Monthly Archives: July 2009

(Erbil) Arbella Finds Khairotha An Assyrian Medical Society Patients Update

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July 29, 2009The Assyrian Medical Society is humbled to welcome 9 year-old Khairotha Esho, and 12 year-old Arbella Amanwel Korsh, along with their mothers Janait Khoshaba and Marleen Shlaymoon, today at Los Angeles, where they have been accepted by Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles, to undergo full medical treatments, psychiatric care, and social…

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Local Assyrians protest Iraqi church bombings

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By Alex Cantatore In a 72 hour span, from July 11 to 13, seven Christian churches were bombed in Iraq. The reverberations of those bomb blasts were felt a half a world away here in Turlock, as Assyrian-Americans gathered at Monte Vista Crossings on Saturday evening to protest the lack of protection given to Assyrians…

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Iraq’s Kurdish Region Elections, Derailed

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The much-anticipated elections in the Northern region of Iraq that began just this past Saturday have already proven to be a masquerade of the Kurdish regime, and a marketplace of provincial seats. It’s been a little over a year since the dubious scare tactics were used last April during…

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IRAQ: Trenches to protect Christians

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Photo: Afif Sarhan/IRIN An estimated 800,000 Christians are left in Iraq (file photo) BAGHDAD, 23 July 2009 (IRIN) – Security measures nationwide have been stepped up to protect the Christian community from militant attacks, security officials say, including digging trenches around Christian towns in remote areas.…

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Gunmen kill Iraqi Christian outside factory

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(AFP) – MOSUL, Iraq — The brother of a soft drinks factory manager was shot dead by gunmen outside the restive northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, police said. It was unclear if Ala Bashir, a 30-year-old Christian, was killed because of his faith. Thousands of Christians fled Mosul last year because of targeted…

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Parliamentary and presidential elections started in Kurdistan region with various attendances for the electors from our Chaldean syriac Assyrian people

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Ankawa com-Ankawa – Duhok – Zakho –Exclusive Parliamentary and presidential elections started today in Kurdistan region of Iraq to choose 111 Member of Parliament and president for Kurdistan. Among those 111 seats, four election lists are competing for five seats for the Chaldean /Syriac/Assyrian people. The reports from there refer that the election process is…

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Patriarch: ‘Our survival depends on the unity of Christians’

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By Paula Doyle Making his first official visit to the Southland since he was elected Jan. 20 as the new patriarch of Antioch and leader of the world’s Syrian Catholics, His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan said Christians worldwide must unite to advocate for peace and civil rights in the Middle East.…

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Iraqi Security Forces are Building Trenches to Protect Christians

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Washington, D.C. (July 23, 2009) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Iraqi Security forces are building trenches to protect Christians from further attacks following recent church bombings that killed four people and wounded several others. Iraqi officials are stepping up protective measures for Christians in the largely…

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Christians reticent to comment on politics

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People play dominoes in front of a café in mainly Christian-inhabited Ankawa town, west of Erbil. GLOBE PHOTO/Ako Muhammed By Qassim Khidhir The Kurdish Globe Political process vital for Christians in order to protect rights their rights Some Christians express disbelief that their representatives will be able to “obtain all their rights.”…

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Iraq: Early voting begins in key Kurdish elections

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By YAHYA BARZANJI (AP) SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Soldiers and the sick cast early votes Thursday ahead of weekend elections that will determine the leadership of Iraq’s Kurdish region, which is locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with the central government over oil-rich land.…

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Supporters Of Iraq’s Assyrians Rally In SF Reporting

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Sharon Chin E-mail SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― Click to enlarge1 of 1 Supporters of Iraq’s Assyrian population rallied at United Nations Plaza in San Francisco on Wednesday. numSlides of totalImages A dozen protesters marched on United Nations Plaza in San Francisco on Wednesday to support native Assyrians in Iraq they say are being targeted,…

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Iraq: election observers sent to Iraqi Kurdistan

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SOCIETY FOR THREATENED PEOPLES PRESS RELEASE Göttingen/Arbil, 22^nd July 2009 Elections in Iraqi Kurdistan (25^th July 2009) Society for Threatened Peoples sends election observers to Iraqi Kurdistan The Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) has sent a Christian Assyrian who has…

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Rally in support of Iraqi Assyrians to be held in San Francisco, California

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Nation-wide rallies will be held in support of the Assyrian Christians, the indigenous people of Iraq, who recently have found themselves facing yet another increase in violence deliberately aimed at their churches in their native land of Iraq. Immediate attention to the current situation of the indigenous Assyrian Christians is…

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Emanouel Bet-Younan Nationalist, Humanitarian ~ Celebrity Style

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Emanouel Bet-Younan was fourteen years old when he took center stage to sing on an Assyrian television show in Kirkuk, Iraq where he was born and received his education. A youth then, he formed his first band in 1981 under the name Shamiram and began performing at private Assyrian weddings and parties.…

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Iraqi Archbishop calls for Faith and Hope

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(18 Jul 09 – RV) Sporadic violence is still continuing in Iraq despite an improvement in the security situation in the country. The U.S. military confirmed that three of its soldiers were killed in the south in an attack on a base outside Iraq’s second largest city of Basra.…

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Iraqi priest serves people of Basra

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq – Though small in stature, his smile and his presence filled the room as he entered. He paused to shake hands and exchange kisses with U.S. military leaders. He posed for a few photographs, then settled into a couch to begin a meeting with Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, commanding general,…

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Archbishop of Baghdad encourages Iraqi Christians to maintain hope

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  Archbishop Jean Benjamin SleimanRome, Italy, Jul 16, 2009 / 03:12 am (CNA).- In the wake of attacks on eight churches in Baghdad and Mosul, Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad encouraged Iraqi Christians to maintain hope and to “trust in the country and in the path towards unity.”…

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