Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist. He can be reached on his personal website at

Twitter: @RayHanania 

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Arab Americans finally give themselves a chance of empowerment

The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee last week launched the Arab American Business Advisory Council, which will focus on providing an important new service to the community.

July 19, 2023

America’s global status undermined by its domestic political polarization

Much of what is happening in the world today is a direct result of the US political system collapsing into chaos. The country is deeply polarized and most Americans have gravitated to one of two extreme political sides, with few asserting a moderate, centrist view.

June 25, 2023

US civil rights efforts defend minorities, just not Arabs

The US Supreme Court last week voted to reject a congressional redistricting map in Alabama it said diluted the power of Black voters, affirming a fundamental principle on minority rights.

June 17, 2023

Poll of Palestinians portends worsening situation for peace

A recent poll of nearly 1,000 Palestinians by YouGov and Arab News reveals a disconcerting lack of faith that peace is possible, with most blaming Israeli and American bias and suggesting that the escalating violence will only worsen.

May 14, 2023

US politicians’ Israel visits signal start of election season

The next US presidential election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2024, and once again most Arab Americans will be bystanders with little influence — and, more likely, the victims of a resurgence of electoral politics gone wrong.

May 03, 2023