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The meaning of Lebanon’s elections with ATFL VP Jean AbiNader  May 18, 2022  S2 E7

The meaning of Lebanon’s elections with ATFL VP Jean AbiNader May 18, 2022  S2 E7

May 18, 2022

The meaning of Lebanon's elections with ATFL VP Jean AbiNader

May 18, 2022  S2 E7

Today we are going to look at the recent elections in Lebanon ... It has been a tumultuous two years for Lebanon ... the explosion of August 4, 2020 which took 218 lives, injured 7,000 people and left 300,000 homeless. Then there was the economic crisis that followed, and the uncertain and continued political turmoil ... all this has pushed Lebanon into gridlock, a nation that continues to be governed by a sectarian or Confessional division of political office.

The head of state is the president, who is elected by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly for a term of six years and is eligible to serve consecutive terms. By an unwritten convention, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the premier a Sunni Muslim, and the speaker of the National Assembly a Shi'iMuslim. The president, in consultation with the speaker of the National Assembly and the parliamentary deputies, invites a Sunni Muslim to form a cabinet, and the cabinet members’ portfolios are organized to reflect the sectarian balance. The cabinet, which holds more executive power than the president, requires a vote of confidence from the Assembly in order to remain in power. 

With us to help us understand all of this is Jean AbiNader, the Vice President for Policy at the American Task Force on Lebanon. He has decades of experience in public affairs/advocacy, international marketing, education and training, and project management in the Arab world. He regularly contributes analysis in a weekly blog hosted by ATFL on current events in Lebanon and the region.

AbiNader can help us understand the election results this past week and the impact of the elections in the context of the explosion, the economic and political turmoil, and the complex confessional government division.

The Ray Hanania Show is broadcast live every Wednesday at 5 PM Eastern EST on radio at:

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AbiNader has been working internationally since he finished his post-graduate education in intercultural affairs and eventually had assignments in 40 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa at the intersection of international marketing, organizational change, cross-cultural communications, and workforce development.

As Vice President of the American Task Force on Lebanon, he oversees the communications team, producing blogs, position papers, press statements, information materials, and policy studies related to US-Lebanon political, economic, and security issues.

He consults on strategic communications and organizational change for both international and US clients; has led a graduate level seminar at Georgetown University; lectures at American University on international development and challenges in intercultural negotiations; and a leads a seminar on effective negotiations at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco. His blogs can be found on  www.atfl.org and his website: www.abinaderadvisoryservices.com

 

05-11-22 Guests Mohamed Khairullah, UNRWA Acting Director Bill Deere

05-11-22 Guests Mohamed Khairullah, UNRWA Acting Director Bill Deere

May 11, 2022

05-11-22 Guests Mohamed Khairullah, UNRWA Acting Director Bill Deere

The Ray Hanania Radio Show May 11, 2022

Hosted by the US Arab Radio Network and sponsored by Arab News

Segment 1: Mohamed T. Khairullah is the Mayor of the Borough of Prospect Park, New Jersey. A Syrian American immigrant, Mayor Khairullah was first elected to the City Council in 2001 and then elected mayor in 2005.

Fleeing his homeland of Syria in 1980, Mayor Khairullah sought to shape a new meaning of hope through civic engagement and grassroots activism. As a former volunteer firefighter and through his relief efforts inside war-torn Syria, Mayor Khairullah demonstrated courage by running towards danger that most people run away from. He was elected to the Prospect Heights Borough in 2001 as a council member and in 2005 was elected its mayor.

Segment 2: Bill Deere is the Acting Director of the UNRWA Representative Office of Washington D.C. Deere was Senior Congressional Advisor to the Washington, D.C. office of UNRWA, 

UNRWA was founded in 1949. Trump cut off funding when he was president but Biden restored that funding but UNRWA remains in financial distress ...

The Ray Hanania Radio Show is broadcast live at 5 PM EST in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 and Washington DC on WDMV AM 700 radio. You can listen live on the US Arab Radio Network at ArabRadio.us and also live at Arab News Facebook page at Facebook.com/ArabNews, where it is streamed permanently. 

