Syrian Catholic Bishops Highlight Complex Challenges in Middle East

By Doreen Abi Raad

BEIRUT -- Although security issues in the Middle East have declined in recent years, the challenges that remain are "getting more complex, as we have entered a tunnel whose darkness has not yet subsided," Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told the world's Syriac Catholic bishops.

Pope: Catholic, Oriental Orthodox Should Look At More Sacramental Sharing

By Cindy Wooden

ROME -- The theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches has reached a point where it seems appropriate to consider expanding the opportunities for the faithful of any of the churches to receive the sacraments from one another when they are not available in their own community, Pope Francis said.

The Early Assyrian Monastery Built on a Sun God Temple in Turkey

By Ruth Schuster

MARDIN, Turkey -- Some places exude sanctity. Believe in the deity, don't believe in the deity, one may feel a frisson anyway. Something in the site thrills, awes, speaks to our inchoate spirituality beyond, say, its altitude. Maybe that explains why a temple to one god gets built on the temple to another, which happened a lot in human history.

Archeologists Unearth Nearly 50 Assyrian Tablets in Nineveh

Archeologists in eastern Nineveh said on Sunday they unearthed nearly 50 ancient tablets and the remains of a soldier from the Assyrian era. The artifacts were found by an expedition from Italy's University of Bologna inside the monks' hall in the ancient city.

New Dam Could Drown Ancient Iraqi City of Ashur

By Hadani Ditmars

Just two short months ago, the reopening of Ashur was celebrated by local Iraqis singing and dancing in traditional regalia. Many had fled their homes after the onslaught of Islamic State (Isis). The festivities recalled the spring processions that took place in the city thousands of years ago, with modern-day Assyrians, as well as other citizens of Iraq's multicultural society, passing through...

Historic Church Service in Turkey Marred By Attack on Assyrian Family

A Christian family were attacked in a village in Mardin province, south-eastern Turkey, shortly before a church service on Sunday, June 5. The service in Mor Gevargis Assyrian Church, Brahîmîye village, was the first held in the building in almost 100 years, after renovation work which began in 2015.

Russian Revives Fashion for Assyrian Kokoshniks

By Ekaterina Yanson

Pearl stitcher Johann Nikadimus dreams that the historical kokoshnik will become a part of world fashion. The designer himself makes beautiful hats and teaches others how to make them. In an interview with RIA Novosti, he talked about primitive customs for Russian princes, Manizhi moon and Cartier crowns. You created the first kokoshnik in 2014.

Syrian Christians: Life Between War and Migration

By Vicken Cheterian

The church of the Virgin Martyr Febronia of Nisibis (Nusaybin) of Syrian Orthodox church is located in the village of Himo few kilometres to the west of Qamishli. The church was built in 2004 over a shrine that dates according to tradition from the 4th century. This is the land of early Christianity, and in the villages nearby there was once a thriving Assyrian community.

Iraq Extends Mandate of Committee on Illegally Expropriated Property

The Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al Sadr, President of the Alliance of the main forces in the current Iraqi Parliament, announced the continuation of the work of the ad hoc committee set up on his initiative in early 2021, with the task of returning property illegally expropriated in recent years from owners from Christian communities or the religious community of the Mandaeans to the rightful...

Persecution Against Christians Never Ends in Turkey

By Uzay Bulut

How do Christian families, most of whom are descendants of the survivors of the 1913-23 Christian genocide, continue to survive in Turkey? How much respect and tolerance are shown towards them by the Muslim society and government of Turkey? A recent incident targeting the Assyrian Christian natives in a village in southeast Turkey gives us a very clear answer.

Daughter of Assyrian Immigrants Strives to Shape Policy

By Aaron Burgin

Sandy Mekany remembers the first time a classmate called her a "terrorist": the daughter of Chaldean immigrants from Iraq, she was a third-grader in Scripps Ranch, a community in San Diego. Today, the new vice president of University Affairs for Associated Students, reflects on how the racism and anti-Middle Eastern sentiment in post-9/11 America briefly dimmed her pride in her heritage but...

News

Syrian Catholic Bishops Highlight Complex Challenges in Middle East
Pope: Catholic, Oriental Orthodox Should Look At More Sacramental Sharing
The Early Assyrian Monastery Built on a Sun God Temple in Turkey
Archeologists Unearth Nearly 50 Assyrian Tablets in Nineveh
New Dam Could Drown Ancient Iraqi City of Ashur
Christian Relics Found When Restoring Ancient Assyrian Church
Historic Church Service in Turkey Marred By Attack on Assyrian Family
Russian Revives Fashion for Assyrian Kokoshniks
Syrian Christians: Life Between War and Migration
Iraq Extends Mandate of Committee on Illegally Expropriated Property

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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The Assyrian Genocide and Its Antecedents

By Abdulmesih BarAbraham

Lyon, France (AINA) -- Professor Joseph Yacoub is the author of numerous articles and dozen of books, some translated into English. His latest book is titled Les Assyro-Chaldéens : mémoire d'une tragédie qui se répète (The Assyro-Chaldeans: Memory of a Repeating Tragedy) and published in April 2021 by L'Harmattan, Paris.

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Documentary on the Remains of Assyrian Churches in Turkey to Be Released
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Remembering the 1933 Massacre of Assyrians in Iraq
Greek, Assyrian, Armenian Genocide Memorial Erected in Berlin
100 Years of Assyrian Genocides

The First Assyrian Workers From Turkey in Germany

By Abdulmesih Barbraham

Wurzburg, Germany (AINA) -- The 60th anniversary of the German-Turkish recruitment agreement (German: Anwerbeabkommen) was officially celebrated in many cities across the country end of October 2021. In his speech at the state commemoration event in Berlin, Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, addressed the invited guests, stating that "You helped building up Germany -- You have enriched...

Editorials

The First Assyrian Workers From Turkey in Germany
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

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

Russian Revives Fashion for Assyrian Kokoshniks

By Ekaterina Yanson

Pearl stitcher Johann Nikadimus dreams that the historical kokoshnik will become a part of world fashion. The designer himself makes beautiful hats and teaches others how to make them. In an interview with RIA Novosti, he talked about primitive customs for Russian princes, Manizhi moon and Cartier crowns. You created the first kokoshnik in 2014.

Ancient Assyrian Complex Discovered Under Turkish Home

By Emily Staniforth

A bungled looting scheme has led archaeologists to an underground Iron Age complex in Turkey that may have been used by a fertility cult during the first millennium B.C., a new study finds. The ancient complex, which has yet to be fully investigated due to the instability of the structure, has rare rock art drawings on its walls featuring a procession of deities depicted in an Assyrian style.

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