Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:01 PM in Nineveh, Assyria
To know your past, is to know yourself.
The Continuity of Assyrian Identity in Post-Empire Times
In this context it is important to draw attention to the fact that the Aramaic-speaking peoples of the Near East have since ancient times identified themselves as Assyrians and still continue to do so. The self-designations of modern Syriacs and Assyrians, Suryoyo and Suraya, are both derived from the ancient Assyrian word for "Assyrian", Assurayu, as can be easily established from a closer look at the relevant words.
— Dr. Simo Parpola Director, Department of Assyriology Helsinki University, Finland.
On September 15, 2009, the IPU and parliaments around the world will be celebrating the second International Day of Democracy, declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.
In its resolution A/RES/62/7 establishing the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations noted that "while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy" and that "democracy does not belong to any country or region". The International Day of Democracy is meant both to celebrate democracy and to serve as a reminder that the need to promote and protect democracy is as urgent now as ever.
The choice of September 15 for the International Day of Democracy corresponds to the adoption in September 1997 by the IPU of a Universal Declaration on Democracy. That Declaration affirms the principles of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government, and the global scope of democracy.