Friday, August 01, 2014
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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Give customers a genuine experience to share. Then they'll want to talk about it, bringing your company plenty of attention.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Doing business often comes down to leveraging the people you know -- those who will rally for you. Here's how to build that army.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

With more companies turning to data visualization to explain difficult or broad topics, a new crop of tools are popping up to make your designs beautiful.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Even if your product really is new and improved, there is a more memorable way to say so in your advertising.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

One company's example can show you how to entice people to share your marketing message with others. Hint: Don't be boring!

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:55:00 -0500

The professional-networking giant just rolled out its overhauled standalone 'social sales' offering, which it's couching as a kinder, gentler approach to sales.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Digital business networks introduce small firms to a universe of companies that otherwise wouldn't know they exist.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:26:24 -0500

Robots do all kinds of amazing things, but this is the first one to actually grow.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

These eight tips can help you take a bold new direction at your company.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

You may know a lot of people, but probably not well. Learn about your contacts and new opportunities may spring up.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

It's possible to analyze large information sets to boost product quality, improve marketing and further customer relationships -- all without a huge price tag,

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:59:00 -0500

One of the site's biggest stars surprised his parents -- on camera, naturally -- with $340,000 to completely pay off their mortgage.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:54:00 -0500

In response to questions raised by EU data protection agencies, Google published a point-by-point response explaining how it is currently processing the 91,000 removal requests it has already received.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

The addictive social network suffered an outage today, but lucky for social-media addicts the world over, the horror is already over.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

In the next 18 months, expect these content-marketing trends to make waves. Get a head start by implementing these strategies now.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:13:00 -0500

One half of Google's expensive clandestine project is no more.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Things go wrong. It happens. When they do, though, use it as an opportunity to earn trust.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

To get ahead of the game, here are five books all entrepreneurs should be reading. Bonus: one is free.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:20:00 -0500

In an ice-cream innovation that seems straight out of Willy Wonka, a Spanish physicist-turned-chef is serving up scoops that change color as you eat them.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:03:00 -0500

While the companies chalked it up to 'shifting priorities,' the announcement comes on the heels of widespread urgings by animal activists.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Having a social-media distribution plan is crucial. And timing, images and layout can also be important to online publishing success.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:54:00 -0500

Equity crowdfunding company Circle Up announces a partnership with the behemoth Johnson & Johnson.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Google and Twitter have proven that both approaches can work, so you need to determine the right path for your company.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Online marketing expert Neil Patel says this is one of the most common SEO mistakes and can negatively impact how your site ranks in searches online.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:57:00 -0500

Burger King's emphasis on opening new restaurants is paying off, as the chain beat expectations in the second quarter.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

This mom and business owner divides her time across two continents. She shares the must-haves that make it work.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

If Navy SEALs training teaches you anything, it's that you need every advantage you can get to be elite.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

The most successful entrepreneurs are freakishly enthusiastic about his or her idea. Ask yourself if you feel the same about your venture.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:13:00 -0500

A new tool allows you to validate your ideas and build a real business.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:05:00 -0500

Staples and crowdfunding site Fundable have teamed up to launch a contest for entrepreneurs.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

With a few simple tricks, you can steer clear of an embarrassing name slip-up later.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

If you hunger for success, you can't let failure intimidate you.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

A new survey shows that 80 percent of companies think they're doing a great job, but only 8 percent of customers think so.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Your ideal customers are out there waiting for you. Here's how to find them.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Jennifer Burnett brought a slice of her parents' East Coast childhood to Texas, opening up a Capriotti's Sandwich Shop.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

How to strategically curate brand-building content in short chunks of time.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 -0500

It's important to think about all site categories -- visual, bookmarking, Q&A, forums and more -- when seeking new traffic sources.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Why being open with all your employees will help your company grow.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Doing things your way and letting your personality shine can build up your courage, confidence and compassion.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

You don't need to pack up and move to northern California to find inspiration. Take these cues to build a community in your location.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:06:00 -0500

The viral video, which features a talking ATM that dispenses incredible gifts for customers, is as emotionally poignant as it is commercially impactful.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Charitable organizations, large and small, need your time and expertise as much as your money.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The global nouveau riche aren't wedded to old money brands and that's creating big opportunities for niche status symbols.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:29:00 -0500

Have trouble seeing? No worries. A team of university researchers is developing displays that can adjust itself depending on your prescription.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

