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Chaldeans Celebrate Baoutha This Week
By Rita Abro :: 132061 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Community & Culture, Chaldean Churches

Baoutha is a three-day celebration that is composed of prayers and fasting. 

This annual observance is limited to the Chaldean Catholic Church and occurs exactly 3 weeks before the start of lent. 

In the 6th century a severe plague inflicted the northern regions of modern day Iraq; the ancient city of Nineveh, modern day Mosul, Iraq. 

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Two Become One or Three? - How You Answer Might Predict A Divorce
By Evon Elias :: 92064 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, Opinion and Editorials

Chaldeans love a good wedding.  Even more, Chaldeans love a great marriage.   Sure: a pick of the dress, a smile to the camera, the walk down the aisle, the prayers of matrimony, and the ever-deep line of “I do.” 

Alongside dawning smiling faces are friends, family, and loved ones.  The night hours tuned to the rhythm of music and beat of the feet as the celebration of love and family starts a new chapter.  The couple now joined in Holy Matrimony awaits the joys of love. 

All wrapped in hope to successfully leap over the obstacles that will undoubtedly emerge. But, of course, that is only the beginning of the story; particularly for Chaldeans in America and parts of Europe. 

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Michigan Chaldean Basketball Athletes Show Their Court Skills
By Tommy Hanna :: 92005 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Chaldean Church Sports League

Michigan, USA - The cold winter months in Michigan may keep some Chaldeans indoor and lazily lounging around.  That is not the case for over two hundred Chaldeans that gathered at the Salter Gymnasium in Royal Oak, Michigan.  The large group of Chaldean men and women came out in large numbers for the first of three open sessions for the Chaldean under 18 open basketball tournament. 

The tournament organized and hosted by the Chaldean Church Sports League (CCSL) of Michigan returns after financing a very successful flag football and volleyball youth tournament.  This year the CCSL brings the Chaldean community both boys and girls basketball for both Chaldean boys and girls age 11-14 and 15 -18. 

The CCSL hold their next tryouts this Sunday, January 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Slater Gymnasium located at 10 and half and Campbell in Royal Oak, Michigan.  Tryouts are open to all Chaldeans between the ages of 11-18.  “Chaldeans just need to show-up at the gym.  We have coordinators there to get them registered, go over the rules, get forms signed, and get them on the court to show their stuff,” says Brenda Kouza, CCSL administrative assistant. 

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The Attributes of a Chaldean Apostle 1 of 7 – Humility
By Frank Dado :: 61794 Views :: Religion & Spirituality

This article is the first in a seven series discussion on the attributes of a Chaldean apostle.  A Chaldean apostle is a vigilant and faithful servant willing to accept in their mind and heart that Jesus is their God and savior.  By having such faith the Chaldean apostle’s behavior will naturally change and begin to better reflect the Kingdom of God.  Therefore, this series will examine the attributes of behavior that demonstrate the grace of our Lord and our choice to be a follower of Christ.  

True Chaldeans understand that God is the only person who can bring people to salvation.  Christians who believe this should result in an almost automatic humbling of any person.  There are those with egos who claim to be servants of God, but their behavior shows something entirely different. 

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8 Tips For Home Sale Investment by Chaldean Real-Estate Agents
By Salam Abbo :: 120707 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Business & Finance

Johnny Bitti hopes to sell his home before July.  Raymond Kalu, Century 21 Hometown agent from Sterling Heights, Michigan says, “Bitti needs to start thinking about how to make his home stand out from the rest.  The trick is to spend time and money on fix-ups, getting the house to look neat and open instead of spending money on remodeling projects.” 

Kalu seems to have his hand on the pulse of the market.  Remodeling magazine completed a study of homeowners across America and the result is that the owners aren't recouping as many improvement costs as they could in recent years.   In fact, real-estate agents advise clients not to overdo it, regardless of what the local market conditions are like.

