Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:37:00 -0500

Running your own business is stressful, tiring and risky. So, why bother? A new survey reveals some surprising insights.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:15:00 -0500

Did the mistake lie not with a faulty part but rather with how the entire company dealt with problems?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:35:00 -0500

Cognitive, artificial intelligence is moving into e-commerce.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:32:00 -0500

Consumers must opt into the advertising initiative that adds weekly events to their electronic calendars via Apple, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:28:00 -0500

A newly published paper says geo-tagged tweets can assist in the prediction of crime.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

Before you get too carried away with excitement, it’s important to slow down, take a deep breath and make sure that you’re actually ready to launch.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Explore these six ways to generate money from individuals and groups in order to make your non-profit organization a success.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:55:00 -0500

New York-based startup Casper is looking to bring some transparency -- as well as vertical integration -- to the $13 billion mattress industry.

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

For those just jumping on the social-media bandwagon, here are a few tips on getting started.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

When it comes to leadership, different employees take to different approaches. Having a cookie-cutter strategy can lead to disaster and in this case, losing top talent.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:41:00 -0500

The program, which could earn customers store credit, is part of a larger environmental stewardship campaign.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

In this video, tech expert Veronica Belmont shares some important business takeaways from the world of gaming.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:20:00 -0500

When Netflix raised its subscription prices two years ago, users rebelled. This time, the company is doing it differently.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:08:00 -0500

In a quarter that saw fast-food breakfast wars and the polar vortex, here's how McDonald's is measuring up to the competition.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

If entrepreneurs raise a round of capital the more than likely will face the angst-inducing conundrum of determining board structure. Here are a few pointers.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:18:00 -0500

The controversial streaming TV startup has battled broadcast goliaths before -- and won both times. Will it prevail again? Either way, Aereo's fate could forever change the way we watch TV.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

You might not have heard of this company before. But that might soon change. It’s using guerilla-style marketing to aggressively get the word out about its forthcoming Android-based smartphone.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:56:00 -0500

Looking to bolster your LinkedIn profile? You can now add photos from your phone.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:55:00 -0500

As the SEC works on final regulations for equity-based crowdfunding, one of the pervasive fears has been that non-professional investors will be swindled by fraudsters. But is there really reason to worry?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Fail. Hope. Repeat. How a few simple steps can help you spring back if your startup fails.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Make sure your business capitalizes as users start to check out on Fridays.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:54:00 -0500

Tony Lutfi started his career in franchising as a cook at Jack in the Box. Now he owns 21 restaurants – plus five other brands.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

A subtle but important trait of the most successful entrepreneurs is the ability to manage uncertainty and strategically problem solve.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

The root of behavior change and building better habits is your identity. If you change the type of person that you believe that you are, then it’s easier to change your actions.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

If you want to success in business, a daily workout should be considered a must.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:42:00 -0500

Shucks. 'Streetlamp of-the-sea' didn’t make the final cut. What did? We know you're dying to know the lucky newby's winning web name, so come find out.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:38:00 -0500

Tom Preston-Werner's departure comes a month after an employee publicly stated that she was harassed by members of GitHub's leadership team.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:12:00 -0500

Get ready to see more photos that are relevant to your interests.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

Competition for all-star sales reps has never been fiercer. Adopt a winning strategy to build your team.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:30:00 -0500

There's a reason why kids eat their vegetables, and you can apply it to business.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

Decide that you desire to achieve your goals (and build a startup) more than you're afraid of the obstacles.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:45:00 -0500

The sportswear company is shifting its focus from hardware to software.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

There is no magic equation between taking control and leaving it up to a higher presence.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

From 'You've Got Mail' to 'Office Space,' modern technology would have altered -- if not outright killed -- the plot of these films.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Why reinvent the wheel when you can take what’s worked for others and apply those principles directly to your business?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:38:00 -0500

E-reader company Oyster has released a classic business best seller in a new pulsating format created by startup Spritz.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0500

Access to capital can pose a challenge ot many a new business. Make sure you obtain financing from legitimate sources.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:23:00 -0500

You've got to bring in the money if you want to achieve your mission. Here are five financial sources you should consider.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:59:00 -0500

Bowing to customer outrage, the food giant has done an about-face on its terms of service.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

In this video, tech expert Veronica Belmont discusses the one thing business owners need to do better when it comes to technology.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:07:00 -0500

Silicon Valley's biggest tech rivals are seriously upping their game in the mobile gaming battle. Here's how.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

The first hires for any startup are the most important. Here's what to look for.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:26:00 -0500

The billionaire has announced plans for a 240-room hotel in trendy Nashville, Tenn., following additional slated properties in Chicago and New York.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:07:00 -0500

You may be able to order pouches of powdered vodka, Cosmopolitans and 'Powderitas' as soon as this fall.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

