With a worried heart and mind I write today that I am against the Kurdish occupation of our Assyrian land in North of Iraq. I wish that in the upcoming days, months, and years the miserable situation of the people of Iraq will change. I hope the occupation game is over because this Kurdish referendum has been refused by the Iraqi government and this is the time to recognize that the Assyrians have a right to their Assyrian land and Assyrian federal region in Iraq. My prayers are with all the good people in Iraq today. This country has seen much horror and it deserves peace and that countries from the outside will stop meddling with its politics for their own benefit. God bless the Assyrian people and all good people in Iraq and the world.
By Abbey Mikha
Throughout my life I’ve been searching for meaning and this has been central to heart and a significant exploration process. It is my passion and most probably the most important issue of my life. I believe a life without meaning is valueless. The most important question when searching for meaning to me is, “We were born into this earth but why are we really here?” What is our purpose and what path are we supposed to take? For men and women in their late teens a primary question that might be thought about is: school, career, or marriage? Some might wonder if they should just volunteer in the community and in that way find employment? That could be a pathway for many rather than formal schooling. For people who suffer from illness this question might be even more confusing. For families who are immigrants and new to the country asking this question is important because they are starting a new life with new dreams. So, what are we supposed to do to find that meaning in our life?
Our traditional culture and its customs can be a good place to start to find meaning, but we do not have to believe every single thing our parents or grandparents or larger community believes. Sometimes the world we are surrounded by is a little phony and we have to find our own authentic way. Each of us may find meaning on different paths. It is really an individual matter.
Balance is also important for meaning. Let us explore an example. Imagine working overtime and exhausting ourselves in order to have all the things we desire. This may not always be the most significant thing to do in life, especially when we are putting our health at risk. Even Jesus said, “… If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”
Can we do this though when we are in our vicious life routine? Some of us wake up really early barely even eating breakfast. Then get through the day drinking many coffees and eating a sweet snack. Then when we get home at night we have a huge meal and we go to sleep. We get six hours of sleep and then we do this routine all over again every single business day. The remedy to this issue must be minimalism because the fewer things we require the less we need to worry about being affluent.
My younger self wanted to have that routine of working very hard and perhaps being well-off. My reality now though is very different. I had to change the way I think about life and about having things because of life circumstances. I feel lucky to have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a loving family around me. That is what is most important to me. I feel like I am starting to find balance in life although my life is not perfect and in this way value my life and have experienced meaning. Finding equilibrium in our work and therefore also our minds and with our emotions is very imperative for meaning.
Harmony is also important in life when trying to find meaning. Harmony was the way in which Natives and the Aboriginal people of the United States and Canada interacted with nature and the earth. It is something we must learn from them and their advanced society. Whatever our situation may be right now if we look on the bright side and try to be happy we have found harmony and something significant.
There are people who live in regions of the world where there are hurricanes and where they have recently lost everything. They must have hope because they have survived and must continue to live and construct their life. I admire the way Americans have come together for the people who are distressed and are donating and helping as much as they can. This is truly beautiful to see in a time of much self-interest in the world. This is harmony and love at work.
There are also countries with war and even genocides, like for example my Assyrian nation who has suffered not just one genocide but from one massacre to the next. As Assyrians we will find harmony and meaning in this life by standing up for our nation and with all distressed people. That is why we were born as Assyrians. This is the time to raise our voice for Assyria! We are lucky to live in peaceful areas of the world where we can protest. We are not challenged by nature nor will we be slayed by other persons. This is the time for our beautiful Assyrian nation to rise together. We must continue working for our nation and this is the least that we can do, or else after we might regret what we did not do.
My further suggestion in regards to harmony in life is that we should not concentrate about the pressures and anxieties of life rather think about our dreams. Turn your dreams into little goals and whenever you reach or surpass a goal on the journey towards your vision celebrate and in this way experience harmony and meaning. The Assyrian people have a dream and vision to bring Assyria back on the world map and from invisibility to visibility. This is our vision and though it might be impending we keep it in our heart and soul every day of our life.
We also find meaning in life by transforming ourselves and who we first thought we are into who we will eventually become. Like a beautiful butterfly. When we are young we are all lost in this world especially those of us who did not have a lot of guidance. We do not know who we really are. Some of us are very innocent and only doing our best in this life. Eventually as time passes and we grow older, or rather we are involuntary pushed by the various situations and through experiences we go through into becoming the individuals we are now. We must remember we have power to control the person we become and if we do not like something in our character we can always change. There is much meaning in fashioning ourselves anew. We must remember we have much authority over ourselves and in this way find meaning.
In order to also find meaning we must realize that we are here to learn about ourselves, others, and the world. That is why we should always be students for life. Growing in awareness is very important. I have read that there are people that read a book a day in order to gain more information about how to get rich. I would like to read a book a day in order to grow in meaning in life and in my spiritual self. I wish we could all connect to our higher selves and believe this kind of reading about mystical matters will do this for us.
We will also only find meaning in the world if we do good in the world. If we are the type of persons where it is difficult for us to influence people positively then a desk job would be ideal. Certainly do not become a teacher or a priest. Teachers are supposed to be a force of light for their students and encourage them to reach the heights they dream of. I had a professor in university who happens to be originally from India. When he was teaching young kids previous to becoming a professor they would show him scribbles and he would say to them, “That is beautiful!” This is the type of personality who should be a teacher not the type who put their students down.
Priests on the other hand are supposed to lead their congregation in the right path of spirituality. So many times people in this profession only want to regulate the minds of their followers as they were also controlled by their predecessors, or where they originally learned about their “religion.” In this way they limit the awareness of the people who follow them blindly and believe everything they say. Some churches even try to control the complete identity of a nation just so they can continue with building their church. This is the way they have imprisoned the souls of their people and they are proud to do this supposedly in the name of God.
Also, it must be said if the churches and temples of the various religions on earth want to be effective they should give the priesthood back to women and allow them to be leaders and the speakers of lessons and even sermons.
Furthermore, to figure out what we believe in life is to find meaning. Are we religious? Are we spiritual? Do we believe in one religion? Do we believe in a few? Do we believe in none of them, or all of them? Growing in spirituality and in knowledge about mysticism will help us to find meaning in our life. Actively thinking about these issues is very important. Imagine a divine dialectic from the beginning of “religion” and civilization until today. There are ideas which are the thesis and one or a few groups of people follow those. Then there is a split and there are other ideas that other peoples follow which are the antitheses. These ideas eventually create other ideas that others follow which become the syntheses. Try to imagine that complex web from the beginning of time! While some continue to split into various groups there are innumerable beliefs, ideas, and traditions which continue to form, while they all seem to think that their way is set in stone and immaculate. This is what we are dealing with in the world of today.
We must also have courage to find meaning. Though the whole world might stand against us when we believe in something will we stand alone? That is a comment I remember saying and thinking when I was ten. I have stuck to this belief and am still with that energy trying to spread the urgent message that my suffering Assyrian nation is being deprived of a homeland, as the Kurds have started their referendum whereby they want to officially make their occupation of Assyrian land sanctioned, on the backs of the deprived and suffering Assyrian people. No one is standing in the way of these criminals in power and many do not care who are ill-informed about the Assyrian nation, history, and culture.
To continue to find meaning in life we must also change. I used to try to avoid change at all costs. Always more happy with the familiar, but we must be open to change. Being open to change means that we are open minded. Sometimes we think things about love for example like that we have a soul mate or twin flame. The truth is that there are many people who could be compatible with us not just one special person. Everyone is special in their own way. Being stubborn about a relationship won’t give us more meaning in life. We have to meet and get to know new people and try to develop in our relationships and in this way find significance and meaning.
We have to also care for others to find meaning in life and we have to accept them regardless of what culture and or religion they are from. We should not have a problem with any people from any culture or religion, but I personally do take an issue with people who are racist throughout history and also in the present time. There are bigoted and chauvinistic people and truly these racists are a tribe of their own. Not only do they have an immense hatred of people of various cultures they teach it to their children, students, and citizens of their country like in occupied Assyria where the Kurds teach lies about the Assyrians and our history. This is wrong and these people must be stopped because I believe the eventual fate of the human race rests on this issue which is interrelated with so many other world problems and concerns.
Compassion will also lead us to meaning in life. Yesterday I was watching Dr. Phil who interviewed Sinead O’Conner a singer who found fame in her twenties with her rendition of Prince’s song, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The singer talked about how her mother beat and abused her sexually and emotionally. I listened to Sinead words and in the end all I found was that she had sympathy for her mother. What a great soul I thought to myself! Although her mother had hurt her deeply, all she wanted was that she could have taken care of her mom, shown her love, and let her know that she was loved. Her mother was not well at all when she was abusing Sinead. Sinead suffers from a mental illness now and is feeling alone in the world, but I believe though that she will find new meaning in her life because of her compassionate nature. Empathy for others is very important in life and to find meaning. If we can sympathize with others we can also direct this energy inward and sympathize with ourselves.
Spiritual love is also important to find meaning. This is the reason many of us have not been in a relationship for years. We hope to meet someone someday who we can have that kind of blessed love with. A love at a very sacred spiritual level where we see each other as beautiful souls and we forget about the physical or at least not make it the most important thing in the relationship. I wish that kind of love to every man and woman because it is the kind of love where we will really be understood and treasured. I personally have always been attracted to that soul to soul kind of love. Do you all want to have a relationship in life with someone who only wants to compete with you? I had that kind of relationship too and it was the worst experience. For those who said, “No” in regards to my question I know a spiritual relationship will be to our benefit and to find meaning.
Lastly I want to say that to find meaning in life we should not hate those who are different. We cannot hate others of other cultures. People who hate are cruel, unkind, and living in a box. Education could help in this regard. For some people though no matter how much they learn about people of other cultures and societies their racism and prejudice will only grow. These are very limited kinds of people. Meaning in life for them is connected to the supremacy of their own culture and society alone. They can never accept others. Eventually they will be confronted with situations where they must expand their mind and consciousness and hopefully they do that.
There are on earth people from various areas and they are all human beings, though sometimes the way several groups in the world conduct themselves in societies makes us wonder. The citizens of the earth deserve help in order to be able to live, survive, and thrive. We are all great, beautiful, special, and deserve respect in life. If you are not the type of person who knows how to respect others and their culture then put yourself in those individuals’ shoes. Can you? Would you want to be disrespected?
By Abbey Mikha
The term psychology generally means the study of the human mind and its functions. We have learned that as human beings we can change our mind and hence our life if we try. We can always develop our consciousness. This is part of our universal God given strength of mind. We have will power and we can use it! Jeffrey Kluger who is a senior writer at Time Magazine and author of nine books on various topics said, “Indeed, the best way to think of willpower is not as some shapeless behavioural trait but as a sort of psychic muscle, one that can atrophy or grow stronger depending on how it's used” . We must use this muscle just like we are supposed to be developing our bodily physique and also our soul. A lot of times we hear the sentence in psychology, “Use it or lose it.” This could be true in regards to determination as well.
