A newsgroup is a system of public
discussion groups devoted to a specific topic.
There are thousands of such groups on the internet, covering such topics as
Bosnian politics to the Aerosmith fan-mails. Once an article or message is
posted on the newsgroup it can be read using a "news reader" software. There
are several news readers available in the public domain. A school or company
systems administrator should have a copy of the latest version of a news reader.
On April 7, Assyrians will take an important step toward the advancement of the
Assyrian electronic communication through the internet. It will be possible to
simultaneously join hundreds of Assyrophiles (and some bitter enemies of
Ashuraye) to post and receive information. A newsgroup under the title
"soc.culture.assyrian" will enable us to exchange ideas and socialize in a way
never encountered before (see related story below). Zenda urges all its readers
to connect to this newsgroup and vote YES during the "Call For Votes" period.
ASSYRIAN WORLD POPULATION REVISITED
Abdulmesih BarAbrahem, an Assyrian
Zenda reader from Germany, has kindly
submitted the following revisions to the UNPO population estimates published in
the second issue of Zenda, based on a research conducted in Germany.
Abdulmesih's articles on the current situation of the Assyrians in Europe and
the Assyrian Journalism will be published in the upcoming issues of the Nineveh
Magazine and the Journal of the Assyrian Academic Society, respectfully. Mr.
BarAbrahem is currently visiting the United States through the month of April.
Armenia 15,000 15,000
Australia 30,000 30,000
Brazil 80,000 (?)
Canada 20,000 20,000
France 10,000 15,000
Georgia 14,000 14,000
Germany 20,000 30,000
Greece 5,000 5,000
Holland 15,000 10,000
Iran 50,000 20,000*
Iraq 2,000,000 1,500,000
Lebanon 40,000 40,000
New Zealand 3,000 3,000
Russia 35,000 35,000 (w/Ukraine)
Sweden 35,000 35,000
Syria 350,000 700,000
Turkey 60,000 20,000** (Tur-Abdin & Istanbul)
United Kingdom 8,000 8,000
United States 290,000 290,000
Other countries 150,000 150,000
TOTAL 3,150,000 3,039,000
* Ladimer Moghadassi of San Jose, a Zenda reader, believes that this number, as of 1989, is actually no more than 18,000 (see Zenda I.4).
** According to Shlaemon Moussa,
also a Zenda reader, there only remain 2000
Assyrians in Tur-Abdin and another 10-15,000 in Istanbul (see Zenda I.4).
account the Jacobiite (Sir'yan)
population in Turkey along with the Assyrians
that he accounted for. Just a thought."
"I'm so excited about ZENDA!!
This is the exact medium that Assyrians
need to bring them together from every corner of the earth."
UC, Berkeley, California
"Shlamalokhon Bne Omte Mokhibeh
Bayan shaqlan aha persat d'Daryan
shlama Ashuraya-Omtanaya al kolokhon
w'Barkhan Zoyakha d'6745 shineh - sheeta Atourteta khata.
B'Hewewan Kolokhon Bsalamt-eton
wAha Sheeta khata bit maya shokhlapeh go
shoshada omtanaya d'Bne omtan. Bkhela D'Alaha bit tapqakh kolan am odaleh
gu Knoshia D'Barawyoota B'Chicago."
"Warmest greetings and congratulations
to you and to the Assyrians all over the
world on the occasion of the KHA - B'NISSAN, THE ASSYRIAN NEW YEAR (6745). Best
wishes for all the happiness that
the Assyrian new year can bring, and we wish
our people the prosperity they deserves and unity to dominate all our
-Emanuel Kamber, Ph. D
Political Arm of the
Assyrian Universal Alliance
"On behalf of the Kurdish community
in Houston, I wish you and all fellow
Assyrians a jolly and happy Kha B'Neesan - 6745th Assyrian New Year. We very
much value the contributions made by the Assyrians to our civilization. Let us
all hope for the peace and unity on the eve of Assyrian New Year."
University of Utah
-TURKISH TROOPS IN NORTHERN MESOPOTAMIA-
According to the Turkish Press Agency so far over 300 Kurdish rebels have been
killed, while the commander of Kurdish operations reports a loss of only 25
guerilla fighters. Turkish forces continue to prevent the Kurdish fighters to
cross the border into Syria where the headquarters of the Kurdish rebel leader
Abdullah Ocalan, head of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) is located in the
Syrian-controled Bekaa Valley. At Zenda press-time the Assyrian Democratic
Movement (Zowaa) had made no official statement regarding the conditions of the
Assyrian communities in Northern Mesopotamia. Northern Iraq has virtually no
international telephone connections and foreign journalists' access has been
restricted by the Turkish forces in the region. Turkey, which in March took a
key step towards membership of the European Union by signing a customs union
with Brussels, has come under harsh criticism from its Western allies over
civilian casualties and human rights.
-I VOTE YES FOR SOC.CULTURE.ASSYRIAN-
Chicago (ZN)- Soon,
Assyrians on the internet can enjoy posting to an
exclusive newsgroup, namely soc.culture.assyrian. A "request for discussion" or
RFD will be posted on April 7 to news.announce.newsgroups. A discussion period
will commence immediately, lasting approximately 3 to 4 weeks. A "call for
votes" lasting another 21 to 31 days will follow the discussion period. Mr.
