Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0600

The 'Just do what I say' approach might not work.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0600

Ideally, entrepreneurs should ask for as little money as possible and set up campaigns that run no longer than 30 days.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:00:00 -0600

Formulating your work schedule is an important prioritization task. Here are four guidelines to keep in mind.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0600

An app called Wigo has become the hottest thing on college campuses.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:15:00 -0600

You have probably heard people talk about 'big data.' If your eyes start to glaze over when that term is mentioned, get your Big Data 101 Intro lesson here.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:05:00 -0600

Every entrepreneur should have these fundamentals in place before launching a full-blown business.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0600

Being the office blabbermouth isn't just annoying – it could hurt your career.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -0600

If you're serious about being an entrepreneur, let these stories of success guide your planning.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:30:00 -0600

Over the last decade, Jeff Cohen has built business into 12 Togo's restaurants.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:00:00 -0600

A look at the value of paid referrals and advisers and the difference between ethics and compliance.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:30:00 -0600

Sseko Designs co-founder Liz Bohannon has big plans - and a 'no' from Shark Tank's investors won't crush them.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0600

The hit AMC show is more than just a zombie flick. It teaches us a few management lessons that we must not forget.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:30:00 -0600

See how to break through and triumph.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:00:00 -0600

Harness word-of-mouth from influential people in a cost-effective campaign.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:30:00 -0600

If you want to stretch your capabilities, step away from the traditional leadership library and consider these exercises.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:00:00 -0600

Every business wants loyal customers, yet we often forget how crucial relationships are to our success.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:45:00 -0600

These five tips will help you launch the career of your dreams.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:30:00 -0600

This technique can help quell upset customers and hopefully put a stop to broadcasting their dissatifaction.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:15:00 -0600

Everyone is confused about what publicists do these days. Understand some of the common pitfalls and strategize more effectively with a pro.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:03:00 -0600

The actor and philanthropist known the world over for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek' indeed did live long and prosper. Here are words to remember him by.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:00:00 -0600

For one startup founder, the fitness platform with a cult-like following provides a physical, mental and emotional challenge.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:30:00 -0600

Email providers and readers are raising the standards for what content makes it into the inbox and what lands in the junk pile.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:15:00 -0600

Balance functionality and design or risk drowning in the crowded marketplace.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:00:00 -0600

A funny thing happened when one woman gave up email. She found better ways to be productive.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:45:00 -0600

Check out these essential qualities for success and ways to keep a top performer.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:30:00 -0600

For brands, video creation is an essential component of existing in the virtual ecosystem. Here is how to ensure your videos are seen.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:15:00 -0600

Mobile and web innovations can make managing public relations in the digital age faster and easier.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:12:00 -0600

For example, as you are reading through Facebook, you can press "j" to get to the next post.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0600

When it comes to communicating with your customers, just a few minutes of planning will save you time, energy and possibly, trouble, later down the line.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:45:00 -0600

Attackers are exploiting flaws in Google's popular operating system.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:30:00 -0600

Steer past the canned response to create a more authentic dialogue with job seekers.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:14:00 -0600

With more than 1,100 former RadioShacks now open for new businesses, franchises are finding opportunity in the brand's bankruptcy.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:00:00 -0600

The perpetual grind of performance improvement can be overwhelming, so seek an external party.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:45:00 -0600

The reason may be due to uncertainties caused by the financial crisis and how home values have fallen so much.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:00 -0600

Creating a MAP will take no more than an hour of your time every month and will keep the lines of communication open, ensuring relationships with investors remain strong, and ultimately helping early-stage startups succeed.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:00 -0600

While a key aspect of his plan changed, City Winery founder Michael Dorf achieved his original goal: to build a place where people could eat, drink and enjoy an intimate concert experience.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:00:00 -0600

Co-working space AlleyNYC recently raised $16 million in a round we participated in. Here's our reasoning.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:39:00 -0600

Failing to do so will result in a cold shoulder from Google.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:32:00 -0600

