Z E N D A  M A G A Z I N E
[renamed Zinda Magazine in 1999]

Tdabaakh 18, 6746                   Volume III                       Issue 25            August 18, 1997

       A Weekly Online Publication of the ZENDA Assyrian Newsagency

                                            T H I S     W E E K     I N     Z E N D A

The Lighthouse.............The Assyrian Youth Excellence Pageant
Good Morning Bet-Nahrain...Recent Attacks on Assyrians in Baghdad                                             Surfs Up..................."such an article to be long overdue!"
Surfers Corner.............Edu. & Cultural Activities at Detroit Convention                                             News Digest................Syria to Participate in the Babylon Festival
                                   Syrian Official Calls for Elimination of Border
                                    Iran's Majlis Approves Khatami's New Cabinet                                        Calendar of Events.........No New Events
Khudra.....................September Through November 1997
Entracte...................Annual Party at San Jose St. Mary's Church                   Intelligentsia.............Regular Meetings and Classes
Assyrian Surfing Posts.....Assyrian American National Federation's New WWW
Pump up the Volume.........News & Reporter
Back to the Future.........Shalmaneser's Siege of Tyre
                                    Zenji's Siege of Edessa                              Literatus..................Honeymonth
This Week in History......."Neesha"
Bravo......................KSBV-AssyriaVision on the Web
The Directory..............ZENDA News Sources
Bshena.....................Gary, Los Angeles, & San Jose
Salute.....................Arbella, Pauline, Ramin, Francis, & Rita

                                   THE   L   I   G   H   T   H   O   U   S   E 

The time is 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning during the annual Assyrian American National convention.  Many Assyrians who traveled thousands of miles to participate are still in their hotel rooms recuperating from the late social simultaneous gatherings which took place the night before.  Others are casually conversing over a hot cup of tea with old friends and relatives at the local coffee shops and the hotel lounge.   The busy organizers are still active in their two-day quest for an hour of sleep between events and surprises.
Meanwhile, a small group of young energetic Assyrians who have come from various parts of the country are gathered in a small quiet room completing a test.  Yes, a test!   Questions such as "what is the meaning behind the name of the great `Tur Abdin' and where is it located?" or translate the following sentences from Assyrian into English...
This is only the start of a series of  contests to be performed over the next few hours to choose the winners of the year's youth Excellence pageant.  An annual contest designed by the Assyrian American National Federation to highlight the achievements and talents of some of the brightest and most talented young Assyrians around. The three year old contest which premiered during the San Jose Convention of 1994 has proved to be one of the most successful and sought after events of the AANF convention.  This is mainly due to its profound impact on the contestants, the Assyrian public, and other Assyrian youth in general.
It's impact on the young contestants is achieved naturally through the event itself.  The feeling that the Assyrian nation is appreciative of the academic, and social achievements of it's youth provides these youngsters with pride and the drive to further reach new heights in their quest for excellence.  In addition, the contest serves as an indirect invitation to the contestants to interact with the community by introducing them to the public, hence using our raw talents for the betterment of our nation. Several past contestants have since become active in the community. A fine example of this is Sharoukin Bet-Gevarguis who represented Assyrian women on numerous public and international appearances.  She is also well on her way of becoming a successful film maker with plans to make documentaries relevant to the Assyrian nation and its people.  The contest also serves as a small scholarship which many past winners have used towards their university expenses.
It also has a profound impact on the Assyrian public to witness the fact that the future of Assyrians is bright with such talent and dedication that such youth exhibit.  It gives the Assyrian people hope that assimilation has not taken its toll on the new Assyrians to the degree assumed.  It gives them hope that the Assyrian legacy will not disappear as long as our youngsters are brought up in a manner similar to that which brought such contestants.
In addition, other young Assyrians benefit by having Assyrian role models presented to them to look up to and follow in their foot steps towards achieving excellence.  Some may also decide that they will strive to compete in the following contest as evident in this years contestants.
As a previous contestant of the first AANF youth excellence pageant, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the AANF for creating this annual event and to wish all the 1997 contestants much luck, wisdom and happiness.  Remember that regardless of the outcome of the contest, you must do as King Ashurbanipal asked of us over 2,600 years ago by writing:
"Among you, my sons and great grandchildren, in distant days, for long epochs, years without number, let praise of Assyria not be forgotten."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  King Ashurbanipal

