|The Lighthouse||Happy Birthday ZENDA!|
|Good Morning Bet-Nahrain||Iraqi Christians Urge Peaceful End to U.S.-Iraq Stand|
|Surfs Up||"I would not mind even arguing with these voices."|
|Surfers Corner||Financial Aid For Assyrian Students
Assyrian Voice of Canada Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary
|News Digest|| Coptic Pope Calls For Arab-Unity in Support of Iraq
Fraud & Corruption in San Jose, Assyrian Offenders Seek Pardon
|Assyrian Surfing Posts||Vocalization of the Assyrian Language
Assyrian and Syriac Typefaces
|Pump up the Volume||Newspaper & Journal Article|
|Back to the Future||Sumerian Capitalists & the Death of Hunayn Bar Iskhaq|
|Literatus||A Small Sin|
|This Week in History||Turkish Troops Attack the Assyrian Catholic Church in Urmie|
|Bravo||Assyrian Engineering Association Joins SVEC|
LAST WEEK ZENDA BEGAN ITS FOURTH YEAR OF SERVICE ON THE INTERNET. NEXT MONTH TO CELEBRATE THIS MONUMENTAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, AS ONE OF THE LONGEST RUNNING ONLINE MAGAZINE OF ANY ETHNIC GROUP, ZENDA WILL INTRODUCE ITS OFFICIAL "BET-WORLD WIDE WEB". WE THANK YOU-OUR OVER 800 REGISTERED READERS IN 25 COUNTRIES- FOR YOUR SUGGESTIONS, CRITICISMS, & PRAISES FOR MAKING US THE MOST POPULAR SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR ASSYRIAN INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES, UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS, INTERNATIONAL NEWS AGENCIES, RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS. ZENDA HAS BECOME THE EYES AND EARS OF THE ACTIVE AND SPIRITED NATION OF MODERN ASSYRIA.
WE ALSO REALIZE THAT WE ARE STILL A LITTLE SHORT OF OUR GOAL OF 1000 READERS BY THE END OF THE ASSYRIAN YEAR 6747. WITH ONLY 6 WEEKS REMAINING WE ARE CALLING ALL OUR READERS TO HELP US REACH OUR GOAL BY SIMPLY INTRODUCING OUR MAGAZINE TO ONE OR MORE NEW READER(S).
WE ESTIMATE THE EXISTENCE OF OVER 8000 OTHER CYBER-ASSYRIANS WHO REMAIN UNAWARE OF OUR JOURNALISTIC SERVICE. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST PROPAGATION OF INFORMATION AND PROGRESS, ENCOURAGING APATHY AND IGNORANCE. ZENDA IS CONFIDENT THAT WITH OUR CURRENT READERS' SUPPORT WE CAN REACH OUR GOAL AND SOON ANNOUNCE THE SUBSCRIPTION REQUEST OF OUR 1000TH READER.
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SO WHAT IS ZENDA'S WISH FOR THIS YEAR? TO TRIPLE OUR NUMBER OF SUBSCRIBERS IN 6748 A.Y. FROM 1000 IN APRIL 1998 TO 3000 IN MARCH 1999. ARE WE OVER OUR HEADS AGAIN? WE'RE READY TO TAKE ON THIS CHALLENGE. WE'VE DONE IT ONCE BEFORE AND WE CAN DO IT AGAIN.
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FEBRUARY 1999: 3000
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZENDA!
GOOD MORNING BET-NAHRAIN
IRAQ'S CHRISTIANS URGE PEACEFUL END TO ARMS ROW
(ZNRU: Baghdad) Iraq's Christian church leaders urged the international community last Tuesday to avoid military force in a row with Baghdad over weapons inspections. "We address our request to the (U.N.) Security Council and all responsible authorities of the world to consider peaceful negotiations and avoid war with its destructive results," the representatives of more than a dozen Christian churches said. "There (are) no losses in peace but there are many possible losses in war," they said in a joint statement read by Archbishop Avak Asadorian of the Armenian Orthodox Church at a service in Baghdad. "By this spirit our country will be free from this long-term suffering, which caused many deaths and disastrous effects on every level," he said.
