Profiles

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…

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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…


Language as politics: Nineb Lamassu promotes heart of Assyrian identity

The Assyrian Journal | May 2018 | Photos contributed | By Robina Lajin Cambridge, England – Nineb Lamassu cannot take credit for his passport reading Assyria. As a PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge, Lamassu says his wife Susan did the convincing with Australian passport officials to change their place of…


Juliana Taimoorazy builds bridge between Assyrians, non-Assyrians

The Assyrian Journal | March 2018 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Chicago, IL – Juliana Taimoorazy is not bashful when it comes to helping Christians in the Middle East. As the founder and president of Iraqi Christian Relief Council (ICRC), her aggressiveness is part of what makes her such a…


Michael Badal paves way for young Assyrian DJs, musical artists

The Assyrian Journal | January 2018 | Photos contributed | By Joe Snell Los Angeles, CA – Michael Badal pulled up to DJ Club Silk Nightclub in Sacramento with his essential spinning equipment – USB sticks, headphones, and ear plugs. At only seventeen years old, the Assyrian Los Angeles native had just…


Chicago attorney on promoting law education among Assyrian students

The Assyrian Journal | January 2018 | Photos from Assyrian American Bar Association | By Ramsen Shamon Name: Phillip Rehani Hometown: Skokie, Ill. Occupation: Attorney at O’Hagan Meyer, LLC Phillip Rehani, the 30-year-old secretary of the Assyrian American Bar Association, always knew he wanted to find creative ways to help people…