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Welcome to my website where I offer links to my syndicated columns on politics and life, my radio show broadcasts, standup comedy and public speeches, my books, podcasts, and my social media. I am proud to be involved in a wide range of professional communications.

I am the U.S. Special Correspondent for Arab News Newspaper based in Riyadh with bureaus and print newspapers there, Dubai, Tokyo, Paris, Pakistan and bureaus in London, Washington D.C., New York and Chicago. I also write Op-Ed columns for Arab News and host a weekly Live radio show, “The Ray Hanania Radio Show,” on Middle East issues. Guests include government officials, celebrities in sports, business and community activism. The radio show is broadcast every Wednesday morning at 8 AM EST live on WNZK AM 690 Radio in Detroit and WDMV AM 700 Radio in Washington D.C. The radio show is streamed live in audio on the US Arab Radio Network and in video live at Facebook.com/ArabNews.

Subscribe to Ray’s Columns

“The Ray Hanania Radio Show” is available in audio podcast on iTunes, Spotify and other major podcasting hosts. For more info, visit ArabNews.com.

I write one column each week on mainstream American political issues and slice-of-life topics for the Southwest News Newspaper Group that includes The Regional News, Southwest News-Herald, the Des Plaines Valley News every Wednesday/Thursday. I also write a Special Monday Column every week for subscribers of my independent online news site SuburbanChicagoland.com that goes to subscribers of my free weekly newsletter that provides information on all of my columns and communications.

Ray Hanania, Thom Shanker and Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in studio. Photo courtesy Ray Hanania
Ray Hanania, Thom Shanker and Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in studio. Photo courtesy Ray Hanania

I am NOT afraid to take on the tough issues of racism. Racism is wrong. It’s wrong when it is against minorities, like Blacks and Hispanics. But, it is ALSO wrong when it is against Whites. Racism is even more immoral when politicians, the news media and other activists use racism for their own personal benefit, and profiteer by widening the racial divide. I am a critic of news media bias when it comes to the Middle East, Arabs and Palestine. and believe the news media fails to provide a complete and fair presentation of the issues feeding stereotypes and bullying.

Page 10 Column, Chicago Sun-Times, 1985
Page 10 Column, Chicago Sun-Times, 1985

I also perform stand-up comedy lampooning advocating “Comedy for Peace” and using humor to bridge differences between Arabs, Israelis, Jews, Christians and Muslims. I often lampoon my Arab-Jewish marriage. I am Palestinian and my wife and son are Jewish. I also have a daughter who is Christian. All of the comedy is PG Rated.

Finally I am the President and CEO of Urban Strategies Group media consulting and I provide media and communications consulting to an array of clients. I do not write about any of my clients in my newspaper columns or news reports and in the very rare instance where I might, I provide full disclosure so readers are able to assess the topics and information accurately.

You can subscribe to my weekly eNewsletter for free by clicking this link

I hope you find the links on this page to be helpful in exploring my world of writing and opinion.

THANK YOU

Ray Hanania’s Mainstream columns

I am proud that my writings over the years have brought me many journalism awards including four Lisagor Awards, the National SPJ Sigma Delta Chi (2007) award for column writing, and the “Best Ethnic Columnist in America” from the New America Media (Nov. 2006).

Here are the most recent columns:

  • Podcast: The New Cold War, Russia, Ukraine, NATO and Biden
    Podcast: The New Cold War, Russia, Ukraine, NATO and Biden Former Congressman Bill Lipinski and former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania look at the growing “New Cold War” between the United States and Russia as Vladimir Putin solidifies his power, undermines Democracy and returns his country to the old… Read more »
  • The Political Grapevine: COVID is the excuse for everything
    The Political Grapevine: COVID is the excuse for everything Also a look at the brewing political battle in the 6th Congressional District where the strongest Republican candidate has not yet announced but will, plus perspectives on Gov. J.B. Pritzker and President Joe Biden. Plus, Kirk Dillard readying serious challenge against Pritzker… Read more »
  • Both sides have issues in Rittenhouse trial but the Left is worse
    Both sides have issues in Rittenhouse trial but the Left is worse By Ray Hanania The Kyle Rittenhouse trial and case were turned into a political weapon to fuel the ugly polarization that has divided this country politically. The Political Far Right and the Political Far Left are to blame,… Read more »
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Middle East columns, podcasts & radio

Stand-up Comedy ====

Book the Palestinian-Israeli standup comedy performance. Irreverent but respectful, not afraid to take on the toughest issues, and loved by moderates and those who support peace.