Iraq is embroiled in a dispute with the United Nations over access for U.N. inspectors, searching for Iraq's banned weapons of mass destruction, to eight so-called "presidential sites." The United States and Britain have threatened to use force to make Iraq comply fully with U.N. demands for unrestricted access. Asadorian also appealed in the statement for an end to over seven years of economic sanctions, imposed on Iraq for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
He urged people to pray that God might "inspire people to what is for the peace and welfare of the nations and to put away from our nation this unfair embargo, which contradicts all human rights and all religious standards."
The statement was issued in the name of patriarchs and archbishops, pastors and fathers from Iraq's numerous Christian denominations including Chaldean, Syrian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Armenian Catholic, all Assyrian and Coptic churches.
"Sir , Please stop changing your internet address every week. We are so confused about this. Everytime I give your address of http://www.assyrianinfo.com/zendahome.html once more you have changed the address , when we lock zenda address under the most favorite places and we click on it , it give us the last week , because of the address . Now that we see you have changed your address again to zend0216.htm , we are confused. Please keep it under one address and stop playing with us like mouse and cat...It is my understanding that every Monday of the week , there is new issue . If I am right , then why I don't see the issue on Monday , but I notice it on Tuesday or later days of the week. Please let me know , so I can inform others to search for the new article."
Our temporary homepage is not ZENDA's official website. We thank Mr. Homer Younan for allowing us to use his "Assyrianinfo" server and website to continue publishing our magazine on the Web. If you wish to create a "temporary" bookmark to our main point of entry we recommend visiting our BIG Z site. Mr. Younan of Grafeex and ZENDA are in the process of completing ZENDA's official website which promises to be a source of pride for our readers and a powerhouse of information and research into current events.
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All donations to the Assyrian-Georgian Relief Fund address should be submitted to the San Jose office where all contributions are collected and via the Vatican Embassy and through the Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic Church transferred to Father Benny Yadegar's account in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the near future, ZENDA will publish a complete report of Father Benny's progress and the current conditions of Assyrians in Georgia.
The following is a response from Mrs. Karmella Darmozadeh's brother, Emil, to our reader's inquiry:
Thank you for your follow-up on the Karmela's Health situation.
I know that recently I have not been reporting about Karmela actively,
but I haven't been completely quiet either. I have sent e-mails
to ALL members whenever there has been a major news and have received
replies and questions from them, which I've been promptly
Before I say anything else, I have to mention that Karmela is doing real well, thanks to all who have prayed for her and is rapidly recovering from her life threatening disease. She is still in London and is under the Physician's care.
This is the good part and there is a bad part to this story too;
that I think should be taken cared of by Karmela's family and
not to be other fellow Assyrian's concern anymore: that is the
bills piling up (Almost £ 80,000.00
on top of the nearly £70,000.00 that we've already spent) which me and my family think that we have to take care of by ourselves, because her case is no longer life threatening and we do not have to raise the funds immediately.
Considering this, me and my brother in London are spending all of our time trying to gain enough money to at least keep the necessary medical procedures going. I'm working so hard that have not been even able to update Karmela's Homepage since before her Transplant a few months ago. Now that I'm typing this e-mail, it is 2:15 AM and I'm still working at home on my computer. (I've taken a break to check my e-mail).
I agree with your reader that I have not been very active recently
on the link, but I have my own reasons such as the resistance
and un-happy reaction which I've seen from some active members
of Assyrian on-line community
which have sent me e-mails announcing their un-happiness with me, turning a public domain to a "begging for money" forum!! even when I was not asking for money and was just keeping in touch to deliver a news about Karmela.
At the time, when my sister's life was in danger, I would not
mind even arguing with these voices. But now that the danger is over, I do not see any reason to add to the tension
that is already ruling over the on-line discussions
between our fellow Assyrians who seem to be dominating the link (or at least behave like they do).
Of course, I could have contacted Zenda which to my opinion is a True Free Tribune for Assyrians like me but I didn't and I apologize for my ignorance.
From now on, I'll be informing the Assyrian Community and the people who are interested in hearing about Karmela by sending e-mail to Zenda and I'm sure you people will publish them, if necessary...Thank you for all your kindness. Your Brother."
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"I was born in Iraq and I was one of the Iraqi Minority " Assyrian " the original inhabitant of so called Iraq. I came to US in 1968 . I am a US Citizen and a US Veteran . I am against the Rulers and the Dictator of Iraq , especially Saddam Hussein. Throughout the Assyrian history and ever since the falling of our Empire , Assyrian have been genocide by the Muslim world.
