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Ray Hanania on Politics, Media & Life

Ray Hanania on Politics, Media & Life

By Ray Hanania
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. His personal website is
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Interview with columnist Russ Stewart on Cook County politics S3E9
Interview with columnist Russ Stewart on Cook County politics Season 3 Episode 9, Oct. 20, 2021 Ray Hanania interviews Russ Stewart who has been covering Chicagoland and Cook County Politics for more than 48 years writing for the Nadig newspaper in the Northwest Side of Chicago. In this podcast, Stewart talks with Hanania about the Cook County Democratic Organization slating that took place this past week and focuses on two key races, challenges to County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Kaegi is vulnerable but Dart seems pretty strong. A total of 72 people appeared before the slating committee seeking the Democratic Party's backing for the election primary that will be held on June 28, 2021. The primary election has been pushed back because of the COVID Coronavirus pandemic. (It's usually held in February and March in election years). The Democratic Party consists of 50 Chicago Ward Committee "persons" and 30 Suburban Township Committee "persons." Stewart argues that the political times have shifted from the dominance once held by White males to female candidates and minorities, especially Latina candidates. The Chairman of the Party is Toni Preckwinkle, who is president of the Cook County Board. Both Kaegi and Dart are being challenged by minority women. Kari Steele, the president of the Metropolitan Water Rec-lamation District (MWRD), is challenging Kaegi. Dat is being challenged by Carmen Navarro Gercone, who is backed by Clerk of Circuit Court Iris Martinez, and LaTonya Ruffin, of Markham, both former sheriff employees. Check out more of Russ Stewart's Columns by visiting For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his personal website at Also check out his weekly podcast, "Two Guys on Politics" which features analysis by former Congressman Bill Lipinski.
October 20, 2021
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 Or, visit Listen to Ray Hanania's discussions with John Kass on Kass' podcast "The Chicago Way" by clicking here.
October 13, 2021
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
August 17, 2021
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  Read Ray Hanania's column on this topic in the Arab News Newspaper by clicking here.
August 09, 2021
Support our Police, fight for the Blue Line in Mount Prospect S3E5
Support our Police, fight for the Blue Line in Mount Prospect Season 3, Episode 5 Two Chicago Police officers were attacked by thugs who they pulled over during a routine traffic stop in West Englewood near 63rd and Bell Avenue on Saturday, August 7 at around 9 PM. One of the officers, Ella French, 29, was killed. The other was hospitalized. Had this been reversed with two minorities shot by police, there would be riots and protests and calls to defund the police. But instead the activists are fighting to defend the criminals and are stepping up their campaign to defund police and weaken police, exposing the majority of citizens who are law abiding to crime. This week, the radical League of Women Voters -- which claims to be non-partisan but is in fact one of the most partisan political organizations in America, and biased, too -- is helping to organize protests targeting the police in Mount Prospect, Illinois. What are they angry about? They are upset that the police there wear an emblem that supports Police and uses the popular symbol of a "blue line" among the stripes of the American flag. The League of Women Voters asserts the Blue Line is a symbol embraced by White Supremicists, bullying and demonizing law abiding citizens who recognize the Blue line as a symbol of support for the men and women who wear the blue uniform. Enjoy this podcast and read the special column not his topic by clicking this link. Don't forget to sign up for my exclusive and free eNewsletter and get my Special Columns that are only distributed to subscribers like this one. Visit for more details and to subscribe.
August 09, 2021
The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi S3E4
The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Season 3, Episode 4 The protests that turned violent on January 6, 2021 have been turned into a political weapon that is being used to bludgeon critics of the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden. The advocates of the House Select Committee hearings on the so-called riots or the "insurrection" as the Jan. 6 protests are being described by the Democrats and the biased mainstream news media, assert falsely that critics of the hearings are defending the violence. That's not true of course. Anyone who engages in violence during the Jan. 6 protests at the Capitol should be prosecuted used with evidence and punished appropriately, based on the weight of their crimes. The real issue however is how the Democrats have closed their eyes to the other riots or insurrection that began on May 25, 2020 when George Floyd was killed by an irresponsible Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin. Chauvin deserved to be prosecuted but he did not deserve to be sentenced to 22 years in prison, as he was. The killing was unintentional, accidental, not premeditated. But to satiate their political base, the Democrats pushed for the harshest punishment calling anyone who defended Chauvin or criticized the biased, illegal process of the hearings racist. During the 4 to 6 hours of the Jan. 6 protests, anyone who engaged in violence should be prosecuted. But the May 25 killing of George Floyd that resulted more than 3 months of violence, looting, arson and even killing, those rioters should be prosecuted fully, too. But they have not been prosecuted fully. In fact, the Democrats who are screaming to Lynch the Jan. 6 "rioters" undermined the police response to the post-Floyd murder protests. Police were ordered in many cities to not get in the way of the rioters or the true insurrectionists who were destroying the fabric of America and posing as a real threat to American Democracy. Where are the Select Committee hearing son the post George Floyd killing riots and insurrection? That's the true hypocrisy. The Jan. 6 protestors who engaged inv ioelcne for four to six hours were Republicans who supported Trump. The May 25 rioters who engaged in violence, looting, vandalism, arson and even killing for more than three full months through the end of August 2020 were Democrats. Both should be fully investigated or none should be investigated. Read my column on the topic after listening to this podcast. Share this podcast and the column to raise awareness of the hypocrisy. We need to speak out against ALL violence, not just the violence that challenges a partisan political party as Nancy Pelosi is now doing.  Click this link to read the column. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my columns so you stay informed about opinions and views that are today being censored and blocked by the biased mainstream news media and social media. Click here to subscribe.
