Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Obituaries

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Dinkha IV, 79, the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, died March 26 in Rochester, MN of unknown causes. Born in Iraq, he quickly rose through the ranks of the Assyrian Church, serving in both Iran and Iraq early in his career. As Patriarch, he announced the end of a 500-year-old hereditary bloodline, opening the post of his successor to anyone qualified through experience. During the Iran-Iraq war, Dinkha relocated to Chicago and established headquarters there, only returning to Iraq in September 2006 for a brief visit. In successive wars, he became a spokesperson for the growing Assyrian diaspora, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Basil Soda, 47, a Lebanese fashion designer, died of cancer March 30 in Beirut. He became well-known in the capitals of world fashion for his own clothing lines from his East Beirut design house. Soda's outfits have been worn by such celebrities as Paris Hilton and Katy Perry.

Abdelhadi Tazi, 94, a Moroccan scholar and diplomat, died April 2 of unknown causes in Rabat. Born in Fez, Morocco, he studied at the University of Al Karaouine, the Moroccan Institute for High Studies, the Mohammed V University, the Language Institute of Baghdad and the University of Alexandria. Known for his translation of numerous texts from English and French into Arabic, Tazi was also a well-known diplomat, serving as his country's ambassador to Iraq, Libya, the United Arab Emirates and Iran. He was a founder of the Moroccan Diplomats Club and a member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco. …

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