Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

02-20-15 Hanania rants on Chicago’s Mayoral elections with callers

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.

Talk of the Town Radio is broadcast every Friday at 4 PM CST Central Chicago time and online live at www.YahalaVoice.com. You can download podcasts here or at iTunes. Visit www.TheArabDailyNews.com for more information.

02-25-15 Rush Darwish, Ray Hanania and Bob discuss Chicago’s Mayoral election

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.

Broadcast Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015 on 1450 AM Radio and simulcast live online at YahalaVoice.com radio.

02-13-15 Alexandra Halaby, Ali Younes on Chapel Hill, Palestine water rights

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.

02-13-15 Rush Darwish, Chapel Hill Shooting, American Muslim Arab relations

The Arab Daily News Radio show  2nd Friday of every month in Greater Detroit (690 AM) and Greater Washington DC (700 AM) radio with host Ray Hanania. Friday February 13, 2015. 7 am CST (8 AM EST Eastern).
Our Guest is Rush Darwish, radio talk show host and Palestinian American activist. Darwish helps raise funds for the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF) and organizes marathons in which supporters of Palestine show their colors and their pride. Rush hosts RiseUp Radio on 1450 AM Radio in Chicago every Wednesday at 4:30 pm and live on www.YahalaVoice.com. His website is www.riseupshow.com Rush also produces video broadcast programming and like many of us, we all recognize that we need to engage the news media and communicate better in this country in order to change American perceptions of Arabs.

Download this and other radio podcasts by Ray Hanania by visiting The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com … or by visiting iTunes …

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.

02-06-15 Asra Nomani on radicalism in Middle East

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.

Asra Nomani is a Muslim woman on a mission to help raise the voice of moderate Islam and drown out the extremists in the Arab and Muslim community. She’s taken a lot of grief about standing up to the fanatics, partly because the fanatics hate free intelligent women as much as they hate moderate Arabs, moderate Muslims … the extremists are exploiting the frustration of mainstream Muslims and mainstream Arabs who are abused not just in the West but in the middle East too … we need to do something and see the conflict not as Arab versus Jew or Muslim versus Christian, but rather as Moderate versus extremist … and we need to be as tough as the extremists in getting our message out.

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.

02-06-15 Saudi Arabia womens rights ISIL oil

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.

Guests include:

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.

01-30-15 Grant Smith on the evil Israel Lobby AIPAC

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.

Smith discusses the conference that IRMEP is planning on the Israel Lobby April 10 at the National Press Club.

On Talk of the Town radio with host Ray Hanania on 1450 AM Radio Friday's 4 pm live) CST Chicago time, and live on www.YahalaVoice.com.

Hanania is the editor of the Illinois News Network (www.IllinoisNewsNetwork.com) and editor of The Arab Daily News (www.TheArabDailyNews.com).