Radio podcast: Obama, Nikki Haley and Donald Trump

Radio podcast: Obama, Nikki Haley and Donald Trump
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Ray Hanania joins Bentley “Bawb” Patterson on Patterson’s weekly radio show on Yalaha Voice to discuss reaction to the news that Al Jazeera American (AJAM) will be closed in April, and to the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama and the Republican reaction by South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Halley

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Columnist and commentator Ray Hanania joins Bentley “Bawb” Patterson on his weekly radio show on on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2016 to discuss the final State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama, and also the response presented by the Republican Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley. Hanania and Patterson also discuss the announcement that Al Jazeera America (AJAM) will be closing in April 2016.

The two discuss the failure of AJAM to overcome the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism of Americans and the longstanding battle by conservatives and racist haters to prevent the broadcast of any Arab-based news station in America beginning with Al Jazeera Satellite TV, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America. Hanania argues that a part of the failure of AJAM has to do with the failure of the Arab World to recognize the significance of producing journalism content in English and to produce media coverage that conveys the truth of the Arab cause to Americans in English.

Hanania, a freelance feature writer for Al Jazeera English, talks about the challenges of overcoming the racist anti-Arab and anti-Muslim policies of the mainstream American News Media and the failure of Arab World media to hire more American Arabs to produce quality journalism content.

English: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

English: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hanania also challenges the popular notion that somehow Nikki Haley is a positive alternative to the rising Xenophobia of America.s Haley is a Republican Governor from South Carolina who not only criticized Obama but also criticized Donald Trump, conveying a false sense that the Republican Party rejects anti-Arab and ant-Muslim racism. Haley was also described as a minority, being born in India overseas. But Haley is Sikh and Indians have been among the most anti-Arab minority in the West and the most pro-Israel community supporting Israel’s oppression and brutality against Palestinian civilians, Palestinian human rights andPalestinian statehood.

Hanania argues that while much of what Trump says is wrong, the truth is that Trump is the more honest of the Republican candidates for President, sarcastically saying that Trump may be a Democratic plant to expose the true face of Republican racism and hatred. He also criticizes Hillary Clinton, arguing that she has become her own worst enemy losing much of the popular support she had over the past 8 years when she challenged Obama in 2008 for the presidency. Hanania sarcastically suggests that Bill Clinton — the real attraction of supporters of Hillary Clinton (many are supporting Hillary hoping to return to the glory years of President Bill Clinton) should do a “Caitlin Jenner” and become a transgender, “Barbara Clinton” possibly allowing him to sidestep the American law which prevents anyone from serving as president for more than 10 years (or two full terms in office.

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Yahala Voice Studio

For more information on the show visit Patterson’s radio show is broadcast live every Wednesday online at 4:05 PM CST Chicago time. For more information on Ray Hanania, visit

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

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.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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