Earth's biggest e-tailer could one day 3-D print your purchases from the back of a high-tech delivery truck.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:30:00 -0600

You need to seek an amount that is just right, based on your real needs, and consistent with the capabilities and interests of the investors you are addressing.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:15:00 -0600

The groups are betting on a very musical future.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:00 -0600

Black and blue or white and gold?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0600

It's an incredibly important and extremely specific role.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:45:00 -0600

Reaching out for help when you need it is crucial when you've taken on the grueling and often lonely work of building a business.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:30:00 -0600

You could learn a lot by working your way to the top of a well-established company, but who has time for that?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:17:00 -0600

Kira Wampler is the new chief marketing officer of the San Francisco ridesharing company Lyft. She is also a mother of two. Here's how she manages both roles.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:04:00 -0600

The taco chain plans to add 1,300 new locations internationally by 2023.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:00:00 -0600

The big event kicks off March 2 in Barcelona.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:00 -0600

The Swedish mobile telecom gear maker is suing over patents related to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -0600

The Miller brothers have created a technology platform that is transforming real estate investment.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:15:00 -0600

Check out which little-known startups and sectors landed major funding in 2014.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0600

Google's latest moves in the mobile payment market and Apple's plans to expand across the pond.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0600

Social-media marketing for a business is one thing. Now imagine achieving social success when the brand you're trying to promote is you.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:30:00 -0600

Spending money on a beautifully designed, fully capable website is no longer a luxury if you're looking to launch or grow any ecommerce business in 2015.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:18:00 -0600

The FCC now has oversight of the Internet. But there is one thing it can never change.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:15:00 -0600

Stone and co-founder Evan Williams teamed up because they resonated and trusted great things would follow.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -0600

It's a truism that 20 percent of your efforts yield 80 percent of your results. Now consider what, or who, is causing 80 percent of your problems.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:30:00 -0600

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, the Newmans were more than willing to relocate to open a Two Men and a Truck location.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0600

Follow these three tips to help make your early hours beneficial.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:30:00 -0600

While these cornerstones can be hard to live by, they are what makes entrepreneurs successful.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:00:00 -0600

The tools you use can either help or hinder your employee's drive and creativity, so think critically about what your goals are.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:30:00 -0600

Almost half of a brand's customers will soon be proverbially "up for grabs" to anyone with an effective mobile marketing strategy.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:15:00 -0600

Business leaders can empower employees to be entrepreneurial, test out new ideas and spread a culture of innovation.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:00:00 -0600

Hiring is a notoriously tricky process. Finding the stars you need requires knowing what to look for, and how to spot it.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:45:00 -0600

Morgan Stanley analysts don't see a love connection for investors.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:30:00 -0600

Never mind the old-school cocktail party. Be a digital player: Join online professional groups. Or better yet start your own.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:24:00 -0600

The social-media platform has made it easier for users to reach out to their connections whose activity on Facebook indicates they are at risk for self-harm or suicide.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:15:00 -0600

'The robot doctor' sounds like the title of a sci-fi movie. But it's just one future trend that entrepreneurs should know about in this changing industry.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:00:00 -0600

For firms with global clients, expanding services into new markets is the logical next step. But actually taking that step will require careful planning, research and patience.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:45:00 -0600

Every company needs to invest in cybersecurity but your first line of defense is being aware.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:32:00 -0600

A Texas company is again suing the tech giant, this time over the same patents' use in devices introduced after the original case was underway.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:30:00 -0600

With billions being poured into the medical field, the status quo is no longer an option. It's time for entrepreneurs to enter the fold.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:15:00 -0600

Encountered anyone in this category lately? Learn how to tell if someone is a genuine entrepreneur.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:10:31 -0600

This time, a company wants to build it over a five-mile stretch in California.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:00:00 -0600

Some of us feel like we were just made to do something more with our lives. Some of us know what that something is. But some don't.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:30:00 -0600

