Ray Hanania on Politics, Media & Life

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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 www.Hanania.com

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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 www.RayHananiaonPolitics.com and my podcasts on the Middle East at www.TheArabStreet.org. Or, go to my personal website for all my writings, my podcasts and my videos at www.Hanania.com
22:30
August 6, 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 www.Hanania.com. His podcasts on Mainstream politics are archived at www.RayHananiaonPolitics.com. Hanania also hosts a Middle East focused podcast as the US Correspondent for the Arab News Newspaper based in Riyadh and Dubai at www.TheArabStreet.com.
23:41
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 www.Hanania.com or www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com. 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 www.TheArabStreet.org.
11:44
June 4, 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 www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com, or all of his Middle East podcasts and all of his columns by visiting www.Hanania.com
10:35
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 www.Hanania.com. Check out his podcasts by visiting www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com.
12:20
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 www.Hanania.com. 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 SuburbanChicagoland.com 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 www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com.
11:11
May 9, 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 www.Hanania.com. 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 SuburbanChicagoland.com 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 www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com. It's that simple.
10:08
May 9, 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 www.Hanania.com.
15:14
May 6, 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.
08:54
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 SuburbanChicagoland.com 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 RayHananiaOnPolitics.com for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website www.Hanania.com end
14:31
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 SuburbanChicagoland.com 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 RayHananiaOnPolitics.com for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website www.Hanania.com.
37:18
April 2, 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 SuburbanChicagoland.com 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 RayHananiaOnPolitics.com for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website www.Hanania.com end
13:53
April 1, 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 RichardSilverstein.com for more information and links to his Op-Ed writings and interviews. You can get more information on this podcast at RayHananiaonPolitics.com and on my personal website where all my columns and podcasts are archived at Hanania.com. Also check out my older podcasts at pod bean an archive at TheArabStreet.com 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. www.Hanania.com
56:43
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 RayHananiaOnPolitics.com and also OnDeadlinePodcast.com, or to check out past podcast archives … go to Hanania.com 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. www.Hanania.com
13:04
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 OnDeadlinePodcast.com. But remember, you can go to Hanania.com 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 www.Hanania.com
26:37
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 www.Hanania.com
24:51
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 http://www.Hanania.com
14:20
March 16, 2019
03-12-19 Suburban taxpayers must stand up to Chicago
In this episode of 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 had 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 www.Hanania.com
15:56
March 12, 2019
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