Laila El-Haddad

I am a Palestinian journalist from Gaza, currently based in little Maryland suburb known as Columbia (search Time'll fine it there!).  I am a mother of two percocious kids-7 and 3.  I grew up in several countries in the Middle East-Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, but maintained Palestinian residency, and ultimately came to the United States to study. I returned to work in Gaza as a reporter for Aljazeera English's website in 2003, and returned to the United States in 2007 to re-join my husband, a Palestinian physician with refugee status ,during which time I started a blog about my life as a Palestinian mother and journalist surviving under occupation.  Originaly named Raising Yousuf, it know goes by Gaza Mom, and focuses on Palestine, parenting, politics-and everything in between.  It is the subject of a book by the same name I recently authored.

Mubarak Resigns: The Egyptian People Have Spoken

On Friday, February 11, against all odds and most predictions, the unthinkable happened: after more than two weeks of peaceful protests, the Egyptian people forced the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, the country's president for over 30 years (though as one tweep, @imPalestine, put it, “He did not step down, he was stepped upon”). ...more

I found the peaceful power of the Egyptians inspiring, and the humor that has found its way in ...more

Egypt: Tweets From the Ground as Unrest Escalates, U.S. Shifts Policy

Egyptians demanding the dismantling of the regime of President Hosni Mubarak continued their tireless efforts throughout Egypt today, capping an entire week of protests. Demonstrations, which have up till now been remarkably peaceful, turned ugly yesterday when protesters and journalists were attacked. I've been keeping up to date with the latest developments on the ground via Twitter -- and it was announced tonight that the U.S. is working on a scenario for Mubarak's immediate departure....more