We have to take care of ourselves and our psychology in life but it is inevitable that we will also have to take care of others as well. So, we must be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit for this responsibility, or else we will not be able to help anyone wholly. When we are balanced in such a way and happy we can spread cheerfulness and love to all those around us. This is important in a world where sometimes it is rare to see individuals fully content and joyful. We do not have to be wealthy to be pleased in life. Many are satisfied to live a humble life and like it is said in the prayer Our Father “give us this day our daily bread.” I personally do not even own a car!
Self-confidence is also important and this we must cultivate. When we are developing in life sometimes it is difficult to connect to this type of assurance. I remember grade school, being an athlete on various sports teams, having a rock hard body, and a great personality, yet still feeling like I did not fit in with my peer group and always feeling different. I recollect that time fondly but it would have been great when growing up to have been more content with myself. I like to remind everyone no matter age to always remember the universe loves you and you are a very special person that is here on earth to grow in consciousness, be of service, and also enjoy life. Not many people said such words to me while growing up and that is why I believe they are important to say.
Being of Service on Earth requires us to pull others up with us as we are also helping ourselves grow as human beings. I always believed that we are all at different levels of spirituality. Not all souls are as advanced as others but one thing that is important and to the benefit of all soul levels is being healthy. We have to be here on Earth in order to do the work we were sent to do. If we are not healthy how can we help anyone? I say this to myself often as I also struggle with this issue.
Eating a balanced diet with less sugar, fat, and empty calories is to our benefit. We should avoid processed food as much as possible. Visiting the farmers market and eating foods that are in season is advantageous. When we eat more vegetables and fresh colourful food and incorporate them into our meals we will love them. They really can be very delicious! My favourite vegetarian dish is an Assyrian dish from my culture called Dolma which is grape leaves stuffed with rice, parsley, tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and spices. I have read that many people who achieve a high level of consciousness become vegetarians and it is something I aspire to be. Drinking plenty of water is also important to stay hydrated.
As we are on our health journey imagining our ultimate self and trying to connect to it is favourable. Wherever we may live finding a place to take walks with a good friend or family outside in nature will revitalize our spirit. Remember no matter where we are at in our health journey we are all beautiful. Every being the good God made is wonderful and everyone who has a good heart is the loveliest person in the world.
One issue I see the world struggling with immensely right now is that we must continue to grow in spirituality regardless of what religion we are born into. One time I went to an Indian psychic and he asked me, “What religious tradition do you follow.” I replied to him, “All of them.” I almost saw him jump from his seat for he was not used to hearing such a comment. This was seven years ago, but I have believed this for a long time. I believe in Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Inanna, Confucius, Mary the mother of Jesus, Kuthumi, and many many others. Many of these beings were born into various “religions” on Earth but they even transcended those religions! How absurd to think that only one religion is the right path for all to follow. The truth is that there are many pathways to God. When thinking that one religion is the only route to God that means there should also be one language and culture in the world inevitably and maybe even sadly one race right? This is wrong on so many levels but the behaviour of many nations today seems as if this is their belief and ideology. For example the Kurdish government right now is trying to steal the North of Iraq which is Assyria and claim the land and call it "Kurdistan." This region of the world has always been Assyrian and my people are the indigenous people of this land. We need the world community to stand with the Assyrians and let the Kurd's know that the Kurdification of the Assyrian people and land must stop. We have a right to exist as Assyrians and yes even claim our ancestral land.
Happiness in Life:
The things we go through in life do not necessarily make us happy. It is rather how we interpret these events in our life. Our choices will make us happy if they are aligned with our beliefs. If we do things which are against our own soul we will suffer greatly. Also, if we want to grow in consciousness we should have a value system that we follow. We have to have standards.
Deceiving people is never the right path in life. Also, self-deception will make us mistakenly feel justified in for example hurting others. We should never lie to ourselves and trick our mind into believing that hurting others is to our benefit because it is never to anyone’s benefit. We should always strive to be decent human beings not just because it affects others but also because the reality is our own soul is involved. In life how can any persons live with themselves when they know they have wronged so many?
I also believe in protecting our mind and soul from those who might try to trick and mislead us. We must create for ourselves a community of trustworthy folks who will be there for us when we need them, rather than the type of individuals who will only be around us when they need us. Even if this means that our circle of friends will be smaller. It is better to have a handful of close friends who will be there for each other through thick and thin, than having many “friends” that we cannot count on. My grandfather Yousif used to say that a few great friends in life are all we need and more than a few is too many.
If we want to make a change in life and get to a higher level of consciousness we have to take responsibility for our actions. We must be honest with ourselves. When we want to change we have to accept the person we are at the present time and then go from there. Even if we are not completely happy with who we are we can always change.
While growing as human beings we make a lot of choices. Some we are happy with but other times we do things which we cannot even understand why we did them. We have to come to terms with this and realize that no one is perfect. This is all part of developing our soul and part of growth. We should treat ourselves with empathy when we are trying to change and mature. Be aware and think about what you want in life and then go in that direction. Write yourself a letter and see what it is that your soul will communicate on paper through pen. You might be surprised. Be proud of your voyage in this life. To continue to grow in consciousness we have to find out what it is that we believe and our reality about this world and the universe. If we want to change we have to change the way we think as well.
Abraham Maslow’s Humanistic Psychology:
Fulfilling what we could be is part of a psychological term called self-actualization. There are many self-actualized people on Earth today and some have reached a very high level of perception, awareness, and mindfulness. These are people who are thriving and truly alive. A psychologist named Abraham Maslow contributed much to this topic.
As a young man Abraham Maslow saw himself as being unlike others. He felt inferior. He was self-conscious of his small physique and large nose! He began reading books to compensate for his lack of confidence. Maslow believed that there are twelve characteristics which define those who are self-actualized. According to David Tze they are the following:
1) Self-actualized people embrace the unknown and the ambiguous.
2) They accept themselves, together with all their flaws.
3) They prioritize and enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
4) While they are inherently unconventional, they do not seek to shock or disturb. Unlike the average rebel…
5) They are motivated by growth, not by the satisfaction of needs.
6) Self-actualized people have purpose.
7) They are not troubled by the small things. Instead, they focus on the bigger picture.
8) Self-actualized people are grateful. They do not take their blessings for granted, and by doing so, maintain a fresh sense of wonder towards the universe.
9) They share deep relationships with a few, but also feel identification and affection towards the entire human race.
10) Self-actualized people are humble.
11) Self-actualized people resist enculturation. They do not allow themselves to be passively moulded by culture — they deliberate and make their own decisions, selecting what they see as good, and rejecting what they see as bad. They neither accept all, like a sheep, nor reject all, like the average rebel.
12) Despite all this, self-actualized people are not perfect .
This description might make us believe that self-actualized people are the ultimate human beings, but perhaps self-actualization is one of the steps on the way to continue to raise our consciousness. The higher our mindfulness and wakefulness in regards to ourselves and others the higher our awareness. We must continue to be enthusiastic about reaching our highest potential. Being spiritual and realising that various faiths can lead to us to God is important factor in developing further. Did you know that God does not have just “male characteristics” but there is also such a being in the universe called Mother Goddess?
The Ascended Masters:
People who are not selfish feel a duty to the human race, our planet Earth, and even the universe. The Aetherious society website believes the following:
“On Earth we reincarnate in order to learn karmic lessons and thereby evolve spiritually. When we have mastered the cycle of reincarnation, we have a choice – to start a new cycle of experience on a more advanced planet, or to remain on Earth as Ascended Masters in order to help the rest of humankind. A person as advanced as this will make their choice according to what they know to be the right thing to do, not according to their own personal likes and dislikes” .
We do not always know who we are from the start of our life and we are only finding out as we are growing in consciousness. Reading various books and learning at many websites on the Internet can help us. We can sense the truth in what many spiritual people are saying. Even Jesus said that truth can be distinguished and that there are people who when reading his words or hearing them in their soul will know that what he said was and is true and that he said it. The truth cannot always be what the mainstream media is propagandising, or even what we learn in school or church. We have to continue to search and sift truth from false beliefs in this life and in this way gain more understanding.
In conclusion, we have discussed and considered various thoughts on the subject of how to develop our own psychology. I studied psychology in university because when I was younger people always asked for my advice. I continually gave them my honest heartfelt opinion on various subjects from my understanding at that time. I had a great desire to help others. Making the world a better place was very important to me and it still is. Also, I wanted to understand myself and discover my own soul. For these reasons I have also written this article. I have shared this information with you from my level of understanding now. The issues I have conferred were short descriptions on how I believe human beings can get on the path of higher levels of consciousness and in this way connect with the beautiful and brilliantness of our own souls and hence eventually be able to connect to the universe.
Brainy Quotes. Accessed Sept 7th, 2017.
 David Sze. 2016. “Maslow, the Twelve Characteristics of a Self-Actualized Person.” Huffington Post. Accessed Sep 7th, 2017.
 The Aetherious Society. “Ascended Masters and the Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth.” Accessed Sep 7th, 2017.
Stop the Policy of Making Enemies and Let Us Become Spiritual Again in Order to Understand the Universe
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. This is one of the first steps in becoming more spiritual for those who judge by the physical are stuck in that mentality.
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 issue of Assyrians is that many women and men of my culture try to cosmetically change their noses in order to look more American, or like famous men and women in the world. The sad thing though is that many times the operations are not even successful.
While the world continues to be seduced by beauty, waist size, 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 when the Earth cannot house us anymore. 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. The issue of spirituality on earth must also be addressed because when we are trying to understand the universe in only a physical sense we may not be able to get to where we want to go.
In the next sections I will explore former professor of physics and 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 worldwide education for everyone and a global desire to understand our universe not just in a physical sense but also spiritually. 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:
In professor Geoff Marcy’s interesting talk called, “Astrobiology and Space Exploration” which I came across at the Open Culture website , the issue of finding Earth like planets in the universe was discussed with his students at the university of Berkeley. Following is a summary of what this previous professor examined and tried to express.
Aristotle thought that the Earth is at the center of the universe. There were other philosophers like Democritus and Epicures who disagreed with Aristotle. They believe that there are many Earths, which had civilizations upon them, which come and go. These philosophers were banished to Athens because they contradicted Aristotle.
Key question, which astronomers consider is, “Are there are any habitable planets other than the Earth in the universe?” The Earth is 4.6 billions years old. Life started fast on Earth. Perhaps organic chemistry just like on Earth leads to life in other worlds as well? Question asked is, “Is intelligent life common?” There is some optimism that life might be common in the universe but Darwinian evolution is yet to be proven. We still he said only know one proven example of life and that is the Earth. He said that we have not detected life on other planets not even in our own solar system. I’m not certain about this assertion as there are many people who believe that there is life on other planets!
Other questions considered is, “Does all life need water or is it all based on DNA? Can other beings or intelligent life thrive on other types of liquids? The search for life is the main issue of Biologists, Chemists, and Astronomers currently. There are currently missions to Mars by NASA and the European counterpart ESA. The surface of Mars is dry and cold but beneath the surface there is water. The moons of Saturn called Europa and Io have the possibility to be habitable. There are going to be missions to these.
