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If They Can Figure Out About Richard III…
By RAY HANANIA
Southwest News-Herald Friday, February 08, 2013
You think that if a mystery surrounding the killing of a king committed 528 years ago this August can be solved with DNA, maybe we could get the truth about other mysteries involving assassinations, murders and deaths?
Who else assassinated John F. Kennedy? Who murdered labor boss Jimmy Hoffa and more importantly, where is he buried? We know why.
Might we know the truth in the alleged suicide of Chicago School Board President Michael Scott?
Did Chicago Mayor Harold Washington really die from a heart attack brought on by a weight problem and stress, or was he murdered, too?
They found the bones of King Richard III, the King of the House of York and last of the Plantagent dynasty. He was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, seven years before Christopher Columbus almost discovered America.
The King was entombed beneath a City Council parking lot in Leicester, England, south of Nottingham Forest where famed archer and the people’s outlaw Robin Hood roamed many centuries later, miles north of London.
No less a biased journalist named William Shakespeare documented the account of Richard’s killing, not from firsthand witness but from the biased musings of Richard’s surviving foes and probably at a tavern over a chalice of cheap ale. Isn’t that how all writers and journalists get their facts, even today?
Richard III wasn’t a nice guy. He took over when he brother, King Edward IV had died. He became king when Edward’s two sons who had been put under Richard’s tutelage mysteriously disappeared, reportedly killed in the Tower of London. (They give tours and tales about the midnight murders at the Tower of London, which I have visited.)
The ruthless King had been told that one of his enemies, Henry Tudor, had been traveling in Leicester and he planned to surround him there and kill him. Fate had other plans and Henry became King Henry VII. His son, Henry VIII, became king after his father’s less dramatic death in 1509.
That’s why they say the “pen is mightier than the sword.” You can’t kill someone with a pen — well, maybe you can but it would be difficult and messy. But the pen is the instrument that lays down history.
Hundreds of years from now, people will be reading the writings of Sir Wallace Davis, former nobleman of the Daley Dynasty and orator in the Halls of City also called “City Hall” in Little Ireland, also called “Chicago.”
Davis has written that Michael Scott was murdered and many, many people believe that.
It may be true. Is Chicago less violent a place than Leicester, England, which, when you review Shakespeare’s accounts, was very, very violent. Seemed like people became kings by murdering relatives quite often.
I was there when Harold Washington died and interviewed many who believed he was poisoned by political foes and followers of the Earl of Vrdolyak, also known as “Fast Eddie.”
Many believe Jimmy Hoffa or his mob pals were tied to the assassination of JFK that beautiful morning of Nov. 22, 1963.
There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who don’t care. And those who believe the Warren Report was a whitewash.
Rumors were rampant when King Richard III died. He was hastily buried under a nearby church and the details of his battle only became popular when serialized by Shakespeare.
Don’t ever think you know what is or isn’t the truth in politics.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. Reach him at http://www.TheMediaOasis.com.) — City & Suburban News-Herald
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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