Khziraan 17, 6746 Volume II Issue 19 June 17, 1996
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THE L I G H T H O U S E
A REPEATED EXHORTATION
A very important, useful, and impending warning to all
scattered Assyrian Political Parties, Social Associations, Sacerdotal
Circles and despondent masses whose whims are still strained to how to
resuscitate the vanishing splendor of their forefathers, to realize that in
the Middle East in general and in Iraq in particular great changes,
geographically, racially, and mentally are likely to take place, owing to
hideous instability in that ill governed country.
Now is the opportune time for the Assyrians
to arise as a whole, to know
how to vindicate their national prerogatives in the frame work of a
democratized sovereignty that arbitrarily has to be instituted in that
subverted country. Though the Assyrians by inhuman persecutions as recorded
are reduced to a minority their eligibility for having ethnic rights in the
country of their ancestral heredity is strongly warranted by the unearthed
sculptural culture admirably vouched by world wide nations.
Let me admonish every Assyrian that
the most important effort, which is
the only means to enable the scattered Assyrians' success in retrieving
their national rights so far occulted by the self-seeking power, would be to
realize how to regroup into a formidable unification which is the basic
means thereby to signalize or to advert the attention of the arbitrary
powers to a so far disregarded cause.
In order to attain that expedient unity
it behooves that every
Assyrian, irrespective of clan, category of religious sect, be a disciple of
his own in sacrificing whatsoever he/she can so as to carve that unity out
of a broken edifice, or in other words, to desist from following
self-designed schemes, or adhering to persuasive eloquence of those whose
sole whims are strained for carnal lust, or flagrant arrogance, the two most
precarious ills that destroy a people or any well defined organization. Be
it known to every Assyrian that without power all the boisterous clamors or
ostentatious displays shall evaporate into vanity. Power is never a
self-created object but it is made by a united group of intelligent people
whose sole inclination is inherently coordinated to achieve a specific
ambition. Have you dear Assyrian that power? Or are you ever trying to
reproduce that unique object?
The present status quo of the Assyrians
is very weak to fight all the
odds adverse to their cause because the sheer inconsistencies that prevail
between the self-styled political parties, and the schism of faith that has
so crucially fragmented this people into ineffective sections render them of
no weight in the arena of political vacillations.
Let the Assyrians be aware that in
no way could they be united so far as
they are still clinging to old fossilized procedural worship and factional
tribalism. These obsolete doctrines should be superseded by modernized
methods of life. Jesus Christ spared nothing in revolutionizing the old
usages of life so strictly exercised by the patronizing Pharisees, and
seconded by a spirited Martin Luther whose campaign unmasked the so far
obscured European Nations to emblazon with the present technological phenomena.
Arise dear Assyrian and open your eyes
so you can see how to salvage the
wreckage of your disorderly disrupted nation and let the slogan of your
ambitious exertion be mostly directed at reaching a comprehensive unity,
rather than to intensify the ties of disunification so openly preached by
Shamasha Yosip Zaya
[Shamasha Yosip Zaya, 90, was born in Matta d'Nara, Jelu,
in the Hakkary
Region (northern Bet-Nahrain) and studied at Qashisha Yousip d'Bet-Kelaita's
G O O D M O R N I N G B E T - N A H R A I N
CROSS BORDER OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN IRAQ
(ZNRU: Iraq) On June 14, Turkish troops crossed
the border into northern
Iraq in two days of fighting with Kurdish rebels in which 51 guerrillas have
been killed, Turkish security officials said on Friday. A high-ranking
security official told Reuters that troops
had pushed a few kilometres into Iraq in the hunt for Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) rebels but later withdrew. Planes from an air bases in
the city of Diyarbakir pounded PKK positions before mountain commandos moved
against the rebels, he said. The Second Chief of the Turkish General Staff,
General Cevik Bir, recently inspected the Turkish security forces deployed
in northern Bet-Nahrain and was given briefings on the recent developments
in the region. According to the Hurriyet News this briefing included
information on the whereabouts of the PKK camps near the Turkish border.
Upon the receipt of such information the Turkish jet fighters bombed and
destroyed the targeted PKK camps, reports Hurriyet, in the mountain regions
10 km inside the Iraqi border with Turkey.
S U R F S U P !
