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Azadoota blends traditional Assyrian rhythms with contemporary music

September 2018 | By Yasmeen Altaji | Photos Contributed Sydney, Australia – Robin Zirwanda’s take on Assyrian music is far from traditional. When one mentions native music to an Assyrian anywhere in the world, the sense of nostalgia it provokes typically isn’t attached to the sound of congo beats and Latin-American rhythms….

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Ramina Samuel becomes first Assyrian counselor at Chicago’s District 219

August 2018 | By Joe Snell | Photos Contributed Chicago, IL – Ramina Samuel’s heart was racing as she walked toward her new office at Niles North High School earlier this August. For years, the Assyrian Iraqi native had grown accustomed to filling part-time and temporary counseling positions in the Chicagoland area. Now, she is a full-time…


Martyr’s Day celebrated around the world

Assyrians around the world come together to honor victims August 2018 | By Yasmeen Altaji | Contributions by Rema Shamon, Robina Lajin, Anthony Narsi and Atorina Samuel Tarzana, CA  – Spectators in Chicago previewed an original film entitled “The Assyrian Journey.” On the opposite side of the world, others in Wiesbaden,…


Op-Ed: Homeland as a .com

July 2018 | By Nardin Sarkis Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of the The Assyrian Journal. Watching the World Cup and Olympic Games with no country to root for, being unrepresented at the United Nations… These are just a…


LA Food Festival opens ancient door to Assyrian culture

Tarzan, CA hosts Assyrians, non-Assyrians for music, food, cultural lessons June 2018 | By Atorina Samuel | Cover photo by Polos Shamsabadi Tarzana, CA – Arbella Rasho joined a number of Assyrian youth in Tarzana, California on Sunday, June 10 as she waved an Assyrian flag in front of hundreds…


King Ashurnasirpal Gala raises money for Assyrians in Nineveh Plains

Mesopotamian art gallery is backdrop for exclusive fundraising dinner June 2018 | By Joe Snell | Photos Contributed Chicago – The Assyrian Aid Society of America (AAS-A) Chicago Chapter hosted the second annual King Ashurnasirpal Dinner Gala (KADG) on Sunday, May 27. The black tie event, held inside the Mesopotamian gallery…


Tomas Beth-Avdalla stands up for modern Assyrian literature

Publishing business helps Assyrian authors distribute writing June 2018 | By Joe Snell | Photos Contributed Gothenburg, Sweden – Tomas Beth-Avdalla sits in a cluttered room near his home in Gothenburg, Sweden, surrounded by aged Assyrian pictures, books, audiocassettes, videos, and periodicals that are oftentimes piled to the ceiling. From this small…


Assyrian Arts Institute awarded grant from California Arts Council

State program supports cultural arts initiatives June 2018 | Story Contributed | Photos Contributed Los Altos Hills, CA – The California Arts Council announced plans to grant $14,000 to the Assyrian Arts Institute as part of its Cultural Pathways program. “Organizations like the Assyrian Arts Institute keep the heritage of…


California State Convention carries on Assyrian heritage

51st annual event marked by large presence of young Assyrians June 2018 | By Anthony Narsi | Photos by Gilbert De-Berowley CALIFORNIA – More than 3,500 people attended the 51st annual Assyrian State Convention of California. The weekend, which took place from May 26 through May 28 in Turlock and…


Russian Assyrians host AJM for youth exchange

German youth association joins Russians for international collaboration to promote dialogue, unity June 2018 | Photos contributed | By Robina Lajin Correction: This youth exchange was not the first ever Assyrian youth exchange between Germany and Russia, as previously reported. RUSSIA – Nine members of the Assyrian Youth Association of Germany (AJM…