The Arab Daily News Podcast

02-23-17 Vanessa Redgrave’s righteous courage at the 1978 Oscars

02-23-17 Vanessa Redgrave's righteous courage at the 1978 Oscars

Actress Vanessa Redgrave is a righteous and true champion of justice, a quality she courageously demonstrated during the 1978 Academy Awards presentations of the Oscars. Redgrave won an Oscar for her performance in the Hollywood film Julia, about a woman who raised mone to help fight the Nazis and save Jews from the Holocaust.

But, she also produced a documentary showing the righteous struggle of the Palestinian people against the violence and atrocities of the State of Israel. As a result, members of the terrorist organization the Jewish Defense League protested against her during the Oscars. And when she got up to accept her Oscar, she responded to the racist anti-Arab and anti-Muslim terrorist haters promising to continue her fight to help the oppressed.

Racist and bigoted Hollywood producer Sidney Paddy Chayefsky, who produced the racist anti-Arab hate film Network, later got up and denounced Redgrave declaring ridiculously that the Oscars was no place for political speeches and that she should just shut up.

Redgrave was punished for standing up for justice but she never caved. As the mainstream American news media, which is the promoter of anti-Arab hate and anti-Muslim bigotry, reflected on the 88th Academy Awards this week, they remembered many of themost notable moments of the past but did not mention Redgrave's courageous stand for justice against the pro-Israel bullies.

This podcast is the audio version of my column that was published in the Arab News on feb. 23, 2017.

Click here to read the column at the Arab News in Saudi Arabia.

Get more information on Ray Hanania by visiting his personal website at



02-23-17 Podcast Close from Ray Hanania

02-23-17 Podcast Close from Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania describes his podcasts and websites where you can read all his column including at the, the and on his personal website

And Hanania explains some thoughts on why he launched to document and confront bias and racism in the mainstream American news media:

Thanks for listening to my podcasts. I really appreciate it.

I’m not a journalist or a reporter but I do write Opinion Column Commentaries, like the one you just heard. I write about American politics and issues for a group of newspapers in Chicago, the Southwest Newspaper Group.

I also write about Middle East politics and issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and for the American Arab online news and opinion website,

I archive all my columns on my personal website at where you can also find info on my books, my biography, and contact me. I love to hear what you think, even if we don’t agree. I hope you will share your opinions.

Recently, I also launched a new website called which documents instances of bias and bigotry by the mainstream American News Media. I believe today’s American mainstream news media is corrupt. Over the years, it has been the driving force fueling the racism and hatred against minorities, including Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, Arabs and especially Palestinians. Oh sure, some reporters do a great job but the system is corrupt and broken. The news media is the biggest political organization in America, and it excludes and attacks those who challenge their political biases and sacred cows.

Instead of being objective and fair reporters, many hide behind the concept of a free press and press freedoms to twist news to reflect their partisan and subjective views and opinions and favorites. They give you opinion under the fake guise of being objective, when they are not.

If they like you, they are fair. If they don’t like you, you have no chance. Biased reporters can be vicious and they are the biggest hypocrites. If you criticize them, they whine, cry foul and respond with even more venom and bias.

I want to change that.

America needs an objective and fair news media that reports the facts, not opinions. And when they do express opinions, they must claim them openly and honestly and be accountable for those views. That’s what I do.

I hope you check it out and support my efforts online, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thank you again for your time and your support.



02-09-17 Moderate Arab nations must lead in Trump era

02-09-17 Moderate Arab nations must lead in Trump era

Columnist Ray Hanania discusses the importance of moderate Arab countries like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates forging a new leadership to work with President Donald Trump during the next four years to ensure that the moderate interests of the Arab people are protected and advanced.

Trump has shown he wants to be a centrist on Middle East issues, despite a strong friendship with Israel. But that friendship with Israel does not mean that Trump has to support Israel's far rightwing agenda. He has already expressed concerns with some critical Israeli policies.

This is the column commentary podcast of Ray Hanania's column which appeared in the Arab News in Saudi Arabia on Thursday Feb. 9, 2017.

Moderate Arab nations must lead in the new Trump era 

For the Arab News Feb. 9, 2017, Updated for Audio Podcast

By Ray Hanania

Assertions that Donald Trump is unfair to the needs of the Arab World are misleading and contradict facts, much like the claim that the newly elected American president Donald Trump “hates” Muslims.

Trump’s efforts to crack down on Islamic extremists who have openly vowed to kill Americans has been widely misinterpreted and wrongly denounced as a “Muslim ban.” It is clearly also not true that Trump has abandoned core issues of justice in the Arab World.

So far, when you look more closely, Trump’s actions are those of a President who is clearly seeking to embrace a more “centrist” approach to Middle East challenges.

Although Trump is scheduled to meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Iran and the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Trump has already started to build a strong base of understanding with moderate Arab World leaders.

Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with a Middle East leader was with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. The Jordanian Monarch had also met with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington D.C.