This hire marks the beginning of your becoming a manager of staff. Here's how to do things right.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Extra reading and training could help you get ahead this season.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:17:00 -0500

TechStars' latest mission is to help early-stage hardware and connected-device companies get off the ground.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Theater techniques can teach startups a thing or two about developing an openness to new ideas.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

A career change is enticing when we feel stuck in a job we don't love any more. Don't fear the big move but don't take it lightly, either.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:10:00 -0500

Brian Bordainick built a $16 million company in less than two years. At one point in his journey, Bordainick 'snapped' and he had to work to get his feet back on the ground.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Eliminate this destructive phrase every day to increase your focus and productivity.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:42:00 -0500

Airbnb and Uber both announced new services exclusively targeting businesses, but will travelers look beyond a host of security and regulatory issues plaguing the sharing economy?

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

The co-founder of a men's fashion site says it's possible for startups to deliver world-class service on a stringent budget.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Media coverage can greatly benefit your company. Use these four strategies to up your chances of being written about.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:24:00 -0500

We’re always looking for new contributors at Entrepreneur.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:16:00 -0500

The two companies are joining forces to build a battery megafactory somewhere in the U.S. The ambitious undertaking could lead to more affordable electric vehicles.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0500

A look at the realizations that inspired the founders of Apple, Ikea, WhatsApp and other massively successful businesses.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

An overseas trip provides some insights about how an entrepreneur can prevail in realizing his dreams.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

You know what they say, you only get one chance to make that great first impression. Don't screw it up with these behaviors.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:04:00 -0500

The game, in which players climb the Los Angeles social ladder, is on track to earn $200 million dollars annually, according to analysts.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Building your own brand can do wonders for your business. Here are three quick tips to get your started.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:44:00 -0500

As KFC and Pizza Hut's same-store sales slip in China, parent company Yum is worried about long-term consumer confidence in the brands.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Timeful, a mobile app, applies big data, machine learning and behavioral science to optimize your time and boost your productivity.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Getting website traffic isn't rocket science. You can see incredible gains by simply creating a curated blog.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Boston Beer Company, the maker of Samuel Adams, is the leader of the craft beer movement. But founder Jim Koch is also playing against beer titans such as MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:21:00 -0500

He arrives at a precarious time for the company, which is still recovering from last year's massive data breach.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Step one to making a winning investor pitch is talking a mental seat on the opposite side of the table to look at your company as they will.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:15:00 -0500

This founder uses apps to connect a team scattered across the globe.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

They don't have big followings, yet, but that is part of their allure. These promising platforms can help you develop an invaluable social media niche.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:51:00 -0500

This franchising couple see every moment as a chance to advertise their franchise.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

When you feel uncertain, put on your good clothes, stand straight and say something nice to somebody. Works like a charm.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Productivity expert Jason Womack explains why limiting your emails to one topic will result in faster responses.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Looking purely at the mechanics of how we communicate in the real world, it's easy to see why it doesn't work so well in the virtual one.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Google's social network has subtly creeped into your emailing, browsing and a variety of other activities across the web. Here's how to kick your profile up a notch or two.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Everybody begins as an outsider. The connections you need are just outside your comfort zone.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

To thrive professionally and personally, nourish your body, brain and spirit, every morning.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

The wreckage of the burst housing bubble has largely been cleared and mortgages are still historically low. America is ready to go home.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Competition for the money is fierce but the federal government allocates $2B a year in grants for early stage ideas few investors will touch.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Surely, both platforms offer benefits, but should one be prioritized over the other?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:31:00 -0500

Look out, Airbnb, Dropbox and Uber: there's reportedly a new $10 billion business on the block.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

With the change, social-media managers will see their roles evolve.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

While your relationship with your co-founder may be peachy right now, there is a possibility it could turn sour down the road. To protect yourself (and the company), make sure these three areas are covered in your founders' agreement.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:54:00 -0500

More than 20,000 businesses have borrowed more than $150 million in PayPal Working Capital loans since the pilot program launched in September.

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

Connecting customers with each other to discuss common challenges builds tight bonds with you.

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

Can you guess which chain took the cake for the most calorie-rich food offering? Hint: It has a 2,780 calorie French toast dish.

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

The beloved shapewear company expands with a collection of skinny jeans.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:15:00 -0500

Stave off white-collar crime in your workplace with these precautionary measures.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:10:00 -0500

The San Francisco-based peer-to-peer ridesharing app has suffered a few setbacks in its launch into the New York City market. Here’s what other entrepreneurs can learn from Lyft’s Big Apple rollout.

