Monthly Archives: June 2018

The tortured history of Syria

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Alia Malek’s memoir on Syria addresses the upheavals the country went through, from the Ottomans to the French and after. By Adil Bhat Syria’s civil war has entered its eighth year. The future of the conflict lies in its past: the…

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Pope arrives in Geneva to visit World Council of Churches

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Pope Francis salutes as he boards the airplane for the ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva, at the ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ airport in Fiumicino, in the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The visit is part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. (Telenews/ANSA via AP)…

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Judge: ICE must stop threatening Iraqi detainees

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Sarah Rahal The Detroit News People carry signs protesting the deportation of Iraqi-American immigrants as members of the Chaldean community rallied at the McNamara Federal building in Detroit in June 2017. Max Ortiz / Detroit News…

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Divergent takes on El Cajon

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Natives of El Cajon tell me downtown Main Street was entirely “trashy” before Chaldeans and other immigrants started opening up businesses. Image by Evgeny Yorobe El Cajon, ad nauseam…

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Iraq’s biblical challenge

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Iraq’s biblical challenge John L. Allen Jr. and Inés San Martín Crux Now The town of Karamlesh in northern Iraq as seen from the top of Santa Barbara Church, once used by ISIS snipers to keep people out of the town during their occupation of the region. INÉS SAN MARTÍN…

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Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

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By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father’s collection of thousands of Syriac books and manuscripts.…

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British Museum shines light on Assyrian ‘king of the world’

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Ashurbanipal, a ‘psychopathic bookworm’, ruled a vast empire in seventh century BC A relief detail of Ashurbanipal hunting on horseback, which is part of the British Museum exhibition. Photograph: British Museum/PA Before the mighty empires of Egypt, Greece and Rome came Assyria and a leader who,…

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Iraqi Christians Hold Out Hope on U.S.-Promised Aid

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Christian church in Iraq (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images) By Solange Reyner Iraqi Christians are hopeful of Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to fast-track millions of dollars in aid to their plight, but their numbers are dwindling quickly and rebuilding efforts are slow and uneven, The Washington Free Beacon reports.…

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Iraq in no position to welcome back exiled Jewish community

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By Paul Iddon An Iraqi woman walks through a former Jewish quarter of Baghdad. File photo: Karim Kadim/AP The Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has recently reiterated that Iraq’s long exiled Jewish community “are welcome” to return to the country, “If their loyalty was with Iraq.”…

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To save Christianity on the Nineveh Plains, it’ll take security and jobs

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John L. Allen Jr. Aghata Marogy Eshaz, a Chaldean Catholic from the village of Batnaya on the Nineveh Plains, and one of her granddaughters. (Credit: Crux/John Allen.) ROME – Though Catholicism is always full of drama, which is what makes it so utterly fascinating, some things are more dramatic than others. While 2018 is only…

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