The full story on Laila Abdelaziz

Where do I see our youth headed? I’m not sure, it’s a tricky question. You don’t really see the younger community with much motivation now. There is one exception to this madness, and her name is Laila Abdelaziz; the field coordinator for the nonprofit organization; Emerge USA. Laila was born in Ramallah Palestine and is the second oldest of five children. She comes from a very diverse family, with her father being Palestinian and her mother being Russian. At the age of 21, Laila has accomplished more than anyone could have imagined at that age. She works for Emerge USA, a Florida based nonprofit that’s working to engage and empower the Muslim, Arab, and South Asian American communities in the civic process. When she lived in Baltimore, she worked for her states representative. There Laila met some people who had the hope of creating a nonprofit here in Florida. Along with her family, she moved to Florida and started her first official job with Emerge USA. Laila wanted to make a difference in her community and inspire others to make a change and better themselves.

Laila is aware that out youth is headed down a bumpy road and she as always intended to do something about it. Her and her team were all on the same page and felt like they needed to take a big step in changing the fate of the younger community. They started a program called the Emerging leaders program. It’s a program to teach students how to become the leaders of tomorrow. They travel all over the state and gather tools that they will carry out through life. The students get the chance to go to Tallahassee and meet with their state representatives, and they also get to do community service projects.

Back in 2010 President Obama had a town hall meeting on human rights at the University of South Florida, that didn’t turn out to be what he expected. Laila was chosen to ask a question and she ended up confronting the President about the Israel/Palestine situation. She ask why the president hasn’t condemned Israel and Egypt’s human rights violation against the occupied Palestinian people because we continue to support them with millions of dollars from our tax money. The president was completely in shock and didn’t really end up answering her question. He began to stutter through his answer and stalls. He said that Israel is one of our strongest allies, and it’s not very different than from the U.S… He never ended up answering her question, which wasn’t surprising at all.

Laila Abdelaziz is seen as a powerful Muslim woman in the community with a strong voice and character. Laila says that her greatest strength is her ability to fight for what she believes is fair. She never backs down and she stays calm and collected.  She finds serenity in her religion and she says that is what gets her through the day.


If i could interview President Obama

I there was one person I would like to interview, it would be President Obama. Obama is and iconic figure and has definitely made history. The current President isn’t very ordinary. He is the first African American President; he ended the war in Iraq, and will now, most likely start his own war. Obama is definitely not liked by; mostly because he is a black man, has a father who was Muslim, and his name is Barack Hussein Obama. There is so much I would like to ask the president, but as of right now I can only imagine. One thing I would like to know is what drove him to run for president and why does he think that he won. Some people don’t understand why he won because he has such a distinct and controversial background. I also would like to ask him what makes him so different from Bush. Because of the current situation in Syria, I would like to know why he thinks it would be a good idea to go in and why does he believe that President Bashar Al-Assad is responsible for the chemical weapon attack when Russian president; Vladimir Putin believes that Assad is innocent.


Syrian Novelist Khaled al-Khalifa on a Possible US Strike

khaled-khalifaKhaled al-Khalifa

Dictators bring invaders; this is an indisputable fact. Invaders never brought freedom to people, and this is another fact that we shouldn’t forget. But what we should say at this very crucial moment of our lives and the life of our revolution is that the dictators are not the only ones who brought invaders, but that they contributed to that a group of politicians and revolution-traders who sold our blood — once to Qatar and once to Saudi and once to organizations that I don’t know their nature — without the slightest sense of shame. Imagine Samir Nashar and Zuheir Salem representing this great revolution — how strange!

“Do you want to know my position?

“I am against the US military intervention and I have my reasons, I , the son of this revolution, whether you like it or not.

“In a situation like ours, blood-traders and the Coalition should all admit that they are partners with the dictators, and they are just a copy of them and not a copy nor representative of the honesty of our revolution.

“I will say no more,

“You have to stand before the mirror, you who got paid for our blood, before you say facts we know about the fascist dictator and sectarian regime. But you should be neither fascist, dictator, nor sectarian if you want to be part of our revolution.

“Listen carefully:

“Tell me when did the invaders bring freedom?

“At the end I will never be in favour of any American intervention in our area, because I know them very well. They could have defended the values from day one of our revolution and could have helped us, but they waited till the country was destroyed.

“The fall of the regime will satisfy me, but I don’t want our revolution to be incomplete after all this blood. This is not a letter for history but a farewell letter to all my friends if I die. If I die amidst this shelling or for any other reason, I want my friends to bury me in an unknown grave that only my friends and my beloved will know its address.”

We’re ready to go’ if ordered on Syria chemical weapons response

We’re ready to go’ if ordered on Syria chemical weapons response

I don’t know about you; but I’m pretty scared of what the outcome could be. Is the U.S. just going to repeat another “spread of Democracy” like they did in Iraq? The estimated documented Civilian deaths in Iraq from beginning to end was 114,339-125,296. Further analysis of the WikiLeaks Iraq war logs may add another 11,000 civilian deaths. The chemical attack in Syria alone killed an estimated amount of 500 to 1,300. This would be the world’s most lethal chemical weapons attack since the 1980s.


Welcome to my blog! My name is Heyam and this page will be all about my interests and things that are happening in the world today. I am a political activist, a student, and a believer. My background consists of Cuban and Palestinian, but that only makes me more interesting.   I will mostly be writing about what’s going on in the Middle East; not only because it’s part of my background, but also its a bit of an obsession. You never know what to expect from that side of the world, there’s always some kind of new tragedy.  Enjoy =)