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

Meetings with big decision-makers can be hard to come by, so get your software in the hands of employees and hope they spread the word.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Even today new inventions don't always involve harnessing high technology. The smallest idea can inspire a transformative product.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Struggling to make your digital strategy work? Try these tactics.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Investors seek companies that run smoothly and have solid prospects, which is just the company you're trying to build.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:10:00 -0500

Get the most out of your time and money on the microblogging network with these important pieces of advice.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Employees are on strike at New England's Market Basket to win back their old CEO. Here's why they care so much and what entrepreneurs can learn from this grocery chain.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Despite the recent rise in the number of small business loans, small business lending still has not returned to their highs.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:26:00 -0500

Instagram unveiled a one-click, self-destructing messaging app of its own, irking some competitors and peers in the market.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Give your company the time it needs to make important business changes pay off.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Certain questions during interviews with prospective employees can land you in trouble. Here's what you should be doing.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

With the landscape rapidly changing for regulation of pot in various states, employers must be sure their guidelines keep pace.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Short answer: Yes. Here's why.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:35:00 -0500

If you work in  sales -- or  if you want to keep your company's sales strategy up-to-date -- there's no better person to seek for insights than business guru Daniel Pink, the best-selling author of "To Sell Is Human." So when word emerged that LinkedIn was cooking up powerful new ways for salespeople to tap into its 313 million-member database for new leads, I went hunting for Pink's take on the matter.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:45:00 -0500

We in the Human Resources profession often have a bit of an inferiority complex, and Ram Charan's recent blog in Harvard Business Review "It's Time to Split HR" really struck a nerve.

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:44:00 -0500

According to a recent report by Tiger 21, North America's premier peer-to-peer learning network for high net worth investors with a collective $25 billion in assets, wealthier investors have shifted their investment allocations this year and it may be wise for you to listen and learn what they're doing especially because of the amazing volatility we've seen in the markets recently.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:56:00 -0500

According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of American adults support marijuana legalization. That’s around 130 million people. It turns out that some of them are members of the New York Times editorial board, which on Sunday declared that “the federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:41:00 -0500

I took this picture with my iPhone in 2012 after attending the first Startup Iceland conference. As you can tell, Iceland is stunning. It must be beautiful if that picture is the result of quickly whipping out my phone on a hike.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:53:00 -0500

This year it comes down to small, student-centric, liberal arts colleges vs. large, brainy, research-oriented universities closely associated with science, technology, engineering and math. The FORBES 7th annual Top Colleges ranking reveals higher education in flux, ongoing debate between the value of liberal arts vs. STEM degrees and a winning formula of high student satisfaction and graduation rates, alumni career success and low student debt.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:51:00 -0500

By: Christopher Denhart Ever wonder how to improve in the FORBES America’s Best Colleges list? The America’s Best Colleges list is output-oriented, not input, making it impossible to game. There are four schools in the top 200 that have been rising since we first started ranking schools in 2009. What is the secret to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of Vermont, Elon University, and St. Louis University’s success? For University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, which ranked 543rd in 2009 and now ranks 108th, it is the production of high-quality graduates who become leaders. Minnesota alumni include John Hammergren, CEO of McKesson Corporation, Mark Thierer, CEO of Catamaran, and Diana Murphy, the Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals’ Eighth Circuit. Minnesota also has a high retention rate, low debt burden, and high graduate salaries which sustain a strong environment for preparing students for their post-college lives.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0500

For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley's reach has extended across California, as the state's schools took over half of this year's top ten spots.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0500

By Janet Novack and Samantha Sharf

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:49:00 -0500

Earlier this month Forbes took a look at the vast and varied array of careers--everything from data scientist to firefighter--that can provide great work-life balance.  While the particular characteristics of many of these occupations contribute to an employee’s ability to find a healthy relationship between the professional and personal, in each case the individual priorities and values of a worker, their manager, and the company overall will play a major role.

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Chaldean Justice League

The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 3175 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 :: 8520 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 :: 11709 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 :: 14089 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 :: 22325 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 :: 23132 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 :: 28643 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 :: 27277 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 :: 33151 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 :: 29933 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 :: 34493 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 :: 13151 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 :: 29738 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 :: 37313 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 :: 22906 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 :: 29696 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 :: 26420 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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