Click here to read the full column



01-26-17 The Power of Hollywood Movies

The Power of Hollywood Movies in the Palestine & Middle East conflicts

Ray Hanania's podcast is an audio version of his column published  Jan. 26, 2017  in th Arab News in Saudi Arabia. It discusses the power of movies and how they can significantly alter, change and impact the beliefs of the American people. Why are not stories of Arab, Muslim and Palestinian suffering told to the American people in Hollywood Movies the way the Israelis use movies to distort and exaggerate theirown stories. The Israelis lie but all Palestinians need do is tell the truth through film to make a significant difference in the American understanding of the Palestine and Middle East conflict.

How Hollywood movies define American policies

Published in the Arab News Jan. 26, 2017

By Ray Hanania

The battle between the biased American news media and President Donald Trump wasn’t the only thing on the minds of Americans during these past few weeks.

Nearly 20 million Americans went to theaters to watch “Patriots Day,” a dramatization of how two Chechen Muslims killed four Americans and injured hundreds more during a five-day terror campaign that began at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Although the 143-minute movie vaguely presented some of the motives of the two bombers, brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the focus was on the suffering of the victims and the people involved in capturing them. In the end, the film brought American audiences together against terrorism by Muslims.

It was a very emotional film, only one of a dozen of movies that define Arab and Muslim terrorism against Americans.

Movies like this strengthen the American resolve against terrorism while reinforcing stereotypes such as the false notion that terrorism only occurs when an Arab or a Muslim kills and American civilian. Most Americans don’t consider it terrorism when an American or an ally like Israel kills Arabs or Muslims. ...

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02-03-17 Understanding Trump’s Suspension of Immigration

Understanding Trump's Suspension of Immigration

Ray Hanania's podcast Feb. 3, 2017 discusses President Donald Trump's suspension of immigration from radical Iran and six other Arab countries that are in total and violent disarray, and why it is important to strengthen our borders and protect Americans from terrorists.

The podcast is an expansion of his exclusive and award winning weekly columns published at the, and his personal website

Understanding the reality of Trump’s immigration policy

By Ray Hanania

President Donald Trump ordered the suspension of immigration from seven Muslim countries for 90 days and the entrance of refugees for 120 days fulfilling his much maligned campaign vow to crackdown on illegal immigration.

The seven countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Immediately, nearly every Arab and Muslim organization in America joined in condemning Trump’s Executive Order calling it “anti-Muslim,” and referring to it as a “Muslim ban.”

None of the organizations, however, denounced the mainstream American news media which roundly demanded to know why Trump did not expand that order to also include Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Jordan. 

Sadly, many Arabs and Muslims in America have been duped once again into believing that the mainstream American news media, Americans as a society and the many protestors who have denounced Trump’s action the “Muslim ban” really care about Arabs or Muslims.

They don’t.

Here is the truth that the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim media doesn’t want to report, and that the protestors are ignoring. ... Continue reading the column by clicking here.



01-26-17 Jane Byrne, Donald Trump and fighting news media bias

Jane Byrne, Donald Trump and fighting news media bias

Podcast of Ray Hanania's column on how former Mayor Jane M. Byrne tried to confront bias in the news media and almost succeeded, but how President Donald Trump can overcome news media bias by using the Internet, blogging and social media that was not available to Byrne in 1979.

The American mainstream news media is racist and biased and often act like a political party rather than an objective journalism profession that they claim to be. There is a difference between reporting and Journalism, with opinion, column and commentary writing. Many journalists and reporters act as opinion commentators. Journalists on TV News report not as objective reporters and journalists but as powerful opinion commentators asserting their opinions and their interpretations of facts rather than reporting the facts.

There is nothing wrong with opinion commentary but there is somethign wrong with reporting that claims to be objective but in fact is tainted with commentary, subjective opinion and political partisan interpretation.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist, feature writer and author. He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Permission is granted to republish column in its entirety with full attribution. Email him at  with comments. Hanania writes on Middle East issues for  and on mainstream issues for  .) 

The Podcast Opinion Editorial Commentary (Op-Ed) is from a version of this column that appeared on and shorte rversions that were published in Chicago newspapers and on Hanania's online news and opinion websites listed above.

Don't forget to follow Ray Hanania on Twitter at and on Facebook at



01-13-17 Arab Radio on Obama and Trump presidency’s

01-13-17 Arab Radio on Obama and Trump presidency's

Radio Podcast with host Ray Hanania, Friday Jan. 13, 2017, sitting in to host Radio Baladi on WNZK AM 690 radio.

Hanania writes a weekly column on Thursdays for the Arab News at and publishes his own writings and columns at and at his personal website

Hanania supports peace, justice for the Palestinians, non-violence and a rejection of the ikhras fanatics who are a cancer in our Arab culture. He also rejects the identity of us being Muslim and Christian, and believe the focus should be on both by identifying ourselves as ARAB and ARAB FIRST.

The show topic is the reaction of Obama’s farewell speech and the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Guests are:

Dr. Sahar Khamis is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland and an expert on Arab and Muslim Media. She is a media communicator, a public speaker, a human rights commissioner, and a radio host.