Firas Jatou
Chicago, Illinois

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(ZNAI: Chicago)  A series of murders and violent attacks on Assyrians in the Baghdad area has left many Iraqi Christians deeply concerned for their safety and well being. According to the Assyrian International News Agency report, on 25 July the Arabic-language newspaper, Al-Hayat, reported that Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, has shot and killed an Assyrian girl earlier in June. The Assyrian girl, Asil Salman Mansour, was last seen walking home within the predominantly Christian district of Doura in Baghdad. Witnesses report that Asil was stopped by a “presidential” vehicle, forced in by Uday’s bodyguards and taken to the Presidential Complex at al-Jadiriya. Uday, angered by Asil's resistance to the attempted rape, shoots and kills his victim. Al-Hayat reports that since the failed assassination on his life and his subsequent paralysis Uday has become embittered, depressed, and easily angered. Following the murder of Asil Mansour, Uday ordered the payment of $700, an Oldsmobile car, and a fifty dollar monthly stipend to her family as compensation for her loss.  The grief-stricken family was then instructed not to report the incident.

On the morning of 27 July, three armed men entered the home of Polus Younan, a 62-year-old Assyrian member of the Chaldean Catholic Church. Mr. Younan, born in Habbania, resided in the N’eriya w’Gayra section of Baghdad with his wife, Medina Shinoel, and their 16-year-old son, Mattai. Mrs Shinoel survived the attack and reported the incident to the police. She had witnessed the repeated stabbing of her husband in the back, with a large knife, until the blade of the knife protruded through Mr. Younan’s chest. Upon death, Mr. Younan was rolled into sheets by one assailant as the other two attackers turned their attention to Mrs. Shinoel. The attackers began striking her with the butt end of their rifles until most of her teeth were broken. Throughout the attack, the assailants demanded information regarding the family’s money and savings. The attackers then begin slashing Ms. Shinoel’s deaf and mute son, Mattai.  They proceeded with his torture until he was consciousness at which time he was carried to and placed in a bathtub.

Yousif John Yacoub, 35, was brutally stabbed to death on 12 April in his Baghdad home. Three Arab men, employed as guards in a nearby school, were allegedly instructed by the school's cleaning-lady to attack and rob Mr. Yacoub. According to Mr. Yacoub’s neighbors who witnessed the attack, Mr. Yacoub was stabbed in the back, neck and abdomen. Mr. Yacoub lived long enough to name his attackers and furnish the name of a nearby relative. Neither contacting his family nor seeking medical help, the police kept Mr. Yacoub at home for further questioning while he was bleeding uncontrollably.  When Mr. Yacoub’s relative arrives the victim's home was ransacked and the police had removed any valuables or evidence of murder. Two weeks later, Mr. Ameed Shurta, a high ranking police officer and member of the ruling Ba’ath party, along with his wife and children, occupied Mr. Yacoub’s residence. The police has since refused to return any of Mr. Yacoub’s possessions to his family. Mr. Yacoub’s sister, a Sumerian and Akkadian scholar residing in London, England, has requested that her family’s photo albums which be returned to her. The police has so far refused her wishes. Mr. Yacoub’s family believes that governmental and police personnel are accomplices in this crime. The police have since released the cleaning-lady and claimed that one of the attackers has escaped. The other two were reportedly held for questioning but no recent information is available regarding their whereabouts.

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"Thank you for publishing the moving article by Dr. Zaineb Istrabadi.  It
moved me very much and I found such an article to be long overdue!  Dr.
Istrabadi has done much to bridge the gap between Assyrians and the
Arab/Muslim community and I wish her continued success in all her endeavors."

Elki Issa

"We are a group of active members of the Assyrian American Association of San Jose. The recent events which resulted in the resignation of the Association's president, has promoted us to write this letter.  This Association being in the heart of the Silicon Valley with a large group of Assyrian professionals and business owners has tremendous resources at its disposal.  Unfortunately the Executive Board of this Association one after the other have failed to utilize this resource and have occupied themselves with petty issues such as who will sing in the next party.

