Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0500

A new CEO seeks to make dramatic changes without disarming the staff. Here's what he did.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0500

These folks, while sometimes underappreciated, forge the links and tell the stories.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0500

When a court case threatens your business, consider taking the following steps.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:12:00 -0500

Your ability to earn customer trust is what’s going to separate you from the competition -- so don’t slack.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

If you want to be competitive, your product better look great and be intuitive.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:45:00 -0500

To scale rapid growth within an organization, emerging leaders must be actively identified and developed.

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

To get ahead of the competition, find the customers that will be most interested in your product or service.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:15:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs, investors and executives weigh in.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs are often caught in a bind trying to prioritize between personal health and the needs of their companies. Here are some tips on making everyday life less stressful.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Choosing the sole purpose your statement rests on will be the toughest decision you'll make with your branding.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0500

Most sales and business professionals have had the experience of placing a sales call or email pitch and hearing nothing back. Here are some tricks to crafting the perfect 'follow-up' email.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0500

What's the most strategic way to casually market your idea to someone? Can it really be done in 30 seconds?

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Whether you’re the CEO of a venture-backed startup writing a letter to investors about the current state of business or crafting the perfect job description to hire your first employee, your ability to communicate through the written word matters.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Every business has a story. Companies just need to figure out how to tell it in a compelling way.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:43:00 -0500

A new report shows that most of the world’s billionaires made the majority of their wealth themselves.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:37:00 -0500

Nearly 70 percent of millennials experience 'fear of missing out' – and it's influencing their purchasing decisions.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:30:00 -0500

There’s a lot to learn from so many years in business. Here are a few of the most important things I've picked up along the way.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

It doesn't matter whether you are just starting out or if you have years of experience. Making sure you have the right attitude and approach is vital.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Smartwatches aren't new, but Apple just may have the answers to the three important questions on user adoption of these devices.

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

If you’re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health-insurance premiums under Obamacare, you might want to do some tax planning now or you might be in for an unwelcome surprise.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:15:00 -0500

It's just like your mother said: It's the way you express things sometimes that really matters.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Are you undercutting your recruitment strategies? Employers who are careless during their talent-acquisition process will end up with less than superb candidates. Avoid these lapses.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:43:00 -0500

Some U.S. businesses have already waded into China's largest ecommerce conglomerate, which is about to go public.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Before starting a business, every entrepreneur should be prepared for the bumpy ride. Here are a few pieces of advice to get you started on the right track.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:21:00 -0500

The NFL and players needed sponsors to get serious about abuse. Thank capitalism for that.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:21:00 -0500

FedEx and UPS are looking ahead to a busy holiday season as ecommerce thrives.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0500

The struggling tech maker expects to post an annual net loss that's nearly five times more than initially estimated.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:09:00 -0500

The domestic diva said Sandberg’s 'Lean In' philosophy misses the mark by encouraging women to take on corporate equality rather than setting their sights on entrepreneurship.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

When pitching your product, there's no need to give it all away.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Sales on mobile devices are growing at a rapid pace, and startups without a mobile-marketing strategy are going to be left in the dust -- especially during the busy fourth-quarter holiday season.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Twenty-five years years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the residents of former communist countries still tend to hold more negative views of entrepreneurship than their counterparts elsewhere.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

YouTube is an untapped opportunity for personal promotion. Here are some tips for doing it right.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:34:00 -0500

By removing a critical majority of his iPhone apps, the designer Jake Knapp says he lengthened his attention span and relearned how to 'enjoy (or at least be okay with) moments of boredom.'

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500

To get the word out about a specialty business, entrepreneurs need to understand their audience and then get to the places where they get their information.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

These first-hand tips can keep up both morale and productivity.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Not one of the celebrities embarrassed to see nude photos of themselves on the Internet had protected their data with basic, two-step authentication.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Don't just look at the current best in your industry and do what they do. Try to be the best you, but feel free to borrow from unlikely sources.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:11:00 -0500

Even though Steve Ferguson works with an established concept as a U.S. Lawns franchisee, his relationship building skills have helped him land $1 million in annual billings.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

The marketing guru, who came up with the Pepsi challenge, discusses how social media has shifted the power from the producers to the customers.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Most businesses are profitable, but they still get into trouble by not paying enough attention to cash flow.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0500

For the last year, college buddies Jake Huston and Vincent Ko have been building a startup together. Here’s a look at what they have learned and where they are going.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Here are five of the most common, most concerning reasons that good judgment among teams can falter.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500