David Alexander Bullock is a graduate of Morehouse College. He received a Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Wayne State University in 2003. He has served as an adjunct college professor in Michigan and Illinois. He is the past President of the Highland Park NAACP. He is a past President of the Detroit Chapter of the Operation Rainbow Push and the state of Michigan Coordinator. He is nationally recognized as a key organizer of the successful campaign to repeal the Controversial Emergency Manager Law PA4. He is currently the Pastor of the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan.


Here is a link to the column ont he radio show.


01-11-17 Sprint Automated Voicemail Hell system

01-11-17 Sprint Automated Voicemail Hell system

I called Sprint becauseI changed my account and they have been double billing me now for a month. They sent me a bill for my old account and charged me $274, and then sent me a bill for my new account and charged me $260. The new account covered the billing period of Dec. 5 through Jan. 4, 2017. That second bill came last week. I paid both.

Then I got a new bill for the old account with a -189 credit. And then a new bill for the new account for the same period Dec. 5 through Jan. 4, 2017 but this time for $259.97.

I figured, OK, something is out of whaack with Sprint.


So, I called the "Contact Us" number 1-888-211-4727.

I found myself in a 2 and 1/2 minute long voice mail hell of choices, most of which were marketing choices to push me to pay my bill automatically instead of by mail, or advertising pitches to get me to buy more services.

I waited patiently to each group of options, 1 through 5 and selected each number. When I finally got to where I wanted to be, the system gave me options -- none of which helped -- and then told me to go to to get my answeres.

When I touched Zero to get a live human being, the system simply said "Thank you for calling, Good bye."

And they hung up on me.

What a piece of crap Sprint is. I have been with them for some 15 years. I live in the suburbs but they have been charging me $24 in Chicago taxes and I have been trying to get them to stop that tax. I live in the suburbs The account is in the suburbs. I have one 312 number and three 708 numbers.

So now I am left with the only real option, taking my cell phones to another cell phone provider, maybe one that cares more about their customers than about making money.

I pay my bill on time every month. A Perfect record. And yet I can't get service. Worse, is that I have to suffer through those crappy Sprint TV Commercials which offer non-Sprint users a huge discount to trade in their phones from other providers to Sprint.

But as a Sprint customer for some 15 years, I don't get that option at all.

Read my column by clicking here.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and former Chicago City Hall reporter. Email him at Read his columns in the Des Plaines Valley News, the Southwest News Herald, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers, and



11-24-16 Data on anti-Arab, anti-Muslim racism distorted

Data on anti-Muslim racism being distorted for politics

American Muslims are being exploited like pawns in a giant political football game between the left and the right. The data is being twisted to reflect the needs of the political groups at the expense of Muslims and Arabs in America. Just look at the statistics 

By Ray Hanania


American Muslims are being exploited like pawns in a giant political football game between the left and the right.

Each side wants to twist and distort data regarding anti-Muslim discrimination to suit their own agenda, and narrowing it to address the generic concerns of “Muslims” while avoiding the more controversial issues of Arabs that leads to an unwanted discussion of anti-Palestinian biases.

The concern isn’t about what’s best for Muslims, or even for Arabs in America. Keep in mind that most Americans don’t distinguish between Arab Muslims and Arab Christians so when someone says they hate Muslims, they also mean they hate Christian Arabs, too.

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Thank you for listening to my column commentary Podcast at … My columns address issues from around the world including news, politics and slice-of-life topics from Chicago to Jerusalem. This podcast is an audio production of those print newspaper columns, and also features other independent audio.

My mainstream columns appear in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers every Wednesday and Thursday and are viewable online, too, at

My columns on Middle East topics appear every Thursday in the Arab News newspaper and online at the

Download my Free Podcast App from the Apple Store or visit my website at


11-23-16 Ruthless Thanksgiving dinner over presidential election

Ruthless Thanksgiving this year with politics as side dish

Thanksgiving will be under more pressure this year in dining rooms across America if Facebook is any indicator of how Americans feel. The politics of the recent presidential election campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will have an impact, according to recent polls. Here’s my look at the annual food festival, American heritage commemoration and expected conflicts from my seat at the head of the table

Published in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers, Illinois News Network, Thursday Nov. 24, 2016.

By Ray Hanania


It doesn’t look like we can save Thanksgiving from the fall-out of the presidential election.

A recent survey of more than 1,000 Americans conducted by Meyocks Benkstein Associates in Iowa said more than half of the respondents said they expect the presidential elections and politics to be a concern this Thanksgiving.

It’s all about Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential elections. More than in any other election, the post-election animosity has reached record levels. (Clinton supporters were so convinced she would win, they just can’t get over it.)

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Thank you for listening to my column commentary Podcast at … My columns address issues from around the world including news, politics and slice-of-life topics from Chicago to Jerusalem. This podcast is an audio production of those print newspaper columns, and also features other independent audio.

My mainstream columns appear in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, and the Reporter Newspapers every Wednesday and Thursday and are viewable online, too, at

My columns on Middle East topics appear every Thursday in the Arab News newspaper and online at the

Download my Free Podcast App from the Apple Store or visit my website at