Consequences of Southern Protests Felt Across Iraq's Nineveh Plains

By Claire Evans

Washington -- International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Nineveh Plains, the traditional homeland of Iraq's Christians, is experiencing increased infrastructure challenges because of governance disputes and violent protests in the country's southern region.

At Least Five Dead As Basra Protests Spread Across Southern Iraq

By Alex MacDonald

Reports indicate that at least five people have been killed since the beginning of protests in southern Iraq a week ago, as thousands continued to take to the streets to complain about unemployment and a lack of public services, including electricity and drinking water.

Kurd-Arab Council Readies for Talks With Syria Regime

(AFP) -- The political arm of a powerful alliance of Syrian Kurd and Arab fighters said Monday it was working on a negotiating team for any talks with the Damascus regime. The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.

US State Department 2017 Report on Religious Freedom

(AINA) -- The US State Department published its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 on Tuesday. The following are excerpts from the report concerning Assyrians in Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq.

Iraq's State of Emergency

Iraq declared a state of emergency over the weekend. Not to fight off a resurgent ISIS. But to quell week-long protests across the southern part of the country. Basra is the richest of all Iraq's provinces.

Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President

(AINA) -- Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator from Arizona, John McCain, sent a letter to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani regarding Assyrians in the Kurdish region in north Iraq. In the letter, dated May 25, McCain expresses "...

Why Turkey's Kurdish Problem is About to Explode

By David L. Phillips

The Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) entered into a unilateral ceasefire prior to Turkey's elections on June 24. Though Turkish armed forces repeatedly attacked the PKK headquarters in the Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq, the PKK refused to take the bait.

Turkey's Violation of Human Rights Must Be Challenged

By Sabri Atman

(AINA) -- When speaking about the Ottoman Empire and Turkey today, it is not their contribution to civilization that comes to mind. Instead it is human rights violations, confiscation of land and property, genocide and genocide denials that are most frequently discussed in the public discourse.

Assyrian Water Balloons

Hamilton, Canada -- The highlight of the Bet Nahrain Assyrian Heritage Centre's third annual Assyrian Water Festival of Nusardil at T.B. McQuesten Park was a massive water balloon fight using 15,000 water balloons. The event was open to the public.

The Assyrian Tablets and the Lost City

By Bess Connolly Martell

When Eckart Frahm, professor of Assyriology at Yale, received a call from Homeland Security with a request to come to New York to assess cuneiform tablets, he was intrigued by the opportunity to provide an assessment of the content and origins of these ancient artifacts.


AINA News

Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights Issues Report on Christian Persecution in Syria
Swedish Foreign Minister Addresses Assyrian Community on Genocide Recognition
Assyrian MP From Iran Delivers Opening Speech At Conference in Berlin
US State Department 2017 Report on Religious Freedom
Assyrian Confederation Participates in UN Conference on Role of Diasporas
Assyrians in Sweden Critical of Government's Position on Genocide Bill
California Recognizes Assyrian Genocide
EU Commission's Turkey Report Touches on Property Rights As Well
Cologne Orders Armenian Genocide Memorial Removed
Church Leaders Condemn Attack on Syria By the US, France and Britain
Assyrian Organization Opens Office in Brussels
Assyrians Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Patriarch's Assassination
Assyrian Woman Speaks At Syria Peace Conference in Sochi
Assyrians Establish National Federation in France
Turkey Arrests Assyrian for Rebuilding His Village

Reports

•  Brutality Against Christian Clerics in Syria
•  Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2015–17
•  Erasing Assyrians: Kurdish Abuses of Human Rights
•  Assyrians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq 2017
•  Understanding Recent Movements of Christians from Syria and Iraq
•  The Hopes And Fears Of Religious Minorities In Northern Iraq
•  Assyrians Under Kurdish Rule: The Situation in Northeastern Syria
•  Untying the Knots of Religious Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan
•  The Protection Needs Of Minorities From Syria and Iraq
•  ISIS Genocide of Middle Eastern Christians and Its Jizya Propaganda Ploy
•  Impact and Significance of the Christian Presence in Syria and Iraq during the Current Crisis
•  Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East

Articles

•  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

News

Consequences of Southern Protests Felt Across Iraq's Nineveh Plains
At Least Five Dead As Basra Protests Spread Across Southern Iraq
Kurd-Arab Council Readies for Talks With Syria Regime
Formation of New Lebanese Cabinet Blocked By Opposing Christian Parties
Iraq's State of Emergency
We've Resettled 26,000 Assyrians in Ex-Islamic State City, Iraqi Priest Claims
Why Turkey's Kurdish Problem is About to Explode
Five Years After Syrian Archbishops' Abduction, Christians Need Help Finding Answers
Manual Vote Recount Begins in Assyrian Town in North Iraq
Rebuilding With US Funds, Iraq's Minority Religious Communities Still Await Security

Editorials

The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney
German Recognition of Armenian, Assyrian Genocide: History and Politics
Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President
Turkey Attempted to Stop Broadcast of Assyrian Genocide Documentary
Australia's Assyrians in Focus
US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years
Teaching People to Commit Genocide
'Don't Cry, Sandra' -- Immortal Words of Faith and Hope From an Assyrian Refugee Girl

Opinion Editorials

Turkey's Violation of Human Rights Must Be Challenged
EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians
Trump's Immigration Order and Christianity
The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe
Erdoğan's Gambit for Mosul
The Genocide of Assyrians and Yazidis and the Next American President
Is Obama Fast-tracking Mosul Offensive to Save His Legacy?
Why France? It's in the Math
Terrorist Strikes and the Blame Game
Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women

All Things Assyrian

Assyrian Water Balloons
The Assyrian Tablets and the Lost City
Assyrian Iconographer Honors His Roots
The Greatest King You've Never Heard of
Noah's Ark and the Assyrian Relief
Picture Perfect Art Program Recognizes Assyrian Youth
Is the Lost Language of Iraqi Jews Really Lost?
An Old Language in the New World
Ancient Middle Eastern Luxury
Assyrian Tablets and the Lost City
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