Chaldean Cardinal Says Promised US Aid for Iraq Hasn't Come

By Nicole Winfield and Susannah George

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church complained on Tuesday that promised U.S. aid for religious minorities in Iraq hasn't materialized, issuing an unusual public rebuke of the United States on the same day Washington announced a new infusion of assistance.

Swedish-Assyrian MP Says Integration is the Key

By Mahmud el-Shafey

With the post-election political situation in Sweden still uncertain, questions remain as to what direction the Scandinavian country is heading. There are major concerns about the rising star of the far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, which won 17.5% of the vote in the recent election. However, in ethnic minorities' favour, there are five ethnically Assyrian MPs in Sweden's Riksdag.

After 60 Years, First Prayer At 1,500-year-old Assyrian Church in Turkey

The Mor Samuel (Shmuel) Church, located in the Anıtlı (previously known as the "Hah") village in the Midyat district of the southeastern province of Mardin, hosted its first religious ceremony in the last 60 years on Oct. 15. "Mor Samuel Church has been among the places in which the deeds were given back with a legal regulation carried out by the cabinet.

Restoring Assyrian Reliefs

By Phoebe Ollerearnshaw

With input from Bank of America's Rena DeSisto and the Brooklyn Museum's Lisa Bruno, Arts & Collections takes a detailed look into the Art Conservation Project and its ongoing efforts to restore six Assyrian reliefs Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for not-for-profit museums to facilitate the conservation of significant artwork and historical treasures.

Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq

By Bar Daisan

Berlin (AINA) -- In a letter sent to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani on October 4th, 2018, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the Assyrian Federation in Germany and European Sections (ZAVD) urged Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to respect Assyrian rights and political participation in the KRG region and to give pro-active support for Assyrians...

ISIS Reverting to Insurgency Tactics After Losing Caliphate

By Bassem Mroue

BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly defeated on the battlefields of its would-be caliphate, analysts say the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular conquests in 2014 -- a shadowy insurgent network that targets civilian populations with guerrilla-style attacks and exploits state weaknesses to incite sectarian strife.

Assyrian Writer Reflects on Minority Rights in Syria's Northeast

By Ammar Hamou, Madeline Edwards

Syria's majority-Kurdish Hasakah province is, for the most part, quiet--tucked into a northeastern corner of the country far from the front lines. But there are signs of simmering discontent in this corner of Syria, where the Kurdish-led Self-Administration wields authority over a diverse population of Kurds, Arabs and ethno-religious Christian minorities including Assyrians and Armenians.

Rumors Stoke Islamist Attacks on Egyptian Copts

By Hany Ghoraba

Islamists and jihadists in Egypt have targeted the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority for decades with bombings and mob attacks on Coptic churches, businesses, and homes. Many are sanctioned by fatwas from radical clerics, Salafist preachers, and Muslim Brotherhood muftis. The latest attack took place last month in Dimshaw, a village in southern Egypt's Minya governorate.

News

Chaldean Cardinal Says Promised US Aid for Iraq Hasn't Come
Swedish-Assyrian MP Says Integration is the Key
After 60 Years, First Prayer At 1,500-year-old Assyrian Church in Turkey
Restoring Assyrian Reliefs
Knights of Columbus Teams With U.S. Government to Assist Assyrians in Iraq
Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq
ISIS Reverting to Insurgency Tactics After Losing Caliphate
Muslims Defied ISIS to Save Two Ancient Assyrian Manuscripts in Mosul
Despite Assyrian Journalist's Release, Fears of More Kurdish Abuses Remain: Bishop
In Syria's Relatively Quiet, Majority-Kurdish Northeast, Rumblings of Assyrian Discontent

Reports

•  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
•  ISIS Genocide of Middle Eastern Christians and Its Jizya Propaganda Ploy
•  Impact and Significance of the Christian Presence in Syria and Iraq during the Current Crisis
•  Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East

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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Tribute to the Assyrian King
The Hidden $129 Million Assyrian Relief
Assyrian Women's Choir Sing a Different Tune
Religion and Royalty in the Holy Assyrian City
Nineveh: the Crown City of Ancient Assyria
A Wedding Fusion of Assyria and Samoa
The British School of Archaeology in Iraq
Assyrian Water Balloons
The Assyrian Tablets and the Lost City
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Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq

By Bar Daisan

Berlin (AINA) -- In a letter sent to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani on October 4th, 2018, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the Assyrian Federation in Germany and European Sections (ZAVD) urged Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to respect Assyrian rights and political participation in the KRG region and to give pro-active support for Assyrians...

Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq

(AINA) -- Father Athanasis Toma, who lives in Los Angeles, returned recently from a trip to Iraq, his country of origin. Fr. Athanasis is an Assyrian, a chorbishop in the Ancient Church of the East, with a diocese in San Fernando, CA. Fr.

AINA News

Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq
Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq
Kurdish Parties in Iraq Have Hijacked Quota Seats for Assyrians and Yazidis
Kurds in Turkey Have Occupied Assyrian Monastery's Land for 40 Years
The Kurdish YPG Treatment of Non-Kurdish Groups in Northwest Syria
Assyrian, Yazidi Issues Raised At Annual Human Rights Conference in Warsaw
Four Assyrians Elected to Swedish Parliament
The Living Testimony of the Assyrian Genocides
Assyrian Confederation of Europe Condemns Kurdish Occupation of Assyrian Schools in Syria
Assyrians in Northern Syria Condemn School Closures By Kurds
Assyrians Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge for Genocide Awareness
Kurds in Syria Shutdown Assyrian School for Refusing Kurdish Curriculum
Assyrian Mayor in Iraq Who Was Illegally Removed Reinstated
Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day Amid Strife and Exodus From Middle East
Assyriology Conference Held At the University of Innsbruck

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

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
'Don't Cry, Sandra' -- Immortal Words of Faith and Hope From an Assyrian Refugee Girl

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.

EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians

By Max Joseph

(AINA) -- Much has been swirling around on social media about an EU Conference (AINA 2017-06-24) organized by Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson alongside sponsors such as Demand For Action. No sooner had I heard about it did I also see that it had been boycotted by the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) and the Chaldean Church, together with various other Assyrian parties and organizations, including...

Opinion Editorials

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
Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women

The First Library in the World to Reopen

By Salaam al-Shamaa

Baghdad -- It does not seem that the 3,000-year-old Royal Library of Ashurbanipal in Mosul will reopen soon, even though international institutions and universities pledged to donate hundreds of titles to the project. This library was one of the victims of the war and the fighting between the Islamic State and the Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilisation Forces. The library stopped operating in 2014.

Tribute to the Assyrian King

By Warren Reinsch

Early in the eighth century b.c.e., the nation of Assyria was weak politically and militarily. It was under the dominion of its northern neighbor, Urartu. When a weak king came to power in Urartu in 746--745 b.c.e., Assyria rebelled and a new ruler emerged. Pulu (or Pul) assumed the name Tiglath-Pileser iii after one of Assyria's greatest kings.

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