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Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour overview

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Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour overview

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour overview The Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour was co-founded by Palestinian Ray Hanania and Israeli Charley Warady. It included Jewish American comedian Aaron Freeman and Israeli comedian Yisrael Campbell. The group performed comedy shows before live audiences throughout Israel in 2007 including in West Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, Jaffa, Hebron, Tel Aviv, and…

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The key to a good deli is a great corned beef sandwich

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The key to a good deli is a great corned beef sandwich

The key to a good deli is a great corned beef sandwich Always on the hunt for a great corned beef sandwich. It’s not easy when you live in Chicagoland’s Southwest Suburbs, but there are a few that come close. Nothing like the great corned beef sandwiches you can get at Manny’s in the south…

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Memories of great TV reflected in Roseanne revival

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Memories of great TV reflected in Roseanne revival

Memories of great TV reflected in Roseanne revival Television has always reflected the worst of our society, but in recent years it has gotten even worse especially int he area of politics. But the revival of a former TV sitcom, Roseanne, has returned us to the glory days of TV when comedy and humor in…

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A look at the Arab Christian Orthodox celebration of Easter

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A look at the Arab Christian Orthodox celebration of Easter

A look at the Arab Christian Orthodox celebration of Easter Easter is a special holiday for Christians because more than Christmas, it brings Christians closer to their faith. Although both Easter and Christmas are commercialized by big business and greed, Easter resonates more. Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter after mainstream Christians, mainly because the Orthodox remain…

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Yalla! Fight Back, book empowers American Arabs

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Yalla! Fight Back, book empowers American Arabs

Yalla! Fight Back, book empowers American Arabs A new book that empowers Arabs and Muslims in America to effectively confront and change news media bias  was published this week by award-winning Palestinian American columnist and former Chicago City Hall journalist Ray Hanania. Yalla! Fight Back offers a strategic plan for Arabs and Muslims in America…

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Should have dropped Acid before watching Annihilation

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Should have dropped Acid before watching Annihilation

Should have dropped Acid before watching Annihilation Movie review: The movie theater was packed with people for the premiere of Annihilation, the Science Fiction story about an alien life form that slams into Earth and expands into what scientists call a “shimmer”. The movie not only had some great stars like Natalie Portman and Jennifer…

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Love Never Dies continues Phantom of the Opera tale

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Love Never Dies continues Phantom of the Opera tale

Love Never Dies continues Phantom of the Opera tale The sequel to the phenomenal play The Phantom of the Opera, called appropriately, Love Never Dies, continues the thrilling tale of love on stage at the start of the 20th Century. Playing at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago’s Loop, it’s well worth the time and…

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Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing

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Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing

Macy’s announces new line of Muslim clothing Muslims continue to grow as a community and its not surprising that Muslims are not only being targeted as voters by politicians, but also as retail consumers by businesses. One of the latest businesses to appeal to Muslims is Macy’s one of the nation’s largest retail department stores…

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Qataif, Arabic folded pancake filled with walnuts, syrup

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Qataif, Arabic folded pancake filled with walnuts, syrup

Qataif, Arabic folded pancake filled with walnuts, syrup Recipe: One of the most popular Arabian sweet dishes is Qataif (Atayef, Qatayef) which is made with a pancake shell folded over a filling of crushed walnuts, brown sugar and syrup). Who can say “no” to Qataif? By Ray Hanania One of the most popular Arabian sweet…

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Who are the Arabs of the Southwest Suburbs?

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Who are the Arabs of the Southwest Suburbs?

Who are the Arabs of the Southwest Suburbs? The recent personal attacks against a trustee in Palos Township has sparked a discussion about who are the Arabs of Chicagoland. I have spent most of my life studying and writing about the American Arab community, authoring dissertations and studies on them at Northern Illinois and the…

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