The radio show is rebroadcast on Thursdays at 7 AM EST in Detroit on WNZK AM 690; and, Thursday in Chicago at 12 noon CST on WNWI AM 1080 radio

The radio show is podcast at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow

For more information email host Ray Hanania at ray.hanania@ArabNews.com

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O5-04-22 Raymond Lopez on anti-Arab racism in Chicago; And, update on Iran

O5-04-22 Raymond Lopez on anti-Arab racism in Chicago; And, update on Iran

May 5, 2022

The Ray Hanania Show for May 4, 2022, S2E5

topics include two segments; the first on discrimination in Chicago against Arabs and Muslims; and the second on the Iranian resistance urging tougher sanctions on Iran

In Segment 1, we're going to speak with Raymond Lopez, alderman of Chicago's 15th Ward ... Alderman Lopez was one of the first to speak out against Mayor Lori Lightfoot's targeting of Arab Stores for closure last summer ... Mayor Lightfoot closed 150 mostly Arab owned businesses but re-opened them thanks to the help of Ald. Lopez who joined the Arab business owners at a press conference in Sept. demanding she explain her actions.... rather than explain Mayor Lightfoot immediately reopened the businesses and has tried to avoid the subject since ...

Alderman Lopez is also an announced candidate for the February 2023 Chicago Mayor elections .... and I think he is going to do very well ...

In Segment 2, we'll look at Iran's continued efforts to build a nuclear weapon and how they are using the JCPOA negotiations in Vienna to give them more time to advance their nuclear weapons industry and get closer to the bomb with our guest Shahin Gobadi, a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and spokesperson for the NCRI-Iran.org

You can watch the video of the program by visiting 

https://fb.watch/cPhUnxVwiq/

04-27-22 Ray Hanania: State Dept Affinity Group leaders; Jonathan Gornall on Coptic Christians

04-27-22 Ray Hanania: State Dept Affinity Group leaders; Jonathan Gornall on Coptic Christians

April 27, 2022

Ray Hanania: State Dept Affinity Group leaders; Jonathan Gornall on Coptic Christians

S2 E 4, 04-27-22

It's Wednesday April 27, 2022 and I am your host, Ray Hanania ... April is an important month ... it's the end of Arab American Heritage month ... we just finished celebrating traditional Easter two weeks ago and Orthodox Easter this past Sunday ... and Passover ended and we are approaching the end of Ramadan ... Eid Mubarak to our Muslim Friends who are fasting and commemorating this important religious holiday in Islam

We're broadcasting live in Detroit, Washington DC, Canada and tomorrow, Thursday we rebroadcast in Chicago at 12 noon on WNWI AM 1080 radio ....

Our topics today include two segments ...

In Segment 1, we're going to focus on where the President gets his information on Arab Americans with the chair and deputy chair of a very important organization called the Arab American Affinity Group, with Arab Affinity Group President Nadia Farra and and communications director Mahmoud Al Hamalawy 

Nadia Farra serves as a Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary Sherman covering the Middle East and North Africa, Counterterrorism, and Cyber issues.  Before, she served as the Senior Syria Desk Officer in the Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs for over six years.  Nadia entered the civil service in 2011 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at USAID where she staffed former Administrator Raj Shah before serving on the Yemen Desk. 

Mahmoud El-Hamalawy is a Press Officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs covering North Africa.  Previously, he served as an Outreach Officer under GPA’s National Media Outreach unit advising and staffing press engagements, interviews, and Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds) for the Secretary of State and Senior Department officials.  Prior to joining the Department, Mr. El-Hamalawy was a Senior News Producer for covering breaking news and stories out of Washington and their global impact. 

The Arab-Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies Employee Affinity Group is the Department’s only employee-based organization concerned with the promotion, protection, and utilization of the cultural, linguistic, personal, and professional assets Arab-American foreign affairs professionals commonly share. 

As with other ethnic- and minority-based employee associations, AAIFAA serves as a resource of relevant ideas and experiences that can be shared among the Arab-American communities throughout the interagency community. AAIFAA membership is open to all Civil and Foreign Service employees in the Department and throughout the interagency community.  AAIFAA membership is not based on any ethnicity or religion, but rather on a shared affinity for Arab culture. 

For more information, please contact AAIFAA@state.gov.

