Sam Rasoul discusses Arab political empowerment; Rateb Rabie discusses fate of Middle East Christians
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4 pm CST: Ray Hanania, host of Talk of the Town Radio show on www.YalahaVoice.com and WCEV 1450 AM Radio, interviews Virginia 11th District Delegate (State legislator) Sam Rasoul on his political career and his successful election in November 2013 and his election coming up in November 2015. Rasoul talks about the issues and the importance of American Arabs engaging in politics. He also discusses how anti-Arab racism and hate were used int he final days of his campaign by his opponent who libelously accused him of being associated with al-Qaeda and Islamic extremists. Despite the attack, Rasoul was easily elected.
4:30 pm Hanania expresses his views on the firing of Steven Salaita and the role of University of Illinois Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy calling for Kennedy’s firing by Gov. Pat Quinn. Only one trustee at the UIUC Board, James Montgomery, voted to honor the job offer that was denied to Salaita over his criticism, posted on his Twitter account, against the government of Israel.
4:50 pm Hanania interviews the President of the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation Sir Rateb Rabie about the appearance of Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a so-called conference on Middle East Christians. Cruz viciously attacked Arab Christians when some in the audience booed his assertions that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism. For more information visit The Arab Daily News website at www.TheArabDailyNews.com.
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RAY HANANIA — Op-Ed writer, author, radio host, podcaster
Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 at the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. He began writing in 1975 publishing The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues as Special US Correspondent for the Arab News ArabNews.com, at TheArabDailyNews.com, and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronical, and Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
Hanania is the US Special Correspondent for the Arab News Newspaper, covering Middle East and Arab American issues. He writes for the Southwest News newspaper group writing on mainstream American issues.