The popular Entrepreneur.com contributor will talk about confidence, founding a startup around your passion and growing that business so that you can live the type of life you've always wanted.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:45:00 -0500

Hate writing? You're not alone. Here are top tips from writing professionals on how to break through the paralysis and start to put words on the page.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:27:00 -0500

The mobile-payments company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has reportedly been talking to suitors about selling itself.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Becoming an entrepreneur is a process.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:30:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs, hiring is an essential function for their startup. A bad hire can lead to major headaches, while an amazing addition can help propel a company to the next level.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

As one company 'breaks up' with the social-media company, some tips for how your page can stay relevant and in front of your customers.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Twitter is a great way for your business to share news, engage with customers and attract new ones. While it takes a bit of work to gain a large following, the payoff is huge.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

While business owners call in SEO experts, ask their friends for freelance referrals and even search through the latest content-dating sites, finding quality writers to produce content may just be right under their nose.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Even though a reported 80 percent of all U.S. enterprises are family run, doesn't mean it is easy. Here are a few pointers on how to get along (and be successful).

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

After nine years in the military, Tai Jeffries refuses to settle for anything less than her male counterparts as a cleaning franchisee.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:15:00 -0500

Procrastination may be hereditary, but that doesn't get you off the hook: It's still possible to develop better habits and change your behavior.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Seeking out top-notch young employees often leaves business owners feeling disillusioned.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

While both genders are hooked on social media and mobile devices, they prefer to use the technology differently. Here's what organizations need to know.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

A corporate nomad explains her discovery of ways to absorb the amazing places in her travels while still accomplishing her business goals.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

A roundup of some of the Apple co-founder's thought-provoking words, collected from various interviews and speeches.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

Oakland A's second baseman Eric Sogard discusses how he manages his finances, so he can make smart future investments.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Robin Chase says that to make positive change on a large scale, social entrepreneurs need to make sure they are first and foremost catering to the needs of their customer.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:30:00 -0500

A new generation of corporate buyers is seeking ways to evaluate enterprise technology in the same way that shoppers tap Yelp for insight about consumer products.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500

Trying to pick the best option as you move through the startup paces? Gain insights from someone who's been through both types of programs.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

Adoption of better safeguards in the physical world will drive criminals to electronic theft, argues payments validation entrepreneur.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:18:00 -0500

You’ve probably seen that viral video claiming moms have the toughest job in the world. Now, men are getting their time in the limelight with a parody video by Bud Light.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

With consumers' attention span shrinking by the second, companies need to think quickly. One solution is micro-content.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

Increases in staffing at a growing company can pose a challenge when juggling the wide swings in client workload.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:29:00 -0500

Olle Lundberg, founder of Lundberg Design and the man behind Twitter's birdhouse-themed San Francisco headquarters, shares tips for improving office productivity and morale.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:23:00 -0500

Fast-food chains have been trying to one-up each other with wacky offerings like the Waffle Taco and Chicken Corsage. Here are some of the weirdest items on the menu.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

If you hit it right, antique toys can be a highly valued part of your investment portfolio.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:49:00 -0500

Mothers are some of the most engaged people on Facebook, so make sure your business has a Mother’s Day campaign ready.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:28:00 -0500

If you're not sure where to locate your business, these tips can help you decide whether to start at home or rent commercial space.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:14:00 -0500

Target's online subscription service launched in September with just 150 baby-care items. Now, it's increasing its product offering tenfold, offering everything from K-cups to dog food for regular delivery.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Buckling down to accomplish heaps of tasks seems to have fallen out of fashion lately. But success demands massive amounts of this very stuff.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

Instead of being afraid to share information about your firm, embrace it as a new way to hire (and retain) social media-savvy job seekers.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:25:00 -0500

More Americans report they would rather forgo sex than a mobile phone, and almost 70 percent of Americans say they check their mobile phone even when it hasn't made any indication of a message arriving.

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

Content marketing and social media expert Jayson DeMers talks about one of the big social trends to watch out for in 2014.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 -0500

A security hole allowed data thieves access to some customer card information but not names, addresses or PINs.

