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Chaldean Priest Remains Missing, Community Leaders Fear the Worse
By Sam Yousif :: 22 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Baghdad, Iraq – Chaldeans around the world remained stunned at the escalating violence in Iraq and the boldness of kidnappers to take hostage Chaldean priest, Rev. Hanna Saad Sirop.  Christians continue to remain targets as Muslim groups hope to drive the minority population out of the region.  

The Rev. Hanna Saad Sirop, who is director of the Theology Department at Babel College, was abducted Aug. 15 as he left Mass celebrating the Assumption holiday.

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Chaldean Students in Los Angles Face School Take-Over
By Rita Abro :: 12 Views :: Career & Education

California, USA - Chaldeans in the Detroit public school system endured the take-over now Chaldeans in Los Angles get their turn of a Mayoral take-over. 

Los Angeles Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa soon will exercise more control over Los Angeles' deeply troubled school system as result of legislation that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign.

More calls for competition in education and for school choice are being heard as public school scorecards report more and more failing schools. 

Chaldeans who can afford to send their kids to private school have done so in large numbers.  Others unable to afford both the school tax and tuition cost remain trapped. 

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Voters Ignored over Mt. Soledad War Memorial
By Rita Abro :: 8 Views :: Government & Society

California, USA  – Chaldeans have kept a close eye regarding the ongoing battle to remove the 29-foot cross atop the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego.  While many feel the Veterans Memorial is safe, for now, atheist litigants, democrats, and activist judges want it torn down.

“Chaldeans are surprised as to how far apathetic and politically mute American Christians have become,” says Neil Romaya a Chaldean attorney watching the case closely.  “Chaldeans are more sensitive to the slippery slope of ongoing Christian persecution, given their struggles in the Middle East. I guess they can see the writing on the wall much clearer than the Christians in America who have seen their faith ridiculed and rooted out from schools, public discussions, publications, businesses, and at times even in private.” 

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Chaldeans Find the Michigan State Fair Amazing
By Sam Yousif :: 25 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA – Izzat Kalu wasn't sure what to expect when his relatives brought him to the Michigan, State Fair.   The recent visitor to America was treated to the mini-amusement park located in Detroit.  

It was the 30-year-old Chaldean man's first time to a fair.  Joining Izzat was his wife Masoon and four children, Ibrahim, Andrew, Peter, and John.   A few minutes after arriving, the family stood stunned at the breathtaking displays, isles of eatery options, and fun games and rides.

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Chaldean Students in Troy Michigan Prepare for International Program
By Sam Yousif :: 11 Views :: Career & Education

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans in Troy's Morse Elementary and Baker Middle schools are eager and excited about the districts recent announcement of an international baccalaureate program, part of a 6-year initiative to establish a complete district-wide program.

Chaldean parents are overjoyed that the program will encourage international-mindedness and global understanding in IB students.  To do this, students will first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students are required to learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century.  The program is being administered by the nonprofit group, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

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The Hospital Killing Fields
By Rita Abro :: 15126 Views :: World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Baghdad, Iraq - Chaldeans have long fought to bring attention to the chaos and vulnerability citizens face between warring groups of Muslim Imams fighting for dominance in Iraq.   In a city with few real refuges from sectarian violence -- not government offices, not military bases, not even mosques, and for sure not churches -- one place was considered a safe haven: hospitals.  Not anymore!

Chaldeans often relied on themselves for healthcare due to their third-class status in Iraq.  Now Muslim Neighbors are turning to their Christian neighbors for aid as Iraqi hospitals become battle grounds between Shiite and Sunni. 

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Chaldeans Bowling Toward a Cure
By Sam Yousif :: 19799 Views :: Health & Fitness

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans are helping in the fight against Leukemia and they need your support.   Join friends and family as the community rallies to raise funds to help those suffering from Leukemia.   Event organizer and passionate advocate, Christine Loussia has been remarkably committed to educating the Chaldean community about cancer, Leukemia, and other terrible ailments. 

Loussia is on a mission to help the Chaldean community better understand Leukemia and build a comprehensive bone marrow database that will save eventually lives. 

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Think you've won a $30 million sweepstakes? Not so Fast Chaldeans!
By Rita Abro :: 9 Views :: Government & Society

Sweepstakes scams are among the most common consumer frauds, according to the Federal Trade Commission.  These types of frauds play heavily on Chaldean immigrants due to  their limited English skills.  However, these sorts of scams are on the rise in the U.S. and becoming cleverer in defrauding consumers. 

Prize and sweepstakes complaints made up 7% of the 685,000 or so consumer complaints filed with the FTC in 2005, up from 5% in 2003. U.S. consumers lose millions of dollars to sweepstakes fraud each year.  The FTC responded to inquiries made by www.CHALDEAN.org that, “no data is collected on the impact of sweepstake fraud on immigrants or native born Americans with limited English speaking skills.”

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