Arab Radio Podcast: Ray Hanania hosts Iraqi artist Michael Rakowitz

Arab Radio Podcast: Ray Hanania hosts Iraqi artist Michael Rakowitz
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Arab Radio Podcast: Iraqi artist Michael Rakowitz joins Ray Hanania

Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz talks about his efforts to recreate Iraqi art and iconic heritage lost to war and ISIS/ISIL violence in this interview on Yalla! Fight Back live Arab Radio Friday June 8, 2018 with host Ray Hanania.

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Arab Radio June 8, 2018 with Ray Hanania



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Guest Iraqi American artist Michael Rakowitz

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This edition of Yalla! Fight Back Arab radio June 8, 2018 will focus on the life work of Northwestern University professor and artist Michael Rakowitz to preserve the Iraqi culture that was destroyed by terrorists of the Daesh (Islamic State in the Levant, ISIL, ISIS) which occupied a large segment of Iraqi beginning in June 2014. During its three year terror rampage, Daesh destroyed Arab cultural artifacts and the cultural artifacts of other national groups. Among the items destroyed were historical artifacts from Iraqi history dating back thousands of years including many iconic items from the Iraqi museum.

Rakowitz is an unusual and interesting person. His father is Jewish and his mother is Iraqi and he lives Iraqi culture daily in his personal and professional life. Over the years, Rakowitz has been recreating some of the most iconic of Iraqi cultural images including the Lamassu, an Sumerian, Assyrian, Chaldean and Iraqi protective deity, often depicted as having a human’s head, the body of a bull or a lion, and bird’s wings. In some writings, it is portrayed to represent a female deity.

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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania 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, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

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, Hanania 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. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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