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American Arabs have to speak out about the Census. not roll over

Posted March 23, 2010 | 08:04:17 (EST)

For 30 years, the US Government has been telling the American Arab community, through American Arab surrogates, that if we would just write in our name as "ARAB" on the OTHER line at the bottom of the form, we'll get our share.

I know because I was an unpaid Census...

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Is it "Apartheid Week" or Just Apartheid "Weak?" -- Jerusalem Post column

Posted March 10, 2010 | 07:00:48 (EST)

There is one important fundamental about truth: Genuine truth gives one the power to tolerate even the most heinous criticism. Tolerance of criticism is a sign of confidence. Intolerance is a symptom that what you believe may not really be true. So throw the toughest, harshest argument against what I...

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An American Arab Thanksgiving

Posted November 24, 2009 | 18:41:42 (EST)

This is a column I wrote for the Palestinian and Arab community I thought would be of interest here, also.

 

An American Arab Thanksgiving, Maybe one day

Thanksgiving is a special holiday for me because no other American event better symbolizes my family’s Arab experience in this country.

My...

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Re-Energizing The Two-State Solution To Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Posted November 20, 2009 | 17:10:59 (EST)

Yes, I am running for President of Palestine in the next election, if there is one. No, I don't expect to win. But then, many long shot candidates who don't expect to win, actually find themselves winning.

Still, my goal isn't to win office but to help re-ignite the peace...

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Democratic Health Care Plan Fails, Feeds Fat Cat Insurance Lobby

Posted October 14, 2009 | 07:41:40 (EST)

So let me get this straight. President Barack Obama makes a clarion call to reform healthcare so that the 30 million Americans (not including the 12 million "non-Americans" living in America) can have affordable and fair health insurance, and what does the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate do?

They...

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County Gaming Ban Smacks of Insider Politics, Not Concern for the Public

Posted October 9, 2009 | 13:52:49 (EST)

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-10th) received at least $2,000 in campaign contributions from Illinois casino gaming interests three weeks before she publicly unveiled her campaign to block video gaming machines in Cook and DuPage Counties, her financial records show.

She then pushed through the Cook County Board an ordinance...

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The Slandering of a Renown Jewish Jurist and War Crimes Prosecutor, Richard Goldstone

Posted September 19, 2009 | 10:27:13 (EST)

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Sen. Baucus Health Care Proposals Expands Burdens, Not Coverage, to Uninsured Americans

Posted September 16, 2009 | 15:35:41 (EST)

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus unveiled his own-pro-insurance industry health care plan that takes the breath out of President Obama’s health care reform proposals while offering subtle protections to the health care industry.

Sorry Senator, your plan pretends to address the needs of those who can't afford insurance but...

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Leno Causes Seismic Shift in Delicate Balance Between Husbands and Wives Across America

Posted September 15, 2009 | 08:06:29 (EST)

Jay Leno didn't just move from his 10:30 slot (Central) to the 9 PM slot. His move is challenging husband-wife spats over who dominates the TV remote control all across America's heartland.

Leno's time shift has caused a seismic "disruption in the force" at the Hanania household.

Like most...

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Obama Presses Hard to Unite Dems on Healthcare and Slaps Down Republican "Demagoguery"

Posted September 9, 2009 | 22:51:59 (EST)

It was not surprising to see the Republican side of the joint session of Congress sit in their chairs like scolded school children wearing universally constipated expressions of disdain as President Barack Obama presented a powerful and effective consensus healthcare plan to unite the Democrats.

It was also not surprising...

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Government by Lynch Mob -- Obama Should Ignore Critics and Just Lead

Posted September 8, 2009 | 11:19:29 (EST)

President Obama seems to be running from policies rather than leading policies. Instead of acting like a President who won office with a huge mandate for "change," he is acting like he is months away from a re-election and fears offending the public.

Politicians in one of the nation's toughest...

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Going Green in Orland Park to Reduce my Carbon Footprint

Posted August 12, 2009 | 21:02:32 (EST)

When I was a child, my mom explained that my dad saved scraps of aluminum foil, the miracle kitchen asset that made cooking so much easier. It was a habit he picked up during World War II when conservation was important and everyone pitched in to fight a threat to...

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Are Baby Boomers Senile, Uneducated or Just Babies?

Posted August 9, 2009 | 12:11:54 (EST)

As we Baby Boomers turn the corners on our lives, we're staring down all kinds of insecurities and fears from our lifestyles and our wastefully-led economic past practices.

We spent money like crazy, and helped turn the Credit Card industry into a legally sanctioned Mafia with vigs and juice loan...

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Gates-Crowley Battle Not About Race, but Rather Citizens' Rights

Posted July 24, 2009 | 18:07:33 (EST)

Although race was what caught President Obama's attention, the confrontation between a Black Harvard professor and a White Cambridge police officer is not about race at all.

It is about citizens' rights. When you look past the argument over race, you can see that a homeowner's rights were trampled on...

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Opposition to Obama Health Care Reform Driven by Racism Not Fear of Increasing Debt

Posted July 22, 2009 | 15:35:07 (EST)

Although the Republicans and their so-called "Blue Dog" conservative Democrats claimed they oppose President Obama's health care plan because it would increase the nation's debt, the real reason is driven by racism and the fact that the majority who would benefit from health care reform are minorities, the poor and...

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The Defamation of Cynthia McKinney and the Violation of Her Civil Rights

Posted July 2, 2009 | 14:57:42 (EST)

Cynthia McKinney was the first woman to be elected to represent a congressional district in Georgia. She was first elected as a member of the U.S. Congress in 1993 and she served 10 years. She was defeated when she started to question America's blind obedience to Israel's selfish, self-centered policies...

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Don't Give Ahmadinejad the Excuses He Wants

Posted June 23, 2009 | 21:00:44 (EST)

As long as Western politicians, especially those in the United States, view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other tyrants as opportunities for local political gain, the dictators will continue to oppress.

Here in the United States, the news media is leading the charge, clawing itself past even the traditional conservative...

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Netanyahu Responds to Obama with Obfuscation, Rhetoric and More Roadblocks

Posted June 15, 2009 | 09:59:14 (EST)

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pretends that he is a peace-maker but deep down in his heart, he is driven by a hatred of Palestinians and will do anything to prevent the creation of a Palestinian State. Rather than support a "Road Map for Peace," Netanyahu's entire political existence has...

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Hypocrisy in Chicago Politics is Deafening

Posted June 12, 2009 | 19:07:45 (EST)

It was disclosed this week that the city's pension funds invested $68 million in a real estate development company run by Allison Davis, a former partner with convicted fundraiser and realtor Antoin "Tony" Rezko, and Robert Vanecko.

Rezko's name stands out, of course. But Vanecko might not unless you...

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Lebanon's Election is Obama's First Post-Muslim/Arab World Speech Victory

Posted June 9, 2009 | 12:24:47 (EST)

As the smoke clears in Lebanon's sectarian elections, and the two major factions appear to be where they began, the real winner may in fact be President Barack Obama. Did his speech last week to the Arab World impact Lebanon's election results?

In fact, only one seat changed hands between...

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