"I WANTED TO REPLY TO AN E-MAIL, WHICH CRITICIZED YOU ON SPEAKING ENGLISH AT ONE OF THE SEMINARS AT THE CONVENTION. REGARDLESS OF WHAT LANGUAGE WE ARE SPEAKING, ENGLISH OR ASSYRIAN, JUST THE MERE FACT THAT WE WERE ALL THERE SHOULD BE SATISFYING TO ANYBODY. THE FACT THAT YOUNG GENERATION ARE TAKING THE INTEREST TO BE INVOLVED SHOULD BE REWARDED NOT CRITICIZED. THERE IS A LOT OF ASSYRIANS THAT DON'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, BUT THEY TAKE A GREAT PRIDE IN BEING ASSYRIAN. ASSYRIAN PRIDE COMES FROM THE BLOOD THAT RUNS THRU OUR VEINS AND DOMINATES OUR ACTIONS NOT FROM THE LANGUAGE THAT IS SPOKEN AT THE TIME. THEREFORE LETS NOT PUT ANY MORE BARRIERS THAN WHAT WE HAVE TO SEPARATE OUR UNITY."
"My name is Eshoo Zarip Tower. I left Iraq 30 years ago.
I have never
written anything towards the Assyrianism before. I feel now may be I
should get involved and try to help in my own humble ways. We have been
taught to the point of being brain washed to live in past and be proud of
our 3000 years old mighty great heritage. It's time now, I believe, to wake
up to the reality and bump off this thick accumulated dust of illusion and
While it is absolutely true and flattering to remember
that our ancestors
reached the peak of power and intelligence almost 3000 years ago, we should
also remember not to ignore the cause of their demise. While past
achievements give us courage and incitement to proceed further, we learn
more from our failures. We learn more by recognizing the facts of life
surrounding us today and not yesterday. It seems to me, our so called
leaders are doing their best to keep us thinking that we are still as mighty
as we were once...and for what reasons and purposes?
So we were great and famous 3000 years ago. Are we great
today? Have we learned anything from living in the past? Where is this empty
pride leading us to? The pride that we have, let me tell you, is empty and
vain. Pride does not put food on the table, educate our children, develop
our nation to live healthy and prosperous, set new goals and achieve them,
understand the Word of The Almighty God and abide by it. Pride is the
greatest enemy our nation is facing these days. Pride has blinded our
nation. If we ignore the bad and shameful side of our nation that led to our
demise how can we solve the problems facing our nation toady? We are drunk
with empty pride living high on the mighty heritage our nation has had some
3000 years ago.
Lets sober up. Let's stop living in past. We have today
to live and
prepare for a better future.
I was reading Ninevah paper. I came across the article
forgotten nation in prophecy." This article is written by Reverend
John Booko. WE must be very careful how we approach and understand
the words mentioned in the book of Isaiah. The book of Isaiah prophecies
refer to past and future events. To be able to understand these prophecies
accurately, one has to have loyalty and faith in The
Almighty God and His entire Word as written in both old and new
testament in it's entirety without any preferences. Every Word in the
Bible is inspired by God, therefore we should not just choose and
select what seems to conglomerate our nation.
The important thing here to understand is that the Bible
about the Kingdom to come under Jesus Christ reign. This is the happy
news Jesus came to give us when He was on earth. His Kingdom to come
will abolish the entire present corrupt system. People of all nations
will come together under one Government and one Kingdom. This Kingdom
will treat all nations of earth alike. There will be no discrimination
between nation and nation..no wars..no sickness..no hunger..no racial
problems. This earth will be cleaned of all the present corruption and
turned into paradise for us to live healthy, happy and prosperous ever
after. To be part of this kingdom, we must change our direction of thinking
and adhere to the Word of God and apply it's principles to our lives.
I would like to get in touch with John Booko if only I
know his e-mail.
Would you be kind to find it for me?"
Eshoo Zarip Tower
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N E W S D I G E S T
A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE
ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF AMERICA
JUNE 14, 1996
(ZNDA: San Jose) This is to inform the Assyrian public
that there is no
truth to the following news being talked about in the Assyrian Communities
throughout the U.S.
It has been reported in local Assyrian media sources and
has been talked
about in the Assyrian communities that the Budweiser Company has pledged to
donate a percentage of the proceeds from their beer sales in the United
States to help needy Assyrians and that these funds will be donated to the
Assyrian Aid Society of America.
This Press Release is to inform you that the above statement
is not a true
statement. Budweiser company nor any of their associates, including Mr.
Eddie Rayis who is an employee of Budweiser has not communicated any such a
pledge to The Assyrian Aid Society of America.
