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Diana Yaqco, Media Relations ADFA Australia, interviews artist, activist and human rights advocate Ramos Jacob

I have known Ramos for a few months now through A Demand for Action and I have come to learn he is a very selfless and motivated young man. Ramos Jakob, which some of you may recognize as Ramos D-Artist, is a singer and songwriter who creates a style of mashed up genres classifying it …

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Diana Yaqco, Media Relations ADFA Australia “Hack and you are a button away from secret documents and can declare war”

While reading the news that the “Cybercalaphite” also known as Islamic State (IS) hacked US Central Command’s Twitter account and YouTube page, I began to wonder what this could mean for the terrorist group. They might be a click away from discovering top secret documents and codes, locations and even nuclear weapons, weapons of mass …

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ADFA Director of Heritage and Indigenous Affairs, Nineveh Yakou writes about witnessing 16 horrifying hours of a possible terrorist attack in Sydney

It’s 2am and after waking up from a nightmare, and scrolling through news articles and Facebook posts, I just read the words, “Police confirm Sydney siege is over”. The Lindt café in Martin Place has been under siege for 16 hours in total, but the last two hours have been the most harrowing. News reports …

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Ninawa Younan Criminologist and ADFA Community Liaison Officer: Free Our Girls

Today marks the adoption, by the General Assembly of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317 (IV) of 2 December 1949. The resolution was created to prevent, protect and prosecute. And today, 21 million women, men and children are …

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Linda Michael: “How to shine a light in all darkness”

“Not Syrian. Assyrian.” Three words that every Assyrian/Syriacs/Chaldeans has had to utter at some point. It is invariably followed up by an explanation of how we have no country but once had a great Empire and is usually concluded by prattling off all of our ‘firsts’. We have a lot of ‘firsts’. The first civilization. …

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Linda Michael, ADFA representative in Serbia: International Protection or Migration?

The United Nations is currently running a global survey about the kind of world you want to see. It’s a first for the UN, allowing people to have a say in “shaping a better world.” The idea is that the data will be used to set the next global agenda addressing poverty and preserving the …

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Steve Oshana, ADFA’s Executive director in Washington about a new agreement

Since our inception A Demand for Action has quickly become the voice of the Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac political aspirations in Washington, DC and around the globe. As we are an organization that values inclusivity and unity, we are pleased to come together in solidarity with our Armenian brothers and sisters. I and the Executive Director of the …

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“This Week In Washington”, ADFA’s Executive Director Steve Oshana reports

This week was dominated by the 2014 midterm elections. Democrats were left demoralized after a nearly clean sweep of all competitive races, handing the Republicans control of the Senate and a commanding majority in the House. As a lifelong Democrat and operative, I was understandably greeted with condolences for our losses, so naturally when I …

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