July 29, 2021
The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees S3E3
The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21 Season 3, Episode 3 Opinion Columnist Ray Hanania takes on the topic that so few members of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress and the Biden White House don't want to address, the failure of the US Post Office to do its work, in this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics, July 9, 2021. Hanania talks about what he has learned from talking to some of the few USPS employees who are still working who complain that many of the USPS employees are at home collecting wages and using the Coronavirus as an excuse to stay home, not work and collect their salaries. The USPS bureaucracy has failed to provide answers, failed to release documents through FOIA and made every possible excuse to cover up their behavior. The mail is not being delivered. People are complaining about long delays days, weeks and Deven months and the impact is devastating to the public and taxpayers who pay the salaries of these employees who are at home collecting the full wages. The biggest victims are Senior Citizens who rely on snail mail more than any other group. They don't like to use online systems to pay their bills. And the biggest exploiters of the system are the Banks which charge exorbitant fees to block checks that have been "lost" in the mail. Those letters are not lost. They are sitting in undelivered piles at the US Post Offices around the country because the post office refuses to crack down on the COVID laziness, the COVID excuse. Employees can stay home and collect their money and do nothing thanks to mismanagement from the US Post Office. What needs to happen is the White House, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress need to convene investigations immediately into this crisis, and they need to start firing those over paid Post Office executives. Fire them and put new leaders in charge. Promote those few employees who are dedicated and are still working at their jobs and are not using COVID as an excuse. There are many great Postal Workers who deserve praise and they should be put in charge. For more information on Ray Hanania's audio podcast "Ray Hanania on Politics," visit Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
July 09, 2021
04-23-21 Election for Secretary of State & past races in Orland Park & Palos Township S3E2
The election for Secretary of State: Past races in Orland Park and Palos Township Ray Hanania on Politics April 23, 2021:  Season 3, Episode 2 Award winning Political Opinion Columnist and Radio Talk Show Host Ray Hanania looks at the upcoming election battle for Illinois Secretary of State and the recent hotly contested battles in Orland Park and Palos Township in this latest podcast episode. Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois State Treasurer, is leading the field of candidates hoping to succeed popular Secretary of State Jessie White who is retiring. The election is in March 2022 in the Democratic Primary and Giannoulias has already raised nearly $3 million, compared to other candidates that are hoping to win the state's most powerful employee government agency. That race follows in the wake of the contests in Orland Park where former Mayor Dan McLaughlin came within 300 votes of unseating rightwing fanatic Keith Pekau. And the race in Palos Township where extremist Arab and Muslim activists do what they always do -- drowning out an intelligent and strategic election campaign with yelling, screaming, anger, hatred and protests. The fanatics were fueled in their hatred by words posted by former Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan, who apologized for singled out Arabs and Middle Easterners in her political posts. Brannigan lost her bid to become Palos Township Assessor but not because of the extremists, but rather because the Democrats and Republicans backed Robert Maloney over Brannigan. How badly did the extremists do -- most of whom didn't even live in Palos Township? Well, they backed a decent candidate Marvate Mohammad to run for trustee.Not againstBrannigan but to block the election of moderate and smart candidate Tasneem Abuzir. Abuzir won election and became the first Arab Muslim Palos Township official. But she could have been more except that the extremists divided the Arab and Muslim vote. Click here for more info on the race for Secretary of State and the Orland and Palos elections. Enjoy Ray Hanania's analysis and opinion in this podcast. For more information visit his hub website at to read all of his columns and writings. Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
April 25, 2021
01-07-21 Media hypocrisy on the DC protestors vs the BLM protestors S3E1
01-07-21 Media hypocrisy on the DC protestors vs the BLM protestors Season 3, Episode 1 Ray Hanania on Politics. Award winning veteran political columnist and former Chicago City Hall Reporter Ray Hanania analysis the real problem with the DC Protests, the hypocrisy of the mainstream American news media. Hanania argues that the media treated the singled day of protests by pro-Trump activists in Washington D.C. differently from the two month long protests of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists. Members of both groups engaged in violence but the media blanket stereotyped the DC protestors as all being "terrorists and rioters" to use the words of media hypocrite Anderson Cooper while separating the BLM Protestors into legitimate protests and a small group of aberrant protestors who turned to violence. They turned the one-day Washington DC protest into a riot because some -- not all -- engaged in violence. But in the case of BLM protests that followed the wrongful killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis that lasted more than two months, the separated the violence from the protests, and minimized the violence. The media did that because of politics. The biased media applied their political sense to both issues and emphasized the BLM protests in a positive way and emphasized the DC protests in a negative way. The hypocritical media made this about Trump versus Biden but the reality is it also involves their own partisan and unethical lack of journalism professionalism. For more information on Ray Hanania's podcasts -- Mainstream and Middle East, visit Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts: Season 3, Episode 1
January 07, 2021
Analysis of the 2nd Trump-Biden Debate 10-22-20
Analysis of the 2nd Trump-Biden Debate 10-22-20 S2 E9 Season 2, Episode 9 Who won the 2nd Debate, President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden "The Ray Hanania Show" sponsored by the Arab News Newspaper on US Arab Radio Network broadcast live in a special edition report on the Arab News Facebook page at The Panel discussion features experts: Ed Gabriel, the former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, activist with the American Task Force on Lebanon, and with Arabs for Biden Dalia Al-Aqidi, conservative columnist and former Minnesota Congressional candidate Jeff Davis, president of Victory Media Online and a campaign consultant and media analysts Hosted by Ray Hanania The experts discuss the second and final debate between presidential candidates President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden focussing on who won, who lost, their issues and who scored points. "The Ray Hanania Show" is brought to you on the US Arab Radio Network on WNZK AM 690 in Detroit Michigan … proudly sponsored by the Arab News Newspaper where I write Op-Eds and news and features, and sponsored by many other businesses, organizations and charities … The Arab News Newspaper is the Middle East’s leading English language print newspaper with editions in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Japan, Pakistan, France and bureaus in London, New York and Chicago where I am based … The US Arab Radio Network was launched in 2005 by journalist and radio network founder Laila Alhusini in an effort to energize and empower Arab Americans … WNZK AM 690 is one of the country’s leading radio stations offering formats for ethnic American communities The Ray Hanania Show is broadcast every Wednesday through the election in November and on the 2nd Friday of every month featuring guests who address election issues in the news … This episode was a special broadcast that was presented only Live on the Arab News Facebook page immediately after the debate for more information on our program go to the or or or
October 24, 2020
Factors in the Trump-Biden election battle for President
Factors in the Trump-Biden election battle for President Oct. 15, 2020 Season 2, Episode 8  Award winning Chicagoland political writer and former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist addresses the facts that drive regional politics and elections in Chicagoland and the United States in this mainstream podcast, “Ray Hanania on Politics.” In this episode, Ray Hanania speaks to the factors that have shifted in the battle for president between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and he offers a careful analysis of the battleground states where the election for president will be decided. He talks about the fallacy of the polling and why measuring popular vote doesn’t work, and why the electoral college remains the best way to ensure that all Americans no matter when they live will have an equal voice in selecting a president. Hanania walks listeners through the key Battleground states in the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election. For more information on Ray Hanania and his podcast, Ray Hanania on Politics, visit or Check out his special election radio show live in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 and stream on the Arab News Facebook page every Wednesday sponsored by The Arab News Newspaper. And don’t forget his Middle East radio show and podcasts available at
