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Video Podcast: Dearborn flooding, UAE deal on Arab Radio show Wed July 7

Dearborn flooding, UAE deal focus of Arab Radio show Wed July 7

The Ray Hanania Radio Show on #Arabradio Wed 8 am EST, July 7, featured two segments, one on Dearborn’s flooding problems, and the other on the UAE-Israel peace accord

Segment 1: 8:AM EST
We have Imad Hamad, the executive director of the American Human Rights Council (AHRC) of Detroit which focuses on freedoms for prisoners in the US) on the show talking about the flooding in Dearborn — including his home which was destroyed and the damage to the Arab American community — what have the elected officials in Dearborn done … and we invited the President of the Dearborn City Council @SusanDabaja who hosted a community forum on the flooding Tuesday evening in Detroit …

 

Segment 2: 8:30 AM EST
We have John Rakolta, former US Ambassador to the #UAE talking about the inside story of how the agreement was signed with US help and why it is significant and can open the door to peace … Rakolta is from Detroit

live on WNZK 690 AM in detroit, WDMV 700 AM in washington DC, live on the #USArabNetwork and at the @ArabNews facebook page https://facebook.com/arabnews

John Rakolta Jr served as the United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2019 to 2021. He is the former CEO of Walbridge, a full-service construction company headquartered in Detroit. He was also one of the National Finance Chairs for Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Here is the Link to the Video Podcast of the radio show:

#ArabRadio #VideoPodcast #Dearborn #Flooding, #UAE Peace accords, #ImadHamad@jrakoltajr WNZK AM 690 Detroit WDMV AM 700 Washington DC streamed live @arabnews Facebook and #USArabRadioNetwork.

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Dearborn flooding, UAE deal focus off Arab Radio show Wed July 7

Dearborn flooding, UAE deal focus off Arab Radio show Wed July 7

#Arabradio Wed 8 am EST

Segment 1: 8:AM EST
We have Imad Hamad, the executive director of the American Human Rights Council (AHRC) of Detroit which focuses on freedoms for prisoners in the US) on the show talking about the flooding in Dearborn — including his home which was destroyed and the damage to the Arab American community — what have the elected officials in Dearborn done … and we invited the President of the Dearborn City Council @SusanDabaja who hosted a community forum on the flooding Tuesday evening in Detroit …

Segment 2: 8:30 AM EST
We have John Rakolta, former US Ambassador to the #UAE talking about the inside story of how the agreement was signed with US help and why it is significant and can open the door to peace … Rakolta is from Detroit

live on WNZK 690 AM in detroit, WDMV 700 AM in washington DC, live on the #USArabNetwork and at the @ArabNews facebook page https://facebook.com/arabnews

John Rakolta Jr served as the United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2019 to 2021. He is the former CEO of Walbridge, a full-service construction company headquartered in Detroit. He was also one of the National Finance Chairs for Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Father’s Day today and yesterday, who knows about tomorrow

Father’s Day today and yesterday, who knows about tomorrow

By Ray Hanania

June 20, 2021 — Happy Father’s Day to all from this “Fadder” … and especially to my father George Hanania who immigrated to America in 1926, legally I might point out. And despite coming her legally, he never got the respect he deserved.
My father died when I was 16 so I never really got to know him in terms of his political views or opinions about the rest of the world.
But I knew he served during World War II with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the 5th Army, which later became the CIA. Dad enlisted right after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He enlisted with his older brother Moses, who came to America a few years before and lived on Chicago’s near northwest side on Clyborn Street near North Avenue.
George John (Hanna) Hanania, born in Jerusalem, Palestine 1901. Hanania family archives
George John (Hanna) Hanania, born in Jerusalem, Palestine 1901. Hanania family archives
They loved this country. Dad served in Europe and Moses served on a battleship in the North Atlantic. He wanted to serve with his brother but the recruiters thought that a sailor with the name “Moses” could help the Allies “part the seas.”
They served four years until the end of the war. Moses died a few years after I was born but my father and mother, Georgette, moved to their first home at 99th and Forrest Avenue in Chicago, a ranch style home with no garage that had just been built. A few years later, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley decided to build an expressway through that part of the city and the homeowners were all forced to sell their homes. Half the block south of their home was razed for the expressway.
And although I didn’t know a lot about him, remembering him brings back a lot of good memories, not only about family life back then but about the world we lived in back then, too.  It was so much better and far different from the world we live in today.
I was trying to make a list of the things that were a character of those years in the 1960s.
George Hanania Chicago 1926. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania
George Hanania Chicago 1926. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania
We had:
The “Good Humor Man,” now we don’t even have a good humor world, or good humor at all.
Family Dinners every Sunday. Now we have the Internet and Social Media Anger, namecalling and hate.
Newspapers that were worth wrapping fish in. Now we have the Chicago Tribune gutted itself this week instead of wrapping gutted fish
Affordable food, clothing, cars and homes — have you seen the prices recently?
Racism is now “Race-ism,” meaning that some races are important to the twisted media activists and politicians and a lot of others are marginalized and bullied
We had the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Grand Funk Railroad and Jimi Hendrix with social messages … now we have lyrics crap that attacks other people
We had Johnny Carson and great entertainment, and now we have The Hate Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel and Blah, Blah, Blah
Great movies and drive-ins for the family, like Rio Grande with John Wayne … go to a movie or shopping mall today and you could get robbed, beaten or even killed.
We left the front door open and talked to our neighbors from the front stoop … now we bolt lock the doors, fear for carjackings, gun shots in the middle of the night, (there was crime then but it’s far worse today), and worry someone is going to steal a package from our stoop.
We had presidents who knew how to work together like Eisenhower and Kennedy … and politics that was about serving people not sevring themselves … we used ot memorize Prsidential lines. Today we black them out from our memories or use them as bludgeons.
To tell the truth, my dad would really be pissed about what we have done to this country and what we have let happen to the rest of the world.
Gangways had a whole different meaning back in my dad’s world. It was the space between two homes. Today, it’s celebrated in rap music and racist lyrics that often fuel a street gang lifestyle and the divide between the races.
Race was an issue back then but we all lived in our own ethnic enclaves. It wasn’t just Black and White. The White community was divided between ethnic groups too. Italians. Irish, Polish. Jewish. And Arab. Actually, back then, Arabs and Jews lived together int he same neighborhoods because back then Jews were the victims of widespread anti-Semitism and they found comfort in the Arab community, even though we found ourselves embattled over the Holy Land, Palestine.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist and former Chicago City Hall political reporter. He writes for the Southwest News Newspaper Group in Chicago and for Arab News in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Paris, Tokyo, London and Islamabad. Email him at rghanania@gmail.com.)

How Israel and Sharon midwifed the birth of Hamas in a failed strategy to undermine the PLO and Yasser Arafat in 1976

How Israel and Sharon midwifed the birth of Hamas in a failed strategy to undermine the PLO and Yasser Arafat in 1976

By Ray Hanania

Hamas is considered one of Israel’s greatest threats, but the Islamic terrorist organization found its beginnings in the misguided Israeli effort to encourage the rise of a religious alternative that would undermine the popularity of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Yasir Arafat.

The strategy resulted in the birth of Hamas which rose from these Islamic roots. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was a member of the government when the policy was developed in the late 1970s.

Although Sharon and his Likud (formerly Herut Party) government colleagues could not anticipate that the Islamic leaders they backed would eventually evolve into Hamas and suicide bombings, the two have benefited from each other’s extremism over the years.

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