Monthly Archives: November 2009

Iraqi Christians Feel Fear

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(27 Nov 09 – RV) It was a day of violence in Iraq yesterday as four people were killed and at least 32 others wounded in two separate bombings south of Baghdad yesterday. The attacks came on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins today for Iraq’s Sunnis and Saturday for Shiites.…

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TURKEY: Religious freedom survey, November 2009

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By Otmar Oehring, Head of the Human Rights Office of Missio , and Güzide Ceyhan Ahead of the UN Human Rights Council May 2010 Universal Periodic Review of Turkey, Forum 18 News Service has found that the country continues to see serious violations of international human rights standards on freedom of religion or belief. A…

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Iraqis’ stories must be heardFour years ago, I travelled to Iraq to talk with its besieged people. Chilcot cannot ignore them now

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Norman Kember guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 November 2009 19.30 GMT Article historyFour years ago this week I was kidnapped in Baghdad. My trip to Iraq had been motivated by frustration at the government’s deafness to all voices of reasoned opposition to the war in Iraq. I went to meet Iraqis to reassure them that most people…

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Fear of Iraqi Christians

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(27 Nov 09 – RV) It was a day of violence in Iraq yesterday as four people were killed and at least 32 others wounded in two separate bombings south of Baghdad yesterday. The attacks came on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins today for Iraq’s Sunnis and Saturday for Shiites.…

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Iraq attacks hit Christian sitesSALAM FARAJ

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AFP A spate of attacks in Iraq killed five people and struck a church and a convent on Thursday, with one bomb at a busy market claiming two lives as shoppers stocked up for a Muslim feast and holiday.…

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Basra Chaldean prelate celebrates Mass with U.S. troops

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By Sgt. Neil W. McCabe Msgr. Imad Al Banna, the vicar of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic patriarch in Basra, rings the Liberty Bell presented to him Nov. 7 at Camp Adder, Iraq by the commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Combat Aviation Brigade. Earlier, the prelate celebrated a Mass dedicated to serving and fallen American soldiers.…

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Northern Ireland’s lessons for Kirkuk to be discussed

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  Ethnic tensions and a dispute over control of oil fuel the violence in Kirkuk A conference is being held in Iraq examining how NI peace principles might be applied to the city of Kirkuk.Kirkuk is the centre of the northern Iraqi oil fields and is an ethnically mixed city populated by Kurds, Assyrians, Turkmen…

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Iraqi Christians Seek Return, Sense Extinction

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by Kelley B. Vlahos, November Email This | Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum How easy it is to declare Iraq “turned around” while an ancient people face the swirling desert sands of their own extinction. While it might sound a bit hyperbolic, there is no denying that the Christian minority…

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Iraqi Christians Seek Return, Sense Extinction

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by Kelley B. Vlahos, Email This | Print This | Share This | Comment | Antiwar Forum How easy it is to declare Iraq “turned around” while an ancient people face the swirling desert sands of their own extinction.…

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IRAQ: Minority communities in Nineveh appeal for protection

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Photo: Afif Sarhan/IRIN An estimated 800,000 Christians are left in Iraq (file photo) BAGHDAD, 15 November 2009 (IRIN) – Iraq’s minority communities in the northern province of Nineveh have appealed to local and national authorities for protection amid warnings of an increase in attacks against them in the run-up to January’s national elections.…

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Author Raises his Voice For the Hearts of a War-Torn People

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The need for freedom is strong in every man, woman and child. Moreover, it is most strong in people who have none. Paul Batou, author of My Last Thoughts About Iraq, from Xilbris Corporation (www.paulbatou.com) knows this longing for freedom and has expressed it through his…

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Pope approves new archbishop for beleaguered Archdiocese of Mosul

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Vatican City, Nov 13, 2009 / 01:44 pm (CNA).- Catholics in the war-torn Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq received good news on Friday when Pope Benedict approved Fr. Emil Shimoun Nona as the new Archbishop of Mosul. The archbishop-elect will replace Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, who was kidnapped by militants last February and found dead two…

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Iraqi Refugees Discover Security Comes at a Price

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Nearly 32,000 Iraqi refugees have come to the United States over the past three years to escape violence and political uncertainty. But as Jeffrey Kaye reports, more refugees are learning that personal safety often comes at the cost of economic security JIM LEHRER: Now: the growing numbers of Iraqi refugees arriving in the United States.…

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Minorities in Iraq’s North Seen as Threatened

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By SAM DAGHER ERBIL, Iraq — The policies and tactics of Kurdish authorities could expose minority groups in northern Iraq to “another full-blown human rights catastrophe” unless the minorities receive better protection, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch.…

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On vulnerable ground – Violence against minority communities in Nineveh Province’s disputed territories

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Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) A longstanding territorial conflict in northern Iraq between the Arab-dominated central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government, mostly invisible to the outside world, threatens to erupt again. It risks creating another full-blown human rights catastrophe for the small minority communities who have lived…

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Rights report criticizes Kurds over minorities

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By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP) – The ongoing dispute between Iraq’s central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities in the country’s north threatens to create a “human rights…

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Minorities In Iraq Face ‘Catastrophe’, Human Rights Watch Warns

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By Nishant Dahiya Iraq’s minorities — including Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkoman and Assyrian Christians — face a “full-blown human rights catastrophe” as the long-festering territorial dispute between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the central government in Baghdad “threatens to erupt again,” Human Rights Watch reports.…

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Iraq: Protect Besieged Minorities

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Yazidis, Shabaks, and Christians Caught in Kurdish-Arab Contest for Control (Erbil) – Iraq’s central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government should protect besieged minorities in the disputed territories of Nineveh province, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch documented…

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