October 15, 2020
Assault on John Kass and the hypocrisy of the Left
The assault of John Kass and the hypocrisy of the Left July 29, 2020, Season 2, Episode 7 I did not know that George Soros, the billionaire who uses his money to influence American politics from the left, is Jewish. Apparently, accusing George Soros of manipulating politics is "anti-Semitic" according to the far left which is attacking Columnist John Kass whose column is being moved under the guise of a reformatting of the newspaper from its Page 2 prominence to deep inside the paper with other columnists. I don't read the other columnists. I read @JohnKass but I am not shocked that the only way to smear Kass because of his strong conservative opinions is to call him "anti-Semitic" ... they can't argue the facts so smear him personally to silence him and shame him and put his career on ugly notice. I've known John Kass since he first stepped foot in the City Hall press room back in the Jane Byrne years, and accusing him of being "anti-Semitic" is a transparent cheap-shot intended to demonize him and silence his conservative voice ... Shame of the Chicago Tribune, shame on his critics who can't argue the facts and have to assault a GREAT WRITER by slamming him with an unjustified and vile smear, shame on the journalists who have to resort to name-calling to counter his powerful voice. Click here to read the staged ADL letter attacking Kass that was used by the far leftwing union, the Chicago Tribune Newspaper Guild, to attack him: Click here to read an overview of the controversy from WTTW For more information on Ray Hanania visit his online Hub at Hanania writes Opinion Columns on the Middle East issues at the Arab News newspaper and at And, he writes Opinion Columns on mainstream topics and issues each week at the Southwest News Newspaper Group and at Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
July 29, 2020
Three weeks of the Corona Virus Stay at Home order and I'm already climbing walls, S2 Ep6
Three weeks of the Corona Virus Stay at Home order and I'm already climbing walls S2 Ep6 April 27, 2020 The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic has put a lot of pressures on relationships. News reports show that domestic violence is increasing as are tensions in homes between husbands and wives who normally have great relationships. Op-Ed Columnist talks about his experiences in this column that ran in the Southwest News Newspaper Group (The Regional, The Des Plaines Valley News, the Reporter, the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, and at online news.) I hope you enjoy it ... and survive the coronavirus and its impact on stable home environments. RAY HANANIA Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
April 27, 2020
Audio of the April 6 Orland Park Village Board meeting that appeared to be destroyed
Audio of the April 6 Orland Park Village Board meeting that appeared to be edited S2 Ep5 Thursday April 9, 2020 (UPDATE -- The Village of Orland Park has restored the files since the column, podcast and FOIA were published and they claimed the file was not edited or deleted or replaced by the village.) On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Orland Park Village Board held a Committee of the Whole meeting that began at 6:30 pm to review a proposal by Trustee Dan Calandriello urging the village administration to help local businesses that were suffering because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting lasted about 18 minutes, and was followed by the Village Board meeting at 7 PM. Both meetings were conducted by teleconference, per the direction of Gov. Pritzker and both meetings were recorded by the Village of Orland Park as per the requirements of State Law. The full unedited Audio files were placed on the Village website Tuesday morning.  I wrote a column on Monday night criticizing Mayor Pekau for his harsh, personal and vicious attacks he made during the meeting against Calandriello. I also challenged his inept handling of the meeting which violated the fundamental basics of Roberts Rules of Order, something he did on purpose to prevent Calandriello from responding to his vicious personal attacks. The column, posted here at, included a link to the Village Audio File of the Committee of the Whole meeting on the Village website, which was complete from start to finish. An angry Pekau, in his political newsletter on Wednesday, April 8, criticized Calandriello again and also criticized me accusing me of making up the content of the column calling it "highly fictional." Of course, the column quoted Pekau and Calandriello precisely and was transcribed from the audio file. But, apparently to justify his false assertion that my column was "highly fictionalized," the Pekau administration removed the audio file apparently so no one could hear what he said. The audio files of the Committee of the Whole and the Village Board meeting were working perfectly on Tuesday and on Wednesday but appeared to be altered late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. In their place were corrupted files that only played in repetitive cycle, the first 20 to 60  seconds of each of the meetings. The bottom line was that a record of Pekau's harsh attack against Calandriello suddenly disappeared This is NOT the first Time Mayor Keith "Watergate" Pekau has done this. The audio files of his last outburst during attacking Hope Covenant Church for hosting a one-day per week homeless shelter also mysteriously vanished from the Village website. Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
April 09, 2020
The politics of viruses Trump vs Obama, March 15, 2020, S2 E4
The politics of viruses Trump vs Obama March 15, 2020, Season 2 Episode 4 Syndicated political columnist Ray Hanania examines the political hypocrisy and partisan manner in which the news media is reporting not he Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus and how they are treating President Trump differently from how they treated President Obama. Although President Trump responded to the Coronavirus faster than President Obama responded to the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus, the media is slamming Trump not because he is not doing what needs to be done but because the mainstream news media is willing to severaly damage America so that they can blame that damage on President Trump. Politicians are being partisan attacking Trump while having been hypocrites on Obama who waited until nearly 200,000 Americans died from the Swine Flu before declaring a national emergency nearly seven months after the Swine Flu hit American shores. You can also read this column on Ray Hanania's online website hub,, which provides links to all of his syndicated column writing, radio shows and podcasts. Coronavirus 2020, Swine Flu 2009, President Donald Trump. President Barack Obama, Biased mainstream American news media. Partisan politics, Hypocrisy Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
March 15, 2020
Sarah Gad's compelling story, running for Congress 1st Illinois DIstrict March 17, 2020
Compelling story on Sarah Gad - convicted of prescription drug use - who is running for Congress in the 1st Dist. Mar. 17, 2020 Special Edition of The Arab street Radio/Ray Hanania on Politics podcast and radio show. Feb. 14, 2020, broadcast on WNZK AM 690 live radio in Detroit. Sarah Gad is running in the 1st District against Bobby Rush, who has the worst absenteeism rate of any of the 435 members of congress She has this compelling story of how she was hit by a DUI in 2011, seriously injured and put into an induced coma for two weeks, comes out of it with serious injuries, and given pain medication to deal with it all and then becomes seriously addicted to it … and turns her life around to help others fight pain medication addiction and those charged with minor crimes. Gad was released from the hospital and medical treatment with no post-pain addiction treatment and she quickly gets hooked on her pain meds, leading her to be arrested. The 1st time she is arrested, she is locked up in the Cook County jail with violent offenders for 27 days because the non-violent area is overcrowded … where she is raped, assaulted, stabbed and beaten after she complains to the jail about being sexually harassed -- the guards shared that with the prisoners and sh was punished as a "snitch" ... the case is dismissed but now her problems are even worse … She gets arrested 2 more times, is convicted of a non-violent drug use offense  … spends 5 days in jail, probation, violates probation by testing positive for painkillers and then overdoses when she is released … That overdose is what puts her into contact with breaking there addiction … She then becomes an activist to help others ... goes to DC to raise awareness attending committee hearings as a speaker but discovers Bobby Rush, a sponsor of some of the hearings,  is nowhere to be seen — he has the worst absenteeism rate of any congress member —  and then she decides to run for office … Her activism is big in the African American community side of the district (51 percent black 49 percent white — Chicago to Orland Park) ... She is an Egyptian American and Muslim, 33, was a med student before being hit by a DUI and suffering terrible injuries, but is now in law school 3rd year … Her website is The first district includes all or parts of Alsip, Blue Island, Calumet Park, Chicago, Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Dixmoor, Elwood, Evergreen Park, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Harvey, Manhattan, Markham, Merrionette Park, Midlothian, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Posen, Riverdale, Robbins, Tinley Park, and Worth. For more information on Ray Hanania's radio shows and podcast and political writing, visit Read the story in the Arab News Newspaper. Click here.
