Arabs have the power to change how world sees us

Arabs have the power to change how world sees us
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Arabs have the power to change how world sees us

I explore the successes and the failures of how the Arabs are viewed in the world. Our problems sometimes are the result of our failure to present our story and engage in communications, especially in the West. We can blame everyone else for our problems, but we have the power to change it. Here’s my column from the Arab News newspaper exploring this topic

By Ray Hanania

It is easy for activists to blame all of the turmoil in the Arab community on US President Donald Trump, Israel or on the American public’s absolute lack of knowledge — I might even say “ignorance.”

All have brought some form of pain to the Arab world: Trump through his narrowly focused policies and undelivered promises, Israel through its brutal war crimes, and the American public through support of discriminatory laws like the anti-BDS legislation that restricts criticism of Israel’s human rights violations.

Sadly, the truth might be even more painful.

I have always wondered why the Arab League doesn’t, for example, spend money to launch a strategic communications campaign to counter the propaganda lies emanating from Israel. Why doesn’t the Arab world buy an American newspaper and force it to become objective, publishing accurate information about the Arab world, its people and also the Middle East’s Muslims and Christians?



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Arab Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter in America, about 1957. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

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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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