Turkey Removed Assyrian Sculpture From Public Square

January 18, 2017 Featured News

AINA – 18/1/17 Diyarbakir (AINA) — Turkish authorities removed an Assyrian sculpture from a public square on January 8. The sculpture, an Assyrian winged bull known as a Lamassu, was in front of the local council building in Diyarbakir. No explanation has been provided by the Turkish government. Diyarbakir is home to many Assyrians and […]

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Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

January 13, 2017 Featured News

ANIA – 13/1/17 (AINA) — Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published a book titled After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. The book explores the state and future of the Christians of the Middle East. Dr. Kendal authors the weekly Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, serves […]

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RT: Slain Russian ambassador Karlov laid to rest in Moscow, named hero posthumously

December 23, 2016 Featured News

RT.com – 22/12/16 +Memory Eternal+ Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, who was shot dead in Ankara, has been buried in Moscow with honors. Russian President Vladimir Putin was among those who bid a final farewell to the slain diplomat, who was named a hero of Russia posthumously. The funeral for the assassinated ambassador began at the […]

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November 22, 2016 Featured News

RISU.org – 22/11/16 On November 19, Ukraine’s Parliament Speaker Andriy Paruby during his visit to Turkey met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the premises of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the official website of the Verkhovna Rada reports. At the meeting, on behalf of Parliament the Speaker welcomed Patriarch Bartholomew on the 25th anniversary of his […]

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November 22, 2016 Featured News

The Pappas Post – 22/11/16 A 60-year-old Turkish shepherd is an unlikely guardian of a Greek Orthodox Church in northern Turkey, protecting the historic structure from would-be treasure hunters and looters. Built in the mid 1800s in the Turkish province of Giresun, once known as Kerasounta and home to a thriving native population of Pontian Greeks, […]

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In Continuing Purge, Turkey Removes Only Assyrian Mayor

November 18, 2016 Featured News

AINA – 18/11/16 Mardin, Turkey (AINA) — Turkey removed the two co-mayors of Mardin today and replaced them with a so-called qayyum(guardian). The co-mayors, Februniye Akyol and Ahmet Turk, were elected co-mayors of Mardin on March 30, 2014. Februniye Akyol was the first Assyrian female mayor in Turkey and ran as a member of a […]

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Armenia’s Broken Heritage

October 7, 2016 Featured News
In a gorge that separates Armenia (background) from Turkey, the Monastery of the Hripsimian Virgins is one of the crumbling remnants of Ani, a capital once known as the "City Of 1,001 Churches."

RFERL – October 2016 In July 2016, the ancient Armenian city of Ani, now in eastern Turkey, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. For Armenians, a people still living under the shadow of what they regard as “the first genocide of the 20th century” carried out against their ancestors who lived under the […]

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Assyrian Women’s Conference Issues Appeal for Aid

October 3, 2016 Featured News

AINA – October 2016 Brussels (AINA) — An International Assyrian Women’s Conference was held in Brussels on September 29. Representatives from Europe and the Middle East attended the conference and addressed the issue of violence against Assyrians in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria. The participants called attention to the ISIS genocide of Assyrians and […]

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia continues consultations on the lawsuit asking the Return of its historic Seat from Turkey

August 25, 2016 Featured News

Armenian Orthodox Church of Lebanon – August 2016 Since his arrival in Geneva, His Holiness Aram I has been consulting with experts regarding the lawsuit asking from Turkey the Return of the historic Seat of the Catholicosate in Sis (Kozan). Discussions have focussed on the recent attempted coup in Turkey and its temporary suspension of the […]

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July 21, 2016 Featured News

Pravoslavie.ru- 21/7/16 The situation of Christians in Turkey will deteriorate, since following the suppression of the revold there has been a growing tendency to further islamization of the country and entrenchment of the personal power of its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leading researcher of the Center for Religion and Society Studies of the Institute of […]

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July 15, 2016 Featured News

23rd General Assembly of I.A.O. Thessaloniki, 4 – 8 July 2016 Central Subject: Fundamental Global Changes– Christian Orthodox Perspective RESOLUTION – CONCLUSIONS The 23rd General Assembly of the “Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy” (I.A.Ο) that convened in Thessaloniki from July 4 until July 8 on the central subject «Fundamental Global Changes – Christian Orthodox Perspective»: Addresses […]

