Monthly Archives: November 2008

IRAQ: At long last, an election date

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Amid the drama over the Iraqi Cabinet’s decision to approve a security pact giving American forces another three years on the ground here, it was easy to miss another milestone. The Cabinet has formally announced the date for provincial elections: Jan. 31, 2009.…

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Maliki government dismissing oversight officials

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By James Glanz and Riyadh Mohammed BAGHDAD: The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is systematically dismissing the oversight officials installed to fight corruption in Iraqi ministries by order of the American occupation administration, which had hoped to bring Western standards of accountability to the opaque and graft-ridden bureaucracy here.…

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U.S. Army restores Baghdad college property to Chaldean Church

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Rome, Nov 15, 2008 / 05:29 pm (CNA).- Possession of the Baghdad premises of Babel College, the only Christian theological school in Iraq, was restored to the Chaldean Catholic Church on November 6 by the U.S. Army, which had occupied the college since the end of March 2007.…

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US Army returns college in Baghdad to Chaldean Catholic Church

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The U.S. Army has returned the Pontifical Babel College for Philosophy and Theology in Baghdad to the Chaldean Catholic Church, promising to repair or replace anything damaged while U.S. soldiers occupied the buildings, Vatican Radio reported.…

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IRAQ: FLEEING CHRISTIANS FACE NEW HARDSHIPS IN TURKEY

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As renewed violence in Mosul halts return, refugees wait in Turkish legal limbo. ISTANBUL, November 14 (Compass Direct News) – In this Turkish city’s working-class neighborhood of Kurtulus, Arabic can be heard on the streets, signs are printed in the Arabic alphabet and Iraqis congregate in tea shops.…

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Murder in Mosul Sparks Fear and Panic

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NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /Christian Newswire/ — Iraqi Christians who returned to their ancient city after a wave of violence and intimidation are in shock after two sisters were stabbed to death when attackers broke into their home.…

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Newspaper editor freed after nine days in jail

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13 November 2008 IRAQ / KURDISTAN Reporters Without Borders hails the release today of Shawan Dawodi, the editor of the weekly Hawal, as a result of an appeal court’s decision earlier in the day to overturn the one-month prison sentence he received from a criminal court in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah on 4 November…

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113,000 Chaldeans in Metro Detroit, study says

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Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News WEST BLOOMFIELD — A survey of the Chaldean community in Metro Detroit reveals that Chaldeans are far more populous than suggested by the U.S. Census Bureau and that both their income and the value of their homes is higher than the averages for southeastern Michigan.…

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Murder in Mosul Sparks Fear and Panic

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NEW YORK, Nov. 14 /Christian Newswire/ — Iraqi Christians who returned to their ancient city after a wave of violence and intimidation are in shock after two sisters were stabbed to death when attackers broke into their home.…

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Persecution of Christians in South Asia and Iraq

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 By Nick Gier, New West Unfiltered 11-13-08 THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN INDIA, SRI LANKA, AND IRAQ By Nick Gier () As part of my 1992-93 sabbatical experience, I lived for three months in a small cell at a monastery in Bangalore, India. The brothers there called themselves St. Thomas Christians, because they claim that…

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U.N. condemns attacks on Iraqi Christians

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BAGHDAD, Nov. 13 (UPI) — Security in the Iraqi city of Mosul is essential for the country’s stability, the U.N. envoy to Iraq said, condemning attacks on the Christian community there.…

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Iraq: UN envoy condemns killing of Christian women

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By SINAN SALAHEDDIN – BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N.’s top Iraq envoy on Thursday condemned the killing of two Christian sisters in Mosul, the volatile northern city where Christian residents were starting to return a month after extremist threats forced thousands to flee.…

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Iraq: UN envoy condemns killing of Christian women

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The main United Nations envoy in Iraq has condemned the killing of two Christian sisters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Staffan de Mistura “expressed his shock and outrage at the continued targeting and killing of religious minorities” in a statement issued Wednesday.…

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Deadly Mosul: ‘Like Baghdad About 18 Months Ago’

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Iraq’s insurgents are down but not out. As security improves in many parts of the country, embattled extremists have fled to Mosul, Iraq’s third-largest city, straddled by mountains near the Syrian border. Two G.I.s were killed there just today, and six more were wounded. What was once a vibrant and ethnically diverse city is now…

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Congressional Letter to Bush Requesting Protection of Iraqi Christians

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McCotter Sends Letter to Bush Urging Action to Protect Iraqi Christian Minorities Washington, DC – Today, Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Chairman of Republican House Policy Committee and member of Financial Services Committee, along with several colleagues, sent a letter to President Bush drawing attention to the plight of religious minorities in Iraq and released the…

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