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Entries for February 2008

Summer Enrichment Programs for College Bound Chaldean Students
By CASA :: 14 Views :: Chaldean American Student Association

Chaldean American Student Association shares a number of summer enrichment programs to college bound Chaldeans in middle and high school.  The programs offer Chaldeans a wonderful opportunity for hands-on adventures and exposure to college settings.  

Although some of the programs offer college credits, the majority are enrichment programs intended to enhance student academic exposure, college application, and scholarship opportunities. 

For questions, please contact the school offering the opportunity.  The CASA national board will be offering scholarships for a number of select programs that might include travel, lodging, and meals for qualified applicants. 

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Chaldean Archibishop Paulos Faraj Rahho Kidnapped and Parishioners Murdered
By Huda Metti :: 64421 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends, Chaldean Churches

Mosul, Iraq - Gunmen have kidnapped the archbishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and murdered three of his aides.  The 65 year old archbishop was ordained in 2001.  Archibishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was ambushed as he left a church in the eastern al-Nour district, immediately after he finished celebrating the rite of the Via Crucis at a local church and shared consoling words of hope and peace.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of armed men attacked Archbishop Rahho’s vehicle.  The gunmen opened fire on the car, killing the three aides, before kidnapping the archbishop.  There is no further information of Rahho's whereabouts or his condition.  An aide to Iraq's Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, leader of the church, said he did not know who was behind the kidnapping of the 65-year-old archbishop.

Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Iraqi Christians have been targeted by Islamic extremists who label them "crusaders" loyal to U.S. troops.  Fanatic Muslims  are using this strategy in order to recruit other extremists, raise terror funds, and force Christians to flee the country forfeiting their homes and property to extremists.  Property is then sold or used to fund insurgency strikes against coalition forces. 

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Chaldean Basketball Heats Up With Underdog Surprises
By Tommy Hanna :: 387 Views :: Chaldean Church Sports League, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Church Sports League brings over nearly five hundred Chaldean athletes, fans, and organizers to the Royal Oak Gym each week.  Overcoming harsh sleet, snow, or ice the gym remains packed with players and supporters.  “I am so happy our church is doing this.  I look forward Sunday and can’t wait to see my team at church, says Maroki of St. Joseph Chaldean Church. 

Concluding week four and five of the thirteen week league, the teams are starting to find their sweet spots said Brian Alyas.  “Watching my brother play is nice.  It is good to see the team coming together.”  Team jitters seem to be falling to the wayside as players begin to be more consistent on the court.  Coach Derrick Dabbish of the St. George Dragon Slayers attributes teamwork to his team’s success.  “They are playing excellent.  Great hustle, excellent focus, and listening to the plays called by the coaches very well.”

George Kizy, St. Joseph’s Middle School Coach says, “I was proud of my guys they gave a valiant effort. St Thomas Team 2 had a fast team. We knew that from playing them just two weeks ago.”  St. Joseph’s Dominic Jemmoa came through with many key shots that kept the game close.  Julian Yacoub helped with impressive game rebounding and Savastian Jarbo defended marvelously. 

[To view photos of CCSL games please register.]

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Chaldean Business Man Applauds Champaign Mayor’s Unofficial St. Patrick's Day Rules
By Sue Garmo :: 27497 Views :: Business & Finance, Government & Society

Illinois, USA – Chaldeans congratulate the bold move made by Mayor Jerry Schweighart.  The mayor issued an emergency order restricting alcohol sales in the Campustown area.  The order applies to this coming Friday and Saturday, Feb. 29-March 1, and is similar to the emergency order issued last year.

“The uniform rules help restaurants and party stores better serve the public,” says Jason Kemmo of Windy City Liquor.  “This is safe and fair for all those who serve and purchase alcohol.  It worked great last year and we are happy to see it again this year.  Students get carried away and most of the alcohol is served at parties which is dangerous for the public and the students.

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Iraqi Christians Hope to Inspire Peace via Diplomacy and Dialogue
By Huda Metti :: 71861 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends, Chaldean Churches

Kirkuk, IRAQ - Chaldean Archbishop Sako has been elected interim chairman of the Iraqi Council of Christians.  A newly formed body that works to broker peace in Iraq and help communicate the importance of Christians in the Middle East.  The Archbishop explains that the goal is to create a single unit to engage with the authorities and Christians’ Muslim brothers, but not to be a political party.

The idea developed after a series of deadly coordinated attacks against Christian early this year across Iraq.  Iraqi Christians remain at risk and weakened by persecution and continual harassment.  Mass emigration and without proper political representation the indigenous people of Iraq are fast faltering.  Working at first at the local level the Christian Council is hoping to create a unified voice that will work to promote peace and solidarity among all Iraqis. 