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July 7, 2016 Featured News

blagovest-info.ru – 7/7/16 In the north-eastern part of the main church of the Georgian Ishkhani monastery complex, ceded to Turkey, specialists of the Tbilisi “Research Center” discovered a unique entombment, reports ambebi.ge. According to member of the “Research Center” Levan Tsikarishvili, there is no doubt that a high-ranking representative of the nobility is buried in the […]

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The Serbian Patriarch sends condolences concerning the tragic events in Istanbul

July 3, 2016 Featured News

Church of Serbia – June – July 2016 On the occasion of the tragic events in Istanbul, during which dozens of innocent victims suffered, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, sent sincere condolences to His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey. Telegram of condolences to His All-Holiness Ecumenical […]

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Pope Francis Remarks on Armenian Genocide Not Directed Against Turkey

June 27, 2016 Featured News

Pope Francis was speaking on the issue of reconciling the Armenian and Turkish people, there is nothing in pope’s words that may be interpreted as ‘crusader spirit,’ according to Director of the Holy See Press Office Federico Lombardi. YEREVAN (Sputnik) — Pope Francis has not said anything offensive about Turkey during his visit to Armenia, […]

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The Ministry of Justice of Turkey rejects Catholicosate of Cilicia’s Litigation demanding the return of its Seat in Sis

June 22, 2016 Featured News

www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org Communiqué On 27 April 2015, the Catholicosate of Cilicia filed a lawsuit at the Turkish Constitutional Court, demanding the return of its historical Seat in Sis. The legal team, which comprises Turkish lawyers and experts on International Human Rights Law and the European Court of Human Rights, prepared a folder of more than one […]

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Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Switzerland

June 20, 2016 Featured News

20/6/16 Locarno (AINA) — A genocide memorial monument for the victims of the Turkish genocide of Assyrians during World War One was unveiled yesterday in Locarno, Switzerland. The Turkish genocide occurred between 1915 and 1918 and targeted Assyrians, Armenians and Pontic Greeks — the Christian subjects of the Ottoman Empire. 750,000 Assyrians were killed (75%), […]

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State Department to Turkey: Respect Hagia Sophia’s Tradition and Complex History

June 13, 2016 Featured News

GREGORY PAPPAS – PappasPost- June 2016 Turkey has come under fire from Greece for allowing daily Ramadan prayers inside Hagia Sophia, a United Nations World Heritage site and museum and one of the most important symbols of Christianity. Following angry denunciations from Greece’s foreign ministry, Turkey fired back creating a cross-Aegean war of words over religious […]

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PYD Impose Kurdish Education Curricula on Assyrians, Arabs in Syria

May 25, 2016 Featured News
Teacher Jacob Lahmo explains Assyrians fonts. The language of the Assyrian Christians is now taught again in Syria but its speakers fear being marginalized. ( Sebastian Backhaus/Welt)

By Bar Daisan – May 2016 (AINA) — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the Syrian branch of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) from Turkey, and some attached allied non-Kurdish groups, declared a so-called autonomous federation in the northern part of Syria in March 2016. The PYD was strengthened by support from […]

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“A Strengthened Armenia and a Strongly Defended Karabagh Are the Foundations of Our Continued Demand for Justice”

April 30, 2016 Featured News

www.armenianorthodoxchurch.org – April 2016 Abridged message of His Holiness Aram I on the One hundred and first Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, on Sunday 24 April 2016, in front of the Martyrs’ Memorial Chapel in Antelias  Following the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Aram I addressed the thousands of Armenians who had come to pay their […]

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Turkey Attempted to Stop Broadcast of Assyrian Genocide Documentary

April 27, 2016 Featured News

By Bar Daisan – April 2016 (AINA) — The Turkish Embassy in Sweden officially asked the Swedish television channel TV4 last week to not air a documentary on the Assyrian Genocide. The documentary Seyfo 1915 — The Assyrian Genocide by the director Aziz Said and produced by the Assyrian Federation of Sweden was scheduled to […]

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Memorial Garden Opened in France for Assyrian Genocide Victims

April 25, 2016 Featured News

April 2016 Sarcelles, France (AINA) — A memorial garden for the Assyrian victims of the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians was opened on April 23. The event was organized by the Assyro-Chaldeens Association of France, in cooperation with city officials. The Turkish genocide of Christians occurred between 1915 and 1918 and claimed the […]

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