Something I was disappointed in is that professor Geoff Marcy said that he is 99.9 % sure that there are no other beings in the universe with the same technology as human beings. He said, “There are no great civilizations living on the moon.” He said that we have to venture outside of our galaxy into the Milky Way galaxy to look for intelligent life. The Milky Way galaxy is comprised of two hundred billion stars, which are a hundred thousand light-years across. Physical formation processes that created the earth might exist in other parts of the universe.
“How can you hunt for planets around other stars,” he also questioned. You may point the Hubble Space Telescope to see planets around the star. Watch the star and gravitational pull by planet. Wait for a planet to cross in front of star blocking stars light. “How long is an earth around a star?” Planets by definition do not generate their own energy. Earth does not have a nuclear reaction going on in the center. The earth is pretty faint. If we were to observe our earth from outer space the earth would be one tenth a billionth as bright as the sun. The Earth and the sun are close together as seen from outer space so detecting the Earth is going to be challenging at best. It is like trying to detect a firefly next to a searchlight or lighthouse, which is very hard to do. Therefore finding Earths is difficult. Even with the Hubble we do not have the technology to detect Earths on nearby planets.
Second way to detect planets is that they move by wobbling to gravitational pull by other planets. We can detect the wobble of a star, which is caused by the gravitational pull of the planets. We need telescopes to look or hunt for planets like for example the Keck telescope. We have not found a planet of the Earth’s mass.
Most likely way to find planets is by looking for the dimming of stars. As an Earth crosses in front of those stars it blocks a small fraction of the starlight. Through Kepler telescope we should be able to find other Earths because of the dimming.
What professor Geoff Marcy may not have realized is that we may even be able to travel the universe if we search our soul. We have more spiritual power than we think and the way to other planets may not just be to physically travel there. This frantic search for others Earths has more to do with spirituality than we think.
Astronomy from the Dawn and Beginning of Civilization on Earth:
The epic of creation called the “Enuma Elish” which was found in the library of the famous Assyrian king Ashurbanipal at Nineveh is a very interesting ancient story or documentation of the memory of universal and earthly events in ancient times. It makes us wonder if life on Earth was exported from somewhere else in the universe. The first part of the Enuma Elish states:
“When on high the heaven had not been named,
Firm ground below had not been called by name,
When primordial Apsu, their begetter,
And Mummu-Tiamat, she who bore them all,
Their waters mingled as a single body,
No reed hut had sprung forth, no marshland had appeared,
None of the gods had been brought into being,
And none bore a name, and no destinies determined-“ 
Could these first few sentences have been the equivalent of what scientists call “The Big Bang?” The Big Bang theory is the most fundamental scientific cosmology for the cosmos nowadays. The Bible also repeats these sentiments in Genesis where it states:
[1:1] In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
[1:2] the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
[1:3] Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light…
The modern country Iraq was not always called by this imprecise name. Actually it was the base of ancient and advanced civilizations such as the Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian. These civilizations wrote in cuneiform and kept records of life from the beginning of progression on Earth, which scholars were later able to translate and read. There are also stories written down on cuneiform about life in another planet. There is literature, mathematics, astronomy, laws, music, and essentially the peoples of these early civilizations wrote about everything concerning life on Earth. They also looked up into the sky and wondered about the cosmos and heaven as we are doing right now and as future human beings will always continue to do.
The Enuma Elish names two gods at the beginning: Apsu and Tiamat. They have offspring some of which become very powerful and determined. Various rivalries arise. One god decides to take over the Earth, and assigns some other regions to various supporters and beaten rivals. The sky and the underground world also are allocated. Gods became slaves when they lost to this main god but then he decides to create humans to do all the work originally left for gods. The ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia mainly Sumer, Assyria, and Babylon believed in omens and used astrology as a way to know what heaven wanted to happen on Earth. The planetary observations these ancient peoples made were later used by other later civilizations such as the Greeks. They were accurate. The Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians used much meticulousness and accuracy and progressive mathematics and they were supreme observers. Mostly they were concerned about how the motions of planets related to the happenings on Earth. They wanted the power of the heavens to defeat their enemies.
Countries that America Considers As Enemies:
Do you have enemies? I want to give this example of America because it is a super power, which affects the life of the peoples of the entire Earth through economy, wars, and media. Americans consider the following countries as enemies. “According to the poll, half as many Americans now view Iran as their greatest enemy from just two years ago. The current rankings now show China (20%) at the top, followed closely by North Korea (16%) and Iran (16%). From there, it trails off to Russia (9%), Iraq (7%), Afghanistan (5%), Syria (3%) — and the United States itself (2%). “ 
The simple truth is that those who create policy in America control the minds of the public by creating these enemies. Why should any nation be an enemy? At one point in time Vietnam was considered an enemy of America. Why were the poor people of Vietnam perceived as an enemy? America destroyed that country and the horrors of the war were documented.
Enemies are created when we cannot find common ground. We need to change the mentality of people to understand that the interests and policies of super powers such as those in America who create the policy of “enemies” especially in the mainstream media, which a small percentage of them own are wrong.
Learn the language of friendship once again as individuals and as a human race and reach out to those of other cultures. We are so deceived and concentrating our life on trivial things like the accumulation of wealth and having fun that we forget the important things in life like peace of mind and humanities emotional and spiritual development. When will the hatred stop so that we can all explore the universe together not just in a physical sense but also spiritually?
One Solution World Wide Education for Everyone and a Global Desire to Grow in Spirituality:
In conclusion there needs to be education about world cultures ancient and modern from a young age in schools all around the Earth so that we can start to understand each other. It is very necessary and the curriculum and system all around the world should be changed to require this. This type of learning must be profound and true and a desire to tell the story of the nations upon the earth from the beginning of civilization to the children of the Earth and all people of the Earth. The brainwashing must be reversed. At that time when all is clear peoples and nations can also concentrate on the education of their children to develop many more future Astronomers and Astronauts in order for space programs and space travel to become more advanced and so that we may be able to find new Earths. We may be surprised though that when we teach our children to become spiritual they will be able to figure out this universal matrix and how to connect to it.
Until issues are dealt with like the spreading of the knowledge that super powers such as America create enemies, and until regular folks humiliate the administrations of the world and the elite by having an open mind in regards to others and not be brainwashed. Then the human race collectively will be able to take larger steps forward in regards to space travel. It is like a stumbling block. Until we put out our hands together and come together as a human race and touch each other’s hearts and souls and accept each other we will never move forward.
Educational development, which needs to take place in regards to peoples and cultures, will aid in much more progress. If we do not understand each other we will never be able to understand our universe much more, and find for ourselves a new home perhaps in some place in the universe where we could all visit and all be welcome.
Most probably when we continue to explore the universe we will realize as a human race that we cannot understand the universe until we become spiritual and enlightened again. Trying to understand the universe in a physical sense has proven to be difficult and maybe perhaps unfulfilling. We may be able to reach the moon by spaceship but there are those who can travel to other planets with their soul. Nonetheless, we must stop the hatred on Earth and the policy of making “enemies.” We are not enemies rather we are all children of light when we connect to our core.
 Professor Geoff Marcy lecture 2010. Open Culture website http://www.openculture.com
 Dennis Bratcher. The Voice. Enuma Elish.
 Vatican archive Bible. The Book of Genesis.
 Dvorsky George. “Which Countries do Americans Perceive as Their Greatest Enemies, 2014” <http://io9.gizmodo.com/which-countries-do-americans-perceive-as-their-greatest 1528098419?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=io9_facebook>
By Abbey Mikha
Today I was thinking about what kind of article I can write and I came across a website with ten humanitarian quotes that I found profound and interesting. They can be found on a page called The Borgen Project at the following site:
I read through these quotes and decided that today would be a great day to explore them further and see what comes to mind. Being a humanitarian is the purpose of my life on earth and that is why I will always continue to promote thoughts on this subject, the oneness of the human race, and love for all.
My reality is that we can all exist and accept each other. The earth can be a mosaic of nations. What a beautiful earth that will be! There should be no war, poverty, and hatred. Love can be the energy the world pulses to and all humans can become enlightened again.
The first quote I read in the post was by someone I really admire. It said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others,” and it was said by Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist and clergyman. He is very precise in his thought, though some may say it is a simple statement, this one question can change the world! We are not here on earth to be selfish and to only think of ourselves. We have to think of others and do things for others, even people who will never be able to recompense us for our kindness. Many people become happy when they can help anyone. These are truly spiritual people who are walking the right path. I am certain that those people who only think of themselves are not truly happy. It has been said that at the core human nature is compassionate. If people are not using this kindness within themselves they are supressing their true nature. Having a warm heart is one of the most beautiful things to have for any human being.
The second quote was by Mother Teresa. She said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” That means that even if we can’t help everyone in the whole world at least we could help someone in our town or city. Jesus said something similar too. He said not to just invite well-off people to our table rather the poor. Everywhere we look in the world there are deprived people who need a helping hand. There are people dying every day because they are starving and no one even cares to think of them. There are people suffering immensely in the world right now and they need kind hearted people to find them and help.
The next quote was by a revolutionary thinker Gandhi. We may not be able to change everything we want in the world like Mahatma Gandhi said but, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” Everyone must do what we are able to do for our families, our nation, and for all of humanity. I believe that even one person can change the world as is evidenced by individuals throughout history, but even small acts of kindness are an accomplishment in this hostile world. Sometimes we may say to ourselves, “What could I do?” The reality is when remembering people like Jesus, Buddha, and all the ascended masters we remember that we can do much and there is much more to do. These beings of light did much good on earth and they continue to be light workers in the universe. We may not be as brave as they were but we all have that spark in our soul which wants to be more than just an unassertive human being. How do we do this you may ask? And the answer is by doing good in the world and by working on ourselves. In this way we will raise our consciousness.
Nelson Mandela a man who was jailed for his beliefs for many years and after became the president of South Africa was the next quote. He said, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” To me this means that within every human being there is greatness and it is not a sin to do well in life as long as we are not hurting anyone. I clicked on a video about how to make money online and someone suggested in this video that people should advertise free things online and then make their money in the shipping. I stopped listening to that video right when I heard this comment for I think this type of sneaky way of advertising and making money is not right or moral. We can make a living for ourselves but we do not have to deceive anyone. Also, there are people who “excel” in their work, but actually they are hurting other human beings on purpose for example. If in this way we become billionaires what good have we done? When Nelson Mandela said to let our greatness blossom I’m certain he meant to connect to our core and do the kind of work in the world which will help others especially those who are suffering.
Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution and credited with saving over one billion people from starvation was the next quote. He said, “The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.” The truth is the world has enough to share for all. Poverty on earth should be just a sad memory. Why are the top one percent of human beings the most affluent while most of the rest are suffering? The thing is even those top one percent of the world I’m certain are mostly not happy. Happiness does not come from being richer than everyone else. Happiness comes from doing good in the world, being kind and considerate, and working on your own psychology. That is especially true if you are here on earth to be a light worker.
Paul David Lewis the leader singer of U2 was the next quote. He said, “The fact is that ours is the first generation that can look disease and extreme poverty in the eye, look across the ocean to Africa, and say this, and mean it. We do not have to stand for this. A whole continent written off – we do not have to stand for this.” This is the truth about Africa and everyone must help the people of Africa! There are also other peoples of the world who have been written off. Like for example my nation, the suffering Assyrians the indigenous people in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. No one wants to talk about this humanitarian catastrophe where the Assyrian people are basically being annihilated for generations because they do not have power and their land is being occupied, stolen, and potentially given to a people who are not from that land like the Kurds and even the Arabs. In the past hundred years millions of Assyrians have been killed and now we are struggling for the last of our nation to stay alive and continue with our traditions. We need the help of the world but most people are looking away.
The next quote was by a beautiful actress named Audrey Hepburn who said, “Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.” Even John the Baptist said this. He said, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none...” That’s why when I see actors and actresses with large wardrobes of thousands of items I wonder are they really happy? Are those material things making them enjoy life more and making them be more spiritual? An individual may not be rich but if we don’t need something we should give it to charity. I personally have tried to become a minimalist in life. Though sometimes material things can be appealing we should learn to have a spiritual mentality. This is much more rewarding now and in the end for our soul.
Nawal El Saadawi, an Egyptian, writer, and psychiatrist was the next quote. She said, “When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.” I believe in these words so deeply they are part of the core of my being. Sometimes we have to speak out even when others oppose us. If we don’t stand up for our truth how will the world ever know about it? I especially believe that doctors like her in the world, who are the therapists of the earth, should do this. They are erudite people who have so much influence in our societies. They are in many ways the leaders of our world who touch so much of our lives. Without them the sick would stay ill and never get another chance at life. Maybe it is these individuals who need to question the industry which believes that all ailments can be cured by medicines or “drugs.” I believe there are mystical and spiritual issues behind many of the mental illnesses people are suffering from and this is something that needs to be addressed in that community and by the world.
Betty Williams, an Irish activist and founder of the Irish peace movement, Community of Peace People quote is next. She said, “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.” This means even smiling at people during the day is an act of kindness. To some people a smile may not mean much but to me it is a peaceful gesture which says yes there is hope in the world and everything will be alright. We can always do something kind even for people in our family, or our larger family which is our nation, and also for our earthly family which is each and every person on this planet.
J.K. Rowling, author, philanthropist, and founder of the children’s charity, Lumos quote was last. She said, “The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet….Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places….We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” I believe in her words and although there is much darkness in the world right now I encourage each one of you to imagine and hope for a better tomorrow and in this way we send positive energy out into the world.
I believe in a world where everyone can be great, where people’s opinions will be respected even if they believe in something positive that is not a mainstream idea. I believe love will conquer the world eventually and everyone will work to make the earth a planet of light. I believe in a world where it won’t be of importance what color we are or what gender; rather everyone will be seen as a soul here on this planet to raise our consciousness. In this way we become the people we are meant to be and will be reunited with our true selves on another dimension one day. At that time death will not conquer us rather we will conquer death.
I believe in being a humanitarian and I thank each individual for the quotes which they stated to the world and recorded for history to remember. These people may have come from different lands and nations but their message was one. They all believed that we have a responsibility as individuals and as a human race for each other and that with the blessing of freedom there is a great obligation to do much more for all.
By Abbey Mikha
I can remember way back since I was little I would ask my dad tons of various questions. Most of the time he would answer me right away but sometimes he would be tired and tell me that I ask him too many questions in one day. In the past week I started asking my dad more and more questions related to the Assyrian nation. I believe he has vast amount of knowledge and I enjoy his answers as he is wise and enthusiastic. I like adding his answers to my YouTube channel because I want to always be able to remember his words in the future. My dad is a true Assyrian. Even though his parents were both born in Alqosh and from the Chaldean church he discovered his true Assyrian identity by vast amount of reading, seeking the truth, and being open to the truth.
In the first video I recorded I asked my dad the question of, "Why do some of the Assyrians believe in the Roman doctrine of Christianity?" It was totally on the spot and I didn't even give him time to think. He said some profound things among them that there are many universes and that we have been forced to believe many lies by the Roman doctrine. He said we are Assyrians and we go back even to fifteen thousands of years ago. He also said there is no such thing as the chosen people and history has proven to us that our ancient cuneiform artefacts prove that our ancient knowledge was prior to Genesis and the Abrahamic religions. To view the video go to the following link:
The second question I asked my dad this week was, "Why do the occupiers of our Assyrian land throughout history name us Christians just like the Kurds are doing now?" He asked me, “Is it a coincidence that right after Rome joined Christianity they started calling our people heretic Nestorians?” He also said many more things among them that Chaldeans are Assyrians and that even Babylon was an Assyrian city. He mentioned Sargon of Akkad and said he also was Assyrian and that there is no such thing as an Akkadian nation. He said many more interesting things. To view the video go to the following link:
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Thank you for reading at my Assyrian Thinker blog. I hope to update you with more and more articles on a continuous basis. Best wishes to all of you wherever you are reading from. Long live the Assyrian nation.
By Abbey Mikha
The Nineveh Plains is an integral part of Iraq and our ancestral homeland Assyria. The big question right now is what will become of Iraq if the North is annexed to the Kurds? It is a fact that the west has been trying to divide Iraq since they made up the lies that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and in this way invaded the country. I am curious, after they try to create Kur-stan will the Sunnis and the Shia also annex into their own country? I once heard that the Shia want to call their state Somar but I’m not sure about that. More likely it will be called Shiaastan. Is this what is happening? Has the entire world, the United Nations, the Vatican, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Israel, and actually everyone conspired against the innocent Assyrians?
I feel mortified at the blindness of the human race and the non-reaction of the world community in regards to what is happening to the Assyrians in Iraq and all over the world. We are a “minority” with a hushed voice because we as Assyrians have been slaughtered for hundreds of years mostly because of our ancient identity and also because we are ancient Christians. Is this our fault because we were unable to defend ourselves successfully and then establish ourselves effectively?
When I was in university and used to say that North of Iraq is Assyria people would say to me, “It is not time to create new countries rather the world should become one.” The thing though is Assyria is not a new country. It exists still in the towns and villages of the Assyrian people in the Nineveh Plains and it has for thousands of years. What I can’t assure though is what will happen to the ancient Assyrian spirit in the hearts of the Assyrian people under the weight of the Kurdish invaders who throughout history were mass murderers of the Assyrians. I am sad to say that the entire world is allowing a tribe, which has bullied the Assyrians for generations, to take over the Assyrian heartland and control desired areas. What is the difference between the Kurds and ISIS? Isn’t it obvious now to everyone that the Kurds used ISIS so that they could grab more Assyrian land and declare themselves as heroes when in reality they are the biggest stealers?
What will happen to Assyrian nationalism if Kur-stan is created? Will it continue to be nurtured? I can already see what will happen. The Kurds will destroy the spirit of our simple Assyrian people. They want to rise and leave no traces of the true history that came before. They have already done that for years. Look at what they teach in their history books about the Assyrians. They have even brainwashed some of the Assyrian people who in the past have declared that this Kur-stan region actually exists. To me it has never existed because it is an illegitimate unlawful region. They want to be a state, a nation, and a new melting pot, but what they are trying to do is a crime. It is a crime against humanity to turn Assyria into Kur-stan and everyone who is supporting this unlawful dangerous invented identity will see the harsh realities after. It is also a crime to call Assyrians Kurdish Christians because inevitably that is all they will be allowed to be in Kur-stan.
A Kurdish state will not stabilize the Middle East. A Kurdish state will be a thorn in the side of the Assyrians and the Assyrian nationalism and ideology which we are trying to revive. A Kurdish state will mean mocking the Assyrian people who have suffered for so long and telling them that they do not matter. Here is yet another way the world does not want to validate the Assyrian identity because it is a gem, something beautiful and real that makes people truly alive and living in this matrix called Earth.
How can the world even care though what is happening to the Assyrian people? People are busy creating a “life” for themselves. Have you ever been on Instagram? Everyone is following their favourite celebrities in the world. What especially amazes me about Instagram is how popular makeup tutorials are which teach women about how they should do their makeup with a hundred new products, creams, and powders. These young girls need a extra part time job just to be able to buy the makeup that is being promoted and this is happening all over the world. Even girls with hijabs from Dubai are making these videos and the idea and love of “beauty” is at its all-time peak because of social media. Everyone wants to be beautiful but people are realizing that their lives are empty. There is something missing.
Even Kylie Jenner the half-sister of Kim Kardashian dreams of living on a farm! I think what she has stated is very profound. I would like to tell you all about a farm land called Assyria! The Assyrians would agree about farming for this was the beginnings of our nation and this is part of our identity and psychological makeup.
An interesting side note. Have you ever heard of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave which was presented in his work Republic to compare people who see truth and those who cannot see truth. Plato tells Socrates to describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners' reality.
Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all, for he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the manufactured reality that is the shadows seen by the prisoners.
The inmates of this place do not even desire to leave their prison; for they know no better life. The prisoners manage to break their bonds one day, and discover that their reality was not what they thought it was. They discovered the sun, which Plato uses as an analogy for the fire that man cannot see behind.
Kur-stan is shadows the prisoners of the world are seeing. They are trying to create something but they do not know what they are doing and what they are destroying. I include here some of the simple Assyrians living in the North of Iraq right now. The Assyrians are hostages in their own homeland. The Assyrian people supporting the Kurds do not see the truth only the shadows. They are not facing the sun and therefore they cannot see the light. They are in chains. They think by siding with those who have more power they will be given happiness and freedom. This is not the case. When you give up on your identity, your core, and the truth how can you ever be happy? How can your children be happy? How can your grandchildren be happy? Unless they completely forget who they are, enjoy this mistake and fake identity called Kur-stan, and like being in chains...
I ask you my friends, “What good is to gain the world and lose yourself.” Our self is Assyria not Kur-stan because we are and always will be Assyrians and the descendants of the ancient Assyrians.
By Abbey Mikha
Hear Abbey recite article here:
The martyrs of the Assyrian nation that were slayed during the Assyrian genocide of 1915, also in Simele, and the many other massacres across the Assyrian homeland (Hakkari, Tyari, Tkhuma, Alqosh, Tur Abdin, Urmia), since the fall of Nineveh represent the souls of people whose dreams were shattered. These are men who could have grown to be cultivated and sophisticated and become teachers, linguists, ecclesiastics, politicians, doctors, military leaders, lawyers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and persons who could have led an Assyrian movement. These are women who could have also grown up to be the previous things mentioned of our Assyrian men, but also when encompassed with love for an Assyrian man bear the children of Assyria. The young boys and girls who were murdered in these past thousands of years, their souls are absolutely fighting in spirit for our Assyrian nation to this day. There could have been millions upon millions more Assyrians in the world. No one knows exactly how many persons were killed in the genocides and the many massacres that have befallen our Assyrian people.
Envision and conceive twenty million Assyrians and more in the North of Iraq right now. Imagine the dreams, the potential, the culture, the spirituality, the Assyrian ideology, the Assyrian movement, and the Assyrian identity that could have spread in this beautiful region of the world. Our opponents and nemeses anticipated this as well and that is why they set out to destroy the Assyrian nation and its children since the fall of Nineveh in 612 BC.
