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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough & tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and a wide range of topics including seniors and humor. He also writes and host a radio show on Middle East issues for the prestigious Arab News Newspaper at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow. You can subscribe to his 4-Times Weekly Syndicated columns by visiting https://RayHanania.com

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough & tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and a wide range of topics including seniors and humor. He also writes and host a radio show on Middle East issues for the prestigious Arab News Newspaper at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow. You can subscribe to his 4-Times Weekly Syndicated columns by visiting https://RayHanania.com

    02 28 24 Osama SIblani Publisher of Arab American News on Gaza and the anti Biden campaign

    02 28 24 Osama SIblani Publisher of Arab American News on Gaza and the anti Biden campaign

    02 28 24 Osama SIblani Publisher of Arab American News on Gaza and the anti Biden campaign

    Arab American News Newspaper publisher explains the depths of concerns of Arab Americans towards President Joe Biden and his inaction and failure to prevent Israel from continuing its genocide against Palestinians int he Gaza Strip.

    On Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024, Arab, Muslims and allies in the African American and Asian communities voted "uncommitted" in the Michigan Democratic Primary as a protest against Biden's primary nomination. Michigan is one of a handful of states in which Biden only narrowly defeated former President Donald Trump in 2020.

    More than 100,000 voters voted "uncommitted" rather than voting for Biden. Siblani discusses some of the insights that expose Biden's weakness, including that the Republican Primary attracted more than 1.1 million voters, while the Democratic primary barely received 750,000 total votes casts howing that the Democrtaic base in Michigan is in jeopardy.

    Siblani also discusses whether the protest can sustain itself through the Nov. 5, 2024 Presidential Elections where Biden is expected to once again face-off with Trump.

    Siblani's website is www.ArabAmericanNews.com

    For more information on Ray Hanania visit his Syndicated column page at www.RayHanania.com or www.Hanania.com



    #Podcast #Video @OsamaSiblani Publisher of #ArabAmericanNews discusses protest against Pres @JoeBiden in Michigan's Primary 2-27-24 over his failure to stop Israeli slaughter in #GazaStrip & impact on the Nov 5 presidential election vs @realDonaldTrump @rayhanania https://youtu.be/iCsubRWu8fU?si=IWedSGuAIZmjEwpr

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    02-15-24 Interview with Radio Host Mohammed Faheem S6E3

    02-15-24 Interview with Radio Host Mohammed Faheem S6E3

    02-15-24 Interview with Radio Host Mohammed Faheem S6E3

    Ray Hanania on Politics for Feb. 15, 2024 interviews Mohammed Faheem, the cohost of The Lightning Strike Radio SHow on WCPT 820 AM Progressive Talk Radio.

    Faheem co-hosts the show with former 45th Ward Ald. John Arena and the two discuss a wide range of issues including politics.

    Hanania and Faheem discuss the challenges that Arab Christians and Muslims, Muslims and people of color including Indians and Pakistanis and others face in an America that doesn't always have the knowledge about issues they face each day.

    Faheem is Indian and offers a perspective that isnot often heard in America.Visit https://www.TLSChicago.com for more information on the program each week and the scheduled guests.

    For more information Ray Hanania, visit https://RayHanania.com

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    01 30 24 Mahnoor Ahmad candidate for the 6th District on bias in 6th District S6E2

    01 30 24 Mahnoor Ahmad candidate for the 6th District on bias in 6th District S6E2

    01 30 24 Mahnoor Ahmad candidate for the 6th District on bias in 6th District

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    By Ray Hanania

    Mahnoor Ahmad, who is running for the 6th Congressional District candidate seat in the March 19, 2024 Democratic Primary Election, has been the targeted of bias and attacks from members of the Illinois Democratic Party.Democrats, fearing that incumbent Congressman Sean Casten will loose to her int he primary election, have been banning her from participating in Democratic candidate forums.

    Ahmad participated in the forums hosted by the League of Woman Voters in Elmhurst and in a forum in Naperville, but has been criticized by Democrats because protestors angry with Casten's unresponsive policies over the past two years have demanded that he be accountable. They are blaming Ahmad for the protests -- because she happens to be Muslim, a woman of color, and a minority.

    Ahmad also supports a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war to prevent the killing of more civilians. More than 30,000 people have been massacred in Gaza in the past four months.The Democratsare so desperate, they have even blocked her from participating in public forums in Milton Township, which includes the city of Wheaton, and she is being attacked by other Democrats.

    Ahmad is the only candidate who is speaking to the voters int he district as an American who believes in free speech and equality for all. Her issues fighting for the rights of seniors, who have been abandoned by Casten, resnotes with senior voters.No wonder Casten and his unresponsive Democratic minions have been angry and are working to exclude her from the election campaign.THIS IS AMERICA, not Russia. Sean. Ahmad is more American than you!



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    01-30-24 Washington Post attack on Women in Saudi Arabia is political hypocrisy S6E1

    01-30-24 Washington Post attack on Women in Saudi Arabia is political hypocrisy S6E1

    01-30-24 Washington Post attack on Women in Saudi Arabia is political hypocrisy S6E1

    By Ray Hanania

    S6E1 Jan. 30, 2024



    Tennis stars Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova co-wrote an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, one of America'smost influential and hypocritical newspapers in the country.

    The Washington Post is not the same fiercely independent newspaper of the 1970s Watergate years, but rather is today a biased partisan political platform that slams the Arab World, denigrates Arabs and Muslims, closes its eyes to anti-Palestinian brutality and hypocrisy -- publishing only enough, but not enough -- and pandering to the far Left against mainstream and conservative Americans.



    The Evert/Navratilova column urges that Saudi Arabia not be permitted to host the Women's Tennis Association finals because of "discrimination against women."