As soon as the members are elected to the Executive Board, they forget the mission statement of the Association.  Instead of creating programs to promote and preserve the Assyrian language, culture, and heritage, most of their time and energy are spent on organizing parties and picnics.  This is exactly what the Assyrian American National Federation has been doing for the last 60 years, for what purpose it was created, and what has become of it. There are no language and history classes; parties and picnics have become the main events.  There are no special programs to educate our younger generation on Assyrian issues.  Our young are the key to our nations' success or failure in the future.  Ironically they are the most neglected.

For us the Assyrians living afar from the Middle East, having our children and teenagers to speak our language has become a daily struggle. The fear of their being drifted apart of our heritage and culture keeps many parents and nationalists awake at night.  This is a very serious problem.  Our nation is slowly dying in the western countries especially in the United States.  All other minorities who have been able to voice their needs and struggles through the channels available to them, have been able to obtain a much higher level of national identity and economical power.  Yet our Association has failed to recognize the intellectual and economical power of the Assyrians of San Jose. This economical and intellectual power would have enabled it to have formal and continuous language and history classes.  Instead of relying on a group of volunteers, it would have had salaried teachers ensuring a more reliable and sustainable level of education for the younger generation.

Our Association, in neglecting the concerns and needs of all the Assyrians of San Jose, has fallen pray into the hands of a small group of Assyrians who are mainly from Iran and are in the same economical and educational class.  As a result most of the activities and programs are planned to attract and please this special group.  Instead of creating an atmosphere of unity, an environment of division and discrimination has been creeping in.  The Association is being viewed as a club with special members.  The majority of the Assyrians of San Jose do not see themselves belonging, cared for, or listened to.  Surprisingly, the Association still ignores this important fact and complains why more people do not become members or help pay the mortgage of the property it purchased a couple of years ago.  It is forgetting a simple principle that the bigger the number, the greater are the strength and capability.

One of the examples that proves this Association caters to this special group, is their decision to hire a Persian band to perform in the upcoming Association's New Years Eve Party.  The Association's reasoning behind this decision is that the so called popularity of this Persian band will attract more people to attend the party and as a result more money will be raised.  The Association has repeatedly ignored the success of the groups who have been able to raise funds through more systematic means e.g. monthly donations and has insisted on its old principle which is raising money through entertainment only. One does not need a college degree to figure out that the overhead of parties (specially New Years Eve) is around 90%, but on the other hand the overhead of donations is almost zero.  Let's not forget that the main profit takers from such practices are the non-Assyrian hotels and entertainers

We believe this recent behavior of the Association's Executive Board is an insult to our national unity, culture, and language.  When parties and picnics have become our only source of preserving our language and culture, hiring non-Assyrian entertainers cannot be tolerated.  We believe such issues would never arise in any other minority group who share similar national problems as we do in Diaspora.  This should not have been an issue to begin with.  No Assyrian association should promote non-Assyrian culture- period.  We would like to advise our Association's Executive Board to reverse its recent decision immediately and to present to the members their plan of action for the remainder of their term."

-Concerned Members of the Assyrian American Associatin of San Jose
San Jose, California


"Recently an entire two-hour Assyrian radio program in Toronto was dedicated for Mrs. Karmela Darmozade, a young Assyrian mother on the edge of life and death, suffering from extremely rare disease affecting the production of her blood cells, called 'Aplastic Anaemia'.

The Assyrian Voice of Canada Organization conducted its August 16th radio program as a 'live' telethon show while connecting listeners to the studios and Karmela in London via telephony.  This regular weekly Assyrian program airs on AM 1430, from 10 PM until 12 am (midnight).

The 'live telethon', a first of its kind in Canada, brought together callers from London, Chicago, Toronto and California and helped its listeners realize how agonizing Karmela's fight for her life is and how desperate she is for our financial support.

