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Welcome to my internet hub.

This website is my personal website and it is a portal to all of my writings. The Daily Hookah (Hanania.com, RayHanania.com, TheDailyHookah.com) reflects my thinking process and my opinions on politics and the Middle East, based on 45 years of public writing including 17 years covering Chicago City Hall and also as having served in many activist positions with the Arab and Palestinian community including as National President of the Palestinian American Congress (1995-1996).

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From the main menu you can view my writings on Chicagoland and American politics, on miscellaneous “slice-of-life” Op-Eds and features, and on the Middle East on several websites including at the Arab News where I write a weekly column analyzing Middle East, Israeli and Palestinians issues.

This website features all of my columns, news writings, feature writing and also other posts that I think may be of interest. It also includes columns and Op-Eds that have been published elsewhere, such as at the Arab News newspaper, SuburbanChicagoland.com and the Southwest News Newspaper Group. It is an archive for all of my writing from both sides of the writing aisle (mainstream politics and Middle East politics.)

Ray Hanania at the Chicago Sun-Times 1985

I love to write about two topics.

The first is the Middle East. A long time peace activist fighting for justice for Palestinians AND Israelis, and an advocate for the Two-State Solution with security and freedom for both states and people, I write about the Middle East, the Palestinians, Israel and US peace efforts. Many of my columns are published at The Arab News in Saudi Arabia and on my Arab Writers Group website at TheArabDailyNews.com.

The second focuses on my base, Chicago politics, and midwest American and U.S. politics. I write for several newspapers in the Chicago area and across the country on a wide range of topics that include politics, government, and also slice-of-lice features that include topics on Baby Boomers, humor and family-hood.

You can find links to my published books, and also his free online books and writings, on this website using the drop-down menu bar.

Jay McMullen, husband of Mayor Jane M. Byrne, with the author after Jay threatened to punch the author in the nose at Chicago City Hall 1979. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania.

Jay McMullen, husband of Mayor Jane M. Byrne, with the author after Jay threatened to punch the author in the nose at Chicago City Hall 1979. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania.

The Daily Hookah also publishes access to my radio and individual audio and occasionally video podcasts which are also available on iTunes and at Podbean.com.

I have several Facebook Pages where I encourage you to post your opinions, column topics, and story ideas.

My personal Facebook page is Facebook.com/rghanania

Because there is a limit on personal Facebook pages, you can also go to my Fan Page at:

Facebook.com/ColumnistRayHanania/

I also have a Forum at Disqus where you can share your opinions not just with me but with other followers online. The Daily Hookah network reaches across the Internet and across the seas. Let go and state your opinions. Then, share your opinions. Engage people and help them understand the truth! Make a difference in Middle East activism and in Chicago and Illinois politics. Click here to visit the Readers Forum.

 

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Ray Hanania and Harry Golden Jr., at City Hall in 1982. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania and Harry Golden Jr., at City Hall in 1982. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

The Ambassador of Morocco (2nd from left) greets Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley (2nd from right) at his City Hall office to receive a commemoration honoring the special relationship between America and Morocco. Picture center is Baker Lemseffer who was the director of the CHicago office of the Morocco Cultural Center. On the right is Col. Jack Reilly and on the left is a Moroccan aid who accompanied the Ambassador. The story was the main story in a 1976 issue of The Middle Eastern Voice Newspaper published by Ray Hanania in Chicagoland. Photo (C) Copyright 1976-2017 Ray Hanania. All Rights Reserved

The Ambassador of Morocco (2nd from left) greets Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley (2nd from right) at his City Hall office to receive a commemoration honoring the special relationship between America and Morocco. Picture center is Baker Lemseffer who was the director of the Chicago office of the Morocco Cultural Center. On the right is Col. Jack Reilly and on the left is a Moroccan aid who accompanied the Ambassador. The story was the main story in a 1976 issue of The Middle Eastern Voice Newspaper published by Ray Hanania in Chicagoland. Photo (C) Copyright 1976-2017 Ray Hanania. All Rights Reserved