European Commission Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Assyrian Monastery Against Turkey

By Bar Daisan

Midyat, Turkey (AINA) -- According to a press release by the Foundation of Mar Gabriel Monastery, on June 9, 2019 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published a decision dismissing a lawsuit for the return of property of the monastery because to "missing documents." The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by the Foundation.

Iran Closes Assyrian Presbyterian Church in Tabriz

The Assyrian Christian community in the northwestern city of Tabriz has been left it a state of shock, after the Presbyterian church was forcibly closed earlier this month. Intelligence agents stormed the 100-year-old church, which is a National Heritage site, on Thursday, 9 May, changed all the locks, tore down the cross from the church tower, and ordered the church warden to leave.

How Iraq is Hunting for Ancient Relics Looted From Its Museums

By Tom Westcott

Islamic State fighters damaged and looted some of Iraq's most important historic sites when they seized swathes of the country in 2014. But authorities leading the country's battle to return stolen antiquities say that the damage wreaked is just a fraction of the thefts still going on at unguarded locations IS targeted pre-Islamic heritage, releasing video of militants armed with sledgehammers...

Comedy and TV

By Meagan Meehan

Paul Elia is an actor and comedian of Chaldean and Assyrian heritage who is best known for his roles in "Agents of Shield," "Lady Dynamite," and "Major Crimes" and the new movie "Stillwater." Paul is also frequently featured in the hilarious sketches of the "Conan O'Brien" show and "LaffTracks" which is a popular show on TruTV. Paul also produced a film titled "Dirty" in which he also starred.

Turkey's Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian Christians Destroyed By '30-year Genocide'

By Jack Montgomery

Turkey's Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian Christians, which predominated in the region before its colonisation by Turkic Muslims, were subjected to a "staggered campaign of genocide" from 1894 to 1924, which reduced them from 20 per cent of the population to less than 2 per cent, according to Israeli researchers.

Acts of Genocide: 100 Years Since the Massacres

By Dean Kalimniou

Approximately 300,000 Armenian and 25,000 Assyrian subjects of the Ottoman Empire were killed during the Hamidian massacres of 1895. It is estimated that 100,000 "Greeks" were also killed, although this may mainly refer to Armenian, Assyrian and Arabic members of the Greek Orthodox church rather than just ethnic Greeks per se.

Assyrian Stone Tablet Traces Early Christianity in China

By Meng Qingsheng and Li Yang

When did Christianity first appear in China? Well, you may come across a much reasonable answer by examining the over 4,000 stone tablets at Xi'an Beilin Museum, or Stele Forest, located in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

New Zealand Primary School Adds Assyrian New Year to Curriculum

By Ashoor Yalda

(AINA) -- The Holy Cross Primary School in Wellington, New Zealand has begun teaching the Assyrian New Year (Akitu) to junior students as a subject through the Intensive Oral Language program to learn about the Assyrian culture, language and heritage. The school provides opportunities for children to learn about different cultures. The course on Akitu extends over two weeks.

Archbishop of Erbil: Is the US Abandoning Assyrians At Risk in Iraq?

Archbishop Bashar Warda, one of the leading voices on behalf of persecuted and displaced Christians in Iraq, released today an urgent statement regarding the retreat of U.S. personnel from key areas in the country. "We are gravely concerned regarding the recent draw down of the U.S. presence in Iraq," the archbishop said.

News

European Commission Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Assyrian Monastery Against Turkey
Iran Closes Assyrian Presbyterian Church in Tabriz
Iraq Archbishop Makes Urgent Appeal to UK Foreign Secretary
How Iraq is Hunting for Ancient Relics Looted From Its Museums
Erdogan Describes Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Genocide As 'Reasonable Relocation'
Iraqi Christian Assyrian Leaders Plead With US, Iran to Sort Things Out
Comedy and TV
Turkey's Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian Christians Destroyed By '30-year Genocide'
Acts of Genocide: 100 Years Since the Massacres
Assyrian Stone Tablet Traces Early Christianity in China

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•  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

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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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European Commission Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Assyrian Monastery Against Turkey

By Bar Daisan

Midyat, Turkey (AINA) -- According to a press release by the Foundation of Mar Gabriel Monastery, on June 9, 2019 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) published a decision dismissing a lawsuit for the return of property of the monastery because to "missing documents." The lawsuit was filed in 2011 by the Foundation.

New Zealand Primary School Adds Assyrian New Year to Curriculum

By Ashoor Yalda

(AINA) -- The Holy Cross Primary School in Wellington, New Zealand has begun teaching the Assyrian New Year (Akitu) to junior students as a subject through the Intensive Oral Language program to learn about the Assyrian culture, language and heritage. The school provides opportunities for children to learn about different cultures. The course on Akitu extends over two weeks.

AINA News

European Commission Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Assyrian Monastery Against Turkey
New Zealand Primary School Adds Assyrian New Year to Curriculum
Four Christian Children and Woman Killed in Syria
Conference Expropriates Assyrian Christian History, Denies Assyrian Identity
Hungarian Exhibition Highlights Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
Persecution and Genocide Testify to Unique Experience of Assyrians
Turkey's National Pride is Based on Genocide Denial
Syriac Patriarchs Speak At International Security Summit in Munich
Swedish MP's Call for Kurdish Entity in Syria Draws Sharp Criticism From Assyrians
Assyrians Commemorate Historic Leader
British Museum Exhibition Omits Mention of Modern Assyrians
The Australian General Who Saved 80,000 Assyrians in WWI
The Heroic Struggle of an Assyrian in the Wake of Genocide
Forging Demographic Change in Iraq At the Expense of Assyrians
French Aid Organisation Proposes a State Secretariat for Middle East Christians

Conference Expropriates Assyrian Christian History, Denies Assyrian Identity

(AINA) -- On May 4-5 the Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq and the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO) organized a workshop titled Christianity in Iraq at the turn of Islam. Its aim was to discuss important institutional changes for Christians in areas of the collapsed Persian Empire and retreated Byzantine Empire which were conquered by Muslims.

The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

On January 2, 2018, Judge Goldsmith from the federal court in Michigan ordered the release of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean or Syriac) Christian detainees who had been held for deportation. In his decision, the judge cited that the country conditions in Iraq precluded the possibility of returning the refugees to their homes safely.

Editorials

Conference Expropriates Assyrian Christian History, Denies Assyrian Identity
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

Turkey's National Pride is Based on Genocide Denial

By Sabri Atman

During the years of World War I 75% (750,000) of the Assyrian population in the Ottoman Empire was systematically murdered. That genocide of Assyrians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is a fact, but it has largely been forgotten by the world.

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. Today's Turkey is still far from being ruled by democratic principles.

Opinion Editorials

Turkey's National Pride is Based on Genocide Denial
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

Comedy and TV

By Meagan Meehan

Paul Elia is an actor and comedian of Chaldean and Assyrian heritage who is best known for his roles in "Agents of Shield," "Lady Dynamite," and "Major Crimes" and the new movie "Stillwater." Paul is also frequently featured in the hilarious sketches of the "Conan O'Brien" show and "LaffTracks" which is a popular show on TruTV. Paul also produced a film titled "Dirty" in which he also starred.

Assyrian Stone Tablet Traces Early Christianity in China

By Meng Qingsheng and Li Yang

When did Christianity first appear in China? Well, you may come across a much reasonable answer by examining the over 4,000 stone tablets at Xi'an Beilin Museum, or Stele Forest, located in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

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