ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
ONE ON ONE
For Wael “Bull” Abboud, teen years spent watching Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel ply their trades led to a boxing and kickboxing career, which took a surprise twist a few years ago.
“I went from that to jumping into karate, to kickboxing. Won an amateur kickboxing title in 1991,” Abboud said.
He became impassioned with boxing in 1989 and worked out at the legendary Kronk gym in Detroit. In 1992, Abboud won his pro debut, a unanimous decision.
Imagine a random person just showed up to your home unannounced and knocked on your door.
You open the door, and the stranger introduces himself, at which point you realize you’ve never met him.
He’s got a familiar face though. You also start to notice that he walks, talks, and carries himself with a demeanor that appears to be naturally like yours for some reason.
He even looks like you and begins to speak to you in his native language that, coincidentally, sounds nearly identical to your own.
In an era characterized by corporate greed and dominated by giant companies, Marvin Ammori has struck one up for the little guy. An attorney by trade, the 41-year old has spent much of his career trying to keep the internet fair and open for small, entrepreneurial companies like the ones he grew up around in the Chaldean community.
The key issue is “network neutrality” and it means preventing large companies that control access to the internet from playing favorites. For example, making some companies easier to search for or helping some companies’ websites load faster than other companies’ websites.
If you can’t laugh at yourself, you have no business laughing at anyone else. That is the heart of comedy. “I’m allowed to make fun of who I am,” says comic Eric D’Alessandro, “and what I know.”
Comedian Vincent Oshana says about himself and his colleagues, “We are modern day philosophers.” Both funny men will star in a comedy show benefiting the Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) on Friday, October 4 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board Theater.
Southeastern Michigan has the largest Chaldean population in the country, and the largest outside of Iraq. The second largest region, San Diego, is a distant second. This translates to an increased weight in how the community is represented in the State of Michigan’s government.
“Making sure the Chaldean community is engaged is a priority,” says Ghida Dagher, Director of Appointments for Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The Iraqi community in the United States and more specifically, the Chaldean American community in Michigan, opened their homes and hearts to many Iraqi political leaders that visited our community organizations and churches over the years.
Every politician knows that the key to winning the hearts and mind of our community is to make great promises on Christian and minority issues as well as promoting business and political collaboration. A classic promise is building bridges with the community, attracting investment and defending Christian rights.