Turkish Party Asks UNESCO to Investigate Violations of Linguistic Rights

Co-chairpersons of the pro-Kurdish Kurdish Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) have in letter called on the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, to send a delegation to Turkey to investigate violations of the linguistic rights of religious and ethnic groups other than Turks, the party has announced.

Assyrian, Greek, Armenian Genocide Recognition and Education in Australia

SYDNEY and CANBERRA, Australia -- The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council debated and unanimously passed a motion calling on Australia's largest state's government to expand Holocaust education to include the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides and establish a museum to create further awareness, the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU) reported.

From Mycenae to Mesopotamia: Ancient Greek Relations With Assyria

By Philip Chrysopoulos

The first mention of Assyria by ancient Greeks was in the middle of the 7th century BC, although they were not familiar with the exact geographical designation of the country. What ancient Greeks believed was Assyria was a vague geographical area that included the Levant, parts of Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia. Consequently, they knew little of its history, people, or culture.

The West Pushed Assyrians to Leave Their Ancestral Lands

By Fred Aprim

Some argue that despite the fact that Assyrians are the indigenous people of northern Mesopotamia (northern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey) their population is very small, thus that indigenous status is insignificant. This is one main reason why, again they argue, the world powers chose not to help Assyrians rather the Kurds.

Australian Federal Liberal Party Adopt Recognizes Assyrian Genocide

Canberra -- The organisational wing of the Liberal Party of Australia has officially adopted a party policy that, among other things, condemns the genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks and calls for the Commonwealth Government to officially recognise the genocides, reported the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU).

Reborn From Destruction

The Italian Ambassador to Iraq Maurizio Greganti inaugurated the plaque at the Basra Museum in memory of Italy's donation to the Government and the Iraqi people of the reproduction of the "Bull of Nimrud", a jewel of Assyrian art destroyed by the iconoclastic fury of the Isis-Daesh in 2015.

Life Sentence Sought for Man for Killing Assyrian Taxi Driver in Turkey

By Duvar English

İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has demanded murder suspect Delil Aysal get an aggravated life sentence for killing a taxi driver, according to reporting from state-run Anadolu Agency. The incident, which sparked an outrage in Turkey, happened early on Jan. 31. Taxi driver Oğuz Erge picked up 19-year-old Delil Aysal, who was wearing a hoodie and mask, in İzmir's Buca district at around 03.

Some Assyrians Are Returning to Iraq

By Marion Fontenille

"It's time to come back." This is the slogan of the NGO "The Return." A blue and white logo represents the paths of the Tigris and Euphrates in Iraq, with the borders intentionally erased "to send a message of unity, without distinction between various communities, including Christians," explains Dilan. A Chaldean of Franco-Iraqi origin, Dilan is the founder of the project.

Assyrian Bentrish Satarzadeh Appointed a California Superior Court Judge

By Matthew S. Bajko

The call Bentrish Satarzadeh had been waiting five years to receive came last Tuesday when she heard from Governor Gavin Newsom's office that he was appointing her to a vacancy on the Alameda County Superior Court. In doing so, Newsom is believed to have doubled the number of Assyrians serving on the California state bench.

How Difficult is it to Be a Christian in Turkey?

By Jonah McKeown

Terrorists stormed a Catholic church during Mass on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one person by shooting him in the head. The so-called Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which according to the local bishop took place during the consecration.

News

Assyrian Iraqi Politician Slams 'Oppressive' Court Ruling on Minority Seats
Assyrians Denounce Iraq's Federal Court Decision to Eliminate Parliamentary Quota Seats
Turkish Party Asks UNESCO to Investigate Violations of Linguistic Rights
Assyrian, Greek, Armenian Genocide Recognition and Education in Australia
From Mycenae to Mesopotamia: Ancient Greek Relations With Assyria
The West Pushed Assyrians to Leave Their Ancestral Lands
Australian Federal Liberal Party Adopt Recognizes Assyrian Genocide
Reborn From Destruction
Life Sentence Sought for Man for Killing Assyrian Taxi Driver in Turkey
Some Assyrians Are Returning to Iraq

