Syrian Christians Long to Return to Maloula

By Roueida Mabardi

DAMASCUS -- In the Bab Touma district of Syria's capital Damascus, Fadi Mayal dreams of returning home to the ancient Christian town of Maalula which was retaken by government forces this week.

Syrian Christians Face Arduous Holy Week

Los Angeles -- One of the oldest Christian communities in the world is facing one of the most challenging Holy Weeks in its history. "This Holy Week was introduced by the murder of Fr. Frans from Homs in the fourth year of war and violence.

Syria: The Ebb and Flow of Horror

According to President Bashar Assad, Syria's three-year-old fratricide may soon be over. Speaking at Damascus University on April 13th, he declared that his army's "war on terror" had reached a turning point. From now on, he implied, it would essentially be a mopping-up operation.

Is Iran Ready to Join the International Community?

By Doug Bandow

The United Nations Human Rights Council angered Iran by renewing the mandate of monitor Ahmed Shaheed, who has criticized Tehran's abuses. His work remains vital as long as Iran violates its citizens' most basic rights. At the same time nuclear negotiations continue.

Iraq Must End Dependence on Oil--former Planning Minister

By Hamza Mustafa

Baghdad -- Iraq's economy must diversify to reduce its decades-long reliance on oil as the main contributor to its GDP, said the country's former planning minister, despite a recent uptick in oil production leading to expectations that OPEC's second-largest oil producer will be among the region's...

The Syrian 'Guests' of Istanbul

By Tanya Talaga

ISTANBUL--They beg on the street corners with their Syrian passports open so passersby don't confuse them with Roma. Others crowd the congested, winding streets of Istanbul in their luxury cars with Syrian license plates.

Leading Politicians to Speak At Assyrian New Year Celebration in Sweden

Stockholm (AINA) -- Swedish minister of integration Mr Erik Ullenhag, the leader of the main opposition party Mr Stefan Lofven and the leader of the left party Mr Jonas Sjostedt are keynote speakers during the Assyrian new year celebration in Sweden taking place on Saturday 29th March in the city of...

Assyrian Congressional Candidate Gains Endorsement

(AINA) -- Paul Hannosh, A veteran, teacher, school board trustee and candidate for the 8th California Congressional seat (north San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono County) has just been endorsed by the American Mesopotamian Organization (AMO) for his advocacy on behalf of the world's most persecuted...

Five Assyrians Fleeing Syria Drown Off the Coast of Greece

By Nuri Kino

(AINA) -- On Thursday, March 21 a newsflash arrived: Seven migrants, including two children, lost their lives on Tuesday when their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, according to Greek maritime officials. Another two persons are missing after the accident which took place outside the island Lesbos.

Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch Dies in Germany

Germany (AINA) -- His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, died Friday morning from a heart attack in a hospital in the city of Kiel in Germany.

Assyrians Usher 6764th Year With Celebrations Worldwide

(AINA) -- March 21 marked the beginning of the 6764th Assyrian year. The celebration of the new year is called the Akitu festival by Assyrians, and it goes back to antiquity. It was adopted by the various cultures that lived contemporaneously with Assyrians and by those that succeeded them.

Assyrian Coalition in US Supports Assyrian Province in Iraq

Chicago (AINA) -- On March 1, 2014 representatives of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) organizations in the U.S. convened in Chicago to discuss the decision of the Republic of Iraq's Cabinet to study the possibility of establishing three new provinces in Iraq (AINA 2014-01-22).

Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?

By Augin Kurt Haninke

Stockholm (AINA) -- On the same day I received the news that Patriarch Zakka had passed away in a hospital in Germany (AINA 2014-03-21), I was invited to a cultural event organized by the St. Augin Association in Sweden, in support of the eponymous monastery in Turabdin, Turkey.

Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders

By Augin Haninke

(AINA) -- Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, recently made a historic visit to Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey. It was Barzani's first visits to a city which may well become the capital of a future Kurdish state in Turkey.

Business is Going Native Again

By Andrew Hill

Whether you trace them back to Assyrian trading networks in 2000BC, or only as far as the mid-19th century when the modern cross-border joint-stock company was born, multinationals have had a good run.