One company's innovative product could cause waves in the $30 billion financial data services market.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:27:00 -0600

A raucous debate that has unfolded over the past year has concluded with what appears to be permanent protection of the Internet as open platform for entrepreneurs and free speech.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:00 -0600

To remain optimistic, discipline your mind to stay clear of catastrophic, bogged-down thoughts and the "what if" slippery slope of anxiety.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0600

Images are more likely to gain attention, entice your community to take action and inspire brand advocacy if they accomplish one or more of five key goals.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:56:00 -0600

Industry analyst Jan Rezab said that a tide shift will occur about four months after Facebook offers users the opportunity to sell ads against their videos.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:45:00 -0600

Heat up your cold calling by focusing on the companies that most need your product.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:34:46 -0600

The tech giant sent out invitations reading 'Spring Forward' for a media event to be held on March 9, the day after Daylight Savings Time begins.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:30:00 -0600

If your product is thriving with one customer base, it's time to grow past the comfort zone.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:19:00 -0600

Google may be vying for a slice of the fitness wearables pie.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:15:00 -0600

Making little changes to your posts, such as adding a description or hashtags, can bump up users' engagement with your brand. Give these tactics a try.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:07:00 -0600

For the first time, Dunkin' is selling K-Cups in grocery stores and online – and franchisees are reaping the rewards.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:00:00 -0600

Marketing your first book, a new product or a catchy feature? Build an online following first. Say, you could even spread the word via rappers.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:30:00 -0600

When it comes to failure, entrepreneurs should be taking healthy and educated risk that may yield a setback, rather than failing just to fail.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:27:05 -0600

When coming up with your own marketing and press materials, remember to be creative while also keeping your audience in mind.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:24:00 -0600

The white chocolate and wafer cup is 100 percent edible – and has the power to get people talking about coffee at a chain better known for chicken.

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:58:00 -0600

Ice? Ice?? Save me! This winter's terrible snowstorms gave way to freezing rain on the East Coast this weekend; in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities, there's still a scary sheet of ice coating many sidewalks. Anecdotally, many D.C. residents slipped and fell on those treacherous sidewalks on Sunday. (Several friends reported that they slipped [...]

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0600

•  Spoiler alert: This post includes references to the plot of the finale of Downton Abbey season 5, after its broadcast on PBS Masterpiece in the US on March 1, 2015 After the finale of season 5 of Downton Abbey was broadcast in the UK as the Christmas Special last year, I wrote a Forbes post [...]

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0600

The S6 Edge is beautiful, but without much of a practical use case consumers may see the world’s first dual-curved smartphone as more gimmick than innovation.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:06:00 -0600

Hospital operators continue to see profits and revenue not seen in a decade thanks to the Affordable Care Act and related efforts to sign up uninsured patients to coverage so facilities can reduce unpaid medical bills. Large hospital operators HCA Holdings (HCA), Tenet Healthcare (THC) and Community Health Systems (CYH) in [...]

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:13:00 -0600

Samsung has released two new variants of the Galaxy smartphone including a version with a wrap-around screen and lightning fast camera.

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:41:00 -0600

The 2016 Bentley Continental GT Coupe and GT Convertible get subtle styling tweaks and some get a minor power bump.

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:25:00 -0600

The big thing about getting fired is not the process of getting fired itself, but the job-hunt afterwards. The good news is that the working world is changing fast. One of the ways that the traditional Godzilla structure keeps working people in  line is that it tells them "If you [...]

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:30:00 -0600

Pinker is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. It's no surprise, then, that he would have perhaps the clearest explanation of #thedress [...]

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:36:00 -0600

Yet another bitterly cold, snowy winter is destroying alarmist global warming claims, proving once again that over-the-top global warming predictions are proving no more scientifically credible than snake oil.

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0600

For the second year in a row, Lendio was voted one of the Best Companies to Work For in Utah for 2014. Out of all the possible awards that a company can win, this award may be the most meaningful because it's voted on by a confidential survey from your employees (and, [...]

