Friday, May 22, 2015
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Fri, 22 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Jim Kelly battled two bouts of cancer, but with his teammates by his side, he was able to stand tall.

Fri, 22 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

You may think your company is too small to get noticed. Think again.

Fri, 22 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500

Four questions to ask to ensure you're going after the right type of loan.

Fri, 22 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

A short list of some of my favorite business leaders and where to read their insights.

Fri, 22 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

When you invent with the market in mind, you set yourself up for success.

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:30:00 -0500

With so much to contend with nowadays, be sure to follow these four tips to make sure eyeballs are directed your way.

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:15:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs to bring the most value to their company, they need to focus on putting the organization and its best team first -- ahead of their own ego.

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:00:00 -0500

Time is money. Ask yourself what you're looking for before you commit to networking events.

Fri, 22 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

The success of new Americans confirms our faith in what can be achieved with a clear vision and hard work.

Fri, 22 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

As travelers turn to Twitter to complain about airline snafus and hotel hiccups, businesses are staffing up their social media teams.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Planning ahead and following up make business travel more beneficial and much less frustrating.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:15:00 -0500

Learn what type of monetary outlay comes with owning and operating a mobile food business.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:15:00 -0500

When your company has grown and technology is beyond your means, it's time to get help. Here are three signs.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Days off are different for harried entrepreneurs but making the most of Saturday and Sunday doesn't mean constant work.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:30:00 -0500

If the people closest to you won't support you, why should investors?

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:25:00 -0500

Transportation researchers analyzed how long it takes workers in the biggest cities to get to and from work.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:15:00 -0500

To grow as an organization you need to develop not only the systems and processes that support product demand but also the right people that contribute to its growth.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From closing the loop to setting your intention, behavioral-science expert and author James Clear explains at an 'Entrepreneur 'event how creating habits can help you get where you want to go.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:46:00 -0500

There was an overwhelming call to keep them in the classroom.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:34:00 -0500

Judging by their autographs, Bill Gates is unpretentious, Tim Cook is whip-smart and Mark Zuckerberg is super private, that is if you buy into graphology.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

The most successful franchises have a few strengths and strategies in common. Here's how they play to win.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:15:00 -0500

The growth of the sharing economy shows no signs of slacking, largely because entrepreneurs continue to innovate.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

As CEO, you have the power to make a difference in how staffers view your workplace. So, exercise that power.

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:30:35 -0500

The additions serve to honor popular requests as well as fill existing gaps.

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

What does your audience really want? That's what you need to find out.

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:00:00 -0500

These men and women's strong personal brands act as positive beacons for their companies.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:32:00 -0500

The New Jersey cook spat on an overly demanding customer's roll.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Companies have personality traits just like people. What's your company's personality?

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500

Your clients might not expect to hear these phrases but they can help your bottom line.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Why you should stop chasing the perfect job and start creating it.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Business-card swapping isn't about networking. It's about power. Here's how to assert yourself.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:15:00 -0500

A raft of other promising technology compatriots could quickly join them in a revival of public capital-raising.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

Google enters the e-commerce game while Los Angeles may lift its minimum wage.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

For any of your decisions to have a chance at being successful, the actions that follow those decisions must be founded on confidence.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:51:28 -0500

About six to seven banks are expected to be part of the facility, according to a report.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 -0500

Whether you're just starting out or have been around a while, these counterintuitive career lessons will help you get to the top.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500

In order for companies and brands to excel at responding to their audience in a genuine way, they must first excel at social listening.

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:00 -0500

Being your own boss requires the discipline to start and finish work, even when nobody else cares if you don't.

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500

Gratitude, a generous spirit and goals to work toward are the foundation of lifelong happiness. It's all within reach.

Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Tutor Doctor has the structure and strong support team that appealed to a 22-year Navy duty officer.

Thu, 21 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Have you had a close encounter with the people buying your product?

Thu, 21 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

The number of startups and investors are exploding due to generous government support and a "cultural renaissance."