Rare Byzantine Mosaic Unearthed in Israel's Negev Desert

An ornate mosaic floor from a Byzantine monastery has been found in Israel's northern Negev desert. Colourful birds, leaves and floral motifs adorn the Byzantine mosaic and inscriptions in both Greek and Syriac, helped archaeologists date the mosaics to the 6th century AD.


AINA News

Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?
Leading Politicians to Speak At Assyrian New Year Celebration in Sweden
Assyrian Congressional Candidate Gains Endorsement
Five Assyrians Fleeing Syria Drown Off the Coast of Greece
Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch Dies in Germany
Assyrians Usher 6764th Year With Celebrations Worldwide
Assyrian Coalition in US Supports Assyrian Province in Iraq
Parliament of New South Wales Unanimously Approves Assyrian Province Motion
Assyrian Leader: Kurds in Syria Must Accept Real Power Sharing
Armenia Begins Granting Visas to Iraqis Without Prior Invitation
Small Assyrian Group in Syria Splinters From Militia
Two Swedish-Assyrians Run for EU Parliament Seats
Assyrian Researcher Sheds New Light on Ancient Manuscript
U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing on Persecution of Christians Worldwide
Online Assyrian Dictionary Moves to New Home

Reports

•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2013
•  Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle
•  The Status of Christian Minorities in the Middle East
•  Between the Barbed Wire: Syrian Christian Refugees in Lebanon
•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011
•  The Situation of Assyrians in Northern Iraq

Articles

•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
•  Theater, Language and Inter-Ethnic Exchange: Assyrian Performance Before WWI
•  Assyrians In Iraq
•  Description and Significance of the Nestorian Stele in China
•  The Cross and the Lotus

News

Syrian Christians Long to Return to Maloula
Syrian Christians Face Arduous Holy Week
Chaldean Prelate, in Easter Message, Asks Peaceful Future for Iraq
Syria Fighting Leaves Maaloula, a Historic Christian Town, in Ruins
Syria: The Ebb and Flow of Horror
Is Iran Ready to Join the International Community?
Iraq Must End Dependence on Oil--former Planning Minister
'Turkey's Erdogan Following in Footsteps of Hitler, Mussolini'
The Syrian 'Guests' of Istanbul
Al Qaeda: "We Must Eliminate the Cross..The Bearer of the Cross is America!"

Editorials

Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?
Turkey's Role in the Kidnapping of the Syrian Bishops
Will a Province for Assyrians Stop Their Exodus From Iraq?
Conference on the Persecution of Assyrians and Other Christians in the Middle East
The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria
Stranded: the Forgotten Assyrians of Al-Thawrah, Syria
Assyrian Businesses, Church Attacked in Baghdad, 2 Killed
Islamist Ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die
Assad Fighters Hiding in Turkey Still Fear Persecution for Being Christians, Nuri Kino Reports
Assyrians and Syria's Struggle For Democracy And Freedom

Opinion Editorials

Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders
The West Must Not Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Muslim World
The Kurds: Victims and Oppressors
Barzani Calls Assyrian Massacre Victims 'Kurds'
Assyrian Girl Escapes Muslim Death Threats in Iraq, Fights Cancer in Lebanon
Assyrians Don't Want to Be a Part of a Part of Iraq
Abrogation in Islam and The Persecution of Christians
The Fall of Nineveh is Not Over Yet
Jonah, the Whale, the Assyrians, Christianity and Islam
Denial Flows All the Way to the Turkish Embassy in Canberra

All Things Assyrian

Business is Going Native Again
Rare Byzantine Mosaic Unearthed in Israel's Negev Desert
British Museum Will Not Bid for Fragment of Assyrian Stele
The Oldest Song in the World
Dennis Earl Elementary School Celebrates Assyrian New Year
Chaldean Business Group Booming in San Diego
Lent is a Time of Peace and the Future of Christians in Iraq
Syria, History, and the (re)conquest of the Middle East
U.S. Troops Saved Art As the 'Monuments Men' of Iraq
Cuneiform Exceptionalism
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