Monthly Archives: August 2009

A Chicago based organization called Iraqi Christian Relief Council (ICR Council),

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established in 2007, is working with the American churches and non-profit organizations on raising awareness about the plight of Christians in Iraq, asking for prayers, and seeking funds to be delivered to Iraq. The representatives of this organization have appeared on many American radio programs and been quoted in several national and international newspapers.…

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A world within its walls Turkey’s city on the Tigris

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A street in Diyarbakır with the city castle in the background A man with a smiling, open countenance hails me in the street. “Welcome, welcome to my city. Where are you from, my friend? How can I help you?” As a teacher of English, newly retired from one of the city’s state schools, he’s delighted…

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Turkey PM Meets with Religious Minority Leaders; Promises Reforms

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan promised democratic reforms Saturday during a rare meeting with the religious minority leaders of his country.(Photo: AP Images)Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after a meeting with Ahmet Turk, head of pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party, at the…

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Erdogan guarantees minorities rights

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan promises reform to religious minorities Turkey’s premier has promised democratic reforms aimed at protecting the rights of minorities, a key stumbling block in its European Union (EU) membership bid. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the pledge in a rare meeting on August 15, with Turkey’s…

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Baghdad’s Green Zone reshaped under Iraqis’ control

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Rules tightened at former refuge for Westerners  As US military forces and other Westerners have turned over or left compounds and properties, the streets of the Green Zone in Baghdad have become nearly deserted. In two months, the Iraqis will start issuing badges granting varying levels of access. (Ernesto Londono/ Washington Post)…

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In memory of Aram Tigran… you will be missed

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Kurdish Herald Vol. 1 Issue 4, August 2009 – by Jeff Allan and Mehmet Fidan It was with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of Aram Tigran, one of the most gifted contemporary Kurdish singers and musicians. Mr. Tigran, age 75, died on August 8, 2009 in Evangelismos General Hospital in…

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Church Picnic: Sunday, August 16th “12:30 pm to 7:30 pm”

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The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East Illinois diocese council, (Motwa), St. Andrews Parish, with the participation by all of the Assyrian Church of the East parishes, is holding its outdoor picnic. This event will take place on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at Maryville Academy at 1150 N. River Rd. in Des Plaines.…

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The Manuscript Evidence for the New Testament Documents

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At this point we need to consider the manuscript evidence for the New Testament (NT). In my last post, I briefly mentioned the historians who lived in the same century as Jesus. Some of these historians talk about Jesus in passing and some don’t. One point I should mention here is that it’s astonishing that…

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Australian Conference Calls Attention to Endangered Assyrians of Iraq

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Mr. Hermiz Shahen, the regional Secretary of the Assyrian Universal Alliance in Australia and New Zealand received an invitation to participate as a key speaker at the Christian Forum hosted by Reverend The Honourable Fred Nile MLC and Rev Brian Seers OAM, and sponsored by the Australian Christian Nation Association, held at Jubile Room, NSW…

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Polish Aid Organization Visits Assyrian Refugees in Syria

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Damascus (AINA) — The Polish based Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) organization visited Assyrian and Mandaean refugees from Iraq in the Jarmana and Kashkool districts of Damascus. Father Waldemar CisÅ‚o, director of ACN, and Anna Walczyk, of Ann Media, interviewed many Assyrians, most of whom have been in Syria since…

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Rant Iraqi Christians in Danger of Extinction

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfGPejGIjz8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Erantrave%2Ecom%2FRant%2FIraqi%2DChristians%2Din%2DDanger%2Dof%2DExtinction%2Easpx&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]Iraqi Christians are in danger of disappearing, and the Vatican has spoken up in their defense. The Catholic News Service reports as follows. “A leading Vatican official called for greater protection of Iraq’s beleaguered Christian minority, saying the disappearance of Christianity from the country would be an…

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Assyrians in California Protest Iraq Church Bombings

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In a 72 hour span, from July 11 to 13, seven Christian churches were bombed in Iraq. The reverberations of those bomb blasts were felt a half a world away here in Turlock, as Assyrian-Americans gathered at Monte Vista Crossings on Saturday evening to protest the lack of protection given to Assyrians still living on…

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UNPO Publishes Report on Kurdistani Elections

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The UNPO Election Observation Mission (EOM) has today published its report of the presidential and parliamentary elections held on 25 July 2009 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Below is a press release published by UNPO: Deployed as Short Term Observers (STOs) for the election, the EOM arrived in…

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Commemoration of the Assyrian Genocide ad Martyrs Day in Australia

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Sydney – 12 August, 2009 On Sunday 9th August 2009, the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) commemorated the Assyrian Martyrs Day at the Edessa reception of the Assyrian Church of the East, at Greenfield in Sydney Australia. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Assyrian Australian National Federation (AANF) and the Assyrian Church of the…

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Kurdish Civil Servants Fired for Voting for Opposition Party

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GMT 8-11-2009 19:41:19 Assyrian International News Agency To unsubscribe or set email news digest options, visit http://www.aina.org/mailinglist.html (AINA) — Kurdish civil workers who voted for the opposition party in the July 25 Kurdish elections in north Iraq have been dismissed from their jobs, according to…

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String of blasts kills dozens in Iraq

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Nizar Latif and Phil Sands A man walks past a destroyed truck after a double truck bombing tore through a Shiite minority community near northern city of Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, August 10, 2009. AP Photo BAGHDAD // Bombs tore apart a small village in northern Iraq yesterday and a…

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