Monthly Archives: March 2008

Marches in the Christian villages: justice in the death of Archbishop Rahho

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Responding to an appeal from the Nineveh bishops’ council, the Christian community in the north takes to the streets: for almost a week, each day hundreds of people have marched holding photos of the “martyrs” of five years of war. Still no details on those responsible for the kidnapping and killing of the Chaldean archbishop…

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Germany may accept 30,000 Christians who fled Iraq

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Berlin – Germany is mulling calls for it to take in up to 30,000 Christians who have fled intimidation and violence in Iraq, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said Saturday, confirming an account in the news magazine Der Spiegel.…

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Religious battles in Turkey

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Turkish Christians are close to losing an unconventional but important ally. The Constitutional Court in Ankara is threatening to close the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the name of secularism. Many consider the party Islamist, but…

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Controversy over France taking in 500 Iraqi Christians

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DPA Paris, March 22 (DPA) A French government announcement that it will grant asylum to 500 Iraqi Christians stirred controversy Saturday, with opponents warning it amounted to discrimination against Muslims. “The situation is very difficult for the…

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The Pope’s Counter Narrative

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The Easter Sunday baptism of Madgi Allam, an Egyptian Muslim, by Pope Benedict looks to be a symbolic push back against militant Islam of the first order. Much of the symbolism seems to be lost on the media.…

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Iraq’s civilians: the forgotten victims of war

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Iraq’s civilians: the forgotten victims of war Iraqi civilians are the main victims of terrorist and sectarian attacks that bring bloodshed to the country, day in and day out. And, for many Iraqis, news of the latest US casualty toll, means little or nothing at all. “The death of 4,000 American soldiers…

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Sweden feels strain of refugees

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  Iraqi refugee children attend special preparatory classes No European country has welcomed as many Iraqi refugees as Sweden. In 2007 alone, 18,599 Iraqis applied for asylum – far more than anywhere else in the EU. But the influx is placing Sweden’s towns and cities under severe strain, and has prompted a national debate on…

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Chicago Skies Spark as the Stars Come Out to Sing

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A typical Saturday evening in Chicago ~ busy traffic, circling the long city blocks to find parking space, running in high heels, compromising a seat in a sold-out event as Chicago rolled out the red carpet for its stars in one big ensemble featuring singers,…

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