In Segment 2, we'll look at challenges facing the Coptic Christians of Egypt with author Abdulatif El-Menawy and discuss his Deep Dive this week on Coptic Christians with Arab News journalist Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall works with the Arab news Research Unit ... he is a British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and others. He did a great Deep Dive into the Coptic Christians of Egypt

Broadcast live at:

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04-20-22 Nir Hasson on Al Aqsa Mosque; Il Rep. Cyril Nichols on Arabs as ”Minority”

04-20-22 Nir Hasson on Al Aqsa Mosque; Il Rep. Cyril Nichols on Arabs as ”Minority”

April 21, 2022

Welcome to The Ray Hanania Show it's Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Season 2, Episode 3

In Segment 1, we're going to focus on two topics this afternoon, the violence taking place at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, with Haaretz writer Nir Hasson

Hasson covers Jerusalem for Haaretz. He is writing a PHD dissertation at the Hebrew University on the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. He's also a researched at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University. 

In Segment 2, we'll speak with Illinois Representative Cyril Nichols of the 32nd District and look his proposed law to recognize Arab Americans as a "minority community" in order to qualify for contracts from state and local governments in Illinois.

The Ray Hanania Show is broadcast live on the US Arab Radio Network and sponsored by Arab News every Wednesday at 5 PM Eastern EST on radio at:

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WDMV AM 700 in Washington DC including parts of Virginia and Maryland

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And, we rebroadcast on Thursdays in Chicago at 12 noon on WNWI AM 1080.

You can also listen to our radio show live online at ArabRadio.US

And watch the radio show at Facebook.com/ArabNews

Good afternoon everyone and Ramadan Mubarak to the Muslim community here in America and across the Arab World. Happy Easter to Christians. And Happy Passover to the Jewish community.

 

04-13-22 The Different Easters, challenges facing Arab Christians, Traditional Easter Recipes

04-13-22 The Different Easters, challenges facing Arab Christians, Traditional Easter Recipes

April 13, 2022

04-13-22 The Different Easters, challenges facing Arab Christians, Traditional Easter Recipes

Season 2, Episode 2

The Ray Hanania Radio Show: The different Easters; challenges facing Christian Arabs; & traditional Arab recipes for Easter April 13, 2022 Radio show: Broadcast live every Wednesday at 5 PM Eastern EST on four radio stations:

WNZK AM 690 Radio in Greater Detroit including parts of Ohio

WDMV AM 700 in Washington DC including parts of Virginia and Maryland

WTOR AM 770 Radio in Upper New York and Ontario, Canada

And,rebroadcast in Chicago on Thursdays at 12 noon on WNWI AM 1080.

You can also listen to our radio show live online at ArabRadio.US

And watch the radio show at Facebook.com/ArabNews Easter is a good time to talk about the challenges facing Christian Arabs in many societies and in politics ... Christian Arabs are seen as ghosts who don't belong, rejected both by mainstream Christians and non-Christians because they are Arab.

Our Guests:

Segment 1: Katherine Kelaidis, resident scholar National Hellenic Museum Chicago, expert on Orthodox Christians (The different Easters) For more info visit https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/

Segment 2: Rev. Khader El-Yateem director Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Arab Christian National Organization. From Bethlehem, Palestine (Challenges facing Christian Arabs)

Pastor Khader El-Yateem was born in Beit Jala in the Bethlehem Governorate in 1968, and emigrated to the United States in 1992. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and a bachelor's degree from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. He is the founder of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church. He ran for NY City Council in 2017.

Visit https://elca.org for more information.

Segment 3: Veteran Chef Tariq Nasir on popular Christian Arab recipes enjoyed during Easter. Visit his website at:

https://www.cheftariq.com/about/

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04-06-22 Jamal Osman, Minneapolis City Council on law allowing Adhan in the city

04-06-22 Jamal Osman, Minneapolis City Council on law allowing Adhan in the city

April 7, 2022

04-06-22 Jamal Osman, Minneapolis City Council on law allowing Adhan in the city

Season 2, Episode 1

Segment 1Jamal Osman, a member of the Minneapolis City Council representing the 6th Ward introduced and sponsored a new law that he will discuss that allows the Adhan to be prayed and broadcast throughout the city between the hours of 7 AM to 10 PM.

Segment 2 - Rawan Radwan, Arab News’s Deputy Section Editor and Regional Correspondent in the Gulf who discusses Ramadan and the celebrations taking place in Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim World.

Click here to read the story:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2058551/offbeat

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Rebroadcast on WNWI AM 1080 in Chicagoland and NW Indiana, 12 noon CST Thursday

Hosted by the US Arab Radio Network, ArabRadio.us

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Bayan 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 9-15-21

September 15, 2021

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, 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 8AM EST (3PM Riyadh, 4PM Dubai, 7 AM Chicago):

Segment 1, we interview rising junior at Yale University Bayan Galal who was recently elected as Yale’s first Arab student body president in the college’s 320-year history. She is also the first Arab student body president in the entire Ivy League. 