In addition to a large Series A, the company reported an exponential increase in employee headcount and several new site features.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0500

To successfully raise funds for a project, follow the steps taken during these funded efforts.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Small things lead to bigger things. The little problems we neglect and the budding opportunities we nurture have enormous ramifications.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0500

Beyond running through the usual interview questions, pick up on these clues to find ideal candidates for the job.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0500

If you treat your young fellows as valued members of the team, they will provide you with fresh perspectives.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Millennials mired inside a traditional corporate environment and people living life inside lean startups will find his thinking particularly spot on.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

These pitfalls will cost you money and not earn you sales, and worse, may make you look bad to potential customers.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Spruce up your professional marketing techniques -- for your career prospects and your company's sake.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The cardinal sin of marketing is to be easily ignored. This strange advertising campaign is funny and simply can't be overlooked or forgotten.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:20:00 -0500

Some of these lawsuits are hard to swallow, but justice can be sweet.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs, staying connected is no longer an advantage but an absolute necessity. Here are some tools to keep you plugged in at all times.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:35:00 -0500

Who hasn’t wanted to tell all of the doubters in their life to “stick it!”? These new ads capture moments of entrepreneurial triumph.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

You're a hard-driving entrepreneur. But what should you do now if your work life has turned into your whole life?

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

You probably aren't in a flashy industry but you, your team, the company you've belt and the customers you help are stories worth telling.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Doing a lot of things often results in not getting any one thing done. There is exhilarating clarity in concentrating, without distraction, on a single, major goal.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:25:00 -0500

A major Internet service provider and a leading advocate of Internet freedom have outlined middle routes in the polarized and politicized debate.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Mobile searches are increasing at fast pace but advertising to an audience on the move is different from the same audience at their desktop.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Many people swear by this ritual. Find out how this practice could enhance your entrepreneurial success.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:30:00 -0500

The best examples allow a consumer to coexist with a product or service in a seamless fashion.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Getting started on Google AdWords won't take you more than 10 to 15 minutes. Find out what you need to do to set up your first campaign now.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Former Apple CEO John Sculley argues, however, that Samsung and others still have some time to come up with an alternative.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Steve Blank explains the importance of 'outward facing' founders.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Culture matters. Look for these qualities when taking on a new employee.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0500

…Including the ones that say 'Richard Branson doesn't really read this.'

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0500

This simple equation changed the way we think about habits and human behavior.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:52:00 -0500

Food porn no more? A new study shows that when people actually ate a snack after studying dozens of pictures of food they enjoyed it less.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500

If anyone knows inbound marketing, it's Brian Halligan of Hubspot, Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute and Brian Clark of Copyblogger.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:25:00 -0500

Ridesharing service Sidecar announced a $15 million Series B round from the Virgin co-founder and some top VC houses, including Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Seven steps to get you through the ordeal.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:00 -0500

What if a road existed that never had a crack or a pothole? Science might have a solution.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0500

As we experience major demographic shifts in the workforce, it's important to adapt to the new generation of talent.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:07:00 -0500

Your right to write angry Yelp reviews may soon become law.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Want to make a huge difference in another person's life? Your own life? Here are things you should say to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The star has partnered with her younger brother for sustainable fashion brand BARE.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Big Brother is watching you, but you don’t have to take it lying down. Don these stealthy countersurveillance frocks and styles to fool the all-seeing eye.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:15:00 -0500

How these 7 social networks can help you find clients and generate more sales

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The tech giant delivered the goods -- that is, exciting visuals without so many words -- when it unveiled its latest version of the popular smartphone.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:30:00 -0500

The greatest single factor determining how much money we make is how we view ourselves and our worth.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Have you ever been under the gun to create something new but the ideas just weren’t flowing? Here's how to get over the creativity block.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Adam Eskin took over a gym-rat focused food chain and has turned it into a farm-to-table restaurant with nine locations and counting.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Self-awareness is a very good thing in life, but it's all too easy to mistake what lies on the surface for the genuine feelings buried deep below.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Navigate the complex world of online marketplaces to find new customers and build your business.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Stop wasting time on content marketing tactics that don't deliver. This infographic reveals which types of content work best, and the metrics you should track.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Checking your office emails at midnight is bad for your health and relationships, and not really all that efficient.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500

The Princeton Review ranks the 50 best entrepreneurship programs

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500

The Princeton Review ranks the 50 best entrepreneurship programs

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Finding a great mentor is hard. Here are a few tips on how to stand out from the crowd and gain access to amazing advisors.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0500

