Author: Ray Hanania

Real threat facing the Middle East is Iranian extremism

Published in the Arab News, Oct. 13, 2016

By Ray Hanania

Although much is made of the rising threat of ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Middle East, one axis more threatening, is the violent coalition of Syria and Hezbollah, led by Iran.

Iran is one of the most dangerous regimes in the greater Middle East region and their agenda has not changed since the Shah of Iran was ousted in February 1979.

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Readers share fear of street gang violence

Oct. 13, 2016 Street Gangs Part 2, Des Plaines Valley News, SW News-Herald, The Regional, The Reporter

By Ray Hanania

Last week I wrote about how most violence in Chicagoland is the result of street gangs, but we’re not doing a good job stopping it.

We should treat street gangs as terrorist organizations, stripping them of their rights. Stop them. Frisk them.

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Don’t call me MENA, call me Arab

President Obama is considering placing an all inclusive category called “MENA” (Middle Eastern and North Africa) on the US Census forms going out soon to identify the nation’s 2020 demographic population, but I think the designation should be sweet and simple “Arab.” I’m not MENA, I am Arab and I am proud.

By Ray Hanania

Columnist with the Arab News, www.ArabNews.com

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Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence

SW News Herald Sept. 29, 2016

By Ray Hanania

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a three-part plan to confront Chicago’s rising murder rate.

The crime wave in Chicago is so bad that people don’t feel safe walking downtown any more. This weekend, a 54 year old man was shot in his head twice while walking by Millennium Park. Every day and every weekend people are shot and killed, mainly by street gang members.

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