Karmela Darmozadeh and her brother, Mr. Emil, spoke from London-England. Mr. Ashur Youlous Malek, the representative of Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party in Chicago; Mr. Ashur Shamoun, representative of Assyrian Voice of Canada Organization in Toronto; and then, Mr. George Maragoluf from San Jose, California, joined our discussions.  Mrs. Karmela spoke softly in a weak and low voice, full of suffering and pain.  She thanked all Assyrians and organizations who  had come forward and collected money to pay for her life- saving operation.

The Assyrian Universal Alliance of Canada initiated a fund rising.  Mr.
Emmanuel Yalda, Chairman, of AUA in Canada, and Mr. Ashur Simon Malek, non
affilated, joined in going door to door and getting donations from our
Assyrians in Hamilton.  The AUA collected $1000.00 from 56 (fifty six)
Assyrian homes for the mission called "Together we can save Karmela", from
Aug. 19, till August 22.

On August 22 Mr. Yalda wired $904 (Canadian) to London, and the mission
still on.  A complete report of total money received will be listed in Zenda
by next issue.  The AUA of Canada have donated $100 Canadian from the total of amount received.

A high official of the Assyrian Aid Society in Canada, operated by the local  branch of the Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa), was asked to contribute on behalf of the Assyrian Aid Society to Karmela Darmozadeh's Fund.  His respond was that "we only help the Assyrians in north of Iraq; I can't do anything until I call our U.S. head-Office and discuss the matter."

Let it be known to all Assyrians that if the Assyrian Aid Society in Canada
will not help I will personally take legal action and have them charged with every criminal offenses that may be encountered in Canada.

If any one wishes to purchase the two-hour tape of the program, 'Karmela You
are not alone' along with a special magazine 'Together we can save
her life', produced by The Assyrian Voice of Canada Organization, send
your donation of $10 and up to The Assyrian Voice of Canada at the
following address:

The Assyrian Voice of Canada Organization                                C/O Mr. Ashur Shamoun                                                     30 Elm Dr., suite 1618                                            Mississauga, ON  L5A-4C3
Tel. (905) 279-6206  Fax (905) 279-7347   E-mail:  ashour@ican.net

All donations will be forwarded to Karmela's Fund in England.

Any Zenda reader who wishes to talk on our live Assyrian Voice of
Canada radio program, Saturday from 10 till 12 PM Toronto time on issues related to Karmela please call (416) 864-1809 or send your questions or opinions by faxing us at (905) 279-7347."

Ashur Simon Malek
Ontario, Canada

[For more information on all donations collected for Karmela see:
         http://www.mirage-mmc.com/karmela/core.html#donation   ]


"I am sending this note to clear up a donation figure of $10,000 to Karmela's fund that was listed in your Vol 111, #25;8/18/97 Zenda. There has been no trace of this amount as to where it has been generated from and what account has been deposited to. As of today this amount has not been deposited in Karmela's account. I had a talk with Mr. Ashour Shamoun the president of the Assyrian Voice of Canada and he confirmed that such an amount does not exist. I have personally deposited the amount of $4540.00 Canadian, raised through the Assyrian Church of the East in Canada, in Karmela's account early in July and since then we have not wired any amount into her account.

Could you please provide me with any information in regards to this amount and the possible source in order for us to follow up on it.

In the end, on behalf of Karmela and her family I would like to thank every single Sister and Brother who made donations and came through in this life saving mission. Also, just to update you, Karmela's brother Joseph will spend 3 days in hospital starting today to prepare for the Bone Marrow extract which will get done on Thursday Aug 28/1997. He will be in and out of hospital these 3 days but will be admitted for the actual procedure on thursday. Karmela's operation is scheduled on Monday September the 1st. Please keep her in your prayers.

I also wish to be a subscriber of Zenda weekly. Please let me know how I can help this newsletter financially. This is the least I can do."

Midet Yadegar
Toronto, Canada

[Ms. Yadegar is a first-cousin of Karmela Darmozadeh's and was recently contacted by ZENDA to verify the receipt of the donations shown in last week's issue.]

