Turkey's Disappearing Christian Leadership

By Claire Evans

A melody is slowly quieting in Turkey. For centuries, the soft chanting of psalms flowed across churches flooded with worshipers. They knelt in prayer, their petitions floating like the incense which enveloped them. Candles were lit as they exited, a reminder of Christ's light to the world. This is the country where the New Testament church came to life.

Assyrians in Northeast Syria Appeal for Prayer for Safety

By Dale Gavlak

Groups representing Christians in northeast Syria are appealing for prayer, fearful that Turkey plans to make good its numerous threats to invade the region with its military forces. Since November 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch a large military operation east of the Euphrates River to "clear Kurdish terrorists" from the area.

Chaldean Synod in Iraq Issues Final Statement

At the invitation of His Beatitude Patriarch Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, the annual Chaldean Synod was held at the Patriarchal summer headquarters, Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq, from 3 to 10 August 2019, attended by Bishops from the dioceses of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, America, Canada and Australia.

House Democrats Urge Trump to Stop Deporting Iraqis After Deportee Dies

By Christina Zhao

House Democrats urged President Donald Trump to stop deporting Iraq nationals on Tuesday after a deported Michigan man died last week of a diabetic crisis. In a letter signed by dozens of Democrats, the lawmakers expressed their "outrage and grief" over the death of Jimmy Aldaoud, a Michigan man who died last Tuesday after being deported to Iraq in June.

The Assyrian and the Tyranny of Untempered Justice

By Kaylee McGhee

Jimmy Al-Daoud is dead. An Iraqi refugee and Chaldean Christian whose family fled to Detroit when he was less than a year old, Al-Daoud was deported in June and died on the streets of Baghdad. He was 41 years old. Al-Daoud's death was unnecessary. His family said he was bipolar, schizophrenic, and diabetic.

Body of Assyrian Deported to Iraq Flown Back to Michigan

You've seen the video, or maybe thumbnails of the video. It features a Michigan man speaking directly to a camera, pleading to come home. I begged them, I said 'please, I've never seen that country, I've never been there.' They forced me. I'm here now." Jimmy Al Daoud said in a video that's gone viral.

US Sanctions on a Christian Militiaman Reignite Conflict Among Iraq's Assyrians

By Saad Salloum

BAGHDAD -- The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced July 18 new sanctions on four Iraqi citizens, including Rayan al-Kildani, head of the Christian minority's Babylonian Brigades, and Waad Qado, head of the Shabak minority's Brigade 30 -- two influential armed factions in the Ninevah Plains.

Past Genocides Continue to Affect Assyrian Americans

By Naramsen Goriel

Hundreds of thousands of innocent Assyrians were brutally murdered by political and religious extremists, wiping out two-thirds of the Assyrian population by 1934. Between 1914 and 1934, there were two genocides against the Assyrian people in the Middle East. The first occurred during World War I, committed by the Ottoman Young Turks, who killed over 700,000 Assyrians.

The Assyrian Christian Renaissance

By Sam Sweeney

In Syria's northeast, in Qamishli, al-Hasakah, and other cities and their surrounding villages, a renaissance is under way in the area's beleaguered Syriac Christian community, which is attempting to revive the Syriac language and culture after decades of neglect and oppression.

News

Iraqi Assyrian Girl Learns Spiritual Warfare on Mosul Battlefield
Turkey's Disappearing Christian Leadership
Assyrians in Northeast Syria Appeal for Prayer for Safety
Chaldean Synod in Iraq Issues Final Statement
A Disastrous Deportation: Why the Jimmy Aldaoud Case Should Trouble Us All
House Democrats Urge Trump to Stop Deporting Iraqis After Deportee Dies
Politicized Curriculum Threatens California Assyrian and Jewish Communities
The Assyrian and the Tyranny of Untempered Justice
Body of Assyrian Deported to Iraq Flown Back to Michigan
US Sanctions on a Christian Militiaman Reignite Conflict Among Iraq's Assyrians

Reports

•  Assyrian Genocide in Modern History
•  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
•  The Hopes And Fears Of Religious Minorities In Northern Iraq
•  Assyrians Under Kurdish Rule: The Situation in Northeastern Syria
•  Untying the Knots of Religious Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan
•  The Protection Needs Of Minorities 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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Assyrian Genocide in Modern History

(AINA) -- A report published by the Assyrian Policy Institute "provides a summary of five major events in modern history during which Assyrians were subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing: The Massacre of Assyrians at Hakkari (1843); the Assyrian Genocide (1914-1923); the Simele Massacre (1933); the Soriya Massacre (1969); and the more recent genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns at the...

Several Large Fires Broke Out in Assyrian Areas in Southeast Turkey

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

(AINA) -- Several large fires have broken in six Assyrian villages and their surroundings in Turkey. The villages are Elbeğendi, Güzelsu, Dibek, Üçköy, Üçyol and Dağiçi. The fires have threatened an Assyrian monastery. Assyrians in the villages suspect arson.

AINA News

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Several Large Fires Broke Out in Assyrian Areas in Southeast Turkey
The French Press and the Assyro-Chaldeans
Assyrian Delegation Meets Members of Dutch Parliament
15 Assyrian Children Kidnapped By Kurdish Affiliated Militia in Syria
A Dialogue on the Assyrian Homeland and Diaspora
The Systematic Repression of Assyrians: Report
Assyrian Federation of Germany Meets With Chairman of Parliamentary Group
European Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Assyrian Monastery Against Turkey
New Zealand Primary School Adds Assyrian New Year to Curriculum
Four Christian Children and Woman Killed in Syria
Conference Expropriates Assyrian Christian History, Denies Assyrian Identity
Hungarian Exhibition Highlights Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
Persecution and Genocide Testify to Unique Experience of Assyrians
Turkey's National Pride is Based on Genocide Denial

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.

The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

On January 2, 2018, Judge Goldsmith from the federal court in Michigan ordered the release of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean or Syriac) Christian detainees who had been held for deportation. In his decision, the judge cited that the country conditions in Iraq precluded the possibility of returning the refugees to their homes safely.

Editorials

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
Teaching People to Commit Genocide

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 Assyrian War Dog

The Aksaray Malaklısı -- the largest of the Anatolian sheep dogs, also known as the Turkish mastiff or Anatolian Lion -- was used a war dog by the Assyrians 2,000 years ago, according to a Turkish breeders association. The Aksaray Malaklısı Breed Improvement Association (AKMID) said Sunday that the dog breed is one of the oldest in the world, and has a 3,500-year-long history in Anatolia.

Ancient Babylonian Astronomers Were Way Ahead of Their Time

By K. N. Smith

According to a newly translated cuneiform tablet, ancient Babylonian astronomers were the first to use surprisingly modern methods to track the path of Jupiter. The purpose of four ancient Babylonian tablets at the British Museum has long been a historical mystery, but now it turns out that they describe a method that uses figures on a graph to calculate the motion of Jupiter.

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