This is a pivotal moment for the Ivy League and I am happy to discuss what this means for the Yale community and Arabs across the United States.

In Segment 2 we look at the controversy in Chicago where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered a Special Task Force of Police and Inspectors to shut down Arab and Muslim owned grocery stores, this after Lightfoot told the public she opposes racism and discrimination … the Task Force has shut down some 50 stores citing minor code violations … rather than allowing them to remain open while they fix the alleged issues … some inspectors also said that the real reason in that Mayor Lightfoot believes that the 24 Hour gas stations and stores attract street gang members and as we know Chicago has one of the worst street gang problems in America … we’ll be joined by American Arab Chamber of Commerce President Hassan Nijem and businessman Saad Malley, and Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez

Join us live right here at Arab News ...

 “The Ray Hanania Show which is brought to you by Arab News at ArabNews.com on the US Arab Radio Network

we’re broadcasting live on WNZK AM 690 in Greater Detroit and WDMV AM 700 in Greater Washington DC … and streamed live on Facebook.com/ArabNews and on the US Arab Radio Network at ArabRadio.US

 

09-09-21 Boston Candidate Annissa George and ADC Legal Dir Abed Ayoub

09-09-21 Boston Candidate Annissa George and ADC Legal Dir Abed Ayoub

September 8, 2021

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 this morning at 8 AM EST (3 PM Riyadh, 4 PM Dubai):

Segment 1, we interview with Annissa Essaibi George, an Arab American running in the race for Mayor of Boston in the September 14 preliminary election race next week … Ms. George is an American politician who serves as an at-large member of the Boston City Council, where she is the chair of both the Committee on Education and Homelessness, Mental Health, and Recovery … polls show George running in a virtual tie for first place in tight race with another candidate of the Seven candidates running … but in this election the top two finishers go on to the General election November 2… what makes the difference and does being Arab have any impact?

In Segment 2 we look at the backlash killings of Arabs and Americans who looked Middle Eastern in the weeks and months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks … joining me is Abed Ayoub, the legal director at the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). The nation is preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 and yet the country has failed to accept the reality that many more than the 2,996 Americans killed on Sept. 11 died because of the terrorist attacks … at least two dozen more Americans were killed in the weeks and months after Sept. 11 because they were Arab or middle eastern looking and yet their tragedies will be overlooked or cast aside again this year …

This Morning #ArabRadioUS @RayHanania explores  …. 8AM EST #Detroit WNZK AM 690 & #WashingtonDC WDMV AM 700 also live streamed right here 3PM Riyadh 4PM UAE at Facebook.com/ArabNews

Join me this morning on Arab American Radio as we interview

At 8 AM EST on WNZK AM 690 Detroit and WDMV AM 700 Washington DC, on the US Arab Radio Network and live at https://Facebook.com/ArabNews

Join us live right here at Arab News ...

“The Ray Hanania Show which is brought to you by Arab News at ArabNews.com on the US Arab Radio Network.

We’re broadcasting live on WNZK AM 690 in Greater Detroit and WDMV AM 700 in Greater Washington DC … and streamed live on Facebook.com/ArabNews and on the US Arab Radio Network at ArabRadio.US

Interview 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

September 1, 2021

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 AM EST (3 PM Riyadh, 4 PM Dubai):

Segment 1, Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Chair woman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a leading champion of human rights who has spoken out and introduced legislation to defend civilians around the world including in Palestine, will join us in a pre-taped interview that I will play this morning. In April, Congresswoman McCollum called for the protection of Palestinian children and families living under Israel’s military control. Last year she introduced a bill that would prevent America from recognizing the West Bank as a part of Israel if Israel annexed the militarily occupied territories. McCollum comes from the American heartland and is a strong critic of Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians

In Segment 2 we discuss the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, the rise of the Taliban and the Biden administrative with conservative @ArabNews columnist Dalia al-Aqidi

Join us live right here at Arab News ...at “The Ray Hanania Show which is brought to you by Arab News at ArabNews.com on the US Arab Radio Network

we’re broadcasting live on WNZK AM 690 in Greater Detroit and WDMV AM 700 in Greater Washington DC … and streamed live on Facebook.com/ArabNews and on the US Arab Radio Network at ArabRadio.US

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