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The following is a revised schedule of educational and cultural activities at this week's Assyrian National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.  For more information see:  www.aanf.org

Thursday, August 28                   1:00-2:30    PM
Workshop Room     Assyrian Dance Workshop              2:45-3:45    PM
Lecture Room      Film: "The Sumerian Kingdom of Ur"

Friday, August
12:00-1:00   PM     Workshop Room        Assyrian Art Workshop
1:00-2:00    PM     Lecture Room        A Brief History of Assyrians
2:00-2:45    PM     Lecture Room        Film: "Babylon: The Gate of the Gods"
2:45-3:30    PM     Lecture Room        New Assyrian Language Software
3:30-4:15    PM     Lecture Room        Assyrians in the Computer Age
5:00-6:0     PM     Lecture Room        The History of the Syriac Churches and                                                                                                                                                        Encounter with Muslims
6:00-7:00    PM     Lecture Room        Syriac Churches Contributions to                                                                                                                                                      Christian Missions

Saturday, August 30                                                      12:00-1:00   PM     Workshop Room         Assyrian Art Workshop
1:00-2:30    PM     Workshop Room      Assyrian Dance Workshop
1:00-2:30    PM     Lecture Room       The Historical Influence of Assyrian                                                                                                                     Music in the Western Chant                                              2:30-3:15   pm    Lecture Room         Film: "Ashurnasirpal: The Assyrian                                                                                                                                                            King"
3:15-4:00    pm    Lecture Room         The History of Assyrian Law
4:00-5:00    pm    Lecture Room         History of the Assyrian Tragedies
5:00-6:00    PM      Lecture Room         Assyrians and Maronites Throughout                                                                              History
6:00-7:00    PM      Lecture Room        "Assyrian National Leadership: History                                                                             and Necessity"
Sunday, August 31                                                        4:00-6:00    PM      Lecture Room         Surfers Gathering
4:00         pm    Workshop Room         Ancient Art: Station 1: Hieroglyphs
                            Station 2: Cylinder Seals
                            Station 3: Making Amulet

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(ZNAF: Baghdad)  Iraq said today that Syria will participate in the annual Babylon cultural festival in September for the first time, amid an improvement in Syrian-Iraqi relations.  According to the official Ath-Thawra newspaper, "a major Syrian delegation" including song and dance troupes will take part in the festival which opens September 22 in the ancient city of Babylon, 90 kilometers (145 miles) south of Baghdad. Iraq has been holding the festival every year since 1987 except in 1990 and 1991 when Baghdad invaded Kuwait and was driven out by allied forces.

Syria's participation is an indication of the growing warmth between the two neighbors, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1980.  Since May, the two countries have been exchanging visits by business delegations and in June re-opened their mutual border, closed in 1982.  A private company has begun advertising on Iraqi television air-conditioned bus trips to Damascus for businessmen.  Iraqi officials said several times in recent days during a visit here by a major Syrian trade delegation that they are determined to strengthen relations with Syria.  Earlier this month, the United Nations authorized Iraq to import goods through its border with Syria.


(ZNAF: Damascus)  Faez Sayegh, head of the official SANA news agency, called Wednesday for abolishing the border with neighboring Lebanon, saying the Syrians and Lebanese were one people divided into two countries. "We must
work to eliminate the border between Syria and Lebanon and to quickly implement all the decisions made by the two countries," wrote Sayegh in an article published in Ath-Thawra Newspaper.  Syria has 35,000 troops and intelligence agents stationed throughout most of Lebanon and is the main power broker there. "The Syrian and Lebanese parties are convinced that we are one people in two neighboring countries, but what has been accomplished
so far, especially in economic cooperation, remains below our aspirations," Sayegh wrote. The article appeared the day after Syrian Prime Minister Mahmud al-Zohbi and his Lebanese counterpart, Rafik Hariri held economic
talks in Damascus and decided to "progressively" open Syrian and Lebanese markets to each other's products. Syria and Lebanon have been linked since 1991 by a "friendship and cooperation treaty," which stipulates close political, economic and security cooperation.


