Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

11-20-15 Nationalizing the Arab and Muslim Identity: Media Coverage of terrorism in Paris versus Beirut

Radio Podcast Nov. 20, 2015. How and why does the Western Media discriminate in its coverage of terrorist victims and incidents? Why was the Paris terrorism covered differently than the terrorism in Beirut only the day before? What are the factors that cause this phenomena that takes place in almost every incident, distinguishing acts of terrorism in the Arab and Muslim World from acts of terrorism in the West.

Host Sahar Khamis, professor of Communications interviews veteran journalist Ray Hanania.They discuss the factors that include the need to Nationalize the Arab and Muslim World into one identity; the politicization of terrorism against Arabs versus the humanizing of terrorism against targets in the West; is it driven by racism; what defines this distinction; how Israel's strategy against the Palestinians have become the blueprint for strategies to mis-portray Arab and Muslim rights. The solution? Learning as Arabs and Muslims to be tolerant of differing viewpoints and views in our community and becoming one community rather than 22 Arab national identities and two Muslim religious identity. We need to nationalize our image as Arabs and Muslims.

This podcast is a MUST LISTEN TO EVENT in order to understand the factors influencing this

Award winning radio host and University of Maryland Department of Communications Professor Sahar Khamis interviews veteran American Arab journalist Ray Hanania on the issue of the difference in how the Western Media covered the terrorism in Paris versus the terrorism in Beirut and the Arab and Muslim World

Dr. Sahar Khamis is an expert on Arab and Muslim media, and the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University. She is a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.

She is the co-author of the books: Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Additionally, she authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious academic and professional awards, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and the field of Arab and Muslim media, in particular.

Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker, a human rights commissioner in the Human Rights Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a radio host, who presents a monthly radio show on “U.S. Arab Radio” (the first Arab-American radio station broadcasting in the U.S. and Canada).

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist. He writes for al Jazeera English and Creators Syndicate. Hanania is the managing editor of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com.

Click here to read Hanania's analysis of the differences between the Western media coverage of the terrorism in Paris versus the terrorism in Beirut which occurred the day before, included the killing of three Americans, and receive dfar less worldwide fanfare than the terrorism the next day in Paris.

The radio show was broadcast on Friday Nov. 20, 2015 on WNZK AM 690 radio in Detroit and AM 700 radio in Washington DC at 8 am EST. Hosted by Dr. Sahar Khamis.

11-13-15 Muslim Truck Drivers win Discrimination lawsuit

The Arab Daily News Radio Show
Friday Nov. 13, 2015
Detroit, Washington DC 8 am EST. 55 minutes

Two Muslims filed a lawsuit when they were fired for refusing to deliver alcohol for an Illinois trucking company. The EEOC won the case but the case was never properly portrayed by the news media which denounced the verdict as Muslim entitlement and Muslim favoritism and even an example of Sharia Law.

We discuss the case with lead EEOC Attorney Aaron DeCamp on The Arab Daily News Radio show Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Although the rightwing news media twisted and distorted the case to present it as Muslims claiming privilege and entitlement, the EEOC notes that the plaintiffs had told the company when they were hired that they could not deliver alcohol and the company said it was not a problem. There were 1,100 employees and only two Muslims and in 2009, the company assigned an alcohol cargo to the first Muslim and 10 days later assigned an alcohol cargo to the second Muslim and both Muslims were fired three days later after refusing to deliver the alcohol cargoes. The case went to trial in 2015 and the trucking company admitted liability and acknowledged that they permitted drivers to turn away delivery assignments.

DeCamp explains the facts of the case and how this was a case of discrimination. The trucking company from downstate Illinois, was fined $240,000 by the jury.

We also discuss the issue of how to describe Arabs in America. Is it "Arab American" or is it "American Arab."

For more information about The Arab Daily News Radio show visit our website online at www.TheArabDailyNews.com. The show is broadcast live in Detroit and Washington DC every 2nd Friday of each month at 8 am EST on WNZK AM 690 in Detroit and on AM 700 radio in Washington D.C. You can listen to the show online when it is broadcast if you are not in the radio broadcast region, or in podcast format right here.

11-06-15 Dave Wassim Abdullah, Iyad Afalqa on elections and politics

The Arab Daily News Radio show with host Ray Hanania, Friday November 6, 2015. (Hanania is doing a special show this morning sitting in for Atef Gawad but he'll be back next Friday Nov. 13, 2015) to do his show which is scheduled the  2nd Tuesday of the month broadcasting live in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 and in Washington D.C. on AM 700 radio … hosted on Laila Al-Husini’s US Arab Radio Network Radio Baladi which broadcasts every morning at 8 AM Eastern Standard Time

The radio call-in line is 248-557-3300 … tell us what YOU THINK about the top issues in the American Arab and Muslim American community.

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Today’s guests:

8 am: Dave Wassim Abdallah elected to the Dearborn heights City Council. Mr. Abdallah talks about the challenges of being American Arab and Muslim running for public office and how he overcame them to win office in the Dearborn Heights City Council elections on Tuesday November 3, 2015. Abdallah promises he WON'T bring Sharia Law to Dearborn Heights ...

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8:30 Iyad Afalqa, vice chairman of the Arab American Democratic Caucus in California. Executive Board member of the Central Committee of the California Democratic Party. Mr. Afalqa talks about the importance of being engaged in American society and politics to make a difference not just for America but for issues including Palestine. Afalqa is the Democratic chairman representing a city of more than 250,000 residents.

