Assyrian Relic Discovered in Western Iran

Tehran -- Iranian archaeologists have discovered a portion of a royal memorial inscription, which is attributed to a Neo-Assyrian king, in western Iran. "During an excavation project in Qabaq Tappeh of Kermanshah province, a team of Iranian archaeologists has unearthed a portion of a royal memorial inscription, which is attributed to Sargon II, who was the king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire," ISNA...

Turkey's Christians Face Increasingly Dangerous Persecution

By Lela Gilbert

Once upon a time, tourists in Turkey eagerly made their way to Hagia Sophia--a historic architectural marvel shimmering with the golden light of ancient mosaics. Although marred by many centuries, images of Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist reflect the spirit of a fledgling Christian world. In fact, Turkey's earliest churches are recalled in the New Testament itself--in Antioch, where St.

The King's Library

By Jonny Lupsha

In a bas relief, Ashurbanipal is depicted as a great slayer of lions. The 2,700-year-old sculpt shows him fending off the kings of the jungle with bow and arrow, in a chariot, and on horseback. One panel, showing the lions' planned release, says otherwise.

Cardinal Calls for Iraq to Become a Secular State, Separating Religion and Government

By Thomas D. Williams

Iraqi Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako issued a bold proposal Monday for the establishment of a secular state in Iraq, separating religion from government "as the Christian West has done for a long time." "A civil or secular state is not hostile to religion and respects all faiths, but does not include it in politics," Cardinal Sako said, proposing Iraq adopt a model "that guarantees freedom of...

Municipality in Turkey Building Parking Lot on Syriac Catholic Monastery Land

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

Mardin, Turkey (AINA) -- The Armenian newspaper Agos reported last Thursday that a parking lot is being built on the grounds of the Monastery of St.Efrem in Mardin, belonging to the Syriac Catholic Church. The monastery was built in 1884 during the reign of Patriarch Cercis Şelhet and belongs today formally to the Syriac Catholic Foundation.

Do Non-Muslim Citizens Have Property Rights in Turkey?

By Uzay Bulut

Istanbul, or Constantinople, is one of the world’s most well-known holiday destinations. Millions of foreign tourists visit this historic city to see its cultural heritage and scenic beauties. However, a large number of magnificent buildings in the city, such as homes, offices, palaces, hotels, museums, and even mosques (converted from churches), that are now used by Turks or Kurds...

Assyrian Children in Iraq Celebrate Palm Sunday

By Zelda Caldwell

The village of Alqosh is an oasis of Christianity in the Nineveh Plain of northern Iraq. Home to about 4,600 Chaldean Catholics, Alqosh was the only Christian stronghold not to fall to ISIS when Islamist militants seized territory in northern Iraq. In 2014, when ISIS threatened to attack Alqosh, the women and the children fled for a month, while the men remained to defend their village.

3000 Year-old Wall Destroyed in Nineveh, Iraq

By Ninos Emmanuel

While Assyrians around the world are currently preparing to celebrate their Assyrian ancestors' tradition of Akitu or the Assyrian New Year, an ancient Assyrian heritage site is being bulldozed by heavy earth moving machinery.

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Assyrian Priest in Turkey Given Jail Sentence on 'Terror' Charges
Cardinal Calls for Iraq to Become a Secular State, Separating Religion and Government
Barnabas Fund Calls for Recognition of Armenian, Assyrian Greek Genocide
Municipality in Turkey Building Parking Lot on Syriac Catholic Monastery Land
Do Non-Muslim Citizens Have Property Rights in Turkey?

Reports

•  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
•  Erasing Assyrians: Kurdish Abuses of Human Rights
•  Assyrians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq 2017
•  Understanding Recent Movements of Christians from Syria and 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

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Municipality in Turkey Building Parking Lot on Syriac Catholic Monastery Land

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

Mardin, Turkey (AINA) -- The Armenian newspaper Agos reported last Thursday that a parking lot is being built on the grounds of the Monastery of St.Efrem in Mardin, belonging to the Syriac Catholic Church. The monastery was built in 1884 during the reign of Patriarch Cercis Şelhet and belongs today formally to the Syriac Catholic Foundation.

Assyrian Organization in the UN-led Constitutional Committee for Syria

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

Geneva, Switzerland (AINA) -- Following a meeting with members of the UN-facilitated Syrian Constitution Committee in Geneva at the end of January, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, lamented the slow progress of the peace process in Syria. He pointed to disagreements on the process between the two Co-Chairs, representing the Syrian Government and the Syrian Opposition.

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Assyrian Artist Exhibits Paintings in Detroit
Storyteller: Stories of My Assyrian Ancestors
Remembering the 1933 Massacre of Assyrians in Iraq
Greek, Assyrian, Armenian Genocide Memorial Erected in Berlin
100 Years of Assyrian Genocides
Missing Elderly Assyrian Woman Found Dead in Turkey
Assyrian Genocide Resolution Read in Arizona Assembly
Iranian General Soleimani Did Not Help Free Assyrian Hostages Held By ISIS
Assyrian Organization Does Not Endorse Statement of Support for Iran
Kurdish Authorities Allow Anti-Christian Shoes to Be Sold in North Iraq
Assyrian Patriarchs Address Christian Persecution Conference in Hungary

Conference Expropriates Assyrian Christian History, Denies Assyrian Identity

(AINA) -- On May 4-5 the Salahaddin University in Erbil, Iraq and the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO) organized a workshop titled Christianity in Iraq at the turn of Islam. Its aim was to discuss important institutional changes for Christians in areas of the collapsed Persian Empire and retreated Byzantine Empire which were conquered by Muslims.

Editorials

US Attorneys May Have Violated Constitutional Rights, Immigration Law in Prosecuting Assyrian Lawyer
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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

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 King's Library

By Jonny Lupsha

In a bas relief, Ashurbanipal is depicted as a great slayer of lions. The 2,700-year-old sculpt shows him fending off the kings of the jungle with bow and arrow, in a chariot, and on horseback. One panel, showing the lions' planned release, says otherwise.

The Assyrian King's Earring

By Kelly Grovier

(BBC) -- If you want big answers, start small. Take, for example, the sprawling sculpted slabs of ancient alabaster known as the Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal. At first glance, the 7th-Century BC gypsum panels, which once adorned the walls of a royal palace in Nineveh, Upper Mesopotamia, are a confusing chaos of arrows splitting muscle.

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