The investment for any remodeling projects is added to the selling price of the home.  Chaldean real-estate agents say that the buyers market is fiercely competitive and sellers will have trouble selling a home with value added costs added to the bottom line.   The reason is that asking prices are based largely on comparisons with similar homes in the area, Kalu says. “And in the many markets that aren't exactly booming right now, buyers have more negotiating power over the price of a home,” he adds.

www.CHALDEAN.org contacted a number of Chaldean real-estate agents and asked them for their best tips for Chaldean homeowners looking to sell.  Here is what they had to say…

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Chaldeans Fast Learning About Legal Muscle
By Neda Ayar :: 98054 Views :: Law & Order, Business & Finance, Chaldean Justice League

California, USA - Chaldeans are very fast learners.  All it took was a number of passengers in 1999 that were stranded in Detroit Metro Airport in Michigan to sue Northwest airlines for wrongful imprisonment.  The 11 hour snowstorm and Northwest’s decision to keep everyone on board affected 7,000 passengers and ultimately cost them $7 million in an out of court settlement. 

Unlike Chaldeans in Michigan, Kate Hanni can’t stand the cold.  The California resident made that painfully clear after American Airlines diverted her flight for more than eight hours a year ago.  The law suite filed by Hanni and another passenger alleges false imprisonment, fraud and negligence. 

“Chaldeans are fed up of being taken advantage of because of our accents, hard-work ethics, or family togetherness.  From my personal experience, people are envious of Chaldeans and don’t like the fact that we are a devoted community,” says Ann Kareem, a Michigan native who was part of the Northwest class action suit.  “Homeowner’s association try to take advantage of Chaldeans, school districts, and clubs do the same because they think they can get away with it or are upset that Chaldeans are successful or how our family’s remain so close.  Whatever the reason, you can ask any Chaldean and they will tell you they are often treated unfairly. I am glad Kate is suing in California, more Chaldeans need to sue.”

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For Iraqi refugees, Valley a Place of Loss, Hope
By Guest Reporter :: 62218 Views :: Community & Culture, Government & Society

Arizona, USA - There are common elements in all refugee stories.  They almost invariably include hardship and fear, courage and sacrifice.

The happy stories - the ones we like to hear - then evolve into tales of perseverance and success.   But not every refugee story includes a happy ending. Or at least not one you can see from the beginning.

In August, Sabah Matti and his wife, Widad Matee, boarded an airplane that would take them to Phoenix.   The Iraqi couple and their two daughters would start over in a country they had only dreamed about.

Two months later, he was dead.

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Chaldeans Watch Closely as Costco Battles with Distributors
By Crystal Dallo :: 71739 Views :: Business & Finance, Chaldean Caucus

California, USA - Chaldeans have long complained of the unfair practices of distributors.  However, the lack of an organized business voice has left Chaldean store owners with slimmer margins and less service.  “Distributors have long capitalized on the backs of Chaldean community who maintain a market for products in areas where retail giants fear to tread,” says Nick Mansour, owner of Gas and Go in Dearborn, Michigan.  “They pre-price their products, refuse to take damage goods, and treat the businesses with a lack of respect.  How can we compete and give customers a better price when the distributor forces you to charge a certain amount.”

Lobbyist groups like the Anti-Saloon League long convinced U.S. politicians that it was in the country’s best interest to give distributors free market protective status.  They made the case so effectively that, even after Prohibition was lifted in 1933, most states insisted on keeping alcohol manufacturers far away from alcohol sellers. The favored solution: a three-tier distribution system requiring manufacturers to sell to wholesalers, and wholesalers to sell to retailers.

A system Chaldeans have long contested as a state sanctioned monopoly that hurts the consumer.  All that may soon change, when giant warehouse retailer Costco weighs in on what Chaldeans have long said, “Distributors are anti-competitive.”   

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Chaldean Self-Defense Training Now Being Offered
By CE&CC :: 153015 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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Semara Rayes Reveals the Fashion Marketing Profession's Top Secrets
By Bedre Konja :: 44864 Views :: Business & Finance

New York, USA - Every day Chaldeans are bombarded with one persuasive message after another. These messages convince Chaldeans not through reasoning, but through manipulation.  They target the foolish by agitating emotions, exploiting insecurities, capitalizing on the ambiguity of language, and by bending the rules of logic.

