Monthly Archives: September 2008

Iraqi Christians, Muslims Unite in Seeking Peace

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ROME, SEPT. 26, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Interreligious peace-seeking in Iraq can take on many forms, ranging from meetings with high-ranking leaders of both religions to parish dinners that gather ordinary people regardless of creed.…

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Article Guaranteeing Minority Electoral Rights Removed from Iraqi Electoral Law

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  Iraq’s provincial elections law is the newest assault on Chaldean Assyrian Syriac rights in Iraq. The previous drafts, with parliamentary approval, included ‘Article 50’, guaranteeing reserved seats in a quota system for vulnerable minorities, including the indigenous Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Christians. The Elections Law has now passed but Article 50 is gone. This is…

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‘If you want to see blood come to Mosul’

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John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need discovers unexpected signs of hope during a perilous visit to Iraq’s Christian community Fresh-faced and cheerful, the young priest suddenly frowns: “I recently received a letter at the presbytery. Inside was a bullet. I knew at once what it meant,” he says: “I was a marked…

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Thousands of Iraqi Christians find refuge in Lebanon

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Families face tough times after fleeing their homeland By Raphael Thelen BEIRUT: Hundred of thousand of Chaldean Christians have fled Iraq because of violent threats against their community, and thousands of those refugees have arrived in Lebanon during the last few years, searching for a better life or resettlement in other countries. “The situation of…

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EU ready to take up to 10,000 more Iraqi refugees

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By CONSTANT BRAND – BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — European Union countries responding to appeals from the United Nations are ready to take up to 10,000 more Iraqi refugees and will send a mission to the Middle East to identify the most vulnerable people, EU ministers said Thursday.…

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Iraq passes provincial elections law

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BAGHDAD: After months of negotiation, Iraq’s Parliament passed a crucial election law on Wednesday, but only by setting aside for future debate the most divisive political issues.…

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Iraq Passes Provincial Elections Law

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By ERICA GOODE BAGHDAD — After months of bitter negotiation, Iraq’s Parliament passed a law on Wednesday clearing the way for provincial elections crucial in helping to heal the country’s deep political and religious fissures. The law means that elections will be held in most parts of the country by the end of January.…

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The Plight of Christians in Iraq

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By Jamie Glazov Frontpage Interview’s guest today is William J. Murray, the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC. During the early 1980’s, he served as director of Freedom’s Friends, an organization which reached out to the victims of communism worldwide. In the 1990’s, he founded the first commercial Bible publishing company in…

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Police in New Caledonia detain 11 Iraqis

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NOUMEA, Sept 24, 2008 (AFP) – Eleven Iraqis and a Palestinian have been detained in New Caledonia after flying in on false European passports, border police in the French Pacific territory said Wednesday.…

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Women Help Foil Female Suicide Bombers

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By RICHARD TOMKINS (Middle East Times) DALI ABBAS, Iraq — With female suicide bombers now a fixture in the continuing war in Iraq, U.S. authorities and their Iraqi counterparts are tapping women across the country as a counter-measure.…

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Iraqi refugees get stipend from KRG

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ERBIL, Iraq, Sept. 22 (UPI) — The Kurdistan Regional Government announced it would provide refugees who have settled in the Kurdish territories of Iraq a monthly remuneration.…

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IRAQ: SON OF KIDNAPPED, MURDERED CHRISTIAN KILLED

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Syrian Catholics in Mosul targeted for their faith; captors didn’t seek ransom. ISTANBUL, September 23 (Compass Direct News) – An unknown group of armed men killed a Syrian Catholic in violence-plagued Mosul, Iraq two weeks after his father was kidnapped and murdered.…

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Provocation regarding Christian women to wear veil is increasing

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 Mowafak Al-Samani Ankawa.com / Mosul The phenomenon of provocation regarding Christian women to submit the decision of some Islam extremists to wear veil is increasing coinciding with Ramadan, where most of Christian women in Mosul are facing threats and some put on the veil fearing from threats.…

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Syro-Malankara Catholic Church honours 21

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Express News Service 22 Sep 2008 05:36:00 AM ISTTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Twenty-one members of the laity, including eight women, have been vested with special honours by the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. The men have been honoured with the title ‘Bar Eatho Kasheero,’ Syriac for ‘Diligent Son of the Church,’ and the women with ‘Bars Eatho Kasheertho’ standing for…

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