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Chaldean Self-Defense Training Now Being Offered
By CE&CC :: 62979 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Career & Education, Law & Order, Community & Culture, Chaldean Education & Career Center

Michigan, USA - Many Chaldeans are often forced to work in dangerous neighborhoods and high crime areas.  Some feel the local city police apathetic concern for Chaldean businesses bolsters the criminal to act.    Although Chaldeans have taken wise precautions to reduce the threat of attack and robbery, Chaldeans remain victims.  With bullet proof glass, immediate armed robbery alarm systems, video surveillance systems, and armed security guards or employees Chaldeans remain at risk. 

Working to address these challenges the Chaldean Education and Career Center is working with other Chaldean organizations to help address these growing concerns.  Groups like the Chaldean Justice League, Chaldean American Bar Association, Chaldean Caucus, and the Chaldean Federation of America are consistently looking for ways to help reduce attacks against Chaldeans and their property. 

In that spirit, the Chaldean Education and Career Center is organizing a series of Advanced Small Arms Self-Defense Training near Camp Chaldean.  The CE&CC along with the Livingston Gun Club and Live Safe Academy will be holding a three Self-Defense training session. 

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Chaldean Christmas Gift Giving Suggestions
By Huda Metti :: 18126 Views :: Community & Culture

California, USA - Chaldeans in America have been blessed with abundance and are known for their generosity in sharing and helping others.  However, the Christmas customs in America can be rife with uncertainty for Chaldeans, since gift giving are one of the few expenses over which individuals in America have total discretion.  Nonetheless, there are a few time-honored guidelines that can make the decisions a little easier.

Gift giving can be a daunting task.  While any Chaldean would want to give everyone the greatest gift we are all limited by what we have.  We are limited by both time and money.  Having to choose who to give, what to give, how much to give are all difficult questions to answer. 

A guiding light in your gift giving calculations is to consider the deeds and needs of the recipient.   

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Chaldean Justice Leagues Releases Their “Chaldean Christmas Scrooge List”
By Rita Abro :: 49357 Views :: Community & Culture, Business & Finance, Chaldean Justice League
Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Justice League has released their “Chaldean Christmas Scrooge List” informing Chaldeans to steer away from businesses that refuse to recognize Christmas. Rather they suggest Chaldeans invest in the “Santa” group that recognizes the gift giving season has a reason.  The community justice group continues to build on their impressive momentum after leading the Chaldean Miller Boycott that helped bring the beer company to its senses. 

“Retailers which seek to profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist should realize they have offended the vast majority of Americans who enjoy Christmas,” says Hadeer Allos, the Chaldean Justice League’s Christmas watchdog.  “This Christmas season, whether a store greets you with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ makes all the difference where you should do your shopping.”

The Chaldean Justice League is urging Christians to fight back to save Christmas from being erased from the public sphere by shopping at stores that honor instead of disregard Christmas.

Home Depot was among the stores that made the “Scrooge” list. Phrases such as “Holiday Gift Center” and “Holiday Decorations” adorn the store’s website without any mention of Christmas. Even Christmas trees are simply described as “Artificial Trees.”  Other business on the “Scrooge” list included K-Mart, Nordstorm, Best Buy, Gap, Sprint, and Office Max, among others.

“Chaldean customers have a choice,” said Allos, “we will not patronize corporate Scrooges.”
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Chaldean College Bound Student Application Assistance
By CE&CC :: 40861 Views :: Career & Education, Community & Culture, Chaldean Education & Career Center

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans who are looking for the inside advantage on their college applications should look no further.  The Chaldean Education and Career Services and the Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) of Michigan shares the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan public library special admission preparation sessions for college bound students called "Apps of Steel".  Afterward, a Chaldean application workshop will be held specifically for U of M, WSU, U of D Mercy, Michigan State, and Oakland University. 