Saddam has done a good job of genocide to my people . He had
forced us to leave our land and our loved one and live in four
corner of the earth. Saddam has been the worst Evil of all.
Remember the Chemicals that was used by Saddam to kill his own
people , those were an Assyrian People in an Assyrian Village.
The American Media called
them KURDS because Assyrian too lives in the Northern of Iraq. Northern Iraq was their base ever since the city of Nineveh or ever since the Assyrian Country was in power .
When the Media mentions in the news about Saddam that killed his people Kurds , it is not a correct statement , the statement must be changed to his people ASSYRIAN . There were few Kurds in that Village , but the majority were Assyrian people , the dead were Assyrian and Kurds. Since I have every right to hate Saddam and because of what he had done to my people and to the Iraqi people too , I like to present these question to you.
To kill a Snake , you must crush his head and not his tell, otherwise the Snake will live and will try to poison someone in the future. Attacking Saddams military buildings and destroying his abilities of manufacturing chemicals is only good for a small period of time. We are not accomplishing anything other than sustaining him for small period of time . Do you remember our last war with Iraq, we destroyed most of his building and his Bridges , Factories and all of his Military Branches . Saddam rebuilt his country within one year . Baghdad was like it was never hit by a single Bomb. Now again he is manufacturing his chemicals weapons .
America could and should have removed him from power , especially when we had the chance , but we did not , do you know why ? Do you think our people are that navies that they can't figure out why America did not remove Saddam from power , or are we nothing but Sheep that trust and believes everything our Media or our Government tell us . Here are the reasons why America want Saddam in power and in Iraq :
Saddam in Iraq with his chemicals weapons and his hunger for power is the biggest threat to the region. Saddam is like the wild Dog that people leave in their yard to scare the intruders to the house or the family. America want Saddam there and will never want to get rid of him . Saddam is America's biggest assets.
If Saddam was to be removed from power, there would be no threat
in the region. Arabia would be in less threat and thus Arabia
will ask American and their power to leave Saudi Arabia , Kuwait
, and all of the Arabian Islands.
America will lose control of Arabia . America will lose the control of oil and its strategic location . As long as there is Saddam or like Saddam in Arabia or in Iraq , America will enjoy the Arabian wealth and it will control Arabia for many years to come.
Saddam is there and will not be removed from power because if Iran start to give America or Israel any problem , America will unleash their wild Dog Saddam and will start by supplying him with war equipment to defend the American interest in the region . Have we forgotten the Iran -Iraq war, wasn't Saddam our Allies , didn't we supply him with advisors and war equipment ? So you see, it is only a game of our Government . No matter how many life we lose no matter how many Iraqi people will die , as long America accomplish its mission.
The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq was staged by the American Government
. Let us not fool ourselves , we know what happened and what
it took place between our Ambassador and Saddam , have we forgotten
that we are the one that gave Saddam the green light to go ahead
and attack Kuwait ? Analyze the Golf war:
1. America got rid of all their old arsenal.
2. America took control of Arabia .
3. America established in Saudi Arabia , the one place that was not allowed any Christian country to be in the Sacred Muslim land .
4. America drained every penny from the Saudi and the Kuwaiti assets. Both countries ended paying billions of dollars for its defense .
5. Arabia become dependence on our Power, thus we eliminated any other competitions in the region .
6. America took complete control of the peace process and forced the Palestine to abides by their rules.
7. America tested their electronic technology and the accuracy of their bombs .
This time , there is more reasons for Saddam to stay: all of the above , plus a diversion for Clintons dilemma .
We could have gotten rid of Saddam if we wanted him out of power.