At the present moment our nation is at distinct point in our struggle. This is the time all the true Assyrians must stand together and rise in Assyrian patriotism and love for the Assyrian identity. The most important thing is for our people to be allowed to speak up and return to their towns and villages in Occupied Assyria and not be refugees in their own ancestral homeland. I am proud of the people of Alqosh who are struggling against being governed by the Kurds and raising their voices. They are acting bravely and we all need to do this together. We as Assyrians all need to stand with Alqosh and all the Assyrian towns in Occupied Assyria. This is the time the Assyrian diaspora around the earth must speak out and in a very consistent way.
God rest the souls of our martyrs and every innocent Assyrian whose chance at life was taken by evil people who have been planning our demise since the fall of Nineveh in 612 BC. When our empire fell some of our people were scattered. We lived in our ancestral homeland it is said as agriculturalists and farmers. There are Assyriologists who say that the Assyrian Kings and Queens were wiped out since ancient times. I just want to say that in the spirit of the Assyrian people I see so many righteous people that I would love to see become leaders of this nation. What is a king? What is a queen? Can any human being not rise from his or her situation and become self-actualized and therefore be spiritually sovereign? All the Assyrian martyrs that have been murdered are the kings and queens of our hearts!
We can build our nation back. We may not have the numbers of other populations for the reason that our people have been consistently massacred for thousands of years, but especially in the last one hundred fifty years in huge numbers. The Assyrian people deserve to live and thrive and when they are allowed to do so Occupied Assyria will be paradise on earth again.
The Assyrians who are incarnated right now have the spirits of people who have existed upon the earth for thousands of years. I believe we will band together, we will embrace our Assyrian identity, we will rise as one cohesive nation, and we will find ourselves as individuals who never forget where we come from, which is Assyria...
By Abbey Mikha
As we are witnessing everyday what is going on in the North Iraq Occupied Assyria it is evident that the Kurds want to take over the entire Assyrian region and who knows maybe eventually they will try to take over the entire Iraq. While the people of Iraq suffered since the time of the Gulf War the Kurds exploited the misery of the people and the country by establishing themselves as a region in Iraq, a thorn in the side of the Assyrians and everyone. Every area where there is oil in Iraq the Kurds want to take over. Every area where there is Assyrian history the Kurds want to take advantage because we are not organized as a nation and have not been able to acquire our rights. I have met many Iraqis who say that they are Assyrians, but I have never met a Kurd who declares himself an Assyrian or as an Iraqi. So, why should the Iraqi people and government give them any respect?
Send the Kurds back where they came from and allow the Assyrians to build their sacred region in Iraq. Allow our people out from the refugee camps which ISIS pressed them towards. Finally, give the authorization for our people to go back their towns and villages and allow them to live and thrive.
The Kurds are not champions and this is a fact. They proved this when ISIS was invading the Assyrian people of the Nineveh Plains region. They left our people to be slaughtered. Now at our nation’s weakest moment they are making their moves to further establish their region and declare their dominance. Who gives these criminals the right to disrespect and harass the Assyrian people?
I wish that the Iraqi people and government will sympathize with the Assyrians and not just stand by with the Kurds because they are fellow Muslims and because they are supported by the USA, Israel, and all the other merciless blind people with an agenda against the Assyrians and the ancient soil of Iraq.
By Abbey Mikha
The first fact about the Kurds is that they took part in the Assyrian genocide of 1915 where half of the Assyrian population perished. They raped, maimed, crucified, and killed Assyrian men, women, and children. Also, in 1832 Alqosh was attacked by the Kurdish Governor of Rowanduz, nicknamed "Merkor" who hated the Assyrians. He killed over 400 of its inhabitants. Merkor attacked Alqosh again on 15 March 1833 and killed another 172 of its men, not counting children, and women. Also, in the Massacres of Badr Khan the Kurds massacred the Assyrians in Hakkari and Tyari around the year 1840 where thousands of people were slaughtered. Furthermore, afterword in 1933 in the town of Simele led by a Kurd named Bakr Sidqi they murdered thousands of Assyrians who were not armed.
The second fact about the Kurds is that they are not indigenous to the North of Iraq Assyria. They come from Mahabadan Iran, Afghanistan, and yes even Punjab.
The third fact about the Kurds is that they have been oppressing the indigenous Assyrians in Occupied Assyria. They want the Assyrians to be their third class servants while they steal the lands of Assyria and try to erase the memory of the Assyrians and their past from the time of antiquity. The Kurds had a hand in the destruction of Assyrian artefacts in the North of Iraq Occupied Assyria and also vandalizing sacred Assyrian sights by drawing the Kurdish flag on ancient Assyrian mountain carvings.
The fourth fact about the Kurds is that they are a nomadic people. Throughout history they were a band of barbarian wandering tribes. They are murderers who are building their country on the blood of Assyrian men, women, and children.
The fifth fact about the Kurds is that if they are allowed to steal the Assyrian homeland and declare their independence, or even if they continue to occupy Assyria in the North of Iraq it would be one other time when a nation of murderers takes over a region in the world and builds their evil empire. Hitler looked for “Lebensraum” which means the territory that a state or nation believes is needed for its natural development. This became a principle in Nazism. The Kurds are just like Hitler except that they have a delusional leader named Barazani. Perhaps many people in North America do not care about what the Assyrians are going through right now because did they not commit the same acts against the Native Aboriginals in Mesoamerica?
The sixth facts about the Kurds is that they want to be known as a civilized nation, but their behaviour proves that they are uncivilized. In the modern year of 2017 these criminals continue to acts as delinquents and offenders.
The seventh fact about the Kurds is that they make themselves out to be victims because of the behaviour of Saddam towards them. The truth is what they did to the Assyrians in the past and also at the present time is much more inhumane and cold hearted.
The eighth fact about the Kurds is that they started to settle in the North of Iraq Assyria after the Ottomans brought them to the area to be on the border against the Persians about one hundred fifty years ago. The truth is when we dig anywhere in the North of Iraq Occupied Assyria all that can be found is Assyrian artefacts, Assyrian palaces, and Assyrian treasures which the Kurds were trying to destroy through ISIS.
The ninth fact about the Kurds is that if they continue to occupy Assyrian lands as ruthlessly as they are they will always be remembered as the nation of murderers, assassins, and killers who stole the lands of the Assyrians. I don’t understand where is the European Union, the United Nations, the what is called “democratic” USA, and of course the Vatican? Where are the rights of the Assyrians? Are we not afforded human rights?
And last but not least the tenth fact about the Kurds is that the Assyrians who work and bow to the Kurds are traitors and are selling their nation for a very cheap price. They should be ashamed for Barazani the man who is stealing their land, changing history, and killing their people is their benefactor and sponsor. They will always be remembered for what they have done and are trying to do.
By Abbey Mikha
I’m so disgusted at what is happening in North of Iraq Occupied Assyria! One by one the mayors of areas where there are Assyrians inhabitants are being forcefully substituted by individuals who are members of the KRG. With the support of the USA and most of the West the Kurds are taking over Assyrian soil because they want to build their homeland not in Mahabad Iran where they actually from, but rather in Assyria the land of the people they murdered, raped, and crucified.
I suggest to the Assyrians in diaspora to raise our voice and let the world know that what is happening is wrong and a crime against humanity. Most people do not know who the Assyrians are and that we are fighting so that Assyria will become visible in the world again. Start making YouTube videos about what is happening if you can. Raise your voice. Write articles and share with your friends on social media and also in real life. Talk about the strife that the Assyrians are facing.
We are not a homeless people, but we are being taken advantage of by nations who only see Iraq as a country with a vast amount of natural resources, which they cannot keep their hands off of. Like people always said in demonstrations around the world, “Oil for blood.” They do not know the history of the North of Iraq most of the time, and when they do know the history they have the attitude that our Assyrian people do not deserve their rights. They may not say this out right but the way they behave shows us that this is what is in their mind in regards to the Assyrians.
Two in three Assyrians died in the Assyrian Genocide of 1915. Had we been given a chance to live as a nation at that time we would be over twenty million strong right now in the year 2017. The problem is the people who were killing us in 1915 are still killing and abusing us today. There is an olden scheme to annihilate the Assyrians and their children….
We need to wake up as a nation. We need to rise up and band together. The best way to expose people is to make them look bad on a global level. Spread the word about what is going in Occupied Assyria. We are a nation and we are not a minority by accident. They made us a “minority”, and by now slowly but surely taking over our land they are sending the message that they want to annihilate us.
I hope God, destiny, and fate will be on the side of the Assyrians in the next days, months, and years. We need the help of the universe, but also we need to do something and we need to support Assyrian leaders who are not betraying our nation.
Look at this elderly Assyrian man in the picture above. He knows what has happened to his Assyrian nation. He feels and is emotional about what might happen in the future. Remember his face and his plea to you to help his Assyrian nation. If you are not part of the solution for the Assyrians you are part of the problem. We need to be responsible human beings. Educate yourselves about the peoples of the world including the Assyrians. You and the leaders of your countries cant force us to leave our homeland, our towns and villages, which we have lived in for thousands of years.
Remember the face of this Assyrian man...
You are all also responsible for what happens in our world. Stealing Assyrian lands is not manly. The Kurds are not courageous in the actions they are taking. They are just a band of murderous thieves. They killed the Assyrians in 1915 and now they are mocking us while trying to push us around with their large population and weapons provided to them by all the murderers in the world...
By Abbey Mikha
About a week ago I had a dream and I wanted to share with you my thoughts about ten reasons I love Jesus the Messiah or Isho3 Msheeha as we call him in our Assyrian language. Since I have learned about Jesus from my childhood days I have loved him and he has been in my life as a best friend ever since. Thank you Jesus for being in my life and I wish that everyone will have Jesus as part of their life because you deserve to be loved. To watch the Youtube video go to the following site:
The first reason I love Jesus is because when I watched The Passion of the Christ I almost fainted because I witnessed the extent to which Jesus endured suffering. He was tortured, mocked, called all kinds of obscenities, and crucified by those who did not believe in him, but he still completed his mission and purpose.
The second reason I love Jesus is because he had immense respect for women and he encouraged them to follow him and spread the good news. Women had a big role in his ministry, among them Mary Magdalene and others. Jesus loved everyone unconditionally even women that society at that time labelled as outsiders. Or, even women with some kind of sickness.It is said that Jesus cured Mary Magdalene of various illnesses, which could have been mental illnesses. This shows that he had compassion for all as many people suffer from mental illness in their life time.
The third reason I love Jesus is because he was so kind hearted that even when he was suffering on the cross he was praying for those persecuting him and said, “Forgive them for they do not know what they do.
The fourth reason I love Jesus is because he represented what a good human being should be like. Even though Jesus was an ascended master he was also the ultimate human being for human beings should always strive to be ascended masters.
The fifth reason I love Jesus is because he was materially poor and humble yet spiritually rich. He didn’t eat fancy food, rather he ate bread, fish, and whatever herbs were available in that time in the land of Canaan, which at one point was part of the Assyrian Empire.
The sixth reason I love Jesus is because he is trustworthy and the best friend a person could ask for. He is the guiding light who gives us good counsel rather than guidance which will be to his own benefit. He is the best friend who teaches us to love others, but also love ourselves.
