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The Assyrians: A People without Rights
The Desperate Plight of the Assyrian Christians of Iraq and ...
2014 Election Observation Mission Report: Iraqi Council of R...
The Dead Die Twice: Islamists Destroy Ancient Assyrian Artif...
Kha B'Nesan (April 1st) - Assyrian New Year Celebration 6764...
Sara got married: A Christian woman marries a Muslim man. Is...
Bombs targeting Christians kill dozens in Baghdad
A Christmas Gift for Nineveh (2013)
Nuncio in Damascus: Fate of Orthodox nuns kidnapped by Islam...
Syria: Opposition Abuses During Ground Offensive

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Never Again Is Now! — Schedule for Moral Action Ministry at ...
Assyrian Genocide Monument Vandalized (2015)
Standing with Egypt's Copts
Lorenzo Lamas to Star in upcoming Biblical Film Epic
A Demand for Safe Haven: Hundreds Rally in Front of Parliame...
Assyrian Americans accuse ISIS of slaughtering Iraqi Christi...
A Special Tribute for an Assyrian Regent: Ninos Aho
Assyria Day Conference in Sydney, Australia 2014
Australia: Sydney: Assyrian New Year Festival 2014
Carmen Lazar receives OAM

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Britain has forgotten its debt to the Christians of Iraq
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We have betrayed Iraqi Christians twice
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How to Save a Dying Language
Unique memorial in Rome honours new Christian martyrs

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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.

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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

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» 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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