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Iraqi Christians

Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

There is little comfort for the displaced people of Qarakosh who see the most recent attacks as perhaps the final act in their expulsion from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have left the country in the last two decades. Estimates of the remaining total number of Iraqi Christians are as low as 200,000.

Christian Conservatives Ponder A ‘Babylonian Exile' To Save Their Faith

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” throu...

Christians Need More Than An Escape From Iraq: Catholic Relief Official

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emerge...

Six Steps the World Must Take Now to Stop the Horror of ISIS

Adel Guindy | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Adel Guindy

The international community is failing to recognize that ISIS is an international -- not just Iraqi -- problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.

What Can Christians Do About Iraq?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I asked Jeremy Courtney for his opinion on what Christians might be able to do to help Christians on the ground in Iraq, and his answer surprised me and might surprise Christians and non-Christians alike.

Haunting Photos Of Iraqi Minorities On The Run From The Islamic State

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

As Islamic State fighters extended their offensive into northern Iraq on Thursday, members of Iraq's minority communities fled in search of refuge. Th...

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

Sam Maron | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Sam Maron

ISIS is now forcing the approximately 3,000 Christians remaining in Mosul, a major city with thousands of years of Christian history, to choose between essentially the same options given to Jews in 1492: live under intolerable, impoverishing dhimmi status; convert to Islam; leave; or die.

France Welcomes Iraqi Christians Seeking Asylum

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the al Qaeda offshoot group now ru...

Convert, Pay Tax, Or Die, Islamic State Warns Christians

Reuters | Dominic Evans and Isra' al-Rube'i | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious...

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

Sophia Jones

'I Would Stay Even If They Threatened To Kill Me'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

BARTELLA, Iraq -- Across the street from a Christian church in this quiet northern Iraqi town, Mounir Behram sits down for lunch with his family. He w...

Iraqi Christians Flee Homes In Brutal Conflict

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, ...

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

'War Begets War, Violence Begets Violence'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Let's not lose sight of the grotesque reality of chemical weapons. But what about military intervention? Can we make things better? War is evil. Assad is evil. But what is the likelihood of some targeted cruise missile strikes actually improving things? In the words of the philosophers, what is the reasonable likelihood of success?

Iraq's Endangered Christians

Lela Gilbert | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Lela Gilbert

Those who closely watch the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East express deep fears about the terrible risks Christian minorities face.

The Halloween Horror: One Year Since Baghdad Cathedral Attack

Pierre Whalon | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

One year ago, at least five men penetrated the light security in front of Baghdad's largest church and, over two hours, murdered 46 men, women and children, wounding 60 others.

How Quickly We Forget

Pierre Whalon | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

On Monday last, I went to Charles de Gaulle airport with members of the AEMO to meet family members of people wounded in the October 31 attack on the Baghdad Cathedral.

How To Save The Christians Of The Middle East

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It is less and less disputable that we are in the presence of what can actually and accurately be termed mass persecution. Hard to imagine, since we are dealing with a religion that has long been dominant.

U.S. Deserves Its Share of Blame for Fate of Arab Christians

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Stephen Zunes

Whenever you read the sanctimonious articles regarding the plight of Arab Christians, rather than simply bemoan the intolerance of Islamic extremists, let's remember the role of Washington in supporting repressive regimes.

Christians In Iraq Flee North Before Christmas

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

IRBIL, Iraq — They saw their brethren murdered during Mass and then were bombed in their homes as they mourned. Al-Qaida vowed to hunt them down...

Can Kurdistan Serve As an Internal Sanctuary for Iraqi Christians?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

By accommodating the Christians, the Kurdish region can demonstrate that it is a tolerant and multicultural society, and hence further enhance its image as a role model for the rest of Iraq and perhaps even the Middle East.

Cardinal Says U.S. Morally Obliged To Protect Iraqis

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation's leading Catholic bishop said the U.S. has failed to help Iraqis develop the me...

Iraq: Attacks On Christians Spurs Iraq To Beef Up Security

AP | QASSIM ADBUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials tightened security around churches in Baghdad and in two mostly Christian towns on Monday and braced for possible viol...

Iraqi Refugees in the U.S.: Strangers in Paradise

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

Wars often drive people from their homes. But in Iraq, a discretionary war, launched through deception by a rogue administration in search of good targets for "shock and awe", produced refugees with industrial efficiency.

Shameful Plight of the Middle East's Christians

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

No community today is so targeted by violent thugs for no reason other than sheer bigotry as are the Christians of Iraq.