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The Assyrians and Assyria: History, Politics, Culture

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The Assyrians and Assyria: History, Politics, Culture

Sep-19-2012 at 08:25 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)


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The Assyrians and Assyria: History, Politics, Culture
by Assyrian Information Management (AIM)

The Assyrians of today are the indigenous Aramaic-speaking descendants of the ancient Assyrian people, one of the earliest civilizations emerging in the Middle East, and have a history spanning over 6760 years.

Although the Assyrian empire ended in 612 B.C., history is replete with recorded details of the continuous presence of the Assyrian people till the present time.

Assyrians are not Arabian or Arabs, we are not Kurdish, our religion is not Islam.

The Assyrians are the indigenous Aramaic-speaking Christian people of the Middle East, with our own unique language, culture and heritage.

Assyria, the land of the indigenous Assyrians, was partitioned after World War I by the victorious Allies, and is currently under occupation by Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians.

The Assyrians are a stateless people and continue to be religiously and ethnically persecuted in the Middle East due to Islamic fundamentalism, Arabization and Kurdification policies, leading to land expropriations and forced emigration to the West.

2010-2003 - Assyrians face Genocide
Islamic Cleric Incites Muslim Kurds during Friday Prayers
Islamic Terrorists kill Assyrians in Baghdad Church
Assyrians Rally for Peace and Justice for Iraqi Christians
Assyria Council of Europe: Report Papers on Assyrians
Religious Cleansing in Iraq - Report of Working Visit
No equal rights - Victims of injustice (fact-finding mission)
WikiLeaks: Assyrian-related documents - these specific documents are preserved for academic and journalistic research in hopes of preventing the genocide of the Assyrian people in the Middle East by understanding the modus operandi of governments, diplomats, politicians, and religionists.

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1. Kurdistan: Challenges and Achievements in Iraq

Sep-19-2012 at 09:42 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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Kurdistan: Challenges and Achievements in Iraq

Video documentary series on contemporary politics in Kurdistan in Iraq produced by S L James for the Centre for Kurdish Studies, University of Exeter.

The interviews were recorded between May and October in Iraq, Turkey, UK and USA 2008.

These four videos offer a selection of edited interviews on governance and social-political issues in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq featuring:

Prof Brendan O'Leary (University of Pennsylvania)
Prof Gareth Stansfield (University of Exeter)
Nimrud Youkhana (Assyrian Patriotic Party)
Abubakir Ali (Kurdistan Islamic Union)
Saadi Pera (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan)
Falah Mustafa Bakir (Kurdistan Regional Government Foreign Minister)
Prof Kemal Kirisci (Bogazici University)
Qubad Jalal Talabany (Kurdistan Regional Government representative to USA)
Mustafa Gundogdu (Kurdish Human Rights Project)
Dr Nadje Al-Ali (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Also available on Video Google:

Kurdistan: Politics in Iraq video
Kurdistan: Disputed Territories in Iraq video
Kurdistan: Iraq, Turkey and the PKK video
Kurdistan: Women in Iraq video
Centre for Kurdish Studies brochure (PDF)

This movie is part of the collection: Community Video

Producer: S L James
Production Company: S L James
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: English / Kurdish
Keywords: Kurdistan; Iraq; Erbil; Arbil; Kurdistan; Regional; Government; Patriotic; Union; Kurdistan; Kurdistan; Democratic; Party; Kurdistan; Islamic; Union; Assyrian; Patriotic; Party; Kurds; Halabja; Saddam; Hussein; Kirkuk; PKK;

Contact Information:

Centre of Kurdish Studies
IAIS/HuSS Stocker Road
University of Exeter,
Exeter, EX4 4ND. UK

Telephone: +44 1392 269250
Fax: +44 1392 264035
CKS Secretary : Laura Scrivens
Schools liaison:

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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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