Turkey: Rising religious intolerance

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A US State Department report on religious freedom and a warning early this week left Turkey unhappy. But not wrongly accused, say many. Nora Koloyan-Keuhnelian reports Hagia Sophia (photo: Reuters)  …

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UN: US assassination of Gen. Soleimani violates international law

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The United States did not provide sufficient “evidence” of threat of an impending attack. Agnes Callamard reports the operation violates the United Nations Charter, but the international community has remained largely silent. Soleimani did not pose a threat to the US and the rest of the world.…

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Turkey’s Hagia Sophia: five things to know

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Hind Al Soulia – Riyadh – A top Turkish court on Thursday ruled that the status of the Hagia Sophia, the world-famous Istanbul landmark which is now a museum after serving as a church and a mosque, will be announced with 15 days.…

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Iraq Works on Interfaith Discourse

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Iraq (International Christian Concern) – The Institute for the Study of Religious Diversity is attempting to change Iraq’s discourse toward religious minorities and recently published its first curricula. Established almost a year ago by Masarat, a Baghdad-based nonprofit, the institution will focus its educational programs toward Muslim…

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The Love That Understands

By Yusuf Begtas In life, truth and reality often collide with each other, because internal frames of reference do not always fit external reference points. Since every person has a disntinct level of knowledge, each person’s capacity for perception and evaluation is different. A person can only ascribe meaning to the information suited to his…

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The Spirit of Mardin

By Yusuf Begtas  Syriac Language-Culture and Literary Association – Mardin ——————————————————————————————————————–Mardin is the name of an ancient civilization which has served as an abode of the truth of life, and of the life of truth. Mardin’s ancient civilization represents a virtual grammar…

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Minorities in northern Iraq fear Turkish bombardments and troop presence

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Turkish airstrikes and ground troops are threatening areas in northern Iraq populated by Christians, Yazidis and Kurds trying to recover following 2014 attacks by Daesh militants.Initially, airstrikes shook Mount Sinjar, an area that is home to the Yazidi minority and where the militants carried out a genocide against the Yazidi community.…

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IRAQ: Construction starts on new Syriac school in Ankawa

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ANKAWA, Iraq – A small ceremony this week marked the start of construction of the new Syriac school called “Meltho” in Ankawa, Erbil. The building of the school is under supervision of the Syriac Orthodox Church and supported by the Hungarian government. Syriac Orthodox bishop of Mosul Daoud Sharaf and the Hungarian official…

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Reminder of Persecution in Syria

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Syria (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, the terrorist group HTS (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) detained one of its own former commanders for defecting. HTS raided the house of defector Jamal Zeina, better known as Abu Malek al-Tali, in Syria’s Idlib.…

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