Peter Jasim of Nineveh Software Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, who will
administer the operation has asked all Assyrian internet surfers to voice a
constructive opinion and show support for the creation of this newsgroup.
Anyone with a valid account, Assyrian or not, has the right to a vote on
soc.culture.assyrian. A two-thirds vote is required with over one hundred YES
votes. Mr. Jasim asks that everyone interested in establishing a forum for
discussion for Assyrians on the internet to actively participate in the 3-4
weeks of discussion. An email message to a designated address stating "I vote
yes for soc.culture.assyrian" is all that's required for a YES vote.
-ASSYRIANS IN SWEDEN ELECT A NEW PRESIDENT-
Germany (ZN)- The Assyrian Federation of Sweden (Assyriska Riksfvrbundet i
Sverige), established in 1978, held its annual General Assembly on February 18
and 19. The delegates from more than 25 Assyrian Associations elected the new
Executive Board with Mr. Barsom Malke as the new president of the Federation.
Among the many cultural and educational activities of the AFS is the publication
of the monthly magazine HUJADA or Unity. The articles appear in Swedish,
Turkish, Arabic, both modern and classical Assyrian-- a representation of the
complex Assryian community in Sweden.
-THE VOICE OF TUR-ABDIN HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR-
Germany (ZN)- The first issue of the Assyrian magazine "Qolo d'Tur-Abdin" or
The Voice of Tur-Abdin, will appear this month. As the official organ of
communication of the Syrian-Orthodox Diocese of Tur-Abdin, this publication is
and printed in Austria with support the support of the Association of the Tur-
Abdin Friends and the Tur-Abdin Solidarity Group.
-MEETING OF THE TUR-ABDIN SOLIDARITY GROUP IN GERMANY-
Germany (ZN)- The "Tur-Abdin Solidarity Group" held its annual gathering on
February 10 and 11 in Wuerzburg, Germany. The Group was established in 1993
with the initial support of the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO), also
called Mtakasta. Supported by the Assyrian Federation of Germany and the
Assyrian Democratic Organization, the Tur-Abdin Solidarity Group monitors the
activities of several human rights organziations and the Assyrian churches in
Germany and Austria. The main goal of the Solidarity Group is to support and
finance projects, including product marketing in Tur-Abdin, and report any human
rights violations against the Assyrian population of Tur-Abdin.
-ASSYRIANS IN CHICAGO TO PRODUCE A WWW SITE-
Chicago (ZN)- Under the direction of Tony Khoshaba of Chicago a group of
Assyrian internet surfers are currently working together to create a World Wide
Web home page entitled "Assyrians in Chicago." The web site will feature the
social and cultural activities of the Assyrian community in Chicago and allow
hyperlink access to other useful home pages.
D I R E C T O R Y OF THE N E W S S O U R C E S
AP (Associate Press)
EB (e.Babylon BBS): Hollister, California
ZN (Zenda Reporters): Toronto, Germany, Chicago, San Jose
MC (Mercury Center): San Jose
C A L E N D A R OF E V E N T S
Mar 24-April "Gilgamesh"
New York City
For tickets call 388-8100
International Festival: "Faces of the World"
Assyrian Educational & Cultural Club of MJC
Assyrian music, food, and fashion show
Cost: $5.00, $3.00 (students)
California State Convention
Pasadena, California U.S.
The Syriac Conference
Washington D.C. U.S.
Legal Aspects of Care of the Elderly in the Ancient Near
East: A Colloquium
[Society for the Study of Ancient Near Eastern Law]
On Mesopotamia: Drs. C. Wilcke, M. Stol, and K.R. Veenhof
Witte Singel 27
NL 2311 Eig Leiden
42nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale
"At the Crossroads of Civilization in the Syro-Mesopotamian
Realm, Lanaguages and Cultures in Contact"
Assyrian United Organizations of California Olympics
San Jose, California
Chairman: Homer Benjamin @ (408) 997-3592
Aug 31-Sept 4 Assyrian
Chicago, Illinois U.S.
June 9-11,1996 The ARAM Conference
Cambridge, Massachusetts U.S.
NO PARTIES LEFT IN APRIL? How can this be???
Assyrian Educational & Cultural Club at Modesto Junior College
1:00 pm, Founders Hall 125.
P U M P U P T H E V O L U M E
English Assyrian Pronunciation
Hall awana (as compared to ROOM "tawana")
B A C K TO THE F U T U R E
B.C. (676) Esarhaddon campagns agains the Persians, marching far into the
deserts of modern Iran, a distance of 1200 miles. Having slain 8 kings,
Assyrians succeed in imposing their authority and assign complete control of the
eastern territory to a local "persian" king named Lailie.
During the Patriarchate of Mar Ishuyabh IV, the Kurds attack
Edessa (Urhai) and during the next 5 years carry off over 3000 Assyrian captives
Z E N D A A S K S
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A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S
Zenda wishes to thank the following individuals for making this issue of Zenda
Pauline Jasim: Chicago, Illinois
Firas Jatou: Toronto, Canada
Albert Gabrial: Hollister, California
The next issue of ZENDA will be sent to you on April 17, 1995.