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California, USA – Perhaps the older Chaldeans have trouble grasping the threats we face, but the first and second generation Chaldeans know it all too well, says Ann Bodagh. The Californian community activist says that America’s immune system is under attack. “American values are our country’s immune system. Values that teach us that lying, stealing, killing, and adultery are wrong are being torn apart. Now it is okay to routinely lie, steal worker’s pensions, kill the unborn or elderly, or sleep with anyone. These sorts of behavior are bankrupting America, financially, morally, and socially.”
Bodagh says you can see the social virus make its way to our countries value centers. “They have already taken over our public schools and now they want to close churches and silence religious teachers. America is becoming a socialist communist nation if we don’t fight back. All the Chaldeans that fled from countries that would not let you speak out when the government is doing something wrong better wise up. Otherwise you might as well by another plane ticket and choose your next country to run to.”
Bodagh says California is fighting back. The citizens of the golden state recently voted to cut spending and become more fiscally conservative. Citizens also voted to amend the state constitution to protect marriage between a man and a woman. “California has long been considered the land of fruits and nuts sees the writing on the wall. We are trying to clean-up the moral pollution. Unfortunately, the pollution is also growing in other states.”
Kirkuk, IRAQ – The disputed lands of Kirkuk continue to foster hostilities as the three major factions of Iraq pound Christian minorities in order to seize property and lay claim to the oil rich lands. Although Iraq is the native home to the Chaldean Catholic Church, one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, hundreds of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee since the US-led invasion of March 2003. “Our people are easy targets. Iraqi Christians are the Tibetans of the Middle East. We are peaceful,” says John Anwya. “These cowards attack Iraq’s native people.”
In northern Iraq a Christian missionary and teacher Namir Nadhim Gourguis, has been freed after just over a week in captivity, according to the Catholic missionary news agency Asia news.
Gourguis was well known in the community and loved. Mediation by tribal chiefs and local imams led to Gourguis' release just over a week after he was abducted by a gunmen last Thursday at an elementary school near the northern oil city of Kirkuk.
California, USA – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) this week revised its guidelines about Iraqi refugees, scaling down the categories of Iraqis that it says should be granted asylum in all cases. Central Iraq remains unstable, and refugees from those provinces should be granted asylum, the UNHCR said. Those provinces include Baghdad, Diyala and Ninevah.
Andrew Harper, who leads the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees operation in Iraq, says Chaldeans and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq should receive asylum from Western countries.
As the cost of a college education rises, Chaldean students are finding ways to foot the bill. Chaldean Students have won scholarships to pay their way through school. What's their secret?
They know where to find scholarships, when to look for them and how to write for them. There's no guarantee you'll win a scholarship, but there are ways to skew the odds in your favor.
Where's the Money: Anywhere and Everywhere
Michigan, USA - Even before it was fashionable in America, Chaldeans were proselytizing about the value of thrift and saving. “I give all my American friends having financial trouble the book,” says Faith Yono a senior finance major at Wayne State University in Michigan. “The book is small, but filled with wise financial sense. This is a reason why Babylonians are some of the wealthiest people even today.”
Yono is referring to the book titled the Richest Man in Babylon written by George Samuel Clason which gives financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom. By basing these parables in ancient times, but involving situations that modern people can understand and identify with, the author presents these lessons as timeless wisdom that is as relevant today as it was back then.
Chaldeans are known to teach that you should never spend what you borrowed. “America’s culture of consume on credit is very bad,” says Yono. “People are taught to buy whatever they like on credit cards and pay the crazy interest later. The same stupid thinking is now in government. They just want to borrow and spend and this is very bad.”
California, USA – “You have to know your rights. Otherwise they may take advantage of you when you rent from them,” says Khaloud “Kelly” Heso, a property manager in Orange Grove Townhouse and Apartments in a small town outside of San Diego, California. “I once worked with a company that taught us not to share renter rights with the tenants. I could not work for a company that operated in that way, so I left and came to Orange Grove.”
Chaldeans should know what their rights are when renting and you don't have to be expert in landlord-tenant law to protect yourself. Chaldeans are reminded to review their rights when renting or leasing and to always read the agreement before signing the dotted line.
Laws that protect both landlord and tenant have become so complex that understanding your rights can be difficult. Since landlord-tenant law varies by state, the key is knowing your rights -- preferably before you even sign your rental agreement. Understanding your state law and the terms of your lease are your best guarantees against future problems.
15 common renters' rights all Chaldeans should know: