Recently the Assyrian mayor of Alqosh was removed and a member of the Kurdish party of Barazani replaced him in the North of Iraq. This is an outrage. The Kurds want to occupy Alqosh because this is another trick in the bag for the Kurds delusion of a homeland built on Assyrian soil. One must ask the question how can a people believe they can build their homeland by silencing an ancient people who have lived in the North of Iraq for thousands of years? The people of Alqosh must not be hushed. Their concerns are tremendous and they want to govern their own town as they have since the beginning of time. Alqosh is Assyria. If Alqosh is infiltrated with Kurds that means that there will be less and less hope for the Assyrians to establish their region in the North of Iraq. Alqosh is called in a song about the town, “Mathed Zona” which means town of time. I know and believe future time will always be on the side of Alqosh. The past for Alqosh has not always been happy as the town has been attacked many times in past years by Kurdish tribes and left to defend itself when ISIS was near.
There is a song in Alqoshian folklore that goes like this:
Khzeli khtha yowna befyara
M3ouyetle ow qreli pkha kala
Bas mafhemle ow bas maythele
Lema athra wot besala
This song is talking about a man of Alqosh seeing a dove flying away. He screams in a loud of voice and becomes miserable and asks just tell me what country are you flying to? This is the big question right now. Will Iraq stand up for the rights of the people of Alqosh and all Assyrians or will they sell us out to the Kurds? Alqoshian people call themselves “Suraye.” Everyone knows that this means they are Assyrians.
ISIS invaded the Nineveh Plains but they were not able to get to Alqosh thank God. Alqosh is a holy town and it deserves to be protected by the world community. If the Kurds aspirations become a reality and they take over the region they will turn all the Assyrians in the Nineveh Plains into Kurdish Christians as they have been trying to do in the past.
Alqosh is a treasure which goes back to ancient times. The first time Alqosh was mentioned in artefacts of antiquity was in Sencharibs time, but Alqosh most probably goes even further back in history beyond the beginning of civilization.
Some people say that the name Alqosh comes from the term, “El Qushti” which means “The God of the Bow.” Truly the God Ashur is looking down on Alqosh right now and saying do not touch my precious town where old souls still live to this day with the ancient spirit and one of the most ancient languages of the world.
I plead with the world community to stand with Alqosh and the hope of our Assyrian people for a region in Iraq. Assyria may be a dream that many are trying to diminish, but it will continue to shine in the hearts of the true Assyrians until one day Assyria shall return from invisibility to visibility.
Lastly I just want to say God bless our dear Alqosh and God bless all the Assyrian people.
By Abbey Mikha
Discrimination is still occurring in Canada today against visible minorities in the workplace, and this is evident because of what I found in my research, but also because I have witnessed friends and family who are from subgroups go through this when seeking employment. When families come to Canada from other countries they hope for a better life for themselves and their children, but sometimes people who are doctors from foreign countries end up working as cab drivers, in fast food restaurants, or in convenience stores. It is my hope that there will be more opportunity and fairness in regards to these matters in the future in Canada. In the following essay I have presented the evidence from the literature that this type of discrimination still occurs in Canada. The people of the world are one, and although there is a difference in our education system of various societies, human beings should be given a chance if they can do the job and prove themselves, regardless of their ethnicity, skin color, or minority status. Perhaps in regards to education individuals could take courses to review material, but taking an entire degree all over again, from beginning to end, is a waste of time, which is what my Assyrian father was asked to do. This is excessive and bigoted.
In the article titled, “The Voices of Visible Minorities Speaking Out On Breaking Down Barriers” it discusses the situation of Fauzia and John. Here are their stories:
“Fauzia is a 35-year-old woman from Pakistan who came to Canada two years ago. Although she arrived under the “skilled immigrant” program, her search for employment in her field has not been easy: her educational background and previous work experience as a geologist did little to spark interest among potential Canadian employers. As a consequence, Fauzia has worked at relatively menial jobs in order to survive. Two months ago, she left her restaurant job for a team leader position in a geological consulting firm…. Fauzia is excited. This, she believes, is the “foot in the door” she’s been looking for. She sees it as her opportunity to use her talents”(Conference Board of Canada 2004).
John was born in Canada but he is also a minority:
“John, a black, Canadian-born man living in Toronto, had been working as a database administrator at a medium-sized company for three years when a managerial position became vacant. Possessing previous management experience and a solid knowledge of the company’s information technology (IT) structures, he felt that he was in a great position to be promoted. He was competing with only one other candidate, a white man. When the director told John that the position had been given to the other candidate, John asked why. He was told that even though his qualifications met the requirements of the job, he did not “fit” with the management culture of the organization” (Conference Board of Canada 2004).
These are examples of individuals who have faced discrimination in the workplace. These two should have been assessed according to their knowledge, experience, and education. They should not have been judged based on their ethnicity or skin color. This though is the reality of seeking employment in Canada. Not every single person is treated unfairly, but there are many instances such as those of Fouzia and John where opportunity was denied for the wrong reasons.
In the article titled, “The Voices of Visible Minorities Speaking Out On Breaking Down Barriers” it also said that in a recent Statistics Canada Survey six in 10 newcomers worked on different professional field than they had before coming to Canada. The same survey showed that many immigrants find themselves in sales, service, or processing and manufacturing occupations after they arrive. Not only do many migrants with degrees find themselves in low-level jobs, but they also earn less than those workers born in Canada (Conference Board of Canada 2004).
In this same article it also said that many of the immigrants in the skilled worker stream had come to Canada on the understanding that it would be easy to find work and to live a high quality of life. However this did not occur and it has become a big reason for frustration. People said, “I have the feeling that I was good enough for immigration but not good enough for Canadian employers.... If Canada needs cab drivers, then Canada should get cab drivers, not professionals” (Conference Board of Canada 2004).
In the article titled, “Devaluation of Immigrants' Foreign-Acquired Qualifications and Credentials” it also discussed the issue of skill discounting. It said that immigrants to Canada experience lower levels of earnings and labor force participation than do those people born in Canada. One of the most common problems in finding employment was that immigrants said that there was a lack of recognition of foreign education and skills (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
Also in this article it said that it has been reported that a foreign university degree held by an immigrant had an earnings return of less than one-third that of a Canadian university degree held by a native born employee, unless the immigrant was white. Then in which case the foreign degree was equivalent in value to a Canadian degree (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007). The proportion of immigrants to Canada who are visible minorities is high and increasing. As a result, the negative effects of skill discounting can be expected to become more severe in the coming years (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
From my personal experience in Canada I have witnessed that although Canadian people are friendly to most people, employers like to give jobs to Canadians of European descent, and tend to ghettoize people from other cultures especially Africa and now the Middle East.
What Canadians Believe in Regards to Discrimination on Visible Minorities in Canada:
According to the article titled, “Devaluation of Immigrants' Foreign-Acquired Qualifications and Credentials” adverse attitudes and beliefs about visible minorities and immigrants persist in Canadian society today. They are less unconcealed than in the past and function in indirect ways so that those who believe in these biases are often not aware of their effects. For example research has shown that white Canadians are predominantly likely to feel "uncomfortable" around visible minority immigrants and to prefer members of their own group (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
The same article discussed a recent poll which found that many Canadians see immigrants from Europe as making a bigger and better contribution to Canada than immigrants from Asia, India, or the Caribbean (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
In addition, immigrants are at times seen as competing with Canadians born in Canada for economic means and for cultural dominance. Beliefs about national identity, and attitudes such as, “To be a Canadian one must have been born in Canada, be part of the dominant culture, and be white, can also lead to the exclusion of immigrants and visible minorities” (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
According to the article titled, “Devaluation of Immigrants' Foreign-Acquired Qualifications and Credentials, Canadian Issues” it is also said that if visible minorities are asked about their experiences in Canada, many say they are definitely targets of discrimination because of their minority status. Recent analyses show that a substantial ratio of visible minorities like Blacks, Chinese, and South Asians, report having experienced discrimination and of feeling vulnerable to future discrimination (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
Although White Canadians acknowledge that racism exists in Canada, they are less prone than visible minorities to believe that it takes the form of fewer opportunities for visible minorities (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
Studies in Regards to Discrimination in Canada:
In the article, “Devaluation of Immigrants' Foreign-Acquired Qualifications and Credentials” it also discussed various studies. In their first study, partakers were asked to appraise an applicant for a marketing position in a Canadian firm with the information provided in his resume. Participants were presented with one of four resumes with corresponding qualifications. However, the applicant was presented as either an immigrant who had received his schooling in South Africa, or as a Canadian born who had received his education and instruction in Canada. In addition, through the applicant's name and his described participation in local clubs, they were able to imply that he was either white or black (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
When applicants were educated and trained in Canada, they were evaluated equivalently notwithstanding visible minority status. In this case, there was little doubt about qualifications and no ready justification for discrimination. When the applicants were immigrants with foreign qualifications, however, they found that the black immigrant applicant was evaluated significantly less approvingly than the white immigrant applicant and then the Canadian applicants. In these cases the fact that the individual had foreign qualifications made the situation unclear and provided an excuse for undervaluing the individuals (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
As a result, it was easy to judge the black applicant as unsuitable for the position without appearing to be prejudiced. Thus, even when there were no actual differences between the qualifications of the white immigrants and those of the black immigrants, the black immigrant with foreign skills was especially likely to have his skills discounted. Crucially, if there were true concerns about the foreign (i.e., South African) qualifications, the white applicant with these qualifications should also have been evaluated as inappropriate for the position. This did not occur. One rationale provided for discounting the black South African applicant's credentials was a need for Canadian experience meaning Canadian experience is needed in order to obtain a job to gain Canadian experience (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
In a second study, they examined the effects of prejudice more directly. First, in an independent context, they assessed partakers’ subtle prejudices. Several weeks later, they asked them to evaluate an applicant for a position at a health services clinic on the basis of information provided in her resume. In this study, the applicant was of Asian Indian ancestry in all cases. They varied, however, whether she was born and had received her education in Canada, in the United Kingdom, or in India. As in the previous study, the qualifications held by the applicants were equivalent. Nonetheless, they found that the application of an immigrant from India with Indian qualifications was evaluated less approvingly than the other two applications. Only individuals who had earlier been found to hold prejudicial attitudes provided this unfavorable evaluation. In this case, the foreign qualifications from India were seen as particularly unclear, and provided an excuse for those who held prejudicial attitudes to discriminate against the applicant. As in the previous study, if there were true concerns about the Indian qualifications, then the less prejudiced participants should have evaluated the applicant trained in India less favorably as well. Once again, this did not occur (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
The researchers involved in the previous studies said that their inquiry supports the assertion that visible minority immigrants are especially likely to experience discrimination in employment, and that this perception is specifically attributable to their visible minority status. The participants in the studies were likely unaware of the influence that their biases had on the evaluations they provided. Nonetheless, the very subtlety of these biases allowed them to operate unchecked, and allowed those who discriminate on the basis of their biases to confidently believe they are deciding objectively (Esses, Dietz, Bennett, Joshi, Chetan 2007).
The idea that having foreign qualifications makes it right to discriminate against visible minority immigrants is something that should be addressed by politicians in Canada. Minorities contribute to the Canadian economy and are a large part of the work force, and they should be appreciated and respected. Minorities do the jobs sometimes that no one else does.
I remember arriving in Canada in 1991 with my family. We had lived in Germany for five years before that time. My father, an Assyrian was looking for work in Toronto. He was previously employed as a pharmacist assistant in his country, but he could not work in his field in Canada because his college degree from Iraq was not accepted in Canada. If he wanted to be a pharmacist assistant again he had to go through the Canadian school college system. My father opted to work as a convenience store manager for many years because it was difficult to go back to school because he had a family to provide for. Life is difficult and Canadian government and employers should be more sensitive to minorities because many of them have come from war torn countries where life was very challenging and folks suffered a lot. The Assyrian people are a minority trying to achieve human rights in their ancestral Assyrian homeland, which is called “North of Iraq” today. They are for the most part hard working people who value education and trying to achieve success in life as human beings. My exploration into the subject matter of discrimination in trying to acquire employment in Canada has proven to me that minorities seeking employment with foreign credentials experience discrimination in Canadian society today including Assyrians fleeing from death and horror in Syria and Iraq.
Discrimination and false negative perception of minorities should be eliminated on a world scale, but especially of course in Canada where there is a multicultural society and a mosaic of nations. Employers in Canada should learn to accept others and respect them regardless of their background. This is a country of foreigners. You are not ethnic to this land unless you are a Native Aboriginal! A good person is a good person whether he or she is white, black, brown, yellow, red, or any other color that being human allows us to be, and a good worker is a good worker regardless where he or she received training, and should at least be given a chance to prove himself or herself.
Everyone deserves a future in the country they live, rather than being destined to be a cab driver for the rest of life, or perhaps even working a lower level job in the many scary factories in Canada, or working managing a convenience store where sometimes times Canadian people would say, "Go back to your country!" If our country Assyria was stable, not war torn, and we had the possibility of surviving and thriving in it believe me we would be in our homeland.
Conference Board of Canada (2004). The Voices of Visible Minorities Speaking Out on Breaking Down Barriers. Retrieved February 4th 2013 from: <http://triec.ca/uploads/368/voices_of_visible_minorities.pdf>
Esses, Victoria M; Dietz, Joerg; Bennett-Abuayyash, Caroline; Joshi, Chetan (2007). Devaluation of Immigrants' Foreign-Acquired Qualifications and Credentials, Canadian Issues, 114-118.
Swidinsky, Robert; Swidinsky, Michael (2002). The Relative Earnings of Visible Minorities in Canada: New Evidence from the 1996 census: 630-659.
10 Reasons Abbey Loves Assyria!
1. Assyria is a jewel that the whole world should fight to save.
2. Assyria is the land of my ancestors and future generations of Assyrians.
3. Assyria seems invisible though it actually exists as evidenced to culture it touched all over the world.
4. Assyria has the best dances and music in the world.
5. Assyria is thousands of years old and still counting.
6. The people of Assyria are lovely and kind for the most part.
7. Assyria is a multicultural country.
8. Assyria is where they make the best Dolma and Biryani.
9. The Assyrian flag is beautiful and I love its meaning.
10. Assyrians accept others of other cultures and religions even when they have not been accepted.
By Abbey Mikha
On the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday when I see pictures of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shaking hands with a Native Chief I cannot help but wonder will this be the future of the Assyrians in the Assyrian heartland? Are we going to have to make peace with our occupier whether Arab or Kurd? It’s a very difficult struggle that indigenous people have gone through. We deserve our rights as human beings and as original and native peoples of our lands. Why is it that we are not allowed to be masters of our land? As a creative people is it our future to suffer because we do not have vast amounts of money and influence in the world?
The people of the world need to come together as one and everyone’s cultures need to be treasured. We are indigenous Assyrians and our heritage is on the brink of extinction just like that of the Natives and Aboriginals of Canada. For this reason all people and especially humanitarians of the world need to be sensitive to our case also. The North of Iraq is Assyria! We cannot deny this and should not.
Giving our land to foreign people will only create more trouble in the future. We want peace but for how long will our pride be trampled?
The Kurds want the Assyrian heartland as their own. Why though don’t they go back to their original homeland which is in Iran and Afghanistan? I’m sure there is a lot of room for them to build their civilization there. Why do they target the land of a poor people like the Assyrians? We want to build our Assyrian land, we want to have a civilization, we want our culture and language to flourish and grow, but we need the help of the rest of the world to do that. Peoples of the world need to help the Assyrians because we are the last of our kind and because our civilization is a treasure.
We have come a long way from ancient times to the year 2017. In a hundred years will there be Assyrians on Earth? I really hope so because our culture is beautiful, our cause is righteous, and our people are worthy just like the Natives and Aboriginals of Canada! We deserve our land in ASSYRIA!
On the occasion of Canada's 150th birthday I have come up with these ten reasons why I love Canada. Happy Birthday Canada! Just remember to treat us all as equals (Natives, Metis, Foreigners, and everyone!).
1. My nephews were born in Canada.
2. Thousands of Assyrians have made their homes in Canada.
3. People of Canada are friendly. ...
4. Canada has been a peace maker in the world.
5. Canada is home to many Natives, Aboriginals, and Metis who I love their ancient culture.
6. Canada treats people who have disabilities kindly for the most part.
7. Canada is a beautiful country that I would love to travel in the future.
8. Canada is diverse and peoples of all nations and cultures live here in a Mosaic of Nations.
9. Canada has a beautiful flag.
10. Canada as a country has a humble spirit.
By Abbey Mikha
The USA invaded Iraq in 2003 because the administration needed a war for the world and Middle East agenda. This war eventually brought about the rise of ISIS in Mosul and Syria after Obama withdrew the American Army from Iraq. Now the world community which had a hand in what happened should be the same countries and administrations that help to free Mosul which is holy Nineveh. United States, England, Italy, Holland, Australia, Japan, Poland, Spain, Denmark, and all those involved need to yield a helping hand to Mosul which is again holy Nineveh.
I do not understand many things in this life, and I’m the type of human being who believes it does not make sense to make wars unless it is to relieve suffering. The human race needs to understand that we need to start working together. We should not be enemies as peoples and nations. We do not need to be better than each other. Rather we can be equals. And we should be happy being alike.
The world needs to work on peace and strategies to afford free education for students around the world. Also, free health care is very important like it is provided in Canada. The alleviation of food shortage which believe it or not still exists in the world should be dealt with. And we also need to advance our approaches in preservation of our Earth environment. These and other issues are what we should be concerned with. Unfortunately right now while the world community could be working to solve these kinds of problems we rather have to deal with ISIS. How in the name of God can we destroy this movement? And how do we know that in the future another group of people will not come together to make hell on earth like ISIS has done. They have killed everyone. They have raped men, women, and children. These people are beasts and everyone knows they are a tool for big powers in the world. Ask yourself who is behind them and who has benefited from them?
Everyone knows that when the USA brought their army to Iraq they were not just looking for “weapons of mass destruction.” Rather, they were sneaking, destroying, and selling Assyrian artefacts and stealing our facts and technology. They say whoever controls Iraq controls the world and maybe that is what they were trying to achieve. Was it worth it?
Al Bagdadi and the likes of him were in custody in Iraq with the American intelligence but they were mostly all released and given space to reorganize themselves in the militia called ISIS. And look at the terror they have spread!
Now enough is enough. The world community needs to start working and working hard to alleviate the suffering of the people of Mosul which is holy Nineveh. What has been done to the people in Iraq has been called genocide. Genocide in 2017 you may ask? Yes, my Assyrian people are being annihilated in the North of Iraq and in the Mosul, Nineveh region. We are treated as lower level human beings, almost as slaves. A Kurdish person online told me once that the Kurds want to make the Assyrians their slaves because the Assyrians once made the Jews slaves in Assyria. That is something that may have happened in ancient times, but who can prove this is absolute truth and what the situation was. Are these people making up stories? This proves there is a secret agenda after the Assyrians. They won’t allow the Assyrians to establish themselves! When I was in university my professor Dr. Pinto, when hearing that I was Assyrian said, “Isn’t that where the Kurds are today.” Flustered I answered him, “Yes in the North of Iraq.”
The United States thought that it was going to be able to divide Iraq, but this country is not an easy game to play. If Iraq was to be divided what will happen exactly? Will the south go to the Shiaa, the central to the Sunni, and the north to the Kurds? Ask yourself what will then happen to the Assyrians? What will happen to our towns and villages? What will happen to our culture and language? Is this the way to treat the Assyrians after we have served humanity?
The Kurds are occupiers and deceivers. They are not from the North of Iraq and there are billions of documents to prove this. They are nomads who come from Mahabad, Iran and Afghanistan. Not only are they stealing the land of a people which does not belong to them, they are trying make it seem as the Assyrians occupied their land which is a historical lie. Maybe the Kurds are so well thought of by Americans, Canadians, and the rest of the western world especially Israel because the world community has accepted the genocide against the Natives which wiped out millions upon millions of people. It was the largest genocide the world has ever seen and it is barely mentioned in history books, classrooms, and over the dinner table. This is our land they say. The Natives died from war and disease they say. This is our right they say. And this mentality is the problem. This aggressiveness is what is destroying regions, nations, and individuals.
I pray for peace on Earth. I pray that peoples of all nations can live together in the world in harmony and help each other. I also pray for peace for the Assyrians in Nineveh and all Assyria. I request that the Assyrians will be taken earnestly and given their human rights and allowed to prosper in their own homeland. I plead with the world community to know more about the Assyrians and to realize what a beautiful culture they have and that it should be helped and progressed so that the Assyrians may stand on their own two feet in the near future, and so that we can help the world also deal with its difficulties.
Tomorrow is April 1st. It is the Assyrian New Year 6767. This is the best time to start to read about the Assyrians. Look up about the festivities online. Find out what is happening in the North of Iraq at this time. Keep the Assyrian people in your heart for they have suffered greatly. Peoples of all nations are your friends. Assyrians are your friends. The Assyrians unfortunately have little influence. The best thing the world community can do is to arm the Assyrians so that at least we would have the hope to defend ourselves if we are attacked again. And by the way April 1st is not April fools rather it is the April of the Assyrian New Year, of the people who celebrate and dance the dances from thousands of years ago....
By Abbey Mikha
I love my ancient Assyrian nation and its aspirations and dreams,...
As the lady from Alqosh, Zerineh, and Mardin.
Today I remember the god of the moon Nanna (Sin),
The father of Inanna the Queen.
Tomorrow is the Assyrian New Year.
The Enuma Elish in our hearts the ancient story so dear.
Day by day everything will become clear.
No more fear, no more fear!
Our people must be allowed to reconnect to their land and celebrate.
And we must stop and change the hate.
Love shall again in Assyria rule the hearts,
And the spirit and feelings will spread in all parts.
Assyrians are the treasures of Assyria.
"The work of His hands.”
One day our capacity as a nation will spread through the land,
And Assyria will be on the map again.
No one will say no to us then.
When we stand together,
We will rise as Assyrians forever.
Happy Assyrian New Year!
I wish I was there!
By Abbey Mikha
Assyrians have been celebrating the Assyrian New Year for 6767 years according to recorded history. This event is usually celebrated in parades and parties all over the world. Some of the most beautiful festivities are held in Nineveh and our entire homeland Assyria. Men, women, and children wear traditional clothes and dance for hours to folkloric Assyrian music while waving beautiful Assyrian flags. There is a lot of joy and laughter, but also tears after our nation and the world has become nations of refugees. People around the world are fleeing their homes to find other places to raise their children and build families. We as a world community still need to construct and preserve peace, but it seems those in power still believe in funding of evil wars that destroy nations, communities, families, and the lives of innocent children. Meanwhile in Assyria Assyrians still celebrate and always will because it is their tradition and because these festivities connect our soul to our ancient memories and to the heart of the Assyrian culture.
All Assyrians around the world have dreams, but there is a difference between the dreams of those Assyrians who live in diaspora and those Assyrians who live in the homeland. In the homeland our people have been living under a lot of stress and turmoil. They live in a war zone and their Assyrian land is occupied. They live in a country with an uncertain future. They live by the prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread” without knowing what will happen tomorrow. They live by faith.