February 14, 2020
02-13-20 Kim "The Fixx" Foxx, Jussie Smollett and the March 17 Democratic Primary
Kim "The Fixx" Foxx, Jussie Smollett and the March 17 Democratic Primary Seasons 2 Episode 2, February 13, 2020 Ray Hanania on Politics looks closely at the abuse of power by Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx, or "Kim The Fixx Foxx," & her decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett, the mediocre TV actor who lied about being the victim of a racist homophobic attack in January 2019 to bolster his sagging public image. Foxx didn't "mishandle" the Smollett case. She intentionally handled it putting politics and celebrity friendship above her job to enforce the Rule of Law.  Foxx faces three good candidates, Bob Fioretti, Donna More and Bill Conway. Although I like both Fioretti and More, I think the election campaign is showing that Bill Conway is leading the pack and the goal is to oust Foxx who stumbled into the office by defeating Anita Alvarez. Many argue Foxx "beat" Alvarez, but the truth is Alvarez beat herself and Foxx just lucked into the office. It's been almost four years for Foxx and she has proven to be a terrible States Attorney who puts the interest of her political pals above justice. The biggest criticism of More is she is running one of the worst election campaigns I've seen in 45 years of covering politics. More's campaign is terrible and that is surprising. She's a friend who I admire with great credentials as a former prosecutor, and I once worked with her husband who is one of the most brilliant PR and marketing professionals I have come to meet. But there is an old saying that a person can never do their own PR and in this case, I have to think that might be the problem. I mean when I went to find information on More this week, four weeks before the March 17 Democratic Primary election, I found her Twitter page which promotes a link to her campaign website, at But when you go there it opens into a page offering to sell the site to the highest bidder. Try it yourself. It's a sophomoric mistake that no candidate should make or has to make given how easy it is to create websites. You almost wonder if Donna is in the race to help Kim "The Fixx" Foxx. Bob Fioretti is also a friend who I admire and have supported in the past and I would have loved to see him build up momentum against Foxx, but that doesn't seem to be happening. AT least when you click on Fioretti's campaign website link on his Twitter account, it takes you to a detailed page about his credentials and issues. You definitely should go there and check it out. But the issue is removing Kim "The Fixx" Foxx from office and to elect someone whose priority is the safety of the residents of Cook County from increasing crime and violence, not someone who places a higher priority on her political cronies, pals and the famous and celebrities. Kim "The Fixx" Foxx should resign, but no one willingly leaves an office they are unqualified to hold. The leading candidate is Bill Conway,  a former prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and former Navy Intelligence Officer who fought the Taliban. He is mounting a formidable challenge to Kim "The Fixx" Foxx. His website is Any of the leading challengeers against Kim "The Fixx" Foxx would be great replacements, Fioretti, More and especially Conway.
February 13, 2020
State Dept official details expanded Sanctions against Iran S2E1
State Dept official details expanded Sanctions against Iran S2E1 Season 2, Episode 1 President Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook offered details Friday on the expanded sanctions on Iran announced by the White House that target eight senior Iranian leaders as well as Iran’s metals industry which he said is funding Iran’s foreign policies. The sanctions were announced earlier by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin but Hook provided more details explaining the expanded sanctions will include Iran’s construction, manufacturing, textiles and mining industries. He said they will also target 22 Iranian organizations and three shipping vessels operating in the iron, steel, aluminum and copper sectors of Iran. Hook named one of the eight newly sanctioned Iranian leaders as Iranian Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and the commander of the “besieged” Qassem Suleimani. I this podcast I talk about the details Hook offered about Iran's use of terrorism and also the terrorism crimes of Iran's General Qassem Suleimani who was killed by a US Drone attack ordered by President Trump on Jan. 3, 2020. I also discuss th hypocrisies involved in th eU.S. position historically, our support of Iran when it was run by the terrorist leader the Shah of Iran Reza Pahlavi, and then how we changed after the Shah was over thrown, similarly our support of Saddam Hussein in the 1980s when we provided him with weaponry and chemical weapons to fight Iran after the Shah took over, and then when the war ended because the Soviets engaged with Iran, how we turned on Iraq and Saddam Hussein describing him, but not our actions, as a terrorist and lying to the American public that he was engaged in seeking Weapons of Mass Destruction WMD, sending thousands of American soldiers into an illegal and unjustified war of atrocities and war crimes that we today defend out of a false sense of patriotism. Also, I talk about the hypocrisy of how the U.S. is silent on Israel's massive nuclear weapons arsenal, the heroism of Mordechai Vanunu in exposing Israel's nuclear weapons of mass destruction, while we speak out forcefully about stopping Iran from building a nuclear arsenal as if the two countries are different ... Israel is involved in war crimes against Christian and Muslim Arabs and the U.S. does nothing about it, but we use that hypocrisy as a foundation for our policies against Iran. It makes us look like, well, hypocrites, which we are. This podcast is 15 minutes, 31 seconds long. For more information on my writings visit and for past podcasts visit You can also listen to my Middle East focused podcast at And you can read my weekly columns on the Middle East in the Arab News at
January 11, 2020
Norwegian Dawn cruise vacation 12-20-19 S1 Ep22
An off-the-beat look at the Norwegian Dawn cruise to Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize, Routan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.the ND is a smaller ship, half the size of the Norwegian Epic, which boasts 4,400 passengers. The Dawn was about 2,800 ... I’m giving you ballpark figures. I hope you enjoy this break from my usual politics and political focus.