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Understanding the Western Celebration of Lent – Q/A
By Frank Dado :: 26251 Views :: Religion & Spirituality

Chaldeans in Europe and America have long appreciated the Universal Church customs and Rites.  The unique cultural display of each community incorporated around the teachings brought forth for two thousand years by the successive apostle of Christ. 

Visitors to different Catholic churches around the world are amazed at the beauty and unique presentation of the liturgy.  Chaldeans living outside their homeland have long been curious of the Western Rite customs and traditions.

For those unfamiliar with the Catholic faith a collection of frequently asked questions help reveal the beauty and meaning of the Lenten celebration. 

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How to Reduce Store Theft
By Ray Yono :: 23506 Views :: Business & Finance

Chaldean entrepreneurs know how hard it is to make a buck without shoplifters helping themselves to their inventory. How do you stop them?

According to the research conducted by National Retail Federation and the University of Florida, Shoplifters in America account for over $13 billion of the total $41 billion in annual losses due to "shrinkage" (including employee theft, shoplifting, administrative error and vendor fraud).

Chaldean entrepreneurs know how frustrating theft can be when margins are slim and continue to get slimmer.  Shrinkage eats up 1.6% of the industry's sales--a huge number considering that giants Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot, Kroger, and Walgreen post an average profit margin of only 3.6%, according to Reuters Global Fundamentals.

What is a Chaldean business owner to do?

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Getting Kids to Eat Their Vegetables
By Britney Hermiz :: 19507 Views :: Health & Fitness

Want your kids to eat their veggies? Start offering them when they're tiny babies, and don't take a grimace to mean "No."  Think Chaldean babies receive enough vegetables in their diet?  Think again. 

Mennella, an expert on food choices at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia recently had 45 mothers spoon-feed their babies puréed green beans once daily. Half the group also offered puréed peaches afterward. At first, the babies who got peaches ate more peaches than beans; after eight days, both groups were eating green beans and had increased their consumption twofold. "They'll wrinkle their noses," Mennella says, "but they still continue to eat."

The babies who were breast-fed also ate more peaches than formula-fed babies, perhaps because their mothers ate more fruit than non-breastfeeding moms. This echoes Mennella's earlier research, in which babies born to women who drank carrot juice in the third trimester favored cereal made with carrot juice, as did babies whose mothers drank carrot juice while breast-feeding. "It's really a fundamental feature of all mammals," Mennella says. "It's the first way we learn about foods and flavors."

You have heard Chaldean grandmothers telling their daughters to eat some baklava to sweeten breast milk.  Mannella’s research seems to prove the wise words.

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Chaldean Justice League Offers Chaldean Application Assistance for Digital TV Box Converter
By Ray Yono :: 19883 Views :: Chaldean Justice League

USA - Chaldeans in America will be forced to purchase new electronic devices by Feb. 18, 2009 if they want to continue receiving television signals.  The move to “high definition” television is spurring the economy itself as families are forced to purchase converter boxes, subscribe to cable or satellite services, or buy expensive new televisions. 

Outrage over entertainment and manufacture industry lobbyists forcing the entire country to practically throw away their perfectly working TV sets has the U.S. government feeling a bit guilty.  What does that mean for the Chaldean household?

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Ear Infection Warning Signs and Solutions
By Ghazawan Kashat :: 51019 Views :: Health & Fitness

It is of no surprise that all are susceptible to colds.   While some Chaldeans are accustomed to constant change of weather, there are plenty who are vulnerable.

Think of waking up to the traditional tea and toast one morning, and before you know it, you realize your nose is stuffy, your throat is scratchy and a sneeze is slowly sneaking up on you.  You try to reach for a tissue to catch it in time, and all the while feel the aches in your body, and the light-headed feeling that comes right before the big “Ah-Chu!” And it’s here: that nasty cold that’s been going around; the one your friend(s)/family has complained about all week.

Those that should really be watched over carefully are the younger Chaldean children. They are still building their immune system and other infections could easily develop alongside the cold, like ear infections.

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Chaldean College Goal Sunday: Free Help With FAFSA Filing
By CE&CC :: 5 Views :: Chaldean Education & Career Center, Chaldean American Student Association

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans preparing to attend college are invited to a FREE FAFSA filing session.  The event will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 2 – 4 p.m. at several locations in the metro Detroit area. 

The "College Goal Sunday" will offer college bound students to meet with finical aid experts and receive immediate assistance with submitting a federal student aid application.  Chaldeans not sure about college are encouraged to apply for the money now and decide later. If you wait, chances are you’ll get less.