Assyrian people outside of the homeland are concerned with their families, businesses, careers, school, and relationships. Their future is intertwined with the societies in which they live in whether it’s Canada, The United States, Australia, and or Europe. These Assyrians live a good life for the most part. For this reason they should be concerned about our Assyrian people living in the Assyrian homeland. These are our brothers and sisters and we need to build more and more bridges to help support them as much as possible.
6767 is the Assyrian New Year to be with your families. Keep those you love close to you and remember nothing is ever promised in life. There are various pictures coming from the Assyrian homeland of children in distress and in tears. They are lost and not because they have done anything wrong or bad but just because they happen to be Assyrians living onour own land Assyria, which is occupied by the Kurds and others, in a country full of chaos and pain where everyone wants the land to themselves. We need to support our people! We need to wake up as a diaspora. We need to do everything in our power to help. You may be even a person living with a disability and just have a computer and an internet connection, but you can still spread awareness. Anyone with love in their heart can help. Yes we can still spread love. It does not matter what the Babylonian new year was and little miniscule dates such as those to make more divisions between our people because we all know that the people who today call themselves Chaldeans are also the descendants of the ancient Assyrians.
I want to wish everyone a happy Assyrian New Year. May our Assyrian nation be blessed and not just survive the crimes against humanity that they have been facing but also thrive especially in the Assyrian homeland. May the turmoil that Assyria is suffering right now and has suffered turn into vindication for the children of Assyria. May the Assyrian diaspora rise up and defend their Assyrian people in the homeland and defend their land. Our power is in putting our hands and minds together. Our power is in the strength and ancientness of our civilization. As the Queen Zenobia once said to the Romans, “You may have the civilization of power, but we have the power of civilization.”
Stop the Hatred and the Policy of Making Enemies Because Its Time to Communally Explore the Universe as a Human Race
By Abbey Mikha
The astounding human race should be united because we are all one and we are all more alike than we are different. We need to increase our knowledge of one another as nations and be educated about each other’s cultures in order to eradicate the discrimination that exists in the world, and in order to see each other all as special. We should never judge by outer characteristics which all are part of illusion because when looking at people we should try to understand their soul and not what we think they appear to be. If African American women tend to have a mixture of facial features between Ghanaian and Nigerian that is wonderful isn’t it? We do not need to change our features to look more American or European. We are all beautiful, exceptional, and perfect. It does not matter whether we have black, brown, or blond hair, and it does not matter if it is thin, straight, thick, or curly. We might be blond, tall, white, blue or gray-eyed, and of Polish or German origin and that is also impeccable. People categorized as Asians are physically different in some ways from people of European lineage. In almost all cases Asians have straight, black hair, and dark eyes where sometimes there is no crease visible. Some people change their features cosmetically in order to look more like others of other cultures or perhaps even like actors from Hollywood. I believe this is wrong and there are these ideas circulating the Earth about “beauty” which are making young people of various cultures all around the world feel like they are not worthy. People of my Assyrian culture are light-mid olive, white, darker olive, and also brown in color. Some have green, blue, brown and black eyes. The main issue of Assyrians is that many women of my culture try to cosmetically change their noses in order to look more like famous women in the world and many times the operations are not successful. While the world continues to be seduced by beauty, waist, breast size, and what society proposes through the mainstream media and the system of teaching of the world which manipulates the thinking of humans, the spaceship we are on called Earth is spinning and becoming of age. Scientists are searching for other Earths so that in the future humans could try to travel to such a place in order to hopefully take our humanness to another level into the universe. If human beings started to accept each other and the policy of making enemies in the world was changed because it is based on trivial matters we could all as a human race communally work together in order to explore the universe and understand what seems to be so vast and not comprehensible but necessary for our survival in the future.
In the next sections I will explore former professor of Physics an Astronomy Geoff Marcy’s thoughts, the astronomy from the dawn and beginning of civilization on Earth, countries that America considers as enemies, and one solution world wide education for everyone and a global desire to understand our universe. In my mind these issues are all interrelated and important in regards to finding new Earths and space travel.
Former Professor of Physics and Astronomy Geoff Marcy’s Thoughts
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