Iraq Adopts Revised 2015 Budget Curbed By Low Oil Prices

By Saif Hameed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -- Iraq's parliament approved a budget on Thursday worth 119 trillion Iraqi dinars (US$105 billion), made possible by improved ties between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region but constrained by plunging global oil prices.

Kurdish Victory in Kobani Defeat for Turkish Policy

By Amberin Zaman

"Kobani is free. Ocalan is next," thousands of Kurds chanted across Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria when they celebrated the liberation of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border after 133 days of bloody war against Islamic State (IS) fighters.

Crisis for Christians in Iraq

By Patrick Yeagle

The drive from Qaraqosh to Erbil usually takes about 40 minutes. In mid-2014, the trip took closer to four hours, thanks to a highway snarled with thousands of cars fleeing a terrorist group with a reputation for beheadings.

Al Qaeda in Syria Attacks Western-backed Rebels

By Tom Perry

(Reuters) -- The Syrian arm of al Qaeda attacked a Western-backed rebel group near Aleppo on Thursday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said, threatening one of the few remaining pockets of the non-jihadist opposition.

Assyrians in Sweden March for Genocide Recognition

Stockholm (AINA) -- More than two thousand Assyrians marched for genocide recognition on Sunday in six cities in Sweden. The marchers held torches and Assyrian flags as they walked silently in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Norrkoping, Linkoping, Jonköping and Orebro.

Two Assyrians Killed in Syria

Homs, Syria (AINA) -- Two Assyrians have been killed in Syria, one in a suicide car bombing in the New Sabri neighborhood in Homs, Syria, the other in fighting between Kurdish and government forces in Hassaka.

ISIS Threatens to Blow Up the Historical Walls of Nineveh

(AINA) -- According to the Assyrian website www.ankawa.com, ISIS is planning to destroy the walls of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire and one of the most important archaeological sites in Iraq. Nineveh was sacked in 612 B.C. when the Assyrian Empire was overthrown.

Photos of Christmas in Iraq

(AINA) -- 2014 was a bad year for the Assyrians of Iraq, who comprise 95% of the country's Christian population. ISIS drove nearly 200,000 Assyrians from their homes and villages in the Nineveh Plain, forcing them to flee further north. They have been living as refugees since August 7.

Chicago Assyrian Community Rallies for Immigration Attorney

(AINA) -- Over 1,500 Assyrian-Americans gathered at the Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI) Building in Skokie, Illinois this past Sunday in support of two community members recently indicted on federal immigration fraud charges.

Assyrians Need Autonomous Region, Says Advisor to Mosul's Governor

By Nahren Anweya

(AINA) -- On June 10 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. The house of Dr. Duraid Tobiya Zoma was the first house to be occupied by ISIS and was marked with the letter "N" for Nazarene (Christian). Dr. Zoma, who is an advisor to the governor of Mosul and an Assyrian, lived in north Mosul.

The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Wednesday, August 20 five Patriarchs from the Middle East visited Arbel in north Iraq to show support for the beleaguered Assyrian Christian community (AINA 2014-08-21) and to call attention to the cultural genocide that is being committed against it by the Islamic State (ISIS).

ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer

By Nahren Anweya

(AINA) -- We have been witnessing the most horrendous and catastrophic events that have taken place in the Middle East since the Turks and Kurds conducted the genocide in World War One against the Assyrians, Armenians, and Greeks.

Post-traumatic Stress 'Evident in 1300BC'

By James Gallagher

(BBC) -- Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers. The team at Anglia Ruskin University analysed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.

Sleep and Empire

By Mark J. Molldrem

How many times have parents said to their children, "Go to bed now; sweet dreams." How many times have children tried to stay up late (an adult proclivity also), squeeze more into the day and end up worrying about tomorrow? Getting a good night's sleep is important; having dreams is important.


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Multiculturalism and the Overturning of Traditional Loyalties
Two Assyrians Killed in Syria
Citizenship or Residency? The Muslim Immigration Dilemma Facing the West
ISIS Threatens to Blow Up the Historical Walls of Nineveh
Photos of Christmas in Iraq
Sweden to Help Displaced Iraqis Face Winter
Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask
Chicago Assyrian Community Rallies for Immigration Attorney
Assyrians Need Autonomous Region, Says Advisor to Mosul's Governor
Turkey's Duplicitous Game With Assyrians
Documentary on Assyrian Refugees in Iraq Wins Vimeo Award
Iraq's Governor of Nineveh Meets Assyrian Leaders in Chicago
The Assyrian Fighters in North Iraq

Reports »

•  The Assyrians: a People without Rights
•  Minorities of Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven
•  Facing Annihilation: Innocent Assyrian victims of an unfolding Genocide
•  50 Thousand Assyrians: Report On The Flight From Al Hamdaniya
•  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

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•  The Assyrian Genocide As A Part Of The Christian Genocide In The Ottoman Empire
•  Demographic and Climatic Factors in the Decline of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
•  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

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Kurdish Victory in Kobani Defeat for Turkish Policy
Turkish Court Orders Return of Assyrian Foundation's Property
Deputy Speaker of Armenia's Parliament Receives Representatives of Greek and Assyrian Communities
Crisis for Christians in Iraq
Al Qaeda in Syria Attacks Western-backed Rebels
For ISIS, Tough Times As it Seeks to Regroup
The Worst Form of Inequality
Saudi Imam: Columbus Sailed to America to Kill All the Muslims

Editorials »

Turkey's Duplicitous Game With Assyrians
The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq
Increasing Calls for Military Intervention to Save Assyrians and Yazidis
US, Europe Must Arm the Assyrians, Provide Immediate Humanitarian Aid
Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day As History Repeats Itself
Islamic State in Iraq Part of Larger Sunni Insurgency; Assyrians, Minorities Need Safe Haven
For Assyrians in Iraq it is a Genocide
Newly Elected Assyrian Patriarch Wants to Commemorate Genocide Centennial
99 Years of Turkish Genocide
Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?

Opinion Editorials »

ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer
Multiculturalism and the Overturning of Traditional Loyalties
Citizenship or Residency? The Muslim Immigration Dilemma Facing the West
Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask
Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination
Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous
The Kurds Must Support the Assyrians and Yazidis Militarily and Politically
Does the American Government Care About the Assyrians of Iraq?
The Origin and Meaning of Assyrian Martyrs Day
Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders

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