Turkey is Bombing Assyrian Villages in North Iraq

Iraq condemned Turkey's recent incursion into Iraqi territory in Nineveh Governorate. A member of parliament claimed that Turkey does not have the authority to deploy Turkish troops into Iraqi land. Turkey claimed they did so in order to neutralize 33 PKK fighters. Turkey continues to pursue the PKK to "neutralize" their threat.

Iraq's Assyrian Community, Decimated By Violence, Fear

Baghdad (AFP) -- Some fled after the US-led invasion, others during sectarian bloodshed and more following jihadist attacks. Iraq's last two violent decades have hollowed out its Christian community which dates back two millennia.

Mosul's Assyrians Struggle to Rebuild Destroyed Housing

By Tahsin Qasim

Now in his seventies, Joseph Gabriel has decided to return to his damaged house in Mosul, despite the property's uninhabitable state. ISIS militants had taken hold of the property during their three year tenure in the city. Like many other residents of the city, the Christian local has yet to receive financial assistance to repair his home. "This is my house.

For Iraqi Assyrian Youth, Papal Visit Brings Church Closer to Home

By Elise Ann Allen

A priest from Qaraqosh helping to prepare the city's youth for Pope Francis's visit next month has said the fact that a pope is traveling to the country for the first time has shown young people that the Church, which can often seem far away, is close to them. "Here in Qaraqosh, we are so happy that the pope will come to visit us," said Iraqi Father Roni Momika in comments to Crux.

What Happens When Non-Muslim Citizens Return to Turkey

By Uzay Bulut

What happens when non-Muslim citizens who fled discrimination or persecution finally attempt to return to Turkey, a NATO member? Recent news of a Yazidi man in southeast Turkey provides an answer. Süleyman Özmen (63) tried returning to his village in Mardin’s Midyat district after over 40 years. He was attacked by Muslim locals and government-funded village guards on February 12.

God of Scribes and Wisdom

By Aleksa Vučković

Nestled in the fertile region around the River Tigris and Euphrates, the historical region of ancient Mesopotamia has long been regarded as one of the earliest cradles of civilization. Home to ancient cultures of Assyria, Babylon, and Sumer, it was also the home of diverse gods and goddesses.

Assyrian Man Fired in Sweden for Refusing to Take Off His Cross

An Assyrian Christian lost his job after his employer deemed the cross he wore a security risk. George Tannouri, 28, had been working at Zalando warehouse, located in Kungsängen north of Stockholm, and run by the company Ingram Micro for three months, when he was asked to remove the cross necklace he wore under his shirt.

54 Senators Send Bipartisan Letter to Biden Criticizing Human Rights in Turkey

Yesterday, a bipartisan coalition of 54 Senators addressed a letter to President Joe Biden, expressing their concern over a deteriorating human rights record in Turkey. The letter cited Turkey's recent trends towards authoritarianism, in particular the jailing of journalists that oppose the government and its military involvement in Syria and Armenia.

Assyrian Artist Uses Snow to Create Intricate Art

By Karie Angell Luc

Thanks to plenty of snow and a sculptor's hand, a Skokie neighborhood is home to a temporary art installation. On display in the 8900 block of Bronx Avenue last week was a snow sculpture of a mythical winged bull with a human head, an Assyrian symbol, said Odicho Kifarkis. The Skokie resident created the snow sculpture and plans to continue creating more works of art throughout the season.

The Bridge of Dalaleh: From Arta to Assyria

By Dean Kalimniou

Some months after our wedding, my wife and I were driving in the car listening to Assyrian music. A particularly jaunty tune engaged my attention and I asked: "What is all that about? Is this a song of joy or, as is often the case with the music where I am from, are there deep, profound meanings here that have absolutely nothing to do with the music?" "This is about a bridge in Assyria," my wife...

Escalation of Religious Freedom Violations in Turkey

International Christian Concern (ICC) has observed a marked increase of reported religious freedom violations within Turkey since the start of the New Year. While most of these recent violations mainly impact church buildings, they also include a lack of interest by the authorities of pursuing and protecting justice for Christian victims.

32 Assyrian Organizations Demand Turkey Investigate Kidnapping of Elderly Couple

32 Syriac and Chaldean [Assyrian] organizations from France, Belgium, the United States (US), Sweden, Australia and Iraq have addressed an open letter to Turkey's Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior and requested that Hurmüz Diril, who has been missing since January 12, 2020, be found and the death of his wife Şimuni Diril be brought into light (story).

News

Turkey is Bombing Assyrian Villages in North Iraq
Iraq's Assyrian Community, Decimated By Violence, Fear
Mosul's Assyrians Struggle to Rebuild Destroyed Housing
For Iraqi Assyrian Youth, Papal Visit Brings Church Closer to Home
What Happens When Non-Muslim Citizens Return to Turkey
God of Scribes and Wisdom
Assyrian Man Fired in Sweden for Refusing to Take Off His Cross
54 Senators Send Bipartisan Letter to Biden Criticizing Human Rights in Turkey
Assyrian Artist Uses Snow to Create Intricate Art
The Bridge of Dalaleh: From Arta to Assyria

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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How Computers Learned to Speak Assyrian

(AINA) -- Computers magically speak many languages, even human languages to a degree, but deep down inside their native language is electrical current flowing through transistors. If you have one transistor (a bit), it can be on or off, and so it can speak two words. What those words mean depends on the context. Mathematically, these words can be 1 and 0.

Documentary on the Remains of Assyrian Churches in Turkey to Be Released

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

Hakkari, Turkey (AINA) -- The EU and Turkish Journalists Society sponsored a 40-minutes documentary capturing and documenting the remains of Assyrian churches in the region. Until the mid-1920s, Assyrian survivors of the genocide still inhabited the Hakkari region of northeast Turkey but were forcibly killed and driven out by the Turkish massacre of Assyrians between 1915 and 1918, which killed...

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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
Turkish Human Rights Commission Issues Report on Assyrian Nun, Villages
Assyrians in History

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
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
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

God of Scribes and Wisdom

By Aleksa Vučković

Nestled in the fertile region around the River Tigris and Euphrates, the historical region of ancient Mesopotamia has long been regarded as one of the earliest cradles of civilization. Home to ancient cultures of Assyria, Babylon, and Sumer, it was also the home of diverse gods and goddesses.

Assyrian Artist Uses Snow to Create Intricate Art

By Karie Angell Luc

Thanks to plenty of snow and a sculptor's hand, a Skokie neighborhood is home to a temporary art installation. On display in the 8900 block of Bronx Avenue last week was a snow sculpture of a mythical winged bull with a human head, an Assyrian symbol, said Odicho Kifarkis. The Skokie resident created the snow sculpture and plans to continue creating more works of art throughout the season.

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