Monthly Archives: September 2017

Nina Shea: How to help Iraq’s religious minorities

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By Nina Shea, The Wall Street Journal FILE — Iraqi Christians attend an Easter celebration at St.George Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq April 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily) As Islamic State heads toward defeat in Iraq, Christian and Yazidi survivors of genocide…

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Historic Syriac monastery needs attention

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MARD?N – Do?an News Agency [Historic Syriac monastery needs attention ] A 1,300-year-old historic rock monastery near the Bar??tepe village in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Midyat district is waiting to be discovered. Also known as the Mor Barsavmo Monastery, where Syriac priests are estranged, some…

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Iraq’s minorities fear for their future

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By Yolande Knell BBC News, Northern Iraq Sheikh Mirza, many of whose Yazidi community have been killed or enslaved A slight octogenarian dressed in loose white garments, Sheikh Mirza looks an unlikely warrior against the fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS).…

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US government will appeal order blocking Iraqi deportations

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By 6 News Web Staff Friends and family view a bus outside the U.S. Detention and Deportation Center in Detroit, Sunday, June 11, 2017. A mass immigration and deportation sweep and arrest of dozens of Chaldeans in southeastern Michigan by U.S. immigration officials prompted the protest outside the detention center. Family members of the Catholics…

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As Kurds Vote for Independence, Americans Should Cheer

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Jeff Jacoby · In a landmark referendum next Monday, Iraqi Kurdistan will vote on whether to declare independence. The outcome is not in question. Iraq’s Kurds have been largely self-governing for 25 years, but they yearn to be sovereign in a state of their own, just like…

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Kirkuk shaping up as flashpoint

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Reuters/Kirkuk, Iraq Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence. Erected in July, the statue has come to symbolise how the Kurds want…

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US Senate committeeadvances bill to aid Christians in Iraq

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Matt Hadro CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY The United States capitol building. (Credit: Phil Roeder via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).) The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Sept. 19 to advance a bill that seeks to ensure U.S. aid reaches Christian genocide victims in Iraq out of the committee, moving…

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KURDS

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Yousif Shameka (Shabilla ) Toronto, Canada. INTRODUCTION This article deals with the Etymology of the word Gurdu and its other forms such as Qurdu ?????, Kurdu, and the various derivatives of Gur such as Khur, ?ur, Hur and Ghur.…

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Iraqi Christians to Trump: Don’t forget us

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by Washington Examiner Staff Iraqi Christians to Trump: Don’t forget us Michigan’s Middle East Christians helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency. They could help make him a one-term president if he lets them down. By Daniel Allott MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. — If you are looking for early clues about whether President…

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Christians in Turkish city of Diyarbikir facing mass persecution

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Turkey — it sometimes slips out of view since it doesn’t make the Secretary of State’s “Countries of Particular Concern” list for human rights violations. But in the city of Diyarbikir for one, “entire neighborhoods” have disappeared. The Surp Giragos Church has been converted to an army base, the sanctuary desecrated with urine and garbage,…

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The Christian Heritage Centre and St Theodore

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By: David Alton St Theodore, whose feast day is celebrated on September 19th , holds a special place in the hearts of Orthodox, Catholics and Anglicans. Born in Syria, he lived between 602 AD and 690 AD and was Archbishop of Canterbury from 668 AD until his death.…

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“Our job is to stand by the sick”

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By Murcadha O Flaherty SISTERS caring for Syria’s sick and wounded throughout five years of heavy bombardment have received essential medical equipment from a leading Catholic charity. Aid to the Church in Need has provided the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition who…

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