The seventh reason I love Jesus is because he was pure hearted. He has a great spirituality and he believes in loving all people regardless of where they are from, or what their ethnicity was, or is. He wanted to spread the good news not just in his homeland, but also to what was called the lands of the gentiles, which means the lands of everyone else outside the land of Canaan, which I reiterate was once a part of the Assyrian Empire.
The eighth reason I love Jesus is because I believe he would encourage having women priests today in the year 2017 and yes even before. He believes in women’s rights and although there are no female priests in the Vatican today, I believe Jesus would be for this right of women. I am emotional about this point because I always think about how to spread spirituality and women getting back the priesthood.
The ninth reason I love Jesus is because he loved children. He would never harm a child and he even said that people in heaven are innocent like children.
And last but not least, the tenth reason I love Jesus is because he gave witness to my Assyrian nation in the Sign of Jonah. Many people with PhD’s today try to prove that the Assyrians do not exist anymore, but Jesus the doctor of doctors said, “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah and behold a greater than Jonah is here.” This means Jesus believes in the Assyrians as a nation. Had the Assyrians been a wicked population as has been suggested by some mean spirited people, Jesus would have never given witness to us.
Jesus believed the Assyrians would be around until the Day of Judgment, so that means that we are here at the present time, and yes we will be here forever, no matter what anyone tries to do to this ancient nation, which is suffering immensely right now as a result of the silent genocide against us, and everyday losing more and more of our land in the Nineveh Plains North of Iraq, or what we call Occupied Assyria, and also because of the non-acceptance of our Assyrian identity… No matter what anyone says Jesus loved and loves the Assyrians and everyone!
That is all I wanted to say today. Thank you for reading. I want to also ask you what are the reasons that you love Jesus? Leave me a comment. I could think of many many more reasons… Love you all and love you Jesus....
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.”
By Abbey Mikha
As I am looking over pictures of refugee Assyrians and their children it truly truly continues to break my heart. Don’t be naïve winter is here! It is going to snow soon and it has already rained an unusual amount of cold rain and the “refugee” camps are flooding in the North of Iraq! How are the Assyrian people going to survive in these camps? It is really sad to know we have roofs over our heads but hundreds of thousands of Assyrians do not have roofs over their heads in Iraq! They barely have enough blankets. Why is this happening to our people again and again? Why are we always prey to other nations and the disasters which have taken place in the region? Why are we not strong enough to be able to help ourselves when we must do so and to solve our problems as a nation?
I have realized and learned in the past years that life is not fair. There are innocent Assyrian children sleeping on cardboard boxes and lighting a fire outside in the cold in the North of Iraq. There are babies with no diapers and children with no school. Where is Divinity in these terribly sad situations? Where is justice? Where are the humanitarian people of the world? Where are the humanitarian organizations of the world?
I want to ask anyone and everyone who can help all the children and the Assyrian people to please do so. Christmas is coming. Let us give hope and happiness to Assyrian people living in refugee camps in the North of Iraq. I pray that this terrible situation the Assyrians are facing in Iraq will be resolved peacefully very soon and that the Assyrians will not live in refugee camps in their own ancestral homeland anymore, rather they will go back to their villages, towns, and all places which belong to them and in which they have continuously lived for thousands of years.
Please, whoever you are and wherever you are from, support a safe haven for Assyrian Christians in the North of Iraq! Have a heart. These are innocent people! They are parents with hopes for the future of their children. They are children who just want to play and get an education and be happy.
Please, help as much as you can. If you are affluent, help with bread and if you are influential help by spreading the message of the suffering Assyrians in the political world. At least help by making people aware. Even if you just have an internet connection help to spread the message on social media that the Assyrians are suffering in refugee camps in Iraq and that if they do not get help the situation is going to get much worse and many innocent people are going to die.
This Assyrian nation whose roots are in ancient history is becoming extinct. Honestly there is more awareness and projects about animal rights in the world compared to rights of Assyrians! The Assyrian nation which was born in Assyria in the cradle of civilization thousands of years ago and took its first steps with the help of God has been forgotten.
Iraq is an interesting country. It is rich in resources and history. Everyone wants a piece of Iraq! When considering this greed one could ask, “Is this the end of the world?” Surely yes because Iraq the place where humanity built its first civilizations it seems has become hated by the world and a nightmare for the Assyrians and so many other minorities.
Please in the coming days, weeks, ad months don’t forget about the Assyrians and their children. Winter is here and it is harsh and cold and the refugee camps in the North of Iraq are a very lonely and miserable place to be for anyone.... Help the Assyrian survive...
By Abbey Mikha
This essay intends to show weakness in Plato’s argument for the conclusion that democracy is a bad form of government. The most questionable of the three premises of the main argument as reconstructed by Dr. Pinto is premise two which states, “The majority of citizens are not competent to make fundamental societal decisions.” Moreover the unconvincing support for premise two is assumption two which states, “You aren’t able to achieve the most good possible consistently if you don’t know the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions policies.” Plato perceives that only a small minority of people have the ability to perceive the true consequences of their actions and policies and how much good can be accomplished from the decisions they make hence they alone can achieve the most good viable and only they should make all the decisions that will impact society. This relates to the main conclusion since if such individuals alone are capable of making decisions and they are the minority then the majority of people are not capable of making decisions. Hence this line of reasoning would determine that democracy is an inadequate system of governance. Plato has chosen to forget the goodness and principles of the farmers of the world, especially the Assyrian farmers who lived in his time and still live in the Nineveh Plains, and those of the children of the world.
Assumption two following from premise two is false since not all who have knowledge regarding the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions and policies can achieve the most good. Not all such individuals have the tenacity it requires to implement their knowledge of relative goodness into actions and policies to achieve the most good possible. Thus the question arises of whether a human can have the ability of knowing relative goodness yet still not be competent to make such societal decisions for lack of courage. Common knowledge tells us that there have been many such individuals who knew so much of the relative goodness Plato speaks of yet were not able to contribute their knowledge. These individuals were so lacking in courage that they had no ability to rise up against negative norms. Individuals who cannot rise against those who oppose them knowing much, maybe even knowing all, yet still are not able to put their knowledge into action. This I call phobia of the repercussions from just and moral acts. It is in our engagement that we show what we have knowledge of not in what virtuous conclusions we have drawn within our psyche. Therefore the sub conclusion leading up to assumption two that a person or group may seem to lack knowledge of the relative good of possible outcomes of possible societal actions policies and is not competent to make fundamental societal decisions is unsound. Since such individuals may stumble upon knowledge of the relative virtue of possible societal outcomes and policies and may be just as competent to make fundamental societal decisions as those who harbour knowledge and know the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions policies but have not the courage to implement their knowledge for the betterment of society.
A simple farmer, perhaps an Assyrian farmer, who sustained the world by spreading the farming method and cared for the earth since ancient times, an old wise unschooled man or woman may from experience have knowledge of true goodness or intuitively choose the good. Such an individual may even have the courage to implement and follow through with actions to achieve the most good possible for his or her society if they had the power. Hence such persons would be as competent to make decisions pertaining to society and should at least have the right to voice opinion and choose what is right and good seen through their minds eye. Assyrians have been farming in Assyria for thousands of years. Even wine making originates in that region and time and prior!
A child perhaps, a five year old girl, my neighbour, when asked how many times she eats a day, and if she could would she give up one of those meals to feed five children of the world who are very hungry responds with a yes. Through her innocence she chose what we believe to be morally good and not just for good of her society alone but for children of the human race around the world. Without knowing of the good specifically the child shows competence and even more competence than many of the leaders today who know so much yet ignore the cries of hungry dying children all around the world. My neighbour would help children in Africa, Syria, Assyria, and every child who thirsts and hungers, but that is because she is kind and supposed mature humans are unlike her.
How many souls have walked upon the earth who have known and have had knowledge, yet when in positions of power forgot this knowledge or even misused it. These could have contributed to the betterment of our world and to the human race, but could not rise up and defend what they knew in the depths of their heart and soul was true and right. They could have influenced the world positively for the future of the children of the earth, but they did not, not because they lacked in knowledge rather because they lacked in courage.
In conclusion premise two of the main argument is weak, assumption two is false since not all of who have knowledge regarding the relative goodness or value of outcomes of possible societal actions and policies can achieve the most good. This makes the sub conclusion frail. Hence the argument that democracy is a bad form of government is not substantial. No small minority of individuals regardless of the amount of knowledge which they may have or which they harbour within their psyche should be given the power to rule over all and we should have faith in our workers, the farmers, including the Assyrian farmers in Assyria, the old wise unschooled souls, and our kind children the future who stumble upon knowledge at times through wisdom and innocence.
By Abbey Mikha
Every day since I became a conscious human being I have thought about the Assyrian Martyrs who were massacred in 1915 in Hakkari, Tur Abdin, and other Assyrian areas and also in Simele in 1933. I am especially thinking about these Genocides today August 7th because today is Assyrian Martyrs day. Today we remember again those who perished and who we remember in our souls.
The Seypa Genocide is a part of my identity. I am a descendant of Assyrian human beings who escaped this Genocide from Zerineh Jilu Hakkari and Mardin Tur Abdin. This Genocide which was perpetuated against Assyrians, Armenians, and Pontic Greeks at the hands of the Turks and their cousins the Kurds, devastated our nation perhaps forever.
I really feel that today in 2016 history is repeating itself and the Assyrians are suffering again and again as they did one hundred and one years ago. I ask God and the universe to protect my little nation and not let us be wiped out by cruel nations who do not have any humanity and only know the love of money, power, weaponry, and backwards religious mentality.
God be with the Assyrians who are still being held hostage in Syria today and all others who have fled and are seeking life in other countries. God help our people and may all individuals of other cultures sympathize with the Assyrians who are literally being silently wiped out today.
I pray for each and every Assyrian. I pray for your little children, for your girls and boys. I pray for your teenagers and those who are become young adults in this difficult time. I pray for Assyrian people of all ages and especially the courageous elderly. I pray for this nation that the human race has forgotten and ignored.
May the Spirit of the Assyrian Nation shine brightly amongst nations in these difficult days! May the love in the hearts of Assyrian children and people surround each Assyrian individual in the homeland and protect them. May this love build bridges amongst our Assyrian people and bring us closer together as one ancient Assyrian united nation.
Lastly, may the truth become evident that the Assyrian nation was always in the heart of Jesus the Christ and any nation in the heart of Jesus deserves to survive, thrive, and bloom unto eternity. As Jesus said, "The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment for they repented at the preaching of Jonah."
I light this candle in the name of every Assyrian, past, present, and future and especially those who were annihilated by the evil forces which to this day still have power.
God bless all Assyrians!
By Abbey Mikha
Imagine a beautiful land in India and think of the following words in relation to our homeland occupied Assyria. We have water shortage in Iraq as India, for example at this moment in many of our towns and villages in the Nineveh Plains in the land between the two great rivers the people are deprived of enough water. Our Assyrian people need help as the people of India also need help. We are an ancient people just like the Indus Valley people. What is happening in India is happening all over the world. Our friendship as Assyrians with peoples of the entire earth is a testament to our humanitarian spirit as a nation. We should be standing up for those in the world that are suffering and there are many living in misery in Iraq and India. These are the Assyrian Abbey’s thoughts on blessed Maharashtra.
