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U.S. Congress: House Resolution 440 introduced

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U.S. Congress: House Resolution 440 introduced

Jul-28-2011 at 09:14 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 07/28/2011 at 09:17 PM (UTC3 Assyria)
 
U.S. House Resolution 440 introduced

Today HR 440 was introduced in Congress by Frank Wolf (R-VA) who cochairs with Eshoo on the Religious Minorities in Iraq Caucus. The bill calls for a special envoy at a diplomatic level dedicated specifically to religious minorities in the Middle East and South Asia. I included a link to the C-SPAN clip below for your reference. The bill is discussed at the 33 minute mark. Around the 40 minute mark, Anna Eshoo speaks and repeatedly calls herself Assyrian and that she can fluently speak and understand Aramaic or the Assyrian language. A lot of the representatives also keep highlighting persecution of Assyrians. Its definitely worth watching if you have about 15 minutes to spare.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/HouseSession5243

Alen Mirza
University of San Francisco School of Law
Juris Doctor Candidate 2013

The Assyrian Universal Alliance - Americas Chapter, Inc.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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