We have done it before in other countries and we can do it again
. Do you remember that every time there was an upraise of Iraqi
people , weather in the South or in the North , Saddam was notified
by CIA. Why did we not support the upraising to have got rid
of Saddam ? shouldn't we ask these questions and shouldn't our
Government give us a truthful answer. I don't think that they
will and that they can be truthful with us. Because our people
will not approve of them and their policies. To many American
died for no reason or for the benefit of one person or one ruler
or another. Our solders ended with diseases harmful to them
and to their family . The only persons that came out right of
that war it was (President Bush and his Son ). We did not forget
the collapsed of Saving and Loan during Bush presidency , it
was created by his Son, everyone was talking about it in America
, all of a sudden the Kuwaiti invasion was created. We all forgot
about that, didn't we ? Mr. Bush was rewarded by the American
People and the best reward was giving to him by the Kuwaiti Government
. Mr. Bush ended with good retirement benefits and for a life
time . Mr. Bush Jr. Was cleared from all his activities and he
was considered as son of a great hero , now he is Governor and
candidate of a Presidency. Mr. Clinton too will come out of this war a hero . The American people will forget about his Dilemma .
When are we going to wake up and see how our Government are using us as tools for their own benefits. We shall demand from our Government to put stop to Saddam and his Clans. Remove him from power remove him from life."
FINANCIAL AID FOR ASSYRIAN STUDENTS
If you are an Assyrian student studying at a four-year college or university ZENDA urges you to apply for financial assistance to one of these national Assyrian organizations and request a scholarship application:
Assyrian American National Federation
4318 West Birchwood
Skokie, IL 60076
Assyrian National Foundation
P.O. Box 2620
Berkeley, CA 94702
Chaldean Federation of America
18470 W. 10 Mile
Southfield, MI 48075
ASSYRIAN VOICE OF CANADA CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, FACES BUDGET ISSUES
(ZNDA: Toronto) Last weekend, the Assyrian Voice of Canada celebrated the first anniversary of the inception of its two-hours radio show. The program includes news and information for the Assyrian community in Ontario, with an emphasis on the younger Assyrian audience and the Canadian local governments.
Beginning 1 March 1998 the Assyrian Voice of Canada
airtime will be reduced to only two hours every Sunday from 6 AM until
8 AM, on AM 1430 in Toronto, due to financial hardships. To learn more
about this weekly radio program contact Ashur Shamoun at (905) 279-6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COPTIC POPE CALLS FOR UNIFIED ARAB POSITION TO BACK IRAQ
(ZNAF: Cairo) Coptic Pope Shenuda III has called for one pan-Arab position in support of Iraq. "We should support Iraq and defend its people and territory, but it's not enough to express feelings (of sympathy), there must be a unified Arab position," the Egyptian Orthodox pope told a crowd of more than 2,000 at a meeting that ended in the early hours last Wednesday in Cairo. "The Arabs' problem is that they are divided. This allows some to exploit this division and use it against them," the pope said at the meeting at the Cairo Book Fair. Responding to a question, he said that the Coptic Christian minority is "not persecuted in Egypt" but called for the Egyptian government "to promote the election of Coptic candidates" in legislative elections scheduled for 2000. No Copt was elected in the last legislative elections in December 1995 although Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed six Copts as members of parliament. There are as many as 6 million Copts living in Egypt.
NEWS OF FRAUD AND CORRUPTION BEWILDERS ASSYRIANS OF SAN JOSE
(ZNDA:San Jose) During last Friday's general meeting of the Assyrian American Association of San Jose, Mrs. Jackie Bajan, president of the AAASJ, announced the unsettling news of her months-long findings into the affairs of another local Assyrian organization in San Jose. According to the information contained in the documents presented to the members at this meeting, certain Assyrian individuals had fraudulently used the 501C Non-Profit status of a dissolved Assyrian organization and had established a new organization entitled "Nineveh Civic Club of the Bay Area."
On 12 December 1978 Assyrians of San Jose established the Assyrian American Civic Club of San Jose and were able to obtain 501C Non-Profit Status from the office of the Secretary of State in Sacramento, California. Three years later a group of Assyrians left AACC and formed a new organization under the name of the Assyrian American Association of San Jose which to date has been operating under a less restricted tax-exemption status. In December 1991 the AACC and AAA agreed to merge and form the new AAA of San Jose. The AACC was then dissolved and its assets ($ 42,000.00) transferred to the new AAA of San Jose.
Sometime in 1997, the current officers of the AAA acted to revive the tax-exempt status of the defunct AACC. A letter was submitted to the Internal Revenue Service and the Secretary of the State. It was then discovered that the AACC was never, as an organization, dissolved and had only undergone a name change. According to official documents on 26 December 1996 Mr. Iskandar Kambar and a few others had declared themselves as the officers of this organization. The Certificate of Amendment (Name Change) was filed on 14 February.