December 20, 2019
Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson let the people down
Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson let the people down Season 1 Episode 21, Dec. 3, 2019 The "Ray Hanania on Politics" podcast Eddie Johnson was fired Monday (Dec. 2, 2019) by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot said Johnson misled her, and also misled the people of Chicago. I give Lightfoot credit for doing the right thing because Eddie Johnson did mislead the people of Chicagoland, setting a poor example that goes against everything that we expect from someone who serves to protect the public. Johnson has not been truthful about what happened to him on Oct. 16, 2019 and the early morning hours of Oct. 17, 2019 when police found him slumped over the wheel of his Black SUV. Whose SUV was it anyway, by the way. Why was he slumped over? I don't think the public has ever received an honest explanation from Police Supt. Johnson. He could have given us one, but he did not. Instead, Johnson released a statement after Lightfoot fired him citing the inconsistencies in what he told her and the public, arguing that he should not be judged for the one incident in his long 30-plus year career as a police officer. I say that since we never received a full honest accounting of what happened -- and what happened to him is very important, that it does matter and he should be judged by that one incident. How do we know he did not use clout to protect himself in past incidents that may or may not have happened? Can we trust him to be honest when he was not honest at this crucial moment as a leader and role model for justice in our region. Here's my podcast opinion about this mess that Johnson just doesn't want to explain the.way he should explain it. And the idea that he should not be judged by this one incident in the wake of his long and distinguished career raises the issue of how we should judge others. Should criminals, gang bangers, street gang thugs and drug dealers not be judged by the moment that they get in trouble? Is that a defense that can be made before a judge? For more information on Ray Hanania's award winning podcasts and political opinion columns, visit Here is a part of Johnson's statement: "I am making this public statement today, my first as the former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. I am of course disappointed that I could not finish my career on January 1, as originally planned. However, I respect yesterday’s decision of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Any police superintendent serves at the discretion of the mayor; that’s how it is and that’s how it should be.  "When I announced my retirement last month, I stated proudly and accurately that I was leaving the Chicago Police Department with my integrity intact. That is still true today. If some want to question that belief, that is their right; but I know in my heart that I have always tried to act in a way that is in the best interests of this great city. One thing I want everyone to know is this: I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago. I acknowledge that I made a poor decision and had a lapse of judgment on the night of October 16. That was a mistake and I know that. However, I have no interest in fighting a battle for my reputation with those that want to question it now. Reputations are not built in a day and not damaged in a day either. They are the result of years of living. We reap what we sow in this world. I will simply rely on the reputation for integrity that I think I have earned during my long career, with the faith that we should all be judged by the entirety of our lives and not on what happened on our worst days. "
December 03, 2019
The racism of Michelle Obama and White Flight
The racism of Michelle Obama and White Flight Oct. 31, 2019. Season 1, Episode 20 Former First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the issue of White Flight recently during remarks at the 3rd annual Obama Foundation Summit in which she castigated White People for the phenomena of White Flight. But the reality is that African Americans were just as responsible for the White Flight that took place in Chicago in 1969. I lived in the community, South Shore Valley, also called Calumet Heights during that White Flight. And it wasn't as simplistic as Michelle Obama tried to make it, claiming it was the result of White Racism. White Flight was prompted by greedy realtors who use fear and fear mongering to frighten White homeowners into selling their homes fast and cheap, to run, so the realtor makes a fast and quick commission from the sale. They brought in African American families that aggravated community stereotypes and concerns, including one family on our block that had a handicapped daughter who walked up and down the street after renting their home through the realtor, yelling and screaming irrationally, It was a sad and tragic sight to see, but it fueled community fears about African Americans. Within six months, more than 85 percent of the homes sold, purchased by African Americans who had no problem buying the "White Flight" homes at cheap discounts caused by fear. They didn't complain. I don't know if Michelle Obama's family was one of them but the fact that she never addressed the full aspect of the White Flight phenomena is disconcerting. Worse is that Michelle Obama is willing to stereotype and entire race of people, "White people," and blame them for th racism that was a part of the White Flight that she showcased as a symbol of racism. I wrote a book about the White Flight experience called "Midnight Flight" -- because in many cases, families were ashamed of fleeing and seeking their homes and they moved out in the middle of the night. You can read that free online book online by visiting Go to the menu, select LIBRARY, then MIDNIGHT FLIGHT BOOK and then start with the INTRODUCTION Chapter. Click this link to SUBSCRIBE FREE to Ray Hanania's mainstream Columns and Podcasts:
October 31, 2019
The problems with "Made in China" and Mayor Lori Lightfoot
The problems with "Made in China" and Mayor Lori Lightfoot Season 1, Episode 19 Sept. 16, 2019 Veteran Chicago City Hall reporter and political columnist Ray Hanania talks about why Americans need to push back against the increasing influence of China in America's economy. And, he also discusses the failings of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in this double segment that explores to of his most recent newspaper columns. For more information on Ray Hanania's writings visit
September 16, 2019
Massacres in America; Great Moments; and Symbols of Racism S1 Ep18
Massacres in America; Great Moments; and Symbols of Racism August 6, 2019 Season 1, Episode 18 Back from vacation Ray Hanania takes on three important topics. The first is how the mainstream news media ignores the massacres that take place every week in Chicago. This past weekend, though, the media focused on massacres on Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, pretty much ignoring the ongoing massacres in Chicago. Why? It's politics. The news media doesn't want to make the Chicago massacres politics -- they take place every week and you would have to blame it on the failure of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a leftist (Gay, Black, Woman) and they won't do anything to criticize her. But the massacres Dayton, El Paso are perfect fore their political agenda, blaming it all on President Trump. Second issue is the issue of why American isn't Great any more. Not in the Trump rhetoric, but in the context of a lifetime of great vivid memories. I remember the JFK assassination as if it happened yesterday. The day we got our first Color TV ... the Challenger explosion, and the death of Princess Di. And there was 50 years ago Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the Moon. I remember all that vividly. But in recent years, it's been boredom. We haven't achieved anything. We had a greater spirit of achievement when I was growing up, one we no longer have. And I ask why? Why is One World Trade Center, the spectacular building we built in the place of the rumble of the terrorism attack not he World Trade Center, only the 7th Tallest building in the World behind the Burk Khalifa, which I visited personally last month? The third issue is the issue of race and symbols of racial conflict and topics. We're tearing down Civil War statues now that stood as historical markers not as foundations for continued racism -- the slavery era. And yet in 1986 when I was at City Hall, no one wanted to tear down a symbol of racism that was portrayed by the Chicago City Seal.  I talk about it all. Get more information on my Chicagoland Politics podcasts at and my podcasts on the Middle East at Or, go to my personal website for all my writings, my podcasts and my videos at
August 06, 2019
Another battle in the 3rd Congressional District: Lipinski, Newman, Darwish ... S. 1 Ep. 17
