THE LION OF BABYLON.
This 2600 years-old, black, basalt statue of a lion trampling a man was discovered in the early 20th century by villagers at the site of ancient Babylon, about 50 miles south of Baghdad, at the time of the city’s excavation by German Archaeologist.
If you are in the district please don’t forget to visit this amazing Babylonian Lion Statue.
Archaeologists unearth record of ancient Assyria’s demise
A team of archaeologists excavating at the site of Ziyaret Tepe in southeastern Turkey have discovered a rare and unique Assyrian cuneiform tablet — one that tells a story of frustration and desperation expressed by an ancient Assyrian official, providing a glimpse of conditions in the Assyrian Empire just before its collapse in the 7th century, B.C.
Recovered within the remains of what archaeologists have identified as an administrative complex, the clay tablet, small enough to be held in the palm of one’s hand, features, in cuneiform script, a letter written by Mannu-ki-libbali, who was a senior official of the Assyrian provincial capital of Tushan. Tushan was a 7th-century city that governed an area on the outskirts of the Assyrian Empire. In the letter, he responds to an order to assemble a unit of chariotry, but he explains that all of the skilled professionals he needed to accomplish it had already fled the city. He expresses his frustration and resignation with these final statements: "How can I command? ..... Death will come out of it. No one will escape. I am done!” “This letter is unparalleled,” writes the excavation leadership in an article recently published in Popular Archaeology Magazine. “It can only have been written as the front line drew close to Tushan and the infrastructure of the empire collapsed. As a first-hand account of Assyria in its death-throes it is unique.” The administrative complex in which the tablet was found also yielded a remarkable archive of cuneiform tablets. Totaling 27, they were .. Read full article here: /issue/winter-2018/article/archaeologists-unearth-record-of-ancient-assyrias-demise
How This Iraqi Relief Organization is Helping Christian Families in the Middle East
CBNNEWS.COM - 12-14-2017 - Erik Rosales
Thousands of Assyrian Christian families have been displaced through religious persecution and ethnic cleansing in the Middle East.
These victims have been abused, tortured and are tired of running. Hope is hard to find.
But thanks to the the support of Juliana Taimoorazy, founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, thousands of Assyrian, Syriac, and Chaldean Christians in Iraq have been helped.
The organization provides urgent humanitarian supplies during dire situations to those who need urgent help.
Taimoorazy has an amazing personal story, having escaped Iran as a Christian refugee.
She and her organization received 'Michelle Malkin's Bulldog Award' for her relief efforts.
Last year, the Iraqi Christian Relief Council helped 95,000 Assyrian Christians in Iraq. "More than half of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council's aid went directly into the hands of vulnerable Christians in Iraq," the council said in a statement. "And more than 85 percent of persecuted Christians who receive our aid are in Iraq." "Assyrian Christians need protection within Iraq so that their faith, ethnicity and cultural heritage are not eradicated as Islamic terrorists have worked towards since 2003. A protected safe zone would lead to the creation of a province for all minorities in Iraq," explained Taimoorazy, who is also a senior fellow at Philos Project.
The Iraqi Christian Relief Council aids Assyrian Christians in Syria, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey, many of whom are under attack by ISIS in their homeland.
Tragically, 253 Assyrian Christians from 35 different villages along the Khabur River were kidnapped by ISIS on February 23, 2015, and taken hostage.
Read full article here: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2017/december/how-this-iraqi-relief-organization-is-helping-christian-families-in-the-middle-east
Mikael Ishak (born 31 March 1993 in Södertälje, Sweden) is a Swedish Assyrian professional footballer of Assyrian descent who plays as a striker for 1. FC Nürnberg. He used to play for Assyriska FF in Sweden. In December 2011 he was sold to 1. FC Köln who play in the German Bundesliga.
On 5 August 2013, he joined Parma on a four-year contract.