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– – – June 10, 2014. Botkyrka, Sweden. I am in bed sleeping heavily. The phone starts ringing over and over again, it just won’t stop. I look at the time, it’s way too early. Maybe it’s one of my employees calling in sick. I let him leave a message in my voicemail. The phone …

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10 Things Journalists Need To Hear About The Kurdish Referendum

By: Steve Oshana Over the last couple weeks I have held calls with journalists regarding the planned Kurdish independence referendum. Some of those journalists will likely be covering the referendum as it approaches, but I thought I would share the main points that I have tried to reiterate to the media: 1) The referendum is …

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You don’t know

Religious and ethnic intolerance is what it is. It’s not racism, as we all belong to the same race. Yes. Intolerance to religious beliefs and other ethnicities exists in the 21st century. The question remains, why? What is the root cause of it? It comes down to the inability to accept the beliefs of others …

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Pray for Baghdad

  I still remember my grandmother talking about Karrada when we’d visit my grandparents in Baghdad – the way the “R’s” would roll on her tongue as if to emphasize that it wasn’t another mere suburb but a main thread in the rich cultural tapestry of the city. It was the ‘80s. We slept on …

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ADFA Outlines Foreign Aid Priorities In Testimony Submitted To Congress

Just before Congress adjourned for the Easter Holiday, ADFA executive director Steve Oshana submitted powerful testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs outlining the foreign aid priorities for the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac people.  The areas of focus were: Direct aid to indigenous aid organizations and churches, support for local …

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My Trip to Lebanon

  Not a day goes by without A Demand For Action being contacted by people in Syria or Iraq. They may be journalists, activists, but also, for example, a woman whose two daughters have disappeared, or someone from a village where they have had no access to water for weeks. Many also contact us from …

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