-24-14 Samir Khalil Arab American Democratic Club

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.

10-17-14 Raed Jarrar on Iraq, Palestine: Rush Darwish on American Arabs

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.

10-18-14 Farouk Shami at HCEF conference

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.

10-18-14 Hanan Ashrawi HCEF Conference Washington DC

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.

10-10-14 Seth Morrison Jewish Voice for Peace

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.

Bob Fioretti vows to re-establish Arab Advisory council & important role of Ethnics in Chicago

Bob Fioretti vows to re-establish Arab Advisory council & important role of Ethnics in Chicago (Segment 1)

Richard Silverstein discusses Israeli-Palestinian peace (Segment 2)

Chicago Alderman Robert "Bob" Fioretti, 2nd Ward, said he is running for mayor of Chicago to restore racial and ethnic diversity and to give all of the the city's communities a voice in the running of "their city." Fioretti will face Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Feb. 24, 2015 non-partisan mayoral election. Fioretti was the guest on Talk of the Town Radio Show hosted by award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist Ray Hanania, who covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. The show was broadcast on Friday October 3, 2014 on WCEV 1450 AM radio and simulcast live on YahalaVoice.com internet radio. Fioretti acknowledge that his interest is not in Middle East politics but rather in ensuring that every citizen of Chicago has an equal voice in strengthening their city.

"I know he [Emanuel] dismantled or completely ignored the Arab Advisory council that was in existence and I do want to reconstitute it and put it back because I think we need to listen to them," said Fioretti, who acknowledged it was a no-brainer to restore the involvement of the various ethnic and racial groups that have been shut out of the Emanuel administration.

To read a story on the interview visit the Arab Daily News online at: www.TheArabDailyNews.com

The radio show also included an interview segment with popular American Jewish blogger and writer Richard Silverstein who has championed the movement to bring peace to both Israel and Palestine. Silverstein discussed the challenges American Arabs face in educating Americans and giving them a balanced view of the facts. Richard's website is www.RichardSilverstein.com