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Entries for May 2007

To Be or Not To Be Chaldean - That is the Question
By Ray Yono :: 19496 Views :: Opinion and Editorials

California, USA - A greater threat than persecution and exile looms upon the horizon for the Chaldean community.  This evil threat reaches across the ocean and mingles plainly and openly in sight.  It has succeeded in destroying most every culture that has forgotten from whence they came.  Its weapons are subtle and will surely devastate the Chaldean community if not addressed.  The threat can be best expressed by Gilbert Chesterton, perhaps one of the western world’s most thoughtful writers of the 20th century, “When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

As Chaldeans absorb into their new lands, the challenge becomes to seize the greatness of our host country while cuddling the beauty of the Chaldean way.   Failing to do so will make us ungrateful and vulnerable.  To take being Chaldean for granted is just another way of being conquered and converted.  One evil is by the sword and fueled by an intense fire of hatred while the other is a slow boil of indifference, deceit, and arrogance.  Both conquer and convert the weak placing the entire community at risk of loss.

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George and Baida Survive the Christian Exodus as the Genocide of Iraq Continues
By Guest Reporter :: 34 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Texas, USA - San Anonio reporter Todd Bensman produces a stunning account of the tenuous journey of one Chaldean family forced to leave Iraq under Islamist threats of beheading.  The horrific tale of a young Chaldean family forced to abandon everything and to wander the world in fear with an infant and toddler.  The Genocide of Christians in Iraq continues to fall on deaf ears as the world plays politics and abandons the peaceful native Iraqi Christians.  Iraqi Christians are left to be slaughtered by Islamists or tortured for ransom money to fuel their insurgency.    

The journey north from Guatemala through Mexico to the Texas border lasted 17 days.  Finally, on the evening of Feb. 26, 2006, the young family of four saw the river come into view.  Weary and beaten, with the baby starting to fuss, they drove right up to the Rio Grande.

George and his wife, Baida, were Iraq refugees. They fled their homeland for Detroit because Muslim extremists had made two things very clear: They didn't like the family's Christian faith, for one. But what was worse, to the Islamic gunmen prowling the neighborhood, were the sons' names, George and Toni, which seemed to lionize U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The decision to hire a smuggler to get them to the United States was clinched after militants told George Sr., a milk delivery man, that he was next on the beheading list for being an "infidel Christian," and the people running the nursery that cared for the couple's two children while Baida, a hair stylist, was working became untrustworthy.

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Chaldean Greg Acho Lends a Nurturing Hand
By Evon Elias :: 55294 Views :: Health & Fitness, Religion & Spirituality, Business & Finance, Government & Society

California, USA - In the life of every being that walks this planet, there is a purpose that is to be fulfilled before their time here is complete. Whether it be carrying out a career that may change the lives of many, creating a family of his own and protecting them, or just living a life that is alive with faith, hope and love… every mission is unique. It is vital in life to have confidence in understanding that the value of every accomplishment and deed done, be it big or small, is still so very great. For it is in the words of the Blessed Mother Theresa who proclaimed that, “Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.”

Over in The Golden State, better known as California, a great man by the name of Gregory Acho is believed to have found what so many seek: their calling in life. But this calling, this purpose he prays to fulfill successfully, is not for his own pleasure, but is for people in his community that he yearns to reach out to and help by leading them to an improved stage in their life.

Acho, 30, founder of Conscious Contact, Inc., a non-profit sober living organization (rehabilitation clinic) are helping Americans overcome the strenuous process of staying sober. Acho adds that it is not as simple as it sounds, just “staying sober” or fighting an addiction, but that it is “[much] deeper than that. We provide support for each person to look within themselves and make contact, Conscious Contact, with who and what they have always been.” 

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St. Joseph's Mother Day Celebration
By Sam Yousif :: 90 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - If you were to ask St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan what is the most valuable thing in our life, besides God, that we take for granted – what would they answer?  The answer – our parents; next to our savior, our parents are the ones we sinfully take for granted most often. 

St. Joseph, along with many of the other Chaldean churches, held special Mother’s Day celebrations in hopes of strengthening the family bonds.  Delicious food, great music, family and friends, wholesome fun, and prayer brought nearly 300 Chaldeans together to honor our mothers.   

(You must be a registered member to view the photos of this event)

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Invitation to the Closing Ceremony of the “Many Colors of Iraq” Art Exhibit
By Sam Yousif :: 30170 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - The MESOPOTAMIA Learning Studio & Art Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan invites you to the closing ceremony titled the “Many Colors of Iraq” art exhibit Friday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. 

The art exhibit has received many positive reviews and has been well attended throughout the exhibit.  Art directors Lavon Ammori and Amer Hanna Fatuhi have assembled many  of the worlds finest Chaldean artists and artwork.  The astonishing exhibit features well known and influential artists along with many brilliantly talented new artists.  Participating artists from around the world have showcased their talent and vision. 

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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: 37954 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

The Chaldean Flag serves to express the Chaldean identity and heritage. After long and purposeful discussions relevant to the Chaldean cultural identity the internationally celebrated Chaldean artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi in Beth Nahrain-Iraq was commissioned to create a community flag. 

After a number of proposed submissions the flag was approved by leading Chaldean community organizations.  Groups like the Chaldean Cultural Center, the Chaldean Union Democratic Party, Chaldean National Congress, and Chaldean Democratic Forum, along with other Chaldean cultural, educational, and social Organizations voted unanimously.  The flag has since been registered by international bodies and the United State of America on Oct. 27, 1997. 

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Chaldean Mother's Day Fashion Show Dinner
By Huda Metti :: 141 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Tickets sold out in less than a few days to the highly anticipated event.  Over 300 Chaldean women gathered at Mother of God Chaldean Church Hall in Southfield, Michigan for the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Fashion Show Dinner.  The event was held on Friday, May 4, 2007 and began at 6 p.m. in the evening.  The event organized by the Our Chaldean Ladies Social group of the Chaldean church holds a number of special activities targeting Chaldean women. 

The annual fashion show event helps to raise funds to help Chaldean causes around the world and all proceeds of the event go directly to the Chaldean community.  The highlights of the evening were two incredible fashion shows and the ability to receive or win gifts totaling close to $10,000.   However, winning rave review was the “Pure of Heart - ‘To be Admired not Desired’ Fashion Show,” hosted by fashion stylist Patrice Konja and produced by Remon Jiddou.  The performance sponsored Nahla's Place, This is Me, and Platinum Salon, of Birmingham, Michigan. 

(Access to all photos of the event are included for registered members of the community website)

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World Renowned Chaldean Composer Retires
By Guest Reporter :: 17 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

North Carolina, USA - Hippocrates said, "Art is long, life is short," but he didn't know Albert Chaffoo. The symphony conductor's far-reaching artistic influence has stretched through a life of nine decades and shows no signs of ceasing any time soon.

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