Assyrian Democratic Movement Statement to European Parliament

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On June 10, 2017, MEP Lars Adaktusson, who is with the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP), issued an invitation to the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) to attend the conference ‘A Future for the Christians in Iraq: Towards a Comprehensive Solution for the Nineveh Plain’. The ADM is addressing this statement to the leadership…

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Action in Times in Community Crisis

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The last few weeks’ events regarding the deportation of Iraqi Christians and others, and our reaction and action, by who’s who in church leaders, bishops, priests, political leaders, community leaders, etc., has shown how vulnerable is in the political, law enforcement, media, and American public at large, with positive and negative reactions from American citizens.…

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Detroit judge to consider U.S. freeze on Iraqi deportations

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Iraqis and supporters rally outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse on June 21, 2017, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio / AP) Associated Press A federal judge in Detroit will consider whether to put a temporary national halt on the deportation of Iraqi nationals recently rounded up by U.S. authorities.…

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83 ISIS Militants Given Amnesty in Raqqa

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By Anugrah Kumar A civil council established by Kurdish and Arab allies of the U.S.-led coalition, which is likely to administer Syria’s Raqqa city after it is freed from Islamic State, has pardoned 83 of the terror group’s low-ranking militants with the hope to promote stability, according to reports.…

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Lawsuit seeks to block possible deportation of 1,400 Iraqis

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Eric D. Lawrence , Detroit Free Press Protest against deportation of Chaldean and Iraqi nationals outside federal court during hearing of the case, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in downtown Detroit. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press (Photo: Elaine Cromie, Elaine Cromie , Detroit Free Pre)…

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U.S. Judge Temporarily Halts Deportation Of Detained Iraqis

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The ACLU said the move “may very well have saved numerous people from abuse and possible death.” By Nick Visser A U.S. judge on Thursday halted the deportation of 114 Iraqi immigrants arrested in Michigan over the past few weeks, saying they could face persecution or torture if they were sent back to their home…

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Race Is On to Save Chaldean Christian Culture From ISIS Destruction

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By Felix N. Codilla III , Christian Post Contributor The dwindling number of Chaldean Christians in Iraq has raised concerns about the need to preserve the culture of the once thriving religion which the Islamic State is bent on wiping out. Dr. Shawqi Talia, a lecturer on Semitic and Egyptian Languages and…

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Why Michigan’s Iraqi Christians thought Trump would spare their loved ones

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After more than 100 Iraqi Christians were rounded up for deportation in June, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action suit on behalf of the detainees. On Wednesday, a federal judge heard arguments on whether to grant an emergency stay. About these ads June 21, 2017 Detroit—Like many 30-somethings, Alen Hirmiz has tattoos.…

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ISIS blows up historic mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says

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The Islamic State flag is seen atop the al-Hadba minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul in a March 2017 photo. The Iraqi military said the Islamic State blew up the mosque on June 21. (Khalid Al-Mousily/Reuters) By Loveday Morris June 21 at 9:39 PM IRBIL, IRAQ — For more than 800 years,…

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Syrian Christians still suffering, emigrating, nuncio reports

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The Christian population of Syria continues to experience “general and broad suffering,” the apostolic nuncio in that country told the AsiaNews service. Cardinal Mario Zenari reported that while violence has tapered somewhat in the area around Damascus, heavy fighting continues in other parts of the country. “What is…

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Deporting Iraqi Christians isn’t what Trump intended

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By John Moody Immigration officers have arrested dozens of Iraqi Christians in Michigan. ICE says those arrested have criminal convictions including murder and rape Franklin Graham denounced it in a tweet to President Trump, who is known to check his Twitter account now and again. Newspaper editorials have called it unjust. Still, unless…

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Chaldean community pushes back on Iraqi deportations

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Eight-year-old Khloe Marogi, of West Bloomfield, Mich., wears a t-shirt with her detained father’s photo on it at a rally outside the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building Friday, June 16, 2017, in Detroit to protest the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. (Tanya Moutzalias / AP)…

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Evangelist Franklin Graham calls rounding up Iraqi Christians for deportation ‘very disturbing’

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By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Franklin Graham speaks to Madison, Wis. on June 15, 2016. (DeMoss Group) Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham says he finds it “very disturbing” that immigration authorities have arrested many Iraqi Christians for possible deportation. President Trump promised earlier this year he would prioritize persecuted Christians, but many…

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