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Chaldean Hot Spots Get Too Hot
By Sam Yousif :: 81825 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Business & Finance

Michigan, USA - The Chaldean community in Michigan were stunned to learn two of their favorite shopping locations went up in flames yesterday afternoon.  Both Kashat International Market and New Sahara Restaurant were completely destroyed by fire. 

Firefighters from Oak Park, Ferndale, and Beverly Hills spent all day Wednesday trying to get  the five alarm fire under control.  Early reports indicate the fire started in an international market and spread to the New Sahara Restaurant next door.

Both businesses have been in the community for decades.  “Almost every Chaldean family has eaten or shopped at those places,” says Alex Jabarow of Novi.  “Sahara would often stay open until two or four in the morning as Chaldeans would close their business and visit for a late night meal.  Those places have lots of history and meant a lot to many Chaldeans.  Especially those who fell in love with their house sauce.”

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Chaldeans Want to Know Whose To Blame for the Economic Collapse
By Sam Yousif :: 69199 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - “Me and my wife work over seventy hours a week.  We make all our payments and when we can’t afford something we don’t buy it,” says Sam Kalesho.  “Our government is going crazy.  They are stealing from us all.  They want more taxes, charge us more for electricity, and killing America. Whoever’s fault this is should never be in politics again.”

Kalesho is surprised when a customer of his yells out, “Then get the Democrats out of office.”  Trevor Raddison, shopping at Lakeside Liquor blames the Democrats for the economic collapse.  “McCain himself tried to stop Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2006.  He predicted this tragedy and the Democrats blocked him.  Democrats are bought and sold.  Fannie and Freddie paid millions to the Democrats to protect them while they were cooking the books.  They gave protection paybacks to Obama, Biden, Clinton, and Dodd.  They act like they are for the working man, but they aren’t.  To them it is all a front.  Immigration, not allowing us to drill in America, not allowing people the right to work, Democrats are crooks.  I burnt my democrat card a long time ago.”

Raddison is right that McCain was a leading proponent of the corruption in Fannie Mae and Freedie Mac, that have caused the economic stumble of America.   Congressional record shows that back in 2006 McCain hammers them for falsification of financial records. Ironically the leaders of the corrupt companies, including Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson, both worked as advisers to Barack Obama. 

 

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Raad Yono Calls it a Stick-Up
By Sam Yousif :: 12 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Chaldean business consultant Raad Yono says Wal-Mart’s alignment with liberal causes is out of threat and fear.  “Wal-Mart has been bullied around by Democrats and forced to give to causes they traditionally would not align with,” says Yono.  The consultant responding after www.CHALDEAN.org reported of Wal-Mart’s contribution to homosexual causes and decision to carry the abortion pill. 

The retailer has always cherished successful values that enrich lives and lay the foundation for success Yono says.  “But the pressure from Democrats has become unbearable as political operatives put the squeeze on Wal-Mart and coerce them into supporting liberal causes that run counter to Wal-Mart’s success.”

 Wal-Mart may be expanding in the People's Republic of China, but here in capitalist America the low-price retailer has become the Democratic Party's favorite pinata. The media like to portray this as a populist uprising against heartless big business. But what they don't bother to disclose is that this entire get-Wal-Mart campaign is a political operation led and funded by organized labor and the Democratic party.

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Best Buy a Bad Deal Says Shaya
By Sam Yousif :: 19 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Michigan, USA – Activist Abeer Shaya sees the writing on the wall.  A law student at University of Michigan and scholar of religious history, Shaya says Christian humiliation is a precursor to Christian persecution.  “In ancient times, Christians were mocked, harassed, belittled, and humiliated.  Kids were taught Christians ate their children and were the cause of natural disasters because they refused to worship many Gods.”

The Chaldean legal and historical scholar adds that Christians were first humiliated and then made to be scapegoats.  “While Christians kept to themselves, their values and virtues made them act in ways that drew attention from Romans.  They acted piously and their virtues and values contrasted with the Roman way of life.  Humiliation and insult is the building of a runway so the plane of persecution can land.”
 
Shaya adds that Christians today are obviously under attack; their holidays are corrupted, stripped, and commercialized into meaninglessness by anti-Christian groups.   As the Christmas season draws near Chaldeans like Shaya are making clear they are steering away of businesses that attempt to dilute or corrupt the Christmas holy day.  

Best Buy has announced they will be using "Happy Holidays" this coming Christmas shopping season, and they will not be using "Merry Christmas."

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Merchant of Vino, Ed Jonna Turns into Plum
By Sam Yousif :: 30 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Michgian, USA - "There's over 100 growers within a two-hour drive from here ... we're talking about Michigan blueberries, peaches, apples and honey," he said. "Whenever we're able to support our local farmers, that's what we're going to do," says Mathew Jonna. 

Rebounding from their sale of the Merchant of Vino, the Jonna family has kept a low profile.  According to Matt Jonna, son of Merchant of Vino owner Ed Jonna and a managing partner in the family business, Whole Foods approached the Jonnas with an offer too good to resist: 1.03 million shares of common stock, valued at an excess of $40 million.

Many in the Chaldean community thought the family would embark on community philanthropy.  “It is well known that great business people find ways to help others.  Many thought the Jonna family would do just that, start scholarships, foundations, community centers, or help remove barriers holding other Chaldeans back,” says Jamal Aboud, financial advisor and banker.  “It seems they are not quite done focusing all their efforts on business.  It will be exciting to see what they come up with next.”

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Chief Security Officer, Issam Habib Offers International Business Safety Tips
By Sam Yousif :: 13 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance
Chaldeans forced to live in various countries have always turned lemons into lemonades.  The optimistic entrepreneurial minds of Chaldeans paired with their work ethic have brought an impressive level of success. 

Chaldeans living in western countries have seized the entrepreneurial opportunities of international commerce and have begun looking into multinational businesses. 

www.CHALDEAN.org interviews Issam Habib, Chief Security Officer for International Imports and Exports of Los Angeles, California regarding travel safety abroad when conducting business. IIE has a dedicated team of twenty-two global associates traveling around the globe looking for unique and potential profitable new items.  IIE is constantly training associates on travel safety, counterfeit identification, and international business.  Issam offers 12 insightful travel safety pointers. 
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Chaldean Chef Entrepreneur Takes Advantage of Food Processing Center
By Sam Yousif :: 10 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Ohio, USA - For years, Randa Shallal has been sweetening up family and friends with a secret-recipe concoction she describes as a "fabulously fudgy cocoa peanut sauce that's great on ice cream, pretzels, cookies, or even just a spoon."

Thanks to a new commercial food-processing facility at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation on State Rt. 582 north of Bowling Green, she's found an economically feasible way to begin bottling and selling her "Panda Potion No. 5" commercially.

Shallal says, "It was by learning of this facility that I had an epiphany that I could do this," she said. "I always knew I couldn't do anything commercially in my own home. ... I was at a [Women's Entrepreneurial Network] meeting in November when a woman stood up and talked about this kitchen, and it came over me like a wave: I can do this."

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Village Food Market Wins Approval for Seasonal Outdoor Displays
By Sam Yousif :: 18 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - Chaldean entrepreneur Mark Garmo has always found ways to meet the needs of his customers. 

Mr. Garmo, professes a passion for customer service and his recent appeal before the Grosse Pointe Farms proves just that.  Village Food Market shoppers can still expect to be greeted by displays of produce and flowers around the store’s Mack entry.

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