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Chaldean Justice League

The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 5357 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Chaldean Justice League

The Associated Press writes that the Syrian government sent reinforcements Friday to the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, where rebels have battled regime troops this week. Maaloula, a scenic village of about 3,300 perched high in the mountains, is one of the few places in the world where residents still speak a version of Aramaic, the language of biblical times believed to have been used by Jesus.

A look at the growth and decline of the Aramaic language through the centuries:

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SMART is not so Smart - Chaldean awarded half-million dollars
By Rita Abro :: 10866 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Chaldean Justice League
Michigan, Detroit — A case brought to you by CHALDEAN.org back in early 2000 is reaching its conclusion.  For Chaldean Mazyn  Barash the nightmare is over and justice is finally being served.  For over eight years Barash has been fighting the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation for infringing his Civil Rights.  This week the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has awarded nearly half a million dollars to Mr. Barash, a former Chaldean employee who was the victim of ongoing harassment and abuse by managers and co-worker of SMART because of his Iraqi descent.  

“He went through hell and he stood courageously for his rights,” says Amar Bahri, who has been watching the case closely.  “He may not know it, but he has helped the Chaldean community a great deal.  He has helped stand against such injustice that Chaldeans face every day in schools, at work, and when trying to find jobs in Michigan.  God bless him and I hope other Chaldeans are able to stand as strong as he has.”

“Nothing can replace the years of torment my client has suffered at the hands of his employer,” said Attorney and Michigan Advisory Board Chairman Shereef Akeel in a statement. “But Mazyn has been a champion in his efforts to rid discrimination in the workplace.”
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Card Playing Chaldeans Question American Freedoms
By Paul Gori :: 14401 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League

California, USA – “Chaldeans fortunate enough to make it to the land of milk and honey are getting a genuine swig of sour milk and crusty honey,” says Joseph Badoun.  California, El Cajon officials have been in debate on how to deal with Chaldean senior citizens gathering to play cards.  “This whole ordeal is a joke.  These are men in their final years, many of who are church elders, and community fathers playing cards in a community center.”

Badoun may laugh-off the ordeal, but to Chaldean seniors the issue has been unsettling and stressful.  El Cajon officials have launched aggressive crackdowns targeting Chaldeans and there gathering places.   Calls to the Mayor’s office initially went unanswered as to the reason or motive behind the crackdowns. 

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Slayed Chaldean Mourned
By Sam Yousif :: 15934 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Chaldean Justice League

California, USA  – Senseless death after senseless death rocks the Chaldean community.  From news of loved ones murdered for their religion in Iraq, refugees able to escape the religious persecution are forced into subhuman conditions and feared dead, and in America as the economic toll of the country takes its course, Chaldeans remain especially vulnerable to robbery, mayhem, and murder. 

For a culture with strong family relations, the devastation is catastrophic.  “Chaldeans value their family relationships,” says Raymond Bahri, a Michigan social worker.  “They tend to come from a large family and pull their resources together to survive.  The family traditions and get-togethers like birthdays, communions, and graduations are widely celebrated as feasts.” 

Perhaps that is why the pain of losing a loved one to a senseless murder over money is so devastating to the Chaldean community.  “Something as priceless as the family relationship being ripped apart by murder is shocking,” adds Bahri.  “It breaks my heart to learn of the murder.”

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Killing of Chaldeans Continue Despite Promises of Added Security
By Amer Hedow :: 25259 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends, Chaldean Justice League

Chaldeans grip the cross bars as the roller coaster of their existence takes another steep and deadly plummet.

Baghdad, IRAQ – Yet another targeted religious execution of Iraqi Christians takes place in northern Iraq.   An armed commando storms the neighborhood of al Saa, near the monastery of the Domincan fathers on a killing rampage killing 55 year old Chaldean businessman, Sabah Yacoub Gurgis.  The well known entrepreneur owned an eyeglass factory, employing many Arabs and minorities in the city near the Tigris River. 

