Global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says

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Catholic News Agency A survey of damage as seen in November 2016 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, which was occupied by the Islamic State Oct. 2014-Oct. 2016. (Credit: Jaco Klamer/ACN.) John Pontifex, the editor of a new report on worldwide Christian persecution, says that…

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“Music Pearls of Beth-Nahrin, Continued…”

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 – The growing Assyrian community in Arizona welcomed “molphono” Abboud Zeitoune, author of “Music Pearls of Beth-Nahrin” (2007) and “Modern Assyrian Music” (2015) at Arizona State University’s West Campus in Glendale, Arizona.…

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Is Trump Turning His Back on America’s Kurdish Friends?

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Gary Lane What do Iraqi Kurds think of America’s silence about the battle for Kirkuk and steps taken against them by Turkey, Iran and Iraq? Watch Gary Lane’s interview with Kurdish analyst Awat Mustafa for some insights. Last month when Iraqi Kurds held a referendum on independence, they never imagined…

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Refugees contribute to U.S. regional economy: study

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Source: Xinhua| |Editor: Mu Xuequan CHICAGO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) — Refugees in southeast part of U.S. state of Michigan are contributing up to 295 million U.S. dollars to the region’s economy, a study of the Global Detroit and researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) Ford School of Public Policy shows.…

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Iraq: After losing Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of Sinjar

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By balint szlanko, associated press KIRKUK, Iraq — Iraqi security forces and Popular Mobilization Forces patrol in Tuz Khormato, that was evacuated by Kurdish security forces, 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Two weeks after fighting together against the IslamThe Associated Press…

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Iraqi forces seize control of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters Peshmerga troops withdraw from disputed city after minor clashes

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by Erika Solomon in Erbil and David Sheppard in London Iraqi forces seized control of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday as Kurdish forces appeared to melt away, escalating a crisis triggered by last month’s independence referendum in the autonomous Kurdistan region. Elite Iraqi counter-terrorism forces moved into the provincial government headquarters…

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Mardin: Where ancient survives

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ERNEST WHITMAN PIPER ISTANBUL Mardin: Where ancient survives With its nature, architecture, history and donkeys, the southeastern city of Mardin is certainly a destination that will expand your understanding of Anatolia’s cultural melting pot…

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Iraqi to discuss Islam, his conversion to Christianity

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By MIKE COPELAND mcopeland@wacotrib.com Wissam Al-Aethawi, a native of Baghdad, Iraq, who converted to Christianity from Islam and fled to America under threat of death, will discuss his experiences during a seminar planned Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 at New Road Church of Christ, 3100 S. New Road.…

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NO TO WAR, NO TO ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, THE ONLY SOLUTION IS DIALOGUE

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Recognizing the role of civil society to promote peace, nonviolence, and respect for human rights, we call for dialogue to address the problems between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, for efforts to de-escalate tensions, and for the cessation of external interventions.…

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Iraqi-Kurdish war could be deadly for Christians, warns U.S. adviser

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Simon Caldwell In this file photo, an Iraqi Christian spruces up his shelter with a cross and other Christian symbols at the Ashti camp for internally displaced Iraqis in Ainkawa, a Christian enclave of the Kurdish capital, Erbil. (Credit: Dale Gavlak/CNS.) The Ninevah Plains, traditionally home to a large Christian community, is now “ground…

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UN under fire over Christian persecution

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by Bernadette Kehoe ACN’s report states that anti-Christian persecution reached a high water mark in 2015-17 with an increase in the number of attacks on Christians UN under fire over Christian persecution The persecution of Christians is worse than at any time in its history, but it is being…

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Iraqi-Kurdish war could be deadly for Christians, warns adviser

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A displaced Iraqi woman prays the rosary in 2014 inside St. Joseph Church in Irbil, Iraq. The church gave refuge to thousands of people who were displaced by the Islamic State. CNS photo/Daniel Etter, CRS By Catholic News Service LIVERPOOL, England – Two millennia of Christianity in Iraq could be wiped out…

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