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Michigan Chaldeans Hold Peace Rally in Southfield on June 30, 2007
By Sam Yousif :: 42969 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - Michigan Chaldeans will be holding a peace rally on June 30, 2007 in hopes of drawing attention to the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.  This Saturday from 5 to 7 PM Chaldeans along with those opposed to the persecution and war in Iraq gather together to voice their concerns at the Southfield Civic Center in Southfield, Michigan. 

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2007 Chaldean Church Sports League of Michigan Scores Big!
By Sam Yousif :: 225 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Chaldean Church Sports League

Michigan, USA - Chaldean agility, strength, speed, and finesse are showcased weekly in Southfield, Michigan.  A fifty-yard dash, a sand dive, a spike, ace, dig, and a “Hail Mary” touchdown pass are par for Chaldeans that meet and compete in the 2007 Chaldean Church Sports League. 

No helmets. No shoulder pads. No problem.  The Chaldean churches newest youth football league requires hardly any of the standard equipment associated with the sport.  A pair of shorts and a league-furnished jersey, along with a desire to have fun are about the only things needed to participate in the Chaldean Church Sports flag football league.

Over 100 Chaldeans from southeast Michigan get the opportunity to play each other throughout the day at the Southfield Civic Center.    The Chaldean Church Sports League features flag-football field and volleyball for Chaldean youth, eighteen years and younger.  The volleyball sand courts and flag football field come alive every Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. with spirited sports competition, prayer, and camaraderie. 

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Will The World Continue to Remain Indifferent as Chaldeans Are Massacred?
By Sam Yousif :: 68514 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Mosul, Iraq - Another Chaldean Catholic priest and three church deacons were gunned down in Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday, June 3rd.  Father Ragheed Ganni and three deacons from his parish-- Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, Gassan Isam Bidawed-- were slain after celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy on Sunday.

Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly referred to the attack as “a crime against God.”

As the young priest and three deacons left the church their car was stopped by group of armed gunmen.  Pointing their weapons in the car they slaughtered the four Catholics then rigged the car to explode should anyone attempt to remove the dead bodies.   The horrific site remained for several hours until a police bomb-squad defused the devices. 

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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.   

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Invitation to the Closing Ceremony of the “Many Colors of Iraq” Art Exhibit
By Sam Yousif :: 57115 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 :: 65222 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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Congress Bill 984 “Keep them small. Keep them stupid.”
By Sam Yousif :: 26889 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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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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Islamic Terrorist Begin to Target Women and Children Along With Christians
By Sam Yousif :: 34 Views :: Law & Order, World News & Odds 'N' Ends
Baghdad, IRAQ — Frustrated Islamic radical insurgents are beginning to change strategies as attacks on Christians, women, and children increase.  During the most holy week for Christians around the world, those in Iraq are praying to stay alive as Islamic terrorists ramp up their campaign of death and carnage.  Two elderly sisters beaten to death, a 14-year-old boy, nailed to a cross, another child toddler beheaded because parents were unable to raise ransom money, and now a suicide truck bomber with his payload hidden in flour kills 15 including a newborn girl and wounds nearly 200 people in Kirkuk. 
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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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Miss Oakland County Pageant Holds Competition Trials
By Sam Yousif :: 47 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - The Miss Oakland County Scholarship Program is now accepting application forms for both pageants.  The Miss Oakland County Pageant is a local preliminary to the Miss Michigan’s Pageant, and is set for Saturday, July 14, 2007. This is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. The winner will advance to the state Miss Michigan’s pageant to be held in Muskegon, June 2008.

No entry fee is required for the Miss Oakland County pageant, which is a preliminary to Miss Michigan and Miss America pageants. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 11, 2007.

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Chaldean Trucker Testifies Before Congress
By Sam Yousif :: 20 Views :: Government & Society

The plight of Iraqi refugees is gaining American attention because of key Democratic leading senators like Carl Levin and Ted Kennedy.  A Chaldean trucker testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees.  The subcommittee met on Tuesday to probe the issue of the plight of refugees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Led by staunch supporter of refugee support, Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy the subcommittee highlighted the living causalities of war ignored by the Bush administration.

“The desperate situation in Iraq has created hundreds of thousands of refugees who are virtually unknown to the rest of the world,” Kennedy said. “We can’t continue to ignore their plight.”

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Chaldeans Celebrate the Importance of Marriage
By Sam Yousif :: 48 Views :: Community & Culture

Michigan, USA -  Chaldeans in southeast Michigan are making a resounding impact on the importance of marriage to the community, society, and country.  The Chaldean culture has long been a strong advocate of marriage and family.  The leaders of the community have

long been saying that marriage and family stand as the nucleus of any community.  

Increasing rates of dysfunctional families in other American Semitic groups like the Jewish community have served as early warning messages of the devastation and destruction divorce creates in any family. 

American-Chaldeans continue to face the promotion of divorce, infidelity, promiscuity, and other behaviors that rip apart a family.  “Media in America is notorious for teaching impressionable minds that bad behavior should be tolerated.  What is rarely examined is the impact of the behavior on the family, society, and nation, “ says Dr. Dalia Issa, a family counselor in Michigan.  “Community leaders, like Mother of God Church that celebrate marriage, are the heroes in this struggle.”

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Chaldean Leaders of Iraq Forced to Call off Public Displays of Christmas for Safety Sake
By Sam Yousif :: 8 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Baghdad, Iraq – Continual pleas for neutrality and safety by the indigenous people of Iraq have fallen on deaf ears.  The Chaldean minorities remains targets by insurgents bent on destabilizing Iraq and turn the modern nation into a fanatic Islamic regime.   Chaldeans are not only the targets of Islamic fundamentalist but also Kurdish, Shia, and Sunni militias that pick apart the minority group in order to claim their land or raise ransom money to fund their military groups. 

“We have become pawns in this deadly game of chess that threatens to wipe out a people who have remained in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) for over ten-thousand years,” says Yousif Kanno a Chaldean antiquity historian.

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