Monthly Archives: May 2015

Syrian Christians Find Safety From ISIS In Beirut

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When Islamic terror groups arrived in their Syrian hometown of Al-Hasakah, Assyrian Christians were systematically victimized. The lucky managed to flee. Patrick Strickland (2015-05-19) BEIRUT — Standing in front of a local Assyrian church, Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee from Syria who arrived in Beirut two months ago, recalls the difficult…

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One woman’s struggle for her people’s future

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By: Diana Darke Februniye Akyol, the Syriac Christian co-mayor of Turkey’s Mardin, says only through true equality can her people thrive, writes Diana Darke. A Syriac Christian woman is challenging sexual and religious discrimination in conservative southeastern Turkey and building bridges with her co-religionists fleeing…

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One block in Hamtramck: A little bit of everything on Caniff

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WALTER WASACZ On the long block of Caniff between Jos. Campau and Gallagher streets in Hamtramck, a tiny storefront has been brought back to life. Inside, everything looks clean and fresh: the walls are painted white, yellow, and orange, and new wood floors shine underfoot. A chess board and other games are strewn about the…

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Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

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By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News Service BAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS — May 16, 2015) — Juliana George, a 16 year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad last week, has been released after the payment of a $55,000 ransom. The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) reported that according to her father,…

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Hereditary martyrs: the Christian victims of ISIS’s massacres

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By Juliana Taimoorazy Hereditary martyrs: the Christian victims of ISIS’s massacres Assyrian Christians who fled the unrest in Syria and Iraq demonstrate during a gathering in front of the UN house in Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday. Photo: EPA Woody Allen once joked that sterility is hereditary: If you don’t have any children, you…

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ISIL imposes restrictions in Mosul during Ramadan

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The file photo shows ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq. The ISIL Takfiri group has made new harsh rules in the Iraqi city of Mosul, imposing restrictions on individuals during the fasting month of Ramadan. According to a source in the city, residents in Mosul, which is under the rule of the…

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STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS NO TO IRAQI CHRISTIANS

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Iraqi Christians Writing in April in USA Today about the murder of 12 Christian migrants thrown into the sea by Muslims for praying to Jesus instead of Allah, columnist Kirsten Powers stated that President Barack Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of…

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Pope Calls Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas ‘Angel of Peace’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians. Francis made the compliment during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an…

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ISIS Sets Eyes on Syrian UNESCO Site Palmyra

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by Mary Chastain The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is on the doorstep of Palmyra, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria. Officials warn if ISIS is not stopped, they will destroy another important historic city as they expand the caliphate. “Dozens of the regime’s army and the allied militia forces (mainly the National Defense)…

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The Assault on Christians, and Hope, in Iraq

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As the Islamic State campaign continues, despairing refugees look to start over elsewhere. Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in Mosul attend an Easter mass in Arbil, in northern Iraq. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES By MILES WINDSOR…

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El Cajon’s Mayor Hustles to Clarify Comments on Chaldeans

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Liam Dillon Photo by Dustin Michelson Bill Wells said his criticisms were directed at pro-alcohol members of the Iraqi Christian community and didn’t mean to paint the community with a broad brush. I got a call this morning from El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. He was concerned about his…

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Youth rally planned for persecuted Christians

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By Michael J Robinson A YOUTH rally is to take place bringing together youngsters from across Scotland in a unique act of solidarity with persecuted Christians. The Scottish Youth Rally will take place at Carfin Lourdes Grotto, 100 Newarthill Road, Motherwell, ML1 5AL, on Thursday, 11th June, starting at 12 noon.…

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Iraq’s Christians seek another country

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Miles Windsor writes for the Wall Street Journal: As in so many urban centers across the Middle East, the marketplace here on a Friday—before the mosques’ calls to prayer—is a whirlwind of bright colors and noisy, animated bargaining. It’s a festival for the senses. On the fringe of the town square,…

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Iraqi Christians plead for help from Congress

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PERSECUTION | Witnesses recount ISIS atrocities against people and historic sites By J.C. DERRICK WASHINGTON—An Iraqi nun pleaded with House lawmakers on Wednesday to stop ongoing “cultural and human genocide” at the hands of Islamic militants in the Middle East.…

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Nun seeks more aid for Iraqi Christians

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By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iraqi nun is urging Congress to send more aid to Christians displaced by the Islamic State group. Sister Diana Momeka (moh-MEH’-kah), told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that…

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