Hundreds of Assyrian Homes Stolen in Iraq

At least 350 homes belonging to Christians who fled IS/Daish have been illegally occupied by new residents, taking advantage of their absence and using false legal documents, which make their recovery very difficult. This was reported by an investigation by Iraqi television network al Sumaria.

Syrian Army Advances Against Islamic State in Southeastern Desert

AMMAN (Reuters) -- Hundreds of Islamic State militants withdrew from the heart of a rugged area in southeastern Syria after holding up for over three months against a major campaign by the Syrian army and its allies to crush them, rebels and residents said on Sunday.

The Assyrians of Turkey

(AINA) -- The Assyrian community in Turkey dates back to 1000 B.C. or more. In the last century it has been driven out by the Turkish Genocide of World War One, which killed 750,000 Assyrians (75%), as well as one million Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians, as well as by the policies of Turkey against it's minority communities.

Turkey Arrests High-profile Activists and Academics in Crackdown

By Ayla Jean Yackley

Turkey has arrested more than a dozen high-profile activists and academics as part of its investigation into a jailed philanthropist accused of seeking to topple the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a case that has drawn criticism from the EU.

Damascus Archbishop Describes Syrian Catholics' Plight

By Matthew Davis

On Jan. 8, a bomb exploded in the bedroom of Archbishop Samir Nassar, who leads the Archeparchy of Damascus, Syria. He was in a nearby room and wasn't hurt. The incident illustrated the point Archbishop Samir emphasized during a Nov. 9-15 visit to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: "We are living in a very dangerous area because of the [Syrian Civil] war," he said.

Pope and Assyrian Patriarch Condemn Persecution of Christians

By Devin Watkins

Pope Francis signed a Common Statement on Friday with Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. The two religious leaders signed the statement at the end of their meeting in the Vatican, following a moment of prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

We Must Open Eyes to Anti-Christian Bigotry

By Charles Lewis

There is something about distance, numbers and repetition that I have always found peculiar in terms of evoking reaction. I find this is especially true when thinking about anti-religious persecution. When several people are killed in an incident close to home, attention is massive. Think of the awful event last month when a madman shot up the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh leaving 11 dead.

Syriac Orthodox Church Opens University in Syria

On November 6, 2018, as a milestone in the new history of our Syriac Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated the Antioch Syrian University (ASU), in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Atef Al-Naddaf, Minister of Higher Education in Syria, in ASU in Maarat Saydnaya. The inauguration was also attended by Dr.

International Conference Explores Assyrian Christianity

A two-day conference entitled "Syriac Christianity at the Crossroads of Cultures" gathered researchers from all over the world at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome last week. Both Mar Gewargis III, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, and Cardinal Louis Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, participated in the opening session of the conference commemorating the 700th...

UN Envoy: New Iraq Government Plans to Uproot IS Extremists

By Edith M. Lederer

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iraq's new government plans to intensify efforts to uproot cells of the Islamic State extremist group and introduce "robust measures" to achieve sustainable security throughout the country, the country's U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Jan Kubis told the U.N.

Turkish Air Strikes Kill 19 Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Turkish forces has killed 19 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during air strikes in northern Iraq, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. The air strikes targeted several regions in northern Iraq, including the Qandil mountains, a PKK stronghold, Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Twitter.

'Next Time We Will Not Survive' -- Middle East Christian Refugee

As many as 80% of Syria's Christians have left their country since the start of the civil war in 2011, while 50% of Iraq's Christians have been uprooted since 2006, according to a report produced by Christian charities Open Doors International, Served and Middle East Concern last year, which said the arrival of IS was only the "tipping point" of a trend already gathering pace as Christians...

News

Hundreds of Assyrian Homes Stolen in Iraq
Syrian Army Advances Against Islamic State in Southeastern Desert
The Assyrians of Turkey
Turkey Arrests High-profile Activists and Academics in Crackdown
Damascus Archbishop Describes Syrian Catholics' Plight
Pope and Assyrian Patriarch Condemn Persecution of Christians
We Must Open Eyes to Anti-Christian Bigotry
Syriac Orthodox Church Opens University in Syria
International Conference Explores Assyrian Christianity
UN Envoy: New Iraq Government Plans to Uproot IS Extremists

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

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The First Library in the World to Reopen
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The Hidden $129 Million Assyrian Relief
Assyrian Women's Choir Sing a Different Tune
Religion and Royalty in the Holy Assyrian City
Nineveh: the Crown City of Ancient Assyria
A Wedding Fusion of Assyria and Samoa
The British School of Archaeology in Iraq
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The Assyrians of Turkey

(AINA) -- The Assyrian community in Turkey dates back to 1000 B.C. or more. In the last century it has been driven out by the Turkish Genocide of World War One, which killed 750,000 Assyrians (75%), as well as one million Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians, as well as by the policies of Turkey against it's minority communities.

Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq

By Bar Daisan

Berlin (AINA) -- In a letter sent to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani on October 4th, 2018, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the Assyrian Federation in Germany and European Sections (ZAVD) urged Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to respect Assyrian rights and political participation in the KRG region and to give pro-active support for Assyrians...

AINA News

The Assyrians of Turkey
Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq
Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq
Kurdish Parties in Iraq Have Hijacked Quota Seats for Assyrians and Yazidis
Kurds in Turkey Have Occupied Assyrian Monastery's Land for 40 Years
The Kurdish YPG Treatment of Non-Kurdish Groups in Northwest Syria
Assyrian, Yazidi Issues Raised At Annual Human Rights Conference in Warsaw
Four Assyrians Elected to Swedish Parliament
The Living Testimony of the Assyrian Genocides
Assyrian Confederation of Europe Condemns Kurdish Occupation of Assyrian Schools in Syria
Assyrians in Northern Syria Condemn School Closures By Kurds
Assyrians Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge for Genocide Awareness
Kurds in Syria Shutdown Assyrian School for Refusing Kurdish Curriculum
Assyrian Mayor in Iraq Who Was Illegally Removed Reinstated
Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day Amid Strife and Exodus From Middle East

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

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

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.

EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians

By Max Joseph

(AINA) -- Much has been swirling around on social media about an EU Conference (AINA 2017-06-24) organized by Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson alongside sponsors such as Demand For Action. No sooner had I heard about it did I also see that it had been boycotted by the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) and the Chaldean Church, together with various other Assyrian parties and organizations, including...

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

The Assyrian Women Traders of Ancient Anatolia

Historic documents unearthed during excavations in Anatolia's oldest international trade center, Assyrian Trade colony Kaniş-Karum, have revealed that women made commercial deals and impressed their seal 4,000 years ago.

It's Assyria. With an A.

By Sasa Jovanovic

It was by a stroke of fate and a seating algorithm that on an EasyJet flight I met Nino. Romi and I were on our return flight from London. While traveling in pairs is normally not an issue, on a plane with three-seat aisles, the third seat is left to chance.

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