Another battle in the 3rd Congressional District: Lipinski, Newman, Darwish Season 1, Episode 17, June 17, 2019 Award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter, and syndicated political columnist Ray Hanania offers a preview of the upcoming battle brewing in the 3rd Congressional District, a seat held by Congressman Dan Lipinski since 2005 when he was appointed to the seat by his father, Bill Lipinski a former Chicago alderman from the powerful 23rd Ward in Chicago who held the congressional seat for over 20 years. Lipinski was challenged in the March 20, 2018 Democratic Primary election by Marie Newman, a southwest sider familiar with the district and Lipinski almost lost during the Presidential backlash that always follows the election of a new president (the opposition party usually takes the Congress in the 2nd year of a new president term. In this case, Democrats swept the country in the wake of Republican President Donald Trump's election.) Newman almost beat Lipinski coming within 1,600 votes of unseating him. The Democratic Primary IS the election. Whomever wins the Democratic Primary election will easily win the November General Election as the 3rd Congressional District is a hard core Democratic district that cannot be won by a Republican. In the upcoming election, Lipinski will again be challenged by Newman, but there is a curve ball, the candidacy of Rush Darwish, a smart community activist who hails from the moderate wing of the Arab American community. The 3rd Congressional District has one of the largest Palestinian constituencies in the country. In 2018, many of the Palestinians back Newman, a liberal. But her only problem was the influence of the far left extremists who undermined support she could have received. Lipinski had abandoned Palestinian voters for years. But the near defeat forced him to recognize that they can be a factor in the election outcome. Arab American voters helped Newman come within striking distance. Lipinski is a Reagan Democrat and the district is majority conservative Democrat. With Darwish in the race, Newman cannot win and almost certainly Lipinski will win a re-election bid. Ray Hanania looks at some of the factors involved int his podcast preview of this important congressional election contest. For more information on Ray Hanania's writings, visit his home page at His podcasts on Mainstream politics are archived at Hanania also hosts a Middle East focused podcast as the US Correspondent for the Arab News Newspaper based in Riyadh and Dubai at
June 17, 2019
JB Pritzker's Massive assault on Illinois taxpayers -- S1 Ep16
JB Pritzker's Massive assault on Illinois taxpayers June 4, 2019 Season 1, Episode 16 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has launched what appears to be a successful and massive assault on the taxpayers of Illinois. And Illinois taxpayers are doing nothing about it. We're just rolling over. Maybe Illinois taxpayers are tired of complaining or fighting against tax increases and seeing nothing happen. Politicians increase taxes to cover the benefits that they give themselves, and to cover the massive pension hikes they give themselves, their relatives, their cronies ands their contributors. But there is a psychology to all this and I think it has to do with the fact that JB Pritzker is using initials for his name that actually are not accurate. Governor's Pritzker's name is Jay Robert Pritzker ... and his initials should be JR, not JB which would stand up for Jay Bob. The Ray Hanania on Politics podcast is taped each week and addresses a wide range of topics. You can get more information by visiting Ray Hanania's website at or Hanania hosts two podcasts, one on CHicago and regional American political issues and slice of life topics, and another on the Middle East called The Arab Street Podcast. Get more information on that pdocastb y visiting
June 04, 2019
Games of Thrones comes to an end, S1 Episode 15
Games of Thrones comes to an end May 20, 2019. Series 1, Episode 15 The popular HBO Series Game of Thrones came to a pretty lame ending if you ask me on Sunday May 19, 2019. But what? Are we going to jump out of windows now? No. We soldier on like good Lannisters and Starks ... not so much the Targaryens or the UnSullied. But we live on. Here's a quick look at how Game of Thrones can be applied to Chicago and Illinois politics, and probably to politics in your city or state, too. Plus a recap of what the series was really all about. Now that it is over, we don't want anyone jumping out of windows. You can hear all of Ray Hanania on Politics podcasts by visiting, or all of his Middle East podcasts and all of his columns by visiting
May 20, 2019
Gov. Pritzker disrespects Lt. Gov. Stratton by creating Deputy Governor Spots S1 Ep 14
Gov. Pritzker disrespects Lt. Gov. Stratton by creating Deputy Governor Spots  Season 1 Episode 14 05-18-19 Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker disrespect Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton by creating the "Deputy Governor" posts to undermine his pronise to give her a strong voice This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at the stumbling policies of Illinois Gov, J.B. Pritzker in undermining the powers promised to Juliana Stratton, an African American woman who he said would paly a significant role in his administration. That's not the case of course. After Pritzker was elected, he named three men to be "Deputy Governors" and only weeks later named a woman to be Deputy Governor because tagging all men with such a powerful post didn't look good at all. But the real problem is that these Deputy Governors are actually doing the work that Pritzker promised Stratton would do. Was she just window dressing to appease Black voters Governor? That's how it looks. Ray Hanania on Politics is a podcast hosted by former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania. Hanania is a columnist with the Southwest News Newspaper group that includes the Des Plaineas Valley News, the Regional Newspaper, the Southwest News-Herald, and the Reporter Newspapwers, four newspapers that are a part of a lorger chain of community papers covering the Southwest and West suburbs and side of Chicago. Get more information on Ray Hanania's columns by visiting his personal website at Check out his podcasts by visiting
May 19, 2019
Game of Thrones has been a "Thrilling Disappointment" - S1 Ep 13
Game of Thrones has been a "Thrilling Disappointment" May 9, 2019 Season 1, Episode 13 I have been watching Game of Thrones on HBO for more than 8 years. This is Season 8 and there are only 2 episodes left as it comes to a crashing end. I love the series so much I would watch any level of quality and I have an excitement about this final season that is unmatched with many other season finales. But despite my thrill, the fact is the producers and writers of this last season 8 of Game of Thrones have really been disappointing. They just haven't made it what it could have been, a spectacular ending. They didn't put the real effort into it. It is almost as if they just shrugged their shoulders and said ok let's end it. They are ending it but not at the level it could be ended at. This final season could have been the most spectacular ending ever for any series but it has been a level of disappointment. It's far less than it can be. I discuss some aspects of why I feel that way and I hope you enjoy this. Check out more of my writings on American politics and also on Middle East politics by visiting my personal website, my archive at You can get links to all my writing at the Arab News Newspaper and Middle East Monitor, and in the Des Plaines Valley News and Southwest News Newspaper Chain as well as and the South Suburban News newspaper from Lyons and Bridgeview all the way south to Chicago heights. Listen to more of the "Ray Hanania on Politics" podcast by visiting
May 09, 2019
The Hate Show with Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert - S1 Ep12
The Hate Show with Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert May 9, 2019 Season 1, Episode 12 It used to be that after working real hard to take care of our families, we could come home at night and relax in front of the TV set and watch Late Night talk show hosts entertain us with humor and fun. We had Johnny Carson and the Jay Leno and David Lettermen. They were phenomenal. But today, all that talent is gone from late night television. It has been replaced by vicious, politically-driven, selfish hatred against President Donald Trump Late night talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert spew some of the most obnoxious and vicious garbage that is pawned off as humor but it's just ugly hate. It's not even funny. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert should be called The Hate Show with Stephen Colbert. Now President Trump is like anypresident. There is some good and there is some bad. Sure he should be criticized but criticized with the intent of being constructive, fair and funny. Instead, Kimmel and Colbert are engaged in a vicious assault that is dragging this country down. But worse, their unfunny hate is actually helping to empower President Trump and their late night hate shows are going to guarantee that Trump will be re-elected in 2020. Here's my perspective on the "Ray Hanania on Politics" podcast. Check out more of my writings on AMerican politics and also on Middle East politics by visiting my personal website, my archive at You can get links to all my writing at the Arab News Newspaper and Middle East Monitor, and in the Des Plaines Valley News and Southwest News Newspaper Chain as well as and the South Suburban News newspaper from Lyons and Bridgeview all the way south to Chicago heights. Listen to more of the "Ray Hanania on Politics" podcast by visiting It's that simple.