While allowing employees to work remotely can be a great recruiter tool, managing this type of team can be challenging. Here are a few pointers to make the process easier.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Outdoor billboard advertising is nothing new, today’s top marketers are innovating they way they use experiential marketing to tell their brand stories.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:07:00 -0500

Procrastinators, take note: As seductive as it often sounds, working under pressure probably isn't the best strategy for achieving stellar results.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:05:00 -0500

Riding high on record-breaking iPhone pre-orders, Tim Cook discussed television, competition and the art of simplicity in a brand new sit-down interview.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:02:00 -0500

The tech giant snagged Mojang, the maker of the popular game Minecraft, but its founders are out.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

A 'transfer of ideas' must be done with care so each individual understands and appreciates the firm's values.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Caution and a deep appreciation for all you don't know are, surprisingly, key elements of success in the go-go, big-ego world of investing.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Become a powerful workplace influence by effectively modeling top-notch behavior. Don't have all the skills yet? Fill in the gaps.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

You don't have to know how to build an app to get a good idea for one. Just add hiring developers to your launch check list.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0500

When the purchasing decision chain is full of doubters, these tips can help you woo more customers.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Gain familiarity with the business landscape, then seek a wide market and put revenue-generating ideas on a fast track.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:28:00 -0500

Apple is getting close to rolling out its smart home plans in a big way. The company today pushed out a little noticed update to its set-top box, Apple TV, to make it support HomeKit, according to a person with knowledge of the program. HomeKit is Apple's protocol for allowing connected home gadgets [...]

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:18:00 -0500

Just before the public get their hands on the latest smartphones from Apple this Friday, the reviews of Tim Cook's new hardware are coming in. What does the Internet think of the new super-sized iPhones?

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:53:00 -0500

Visit almost any anti-GMO website and you will find alarming headlines about the alleged dangers of GMO foods. They kill pigs, cows and sheep on farms and in lab studies! Humans are next! "Monsanto’s GMO Feed Creates Horrific Physical Ailments in Animals," screams a typical article, in AlterNet, a popular anti-GMO site. It [...]

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:05:00 -0500

Happiness within the modern workplace is improving, sure. We talk less about discrimination, and we’re getting closer to equal pay regardless of gender. But that doesn’t mean that workers are thriving unhindered. The big difference is that these days, the barrier to advancing is more likely to be self-constructed. That’s [...]

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0500

An in-depth response to the controversy raised by my article last week.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:45:00 -0500

Apple launches iOS 8 today, which brings a lot of change under the hood despite its close visual resemblance to iOS 7. But given that most of the change relies on upgraded apps, and some of the features won't be active without next month's OS X upgrade for Apple's Mac computers, you might not feel the need to rush. If you are going to take the plunge, there are some critical things to be aware of. This guide can help.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:11:00 -0500

Both of these cases suggest that the gray area, or the close line that some commentators believe exists in Texas between lawful punishment and unlawful abuse is simply not relevant to this case. The two on point Texas appellate opinions regarding injury to a child both have less egregious facts than those alleged in the Peterson case, and in both cases the defendant's convictions were upheld. If paddling a child six times or whipping a child with a nylon leash are criminal offenses, then beating a 4 year old in the legs, buttocks and scrotum with a stick, certainly qualifies. If Peterson's alleged conduct is proven true, it is not a close call, and it is not a borderline case --- it is criminal conduct, and he should go to jail.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:34:00 -0500

Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops this list of the Most And Least Educated Cities In America.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0500

Yesterday marked Prince Harry's 30th birthday. His mother, the iconic Lady Di, passed away just over 17 years ago, following the tragic crash as Diana and Dodi Fayed sped away from paparazzi in France.  What was so special about Harry's 30th birthday (other than the fact that he's still single, [...]

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:35:00 -0500

Angie Ruan, PayPal's Retail Engineering Head, shares critical insights to help pave the way for more women in tech.

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Chaldean Justice League

The growth and decline of the Aramaic language
By Sabah Hajjar :: 3622 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 :: 8969 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 :: 12216 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 :: 14432 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 :: 22812 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 :: 23706 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 :: 29368 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 :: 27771 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 :: 33726 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 :: 30448 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 :: 35059 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 :: 13362 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 :: 31206 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 :: 37910 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 :: 23282 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 :: 30236 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 :: 26841 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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