The Story of Assyrian Wine in Turkey

By Erin O'Brien

Gabriel Oktay Cili is a man of many talents. When we visited him on a winter day in January, he had a crowd of visitors packed into his tiny, tunnel-like shop on the main tourist drag in old Mardin, near the Syrian border with Turkey. Each had a cup of cardamom-laced Assyrian coffee or tea in hand and each was waiting for Gabriel to attend to them.

Iraq Must Recognize Assyrians As Its Indigenous People

By Fred Aprim

Assyrians are the descendants of the ancient Assyrians.[1] They are historically, culturally, and spiritually tied to northern Mesopotamia, a region that is located from north Baghdad to south of Lake Van, as well as from Persian borders in the east to the Euphrates in the west.

Assyrian Simmele Massacre Still Not Recognized By Iraq

By Robert DeKelaita

(AINA) -- August 7th is Assyrian Martyrs Day and it is commemorated everywhere in the world by Assyrians. Martyrs are honored and acknowledged by government officials in various countries. Monuments now exist in the United States and in Europe, and solemn ceremonies are held everywhere Assyrians reside.

Turkey's Midyat District Meeting Point for Assyrian Expats

By Halil Ibrahim Sincar and Selahattin Erol

Mardin, Türkey -- Türkiye's Midyat district is a meeting point for Assyrian expats who left their homeland many years ago. The historical district in the southeastern province of Mardin is a melting pot of different cultures and languages -- Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, and Syriac. The expats and tourists from different parts of the world breathe new life into Midyat during the summer season.

Assyrian Fighter Killed By Turkish Drone

The media centre of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday confirmed the death of an Assyrian fighter during a Turkish drone strike on July 25. The SDF Media Centre said that Assyrian Qais Barkho Slevia, originally from the Iraqi city of Mosul was killed in a village in Tal Abyad.

Chaldean Patriarch Sako Confirms His Intention to Resign

Baghdad -- The intention announced by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako to present his resignation to the Pope from the patriarchal office at the age of 75 continues to be discussed. This intention had been expressed by the Iraqi Cardinal in the course of a television interview by Jordanian priest Nabil Haddad and broadcast by Nour Sat TV.

Syrian Christians Threatened By Potential Turkish Invasion

Recent reports indicate that a new Turkish military operation in northern Syria may be imminent. Mazloum Abdi, a commander of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), indicated, "They have amassed troops at the border region. We believe that they have not attacked until now because they could not find the opportunity to do so.

Why Are Non-Muslim Cemeteries Attacked in Turkey?

By Uzay Bulut

The Jewish community of Istanbul woke up on July 15 to learn of the most painful news published on social media: A Jewish cemetery had been subjected to the most cruel and callous attack. Gravestones had been desecrated, and some of the badly damaged graves had even been opened.

Turkish Aggression Threatens Syria's Most Vulnerable

By Cliff Smith, Richard Ghazal and Diliman Abdulkader

The Islamic State-perpetrated genocide in Iraq and Syria and the ongoing Syrian Civil War are dual tragedies that have fallen disproportionately on Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the region. Many who were not murdered were compelled to leave the region entirely, resulting in a massive drop in their populations.

Assyrian People Must Resist in Order to Survive

Last Friday, the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces warned, during a press conference, the Turkish army that it would confront the forces of all Syrians if it attempted to occupy new Syrian areas, and the forces confirmed that they are fully prepared to confront it.

Who Protects Christian Properties in Northeast Syria?

Christians of various sects from northeastern Syria have suffered mass emigration in the years since 2011. Some of those who emigrated from Syria, known as "absentees," left behind real estate and other properties without legal representatives to take care of them.

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The Story of Assyrian Wine in Turkey
Iraq Must Recognize Assyrians As Its Indigenous People
Assyrian Simmele Massacre Still Not Recognized By Iraq
Turkey's Midyat District Meeting Point for Assyrian Expats
Assyrian Fighter Killed By Turkish Drone
Chaldean Patriarch Sako Confirms His Intention to Resign
Syrian Christians Threatened By Potential Turkish Invasion
Why Are Non-Muslim Cemeteries Attacked in Turkey?
Turkish Aggression Threatens Syria's Most Vulnerable

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•  Turkish-Backed Militants Target Assyrian Towns in Syria
•  The Future of Security in Iraq's Nineveh Plain
•  The Destruction of Assyrian Cultural Heritage in Syria
•  Turkish Human Rights Commission Report on Assyrian Nun, Villages
•  Assyrian Genocide in Modern History
•  Recognition of the Simele Massacre of 1933
•  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

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•  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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Assyrian Simmele Massacre Still Not Recognized By Iraq

By Robert DeKelaita

(AINA) -- August 7th is Assyrian Martyrs Day and it is commemorated everywhere in the world by Assyrians. Martyrs are honored and acknowledged by government officials in various countries. Monuments now exist in the United States and in Europe, and solemn ceremonies are held everywhere Assyrians reside.

Assyrian Organization Condemns Confiscation of Assyrian Property in Syria

Hasaka, Syria (AINA) -- In light of the widespread corruption in the administration and institutions of the Syrian regime and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), the people of Jazeera, like in other regions in the country, are witnessing the emergence of a new phenomenon of illegal confiscation of property of displaced and immigrant citizens, who left the country in...

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Parties Meet in UN-led Constitution Drafting Meetings for Syria
Assyrian Journalist Speaks on His Abduction By Kurdish Security in Northeastern Syria
Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide
Municipality in Turkey Building Parking Lot on Syriac Catholic Monastery Land
Assyrian Organization in the UN-led Constitutional Committee for Syria
How Computers Learned to Speak Assyrian
Documentary on the Remains of Assyrian Churches in Turkey to Be Released
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The First Assyrian Workers From Turkey in Germany

By Abdulmesih Barbraham

Wurzburg, Germany (AINA) -- The 60th anniversary of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement (German: Anwerbeabkommen) was officially celebrated in many cities across the country end of October 2021. In his speech at the state commemoration event in Berlin, Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, addressed the invited guests, stating that "You helped building up Germany -- You have enriched...

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Conference Expropriates Assyrian Christian History, Denies Assyrian Identity
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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

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

The Story of Assyrian Wine in Turkey

By Erin O'Brien

Gabriel Oktay Cili is a man of many talents. When we visited him on a winter day in January, he had a crowd of visitors packed into his tiny, tunnel-like shop on the main tourist drag in old Mardin, near the Syrian border with Turkey. Each had a cup of cardamom-laced Assyrian coffee or tea in hand and each was waiting for Gabriel to attend to them.

The 3,000-year-old Assyrian Lens

The Nimrud Lens is a 3,000-year-old piece of rock crystal discovered in 1850 by Sir John Layard in the Assyrian palace of Nimrud in what is now Iraq. Since its discovery more than a century ago, scientists and historians continue to debate its use, with one prominent Italian professor claiming that the lens was used by the ancient Assyrians as part of a telescope.

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