May 09, 2019
Gov. Pritzker's "Fair Tax" isn't Fair at all - S1 Ep11
Gov. Pritzker's "Fair Tax" isn't Fair at all Monday May 6, 2019  Season 1 Episode 11 This is the Ray Hanania on Politcs podcast hosted by former CHicago City Hall Reporter and award-winning columnist Ray Hanania. In this podcast we look at the hypocrisy of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "fair tax" which isn't really fair at all. The swicth he is proposing from the Flat Tax to a graduated income tax is intended to agive him the ability to target tax income segments of our society like the Middle East class with tax hikes down the road, something he can't do now under the Flat Tax because it would impact everyone. In addition to the change in the Flat Tax, Pritzker is also proposing a massive hike in the state gasoline tax. He’s planning a whopping 7 cent tax on plastic bags used in retail stores (whether you use a plastic bag or not). He’s going to tax streaming movie services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video. He’s planning “sin tax” hikes on cigarettes and sports betting.  Worse, Pritzker wants to tax all financial transactions – which impacts your banking fees, stocks and retirement savings. You can get more information on RayHanania's podcasts and syndicated columns on Chicagoland and American politics, and on Middle East politics by visiting his website at
May 06, 2019
The Mueller Report, biased media & Trump April 18, 2019, S1, Ep10
The Mueller Report, biased media & Trump April 18, 2019, Season 1, Episode 10 Ray Hanania on Politics analyzes the media bias in the coverage of the release of the Report on Alleged Collusion with Russian by Donald Trump prior to and after his election as President. The Mueller Report was completed after a staggering 22-month long investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that resulted in a finding that there is no evidence to support the allegations that have been made against the President. Podcast host Ray Hanania discusses the real problem and how national mainstream American news media bias is empowering President Trump and ensuring his re-election in 2020. For more information on Ray Hanania's podcast visit www.RayHananiaonPolitics.comor go to www.Hanania.comto get information on all of Ray Hanania's award-winning columns and writings.
April 18, 2019
S1 Ep9: How Uber and Lift are destroying an immigrant driven industry
S1 Ep9: How Uber and Lift are destroying an immigrant driven industry This is the Ray Hanania Podcasta weekly overview of all my opinion columns, my radio interviews, and my reports on Middle East topics and on Mainstream American politics.  This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at impact that Uber and Lyft are having on the Taxi Cab industry. The Taxi Cab industry is an immigrant driven industry and for the life of me, I don’t understand why the liberals who claim to care about immigrants are not standing up to defend the rights of the taxi can drivers who are being decimated and pushed out of business into homelessness by Uber and Lyft. Taxi cabs are a heavily regulated industry. It costs a major investment to drive a cab or start your own company. The medallion was a huge investment at one time and was like a stock rising in value from $30,000 to $700,000 or more in recent years. But the rise of Uber and Lyft have pulled the rug out from the Taxi cab industry and medallion costs have fallen dramatically. Owners have lost fortunes invested in hard work and money over the past 30 to 40 years. The real concern though is safety, the lack of adequate insurance. A Taxi Cab driver has thousands of dollars in insurance on their car. The Uber and Lyft drivers have cheap insurance. Who monitors them? We need to do something. Maybe require Uber and Lyft drivers to purchase a medallion the same way we forced taxi cab drivers to buy medallions. Put them through rigorous background checks. My mainstream columns are published at and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald. My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online. I hope you enjoy this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics. Go to for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website end
April 11, 2019
Remembering the 1979 election that changed everything in Chicago
Remembering the 1979 election that changed everything in Chicago -- April 2, 2019 This is the "Ray Hanania on Politics" Podcast, a look at Chicagoland politics past and present ...  This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at the 1978 campaign and 1979 Chicago Mayoral Election.  We talk about the first African American mayor being either Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle, but we can’t forget the action-paced newsmaking four year term of Chicago’s first woman Mayor Jane M. Byrne and how she defeated the Chicago Machine, and ended up taking it over … That was my first real election that I covered as a City Hall reporter and it was one of the most exciting elections Chicago had seen in a long time … Jane Byrne’s rise, her feud with the Cabal of Evil Men who were Ed Fast Eddie Vrdolyak, Ed Burke and First Ward Outfit alderman Fred Roti …her election challenge of Mike Bilandic, who took the office from Wilson Frost who was the President Pro Tempore when Richard J. Daley died on Dec. 20, 1976 … This is a look back at the rollercoaster first City Hall political earthquake that brought the Chicago Machine to its knees and changed Chicago politics forever … Jane Byrne’s rise opened the door to the changes that we continue to see today in Chicago politics. My mainstream columns are published at and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald. My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online. I hope you enjoy this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics. Go to for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website
April 02, 2019
Chicago Mayoral Election, Lightfoot vs Preckwinkle
Chicago Mayoral Election, Lightfoot vs Preckwinkle Opinion Commentary April 1, 2019 This is the Ray Hanania Podcasta weekly overview of all my opinion columns, my radio interviews, and my reports on Middle East topics and on Mainstream American politics.  This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at the race for Chicago mayor between Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Although the polls and many media pundits have already called this election for Lightfoot, I don’t believe you can rule Preckwinkle out and I believe she has a shot at winning. A good shot. Although I have been a longtime critic of some of Preckwinkle’s policies, I feel Preckwinkle is the better candidate of the two and I have endorsed her, reflecting the sentiments of the Southwest Side and Northwest Side voters, most of who voted for other candidates. Both Lightfoot and Preckwinkle are Machine candidates of sorts, Preckwinkle a traditional Machine candidate but Lightfoot as an untraditional Machine candidate running to push the far left, the extremists of politics. You also have to consider that although many of the 12 candidates who lost to Lightfoot and Preckwinkle in the Feb. 26, 2019 open primary election have endorsed candidates, with Lightfoot receiving most of the endorsements, and Bill Daley not endorsing, you can’t assume that they control the votes their received. It’s a new ballgame folks. This election does not have the same dynamics of the 14-candidate open primary. I think Preckwinkle will win. My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online. My mainstream columns are published at and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald. Ihope you enjoy this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics. Go to for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website end
April 01, 2019
Richard Silverstein on Israel, Palestine Omar, AIPAC & peace, March 25, 2019
Richard Silverstein on Israel, Palestine Omar, AIPAC & peace, March 25, 2019 This is the Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast, we talk about everything from the Middle East to Mainstream issue, recorded on March 25, 2019. Our guest online with us is Richard Silverstein, a longtime Jewish American progressive. Richard and I talk about the AIPAC Conference in Washington D.C. this week, the absurdity of calling Minnesota Congresswoman Ihlan Omar "anti-Semitic" for criticizing congressmen who put Israel's interests above American interests, and criticizing Israel PAC stranglehold on American politics. Richard's website is for more information and links to his Op-Ed writings and interviews. You can get more information on this podcast at and on my personal website where all my columns and podcasts are archived at Also check out my older podcasts at pod bean an archive at All of Ray Hanania's podcast shows are available on iTunes. We discuss AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, PAC contributions to American Congress members and U.S. Senators and the influence the money buys, the weaponizing of anti-Semitism to silence critics of Israel's rightwing government policies, Congresswoman Ihlan Omar, the recent missile strike against Israel, Israel's use of violence to influence election results, and the power of Arab Israeli voters, and the power of the news media. Why doesn't an Arab country or Arab Americans buy an American newspaper like the Washington Post and force it to be objective when it comes to discussions about the Middle East, Israel and Palestine?  Richard Silverstein also discussions his ongoing battles with Twitter over his use of words they feel should be censored.