Neighboring Christians are terrified that the killings will continue.   The shooting is just the latest in a long trail of blood that has forced hundreds of Chaldean families to flee the city toward the plain of Nineveh or abroad. A spiral of violence that grew in the months preceding the parliamentary elections of  March 7, so much so that Msgr. Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, spoke of an "Endless Via Crucis".

Iraqi Christians continue to escape the country as killings and religious persecutions intensify.  “The election and Easter season has given the crazy killers motivation to wipe out all the Christians in Iraq,” says Husam Ashaki, who barely managed to survive the rampage killing in the city.  “We are all trying to figure out how we can leave.  We are not even safe in north.  They follow us here and are very thirsty for Christian blood.  No mater if it is a man, woman, or child.  They kill even small children and babies if they know they are Christian.”

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Iraqi Minority Remain Targets Despite Government Claims of Safety
By Sam Yousif :: 26269 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society, World News & Odds 'N' Ends, Chaldean Justice League

Baghdad, IRAQ – Iraqi Christians march in Mosul and Baghdad and hold prayer vigils in Kirkuk to draw attention to unending murders of minorities in Iraq.   In recent weeks alone, minority men, women, and children have been abducted, killed, raped, harrased, and tortured.  Those surviving have returned with ominous messages that Christians are no longer allowed to be in Iraq. 

Mgr Emil Shimoun Nona of Mosul confirmed that hundreds of families have left Mosul in the last few days, about 600 in a community of some 4,000 people, according to a United Nations report.  The prelate said, “about 400 families have escaped.”

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa of Mosul led over 1,000 Iraqi Catholics in a silent protest on February 28 to demand that the government act to put a stop to violence against Christians there.

The United Nations estimated that 683 Christians fled Mosul between February 20 and February 27. Chaldean Catholic Bishop Emil Shimoun Nona of Mosul estimated that "about 400 families" had left the city's community of 4,000 Christians.

“The daily massacre suffered by the Christian community … is met with indifference from the authorities,” said Archbishop Casmoussa on the eve of the march. “We will be fasting and praying for peace and for the survival of Christians.”

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An AlQosh Man Struggles to Keep a Promise to an Old Friend
By Amer Hedow :: 31972 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, World News & Odds 'N' Ends, Chaldean Justice League

AlQosh, IRAQ – Abandoned since 1948 by native Iraqi Jews remains the tomb of the Jewish Prophet Nahum, a minor prophet in the Hebrew Bible.  Nahum wrote about the Assyrian Empire and the plains of Ninevah and prophesized the fall of Assyrian Kingdom for failing to turn from their pagan ways. 

Nahum was written after the fall of Israel in 722 BC but before the fall of Ninevah in 612. It is very likely, based upon the description of the relationship between Assyria and Judah, that Nahum prophesied in the early reign of King Josiah. Assyria was in the last days of its great power. They still controlled most of the Middle East. However, Babylon, Persia, and Egypt were all expanding in strength.

Literary enthusiasts would appreciate the irony that the tomb has been gently cared for and preserved by native Iraqi Christians.  After Iraqi Jews were forced to leave their country over half a century ago due to their religious difference with the prevailing Muslims of the region, Sami Jajouhana was asked to be the keeper of Nahum's tomb. He was handed the iron keys and an old leather ledger by his Jewish friend who left al-Qosh in 1948.  Jajouhana promised his dear friend to care for the sacred site for Jews.   

Beneath one of the few remaining standing synagogues in all of Iraq, Nahum's tomb is at risk.  For over half a century, few Jewish pilgrims have journeyed to the site.  Nonetheless, Jajouhana keeps his promise to his old friend, by recording the few who do tour the tomb or visit the synagogue and to care for their holy place.   Jajouhana has handled the landscaping, cleaned the vandalism that often plaques the monument, and managed repairs the best he can with the minuscule resources his family has in honor of his friendship and his friend’s convictions. 