(Hated by the Sarsour/York fanatics)

Hanania is popular with the righteous people who embrace justice and fairness, reject extremism and love humor as a way to break the cycle of unending violence in the Middle East. (My mother is from Bethlehem, Jesus is my cousin!)

Enjoy Hanania’s performance at the Munster Indiana  B’nai Yehuda Beth Shalom Synagogue. Click this link to watch or use the widget below:

Enjoy the Israeli and Palestinian comedians satirical fight on stage.  Click here to view the video on YouTube or use the widget below:
 
Email Ray Hanania for more information
about performing at your event at rghanania@gmail.com.
 

I not only perform with Jewish comedians,
I also perform with Israeli comedians, too!

The Arab Daily News Op-Ed Columns ====

Read Ray Hanania's Columns at The Arab Daily News online newspaper
Read Ray Hanania’s Columns at The Arab Daily News online newspaper

Ray Hanania’s Middle East, Arab World and Arab American writings are unique and reflect professional journalism rather than activist-driven writings.

But they advocate peace and justice, especially for the Palestinian people. Here the most recent Op-Ed columns from The Arab Daily News online.

  • US Rep. Lauren Boebert owes US Rep. Ilhan Omar an apology
    US Rep. Lauren Boebert owes US Rep. Ilhan Omar an apology People who can’t debate real issues because they lack the intelligence to do so instead turn to racist hatred and name-calling to demonize others with whom they disagree. That’s the case with Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert who made a… Read more »
  • An Arab American Thanksgiving
    An Arab American Thanksgiving By Ray Hanania One of the greatest contributions of the Arab World to the Western World is the gift of Arab food, especially in America where the national menu has grown as a result of the arrival of immigrants from around the world. One of the… Read more »
  • Demonizing Palestinian NGOs unjustly: a regressive step for Israel
    Demonizing Palestinian NGOs unjustly: a regressive step for Israel By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz In criminalizing law-abiding Palestinian NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), Israel has gravely miscalculated. Managing an expanding occupation, Tel-Aviv leaders feel increasingly threatened by justice-seeking groups, which are driven by the power of local knowledge. On October 22 Israel… Read more »
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(Click here to read Ray’s Columns at The Arab Daily News)

The Ray Hanania Radio Show ==== 

This is a podcast that focuses on Arab American and Arab World issues and features The Ray Hanania Radio Show broadcast on the US Arab Radio Network every Wednesday Morning at 8 AM in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 radio and in Washington DC on WDMV AM 700 radio, and also live streamed on Arab News newspaper’s Facebook page at:

Facebook.com/ArabNews

It’s one of the few American Arab focused podcasts available on iTunes, Spotity and all of the major podcasting services.

  • Bayan Galal on her win as First Arab President of Yale‘s Student Government 9-15-21Bayan Galal on her win as First Arab President of Yale‘s Student Government 9-15-21
    Bayan Galal on her win as First Arab President of Yale's Student Government And interview with Saad Malley, Chicago business owners, on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's racist assault to close Arab and Muslim businesses Season 1, Episode 24 The Ray Hanania Radio Show sponsored by Arab News Wednesday Sept. 15,… Read more »
  • 09-09-21 Boston Candidate Annissa George and ADC Legal Dir Abed Ayoub09-09-21 Boston Candidate Annissa George and ADC Legal Dir Abed Ayoub
    09-09-21 Boston Candidate Annissa George and ADC Legal Dir Abed Ayoub Season 1, Episode 23 The Ray Hanania Radio Show sponsored by Arab News Wednesday Sept. 8, 2021 at 8 AM EST We have a great lineup of invited guests and topics this morning … The Ray Hanania Radio Show… Read more »
  • Interview with Rep. McCollum, Dalia AlAqidi on Afghanistan and Taliban 09-01-21Interview with Rep. McCollum, Dalia AlAqidi on Afghanistan and Taliban 09-01-21
    Interview with Rep. McCollum, Dalia AlAqidi on Afghanistan and Taliban 09-01-21  The Ray Hanania Radio Show sponsored by Arab News Wednesday Sept. 1, 2021 at 8 AM EST We have a great lineup of invited guests and topics this morning … The Ray Hanania Radio Show this morning at 8… Read more »
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