Radio Podcast: Istanbul Palestinian Diaspora conference

Radio Podcast: Istanbul Palestinian Diaspora conference
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Radio Podcast: Istanbul Palestinian Diaspora conference

Al Jazeera Journalist Ali Younes joins Columnist and radio talkshow host Ray Hanania in discussing the future of the Palestinians on live radio in Detroit on Friday March 17, 2017 on WNZK AM 690. Listen to the audio podcast of the radio show below

Al Jazeera English reporter and editor Ali Younes joins Radio Talkshow Host Ray Hanania on live radio in Greater Detroit to discuss the recent Palestinian Diaspora Conference that was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Palestinians face 70 years of oppressive occupation and a denial of their rights by Israel since 1948 in Israel and occupied Palestine, and brutality and violence by Israelis including in Occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem will mark 50 years this June 5.

What have Palestinians achieved? How can they move forward? Is the peace process with Israel worth the effort? Why has it failed? What needs to be done? Compromise or demand everything and a return to 1947? Those are issues the Diaspora Palestinians have been discussing as Palestinians remain oppressed and brutalized by Israel’s increasingly extremist and Apartheid government leadership.

Al Jazeera Journalist Younes wrote several reporters on the conference including showcasing the differing levels of diaspora empowerment between the Palestinians in the Middle East and the Palestinians in the West.

The Radio Baladi radio show was broadcast live in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 radio on the US Arab Radio Network (8 am EST until 9 am EST) and is podcast below.

Click here to read Younes’ story on the Diaspora conference.

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The hour long radio show features Younes and Hanania discussing the impact that growing up in the diaspora in the Middle East versus the West has had on Palestinians in the Diaspora, and which groups attended and which did not.

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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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