Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

On a 4,000-mile bike trek, one professor learned some surprising traits about small business owners.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Have you traveled to Thailand? How about Turkey? If not, perhaps you should.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Two entrepreneurs who dreamed big of opening a distillery have found success by going small.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

With many companies turning to content to help build their brand, some entrepreneurs and CMOs are looking at the wrong metrics. Here is how content-marketing has evolved and what people should be measuring.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

To expand your agency's sphere of influence, view things from the perspective of your client.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Organizations tackling social problems have taught entrepreneurs the importance of mission. Entrepreneurs know how to get stuff done.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Meticulous planning and plenty of hard work are the keys to crowdfunding the capital you need to launch.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Once you've mastered the essentials of your pitch, you can make it as unique as you and what you have to offer.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

LinkedIn, where employers and job seekers find each other, is just as good for people seeking entrepreneurial opportunity.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:38:00 -0500

Drones are becoming more prevalent and dangerous than ever as regulatory talks by the FAA seemingly stall.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Gathering an audience to hear your message is the original social media marketing. Don't assume you can't afford it.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Adopt a proactive approach with these eight tips.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:45:00 -0500

The International Franchise Association claims Seattle's new minimum wage law discriminates against franchisees, and says it's all one labor union's fault.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Be up front with customers about what you do and how much it will cost, and consider romantic relationships with co-workers very carefully.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

News of the week business owners need to know.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:53:00 -0500

As rumblings of a PayPal-eBay split resurface, former PayPal exec Keith Rabois thinks there is a simple solution.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Leverage the power of the champions of new technology at your company to address the resistors of change.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

The M-KOPA Solar system is literally lighting up a cleaner, greener -- and safer -- future for one remote region of the world.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Don't let sticker shock keep you from building your own development team. Outsourcing is often not the bargain it seems.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Stay on top of issues before dissatisfaction spirals out of control, leading to a drop in productivity and revenue and exits.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:17:00 -0500

This startup has entered an elite and growing group that has raised seven figures on the popular crowdfunding site.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Share stories about the projects that stand apart for you and your business.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:39:00 -0500

Sleep tight. The furniture is already assembled and you get to keep the sheets.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:35:00 -0500

While the majority of people are watching their weight, a surprising number say they stop counting calories when dining out, a new study says.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Raising capital is perhaps the most difficult challenge any entrepreneur faces in starting a business. Here are a few tips to make it less daunting.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Hardware and software sales soared during the second quarter, riding new gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The Samsung Chromebook 2 is light and built for conducting business on the fly.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0500

Rumor has it Apple fans might have to wait even longer for both highly anticipated products.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Customers are the life blood of any business. Here are a few tactics that will help companies generate leads without breaking the bank.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:05:00 -0500

The live TV-streaming service will have to continue its fight at the district level.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Set awkwardness aside with these three tips.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:52:00 -0500

Just in case you were wondering.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Aloft leads the pack in the tech-savvy select-service hotel category.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:17:00 -0500

Culture can be a wonderful selling point to attract new employees and customers. But it might also be a cultural hegemony as corrosive as saying you only want a third of your workforce to be women.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The way your office is set up not only plays a role in company culture but also how employees function. Choose carefully.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Just because salespeople are often away from the office – either working remotely or in the field – doesn't mean they don't want to be involved in company culture. Here is how to make sure your salespeople don't feel isolated.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:02:00 -0500

With 21 franchise locations in seven states, John Russell understands that just because different locations are under the same brand doesn't mean they are identical.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Studies on the best paying careers are all over the map. Turns out there are lots of ways to achieve financial security.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

It’s your responsibility to translate your message into values and priorities that the intended receiver can readily relate to.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

If you focus on creating structure, you’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Uncorrected errors of judgment cause more business failures than lack of financing or market upheaval.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Jealousy creates disconnection, which can only harm the prospects of a growing firm. Here's how to turn around that dynamic.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Try these techniques to shine among social media savants.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Be vigilant in cultivating a team of excellence.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