(ZNAF: Paris)  The following is a list of the cabinet of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami approved by the 270-member parliament or Majlis on Wednesday:

    Oil:                          Bijan Namdar Zanganeh
    Foreign Affairs:              Kamal Kharazi
    Economy:                      Hussein Namazi
    Health:                       Mohammad Farhadi
    Defence:                      Ali Shamkhani
    Commerce:                     Mohammad Shariatmadari

Culture and Islamic Guidance: Ataollah Mohajerani

    Interior:                     Abdollah Nouri
    Energy:                       Habibollah Bitaraf
    Housing:                      Ali Abdolalizadeh
    Intelligence:                 Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi
    Higher Education:             Mostafa Moin
    Road Transport:               Mahmoud Hojjati
    Communications:               Mohammad Reza Aref
    Mines and Metals:             Eshaq Jahangiri
    Education:                    Hussein Mozafar
    Construction:                 Mohammad Saidi Kya
    Cooperatives:                 Morteza Haji
    Industries:                   Gholamreza Shafei
    Labour:                       Hussein Kamali (retained)
    Agriculture:                  Issa Kalantari (retained)
    Justice:                      Esmail Shushtari (retained)

Also, Iranian ex-foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati was appointed international affairs advisor Thursday by the Islamic Republic's supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Radio Tehran said.  On Saturday Mohammad Khatami, named a woman Saturday as vice president for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution.  Massumeh Ebtekar, 36, was appointed vice president in charge of environmental protection, the official IRNA news agency reported.  A former journalist, specialist in immunology and a university professor, Ebtekar is fluent in English and French and represents
Iran in several international organizations.  Married with two boys, Ebtekar spent her first years of studies in the United States.

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                                                                                                                                                      Dec 11-13
British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology
1997 Annual Conference
University of Durham
United Kingdom

Through Mar 8,1998
In the Presence of the Gods: Art from Ancient Sumer        
The Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue                                                                                                                        Chicago
Free Admission

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Sep 8           Virgin Mary (Birthday)
Sep 14          Festival of the Holy Cross
Oct 10          Dokhrana 'd Mar Elia (Elijah the Prophet)
Oct 17          Anniversary of Mar Dinkha IV's Patriarch of the Church of the East Consecration -1976
Oct 31          Dokhrana 'd Mar Elia (of Hirta or Khirata)
Nov 1           Dokhrana 'd Mar Mikha d'Alqosh
Nov 3           Dokhrana 'd Mar Gewargis, Sahda (The Martyr)
Nov 19          Commemoration of Mar Yacoub m' Pasqa
Nov 22          Dokhrana 'd Mar Odisho d'Urmi
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Aug 26-Sep 2      Assyrian American National Convention                                                                                         Hyatt Regency Dearborn                                                                      Fairlane Town Center                                                                        Detroit, Michigan                                                                                All Single,double,triple,quad rooms: $95 per day                                                Reservations: (313) 982-6880
             Reservations must be made by August 7
Sept 12         Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church (St. Mary's) Annual Party                                 Entertainer:  Walter Aziz                                                                                                 Fairmont Hotel, San Jose                                                                                                                             $20 per person

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CHICAGO      Assyrian Athletic Club Soccer Development Program
          Ages 7-14
          7:45-9:45 pm
          Warren Park Gymnasium
          Western Avenue & Devon Street
HARVARD       1997-98 Syriac Classes Taught by Dr. J.F. Coakley
          Elementary Syriac
          Instructor:  J. F. Coakley
          Basic Syriac grammar and syntax with selected readings from
          the Syriac Bible and other early texts.
          Readings in Syriac I
          Historical and theological texts, and early poetry
             Readings in Syriac II
          Special attention to exegetical texts and to reading           manuscripts.
NORTH            Assyrian Boy Scouts
HOLLYWOOD       Assyrian American Association of Southern California
                Assyrian Club
                5901 Cahuenga Blvd
                 North Hollywood, California
                9:30am  to 12:30pm
                Contact Sargon Gewargis @ fishtale@juno.com
               (818) 891-3705 after 7:30 pm
             Assyrian Student Union
            California State University, Northridge
              Assyrian American Association of Southern California