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

Television interviews are a high-stakes game that can pay major dividends. With these strategies, you’ll be able to enhance your ability to get your message across.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Pitching to investors can be a full-time job, but if you prepare yourself for meetings, it can save you precious time.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Nonstop flights are great. Nonstop talking seatmates? Not so much. We turned to some experts for help.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

A snapshot of what works best in the current Facebook landscape and how quickly things can change.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Professional coach and Entrepreneur.com contributor Lindsay Broder on what you need to keep in mind when managing a startup -- and a team -- through a rough patch.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Sonja Rasula was tired of boring business conferences. So, she used her summer camp memories as a launch pad for CAMP, a new kind of networking event for adults.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

After her father's death, Jane Daume was inspired to become a franchisee for an in-home care business for seniors.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:31:00 -0500

In the wake of the recent Heartbleed SSL bug revelation, it's more crucial now than ever to update all of your online passwords. Here's how in one easy, neat and tidy infographic.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0500

A device called the MIDI Sprout, which transforms plant biorhythms into a sort of music, is sowing major seed funding on Kickstarter -- to the tune of over $27,000.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:36:00 -0500

The American food manufacturer has made an unprecedented sneaky, (anti)social media move to keep itself out of court.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

A recent court ruling finds companies aren't protected from suits by public figures if corporate ads feature them without prior consent.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:25:00 -0500

Facebook's latest feature allows you to see which of your friends are near your physical location in real time.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:20:00 -0500

Boston Pizza customers can now vote on whether the chain should begin selling a Pizza Cake, a gas-powered pizza cutter or a pizza air freshener.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:40:00 -0500

According to a new Pew study, if you're like a lot of Americans, you'd like to own something that gets you places faster, lets you time-travel or somehow prolongs your life.

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

The White House has made April National Financial Capability Month.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:13:00 -0500

Follow these tips for determining a price that makes you a profit without gouging your customers.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:03:00 -0500

If you’re thinking of quitting Facebook, get in line.

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

Before Americans start celebrating a drop in the number of uninsured, you first have to look behind the numbers.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0500

For nonprofits, fundraising isn't just about the 'ask.'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:24:00 -0500

The tech giant's latest mobile operating system may boast a song recognition feature in a partnership with Shazam.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:05:00 -0500

The peer-to-peer lending site announced today that, with its acquisition of Springstone Financial, it would be expanding its reach in consumer finance.

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:46:00 -0500

No, you're not mean. Just smart. Sometimes it's okay to ignore connection requests on the world's most popular career social networking platform. Here's when you probably should.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:11:00 -0500

As part of the never-ending battle for the consumer dollar, , which owns some 120 high-end malls through the U.S., has recruited RetailMeNot to its side.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:38:00 -0500

If you've tried to apply for a job lately, you know that employers are blowing smoke when they whine "It's so hard to find good people!" It isn't hard at all to find good people. It's only hard to convince good people with normal self-esteem to slog through the endless gauntlet of demeaning, soul-crushing steps that make up the typical corporate Selection Pipeline.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:04:00 -0500

Ah, April 22, when environmentalists celebrate Earth Day, and communists celebrate Lenin’s birthday, and no one really bothers to notice either any more.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:38:00 -0500

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:34:00 -0500

By Cory Treffiletti

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:02:00 -0500

1. Don’t change the two most important people in the organisation at the same time

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:41:00 -0500

This weekend the Taiwan Foreign Correspondents’ Club holds its annual meeting and it needs a quorum of just 10 people. Government departments sometimes struggle to meet their quorums for international media when sponsoring feel-good trips to see floral exhibits or the Taipei zoo’s baby panda. Foreign media journalists are becoming endangered in Taiwan because the once volatile island now lacks steady flows of news of interest to mass-market foreign audiences.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:17:00 -0500

Ain't no sunshine any more in Lakerdom, as rebuilding drags into its second season.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:24:00 -0500

Workplace uncertainty has created a survival of the fittest mentality where people are being forced to look after themselves, with the hopes of finding a leader who can be a mentor they can trust and that guides them rightly. Employees are inspired by leaders who provide them with their wisdom and access to resources; that open new doors of opportunity and connect them to meaningful relationships to help them achieve career success.  Employees want leaders who have their backs and best interests at heart.   Twenty-first century leadership requires new skills that tap into your natural characteristics and an elevated awareness of employee strengths and capabilities. Enabling their authentic engagement and earning their trust and loyalty keeps  people motivated, focused and productive.   , especially when you consider that leaders must adapt to behavioral nuances from a more diverse, multi-generational and cross-cultural talent pool that demands specific attention to boost their full potential.    Every leader must be a change agent or face extinction.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:51:00 -0500

Throughout my 18-year corporate career, I had scores of managers who were, sadly, anything but inspiring.  The majority were clueless as to how to motivate, lead or develop their staff, or help employees utilize their best talents to grow and contribute in a meaningful and exciting way.  I did have a few great bosses, but they left quickly or were drummed out of the organization for being too creative and innovative. (Escaping poor management is one of the core reasons I chose to start my own firm and become my own boss.)

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Chaldean Justice League

The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 1779 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 :: 6811 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 :: 9708 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 :: 12573 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 :: 19530 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 :: 20263 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 :: 25972 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 :: 25285 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 :: 30715 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 :: 27673 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 :: 31624 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 :: 12293 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 :: 25484 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 :: 34221 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 :: 20938 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 :: 26732 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 :: 24241 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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