Pope Writes Syrian President, Urging Him to Protect Civilians, Seek Peace

By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to put an end to his country's eight-year-long conflict and seek reconciliation for the good of the nation and its vulnerable people. "The Holy Father asks the president to do everything possible to put an end to this humanitarian catastrophe, in order to protect the defenseless population, especially those who are most vulnerable,...

Ancient Babylonian Astronomers Were Way Ahead of Their Time

By K. N. Smith

According to a newly translated cuneiform tablet, ancient Babylonian astronomers were the first to use surprisingly modern methods to track the path of Jupiter. The purpose of four ancient Babylonian tablets at the British Museum has long been a historical mystery, but now it turns out that they describe a method that uses figures on a graph to calculate the motion of Jupiter.

Assyrian Monk's Story Witnesses to the Will of God

By Martina Moyski

Syriac Catholic Father Youssef Sakat personifies the predicament of thousands of persecuted Iraqi Christians. The monk's story, along with that of his four fellow monks, at their ancient Syriac Mar (Saint) Behnam Monastery in Khidr, near Mosul in Iraq, speaks to the suffering and the perseverance of those bearing witness to their faith.

Assyrian American Real Estate Mogul Wants You To Live Like French Royalty

By Jeanne O'Brien Coffey

The soaring windows are draped with opulent blue and gold velvet. A delicate antique writing desk, adorned with a magnifying glass and letter opener, stands in the corner before an inviting tufted chair. A delicately painted French Provincial style bed, with a tall white headboard and matching curved footboard, is edged by a pair of inlaid delicate antique nightstands.

Cross Put Back on Assyrian Church in Iran, But Christians Remain Barred

A cross forcibly removed from the top of a 100-year-old Assyrian church in Iran was restored to its rightful place on 9 July, although the congregation is still locked out of the building. Security agents and members of an organisation that answers to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, tore the cross from the evangelical church in Tabriz on 9 May.

Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq From Extinction

By Edwin Mora

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is helping bring Christians and Yazidis in Iraq back from the brink of extinction fomented by a genocidal campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), religious minority representatives declared this week at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom convened by the Department of State. The U.S.

Assyrian Human Rights Activist Addresses Trump

On July 17, 2019, Iranian Assyrian human rights activist Dabrina Bet Tamraz was part of a delegation of survivors of religious persecution that met with United States President Donald Trump. Her father Victor Bet Tamraz, her mother Shamiran Issavi, and her brother Rameil Bet Tamraz face lengthy prison sentences in Iran for charges related to the practice of their Christian faith.

Islamists Rape, Stone to Death Christian Woman in Syria

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 8, 2019, an Armenian Christian woman living in the Syrian Governorate of Idlib went missing. Suzan Der Kirkour was 6o years old and her body was found the next day just outside of her village, al-Yaqoubiyeh. An autopsy revealed that Suzan was tortured and repeatedly raped over an estimated period of nine hours.

The Genocide of Anatolia's Christians

By Benjamin Weinthal

Israeli historians Benny Morris and Dror Ze'evi have produced a work that shocks the conscience with their forensic study of the exterminatory violence committed during the final stage of the Ottoman Empire and the lead-up to the nascent phase of the Turkish Republic.

News

Pope Writes Syrian President, Urging Him to Protect Civilians, Seek Peace
Archbishop of Basra: Reopening of the Church of the Virgin Mary 'A Sign of Hope'
Ancient Babylonian Astronomers Were Way Ahead of Their Time
Assyrian Monk's Story Witnesses to the Will of God
Assyrian American Real Estate Mogul Wants You To Live Like French Royalty
Cross Put Back on Assyrian Church in Iran, But Christians Remain Barred
Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq From Extinction
Assyrian Human Rights Activist Addresses Trump
Assyrians Call on US Army to Stop Possible Turkish Invasion in Northeast Syria
When Islamic State Came, Iraqi Assyrian Monks Had Just Finished Hiding Manuscripts

Reports

•  The Systematic Repression of Assyrians
•  Iraq’s Stolen Election: How Assyrian Representation Became Assyrian Repression
•  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

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

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The French Press and the Assyro-Chaldeans

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham, MSc.

(AINA) -- A new book titled La France et les Assyro-Chaldéens - qu'en dit la presse? (France and the Assyro-Chaldeans -- What does the press say?) has been published by Claire Weibel Yacoub, a French historian and author of three books on Assyrians.1 The book's introduction starts with the bold title "Return of the Assyro-Chaldeans on the stage.

Assyrian Delegation Meets Members of Dutch Parliament

Netherlands (AINA) -- A delegation from the Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE) visited the Dutch parliament and presented its latest report on the situation of Assyrians on 22 May. The delegation met with several MPs from the Christian Union party who have voiced concern for the future of Assyrians in their ancestral homeland Assyria which is carved up by Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.

AINA News

The French Press and the Assyro-Chaldeans
Assyrian Delegation Meets Members of Dutch Parliament
15 Assyrian Children Kidnapped By Kurdish Affiliated Militia in Syria
A Dialogue on the Assyrian Homeland and Diaspora
The Systematic Repression of Assyrians: Report
Assyrian Federation of Germany Meets With Chairman of Parliamentary Group
European Court 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

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

Ancient Babylonian Astronomers Were Way Ahead of Their Time

By K. N. Smith

According to a newly translated cuneiform tablet, ancient Babylonian astronomers were the first to use surprisingly modern methods to track the path of Jupiter. The purpose of four ancient Babylonian tablets at the British Museum has long been a historical mystery, but now it turns out that they describe a method that uses figures on a graph to calculate the motion of Jupiter.

The Assyrian Internet Marketer

By Brijesh Desai

While educational degree holders can pave way to a great career for most of us, there are some people who beat the odds and become successful even without an impressive academic degree in hand. Alan Lazar, an LA-based serial entrepreneur, internet marketing expert and investor, dropped out of college and took the job of a telemarketer to support his mother and younger brother, after his parents...

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