The "Apps of Steel" event is a special seminar held by the Bloomfield Township Public Library.  The event will help Chaldean college bound students gain the upper hand when submitting college admissions.  The wokhop afterward hosted by the Chaldean Educaiton and Career Center and Chaldean American Students Assocation will cover admission requirements for Michigan universities. 

The "Apps of Steel" college application seminar will be held Friday, December 28, at 10 a.m., and a second identical session, at 11 a.m. at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI. 

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The Untold Story of Native Iraqis To Be Told
By Sabah Hajjar :: 45797 Views :: Community & Culture, Business & Finance

Michigan, USA - Chaldean artist, author, and historian Amer Fatuhi looks to raise funds for the English translation release of his definitive and encyclopedia work titled, The Untold Story of the Native Iraqis / Chaldeans.   The book authoritatively documents the cradle of civilization circa 5300 BC until present time.  The first edition was written in Arabic and has received rave reviews.  Now, Fatuhi hopes to have the 400 page academic study translated into the Franca lingua of the modern world; English. 

The diligent author worked two yeas and spent over a quarter of century researching the history of the region.  The book illuminates the antiquity of Babylon and the indigenous people of the region next to other well known and obscure ethnic groups.  The books exquisite maps, illustrations, historical documents, and research weave a compelling documentary of Iraq’s long history.  Fatuhi captures the struggles of the Jewish people alongside Chaldeans and other Iraqi natives as they move through time.

Dr. Abdul Hadi Al Khalili, America’s cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Iraq gives the book high remarks and considers the work worthy of academic and historical value. 

Hoping to release the English translation of his Arabic second edition by the end of 2008, Fatuhi seeks supporting donors.  “The world needs to hear the The Untold Story of the Native Iraqis, which has been suppressed for centuries, wiped out from the Iraqi educational system, and the public domain,” says the author.

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Chaldean Federation of America Leads in Rebuilding and Rescuing Lives
By Huda Metti :: 42216 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society, Chaldean Federation of America

Michigan, USA - They have been forced to flee their home and country due to the Iraqi war.  Many grieve over having to abandon their children or elderly parents and will remain emotionally scarred for life.  Others are tortured and killed in violent conflict.  Those that are able to find refuge from the killing in another country are treated inhumanely.  They are still without food, water, shelter, medical or mental care, kept unemployed, uneducated, and alienated. They are what many consider locked into a living hell. 

The Iraq war has ravaged more than 20,000 families – mostly Christians –persecuted and even murdered because of their religious beliefs says Basil Bakal, Chaldean Federation of America Adopt-A-Refugee Family committee chairman.

Many feel the United States have a responsibility to address the refugee crisis caused by the Iraq war and occupation.  Current American policy denies any special American responsibility for Iraqi refugees although the entire world believes that the two million refugees are a bi-product of American actions in Iraq says Lavinia Limon.  Limon is the former Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Service under the Clinton administration and current President and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).

Entire families, infants, children, young adults, and elders are left homeless, hungry, and in desperation.  Paralyzed by fear and hurting for someone, somewhere to help the effort in rescuing and rebuilding their shattered lives. 

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Pope Appoints Chaldean Patriarch as Cardinal
By Huda Metti :: 48737 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Vatican City – Hundreds and hundreds of Chaldeans traveled across the world to Rome to witness the appointment of the Chaldean Patriarch to a Vatican Cardinal.  Chaldeans across the globe glued to Nour Sat and EWTN to watch the world televised ceremony.

When Pope Benedict XVI placed a red hat on Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad during a Nov. 24 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, he was honoring not just the patriarch of the Chaldean church, but was elevating the plight of Iraqi Christians to the world's attention.

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7 Steps to a Stress-Free Chaldean Holiday Celebration
By Sue Garmo :: 41710 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

California, USA - Chaldeans are busily preparing for the holidays.  The community is getting ready for big family dinners, the traditional extended family tours, and the hectic gift giving calculations.  It arrives at the same time every year, and yet Chaldeans continue to get confused, stressed, and frustrated over the potential holiday madness. Chaldean holiday preparations can be less taxing for Chaldeans if these 7 simple steps are followed. 