BET-NAHRAIN'S NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTED
(ZNDA: Modesto) Bet-Nahrain Inc. of Ceres, California
has a new board of
directors elected last month and installed last week during an official
ceremony. The new members are as follow:
Vice President Yonan Markus
Treasurer Janet Shummon
Financial Secretary Mary Odisho
Assyrian Cultural Center Jerar Joseph
Special Affairs Emanuel Warda
Mass Media Sargon Dadesho
Education (also KBSV-TV) Ninous Bebla
Membership Robert Shummon
Ladies Auxiliary Margaret Markus
ASSYRIAN STATE CONVENTION OF CALIFORNIA PROFITS UP FROM
LAST 3 YEARS
(ZNDA: San Jose) According to the official income
statement for the
Assyrian State Convention of California, sponsored by the Assyrian community
of San Jose, California, the net profit generated from the 4-day-gathering
exceeded the expectations of the convention officers:
Total Expenses: $55,932.33
Of the total net income 46% will be handed to the hosting
Assyrian American Association of San Jose, and the remaining balance will be
distributed among the other affiliates of the Assyrian United Organizations
of California, Assyrian charity organizations, and the treasury of the AUOC.
The report concluded that nearly 3000 Assyrians attended the convention held
at the Fairmont Hotel and the Blackberry Farm in Santa Clara County.
WINEMAKING IN THE ANCIENT ASSYRIAN CITY OF URMIE
(CITY BY THE WATER)
A June 6 article in the British science magazine, Nature,
reports on the
recent findings on the ancient art of winemaking in northwestern Iran from
5000-5400 BC (see also John Noble Wilford's article in The New York Times
(6/6, p. A13). The pottery discovered in a recent archeological finding
indicates the presence of calcium salts of tartaric acid found in grapes and
the resins used to preserve wine. The ceramic jar was excavated at Haji
Firuz Tepe at the southwest corner of Lake Urmie by Dr. Mary M Voigt, an
anthropologist at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The chemical tests were conducted by Dr. Patrick E McGovern, an
archaeological chemist at the University of Penna Museum.
NISIBIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF THE AAA OF SAN JOSE
(ZNDA: San Jose) The "Nisibin Scholarship Fund" is a financial
designed to promote academic excellence and nurture national awareness among
the Assyrian college and university students who reside in the Santa Clara
Valley, California. It aims to support our youth in their scholastic
endeavors and encourage them to be proud and productive Assyrians.
. Applicant must be Assyrian i.e. have at least
one Assyrian parent.
. Applicant must reside in the Santa Clara County, California.
. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited two year college or
four year university in the United States.
. Applicant must be proficient in the vernacular Assyrian, and be
able to articulate in Assyrian. Writing skills are a big plus.
. Applicants must submit an application, official
an essay of no more than 500 words in Assyrian describing their
interests, background, accomplishments, and goals in the future.
Applicants need not write the essay themselves, but will need to
convey their own ideas.
. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The scholarship applications will be available at the
Association of San Jose by June 20th. The deadline to submit an application
is August 31st and the scholarships will be awarded no later than September
30th. For more information please call the Association at (408) 927-8100 or
AAA of San Jose
Nisibin Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 41311
San Jose, CA 95160
D I R E C T O R Y OF THE N E W S S O U R C E S
ZNNQ (Nabu Quarterly)
ZNRU (Reuters): ClariNet Communications Corp.
