By Nan Austin
Modesto, California -- Stanislaus County was the first county in the nation to offer a gold seal for students proficient in another language through its Office of Education. Now in its fourth year, the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency program recognized 154 students this year.
The Neo-Assyrian Empire dominated the Near East from 910 BC to around 610 BC. In the early 7th century BC, it became one of the first truly international empires. It was a multi-ethnic state composed of many peoples and tribes of different origins.
A few weeks ago now I attended services at the Syriac Orthodox Church, so far out in the burbs it required multiple zoom outs in Google maps. As I roused myself awake with some terrible early morning gas station coffee, I thought about the service at hand and I was anxious.
A running joke among the Assyrian community is 'I'm not a Syrian, I'm Assyrian.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq.
By Elizabeth Dias
Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed their careers--he is an engineer, she is a pharmacist--and raised their son and daughter, who are now both doctors.