Step 1 - BE PREPARED
Create a budget for your gift purchases, a list of who has been nice, and stick to it. Chaldeans have huge families and trying to buy a gift for every cousin, friend, neighbor, or employee will have you filing for bankruptcy.  Chaldeans are generous and charitable, but a line has to be drawn.  Create a gift list to fight the urge of seeing an item on clearance that you think would be perfect for someone not on your list.  Write down a few ideas for presents, based on the preferences of those on the list and hints they have given you throughout the year.

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Camp Chaldean Open House Brings Them By The Bus Loads
By Sam Yousif :: 118 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Camp Chaldean

Michigan, USA – The Camp Chaldean open house brought thousands of community members out into the fresh October air.  Some Chaldeans traveled for three hours to join the tour and share in the celebration of new of the community campground. 

“We worked very hard to get the property ready for the camp open house,” says Adil Kallabat, Camp Chaldean president. “We had crews working around the clock for nearly a month making repairs, cleaning, landscaping, and decorating the buildings.”

Chaldean diocese volunteers came together to offer community tours of the camp property and answer any of their questions.  Nearly ten bus loads of people left from church parking lots to the campground. 

(Must be a registered member of www.CHALDEAN.org to view the photo albums.  Registration is free and begins by selecting the register link in the upper right-hand corner.)

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Chaldean Patriarch Appointed to Serve as Cardinal to Holy See
By Evon Elias :: 37618 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture

It is a blessed gift: to receive the strong calling of becoming a priest. The duties that follow, the hardships that may emerge, and the affection that must be kept for each of God’s children are only general areas on which the priest must focus. But there comes a time in the lives of certain priests where they are ordained to a higher standing, calling and importance. They are given the opportunity to do something more with the world, to really help make a difference.

Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, embarked upon his vocation the day he was born, on October 6, 1927. From there the days passed and as soon as December 21, 1952 came along, he was ordained a Priest. Throughout the ten years that followed, among his already many responsibilities and obligations, in the month of December 1962, he had taken on the titles of Titular and Auxiliary Bishop and confirmed on December 26, 1962 as such, but on April 19, 1963, the devoted follower of Christ really took on his role as Bishop, when ordained at the young age of 35.

The beautiful elevation of his faith and rank continued on when just a short time ago, on December 3, 2003, the day Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly instigated a new chapter in Chaldean history and officially took on the title known by the world as, “Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly: Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans.”
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Chaldeans Strongly Band Togther to Boycott Miller Brewing
By Rita Abro :: 56876 Views :: Community & Culture, Business & Finance, Government & Society
Michigan, USA - Chaldeans are outraged at the deliberate attack on Christians by San Francisco and the Homosexual Fair organizers.  “This is a group that behaves appallingly and if anyone objects to their criminal behavior they call you intolerant and try to charge you for a hate crime,” says Brian Thomas about the fair.  “These hypocrites mock and attack Christians with such violence and hate and yet no one in San Francisco cares to uphold the law.  The fraudulent leaders of San Francisco have no values, no principals, and no idea of how harmful they are to the United States.” 

Miller brewing company has come under immense pressure once the Catholic League exposed Miller’s support on the attack and hatred of Christians.  The Catholic group called for a boycott of the Miller Brewing Co. after the beer giant failed to have its logo removed from a "gay"-festival promo mocking the iconic Last Supper scene of Jesus Christ and his disciples.

For Mike and Rita Setto, owners of Orion Keg and Wine Party Store, the constant attack on the Christian faith and family values from the media and support by corporations has gone much too far.  In what seems to be a reenactment of David versus Goliath the small business owners were the first to toss Miller out of their establishment.  The bold move has earned the faithful family thousands of calls, coverage by top news agencies, requests to be interviewed on radio and television, and visits from out-of-state customers congratulating the faithful duo for taking a stand.