ZNSC (soc.culture.assyrian) newsgroup
ZNTN (Turkish News Agency)
ZNUP (United Press International)
ZNDA (Zenda: firstname.lastname@example.org)
C A L E N D A R OF E V E N T S
CAN-AM Soccer Tournament: London, Ontario-Canada
Game 1 : London vs. Toronto
Game 2 : Detroit vs. Windsor
Game 3 : London vs. Windsor
Game 4 : Detroit vs. Toronto
Game 5 : Toronto vs. Windsor
Game 6 : Detroit vs. London
The Final : 1st team vs. 2nd Team
Followed by a Dance Party and the Canada Day Picnic on July 1
July 1-5 RENCONTRE
Praque, Czech Republic
July 2-7 10th
Annual Assyrian Youth Convention
of the Assyrian Church of the East
July 4-7 Assyrian
Olympics of California
San Diego, California
Thru Aug 15 "Beirut: Uncovering
Profiles recent UNESCO archeology efforts
The British Museum
August 12-14 SyrCOM-96: Second International
on Syrian Computing
Dept of Asian and African Studies
S-751 20 Uppsala
Fax: +46 18 181094
Aug 29-Sept 2 AANF National Convention
Red Lion Inn Hotel
R E G U L A R C L A S S E S & M E E T I N G S
Mondays Assyrian History Class
"Assyrian History: 19th Century thru Present "
Instructor: Wilfred Alkhas
BETA on 20000 Almaden Rd, San Jose, Calif
Class begins on June 3
Assyrian Educational & Cultural Club at
Modesto Junior College
Founders Hall 108
The Church of the East
Ages 4 thru 14
Assyrian Language, History, & Arts
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
BETA on 20000 Almaden Rd, San Joe, Calif
Classes begin on June 15
A S S Y R I A N S U R F I N G P O S T S
Assyrian Internet Shopping (Vov Alep)
English Translation of Yacoub Bar Malik Ismael's "Assyrians
& the Two World
Wars" -translated by Raman Michael
Virtual Assyrian Gallery of the Museum of the Oriental
Institute at the
University of Chicago: Chuck Jones at email@example.com
P U M P UP THE V O L U M E
To Apply Pressure zraa-va
Blood Pressure zroovyaad demma
Atmospheric Pressure zaa-ro-voot aa-aar
F = Feminine M = Masculine P = Plural
B A C K TO THE F U T U R E
B.C. (652) The war between Ashurbanipal and his
brother, the regent of
Babylon, begins. The wars with Elam, Arabs, and the quieting of the
rebellions in the Trans-Jordan region left the Assyrian armies exhausted and
ill-equipped. A few decades later Nineveh is defeated in the hands of the
Medes and the Chaldeans.
<<Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times, Redford
A.D. (July 1979) Friends of David Perley at Harvard University
David B. Perley Memorial Fund. The monies from this Fund is used to
subsidize the publication of scholarly books or monographs in the English
language about the Assyrians since the seventeenth century.
<< The Assyrian Star, August 1979 >>
L I T E R A T U S
AN ANCIENT FOOD RECIPE
From the Yale Culinary Tablets
ca. 3000 B.C.
...Split the pigeon in two. Other meat is also used.
Prepare water; add
fat, some ground salt, bread crumbs and ?, onion, samidu, leek, and garlic,
having already soaked these "herbs" in milk...
<<Textes Cullinaires Mesopotamiens, Bottero>>
T H I S W E E K I N H I S T O R Y
June 18, 1938: Yousef Malik published the first
issue of the Assyrian
political journal, Athra in Beirut, Lebanon. Yousef was later forced to
June 22, 1977: The Assyrian Youth Cultural Society
of Tehran, Iran, under
the direction of Homer Ashurian published the Assyrian magazine, Shveela.
B R A V O
On May 28, a day after the conclusion of the Assyrian State Convention of
California in San Jose, Ms. Jacklin Bajan, the chairwoman of the Convention
Committee received the following letter from the Fairmont Hotel where the
conventioneers had occupied hundreds of guest, banquet, and meeting rooms:
We made it! I just wanted to drop you a note to
thank you for planning the
Assyrian American Convention at the Fairmont. From our accounts, it looks
like you had a pretty good turnout. From my interaction with the guests,
they seemed like a fun crowd - hopefully their enthusiasm made your job
easier in the end. [We] had so much fun, we've decided to give up our day
jobs, and play "door monitor" more often - we met some great people, and saw
the latest in prom fashion!...I look forward to keeping in touch with you!
Kathryn D. Rambo
Congratulations to the 1996 State Convention Committee
of the AAA of San
Jose and the Assyrian conventioneers for making this year's convention an
Assyrian Community Networking Conference
Combined Prayer Service of all Assyrian Churches in San Jose
Former Senator John Nimrod's Presentation
Assyrian Aid Society Report by Narsi David
An exhibition of Fred Farhad's sculptures
"Federation's" behind-the-scene campaigning
The "cool, crowded, and quiet" Memorial Day Picnic
W E L C O M E T O Z E N D A
Zenda welcomes our new on-line subscribers from:
San Jose, California
A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S
Zenda wishes to thank the following individuals & organizations
whose contributions appear in this issue:
Firas Jatou Chicago, Illinois
Esha Tamraz Sunnyvale, California
Maryam Pirayou San Jose, California
Assyrian Aid Society of America
Layth F. Jato Canada
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