               Assyrian Club
             5901 Cahuenga Blvd
                North Hollywood, California
                Contact Sargon Gewargis @ fishtale@juno.com
              (818) 891-3705 after 7:30 pm
SAN JOSE      Assyrian Language Classes (Adults)
          Instructor:  Dr. Ashur Moradkhan
          7:00-9:00 pm
          AAA of San Jose BETA
          Citizenship Classes
          Instructor:  Jacklin Bajan
          Mondays & Tuesdays
             7:00 pm
          AAA of San Jose BETA
          20000 Almaden Road
          Maestro Nebu Issabey's Nineveh Choir Practice
          AAA of San Jose BETA
          8:00 pm
TORONTO      Nisibis School
               The Church of the East
                Toronto, Canada

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Assyrian American National Federation

Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Project
Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies

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           English                Modern Assyrian

           News                khoo/baa/re  [P]
           Reporter            tdaa/baa/baa     [M]
                                    tdaa/bab/tha     [F]
            F = Feminine     M = Masculine      P = Plural

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B.C. (724)  The siege of Tyre (in Lebanon) by king Shalmaneser of Assyrian begin and lasts for five years.  During this time, the Assyrian king blockades this port city, cuts the water supply, and induces an inflation in the prices of basic necessities.  At this time, Tyre possessed the most powerful navy in Asia.

<< The Phoenicians & the West, Aubet  >>

A.D. (1144) Zenji, the Turkish commander whose headquarters were in Mosul, in a surprise attack, seizes the city of Edessa (Urhai) from the Crusaders. The loss of Edessa was the first major disaster suffered by the Crusaders, reducing their military forces by one-fifth.  Upon hearing the news of the loss of Edessa both kings of France and Germany take the cross and join the Crusades.

<< A Short History of the Arab People, Glubb  >>

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                             HONEY MONTH

It was the accepted practice in Babylonia 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.  Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" - or what we know today as the "honeymoon."

<< Courtesy of Pete's Wicked Ale >>

Extra, Extra...

On 18 August, Lebanon's Daily Star wrote: "The visit to Lebanon of Pope John Paul II ought to have given any emerging Christian political leadership the impetus to build a new foundation to replace the ruinous embers of the dying days of the war. It didn't and the opportunity has dimmed. But this does not preclude the young (and not so young) Christian political activists from standing up to be counted and from casting off the long-distance shackles of France-based, backward-looking bigots to assume their full share and full responsibility for helping to build a new, post-war Lebanon".

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August 31, 1971:  The Assyrian magazine, Neesha (Goal), is published in Sweden in Swedish, Assyrian, and Arabic.

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AssyrianVision or KBSV-TV23's now offers its daily television programs via the Internet, providing Assyrians living as far as Poland and Argentina an opportunity to keep current with the news and shows of general and special interest.  This is accomplished by the use of the new video-streaming technology whereby video and audio are compressed allowing a  .  You need a Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 PC, or a Power Macintosh, along with either Netscape 2.0 or greater, or Microsoft's Internet Explorer v3.0. You also need sound capabilities and a monitor that displays at least 256 colors.  One needs a connection to the Web at 28.8k or faster to watch the clips without interruption.  The video and audio will pause from time to time even at 28.8k.  AssyriaVision's Website can be accessed at:


To use the video-streaming technology download the VXtreme Interactive Plug-in and enjoy the AssyrianVision on the net during the following hours:
   Mondays - Fridays    5:00 PM - 12:00 AM PST (Pacific Standard Time)
   Saturdays           10:00 AM - 6:00 PM PST                                          Sundays              4:00 PM - 12:00 AM PST

For more information contact AssyriaVision (209) 538-4130.

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ZNSJ (San Jose Mercury News)
ZNSM (Shufimafi Lebanese News)
ZNTM (Time Magazine)
ZNUP (United Press International)
ZNUS (US News & World Report)

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This Week's Writers & Reporters:

Arbella Issabey      San Jose, California        Literatus
Pauline Jasim        Chicago, Illinois           Surfers Corner
Raman Mikhael        Chicago, Illinois           Good Morning B/N

Thanks For Referring Us to A New Reader:

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In Our Upcoming Issues:
    Sep 1:        No Zenda:  Staff on Assignment in Detroit
    Sep 8:        Assyrian National Convention Report
    Sep 15:    Issa Benyamin:  Letters in Motion

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