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Expulsion at NYSE: Are we trading in hatred?

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Expulsion at NYSE: Are we trading in hatred?

Expulsion at NYSE: Are we trading in hatred? The New York Stock Exchange expels a journalist because he is Arab and because he works for the AlJazeera Network in 2003. It’s an example of the racist, anti-Arab sentiment that flourished in the years after the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. By…

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Southwest Region sings the blues Sept. 22

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Southwest Region sings the blues Sept. 22

Southwest Region sings the blues Sept. 22 The Southwest Region southwest side of Chicago and the southwest suburbs) continue to grow, adding to their assets including Midway Airport and Toyota Park. The most recent addition is the new Lyons BluesFest which kicks off on Sept. 22, 2018, in the Village of Lyons. The organizers have…

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Victims of hate in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 America

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Victims of hate in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 America

Victims of hate in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 America This column was published in 2007 and addresses the fight to recognize the victims of the reprisals that stemmed from the Sept. 11, 2001. Many Americans refused to recognize the Americans, Arab, Muslims and “Middle East looking” who were attacked in revenge assaults in the weeks…

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Entertainment can change American views of Arabs

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Entertainment can change American views of Arabs

Entertainment can change American views of Arabs Arabs have wealth that ranks them financially among the most powerful on earth. If they wanted, they could invest pennies of their wealth and produce some of the most compelling movies, television dramas and news programmes in English that could dramatically change how Americans view the Middle East….

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Black vote splits to let Rashida Tlaib win Michigan 13th District

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Black vote splits to let Rashida Tlaib win Michigan 13th District

Black vote splits to let Rashida Tlaib win Michigan 13th District Rashida Tlaib was able to win the office for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 13th District in a large part because of support from activists like filmmaker Michael Moore and allies of Bernie Sanders, but mainly because her African American rivals split the Black vote decisively…

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Chicago residents need more than protests to get serious about violence

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Chicago residents need more than protests to get serious about violence

Chicago residents need more than protests to get serious about violence Organized protests may bring attention to the problem of neighborhood violence. But if community homeowners and families don’t stand up to the violence in their own community, they can’t make a difference and violence will continue. The past weekend when Chicago saw 74 brutal…

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Big picture overview of Rashida Tlaib’s and Michigan elections

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Big picture overview of Rashida Tlaib’s and Michigan elections

Big picture overview of Rashida Tlaib’s and Michigan elections Although there is much focus on the fact that Rashida Tlaib is Muslim, and is touted as the “first Muslim woman” to be elected to Congress this November, her Arab heritage is of much more significance. As a Palestinian Arab, Tlaib could find herself in an…

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Trump’s popularity reinforced by biased news media coverage

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Trump’s popularity reinforced by biased news media coverage

Trump’s popularity reinforced by biased news media coverage The mainstream news media’s bias is empowering President Donald Trump. So far, every one of their predictions has been wrong, from asserting he could never with the presidency to claims he would be impeached before completing his first year. What the news media is doing is helping…

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Arab Americans in Michigan have much at stake in Aug. 7 vote

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Arab Americans in Michigan have much at stake in Aug. 7 vote

Arab Americans in Michigan have much at stake in Aug. 7 vote Michigan, which has one of the largest Arab American populations, will vote on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in primary elections. Many Arab Americans are on the ballot including Abdul El-Sayed for Governor on the Democratic ticket, and Rashida Tlaib for Congress, also on the…

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A verdict on Cook County Jury Duty in the Circuit Courts

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A verdict on Cook County Jury Duty in the Circuit Courts

A verdict on Cook County Jury Duty in the Circuit Courts I received my summons to appear at Jury Duty. I didn’t want to use any excuses having been a reporter covering the court system, being a political columnist who writes about court cases, having been in several legal cases as a defendant and plaintiff in…

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