Most all businesses use marketing and advertisement to help sell their products.  However, there are industries that have emphasized branding in order to overcharge gullible consumers.  They target those with little achievement to their name, those who are insecure about their look, weight, or reputation, or those unsure of themselves.

Some key industry leaders are experts on preying on the insecure and those with low self-esteem and a desire to belong.  “It is like make-up for their insecurities,” says Semara Rayes, a marketing researcher and ad campaign specialist who works for an undisclosed top New York advertising firm.  “We conduct the research and marketing campaign that gives useless products some use.”  Semara attests to using psychological warfare against vulnerable consumers in order to get them to buy a specific clothing line or convince them that jewelry is important or to engineer a new fad. 

Lots of research has gone into the study of mass consumer manipulation.  The result is a strategy that is simple but closely guarded called Complimentary Emotions says Semara.  “First, we expose the consumer to a subtle negative emotion and then make an overt claim that the showcased product can make them feel happy.”  That strategy has made all the difference in getting consumers to spend and at times to go into severe debt. 

In this one-on-one candid interview Semara Rayes explains the inside tricks of the fashion marketing trade. 

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Baghdad Santa Returns to visit the kids in one Small Town in Iraq
By Guest Reporter :: 62866 Views :: Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends

Baghdad, IRAQ - Here's what Karrar Haider, a 10-year-old Shi'ite boy at a school in eastern Baghdad, told Santa he wants this year for the holidays:  "I have one wish to ask Santa Claus. Please bring peace to my country. Stop the bombs so I can play with my friends again."

Santa - who spends the rest of the year disguised as a 48-year-old Chaldean Christian monastery administrator named Jalal Hourmoz - said he was delighted to spread joy after two years when sectarian violence made a merry Christmas impossible.

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Chaldean Christmas Gift Giving Suggestions
By Huda Metti :: 41209 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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Hunting Down the Right Job
By CE&CC :: 101336 Views :: Career & Education, Business & Finance, Chaldean Education & Career Center
Michigan, USA - Chaldeans should know that a job search is less like a sprint and more like a marathon.  Without this attitude, Chaldean job-hunters will view every day as a laborious burden that does not produce results. You’ll risk losing focus, motivation, and direction. You’ll neither write nor interview well, and your search may take even longer.

In today’s challenging job market, many Chaldean job-hunters are finding that the search takes somewhat more time than they anticipated. Regardless of what expectations you may have or may hear, Chaldeans should assume a time frame of at least 10 months for their search. Chaldeans in Michigan, due to their poor economic condition and high taxes, should consider a year to a year and a half. 
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Chaldean Justice Leagues Releases Their “Chaldean Christmas Scrooge List”
By Rita Abro :: 108529 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 Iraqi Doctors Systematically Being Kidnapped
By Ann Bahri :: 36502 Views :: Government & Society
Kirkuk, IRAQ - Chaldeans have long begged the world to pay attention to the pillaging of Christians in Iraq.  The Iraqi war drew devastating consequences to the Christian minority in the region.  “A consequence overlooked by a beleaguered American administration in their haste to war,” says Rafid Yohanna, a Chaldean refugee aid worker.  “We have been telling the world that Christian women are targeted and being raped and sold as slaves, men and young children kidnapped, held for ransom, and threatened with decapitation and death to fund terrorism in the war torn Iraq.  They ignore us.  They fear this war will be labeled a religious war.  The terrorist group have already labeled this war a religious war.  All this because America acted before thinking.”  

While many considered the pleas of the peaceful Christian minority to be no different than the atrocities faced by their Muslim counterparts, new evidence says otherwise.   “Now there is a smoking gun that is proof that Christians have been systematically attacked for no other reason that being Christian,” adds Yohanna.

Iraqi police in Kirkuk have captured four members of a criminal enterprise who specialized in kidnapping Christian doctors.  Claims that the men have no link to terrorism or Islamic extremism are being challenged. 
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