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Community Celebrates The First American Chaldean Woman to Enter The Convent
By Evon Elias :: 127 Views :: Career & Education, Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - With a desire to leave a world with constant haste and alacrity and unite to a life of passive ways and tranquility, one of our very own members of the Chaldean community is answering the call of the Lord to be at His side throughout the years to come.
 
A new chapter is to begin in the life of teenage Michigan resident, Candice Kassab, who will not turn 18 until the 25th of February.  “She’s been having a calling for the past three years and one day she just felt it so deeply and said that it was eating away at her conscious, and just told us that she was going to give in and become a nun. We couldn’t believe it”, commented 21-year-old sister, Jennifer Kassab. However, despite the age, Candice is determined that as she walks this new path, her passionate and dedicated spirit will be accompanied by the strength of the Heavenly Father, His Son and the Holy Mother as well.

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Fuddruckers Play Host as Chaldean Attorneys Gather for the 2007 CABA Quarterly Meeting
By Paul Isso :: 23555 Views :: Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - A night of the usual family dinners and festivities took a slight turn Friday, when a number of Chaldean attorneys attended Fuddruckers of Birmingham while the Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA) held its quarterly networking event.

CABA is a qualified association of attorneys, that are committed to sustaining the law, promoting justice and awareness, assisting education in the legal field, in addition to engaging in community service, projects, and committee work.  The association has and continues to dedicate itself to the principle of quality legal representation for those of all races and cultures, social classes and economic statures.

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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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Australian and New Zealand Chaldeans Get their Own Bishop
By Rita Abro :: 18 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture

Sydney, Australia - Australian and New Zealand Chaldeans will have their own Oceania eparchy or diocese and bishop, the Holy See announced on Saturday.

The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson, welcomed the creation by Pope Benedict XVI of the Chaldean Eparchy of Oceania with the title of "St Thomas the Apostle of Sydney of the Chaldeans".

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Bring on the Bratwurst and Beer – Chaldeans Join in on German Festival
By Rita Abro :: 12 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

California, USA – Chaldeans on America’s west coast have long enjoyed the cross cultural celebrations.  “I love meeting new people, tasting the different foods, and learn about their history,” says Angie Keto, 21, a pre-med. college student at UCLA.  “My entire family, uncles, aunts, cousins, and second cousins make it a family event. We lived for about six years in Germany when my family fled Iraq.  The German culture, food, passion, and drive is wonderful.”

La Mesa's annual Oktoberfest will take over the downtown village area this weekend. The three-day ode to all things German, including lederhosen, polka and oom-pah-pah bands, is expected to attract around 150,000 visitors.

“The Oktoberfest has been going on for 33 years,” said Andy Phemister, communications director for the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. “It's a great way to get started on Christmas shopping.”

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Chaldean Widow Dies After Being Runned Over
By Ziad Bitti :: 69 Views :: Community & Culture

Sabria Yousif was killed at 10:52 p.m. on 14 Mile near Dequindre roads, according to Sterling Heights Traffic Lt. Alan A. Byrd. The driver of the Chrysler PT Cruiser that struck Mrs. Yousif is a 23-year-old female, Byrd said.

Police said the death appears to be accidental. Byrd said neither alcohol nor speeding played a part in the accident.

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Can We Talk? Hosni Mubarak should call Benedict XVI
By Guest Reporter :: 17 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Guest reporter DANIEL HENNINGER of the Wall Street Journal reports:

Who says the world lacks leaders? After again expressing his "respect" for Islam, Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly Vatican audience two days ago moved one of his knights forward on the global chessboard of Islamic politics.

Amid amped-up security in St. Peter's Square, the pope said: "I trust that after the initial reaction, my words at the University of Regensburg can constitute an impulse and encouragement toward positive, even self-critical dialogue both among religions and between modern reason and Christian faith."

Setting aside the impeccable understatement of "the initial reaction"--churches torched world-wide--it is close to thrilling in a world of persistent confusion about the intentions of contemporary Islam to see the pope step forward, not back, and speak without apology on behalf of "modern reason."

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Professor, Lawyer, and Author Gabriel Sawma Sets the Record Straight
By Gabriel Sawma :: 14 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture, Government & Society, Opinion and Editorials

Renown professor, lawyer, and author Gabriel Sawma who specializes in international law, mainly the European Union Law, the Middle East and Islamic Shari’a Laws offers insight in the current affairs of Muslims outraged over the Popes Comments.

Professor of Aramaic and a recognized authority on Islam.  Sawma is the author of a book titled, “The Qur’an: Misinterpreted, Mistranslated, and Misread. The Aramaic Language of the Qur’an”, available on amazon.com.  He has also authored many articles on the Aramaic influence in Biblical Hebrew and in the Quran.  Sawma speaks, reads, and writes Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew.

In a meeting with representatives of science in Germany on September 12, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a short segment of a dialog between Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus and an educated Persian.

As a result, segments of Muslim community around the world demonstrated and demanded an apology from the pontiff. They argue that Islam did not use the sword to convert people. They also stated that Islam is a “peaceful religion”.  Some demanded that the pope be executed.

This article gives background about the Islamic conquest of the Middle East and parts of Europe.