Thu, 21 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Tech companies, notorious for their lack of female diversity, have the most to gain from encouraging women to pursue tech careers.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:30:00 -0500

If you ignore these concepts, you risk finding yourself plagued with penalties and poor rankings.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:29:00 -0500

Josh Newman is known for his work in venture capital, film and fitness – and now, allegedly, for defrauding investors.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:24:00 -0500

From puppy mills to beauty standards, the themes of these commercials provoked polarizing reactions.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:15:00 -0500

Those office devices you don't give much thought to may actually be a drain on your resources.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:00:00 -0500

From establishing industry expertise to giving new life to existing content, long-form content can be extremely beneficial to your content marketing strategy.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:45:00 -0500

While private market valuations are going through the stratosphere, overall deal making tells a different story.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

The story of my not-so-subtle leap into entrepreneurship, and how you, too, can bust a gutsy move.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:15:00 -0500

The Small Business Administration is crisscrossing the nation to educate entrepreneurs about how to apply for grants focused on early stage companies.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:02:44 -0500

It's huge for public transportation users.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

Running low on battery? Follow these tips to juice up quicker than usual.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:45:00 -0500

Companies are eager for cloud-based HR tech that allows for mobile devices and leverages social media.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:43:00 -0500

'We made a safety video starring the Internet,' the airline says.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:40:00 -0500

Like to complain about McDonald's? You'd fit right in at the company's shareholders' meeting.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Like a business, a relationship needs constant maintenance to be successful.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Our phone screens have become the main pinboards for our 'favorites' as we mobilize our lives.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:00 -0500

Celebrities can add a lot of value to a burgeoning business, but the wrong partnership can lead to widespread embarrassment and actually devalue your brand.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:15:00 -0500

The tech entrepreneur and investor explain how he keeps anxiety at bay and his eye on the prize.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500

A look at what you should strive for as the leader of your business.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:45:00 -0500

This entrepreneur uses the 'Daily Gabe' method to stay on track.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:38:03 -0500

A majority of parents said that working part-time would be the ideal scenario, according to a new study courtesy of Care.com and Yahoo Parenting.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:35:00 -0500

During each walk, Wag provides owners with a photo of their dog, a map of the walk, and a 'pee-poop' status update.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:31:00 -0500

Global cosmetics giant L'Oréal is giving its product testing process a high-tech facelift, using 3-D printed human skin.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

The rapper and entrepreneur explains a surprising partnership for SMS Audio and why it helps set his headphone venture apart from rivals.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

There's only one industry positioned properly to penetrate event audiences and move to the next frontier of sponsorship activation.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

With over 302 million active users, Twitter is a platform you need to get in on.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

Focusing on Big Data can be a big waste of time and money if you don't know how to mine it.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:15:00 -0500

Opportunity makers earn unbreakable trust by adding value, are adept at spotting patterns and constantly explore industries outside their own.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:00:00 -0500

Bitwage bills itself as the world's first payroll startup to incorporate the cost- and time-saving benefits of Bitcoin.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:00 -0500

Listening to unhappy customers is a hard but valuable way to learn how to improve your business and better than them disparaging you on social media.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Many entrepreneurs are finding the thrill of making their fortune can only be matched by the gratification of philanthropy that makes a lasting improvement.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500

The near ubiquity of smartphones and the irresistible lure of social media are upending how retail is done, all over the world.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Don't let the memories and money you've invested in your home get taken away. Find out how to protect your home from business creditors.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:45:00 -0500

While gaming may make you more attentive visually, that might be outweighed by the negative effects on your brain.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

To be at ease with yourself is the greatest success.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:15:00 -0500

Values are an important part determining how great a company's culture can be.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:12:00 -0500

An increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

The lowdown on helping with other people's problems.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:30:00 -0500

This entrepreneur uses the 'Daily Gabe' method to stay on track.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Shifting gears on the weekend to relaxing and rejuvenating activities is essential for any successful entrepreneur.

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:30:00 -0500

There is much more involved in running your own business, but there is also great potential for reward.

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:30:00 -0500

After eight years as an Air Force officer, Tammy Tubbs decided to open up a Papa Murphy's franchise.

Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Power poses? Relaxation breathing? They're not just for yogis anymore.

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Regular, expected work and payments are a fine thing -- until they're not.

