Ray Hanania’s Podcast: Mainstream & Middle East

Illinois Taxes, Mosque Massacres, Israeli election chicanery

March 24, 2019

Illinois Taxes, Mosque Massacres, Israeli election chicanery

Podcast Illinois Taxation, Mosque Massacre in New Zealand and Israel, and Israel's election chicanery, March 24, 2019

This is Ray Hanania's Podcast, The Middle East & Mainstream Podcast, which explores every issue under the sun, from mainstream to the Middle East, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard-hitting opinions and insight and even humor. 

In this episode of Ray Hanania's Podcast, Ray explains talks about his columns published this week in the three main syndication carriers. First is his mainstream column published in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of eight newspapers in Chicagoland. This column focuses on how Illinois is the 49thworst state when it comes to taxation, and how Gov. J.B. Pritzker is making a serious mistake by trying to address the state’s financial troubles by increasing taxes. The cause of Illinois’ problems are the excessive pensions given to reward political patronage, not hard-earned career work. The way to address the pension problem is through pension reform, not through increasing taxes.

The Middle East portion of the podcast addresses two topics, the first in Middle East Monitor online, the London website, Hanania writes about how the New Zealand massacre of 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch reminds us of the very first terrorist attack against a mosque that took place by an American in Hebron on Feb. 25, 1994, just over 25 years ago. The terrorist, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, was from Chicago and had dual citizenship both Israeli and American. Goldstein was serving in the Israeli military, not in the American military, an issue of “dual loyalty” that Minnesota Congresswoman Ihlan Omar raised in her criticism of biased pro-Israel support. Goldstein killed 50 Muslims who were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque and injured more than 125 others.

The second Middle East column is published in the esteemed Arab News in Saudi Arabia and speaks to the efforts b Israel’s rightwing Apartheid government to undermine the voting rights on non-Jews in Israel. It speaks to Israel’s parliamentary system and how it is constructed to undermine the rights of Christian and Muslim voters in Israel.

Ray Hanania has two podcasts now, one called Ray Hanania’s Middle East & Mainstream podcast, and my new one called “Ray Hanania on Politics” … both podcasts are available for download from iTunes and many other podcast systems. I’ll be shifting from Podbean to do exclusive podcasting for the “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast. 

The new websites you can check are RayHananiaOnPolitics.com and also OnDeadlinePodcast.com. But remember, you can go to Hanania.com to view links to all of Ray Hanania’s mainstream, Middle East columns, and all of Ray Hanania’s podcasts and videos, too. 

Hanania has covered politics since 1976, including City Hall from 1977 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times.

For more information on Ray Hanania's Podcasts, writings and syndicated columns visit his website at www.Hanania.com