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Congress Bill 984 “Keep them small. Keep them stupid.”
By Sam Yousif :: 13553 Views :: Government & Society

Washington DC, USA - Chaldeans have always recognized the importance of information.  As a persecuted community, getting the right information as soon as possible saved lives.  To keep Chaldeans under control they were forced to wear the yoke of  dhimmi, pushed into camps or small villages, and prohibited from organizing.  Christians were seen as a threat if they organized.

“The American buffet of information may be coming to an end if Chaldeans fail to act and allow congress to pass Bill 984,” says Alexander Butros, a Chaldean political activist and attorney. “Congress is pulling another power play and sticking it to grassroots groups to keep them from voicing their concerns with this sham bill.”

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Susan Jajou Celebrates a Culture of Life Victory But Says The Momentum Must Continue
By Ann Bahri :: 74113 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

Washington DC, USA –  Chaldeans overwhelming applaud America’s Supreme Court's majority who has upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 that president Bush singed into law.  Chaldean activists continue to fight hard alongside others throughout the world to stop the killing of babies.  “Over 95% of abortions are performed out of social convenience.  It is sad that the ignorant among us are being manipulated into killing their babies.  We are the abolitionists of our time.  We must protect the weak and innocent and stop those who believe these babies are not human,” says UCLA’s Right to Life student leader Susan Jajou.

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Convert or Die! Iraqi Christians Under Fatwa of Death
By Guest Reporter :: 22702 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society

Baghdad, IRAQ – “Get rid of the cross or we will burn your Churches.” This is the threat aimed at the Chaldean Church of Sts Peter and Paul, located in the ancient Christian quarter of Baghdad, Dora. Local sources say an unknown armed Islamic group is behind the threats which are inseminating terror in the capital.  The website www.Ankawa.com and AINA news agency along with Asia News have reported a ravage and inhuman campaign of against Christians in the area.  Even Mosul, a Sunni stronghold, the Christian presence is become grave. 

The Islamic group active in Dora seems to have delivered an ultimatum to the Christian community there: convert to Islam or die!

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Minority Rights Group International Ranks Iraq Second in Persecution
By Rita Abro :: 31617 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends
Baghdad, IRAQ - Minority Rights Group International (MRG) releases their State of the World’s Minority’s 2007 report was released last week.  The report highlights  minority groups in Iraq, including Christians and women, as among the most vulnerable in the world.

Iraq is home to a shrinking indigenous population of Christian groups with Chaldeans composing only three percent of the 26 million people in the country.

The minority report cited the September-October UNAMI (United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq) report that noted a spike in violence against all Christians in Iraq, including churches and convents being attacked by rocket and gunfire and religious leaders being kidnapped and beheaded in October.
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Iraqi-Christian Church Attacked in Warren Michigan
By Sam Yousif :: 65 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society


Michigan, USA - Police in Warren are searching for the vandals who sprayed messages of hate on St. Mary's Assyrian Church.  The attack on the small Iraqi-Christian community comes just one month before the church is scheduled to open.
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Chaldean Refugees of Lebanon in Need of Aid
By Guest Reporter :: 14 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends


Beirut, LEBANON - Its procession of frond-waving believers, the singing and chanting, and the proud parents snapping photos of their princess-garbed daughters made the Palm Sunday celebration in the Beirut suburb of al-Fanar look like any of the hundreds occurring all over Lebanon. But after the service, the conversations among parishioners revealed the special nature of this community. Many of them spoke Arabic with heavy Iraqi accents — al-Fanar has become a magnet for Christian refugees from Iraq.
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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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Rebuilding of Iraq Offers Hope and Peace
By Sabah Hajjar :: 22701 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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Chaldean Ordinations in Iraq Offer Hope
By Ziad Bitti :: 9 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Government & Society

Ankawa, IRAQ – Kirkuk's Chaldean Archbishop Luis Sako shares his optimism and hopeful outlook while in attendance of three new Chaldean deacons in Ankawa, Iraq.
 
The humble and sacred ceremony took place in the Church of St. Joseph and was celebrated by Bishop Rabban Al-Qas, of Amadiyah and Erbil. Bishop Mikha Pola Maqdassi, of Alquoch, and Archbishop Luis Sako.

Archbishop Sako, shared his joy and prayer for peace in the region.  The Archbishop also sadly shared the news of another kidnapping and the degrading welfare of Christians in the region. Ongoing persecution and killings have forced many Christians to leave Iraq.  Radical Islamist subscribing to fundamental tenants of Islam continue to pilage Christian towns in the region.

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Chaldean Refugees Trapped in Mexico & U.N. Calling for Aid
By Rita Abro :: 21 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends
Monterrey, MEXICO – Chaldeans forced to leave Iraq have few choices.  As Christians in a country that continues to embrace radical Islam Chaldeans are fleeing by the hundred thousands.  Rafid Bedou, frustrated and angry says, “What choices do we have?  If we stay in Iraq they rape and torture our daughters and kill our sons.  Iraq is turning into a living hell.” 
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Is Division or Religious Freedom Part of the Solution for Iraq?
By Rita Abro :: 16 Views :: Government & Society, Opinion and Editorials

KIRKUK, Iraq – Chaldeans persecuted by Muslims are abandoning their homes and fleeing to the northern plains of Iraq in massive numbers.  The exodus of Christians from the intolerant Middle East has been ongoing and ignored for nearly five decades.  The polarization of Shi’ite, Sunnis, Kurds, and the exodus of Christians is ripping Iraq apart.

The archbishop of Kirkuk warns that a division of Iraq will lead to more conflict, with Christians caught in the middle.  Bishop Sako says, “A divided Iraq will not be a peaceful Iraq.”  According to Bishop Sako, the current Iraqi government does not ensure peace. "For Sunnis, Shiite Iran is the main cause of their marginalization and for what is happening in Iraq," he said. "Shiites have taken power, but the current government has failed to achieve the desired reconciliation or to ensure peace."

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