Letters from Taybeh: Nativity Greetings

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, It was very exciting this evening for the first time to have a wonderful Christmas scouts parade on the main street in Taybeh. This has been a beautiful Bethlehem tradition that this year also spread to Ramallah and Nazareth just like we celebrate receiving the Miracle of the Holy Fire from the Holy-Life-Giving-Tomb-of-Christ in Jerusalem. Thus from the land ... Read More »


Andreas C Chrysafis The first round of talks between President Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Mont Pelerin in Switzerland raised great expectations. They finished in a euphoric mood that an agreement was within reach and a new meeting was set for the following week to exchange maps. A very good start! The euphoria was short lived! ... Read More »

Barnabas Fund: Are persecuted Christians an embarrassment to Western governments?

Editorial – 08/12/2016 Last week we revealed how three archbishops from Iraq and Syria were refused visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox cathedral. As we previously reported, they were not the only ones. In the last few months, a number of Christian leaders from contexts of persecution who have been invited to undertake speaking engagements in the ... Read More »


Andreas C Chrysafis Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Greek Cypriots ravenous chickens in a barn! Only a madman and not a head of a state would speak in such an uncivilized and insulting manner against another nation. This dangerous man to regional peace threatens that one way or another Cypriots will learn their lesson; he wants to have the Cyprus ... Read More »

Revolution of the Mind: DISMISSIVE, ELUSIVE and not CONVINCING

Andreas C Chrysafis  In preparation for this week’s visit to Mont Pelerin resort in Switzerland for a bit of “horse-trading” the President spoke on national television to the nation (4th of November) and tried to “inform” his people of the progress of the negotiations on the thorny issue of Cyprus. It has become apparent that even the President does not ... Read More »

Revolution of the Mind: REFERENDUM FOR CYPRUS or NOT?

Andreas C Chrysafis The Cyprus negotiations underway are purported to “resolve the Cyprus issue” this year and one wonders why the urgency? The consequence of making a wrong agreement has hardly been debated and citizens have also been kept in the dark. During the three-year-old euphoric negotiations, the Anastasiades government has succumbed to pressure to dissolve the Republic of Cyprus ... Read More »

Letter from Taybeh: Reflection from my Christian Eyes

By Dr. Maria C. Khoury The Day after Yom Kippur, I decided I should be more faithful in practicing my religion. I have seen over the years how the West Bank is sealed off from the world from sundown to sundown for Yom Kippur and other solemn Jewish holy days. Did you know that the airplanes do not even land or take ... Read More »

Iranian convert to Christianity murdered by Muslim husband at their home in Sydney

Barnabas Fund – 12/10/2016 Police in Sydney, Australia, broke into the home of Iranian couple Amir Darbanou and his wife Nasrin Abek on the morning of Thursday 29 September after Nasrin’s father became concerned for her safety. On entering the apartment in the affluent Sydney suburb of Potts Point they found that Nasrin had been murdered during the night. Darbanou, 42, ... Read More »

Elderly suicides ‘unbearable to think about’

The Australian – 29th September 2016  Rick Morton, Social Affairs Reporter Older Australians who die by ­suicide at a rate dramatically higher than young people are hidden in the public debate because the “thought of grandfathers and grandmothers killing themselves is almost unbearable”. Latest suicide data, released yesterday by the Australian ­Bureau of Statistics, reveals men aged 85 and older ... Read More »

ALP’s anti-plebiscite drive reflects audacity of hate

The Australian – 28 September 2016 Jennifer Oriel There is something rather dangerous about the gay marriage debate — and it is not homosexuality or marriage. It is the view widely held by our political Left that ­liberal democratic precepts can be overridden whenever they interfere with politically correct ideology. Not content merely to deny the democratic mandate of millions ... Read More »