Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

02-06-15 Saudi Arabia womens rights ISIL oil

February 6, 2015

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.