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Entries for March 2007

Author and Artist Paul Batou Shares His Last Thoughts on Iraq
By Ann Bahri :: 17802 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA –  Mesopotamia was once known as the greatest civilization on earth. But invasions, wars and sanctions have lead to the destruction remarkable civilization. Author and internationally renowned artist Paul Batou shares his thoughts, and insights about the destruction of Mesopotamia in his book, My Last Thoughts on Iraq.

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Breastfeeding Versus Formula Feeding
By Amer Hedow :: 32100 Views :: Health & Fitness

Tired of hearing Chaldean grandparents fuss over the health differences among American Chaldean and Iraqi Chaldean babies?  Do you find it odd that babies from war torn Iraq tend to be healthier than their Chaldean American counterparts?  In a country with so much freedom and prosperity it wouldn’t seem to make sense.  However, the facts are in and much of the health differences can be attributed to mothers who breastfeed versus moms that don’t.

Chaldean mothers in second and third world countries are have little choice in regards to choosing to nurse their infant or provide commercial formulas.  That may have been a blessing in disguise for Chaldean mothers.  More data continues to prove that breastfeeding is by far the best choice for a baby.  All the while, formula manufactures continue to come under scrutiny over their chemical products and the lack of comparative health benefits.    

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Chaldean Refugee Situation Grows More Dire
By Sam Yousif :: 20 Views :: Government & Society

Damascus, SYRIA - The U.S. government’s religious freedom watchdog agency expressed serious concern about the growing refugee crisis in Iraq, highlighting the mainly Christian Chaldo-Assyrian community as one of the most vulnerable in the country.

In a letter this week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urged the U.S. government to take decisive action to allow Iraqi refugees to resettle with greater ease in the United States.

The Commission emphasized that more than 1.8 million people have been displaced from their homes inside Iraq and close to 2 million forced to seek refuge in other countries since the 2003 U.S.-led offensive.

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U.S. Iraqi Christians Debate How to Help Relatives
By Sam Yousif :: 17 Views :: Government & Society

California, USA - For the past three years, Raad Khalaf has worried that every phone call to his suburban San Diego home would bring bad news about his sister in Baghdad.

On Friday, the phone rang with good news instead: His sister had reached Dubai on a temporary visa, joining the growing flight of Christians from the relentless violence in Iraq.

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Home Visits: A Glimpse at Some Chaldean Refugees in Amman
By Guest Reporter :: 22 Views :: Government & Society

Amman, JORDAN - Many Iraqis in Amman live the life of fugitives: They fear capture by police during the day, so they venture into the streets only at dusk, said a Catholic aid worker.

Several times a week Rama Erekat, 36, a case worker for Caritas Jordan's Extremely Vulnerable Individuals project, goes out with another social worker to visit families who have applied for assistance from Caritas, the local church's charitable agency. She said often she finds the families, many of whom are in Jordan illegally, holed up in their apartments, too fearful to go out during the day.

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In Jordan, Christians from Iraq Harassed
By Guest Reporter :: 39 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

AMMAN, Jordan - Chaldean Iraqi sisters Nasrin and Rihab enjoyed a relatively peaceful life in Baghdad until the night almost a year ago when militiamen tortured and beheaded their only brother.

Then came threatening phone calls, said the sisters, both members of Iraq's small Christian community. And not long afterward, armed men broke into their home and beat them.

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MSJ Grad Wins Asylum for Iraqi Family
By Guest Reporter :: 10 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

Vermont, USA - It was supposed to be practice.  When he was through, Sean Burke said helping an Iraqi family find asylum in the United States opened his eyes to the world.

"We can turn our backs on these people, say they're lying, say they're just going to live off the system," he said. "That's ignorant."

Burke, 24, grew up in Castleton and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 2000. He is a third-year law student at Villanova. Late last year, he said he and another third year student represented a (Chaldean) family that fled Iraq and were caught at the U.S.-Mexico border with fake Greek passports.

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5 Chaldean Home Buying Power Tips
By Salam Abbo :: 18168 Views :: Business & Finance

Michigan, USA - It is a seller’s market in many Chaldean concentrated states.    While the economy is doing great in states like Illinois, Nevada, Arizona, and California, Michigan’s economy continues to free-fall.  In Michigan the real estate opportunities are far and wide as the buyer market continues to heat up as homes are foreclosed, residents move out of the state, and businesses close.  Chaldeans can seize on the opportunity of depressed Michigan economy by finding and securing an undervalued piece of property. 

There are many advantages of becoming a home owner.  This includes the appreciation, tax benefits, a higher quality lifestyle, a more stable family life, and obviously the investment.

Chaldeans are able to better prepare themselves when planning to purchase a home.  For such occasions consider these 5 Chaldean home buying power tips.

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5 Secrets of the Tax Pro Revealed
By Bedre Konja :: 19003 Views :: Business & Finance

Illinois, USA - More than half of Chaldeans will pay someone to prepare their tax returns this year.  An even larger number have paid thousands of dollars throughout the year on bookkeepers and accountant services.  How do you know you received a great value?   Can you negotiate your fees? 

Tax professionals like any other profession talk shop and share insights. They tell other professionals things they won't tell you, including stuff that could help you deal with your own tax pro and maybe even save you money, if only you knew.

Here are five things Chaldeans probably have never been told by a tax pro:

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Rebuilding of Iraq Offers Hope and Peace
By Sabah Hajjar :: 23109 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Fallujah, IRAQ - Chaldeans are taking an active role in rebuilding Iraq.  Although Chaldeans have been shut-out of the Iraqi government, that hasn’t stopped courageous Chaldeans from finding ways to rebuild the land they love.  “This land is our father and mother.  We were born from this ground.  We have a bond with this land.  We are the native people of this land for nearly ten thousand years,” says Ibtissam Halibu. 

Halibu’s husband currently serves in the Iraqi government as a field engineer and is one of the nearly thousands of Chaldeans serving Iraq.  Chaldeans are helping the U.S. Military and the Iraqi police bring peace to a nation torn by insurgents bent on creating instability and chaos.

Even though the U.S. Military receives little recognition for the redevelopment effort in Iraq, American Soldiers and Marines continue to risk their lives improving the quality of life for all Iraqi’s.  “I have seen first hand of new schools, health clinics, and police stations being built everyday,” says Walid Poules, an engineer and construction contractor.

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