    The problem of course is that Evert/Navratilova are silent on the continued discrimination against women that exists right here int he United States. Are women equal in the United States? American men claim they are but they are not. They don't get equal pay. They are the victims of domestic violence far more often than men. They are not treated equally with men in business and coprorate life.

    But American spins a tale of equality that is just not true.

    When was the last time a woman was elected President?

    The fact is nations in this qworld evolve at different paces.

    In 2019, Saudi Arabia began a program to expand the freedoms of women, making them equal.

    Every religious society, including Christians, Muslims and Jews, discriminate in some form against women. Saudi Arabia, an Islamic nation, is working to expand women's rights.

    Instead of attacking them, they should encourage them.

    But the issue really isn't women's rights.

    The issue is politics. The issue is Saudi Arabia's politics. The issue is their criticism of Israel, their criticism of some American policies. And, their criticism of the hypocrisies that American politicians impose on others, including the Arab and Muslim world.

    Women in Saudi Arabia are leading the freedom movement and they should be encouraged. Nothing happens over night. And it doesn't happen on the hypocritical and politically motivated schedule of the United States, which continues to discriminate against women, Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, Arabs and many other minorities across the board.

    Here are some of the changes in Saudi Arabia on the rights of Women:

    Below are the legal advancements for women as of August 2019:
     On equal footing with men, women over the age of 21 may obtain a passport and
    travel abroad without the permission of a male relative.
     Women can now travel outside of the country without a male guardian.
     Women may register as a “head of household,” and identified as such on family
    ID Cards and papers, which gives them the right to legally act on their children’s
    behalf.
     Women may register the births of their children.
     Women received increased protection from employment discrimination.
     Women’s retirement age is the same as men’s retirement age (60 years of age).
     The closest female relatives, who are at least 18 years of age, can report cases
    of death.
    o Previously, the responsibility lied on the closest male relative, among
    others.
     Women may claim their own place of residency.
    o Previously, the place of residency for a woman is where her husband/legal
    guardian resides.
     Women may not be fired for pregnancy.
    o Previously, women could be fired for exceptions to the law. Those
    exceptions have been removed.
     Women have equal authority to register cases of marriage and divorce.
    o Previously, the responsibility lied primarily on men.



    Here are some links:

    Click here for the statement by Saudi Ambassador to the US

    Click here for the AP story on Evert/Navratilova

    Click here for an overview of women's rights advances in Saudi Arabia

    Click here for an overview of the slow stru

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    12-01-23 Israeli carnage in Gaza wipes out family of American NGO professional

    12-01-23 Israeli carnage in Gaza wipes out family of American NGO professional

    12-01-23 Israeli carnage in Gaza wipes out family of American NGO professional

    By Ray Hanania

    Chicago -- All 14-year-old Siwar Almadhoun wanted to do was play basketball while her nine-year-old brother, Omar, dreamed of one day playing soccer.

    But the dreams of the two young children were violently shattered in the early morning on Friday, November 24 while they slept when Israeli forces dropped massive bombs on their home in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip.

    Also killed in the indiscriminate Israeli carnage were their parents, Majed, 41, and Safa, 38, and two other children Reman, 18, who had just started college, and Ali, 7, said Hani Almadhoun, Majed's brother and an American who supervises charitable fundraising for needy families for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA-USA) in Washington D.C. Only two of Majed's daughters, Roa and Salam, survived the onslaught because they were married living with their families in Rafah.

    "Siwar, the basketball player. A 14-year-old girl. She loved basketball. The salt of this earth. A very sweet girl. She was killed. She did nothing. She was asleep just like her family. And half of her mom, only one half was recovered. Reman was recovered. Ali was recovered. ... their own cat was buried and killed next to them. They adopted a cat named Lucky, a very misfortunate name. They liked to call her Cici. She was killed between the two kids because they loved to play with her too much," Almadhoun, 42, told Arab News as he struggled through his grief.

    "The only body that was found immediately was Omar. He flew through the window to the street 20 meters away. They went to bury him. They went to find Majed and my mom knew her son was there. She was grieving and then on top of that no ambulances, no bulldozers were able to come to remove this rubble."

    Click this link to read the whole story:
    https://www.arabnews.com/node/2417526/middle-east

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    Ray Hanania interviews Amer Zahr on Israel carnage in Gaza and Arab American response

    Ray Hanania interviews Amer Zahr on Israel carnage in Gaza and Arab American response

    11-10-23 S5E4 Ray Hanania Interviews Amer Zahr on Israel propaganda and the war on Gaza won Radio Baladi in Detroit



    Radio Baladi Friday Nov. 10, 2023 with Ray Hanania
    WNZK AM 690

    Good morning everyone ... it is Friday Nov. 10, 2023 and I am Ray Hanania here at Radio Baladi on WNZK AM 690 Radio

    I host the program on the 2nd Friday of every month ...

    Today we're going to take your calls at 248-557-3300 and talk with our guest Palestinian American standup comedian and lecturer Amer Zahr about the Israel carnage of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the rising anti-Arab hate promoted in Congress, the news media and across the American political spectrum ... but mainstream Americans are increasingly questioning's Israel's violence which many have called "war crimes" ...

    Amer has a powerful narrative about the Israeli assault against Palestinian civilians in Gaza and we need to get the word out so Americans can hear the truth. His presentations are effective especially with American audiences ... his website is at www.AmerZahr.com that's AmerZahr.com

    We are broadcasting live on WNZK AM 690 radio and streaming live on the US Arab Radio Network at facebook.com/USArabRadio... check it out and share your comments there

    Make sure to check out my columns and news stories at ArabNews.com and at Hanania.com ... And follow me on Tiktok -- @RayHanania -- to keep up with my political reports and my standup comedy bits

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