March 25, 2019
The truth about the failed Mueller probe into Russian meddling and collusion
The Fake Mueller investigation into Russian meddling into the election ... 03-24-19  This is the Ray Hanania on Politics podcast … I’ve covered politics for nearly a half century, including covering City Hall from 1978 until 1992 working there every day morning until night ands covering the administrations of 7 Chicago mayors from Daley to Daley … that includes the two week stint by David Orr as interim mayor between Mayor Washington’s death and the City Council appointment of Eugene Sawyer as acting mayor … I write three weekly syndicated columns on mainstream and Middle East politics every week for the Southwest News newspaper group of eight newspapers and on Middle East issues for two major Middle East news sites, including Middle East monitor in London and the Arab News newspaper in Saudi Arabia. You can get more information on my podcasts by visiting and also, or to check out past podcast archives … go to to view links to all of my mainstream, Middle East columns, podcasts and videos, too. In this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast, Ray talks about the reality of the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 Presidential election campaign which targeted President Donald Trump … Hanania looks at the reality of the failed investigation and the individuals indicted on everything but collusion with Russian tampering in the election. George Papadopoulos: former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day sentence. Paul Manafort: Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and his finances. Rick Gates: a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. Michael Flynn: Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. Michael Cohen: In August 2018, Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to 8 counts — tax and bank charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations — related to hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump, Roger Stone: In January 2019, Mueller indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 counts. He accused Stone of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign, and tampering with a witness who could have debunked his story. The “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast … which explores politics at every level and region from Jerusalem to Chicago, Middle East and Mainstream … every issue under the sun, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard-hitting opinions and insight and even humor.  Ray Hanania has two podcasts now, one called Ray Hanania’s Middle East & Mainstream podcast , and this new one called “Ray Hanania on Politics” … both podcasts are available for download from iTunes and many other podcast system. Hanania is shifting from Podbean to do exclusive podcasting for the “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast.
March 24, 2019
Illinois Taxes, Mosque Massacres, Israeli election chicanery
Illinois Taxes, Mosque Massacres, Israeli election chicanery Podcast Illinois Taxation, Mosque Massacre in New Zealand and Israel, and Israel's election chicanery, March 24, 2019 This is Ray Hanania's Podcast, The Middle East & Mainstream Podcast, which explores every issue under the sun, from mainstream to the Middle East, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard-hitting opinions and insight and even humor.  In this episode of Ray Hanania's Podcast, Ray explains talks about his columns published this week in the three main syndication carriers. First is his mainstream column published in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of eight newspapers in Chicagoland. This column focuses on how Illinois is the 49thworst state when it comes to taxation, and how Gov. J.B. Pritzker is making a serious mistake by trying to address the state’s financial troubles by increasing taxes. The cause of Illinois’ problems are the excessive pensions given to reward political patronage, not hard-earned career work. The way to address the pension problem is through pension reform, not through increasing taxes. The Middle East portion of the podcast addresses two topics, the first in Middle East Monitor online, the London website, Hanania writes about how the New Zealand massacre of 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch reminds us of the very first terrorist attack against a mosque that took place by an American in Hebron on Feb. 25, 1994, just over 25 years ago. The terrorist, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, was from Chicago and had dual citizenship both Israeli and American. Goldstein was serving in the Israeli military, not in the American military, an issue of “dual loyalty” that Minnesota Congresswoman Ihlan Omar raised in her criticism of biased pro-Israel support. Goldstein killed 50 Muslims who were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque and injured more than 125 others. The second Middle East column is published in the esteemed Arab News in Saudi Arabia and speaks to the efforts b Israel’s rightwing Apartheid government to undermine the voting rights on non-Jews in Israel. It speaks to Israel’s parliamentary system and how it is constructed to undermine the rights of Christian and Muslim voters in Israel. Ray Hanania has two podcasts now, one called Ray Hanania’s Middle East & Mainstream podcast, and my new one called “Ray Hanania on Politics” … both podcasts are available for download from iTunes and many other podcast systems. I’ll be shifting from Podbean to do exclusive podcasting for the “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast.  The new websites you can check are RayHananiaOnPolitics.comand also But remember, you can go to to view links to all of Ray Hanania’s mainstream, Middle East columns, and all of Ray Hanania’s podcasts and videos, too.  Hanania has covered politics since 1976, including City Hall from 1977 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. For more information on Ray Hanania's Podcasts, writings and syndicated columns visit his website at
March 24, 2019
Endorsing Toni Preckwinkle over Lori Lightfoot for Mayor of Chicago
Former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of Chicago over Lori Lightfoot in the April 2, 2019 Chicago Mayoral election and he explains why in this podcast. This is Ray Hanania's Podcast, Slice of Life, which explores every issue under the sun, from mainstream to the Middle East, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard hitting opinions and insight and even humor.  In this episode of Ray Hanania's Podcast, Ray explains why he is supporting Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of the City of Chicago in the April 2, 2019 general election. Hanania has been a supporter and a critic of Preckwinkle's policies but explains that politics isn't about who is great. It is about a personal consensus with candidates and a relative comparison of candidates. Who is better and who is worse.  Hanania has covered politics since 1976, including City Hall from 1977 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. For more information on Ray Hanania's Podcasts, writings and syndicated columns visit his website at
March 22, 2019
Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Stole my Life March 16, 2019
Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Stole my Life, March 16, 2019 Some people in society define themselves based on the role models they admire. Tom Hanks. Amal Clooney. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Brad Pitt. Adam Sandler. Meryl Streep. I can say with absolute certainty that my role model, the person I most identify with and see so many parallels is Larry David, the TV and Hollywood comedian who is the creator of the hit comedy series “Seinfeld,” and the even hipper HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” There is no way I can curb my enthusiasm about Larry David and the cast of spectacular actors and actresses on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Ray Hanania's podcast includes broadcasts of his radio shows in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 and his frequent podcast audio commentaries published here and on iTunes. In this Podcast commentary, Ray Hanania explains the popularity and cult of comedian Larry David and his hit HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. For more information on Ray Hanania’s writings and podcasts and radio shows visit
March 16, 2019
03-12-19 Suburban taxpayers must stand up to Chicago
In this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics (formerly the Slice of Life) Podcast (03-12-19), former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania talks about how many of the 14 candidates who ran for Mayor of Chicago have proposed that the city impose taxes on suburbanites to help off-set the city's mounting debts from wasted spending, corruption and sky-high pensions. Hanania urges elected officials in the suburbs to organize a coalition to standup to the Chicago politicians and prevent these taxes from being imposed. And he explores the idea of separating suburban Cook County from Chicago. The suburbs have the vote and yet the city of Chicago runs the entire county. For more information on this and other podcasts visit
March 12, 2019