The tortured history of Syria

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Alia Malek’s memoir on Syria addresses the upheavals the country went through, from the Ottomans to the French and after.
By Adil Bhat
Syria’s civil war has entered its eighth year. The future of the conflict lies in its past: the Continue reading

Pope arrives in Geneva to visit World Council of Churches

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Pope Francis salutes as he boards the airplane for the ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva, at the ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ airport in Fiumicino, in the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The visit is part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. (Telenews/ANSA via AP) Continue reading

Divergent takes on El Cajon

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Natives of El Cajon tell me downtown Main Street was entirely “trashy” before Chaldeans and other immigrants started opening up businesses.
Image by Evgeny Yorobe
El Cajon, ad nauseam Continue reading

Iraq’s biblical challenge

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Iraq’s biblical challenge
John L. Allen Jr. and Inés San Martín
Crux Now
The town of Karamlesh in northern Iraq as seen from the top of Santa Barbara Church, once used by ISIS snipers to keep people out of the town during their occupation of the region. INÉS SAN MARTÍN Continue reading

Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

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By Doreen Abi Raad
Catholic News Service
BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father’s collection of thousands of Syriac books and manuscripts. Continue reading

USAID To Provide Millions In Aid To Iraqi Christian, Yazidi Communities After Push From VP Pence

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Washington Post: Under pressure from Pence, U.S. aid is directed to Christian, Yazidi communities in Iraq
“The premier U.S. aid agency is poised to send millions of dollars directly to Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq under a rarely used, streamlined funding arrangement after coming under pressure from Vice President Pence. … The aid push also Continue reading

Iraqi Christians Hold Out Hope on U.S.-Promised Aid

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Christian church in Iraq (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)
By Solange Reyner
Iraqi Christians are hopeful of Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to fast-track millions of dollars in aid to their plight, but their numbers are dwindling quickly and rebuilding efforts are slow and uneven, The Washington Free Beacon reports. Continue reading