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500

Build up your legacy with this advice from the musician behind "God Bless the USA."

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

To achieve above average growth and sales this year, you will need to develop an intimate relationship with data. Here is how to do it.

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:15:00 -0500

If you use these strategies, you can inspire and equip attendees in a way that will have them coming back year after year.

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

One misplayed note spoils a symphony. Achieve that level of harmony in your startup and success is assured.

Sat, 23 May 2015 00:25:00 -0500

This week’s Apple Loop looks at the launch dates for the iPhone 6S and the potential feature list, what elements the camera needs, updates to the Apple Watch and MacBook Pro 15-inch, the lightning connector enabled strap for the Apple Watch, the death of Apple TV, and comparing Nucleus compression to Apple Maps.

Fri, 22 May 2015 23:07:00 -0500

Though the major averages provided few fireworks last week, the majority of major averages did post solid. There were a number of individual stocks that did post significant gains for the week as it continues to be a stock pickers market. For those who do not closely follow the markets, the price action in the averages obscures what is happening in many stocks. There were also a number of losers, with the airlines stocks dropping sharply last Wednesday as former market leader Southwest Airlines (LUV) was down over 10% for the week. The series of new closing highs in the S&P 500 has many of the TV pundits confused. As I stressed in 5 Mistakes to Avoid for the Rest of 2015, changing you investment plan based on any media sound bites is a prescription for disaster. I was pleased that Jeffrey Gundlach, who manages $64 billion in the bond market, seems to feel the same way (Beware of CNBC Pundits). He does not have a high regard for their interest rate analysis, "The commentators on CNBC “don’t get it” Gundlach said, in regard to statements that the recent spike in interest rates was due to fears of Fed tightening." As I noted two weeks ago Are These Key Markets Changing Direction? investors bailed out of equity funds in April and its getting more difficult to find a market bull. The latest posting on the wall of worry is the realization that the Dow Transports have failed to make a new high with the Industrials since last November. The longer-term chart I published on Friday points out that earlier in the bull market the Transports diverged for 21 months before blasting off to the upside. I have yet to see this cited in the press. Certainly, I would be more bullish on the market if the Transports were also making a new high, but there are no warning signs yet of a major correction. The weak economic numbers so far in 2015 have discouraged many investors from buying stocks as according to AAII only 25.2% are bullish as 50% are neutral. This is bullish in my opinion, especially when combined with the generally low public participation in the stock market.

Fri, 22 May 2015 22:55:00 -0500

Quinn wants to know what the business term "hockey stick" means. Liz explains!

Fri, 22 May 2015 21:19:00 -0500

When someone asks you at a job interview "Have any questions for me?" you have to have questions ready. Here are questions you can ask at that moment!

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:42:00 -0500

Today marks the launch of another phase of Destiny’s House of Wolves expansion, a new, rotating weekly event called the “Trials of Osiris” that’s meant to be a sort of endgame for PvP. Players will duke it out in a singular arena all weekend in teams of three, where kills [...]

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:56:00 -0500

The world’s third-richest man weighed in on the national debate over rising levels of income disparity in the United States yesterday, saying that while the gaps between the country’s haves and have nots are definitely increasing, it is not the fault of those at the top. Nor will it be [...]

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:54:00 -0500

You can spend a lot of time searching for dividend-paying companies. But you can save some time by checking out three top dividend growth funds.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:17:00 -0500

The best managers will do their jobs for a long time. Not by leaving bodies in their wake but by ensuring the people in those bodies want to come back and do their best tomorrow. And the day after that.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:11:00 -0500

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz brews up a music deal with Spotify, laying the groundwork for streaming digital entertainment and messaging in a personalized environment. Starbucks savvy step engages the brand in three big trends driving the Internet of Everything.

Tue, 19 May 2015 13:53:00 -0500

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979.

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Chaldean Justice League

The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 6220 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 :: 11683 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 :: 15355 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 :: 16705 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 :: 26502 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 :: 27559 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 :: 33245 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 :: 30725 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 :: 37666 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 :: 33881 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 :: 39121 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 :: 14591 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 :: 35558 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 :: 42382 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 :: 26115 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 :: 34039 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 :: 29737 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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