The strange phenomena of voting

The strange phenomena of voting

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American Arabs come from regions of the world where civil rights is restricted and principles like free speech and rights such as voting are prohibited. That’s one reason why the vast majority of American Arabs do not participate in the election process.

They’re conditioned through generations of oppression by dictators and tyrants to withhold their comments, withhold their feelings and to avoid engaging in the process of selecting officials to represent them through the election process.

That’s why elections don’t work in the Middle East and why the Arab Spring died an inglorious death after failing to achieve its high and noble goals of empowering the people.

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The Daily Hookah Comic Strip. 03-15-16 American Arabs face the challenges of voting. It's a long process to freedom and civil rights

The Daily Hookah Comic Strip. 03-15-16 American Arabs face the challenges of voting. It’s a long process to freedom and civil rights

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at TheArabDailyNews.com, TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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.

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.

His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania

Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com

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Ray Hanania