Students needing assistance regarding scholarship or financial aid from the Chaldean Education and Career Center are required to first attend College Goal Sunday event.   Those who attend "College Goal Sunday" have a chance at more than $5,000 in scholarships and gift cards. 

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The Attributes of a Chaldean Apostle 2 of 7 – Love
By Frank Dado :: 37389 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Opinion and Editorials

This article is the second in a seven series discussion on the attributes of a Chaldean apostle.  A Chaldean apostle is a vigilant and faithful servant willing to accept in their mind and heart that Jesus is their God and savior.  By having such faith the Chaldean apostle’s behavior will naturally change and begin to better reflect the Kingdom of God.  Therefore, this series will examine the attributes of behavior that demonstrate the grace of our Lord and our choice to be a follower of Christ.  

In today’s world being humble can be difficult.  We are tempted and trained to believe that we are the center of the universe.  Evil forces promote the “self” as God, replacing the one true God.  We become vulnerable and lost; once we believe we are meant to be worshiped by other men or women.  We beg for attention and passionately desire to be loved, because we don’t know that God loves us.   Our actions reveal our cry for attention. 

When I was young I wore the latest jeans, twisted my cap, and in every photo had strikingly posed like the latest model or rapper by “throwing up fingers.”  I wanted to be admired. I wanted to be loved. I was so lost, until I learned that we are loved only when we love.  To love I had to first learn to be humble, then I had to learn to give.

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40 Days for Life Begins Today in Southfield, Michigan
By Mother of God Church :: 46270 Views :: Law & Order, Chaldean Churches

Michgian, USA - Mother of God Chaldean Catholic church invites the Chaldean community to join the 40 Days for Life Campaign.  The event kick’s-off today at 7:00 PM at the Church of Transfiguration (Formerly St. Michael) located on 25225 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033.  

During the season of Lent leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection, from February 6 - March 16, 2008, our community will be uniting with 58 other cities in 31 states for a large simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the nationwide 40 Days for Life campaign. People of faith across America are praying that this effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

The event will feature Associate Priest of Priests for Life Fr. Peter West and Michelle Yax, Director of the Mother and Unborn Baby Care Center. 

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that has generated measurable lifesaving results in more than 80 cities where it has been implemented.  Some locations have reported as much as a 28% drop in local abortion numbers and hundreds of new people getting involved in local lifesaving ministry efforts.
 
The 40 Days of Life campaign is made up of three key components:

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10 Chaldean to-do's after the "I do"
By Latifa Seeba :: 39215 Views :: Health & Fitness, Community & Culture

Ghasoon Majed and Dawood Summa, met at a Communion celebration party.  “We were both friends of the family.  The parents of the boy that received Communion had a barbeque and invited friends and family to their home.  I was a friend of the boy’s older brothers and Ghasoon was a friend of boy’s aunt,” Dawood fondly remembers. “I was around 24 and she was 20.  I kept bringing her tea so we could talk.  We must have finished two pots by ourselves.  The worst part was that we both had to use the bathroom after drinking so much tea.  The best part was that neither of us wanted to go because we enjoyed talking to one another so much.”

After several hours of conversation—and several pots of tea—Ghasoon and Dawood knew they wanted to be together. Some 20 years have passed, living in four different countries since that tea-filled talk, but when Ghasoon phones her husband to say she's on her way home, Dawood ready reply is, "I'll put the teapot on." For Ghasoon, that simple phrase, loaded with memories and meaning, tells her she is still loved by the man she fell in love with.

In America and Europe more than 40 percent of first-time marriages fail.  Chaldean couples continue to need both an understanding about what it takes to make their marriages last in Western society.  Latifa Seeba examines the latest research and studies on Marriage and shares some of the “Do’s” that Chaldean couples can use to make the journey together easier and more rewarding.

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Chaldean Caucus Candidate Comparisons Comments: Say That Five Times Fast
By Sam Oram :: 27139 Views :: Government & Society, Chaldean Caucus

The U.S. political machines are out in full force, promising voters, holding town hall meetings, and most importantly claiming to listen.  They say they hear the calls for government fairness, government accountability, and government justice. 

What Chaldean Caucus member, Jonas Shemi says is that, “Chaldeans need only close their ears and open their eyes.”  The Sterling Heights, Michigan resident adds, “Look at their voting records, look at what they have done, look at any pledges they have taken, and then keep looking.  Politicians, their press agents, and the media all work together to manipulate the people.  They bang the drums for the politicians they want and quietly ignore, roll their eyes, or giggle with any mention of a politician they don’t.  Remember the media is owned by corporations and all they want is someone in office they can easily influence.”

The following joke about a politician that goes before St. Peter and is given an option to tour both Heaven and Hell seems to best illustrate the point Shemi seems to be making.

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