At last Friday's general meeting Mr. Kambar was present and explained himself "as an Assyrian brother herein requesting your forgiveness as good Christians my errors, for I and others are victims of a deception ." Later in the meeting Mr. Kambar mentioned the name of Daniel Benjamin of San Jose as the "deceiver."
According to Mrs. Bajan, attorneys who have been consulted in the past two months have indicated that the AAA of San Jose may press criminal and civil charges if so desired. The membership of the AAASJ decided not to take any legal actions against Mr. Kambar and other officers of the Nineveh Club and in a moving show of affection applauded Mr. Kambar's "courage to come forth and ask for pardon." The extent of this fraud, the identity of the organization between the years 1991 and 1996, and the abuse of tax-exempt status of a dissolved Assyrian organization are still unknow and are pending further investigation. Mr. Daniel Benjamin and Mr. Miltan Sorisho are sponsors and producers of the Assyrian weekly television show "Assyrians Around the World" in San Jose, California. Mr. Benjamin was a former member of the AACC and with Mr. Sorisho and dozens of other local Assyrians are involved in the establishment of a new Central Committee or Motva's San Jose. The future role of Mr. Daniel in the Motva'd San Jose is at this time being questioned by local Assyrian organizations.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
It's Party Time!
With Sargon Gabriel & Haroot Band
Awana of the Church of the East
680 Minnesota Avenue
Admission: $20.00 ($25.00 at the door)
Purchase tickets from BETA, Etminan & United Foods
|Thru March 8||
In the Presence of the Gods:
Art from Ancient Sumer
The Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
A presentation of 43 4,500-year-old Sumerian temple offerings,
including statues from Tell Asmar, tablets, carved stone vessels,
and relief panels showing banquet scenes.
Kha B'Neesan Parade
Assyrian Olympic Games
ASSYRIAN SURFING POSTS
Vocalization of Eastern & Western Assyrian Language
Syriac & Assyrian Typefaces
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
||spaaryooma'd New York Times|
||khda malkhamta d' ZENDA: A ZENDA article|
BACK TO THE FUTURE
The foreign trade trends in ancient Bet-Nahrain can be traced through documents found in the city of Ur (southern Bet-Nahrain in Iraq). During the reign of Ibbi-Sin (2029-2006 BC), merchants bought their travel provisions from the temple, acting as agents of the temple and under the control of the state. The sea journeys during the time of Sumuel of Larsa (1984-1866 BC) were shorter, only half-way through the Persian Gulf and the merchants paid a small tax to the temple, not acting as its agents. By the time Rim-Sin of Larsa (1822-1763 BC) comes to power, all voyages were financed and run by private business owners. No special taxes were paid to the temple.
The famous Assyrian physician and translator, Hunayn Bar Iskhaq is executed on the orders of Caliph Mutawakkil.
The Ashurbanipal Library Journal, Vol 3, No. 1 (1990)
A SMALL SIN
We are brethren, but alas, we are separated brethren. This is the agony of our situation. And let it be noted carefully that as long as there is a divided clergy, there will be a divided church; and as long as there is a divided church, there will be a divided people; and as long as there is a divided people, subsequently, there will be a divided nation; and as long as there is a divided nation, there will be divided goals, powers, and perspectives. This is the end-result of a small mistake, or rather, the consequence of a small sin.
Our Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow, Dr. Peter Talia
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
February 23, 1915: Turkish troops enter the Assyrian Catholic Church of Urmie (Iran) and remove the 60 Assyrian youth who had taken refuge in the church. Hours later, all 60 are taken outside of the city to the Jewish Mount and summarily executed.
AEA JOINS SVEC
Through the efforts of Dr. Sam Haddad of San Jose, California and the AEA members, the Assyrian Engineers Association is now an official affiliate of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council. SVEC is a prestigious organization with such distinguished members as The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Silicon Valley Software Engineers, and over 30 other local, national and international affiliates. Dr. Haddad, an active member of the Assyrian community in the south San Francisco Bay Area, an instructor at Santa Clara University, consultant to major Silicon Valley companies, is the current president of SVEC.
If you are interested in joining the Assyrian Engineers Association
or receive more information contact ZENDA at email@example.com
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