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Iraqi Ambassador Meets With Chaldean Community Leaders in the U.S.
By Sam Yousif :: 12 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Michigan, USA -- Iraq's U.S. Ambassador Meets With U.S. Chaldean Community Leaders

Iraq's Ambassador to the U.S. is meeting with Chaldeans and other Iraqi-Americans in metro Detroit, urging them to support U.S. efforts in Iraq.

"It's important to persuade the American public and American government not to abandon Iraq at this stage," Ambassador Samir Sumadaie said in an interview Friday at the Westin Hotel in Southfield. "Abandoning it would turn it into a failed state and create a huge amount of terrorism and destruction in Iraq."

Sumadaie, a Sunni Muslim, met with Chaldeans, Iraqi Catholics, at a church in Southfield on Friday, and is expected to meet with Iraqi Shiite Muslims in Dearborn on Saturday.

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Chaldeans Contend With Divorce
By Rita Abro :: 72 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

For Enam (last name withheld due to reputable concerns for her children) the affair was unintended and regretful.  “I was stupid and selfish,” Enam says about her extramarital affair.  “I ruined my life, my children’s life; hurt my family, and all for what?”  Enam, 45 was caught cheating on her husband with a co-worker while employed at a mortgage company.  The affair ended a 25 year marriage.

Although much rarer in the Chaldean community than their western counterparts, divorce among Chaldeans is an issue the community continues to examine.  “Western liberal values, materialism, promotion of reckless behaviors, stereotypical views, and choosing a poor spouse all lead to divorce if the clues are ignored,” says Joan Hannawa, a recent psychology graduate who completed her Ph.D in relationship psychology.  “Chaldean men and women, have to learn new martial skills to cope, strengthen their marriage, and build a loving family when married in a western society.  If they don’t, they are left vulnerable to the ills of western society.  Eventually, without the proper defenses the illness will break into their marriage and destroy the family.”

Like most marriages, the Chaldean community considers marriage a special and sacred institution that binds one man to one woman for life.   Fidelity is sacred in marriage.  To lose such trust is immediate grounds for divorce in western societies.  The same is true with Chaldeans.  However, Chaldeans who divorce also face a community “Scarlet Letter” that further underscores the importance of marriage and the harm divorce brings to the couple, children, and community.

In this article www.CHALDEAN.org examines the Chaldean perspective on divorce and focuses on infidelity brought upon by work related relationships.

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Destruction of Iraqi Antiquities Draws International Concern
By Rita Abro :: 9 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Iraq, Baghdad  — There is mounting international concern among historical and antiquity scholars that Iraq ministers may try to change their history.  The “cradle of civilization” has been a fountain of information to the world, divulging archaeological secrets going as far back as ten thousand years. 

Scholars are worried that the appointment of religiously conservative Shiite Muslims throughout Iraq’s traditionally secular archaeological institutions will threaten the preservation of the country’s pre-Islamic history.

Sumerian, Akkadian, Chaldean, Assyrian, Babylonian, Parthian, Sassanian and a lineage of other civilizations are at threat to be lost forever. Ongoing looting, and what some fear to be intended efforts to remove pre-Islamic history, continues at archaeological sites throughout Iraq.

Dr. Donny George’s recent departure as chairman of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, and his flight to Syria with his family, is among the latest results of a transformation that began in December when a Shiite-dominated government was elected in Baghdad.

Indicative of the Taliban regime destroying historic antiquities in Afghanistan many scholars fear that Iraqi fundamentalist Islamists plan to do the same. “They are bringing their family and their tribes and giving them high jobs.  They are not qualified.  They are not trained or believe in what they do or what is right for Iraqi history,” says Selwa Marpouls, a Chaldean archeologist who has worked for the former ministry. “This is very bad.  Iraqi history will be changed forever if something is not done.”

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Chaldean U.S. Marine Interpreter Killed
By Guest Reporter :: 49 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society

Guest Reporter Naomi R. Patton of the Detroit Free Press (Michigan, USA) reports:

After burying him in the morning, Saher Georges' family members gathered at their Southfield home Wednesday evening.

His mother and other women in the family wore black and sat in the living room. His father, brothers, uncles and cousins, also wearing black, sat in the garage in the backyard.

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Chaldean Clergy and Lay Leaders Attend the Synod of Catholic Caucasus
By Rita Abro :: 13 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture

Tbilisi, Gerogia – The Assyro-Chaldean community will be attending the Synod of Catholic Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The Synod will gather all the priests, representatives of religious communities and 56 lay people from parish communities (84 people in all) for two residential sessions: the first session runs from September 4 to 8 and the second from November 5 to 9.

Communion of the Church, formation of the faithful and the role of the laity are the main themes of the first Synod of the Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus. The first session of deliberations were inaugurated at 5pm with a solemn celebration in St. Mary’s Assumption church in Tbilisi.

Chaldean clergy and lay leaders will actively participate in addressing issues relating to the Diaspora of the Chaldean people.  Inherent in their struggles, the Assyro-Chaldeans face difficulty ministering to the community while under pressure of war, persecution, forced cultural migration, and adaptation to cultural pressures and customs imposed by hosting countries. 

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