The building is crumbling and in need of major repairs.  Most of the roof’s supporting beams and some stone walls have deteriorated. The Hebrew scripture is unmistakably visible on the interior walls—square, precisely carved, unobtrusive and definitively Hebrew.  All at risk to be forever lost except for this one man on a mission to rebuild. 

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Chaldean Family in Michigan Harrassed by Their Homeowner Association for Having Virgin Mary Statue
By Huda Metti :: 29762 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA – “In Iraq if you show any Christian religious symbol in front of your home they send you a letter or take you to court.  How is this management company any different than those that threaten and oppress Christians in third world, communist, and fascist countries,” says Andrew Abdel.

Abdel is incensed at the Tolgate Woods Homeowners association in Novi who has sent a letter asking the Samona family to remove a virgin statue from their front lawn.  A statue that has adorned the home since 2004.  The Samona family is well known in the Chaldean community.  Farouk Samona is a deacon (Shamasha) at the Chaldean Cathedral in Michigan and both his wife and son are active parishioners in women and youth ministry. 

This is the second time the family has been harassed by the homeowner association for their faith.  The first time was back in 2004 during Christmas when the family was sent a letter demanding the removal of their nativity scene. 

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Chaldean Volunteers Sought for Refugee Assistance
By Huda Metti :: 36380 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Career & Education, Community & Culture, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA - Sister Beth Murphy, the Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Refugee Services Office in the Archdiocese of Detroit is looking for two dedicated volunteers who can assist their staff with the important task of helping Iraqi refugees adjust to life in the United States.

Chaldeans are invited to this uplifting and rewarding opportunity of sharing their gift time and talent for the benefit of the hundreds of refugees who are arriving in the Detroit Metro Area.  The Office of Refugee Services has already resettled more than 700 refugees this year, improving the quality of life for many Chaldeans.  The office anticipates another 200 refugees by the end of this year. 

The Archdiocese of Detroit is looking for fluent speakers in English and an office assistant to help with clerical work.  Both positions require less than a few hours a week. 

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Mazyn Barash Attacked by SMART Bus for Defending his Civil Rights
By Ann Bahri :: 32769 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA - “I guess this whole situation is like the Rosa Parks for Chaldeans.  One Chaldean man stands up against a big bus company who refuses to treat him fairly,” e-mails Jennifer Sitto.

Back in early January of 2008, www.CHALDEAN.org last reported on the ongoing harassment, abuse, and discrimination suffered by Mazyn Barash at the hands of SMART employees and management for being Chaldean. The article titled, “And Justice for All - Mazyn Barash Fights Back Discrimination and Harassment by SMART Bus Employees.

For months the Michigan civil rights commission held preliminary investigations to determine the nature of the abuse and has concluded that SMART did in fact discriminate, harass, and abuse Mr. Barash.  Michigan’s civil rights commission has now filed formal charges against SMART. 

For the Barash family, the harassment is far from over.  Friends of Mazyn at SMART have also become the target of a vindictive management who has already fired those who defended Mazyn while he was being harassed and threatened. 

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Hidden Tax and Free Labor Claims in Michigan Bottle Return Law
By David Najor :: 37776 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Business & Finance, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA - “Chaldean convenient and grocery market retailers are unhappy about this,” says Jalal Rayes, a prominent consultant to Chaldean food retailers in southeast Michigan.  “You can’t keep kicking small businesses.  We are tired of it.  The state already has added more taxes, more regulation, more fees for permits, more taxes for equipment, and now is considering turning our businesses into recycle centers.  They just can’t afford it.  It hurts customers, employees, and businesses that are keeping Michigan alive.”


The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) kicked off an initiative today to convince the legislature to add a 10-cent deposit for water bottles.   This is the same group that originally pushed for Michigan to become the first state to require deposits on pop bottles.

The idea has come under harsh criticism from Chaldeans and many others in the business community, mainly those that would be responsible for handling all the new empty containers. 