Changing the ideas of modernized people of the earth in relation to poor peoples of other nations has to be part of an education process for modernized people in regards to human and humanitarian issues. Abolition of rural poverty should be an extremely important concern for all persons and nations. We need to help peoples of the Third World! In our project area in the Maharashtra region in India there live a simple ancient people who have not been influenced a great deal by the progress other regions of the world have seen. Though they may be poor they certainly have people of intelligence and wisdom. Our team wants to help improve the situation of the people who are trying to survive on a seasonal basis. We have to aid in the development of farmers who can serve as future leaders in the field of agriculture. Also, we realize that water is the source of life. We want to provide help and opportunities for creative people and even inventors to influence the future of their land and villages by implementing ancient wisdom combined with modern knowledge on water harvesting techniques to cure the ecological degradation in the area.
We have researched the opinions of various individuals and experts on the three approaches to land use under consideration. In our research it was our hope to find the best solution for the peoples of the Maharashtra region of India. Although it would be amazing if we could make each person in our project area rich, a more realistic solution is to provide practical advice and support in order to influence their life, so that their living conditions can improve and they will have hope and joy not just for a moment but for a lifetime.
Structuring the Problem definition
Trying to help people of other cultures is every good human beings hope regardless of which culture they are from, but there are problems to achieving those goals and dreams, most of which are financial. In the following research project and report the opinions of various individuals and experts on the three approaches to land use under consideration will be evaluated. The opinions of individuals who are actually from India like Dr. Narayana Shenoy, Greeta Nair, K.G. Kshirsagar, and Madhav Gadgil have been considered. Additionally, the views of Kevin Conway and Thomas Rosin have been presented. We also referred to Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd report called, “Modern Irrigation and Fertigation Methodologies for Higher Yields in Sugarcane.” We are of the opinion that considering a variety of views will lead us to more accurate conclusions.
It is rather confusing to think that poor peoples of the world could not want help from those who are modernized, but the fact is that people are afraid of change. The peoples who wholeheartedly want to help are often times received in a suspicious manner by the villagers in the Maharashtra region. Accepting help from those who are strangers to the ancient land of the Indus Valley is a choice and cannot be provided by force.
The ancient water harvesting techniques that the people have used for generations must be developed and combined with modern techniques to improve the livelihood of the people. To take for granted this ancient wisdom of water harvesting would be a testament to our ignorance. Therefore, we will do our utmost to appreciate this knowledge, which springs from a distant time and even an eternal source.
In his report titled, “Conjunctive use of water resources in the Decan Trap, India” Dr. Frank Simpson gives a detailed explanation of the area of Akole Taluka which is very similar to our project area located on the eastern flanks of the Western Ghats mountain range. He says:
“Akole Taluka is located on the eastern margin of the Western Ghats mountain range in the westernmost part of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra State, India. This area is comprised of uplands to the west and south, which give way to rolling and relatively even topography, at lower elevations to the east. The taluka is part of the Deccan Trap plateau, where generally flat lying basalt lavas make up the bedrock beneath a variable cover of weathered basalt and soil. In these respects, it is similar to much of the Deccan region, which covers an area of 500, 000 km2 in western and central India. Superficial deposits are thin to absent at higher elevations and up to 2 m or more in thickness in the valleys. The annual rainfall, which ranges from 600 to 2,000 mm across the taluka, is largely confined to the monsoon period, from June to September. July is the wettest month. Typically, there are sporadic showers during the post-monsoon period (October–January) and little or no rain in the pre- monsoon months (February–May). Before the onset of the monsoon, temperatures in the 40–50°C range are common.”
The tribal and rural people are subsistence farmers. Their main crops are rice, groundnuts, ragi and local grass during the autumn growing season, and wheat and gram during the spring season (Simpson). The quality of the harvest depends on the amount of soil moisture and there is also fluctuating water availability that decreases gradually after the monsoon period, which affects the soil and agriculture (Simpson). Water is the source of life, and attaining it is part of the difficulty for this region.
Measures of Effectiveness
We will consider that we have succeeded in our project not necessarily when we have changed the whole region. Rather, through simple signs like when the local people trust us and have learned to more effectively subsist from their land, as a result of a combination of their ancient knowledge and our suggestions and expertise. When we have shared our information of modern strategies and combined it with the people’s ancient approaches and they start to believe that we want to help them, we will have accomplished something amazing. Our goal is to help the people of Maharashtra region and those near Akole Taluka in moving forward as a group, society, and even as individuals.
We are certain that humanitarian work will and would be embraced by many individuals of the world if the funds were available. This though should not be an excuse for non-action; we must at least attempt to help poor peoples of every nation. Nonetheless, funds are one aspect of our project that we had to keep in consideration and under control. Our team of agrologists and volunteers have decided to live amongst the people of the Maharashtra region and in this way avoid unnecessary expenses. This also will help us in understanding the daily difficulties of the people. The funds we have been granted have been expended carefully with the hope of making the best of every dollar.
Water Harvesting Solution:
Water harvesting is an ancient water collection method, which has been improved and improvised throughout the ages from the time of the earliest civilizations including that of the Indus Valley. A most pleasant verse indicating a part of the water cycle is found in the ‘Kiskindha Kanda’ of Valmiki’s Ramayana. It states: “The sun’s rays have drunk the water of the seas, and carrying it as an embryo for nine months, is giving out the elixir of life” (Shenoy). The ancient peoples of the Indus Valley realized the necessity of water and its obvious connection with all the living beings on earth.
In the article titled, “Traditional water harvesting methods of India” by Narayana Shenoy he states:
“Ancient Indian Sanskrit literature reveals the extensive knowledge our ancient predecessors possessed, of very complex and dynamic phenomena of movement of water in nature i.e. knowledge of rainfall, run-off, weather pattern, properties of water, properties of soil, etc. They designed and constructed dams, aqueducts and a variety of water harvesting structures much earlier than the commonly believed Greek, Roman or other ancient civilizations.”
This is a testament to that although the majority of the peoples of this region are poor; they are the descendants of a rich culture and civilization from a mysterious forgotten time in history. They were able to make it to this century from so many thousands of years ago! This is an achievement considering the difficult environment they live in. It is the opinion of our team that the ancient water harvesting techniques should be continued and developed and combined with modern techniques that suit the area. There are solutions, which will cause the least harm for the land and also the people. On the subject of rainwater harvesting Dr. Narayana Shenoy states:
“It can be simple to construct from inexpensive local materials, and are potentially successful in most habitable locations…Roof rainwater can’t be of good quality and may require treatment before consumption. As rainwater rushes from the roof it may carry pollutants in it such as the tiniest bit of mercury from coal burning buildings to bird feces. Although some rooftop materials may produce rainwater that is harmful to human health, it can be useful in flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering the garden… these uses alone halve the amount of water used by a typical home… Overflow from rainwater harvesting tank systems can be used to refill aquifers in a process called groundwater recharge, though this is a related process, it must not be confused with Rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvested from roofs can contain human, animal and bird feces, mosses and lichens, windblown dust, particulates from urban pollution, pesticides, and inorganic ions from the sea (Ca, Mg, Na, K, Cl, SO4), and dissolved gases (CO2, NOx, SOx)) ( Shenoy ).”
This is exactly where modern science and technology and technique can help. After collecting the water as described in the passage, it must be treated. Clean water can be made available for the population of the region. In this world of coincidence there are so many ways to lose ones life, but not having drinkable water is not an acceptable reason to die for anyone in the world, for any child of any nation. We are responsible for this as human beings and as friends to our fellow human kind.
Another opinion is that of Kevin Conway who asserts that, “Over the past 70 years, human numbers have tripled but our thirst for water has surged six-fold” (p.1). He continues:
“Supply is only one part of the growing water crisis. For an increasing number of people, water quality is every bit as threatening. Population growth, industrialization, and urbanization are not only depleting lakes, rivers, and aquifers, they are polluting them as well. Already more than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water; 3 billion lack access to basic sewerage systems. For millions, life-sustaining water is now a deadly menace. Water- and sanitation-related diseases will rob many more of their health and a productive future. The history of rain harvesting is rich in technique and innovation. The Greeks, the Mayans, and island peoples around the world all developed ways of harvesting or holding back rain as it cascaded from their roofs or flowed across their fields. IDRC-supported researchers tapped into this broad base of traditional knowledge and used the tools of modern science to improve water-harvesting techniques and safeguard water quality (Conway p.1).”
We agree with this strategy. The water harvesting solution is beneficial for the villagers near the area of Maharashtra. There are no negative consequences for the people using the various ancient techniques of water harvesting. This knowledge may come in handy at times of great need. We can help improve upon this way when combining it with some modern strategies to insure the best results.
The Sugarcane Solution:
According to the Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd report called, “Modern Irrigation and Fertigation Metholodgies for Higher Yields in Sugarcane” India is the world’s largest producer of sugar and sugarcane (p. 5). It also states that sugarcanes requirement for water and fertilizer are also equally high (p. 5). Sugarcane is grown with flood irrigation in all other states except in Maharashtra, which is the location of our project area (p. 5). According to this article the constraints for sugar cane production are:
1. Non availability of high yielding varieties 2. Dearth of good quality seed 3. Improper water management 4. Use of imbalanced fertilize doses 5. Negligence in plant protection 6. Low awareness among the farmers to use improved cultivation practices.
In this article it also states that sugarcane grows extremely well in medium to heavy, well-drained soils, and high organic matter content. Water logged soils and soils of poor drainage are not suitable. Growth of sugarcane will be poor in sandy soils (p. 6). Also, heat, humidity, and sunlight intensity play important role in sugarcane germination, tillering, vegetative growth and maturity. Sugarcane grows well in humid and hot weather (p. 6). In the JISL report it also states that the mean minimum temperature and the relative temperature disparity are comparatively lower in Maharashtra (p. 7). It seems that for all those reasons some are of the opinion that Maharashtra is a good region for growing sugar cane. This must be analyzed further with the reality and truth at heart. The motive of those trying to promote this alternative must be considered. Are these individuals trying to take what they believe to be the easy way out? This idea of making fast money while not considering the future of the land will cost the poor people in the end, not those making big money.
In an article titled, “More Maharashtra farmers shifting to sugarcane cultivation” the author Greeta Nair said the following: Favourable conditions not necessarily climatic but more political, financial and overall support, are making farmers shift. Increasingly land in Maharashtra is being diverted to sugarcane. This shift is significant in Solapur, Beed and Latur. Traditionally cane has been grown in western Maharashtra and accounts for more than 60% of the state’s contribution to the sugar bowl. But now, cane is also been grown in areas that have historically known to be chronic drought prone areas and they are contributing 25% to the sugar production (Nair p.1).
In this region of India politics hardly considers the destiny of the common folk. Politicians should not make decisions about degraded lands and best alternatives. Politicians study politics and should contribute to their field. Geologists study the earth and these scientists and engineers should be the decision makers in regards to earth issues. This would positively influence our destiny as a human race upon this planet we call home.
All things considered, the district of Maharashtra is actually facing the problems of water scarcity and sustainability due to sugarcane cultivation. Therefore sugar cane cultivation is not the solution. A society cannot make all of its decisions based on a one-year economic plan. The income made within one year of sugar cane production will only be beneficial for those with the money in their pocket.
