Anthony Shadid on the status of Christians in the Middle East

Need to Know’s recent report from Baghdad revealed an uncertain future ahead for the Iraqi Christian community that has been targeted by Muslim extremists in the country. But how are Christians being treated throughout the Middle East? For that, we turn to Anthony Shadid. Mr. Shadid has reported from the region for 15 years and is now a correspondent for the New York Times. He has won the Pulitzer Prize twice for his newspaper reporting and has completed his third book, “House of Stone,” which will be released in March. It’s about his family’s ancestral home in Lebanon. Anthony Shadid joins host Ray Suarez from Boston.

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Comments

  • Mary Phillips

    News about and discussion of the bias and violence against Christians in many Middle East countries is long overdue by the mainstream media.  Thank you for being among those finally shining some light and telling the truth about this.   Mary Phillips,  New York

  • Yelena Sinitsyn

    Anthony Shadid  voiced that was on my mind as well: first these countries took away posessions and  expelled Jews, now time came for Christians.  Reasons could be different but the same ending.

  • ldm

    Thank you for reporting the truth about the situation of Christian communities in the Arab world.  I was glued to the station when I saw this topic, for I never hear the media discuss this topic.  Excellent job.

  • Twodaves

    Jesus said we would suffer.  Christians who are former Muslims or who have been Christians for centuries are suffering for their faith, as fundamentalist Muslims use violence to try to wipe them out.  However, they will fail, as did Satan when Jesus died on the Cross.

  • Twodaves

    Jesus said we would suffer.  Christians who are former Muslims or who have been Christians for centuries are suffering for their faith, as fundamentalist Muslims use violence to try to wipe them out.  However, they will fail, as did Satan when Jesus died on the Cross.

  • Twodaves

    Jesus said we would suffer.  Christians who are former Muslims or who have been Christians for centuries are suffering for their faith, as fundamentalist Muslims use violence to try to wipe them out.  However, they will fail, as did Satan when Jesus died on the Cross.

  • http://twitter.com/BernardRieux68 Boo Radley

    Unbelievable. You cover everything from Iraq to northern Africa — and yet NEVER MENTION THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK AND ITS CHRISTIANS. How can you talk about Christians in the Middle East and not even mention ARAB CHRISTIANS, Talk about bias and driven agendas. I guess only Muslims can discriminate against Christians, not Israelis.

  • Gue

    you have to go to non US media for that, as only here in the US, only 1slamoph4cist are the bad guys

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16318626

  • jan

     Christians in the U.S. do NOT suffer. 

  • jan

     Actually, the story that christians were emigrating due to fear for personal safety hit the news briefly fairly soon after Saddam was taken out.  Do a search for “christians flee iraq 2008″ and you should find a CNN story, a USA Today story, and multiple 2010 stories about this topic.