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Chaldean Justice League Offers Chaldean Application Assistance for Digital TV Box Converter
By Ray Yono :: 14224 Views :: Article Rating :: Chaldean Justice League

USA - Chaldeans in America will be forced to purchase new electronic devices by Feb. 18, 2009 if they want to continue receiving television signals.  The move to “high definition” television is spurring the economy itself as families are forced to purchase converter boxes, subscribe to cable or satellite services, or buy expensive new televisions. 

Outrage over entertainment and manufacture industry lobbyists forcing the entire country to practically throw away their perfectly working TV sets has the U.S. government feeling a bit guilty.  What does that mean for the Chaldean household?

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Mazyn Barash Fights Back Discrimination and Harassment by SMART Bus Employees
By Ann Bahri :: 34557 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans have long endured discrimination and harassment at work.  Accustomed to the persecution Christians faced at the hands of fantastical Muslims. Silently overcoming the humiliation and unfair treatment Chaldeans endured.  “It was not until they torched our homes, raped our children, or forced us into prisons unjustly,” says Chaldean Justice League member Abrahim Kamoo.  “America needed hard workers for their factories and once a few Chaldean families settled in, they saved as much as they could so they could reach back and rescue others.”

In America, Chaldeans continue to face discrimination and unfair treatment.  However, some Chaldeans are fighting back.  A civil right hearing held in Detroit over the racial abuse of Mazyn Barash, 50 by metro Detroit’s suburban bus system. Civil Rights agents have confirmed the repeated harassment and violence against Barash for being Chaldean. 

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights investigated the allegations and found evidence to issue an official charge of discrimination. The public hearing was held today at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in Downtown, Detroit in the Cadillac Place building.

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Chaldeans Bring Attention to March of Life 2008
By Huda Metti :: 40895 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness, Religion & Spirituality, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League, ECRC



Rena Oram considers herself a modern day abolitionist.  “The stain on world history to enslave other humans is deplorable.  It took abolitionist to convince the world that every human life has value. Today, we are called ‘aborlitionists.’   We are modern day abolitionists that work to convince the world that babies in the womb also have the right of life and freedom.”

Oram helped organize a student group that traveled to Washing D.C. for the annual March for Life.  The Chaldean activist was joined by hundreds of thousands of other young adults from across the country. 

The Annual March for Life draws attention to the millions killed due to the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion in the case of Roe v. Wade.  Although nearly half a million gathered to protest the effects of the Court’s decision on the rights of the unborn, the march receive little coverage in mainstream media. 

“The media won’t cover our march because they foolishly believe this is a privacy or woman’s choice issue.  It is not.  A baby is a natural consequence to a choice that has already been made.  It drives me crazy that people just won’t accept personal responsibility for their behavior,” says Oram. 

Michigan has been a hot-bed in the ongoing struggle to end infanticide.  Recently Students for Life of America secretly captured a speech by abortion provider Dr. Alberto Hodari on Wayne State University’s campus where the doctor claims doctors of have a license to lie to a patient to perform the necessary procedures.
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Chaldeans Fast Learning About Legal Muscle
By Neda Ayar :: 25167 Views :: Article Rating :: 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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Chaldean Justice Leagues Releases Their “Chaldean Christmas Scrooge List”
By Rita Abro :: 32919 Views :: Article Rating :: 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 Business Leaders Say Apology Weak and Not Enough
By Rita Abro :: 28802 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance, Government & Society, Chaldean Justice League

Michigan, USA - It has turned out to be a community call-to-the-test. Chaldeans in Michigan have taken a firm stance against Miller brewing company.  The South African company was recently put on notice by religious leaders to stop supporting hate groups.  South African Brewery Miller, also known as SABMiller or Miller beer has been giving nearly $100,000 annually to the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair which encourages and promotes Christian mockery and hate. 

A grassroots group of Chaldean community leaders have begun an active and aggressive campaign against Miller in hopes the multinational company will see the error of its way. 

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