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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. www.Hanania.com This podcast is on American and Middle East politics. His Arab News Radio Show Podcast is available at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. www.Hanania.com This podcast is on American and Middle East politics. His Arab News Radio Show Podcast is available at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow

    The worsening economic conditions in Jordan, and the Oak Lawn arrest of an Arab teenager with a gun and drugs

    The worsening economic conditions in Jordan, and the Oak Lawn arrest of an Arab teenager with a gun and drugs

    Radio Baladi Friday August 5, 2022 with Guest Host Ray Hanania WNZK AM 690

    The worsening economic conditions in Jordan, and the Oak Lawn arrest of an Arab teenager with a gun and drugs

    It's Friday August 5, 2022 and I'm your guest host Ray Hanania live this morning on WNZK AM 690 radio broadcasting live in Dearborn, Michigan ......

    We are also live streaming at facebook.com/USArabRadio

    This morning we'll talk about the worsening economic conditions in Jordan, and the Oak Lawn arrest of a teenager with a gun and the community protests with our guest reporter and writer Ali Younes

    We're broadcasting live on the US Arab Radio Network Facebook page at USArabRadio ... check it out and share your comments there

    Make sure to check out my columns and news stories at ArabNews.comand at Hanania.com

    And, don't forget to listen to my new syndicated radio show "The Ray Hanania Show" broadcast every Wednesday at 5 PM Eastern brought to you by the US Arab Radio Network and sponsored by Arab News Newspaper on WNZK AM 690 right here in Dearborn, and on: WDMV AM 700 in Washington DC Maryland and Virginia;

    The show is rebroadcast on Thursdays in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 at 7 AM EST and in Chicagoland and NW Indiana at 12 noon on WNWI AM 1080.

    • 59 min
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, & Biden's recent surge of bill passages, S4 E2, 08-04-22 Thursday

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, & Biden's recent surge of bill passages, S4 E2, 08-04-22 Thursday

    Two Guys on Politics: discuss Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, & Biden's recent surge of bill passages
    S4 E2, 08-04-22 Thursday

    In a live broadcast on Facebook, former Congressman Bill Lipinski and former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania, and producer Brian Broeking, discuss Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, & Biden's recent surge of bill passages.

    “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest.

    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005. He currently writes the “Right from the Center” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group go to www.Hanania.com; and Middle East column and news at the Arab News Newspaper www.ArabNews.com

    Brian Broeking is a young entrepreneur with experience and background in finance, and business strategies.

    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com
    Our Facebook page is:
    https://www.facebook.com/TwoGuysOnPolitics
    Watch it on Youtube at:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8sr5Cpaf6Y

    • 28 min
    Liz Gorman vs Sean Morrison in the 17th Cook County District June 28, 2022

    Liz Gorman vs Sean Morrison in the 17th Cook County District June 28, 2022

    Liz Gorman vs Sean Morrison in the 17th Cook County District June 28, 2022

    Season 4, Episode 1 Ray Hanania on Politics

    The heated battle between former Cook County Commissioner and tax fighter Liz Gorman and beleaguered incumbent Sean Morrison in the 17th District is a battle to save the Republican Party in Cook County. Gorman has a proven record fighting for the rights of taxpayers while in his first full term Morrison has done little for the taxpayers. Instead, Morrison has partnered with one of the worst politicians in Illinois history Keith Pekau, the extremist Mayor of Orland Park whose only asset is to turn friends into enemies.

    Morrison is a pariah who needs to be removed from office. If he wins the June 28, Republican Primary election, he is certain to loose the seat to a Democrat, eliminating any Republican representation in the 17th District. If Gorman wins the Republican Primary, Gorman can easily keep the County Board seat for Republicans and use it to rebuild the Republican Party that Sean Morrison has abandoned with horrible leadership and a lack of creative ideas.

    Morrison has an albatross on his shoulders, his mishandling of the case of his former Senior Vice President Anthony Martin who was convicted of sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl. Morrison defended Anthony Martin saying he needed him for his business and werote a letter to the judge in support of leniency and Martin's efforts to get probation. But after Morrison wrote the letter, Martin went on Morrison Security business in Colorado and using a Morrison Security cell phone sexually harrassed another 14-year-old girl, this time who turned out to be an undercover police investigator. Only 19 days after Morrison went for Martin's defense, Martin was arrested and charged.

    It's a sordid tale. You can read all about that and the political battle by visiting my website at www.Hanania.com.

    (Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter. A political analyst and CEO of Urban Strategies Group, Hanania's opinion columns on mainstream issues are published in the Southwest News Newspaper Group in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers. His Middle East columns are published in the Arab News. For more information on Ray Hanania visit www.Hanania.com or email him at rghanania@gmail.com.)

    Follow Hanania on Twitter at Twitter.com/rayhanania.

    Subscribe to Ray Hanania's column by CLICKING HERE.

    • 20 min
    Two Columns: Congress cares more about Israel than the American People: the war against Christopher Columbus S3E8

    Two Columns: Congress cares more about Israel than the American People: the war against Christopher Columbus S3E8

    Two Columns: Congress cares more about Israel than the American People: the war against Christopher Columbus

    Season 3, Episode 8, October 13, 2021

    Columnist and author Ray Hanania looks at two issues. The first is the battle to pass a $3.5 billion budget to address the needs of the American infrastructure and the social welfare needs of the American people. That bill has been bogged down in bitter internal Democratic and partisan Republican versus Democrat debate. But as it became clear that the package would not be approved as quickly as President Biden had hoped, Biden and the Democrats decided to put the interests of Israel's government ahead of the interests of the American people and removed a part of the stalled budget plan to give Israel $1 billion in American taxpayer money to pay for the "Iron Dome."
    Although the Congress could not rally together to pass the important spending plan for the American people, they were able to separate Israel's bills from the bigger bill and vote on it separately. 424 members of Congress voted for that bill to help a foreign country, although they can't come together to help the American people. Nine members of Congress voted against the bill and two others voted present, noting voting for or against it.