Click here for Iyad's Facebook Page

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Info on Wassim Abdallah. Abdallah and his family have lived in Dearborn Heights since 2000. He has worked as a realtor in Dearborn Heights since 1989. Most importantly, Dearborn Heights is where he choose to raise his family. As a father, he knows how important it is to have safe neighborhoods and city services the public can rely on. As an experienced realtor, he knows the issues residents face, and how important it is to maintain our home values.

"I care very deeply about our community. As your councilman, I will fight for you everyday. As your councilman, I will be transparent, responsive, and will search for creative ways to fix our city’s challenges. My drive and passion are reflected in every job I take on. With your vote, I can utilize my keen business sense, and bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to City Hall. On your absentee ballot or in the polls on November 3, 2015, Please cast a vote for Wassim “Dave” Abdallah. Together we will pave the way for a brighter future in Dearborn Heights."

We also discuss the elections on Tuesday November 3, 2015 in nearby Hamtramck where voters  elected a Muslim Majority to their City Council. Elected were Yemeni-American Saad Almasmari, and re-elected were Bangladesh natives Abu Musa and Anam Miah. They join Bangladeshi member Mohammed Hassan. Muslims now hold four of the council’s six seats in a city that was settled by Germans, became predominantly Polish in the early 1900s, and now has a slight majority of Muslims from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

10-24-15 Interfaith Comedy Highlight Muslim, Christian & Jew

This podcast features the 30 minute highlight segment of the 90 minute Interfaith Comedy Show performance on October 24, 2015 by comedians Aaron Freeman, Arif Choudhury and Ray Hanania, with a special premiere standup performance by Aaron Hanania. The event was taped before an audience of more than 250 people in the auditorium of the Holy Cross Church in Deerfield, co-sponsored by Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community. For more information on the performers of the Interfaith Comedy Show, visit the websites AaronFreeman.com, RayHanania.com and Aaron Hanania’s website at Aaron411.com.


Deerfield, Il. – An interfaith gathering of people committed to promoting religious tolerance and inter-cultural dialogue will host a comedy show in Deerfield Oct. 24 featuring three comedians of different faiths.


The three performers at the show hosted by the Southeast Lake County Inter-Religious Council are Jewish comic Aaron Freeman, Muslim comic Arif Choudhury and Christian comic Ray Hanania, with a special surprise premiere standup comedy performance by high school student Aaron Hanania.


The show was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Deerfield at 7 pm.


It is the fourth show co-sponsored by a coalition of several area religious congregations who are part of the Southeast Lake County Inter-Religious Council (SELCIRCL) including Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community of Deerfield, Christ United Methodist Church of Deerfield, First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Holy Cross Catholic Church of Deerfield, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit of Lincolnshire, St. Gregory's Episcopal Church of Deerfield, and Zion Lutheran Church of Deerfield.


Freeman, who is Jewish, and Hanania, who is Palestinian, have performed together in the past under the label of The Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour that partnered with two Israeli-based comedians, Yisrael Campbell and Charley Warady. Choudhury is based in New York where he tours throughout the country. Aaron Hanania is Ray Hanania's 14-year-old son.


The Southeast Lake County Inter-Religious Council, (SELCIRCL), consists of the clergy of local Christian, Jewish and Bahai congregations from Southeast Lake County congregations. 


“Together, we explore issues of interfaith and intercultural dialogue in order to promote understanding and greater tolerance, and to work together on issues of social justice,” said Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld of Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community.


“This is not only one of our most popular annual programs, but it is one of our most important. Through the media of live performances, we have been able to address questions of prejudice and stereotypes, and in the process, open the discussion more widely to how we can overcome our differences and find our common humanity.”


Aaron Freeman, one of Chicagoland’s best known comedians and media personalities called the show a unique mix that doesn’t happen as often as it should.


“Any time you can have an Arab, a Jew and a Muslim together on a stage, it can be explosive. You never know what’s going to happen,” Freeman said. “You want to make sure you are there, as witnesses.”


Comedian Bios:


Arif Choudhury is a professional storyteller, filmmaker, theater artist, and stand-up comic.  He is currently working on a documentary film about folk storytellers in a remote village in China and just completed a short film entitled “Coloring”. Choudhury performs “More in Common than You Think,” his one-person program of stories for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals around the country and abroad.  He tells humorous stories of growing up in one of the few Bangladeshi-Muslim immigrant families in Chicago.  Focusing on issues of ethnic and religious identity, assimilation, multiculturalism, and diversity, his stories poke fun at how we think of one another.


Aaron Freeman is a comedian, MOOC enthusiast, the Artist In Residence for the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. I lecture on science communication for Harvard's science communication program “comscicon.” Along with my wife, the comics artist Sharon Rosenzweig, he creates comics and comic videos for the website “Graphic Medicine” and for The Annals of Internal Medicine. Freeman is an improv actor, auctioneer, MC, host, moderator  and “a great interview subject and all-around fun guy!” He is a member of The Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour, which performed in Israel, Palestine, Canada Ireland, and at campuses throughout the United States. His website is www.AaronFreeman.com.


Ray Hanania is an award winning journalist and Christian Palestinian activist and co-founder of The Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour. Hanania’s comedy lampoons his married life: His wife, Alison, and son, Aaron, are Jewish. Hanania is not a professional comedian but entered standup comedy as a form of peace activism, using humor to respond to rising anti-Arab stereotypes and hatred following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Hanania has performed in London, Beirut and Dubai and form Arab and Jewish groups throughout the United States. His website is www.Hanania.com. He writers for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper Group and Al Jazeera English




WHERE:     Holy Cross Catholic Church
724 Elder Lane, Deerfield, Illinois


WHEN:       Saturday, October 24, at 7 PM