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Chaldean Leaders Host a Neighborhood Dinner in Genoa Township
By Sam Yousif :: 17960 Views :: Community & Culture
Michigan, USA - Chaldean community leaders held a private dinner for neighbors and city leaders of Genoa Township.  The recent purchase of Camp Chaldean in Genoa Township, Michigan gave rise to the dinner celebration.

“Chaldeans are well known for their hospitality.  We enjoyed meeting our new neighbors and breaking bread with them,” said camp spokesperson Robert Kakos.  “We were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout.  Our families prayed together, ate together, and celebrated our community fellowship.” 

Camp neighbors and Genoa Township city leaders made the time to welcome the Chaldean community and join the dinner gathering.  “It was wonderful to receive the invitation,” said Genoa Township Clerk Paulette Skolarus.
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Chaldeans Invest Big-Time in The Future
By Sam Yousif :: 114 Views :: Community & Culture

Michigan, USA- The future is not lost on church leaders who have long cared for the welfare of the Chaldean community.  A balancing act in America that is difficult.  Chaldeans growing up in America have many more distractions and sinful options.  With great freedom comes great responsibility. 

Chaldean clergy have dedicated their entire lives to the community.  No evidence is clearer than having to give up your right to be a mom or dad and focus only on serving the community.  That is the special calling a priest or nun answers.  Answering that call comes with the responsibility to care for the soul of the living today and prepare the youth of tomorrow.        

In making that call the Chaldean Diocese made a bold move in purchasing a Chaldean camp for the benefit of the community.  One hundred sixty acres of rolling hills and lake, the Chaldean Diocese makes clear their commitment to serving the community for centuries. 

(Membership is required to view photos.)

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2007 Chaldean Music Festival Huge Success
By Sam Yousif :: 160 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Over 10,000 Chaldeans visited the two day summer Chaldean music festival.  The event was hosted by Mother of God Chaldean Church of Southfield, Michigan, and featured some of the community’s top singers and bands.  “This was the best festival I have been to all year,” said James Hakim of Sterling Heights. “They had everything.  Games for kids, dancing, great music, excellent food and snacks, everyone was so helpful and nice.”

Hakim’s sentiments were widely shared as nearly 10,000 Chaldeans enjoyed the fair weathered weekend.  Opening Saturday, the sun sat hidden behind some gloomy clouds at first.   However, D.J. Imad Koki kept spirits high and coaxed the sun out with his excellent mix and play of traditional Chaldean songs.  By mid afternoon the sun shined brightly and the crowds began to merge.  The enticing harmonies combined to transform Mother of God Chaldean church’s campus into the old time village celebrations Chaldeans long remembered.

[This article features five photo albums and an event program PDF download.  Visitors must be registered members of the site to access the additional resources.]

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160 Acre Michigan Chaldean Camp Becomes a Reality
By Rita Abro :: 50 Views :: Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Over a year after the top bid of 3.5 million dollars was submitted to Detroit the Chaldean Church of Michigan has received the deed to what was formerly known as Camp Brighton.   Detroit city mayor Kwame Kilpatrick targeted the property for sale to help balance the city's budget and to keep from having to layoff city employees.  However, once some key city council leaders heard the property was being sold to Chaldeans decided to stop the sale. 

“Emotions ran high in the community,” says Jonathan Sessi.  “Detroit has been trying to sell this property for a long time.  Our church worked very hard to raise the money and were fortunate enough to be the highest bidder.  The church plans on actively using the property for underprivileged youth and families.  Then to have a handful of city council people say city won’t sell.  Come-on, this smacks of discrimination and racism.”

Overcoming the hatred, his Excellency Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim formed a diplomatic community “bridge” committee to help ease concerns and jointly recognize the sale was in the best interest of all involved parties. 

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