In the Agricultural Economics Research Review of 2006 called the, “Organic Sugarcane Farming for Development of Sustainable Agriculture in Maharashtra” by K.G. Kshirsagar the issue of how much sugar cane costs to grow is discussed. Also, how much fertilizers cost chemical and non-chemical, costs of irrigation, and plant protection chemicals. In this article he states:
In Maharashtra, about 80 per cent of water is utilized for agriculture (World Bank, 2003), and more than 60 percent of it is utilized for the sugarcane crop alone. Moreover, farmers mine water from deeper aquifers for the sugarcane crop, especially in the study district. This is a cause of great concern and demands conservation and judicious use of water, as it has endangered the stability and sustainability of agriculture. The organic sugarcane farming (OSF) has been found quite successful in the study area and has offered several benefits as compared to those by inorganic sugarcane farming (ISF). Although OSF requires more human labor, cost of cultivation has been found lower due to savings on chemical fertilizers, irrigation, seeds and agrochemicals. The yields have been observed to be relatively lower on OSF but are more than compensated by the price premium fetched by the organic sugarcane and the yield and profit stability observed on OSF. The OSF has been found to conserve the soil and water resources, increases farmers’ income, thereby enhancing their economic well-being and livelihood security. Thus, OSF is important in achieving the goal of sustainable agriculture. It has been suggested that organic farming should receive prime attention from all the stakeholders to realize its full potential in increasing profitability and providing the much sought after sustainability of agriculture.
This is an exaggeration of the reality of sugar cane production in Maharashtra and the future of its lands, soils, and economy. Although it is always good to consider various opinions in the end the truth must be the guide, for the harnessing of truth of those of the poor of Maharashtra region will be a beacon of light that will enable them to subsist well into the future. Their truth may need to be considered on a global level. It may well be a simple truth, that they need honest advice and help. The future of the lands in the region must be well thought out and although the people are being pressured to grow sugar cane by the government this solution is not the best alternative.
Do Nothing Approach
In his article called, “Conjunctive use of water resources in Deccan Trap” Dr. Frank Simpson stated, “Indigenous knowledge, attention to local religious practices, and respect for traditional and folk approaches to communication were indispensable to the success of the project.” This is a very important factor of our project also. Allowing the people of the Maharashtra region to continue on with their traditions and the way they have subsisted since ancient times without any help may be a choice, albeit an unfair one. It allows them to live life as their ancestors have done. So many times throughout history modern peoples have intruded on the lives of ancient peoples and have caused a lot of unpleasantness in the life of the people as a community. Although our project is an honourable one and we want to help the people of Maharashtra, they may not want the help we so want to give. Though they live in poverty they may have found some greater meaning to life.
A simple question may be, “Does what we want to provide for the people of this region fit with their life style as physical and spiritual beings?” The answer to this question may be contradictory depending on whom we ask. Some of the people might be very attached to their practices and consider them holy. Nonetheless, our goal is to try to increase their self-esteem so that they can change their future, but we must remember that this may not be ours to control. The natural way of living may be satisfactory and the most environmental friendly system for human beings to subsist at peace with the earth. Perhaps someday there may not be any better permanent solution and therefore we must think about the meaning behind this approach.
It is true that we should try to influence other cultures in order to help them move forward. Aiding people of the area in the Maharashtra region will benefit them physically, propel them forward as a community, and give them a better life. Nothing is certain in this world but the philosophy of brotherhood and sisterhood is everlasting.
In Madhav Gadgil’s article titled, “Biodiversity and India’s Degraded Lands” she discusses a very interesting topic. She says that, “ecosystem people” subsist by producing or gathering a diversity of biological resources from their immediate vicinity. The people of the Maharashtra region are such “ecosystem people”. She says:
“Their quality of life is intimately lined to the maintenance of modest levels of biodiversity in their own circumscribed resource catchments. Their resources base has been extensively degraded by pressures created by “biosphere people”…the Third World elite and citizens of industrial countries, who can draw resources from all over the world and are thus, indifferent to environmental degradation in the Third World. “Ecosystem people” have a genuine stake in biodiversity maintenance in their immediate surrounding, it is important that conservation efforts include maintenance and restoration of at least modest levels of biodiversity throughout the Third World (p. 167).”
So the question must be considered, “Do we want to help the poor of the region in order to give them bits of our life style, or rather so that we can continue our own life style in the future?”
Our projects incentive is moral so we can help poor farmers and villagers and give them our knowledge. After we do so though we must be careful not to consider ourselves their managers. We must not allow ourselves to believe that after we have given the people in Maharashtra newfound information that we must now stay in the country and become the overseers of events. It has been said many times that the world has become a global village and this is true, but we have overstepped many boundaries as a western civilization. We must deal with the people in a very considerate and sensitive manner. Their culture is fragile. We should help them and protect them but we should not govern them. We should never destroy that which makes them unique. Above all we should ask what they want.
Analysis of Alternative Solutions
The positive and negative consequences of each possible solution to the alternative solutions will now be considered. In Mintesinot Behailu and Mitiku Haile’s report about water harvesting they state:
“The aim of water harvesting is to mitigate the effects of temporal shortages of rain, so-called dry spells, to cover both household needs and productive use. This involves storage component and various forms of storage exist such as: micro-dams, farm ponds, subsurface dams, tanks… Water scarcity is a critical issue for many developing countries in general and for those in the arid to semi-arid areas of the world in particular. It has long been understood that intensive water resource development can have a decisive role in the economic and social development of a country and in alleviating drought. Alleviating food security related to drought and famine through sustainable agriculture and environmental rehabilitation…attempts are being made to harvest runoff water in micro-dams for use both in households and small-scale irrigation schemes. It is recognized that the construction of micro-dams with proper irrigation and agronomic services will result in micro-climatic and environmental changes with positive impact on sustained productivity. Notwithstanding the positive impacts on increased agricultural productivity and improved community welfare, the negative impacts of water resource development require constant assessment and monitoring on environmental changes (Behailu and Haile).”
Therefore, there are innumerable positive aspects to water harvesting. There are no negative consequences for the people relying on their ancient techniques and further developing them through our modern knowledge of water retrieval. This solution can only bring constructive results for the land and the people. Although the water collected may not be directly drinkable instantly, it is usable in many other ways, and there are many procedures to clean the water so that every person in Maharashtra will have enough to survive and hopefully prosper.
The positive aspects of sugar cane productions are that it provides a multitude of jobs and thus influences the economy positively. Negative aspect of sugar cane production other than the negative influence on soils, is that sugar cane is a water intensive crop, and enormous amount of water is required for its cultivation. This water is lacking in the area. The water to cultivate the sugar cane will be taken from the mouths of the people.
Although local politicians, representing both the State and Federal Governments, have proposed that there is money to be made from growing sugar cane on a large scale in our project area, we must consider the needs and the thoughts of the villagers. We are of the same opinion as the villagers. We believe that the proponents of the widespread production of sugar cane and scarce soil nutrients would be depleted on a large scale, with every harvest. Therefore, although the politicians think this strategy would be a big money maker it is not the best long-term solution for the land or the people.
The do nothing approach which would allow the villagers to live their life as they have done in the years before, since many thousand years ago in ancient times, also has positive and negative impacts. The positive aspect of this strategy is that the people would live as their ancestors have lived without disruption of their life style. The negative aspect is that the people may not be able to survive as they have because of changes upon the earth. Also, it must be said that our future as a human race is co-dependent. Yes, we may also need to learn from the people of the Maharashtra region, perhaps to balance our own life style of greed, waste, and excess. Therefore, we must lift the people of Maharashtra unto a higher standard of living and perhaps in the future lower our standard of living, in order to meet somewhere in the middle in a forthcoming time where we all must coexist together. Balance and equality of living standards will be essential so that we all survive into the next thousand years upon the earth.
Although it might be difficult to explain to all the people of Maharashtra what the solutions are for the project area, our team of volunteers and experts are eager and ready to meet with all the various village councils who oppose the growing of sugar cane as a major crop, and anyone else who may wish to attend our meeting. We believe that the village council is correct in that they believe that the problem of land degradation would get much worse in the longer term as a result of the mass production of sugar cane for profits. We also agree with the village council that the only way to reverse the processes of desertification, which are well under way in the region, is to prevent the monsoon rains from flowing out of the area as surface runoff. This is best done through the widespread introduction of the technologies for water harvesting and water spreading. These involve very simple modifications of the hill slopes, which are cheap, small-scale and easily replicated. The new technologies would raise the amount of soil moisture and permit the production of a higher-yield second crop. When this knowledge is combined with that of ancient harvesting methods the people will feel comfortable because they will sense a familiarity with the practices.
In Thomas Rosin’s article, “The Tradition of Groundwater Irrigation in Northwestern India” he expresses that research indicates that there existed a different groundwater irrigation system of dams and perennial canals redesigned for India by the British during the early nineteenth century and have been continued by modern Indian government. There were though also indigenous principles and practices that the people in the region followed before. He writes about a folk system of hydrologic practices in India and gives importance to the surface impoundments of rain (p. 51). He further expresses that there is a interlinking among surface water facilities and their significance to the all over hydrology. This article argues that the opinion has been voiced that the indigenous system is actually superior to that of the British (Rosin p. 51).
It is very true that some modern civilizations have lost admiration for the ancient world and the knowledge that its peoples hold within their memory. Ancient knowledge is precious and we were all once connected to peoples who were originally ancient. One day we will know perhaps how those ancient people built the great civilizations of the world including that of the mesmerizing Indus Valley, and how they survived for so many thousands of years. Until we better understand these civilizations we should never undermine the knowledge of its people.
In conclusion we cannot accept the sugar cane solution, which would cause further problems down the road for the land and the people. Therefore, we must work with the locals of the Maharashtra region to bring about changes in the area through the ancient water harvesting techniques combined with our modern knowledge. The do nothing approach in our opinion is also not acceptable. We must do something! We must be able to earn the trust of fellow human beings in that we will help them and contribute our knowledge in order to make their lives better. The Indus Valley people are a link to the past and our sincere friendship with them and all peoples of the world is our link to the future.
We should respect all the farmers of the world and not just in Maharashtra. We must always also remember just like human beings need rest the earth also needs its rest and can only produce so much. Do not abuse the earth that freely gives of herself and be true to our planet. God only knows how much time there is left on earth.
This was Assyrian Abbey's point of view in regards to geology and what is going on in India and the world. The Assyrians are also civilizations first farmers. I have great respect for the farmer and I believe that their occupation is one of the most honourable and sacred. I have much compassion for the farmers in India as I do for those all over the world including in my home of occupied Assyria. The farmers of the world deserve to be respected. If people who have compassion from India read this report I ask you to look in the situation of the farmers in occupied Assyria or what is called today modern North of Iraq. We have to help each other as ancient people of the world. So many times while doing reports about ancient people I have felt that the ancient world is being exterminated by the modern world. The people of the ancient world should rise up and unite and hold each other’s hand in a chain of unity regardless of what their skin color, religion, or language is. We were once all one and we are still one.
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