A vast increase in available suffixes will benefit businesses niche and large, as well as a few billion Internet users who don't speak English.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

The focus on building a gleaming Internet presence should never distract from the irreplaceable importance of looking people in the eye.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

The video feature is a free and powerful tool for marketing.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

One way to combat falling into terrible habits is to focus on thinking outside of the box.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

This page, which introduces you and your product to website visitors, can bring in new customers to your business if done well.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Happy clients will not only buy more from you, they'll tell their friends.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0500

If your company is expanding and adding new staffers, here's four steps to start them off on the right foot.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:01:00 -0500

A new feature within Google Now offers users the ability to ‘Find alternate flights’ in the event of cancellation or delay.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

"Unplanned downtime'' is so costly and common, there is no excuse for not having a plan to quickly be back in business.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Before you reach out to a public-relations firm, make sure you answer these three questions.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

If your startup has started to stagnate after a couple of years, look no further for the cause than your leadership.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:44:00 -0500

Increase employees' productivity and protect your company's data with these tips for building a safe 'bring your own device' plan.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Try these five tips to break your streak of throwing money at problems in the hope that they improve or go away.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:06:00 -0500

For the first time, the accelerator program is actively recruiting startups outside the tech space.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Even though these staffers haven't started a company (yet), recognize their enterprising spirit.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

A serial entrepreneur shares his insights on creating an organization that rocks.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:29:00 -0500

The shipping giant's retail franchise was hit by a malware attack, potentially jeopardizing customer's identifying and financial information. Here's what you need to know.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

For better returns, should you invest in businesses engaged in social responsibility, or those on the opposite end of the spectrum?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:43:00 -0500

iPhones might soon be able to determine when and where a car has been parked, and then guide absentminded drivers back to their vehicles.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Important life and business lessons gleaned from an early 20th century poet.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

This tip will de-clutter your brain and help you get down to business.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:45:00 -0500

His home is in Chicago, his office in New York. Offerpop’s marketing head, Kevin Bobowski, talks about how he makes the most of his time in -- and out -- of the office.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Startups are notorious for having long hours, a lot of bumps in the road and many projects occurring simultaneously. When times get tough and your team is down, here are seven ways to keep them motivated.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:15:00 -0500

Don’t let your product’s launch get in the way of building your business.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The risks may be high, but the rewards can be splendid, both monetary and intangible.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:56:00 -0500

After becoming an Anago franchisee in Florida, Gloria Columna became the franchise's sole master franchisee in Puerto Rico, where she grew up.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

To err is human, entrepreneurs included.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0500

Don't let these common roadblocks slow down your startup's progress.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Staying competitive following Amazon's announcement of its first mobile card reader, Square unveils new features.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Jim Koch launched the Boston Beer Company from his kitchen table in 1984. Now, 30 years later, the leader of the craft brewing movement is doing more than $700 million in sales. Here’s what he learned about starting up.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

An entrepreneur's passion must be tempered by one question. Will anybody buy the product?

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

A few basic things that can take your newsroom from pretty good to great: mobile optimization, multimedia, speed, and a few other features.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

No one can be certain what social-media gambit will go viral but the mania for dumping icy water on each other offers helpful pointers.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Execute these low-cost strategies to get your business off the ground immediately.

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Affordable, streamlined and closing in on 1,000 locations – can Chris Rondeau turn Planet Fitness into a mega-chain of McGyms?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Ready to share insights on a topic you're well versed in? You may fortify your company's reputation as well as your personal brand.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

If there is one thing that holds people back each day from achieving high levels of success, it is fear. Here are a few ways to get past this emotion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

People working remotely can save an entrepreneur time. It's up to you to screen and manage them to suit your needs.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Don't let scary headlines keep you from pursuing opportunity overseas. Arm yourself with information and some basic precautions.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:03:00 -0500

Blake Mycoskie will keep a 50 percent stake in the social-good shoe startup he founded.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Big, splashy, entirely-original ideas are great but entrepreneurs do something important, and prosper, just making life easier for people.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:45:00 -0500

