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 Stuck in an Electoral Quagmire

By Diana Moukalled

Iraqis did not linger long on analyzing the causes of the fire that ripped through Iraq's biggest ballot-box warehouse, destroying the ballot papers filled in by a large segment of the electorate in the May elections.

Vice President Pence Tackles Stalled Iraqi Aid Plan

Amid disturbing news reports that delivery of vital U.S. assistance for persecuted Iraqi Christians and Yazidis had stalled, Vice President Mike Pence renewed the groundbreaking pledge he made back in October, when he announced that aid for underserved religious minorities would bypass the United...

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 "...

'Mogul for the Martyrs' Wields Business Moxie to Save Iraqi Assyrians

By John L. Allen Jr.

ANKAWA, Iraq -- Few Western bishops these days are building either new universities or hospitals, mostly because they don't have either the money or people to justify it. In the case of hospitals, any movement is usually in the opposite direction by selling them off.

Chaldean Patriarch: Government is Responsible for Saving Iraq From Crisis

A sacrifice "for the good of Iraq", an assumption of responsibility "to save the country from the current political and social crisis", guaranteeing the creation of an executive "capable of representing all citizens": This is what the Chaldean patriarch Mar Louis Raphael Sako -- who will receive a...

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.

Noah's Ark and the Assyrian Relief

By J-P Mauro

A team of archaeologists is searching Turkey's Mount Cudi (also called Judi Dagh) for the resting place of Noah's Ark. While their investigations have not turned up any new evidence of the fabled ship, they have discovered an ancient Assyrian relief, carved into the stone of the mountain.


AINA News

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
The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

Reports

•  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
•  ISIS Genocide in North Iraq

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

Assyrian Candidate in Turkish Election Vows to Fight for Rights
We Will Remain in Syria, We Will Defend it and Defeat Terrorism: Syriac Orthodox Patriarch
Turkey Says Its Air Strikes Killed 35 Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq
Transformation of Iraqi Assyrian Village a Warning About Anti-Christian Tides
Iraq Stuck in an Electoral Quagmire
Vice President Pence Tackles Stalled Iraqi Aid Plan
Under Pressure From Pence, U.S. Aid is Directed to Assyrian, Yazidi Communities in Iraq
'Mogul for the Martyrs' Wields Business Moxie to Save Iraqi Assyrians
Chaldean Patriarch: Government is Responsible for Saving Iraq From Crisis
Iraqi Party Leader Slams Judicial Interference in Polls

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

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
Sydney and the Assyrian Refugee Writer
Iron and War
The Assyrian Monastery in Iraq
The Assyrian March Against Judah
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