Fixing the errors of the past sets the foundation for securing the future.Chamaoun DanhoA writer from MesopotamiaFollowing the Ottoman State resolution to remove the Armenians from their historical homeland in April 24, 1914, the Assyrians (Church Of The East, Syrians and Chaldeans) were victims of racial genocides as well as brutal and horrible carnages led by the Ottomans and many of the Kurdish tribes. It is true that these genocides that reached their peak in the summer of 1915, mainly targeted the Armenians, but that was not the whole truth of it. In fact, the Turkish resolved to eradicate all Christian existence without any distinction between an Assyrian, a Greek or an Armenian. Prior to these atrocious bloodbaths, the Ottomans overlooked the racial cleansing committed by the famous Kurdish leaders Mohammed Al Rawanduzi prince of Suran (1831-1836) and Baderkhan Beik prince of Butan (1843-1846), against the Assyrians in Hakkari, Turabdin, Zakho, Nouhdra (today’s Dohuk), Nineveh plain and Arbil. The racial cleansing campaigns committed by the Ottomans and the Kurds throughout a whole century, resulted most importantly in altering the ethnic, linguistic and religious map of all the peoples inhabiting the upper lands of the Tigris and Euphrates (northern Iraq and south east Turkey) in a manner that served the Kurds best. The irony in this matter resides in the fact that most of the Armenian and Assyrian historical homelands were occupied by Kurds and not by a Turkish or Arab majority…!? When one million Armenians and a half million Assyrian martyrs were victims of genocides conducted under the title of "Al Jihad" as well as national and religious fanaticism, the number of the Kurds at that particular period did not exceed 2.5 million according to most historians and orientalists, in all Persia and the Ottoman and Russian territories. Thus, Kurds were the sole beneficiaries from these acts of displacing Assyrians and Armenians from their historical homelands. This truth, supported by the current geographical and demographic facts of the northern Mesopotamia, was absent or ignored by the decision makers in the Sublime Porte earlier and in Baghdad and Damascus later.
‘’A call from the sons and grandsons of the martyrs of the Assyrian people’’His Excellency Hovik AbrahamyanChaiman of National Assembly of the Republic of ArmeniaHis Excellency Galust SahakyanHead of the Republican faction of National Assembly of the Republic of ArmeniaHis ExcellencyVahan HovhannisyanHead of the ARF "Dashnaktsutyun" faction of National Assembly of the Republic of ArmeniaNo land in the history of mankind has witnessed inhuman practices such as murder, destruction, cruelty and looting as Near East.Its history is stained with the blood of the innocent victims.Any comparison of such tragedies with the western counterpart did not rise to the level of the massacres committed against us.Those massacres were horrible in its essence whether its length, areas covered and the number of victims which according to the all international agencies exceeded more than two millions Armenians, Assyrians, Greek and others in the beginning of the last century and exactly between the periods 1915-1919.
Seyfocenter – Continuing the Seyfo Center series of interviews with scholars of the Assyrian Genocide, Joseph Haweil spoke with Robert M. Kaplan, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong’s Graduate School of Medicine. Associate Professor Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist, writer and historian. He is a regular contributor to Australasian Psychiatry, a columnist for the Irish medical magazine Scope and has presented on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) programmes. Associate Professor Kaplan has written widely on Jewish history, genocide, doctors and human rights abuse, psychiatry and other historical topics. He has a longstanding interest in genocide in the Middle East and has spoken regularly at Assyrian and Armenian functions committed to gaining recognition of the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek Genocide.Associate Professor Kaplan’s latest book The Exceptional Brain: How It Changed History is to be published by Allen and Unwin in September. Could you provide our readers with some information on your academic background?I am a forensic psychiatrist with a position at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. I am also a writer and historian with an interest in the history of medicine, genocide and pre-history. My background is Jewish and my grandparents, on both sides of the family, had to flee Tsarist Russia to avoid persecution. Some relatives who stayed were later killed by the Nazis. I have done some work with Holocaust survivors and had an interest in fake Holocaust claims.
By Benjamin DanialiCeres – California, Despite world’s economic difficulties and lack of support from the church, AssyriaSat’s annual telethon raised $238,000 this year. Even though the donation pledges were less than the previous years, they are still enough for AssyriaSat to maintain and expand the services during 2011. Once again, Assyrians from all around the world recognized the pure nationalistic mission of Bet-Nahrain and its global TV channel."Another Assyrian opposition movement, the Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party (BNDP), advocates an autonomous state for Assyrians in Iraq. It is perhaps one of the most nationalistic of all Assyrian organizations and has its American base in Modesto, California." ~Jonathan Eric LewisDuring the last weekend, AssyriaSat TV station received thousands of calls from the Assyrians around the world donating towards the nationalistic cause of Bet-Nahrain. Some donors left encouraging and awakening messages such as, "Khaya Atour" (Long Live Assyria), "Alaha nadeerokhon o nader pelkhanokhoon" (God Bless you and your work), "In memory of Martyr Dr. Fraydoun Atouraya". A donor even felt an urge to clarify her nationality by saying, "Our last name is Kaldany, but we are Assyrian."