People like the Yazidis, Coptic Christians, and Assyrians, who have survived persecution over the centuries and are now threatened by ISIS, other Islamists or civil war. These ancient religions offer many clues about the past.
Phoenix Chief Financial Officer To Move To Washington, D.C.
The mayor of Washington, D.C. is nominating the chief financial officer for the city of Phoenix to the same post in the District of Columia. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Mayor Vincent Gray called Jeffrey DeWitt a "skilled manager and leader," citing his experience working with the Wall Street credit-rating agencies to maintain and improve a large city’s bond ratings.
DeWitt has worked in the Phoenix finance department since 1994. He has been managing a $3.4 billion budget here. Washington’s budget is about $10 billion, even though the city population is smaller.
The population of Phoenix is about 1.4 million according to the last census. The District of Columbia has 600,000 people.
DeWitt was one of several candidates recommended to Mayor Gray by a search committee headed by former Washington Mayor Anthony Williams and former U.S. Budget Director Alice Rivlin. He will replace Natwar Gandhi who is stepping down after more than a decade in the job.