The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Tracking your progress is important to self-improvement, but beware letting others be the referee.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:12:00 -0500

Users can now use videos shot outside of Vine to use on their account.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:12:00 -0500

The physical act of turning pages may help us recall plot events, a new study finds.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

If you're looking for new customers, look no further than the people already using your product.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Used improperly, the web can be a black hole -- one in which you dump tens of thousands of dollars without results.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0500

It's the bane of your work life. That crucial idea you have isn't being heard by a particular someone. Here are some tips on how to follow up.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

When a valued employee leaves, it upsets the team and feels like getting dumped. But turnover happens when you hire smart, talented people.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Banish awkward office buzzwords and use these instead.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500

It's just like obscenity. You can recognize jerks but the definition is hard to put into words. It's even harder to keep them out of your business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

While executives and marketers rely on a whole lot of applications, software services and platforms to seal the deal, they may be underutilizing this secret weapon.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Up until now, your timeline was limited to tweets and retweets from people you follow. But that's all changing.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Uber's recent hiring is a wakeup call to those idealistic enough to believe they don't need to fight City Hall.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Recruiting top performers for your company can multiply its success.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:18:00 -0500

The ridesharing company has released a feature that allows third-party companies like Trip Advisor, Starbucks and United Airlines to embed the Uber service into their own mobile applications.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:52:00 -0500

Daring Fireball's John Gruber has been analyzing the available data around the iPhone 6 screen resolution to come up with his estimate (1334x750 and 2208x1242). The important fact is that developers should not be focused on the resolution, but on building scalable user interfaces that work in points and not pixels.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:46:00 -0500

Another study adds evidence to the idea that breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day after all.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:40:00 -0500

The course for Poroshenko in Minsk is clear. He should offer Putin nothing, except possibly the opportunity to save face.

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:30:00 -0500

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers when you can pre-order your iPhone 6, the memory options for new smartphone, Apple's quest for a thinner backlight, monetizing both ends of the USB cable, Parallels is updated to version ten, OSX Yosemite gets a second public beta, thoughts about Apple's stock market valuation, and using your iPhone to start a Tesla S.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:55:00 -0500

The #1 most prescribed drug, hydrocodone/acetaminophen combinations, are about to become more difficult for some to get. In an attempt to minimize abuse, will the change also affects patients with legitimate medical needs for the narcotic painkiller?

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:50:00 -0500

It's been a strange week in video game land, particularly on the front of the unfortunate war between gaming fans and the gaming press, which is reaching new levels of insanity. All this week, every forum thread I read is decrying the state of the gaming press. My Twitter feed, [...]

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:26:00 -0500

Frederick Hutson is a man who sees business opportunities in everything. By his own admission, this doesn’t always work out for the best. Hutson spent over four years in prison after getting busted for an opportunity he saw in drug trafficking, a huge market, and one that was as he [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:00 -0500

During his stand-up comedy career, Steve Martin was the comedic equivalent of Bono from U2. He could sell out a stadium that seats forty-five thousand people, which at the time, was completely unfathomable for a comedian. In his autobiography Born Standing Up, Martin shares how he spent 10 years honing [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

"Spending money was the theme, but it’s made me conscious that what I spend my time, energy and money on is interchangeable.... It’s a spiritual outcome, which I didn’t expect at all."

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

VideoThe Internet is alight with the Ice Bucket Challenge, a silly joke that's being shared on social media by billionaires. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dumped a bucket of ice on his head. He was followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who, in a playful video, built a contraption to do [...]

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Chaldean Justice League

The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 3362 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 :: 8717 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 :: 11941 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 :: 14245 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 :: 22540 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 :: 23400 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 :: 29018 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 :: 27511 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 :: 33420 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 :: 30166 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 :: 34688 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 :: 13231 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 :: 30411 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 :: 37552 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 :: 23076 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 :: 29919 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 :: 26620 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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