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New Media Internet NetworkingVeteran Award winning reporter Ray Hanania shares the secrets he learned from more than 3 decades of frontline journalism to you can create an internet network that will allow you to side step the biases, challenges and failings of the mainstream American News media.

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Midnight Flight is an online book that tells the story of one family's experience during the hectic years of White Flight in Chicago.
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The first Arab American humor book. A collection of essays, mostly humorous and some serious on what it was like growing up Arab in America.
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If we can laugh together, We can live together
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Midnight Flight is an online book that tells the story of one family's experience during the hectic years of White Flight in Chicago. One night you would say goodnight to your neighbors of 20 years, go to sleep and wake-up and find a new family there. It also offers a background on Chicago life during the 1960s. You can also share your experiences during this period in Chicago history in our special Midnight Flight Guest Book.

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Satirical and compelling insight into the Arab American experience. A collection of essays to help you better understand the Arabs in America. By Award winning author, Ray Hanania


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Association of Arab American University Graduates
AAUG Newsletter Review
March 1997

    "Ray Hanania has just published a book that takes the bull by the horns: I'm Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing Up Arab in America. Humor and Reality in the Ethnic American Experience. It is a collection of autobiographical chapters, articles the author had published during his long journalistic career, and speeches. The author ponders issues with wry amazement and amusement. One chapter is entitled: "I Wonder if John Wayne Ever Ate Mensiff?"

    "The book has received favorable reviews in the press. Jim Ennes, veteran of the USS Liberty, wrote in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, "His book describes dozens of incidents that should make fair minded people cry out for the injustice. Hanania doesn't cry out. He doesn't complain. He thinks most Americans are bigots. He laughs about it. You will laugh with him."

Palestine News Service
September 1997

     "Ray Hanania's book ... is hilarious. A humorous but thoughtful insight into the daily lives of Arab Americans in a way many people need to understand them. ... You will laugh until you cry."

Jerusalem Review
March 1998

     "Very funny look at the life of an Arab in America in a series of unique essays. ... It touches the tragedy with humor."


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    "I am not a terrorist. But to run from the word 'terrorist' is wrong. I am glad I look like a terrorist because it gives me a special sword to help destroy the stereotype that continues to injure my people, distort our image and to cause otherwise compassionate Americans to engage in hateful acts of bias."
--  Ray Hanania
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I'm glad i look like a terrorist: growing up arab in america
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"Arabs of Chicagoland"

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128 pages, 205 photographs dating back to the early 1920s, a historical overview of the three major immigration periods, the events that pushed immigration. The first-ever look at Chicago's Arab American community and their immigration to Chicago.

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Secrets of New Media Networking; How to Overcome mainstream News Media Bias Using the Internet
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bookMidnight Flight is an online book that tells the story of one family's experience during the hectic years of White Flight in Chicago. One night you would say goodnight to your neighbors of 20 years, go to sleep and wake-up and find a new family there. It also offers a background on Chicago life during the 1960s. You can also share your experiences during this period in Chicago history in our special Midnight Flight Guest Book. A personal reflection on the tragedy of Chicago's 1960s social and racial strife.

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I'm Glad I Look Like a Terrorist:
Growing up Arab in America

Humor & Reality in the Ethnic American Experience

By Ray Hanania
(C) 1996 - 2008, USG Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved 315 Pages, 5x8 paperback
 
Journalist, standup comedian and Chicago Morning Talk Show host, Ray Hanania takes you on a hilarious romp through his life growing up Arab in America. his father is from Jerusalem and mother from Bethlehem (Jesus is his cousin), Hanania's wife is Jewish (Shhhh! She thinks he's Puerto Rican!) Enjoy this book today and restore your faith in the hope for Middle East -- "If we can laugh together, we can live together."

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The Role of humor as a form of commentary in Arab society is absent.
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YA HABIBI: Growing Up Arab in America is a novel about growing up Arab in America.

Founded on humor and real life stories, Ya Habibi: Growing Up Arab in America tries to help people understand the Arab American experience. The story is a story of every ethnicity. Many people reading the chapters will find similarities to their own lives, as ethnics themselves. "Humor is an excellent way to overcome the barriers that divide our society and shatter the stereotypes that feed into discrimination. I hope that this book will achieve those goals," Ray Hanania.

Readers write:

Dear Ray,
I met you at the Arab Americans of Central Ohio hafleh in Columbus in June 2005. You presented a most comical and fascinating speech to us. I read your book, Ray, and it was just magnificent, poignant, compelling and enlightening. What a writer you are. And so accomplished. Thank you for writing your book, it is so true. May God bless you and your family and work and grant you many years, Insha Allah.
Sincerely, MRA, Columbus Sept. 16, 2005


  • Excerpt & Essay titles
  • Table of Contents

    Preface

    Ya Habibi: An Arab Childhood
    The Viaduct of Death
    An American Christmas
    A Close Shave
    What’s In a Name
    Muhammad Ali
    I Wonder if John Wayne Ever Ate
    Mensiff
    ?
    The Hollywood Arab
    An Arab Bas Mitzvah
    This Won’t Hurt a Bit
    Under the Brookfield Zoo Lions
    “To the Arab from the Jew”
    A Media Consciousness
    Under the Watchful Eye of the FBI
    Journalism Was an Accident Some Wish I Never Had
    “Keep Your Views on Your Side of the Typewriter”
    An Artist of American Politics
    Bury Me in Jerusalem
    Making It Big Time

    I Sent My Aunt a Letter
    West Bank Story: In Search of Palestine

    ** Israel keeps It Borders Tight
    ** West Bank Scarred by Bullets
    ** Uprising is Rooted in Hatred
    ** Mother Cuts in on Soldiers’ Pursuit
    ** The Land is All -- to Two Peoples

    I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist
    Miss Liberty
    It’s Always a Polaroid
    An Electoral Lesson
    The Miracle at St. George Church
    Sunrise in Jerusalem
    A MidSummer’s Night Dream
    The Arabian Diaspora
    No one met me on Jaffa Road
    The Terrorist Threat in America Today
    Lessons in the Oklahoma Bombing

    Speeches on the Arab Experience:

    Introduction
    Speech to Roosevelt University: Outside Looking In
    Acceptance Speech as National PAC President: A Vote for Moderation
    Speech to the San Francisco PAC: We Haven’t Done Enough
    Speech to the Muslim Public Affairs Council: Arab Political Empowerment
    Speech to Hadassah, Chicago: A Vision of Peace
    Speech to the Chicago Convention of ADC: Perception is Reality
    Freedom of Speech: Conclusion


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