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Assyrian New Year Festival to Usher in Year 6769
Basra Museum Opening Sparks Hopes of Cultural Revival in Post-war Iraq
Alabama Becomes 49th U.S. State to Recognize the Assyrian, Armenian, Greek Genocide
Iraqi Museum Unveils 100 'Looted' Artifacts
Turkish Minorities Struggle to Keep Their Voices Alive
Catholic Prelates Aghast At 'unspeakable' Suffering in Syria
Iran's Furtive Occupation of Iraq's Assyrian Communities
Syria Army Vows to Retake Control of Kurdish Areas
For Assyrians Who Fled Iraq, New Zealand Attacks Brought Back Memories
Assyrian Artist's Studio a Big Draw for International Musicians
Increased Fears for Christians in Iran
Archbishop of Erbil: Iraq's Christians Need to Thrive, Not Just Survive
Turkey to Restore Assyrian, Armenian Churches Damaged By Kurdish Group
Assyrians Rising Up From the Ashes in North Iraq
Christianity in the Middle East Threatened With Extinction
Syrian Prelates Visit Ghouta, See 'Unspeakable Suffering'
Yazidis Demand Iraq Actively Search for Their Missing Persons
New Threats and Intimidation Against Iraq's Assyrians
Kurdish YPG Group Oppress Assyrians in Syria: Activist
Patriarch Sako Calls for a National Covenant Against Extremism and Violence
Symposium Marks 100th Anniversary of Turkish Genocide of Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians
Free Assyrian Language Course in Turlock, California
Survivors in a Great War
Man of Peace
Volunteers Repair Assyrian Monastery in Mosul
Yazidi Women and Children Tell Horror Stories of ISIS Captivity
Dutch Parliament Recognizes 1915 Armenian Massacre As Genocide
Turkey: The Case of the Missing Priests
Iranian Christians Arriving in U.S., But Questions Remain
Assyrian Community in Australia Receives State Funding
Assyrian Former Swiss Officer Gets Suspended Sentence for Fighting ISIS
Assyrian Community Leaders Meet With Ministers of Australian Government
New History of Turkish Genocide of Christians Sounds Dark Warning for the Future
Iranian Court Postpones Assyrian Woman's Appeal
Assad's Adviser Flatly Rejects of Kurdish Autonomy in Northern Syria
Switzerland Prosecutes Assyrian for Fighting Against ISIS in Syria
Cardinal Sako: Constitution, School and Work for the Future of Iraq
Why Aren't Assyrians Returning to Bartella, Iraq?
After ISIS, Iraq's Assyrians Now Face New Threat From Shabak Shiite Militias
4 Ancient Assyrian Books Depicting Life of Jesus Seized in Turkey
Iraqi Assyrians Fear Returning Home, Wary of Shiite Militia
Islam: The West's 'Most Formidable and Persistent Enemy'
Chaldean Patriarch: Reforms Required to Meet Challenges of Modernity
Chaldean Patriarch: One Million Iraqi Christians Have Emigrated in Recent Years
Ayatollah Asks UN to Investigate Violence Against Mosul's Assyrians
Cardinal Sako Calls for End to Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
Chaldean Patriarch Calls for Investigation Into ISIS Crimes
An Assyrian Woman's Decade-long Journey to Help Victims of War
Syrian Assyrians Fear a New Genocide In Wake of US Pullout
Chaldean Patriarch: Youth, Churches and Dialogue Foundations for Rebuilding the Christian Presence i
Rebuilding Broken Hearts: A Syrian Sister's Prayer for Her Country
Kurds Are Not Ready for Democracy, They Are Ready to Rule
New Mosul Prelate Urges Pope to Visit Iraq
The Controversial Sale of Assyrian Antiquities
Kurdish PM Hopes Assyrians in Iraq Will Not Emigrate
Syriac Patriarch Opens Archdiocese Residence in Erbil, Iraq
UK Priest Who Found His Calling in the Plight of Iraq's Assyrians
Coalition Meets With Polish Officials on the Plight of Middle East Christians
Assyrian Priest Who Saved Christian Heritage Ordained Mosul Archbishop
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch: Unify Efforts Against Extremism, Terrorism
Summaries

Assyrian New Year Festival to Usher in Year 6769

By Chris Boulous

More than 20,000 people are expected at this year's Assyrian New Year Festival on Sunday, March 31 at Fairfield Showground. The festival has grown in recent years with the increase in newly arrived refugees from Syria and Iraq with organisers tipping last year's record crowd of 15,000 to be eclipsed.

Basra Museum Opening Sparks Hopes of Cultural Revival in Post-war Iraq

By Mina Aldroubi

Basra Museum opened its doors to the public this week in another step towards restoring the country's cultural heritage damaged in conflicts dating back almost four decades to the war with Iran. The museum in Basra had been closed since 1991, when it was among nine museums looted by mobs opposed to dictator Saddam Hussein at the close of the first Gulf War.

Alabama Becomes 49th U.S. State to Recognize the Assyrian, Armenian, Greek Genocide

Alabama has officially become the 49th U.S. state to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Governor Kay Ivey issued a powerful proclamation recognizing the Ottoman Turkish Empire's centrally-planned and executed annihilation of close to three million Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians and Syriacs from 1915-1923, according to the Armenian National Committee of America -- Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).

Iraqi Museum Unveils 100 'Looted' Artifacts

(AFP) -- Over 2,000 artifacts, including about 100 that were looted and found abroad, were unveiled Tuesday in a museum in Basra province on the southern tip of Iraq, authorities said. On Tuesday between 2,000 and 2,500 pieces went on display in the Basra Museum, the second largest in Iraq, said Qahtan al-Obeid, head of archeology and heritage in the province.

Turkish Minorities Struggle to Keep Their Voices Alive

By Nimet Kirac

To reach her home, Ms Vaic, a 90-year-old woman from Turkey's northeast Black Sea region, must climb a steep hill to the village of Xigoba, where she lives in a traditional wooden house. Here in the hills of Hopa, the traditional language spoken by the people is Homshetsi. It is one of many endangered languages in the country and speaking it is dear to Ms Vaic's heart.

Catholic Prelates Aghast At 'unspeakable' Suffering in Syria

Catholic prelates in Syria, accompanied by Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, visited the eastern Ghouta region outside of Damascus and saw "unspeakable suffering". "In every face, mostly the children" was a "very confused" expression, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said.


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