Reports

•  Assyrian-European Fieldwork Delegation to Iraq
•  ISIS and the Assyrians: Intergenerational Trauma
•  Post-conflict Reconstruction in the Nineveh Plains of Iraq
•  Assyrians and The Turkey-PKK Conflict In Iraq
•  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

Articles

•  Paternal lineages of the Northern Iraqi Arabs, Kurds, Syriacs, Turkmens and Yazidis
•  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

All Things Assyrian

Ancient Assyrian Horses
The World's 10 Oldest Libraries
Assyrian Pizza in Turkey
Ancient Mesopotamian Bricks Captured a Mysterious Blip in Earth's Magnetic Field
Researchers Find 1,500 Year-old Chapter Hidden Within Assyrian Bible
The Trojan War and the Assyrians
Iraqi-American Artist Evokes the Splendor of Eden and Ancient Assyria
The Professor and the Assyrian Empire
Where is the Most Beautiful Town in Iraq?
Assyrian Warfare in the Bronze Age
Brief History of Assyrians Assyrians in History Assyrians: Frequently Asked Questions The Assyrian Genocide The 1933 Simmele Massacre Attacks on Assyrians in Syria Timeline of ISIS in Iraq Incipient Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq Assyrian Holocausts

New Online Assyrian Dictionary Launched

(AINA) -- The electronic version of Mr. Awia Oraha's Banipal Dictionary has been launched at Banipal Assyria Dictionary. The dictionary initially contains 3896 words in Assyrian, English and Arabic. According to Awia Oraha, the developer, the dictionary will be continuously expanded to increase the word list.

Film Explores Assyrian Diaspora in Chicago

Chicago (AINA) -- Sights and Sounds of the Assyrian Diaspora: Art in Response to Statelessness explores the role of art in the lives of Assyrians primarily in Chicago, Illinois. Assyrians practicing various art forms discuss the challenges of statelessness, the importance of art in connecting to their identity and heritage, as well as the evolution of the nation happening today.

AINA News

New Online Assyrian Dictionary Launched
Film Explores Assyrian Diaspora in Chicago
New Book on Assyrian and Armenian Genocide
Testing Opens for New Assyrian Word Processor
Chicago Suburban High School Adds Assyrian Language Course
Feud Between Chaldean Patriarch and Iraq's President Reinforces Islamic Status of Minority Groups
Assyrians and Yazidis Pledge to Forge Stronger Ties
Kurdish Regional Government Eases Restrictions on Checkpoints Around Assyrian Villages
Kurds Are Blockading Assyrian Villages Again
Assyrian Studies Symposium to Be Held At Stanford
Report of the Assyrian-European Delegation to Iraq
Kurdish Forces Conduct Military Exercises on Assyrian Archaeological Site
Assyrian Churches: Unity in Faith
ISIS and the Assyrians: Intergenerational Trauma
German Human Human Rights Activist Dies At 83

Assyrian Churches: Unity in Faith

By Benjamin Martin

(AINA) -- In early December, Patriarch Awa spoke on the possible reunification of the Assyrian and Chaldean Churches, expressing opposition to any form of "uniatism" in the process. Patriarch Sako responded first on December 31 and then more fully on February 28.

Editorials

Feud Between Chaldean Patriarch and Iraq's President Reinforces Islamic Status of Minority Groups
Assyrian Churches: Unity in Faith
Obstacles in the Unification of Assyrian Churches
The First Assyrian Workers From Turkey in Germany
US Attorneys May Have Violated Constitutional Rights, Immigration Law in Prosecuting Assyrian Lawyer
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

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 Assyrian Horses

By Randy Steffen

Ancient Assyria occupied parts of the present countries of Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey, a country about 350 miles long, by 300 miles wide... not very big, according to our standards, but immensely powerful for its size among the ancients. Animal life in ancient Assyria was as varied as the climate.

The World's 10 Oldest Libraries

By Teet Ottin

Ever since the invention of writing, institutions specialising in the collection and preservation of knowledge have been established in literate societies. Record rooms held vast collections of materials dealing with trade, administration and foreign policy. Before the age of the internet libraries were islands of knowledge, greatly shaping the development of societies throughout history.

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