    It shows you Congress and the Senate care more about the interests of Israel than the interests of the American people.

    In the second segment, Ray Hanania talks about the campaign by a minority (not n a racial sense but in a quantitative sense) of fanatic extremists to tear down the statues of Christopher Columbus who discovered America in 1492. The extremists start their hypocritical false narrative of history from that date claiming that Columbus was a racist terrorist who brutalized the indigenous people of North America when he arrived. In truth, they don't talk about the brutality and racism of the so-called indigenous populations that arrived in North America before Columbus and savaged the real indigenous people who were living here, destroying their culture and enslaving their people. 

    Among the worst and most brutal Native American tribes that swept in during their invasion and "discovery" of North America were the Comanches who savaged and murdered hundreds of thousands of peaceful people who were living in North America. They enslaved them and stole their lands, only to see those lands taken by the settlers who followed the discover by Columbus.

    Other examples that expose the hypocrisy of the anti-Columbus fanatics is the Aztecs.

    The difference is that after Columbus, the world's greatest Democracy was formed, America. And in today's America, the remnants of the Native Americans who savaged the plaines long before Columbus arrived have equal rights and benefit from this Democracy that followed in Columbus' wake.

    To read Ray Hanania's column on Columbus, Click here.

    To read all of Ray Hanania's columns visit his web hub at www.Hanania.com. Or, visit www.SuburbanChicagoland.com.

    Listen to Ray Hanania's discussions with John Kass on Kass' podcast "The Chicago Way" by clicking here.

    • 18 min
    Ald. Lopez says Mayor Lightfoot's failures empower street gangs S3E7

    Ald. Lopez says Mayor Lightfoot's failures empower street gangs S3E7

    Alderman Lopez says Mayor Lightfoot's failures empower street gangs

    Special Column/Podcast Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

    Season 3, Episode 7

    15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez in an interview this week told me that Mayor Lori Lightfoot has not only failed to confront street gangs but has empowered them with her rhetoric and failed policies. Coupled with States Attorney Kim Foxx's failed policies, street gangs are emboldened and the Chicago Police have been weakened. Ald. Lopez said that must change.

    By Ray Hanania Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez said that Mayor Lori Lightfoot sudden concern to confront street gangs is driven by politics, not by a concern for the or its citizens.

    One of several City Council members who have challenged Lightfoot’s failure in confronting street gang violence and the COVID pandemic, Lopez said Monday “anything is possible” when asked if he might run for mayor.

    Lopez entered public service in 1996 as a volunteer in the 23rd Ward organization of then Democratic Committeeman and Congressman Bill Lipinski, one of Chicago’s most powerful political organizations and then moved to the 15th Ward where he won office in 2012 at Committeeman and alderman in 2015.

    He was not hesitant to criticize Lightfoot accusing her policies of undermining the police noting that during her first two years in office empowered the street gangs which he called “the central issue” facing the city.

    Click here to read the entire column

    • 18 min
    How Jackie Mason missed an opportunity to promote peace S3E6

    How Jackie Mason missed an opportunity to promote peace S3E6

    Jackie Mason and how he missed the punchline of his life July 26, 2021

    Season 3, Episode 6

    Ray Hanania looks back at his fight with Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason when Hanania was booked to perform at Zanies Comedy Club in August 2002, nearly one year after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Hanania explains how he turned to comedy as means of helping Americans to better understand Arabs, Palestinians and Muslims and talks about his background. He also discusses how humor is a fundamental talent of great journalists and one of the most powerful forms of effective communications.

    Zanies had been working with Hanania through 2001 and 2002 and his comedy performances were getting coverage from major news media including CNN, the Today Show and many regional newspapers. An Arab American performing comedy after Sept. 11, 2001 was a news story.

    In July 2002, Zanies informed Hanania that they were going to give him his own show, 9 performances over a six day period. Several weeks before the performance, Zanies owner Rick Uchwat called him to say that Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason needed a place to practice his comedy in preparation for a new Broadway show in late September and October. He asked if Hanania had a problem appearing with Mason, a Jewish comedian. Hanania said of course not. Zanies took 3 of Hanania's shows and made Mason the opening act and Hanania the feature act. When Mason finished the three shows, Hanania would return to be the opening major act for the remaining six shows.

    Hanania thought it was big break. But on the opening night on Tuesday, Mason's wife/manager Jyll Rosenfeld called to say that Mason did not want Hanania to open for him because "he is Palestinian."

    The performance had been filled with Hanania's friends, family, relatives and even the news media. Linda Moses, the Zanies Manager, called Hanania at home before he left for the show to tell him, only two hours before the opening, that Mason isn't want him to be on the show.

    In this audio podcast, Hanania talks about all that the media coverage, Mason's hypocrisy and lies, and why Zanies and the news media sided with Mason, a famous Hollywood comedian and actor rather than with him, a SouthSide Chicago former Vietnam Era Veteran and former City Hall Newspaper reporter.

    Subscribe to Ray Hanania's free eNewsletter and get the latest columns and podcasts and information on his public performances and comedy shows by visiting www.SuburbanChicagoland.com. 

    Read Ray Hanania's column on this topic in the Arab News Newspaper by clicking here.

    • 22 min

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