The Heavenly History of Angels in Art

For centuries, angels have graced works of art with their ethereal presence. Appearing as ancient statues and adorning modern murals, these winged figures have become a fixture in art history spanning medium, culture, and time. While our contemporary idea of what an angel looks like emerged in the 4th century, the existence of angel-like figures in art can be traced back thousands of years.

Amnesty Says Islamic State Group Decimated Rural Iraq

By Sinan Salaheddin

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group's deliberate destruction of agriculture in northern Iraq has hindered the return of hundreds of thousands of residents, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday. The New York-based rights group said IS fighters burnt or chopped down orchards and sabotaged wells by filling them with rubble, oil or other materials.

Syria Unearths ISIS Mass Graves Near Iraqi Border

By Ghassan Adnan and Isabel Coles

BAGHDAD -- Syrian forces have unearthed mass graves near the border with Iraq containing the remains of several hundred people executed by Islamic State, providing more evidence of the militants' reign of terror as they are driven out of territory they once controlled.

Iraq's Displaced See No Hope on the Horizon

Iraqis who fled the Islamic State group's iron grip and the US-led coalition's bombing campaigns have all but lost hope in the future. Their story is testament to the fact that, while the Islamic State group appears to have been defeated militarily, peace and prosperity remain a distant dream for many Iraqis.

A Powerful Mechanism To Respond To The Atrocities Perpetrated In Iraq And Syria

By Ewelina U. Ochab

On November 29, 2018, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed House Resolution 390 (H.R. 390) titled "Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2018" (the Act). Days after passing the U.S. Congress, the document was presented to the President and ultimately, on December 11, 2018, H.R. 390 was signed into law. H.R.

International Appeal Launched for Christians in the Middle East

By Malo Tresca

Religious leaders took over from politicians in the meeting chamber of the Ile de France Regional Council in Paris early on the morning of Dec. 11. Maronites, Syrian Orthodox, Chaldeans, Druze, Armenians, Shiites, Sunni and Evangelicals filled the seats of the “Simone Veil” council chamber in Paris' 7th District.

Dozens Arrested in Raids on Kurdish Party Headquarters in Turkey

By Ezel Sahinkaya and Rikar Hussein

(VOA) -- Turkish police have detained dozens of people, mostly women, in multiple raids on the local headquarters of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) since Monday, targeting party members and supporters who were on a hunger strike in support of the imprisoned HDP lawmaker Leyla Guven.

Trump Signs Law to Aid Christians in Iraq, Syria

By Christine Rousselle

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, which seeks to ensure US aid reaches Christian and Yazidi genocide victims. The bill was passed unanimously in the House Nov. 27, and in the Senate Oct. 11. This bill was introduced by Rep.

Assyrians Suffering Oppression At the Hands of Kurds in Northern Syria

In Syria's northeastern provinces such as al-Hasakah and Qamishli, the Assyrians face all forms of oppression by the PKK-affiliate YPG, including the confiscation of their properties, the shutdown of their schools, the forceful indoctrination of the terror-loaded ideologies and more The PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG), which the U.S.

Syria Accuses International Forces of 'Illegal' Archaeological Digs

DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Syria's government on Monday accused US, French and Turkish forces in the north of the country of carrying out "illegal archaeological digs", but offered no evidence to back up the allegation. "Information we have received indicates an acceleration in the pace of excavation work, pillaging and theft," a foreign ministry official was quoted as saying by state-run SANA news agency.

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The Heavenly History of Angels in Art
Amnesty Says Islamic State Group Decimated Rural Iraq
Syria Unearths ISIS Mass Graves Near Iraqi Border
Iraq's Displaced See No Hope on the Horizon
A Powerful Mechanism To Respond To The Atrocities Perpetrated In Iraq And Syria
Two Christians Murdered By Muslim Policeman Guarding Their Church in Egypt
International Appeal Launched for Christians in the Middle East
Dozens Arrested in Raids on Kurdish Party Headquarters in Turkey
Trump Signs Law to Aid Christians in Iraq, Syria
3 Dams in Assyrian Province 'Near Collapse' After Heavy Rainfall: Iraqi Officials

Reports

•  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
•  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

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 Youth Federation Established in the U.S.

(AINA) -- A national organization serving Assyrian youth has been established in the United States. The Assyrian Youth Federation of America will be an umbrella organization for youth organizations in various cities with Assyrian populations, including Boston, Yonkers, Flint, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Modesto, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Assyrian Youth Federation Established in the U.S.
Documentary Chronicling the Assyrian Identity Post-Empire Will Be 'First of Its Kind'
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Iraq's Stolen Election: How Assyrian Representation Became Assyrian Repression
European Assyrians Condemn Illegal Occupation of Assyrian Homes in Iraq
The Assyrians of Turkey
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

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
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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 Heavenly History of Angels in Art

For centuries, angels have graced works of art with their ethereal presence. Appearing as ancient statues and adorning modern murals, these winged figures have become a fixture in art history spanning medium, culture, and time. While our contemporary idea of what an angel looks like emerged in the 4th century, the existence of angel-like figures in art can be traced back thousands of years.

The First Christian King

The Armenian Apostolic Church commemorates on 4 December St. Abgar, the First Martyr of the Church and the first king believing in Christ, qahana.am reports. According to the tradition St. Abgar [an Assyrian] was the first Christian king of the 1st century, the son of the Parthian king Arshakunie Arsham. He was also called "senior man" as he was the wisest of all and of genius.

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