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Turkish Hackers’ Retaliation

Rosie Malek-Yonan
11 March 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA – With the world’s attention focused on the battlegrounds of Belgium and France, under the protective mask of WWI, the systematic extermination of Assyrians, Pontic Greeks and Armenians in Ottoman Turkey was carried out by Sultan Abdul-Hamid II, and the Young Turks, Enver Pasha, Talaat Pasha, and Djemal Pasha, the hallmark of the first Genocide of the 20th century.

Today in Turkey, openly discussing or writing about genocide and holocaust carries a heavy punishment including imprisonment. The fear instilled in Turkish society is implemented in an effort to conceal a nearly century-old dark chapter in its Ottoman past. While freedom of speech and uncensored dialog about these genocides are heavily suppressed, the dialog is now slowly unfolding elsewhere in the democratic free world and the west.

Just last week one such dialog was broadcast via the airwaves of Australia’s National Radio. I was invited by a producer of Turkish descent to speak about the Assyrians and the Assyrian Genocide on the program Triple J, the National Youth Network of the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation. As an Assyrian, I found it very encouraging to have received an invitation from a Turkish producer to speak about a subject that is virtually taboo and unlawful in her own country. But as I suspected, in no time the inevitable occurred.

In what is becoming a predictable and common behavior, Turkish hackers once again attacked my book’s website. This latest incident trailed on the heels of last week’s radio broadcast. This is the fifth such attack on the website of The Crimson Field, a book I wrote about the Assyrian Genocide.

If the string of assults in the past several months by Turkish hackers against Assyrian websites, including that of the Assyrian Academic Society, is meant to intimidate Assyrians from speaking about the Genocide, obviously, these tactics on the part of the hackers are futile. Today’s Assyrians still carry with them memories and the wounds of those losses. And yet they are expected to remain quiet. When that expectation is not met, they encounter aggressive demands and intimidation to keep silent. The Assyrian nation will never remain silent.

Terrorization and bullying will not keep a nation silent when two out of every three Assyrians were murdered in the genocide and mass ethnic cleansing orchestrated by the Ottoman government in the early part of the 20th century.

What I find inexcusable is when decent members of society, irrespective of ethnicity, remain complacent with a do-nothing attitude, contributing to the cycle of fanaticism and odium in regards to the question of the Assyrian Genocides of not only last century, but also the ongoing violence towards that nation particularly in Iraq since the beginning of the 2003 war.

Crimson Flield

Rosie Malek-Yonan [], Assyrian activist, actor and author of The Crimson Field, is an outspoken advocate of issues concerning her nation, in particular bringing attention to the Assyrian Genocide as well as the plight of today's Assyrians in the Middle-East since the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States and its Coalition Forces.

A tour-de-force, The Crimson Field [www.thecrimsonfield] is a brilliant and gritty literary and historical novel with enormous implications. Uncompromising and unflinching, it is based on real events and true family chronicles set to the backdrop of the Assyrian Genocide of 1914-1918.


For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Rosie Malek-Yonan, please contact Monica at 818.249.2242 or email her at: .








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Addar = March

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Swedish Embassy in Syria Accused of Taking Bribes From Iraqi Refugees March 11, 08

Iraq: Refuge Lost; Archbishop Kidnapped March 11, 08

Candle-Light Vigil to Remember Looting of Iraqi Museum
March 9, 08

The Assyrian Journalist has been released March 8, 08

Iraqis Demand Protection From Crime March 8, 08

Iraqi Christians are defenseless, says top clergyman
March 7, 08

Violence escalates for Christians in Iraq March 6, 08

Why No U.S. Outcry Over the Kidnapping of Archbishop Rahho? March 5, 08

Iraqi Christians Cling to Last, Waning Refuges March 6, 08

Iraq PM Orders Action Over Kidnapped Archbishop
March 4, 08

Sons of Iraq: A Grassroots Surge Against Al-Qaeda
March 3, 08


Muslim Leaders Also Call for the Release of the Bishop of Mosul March 3, 08

Concerns Grow for Safety of Kidnapped Archbishop in Iraq March 2, 08

Iraqi Police Search for Abducted Christian Archbishop
March 2, 08

Assyria Rise Up - First Day Of Spring. March 2, 08

UN Calls for Iraqi Action After Archbishop Seized
March 1, 08

Eshvath = February

Iran's Exodus of Minorities Worries Leaders Of Fading Faiths Feb 29, 2008

Iraqi Christians: Flight to Freedom Feb 29, 2008

Fifth Anniversary Global Candlelight Vigil of the Looting of Iraq Museum. Feb 29, 2008

Ashur t. v. Interview with Mr. Sargon Lazar, of Foreign the Assyrian Democratic Movement Feb 29, 2008

Gunmen kidnap Iraqi Chaldean Catholic archbishop
Feb 29, 2008

Explosion in front of a liquor store in Baghdeda within Nineveh plain Feb 26, 2008

Assyrian Women Union in Erbil helped the "Diasplaced
Feb 26, 2008

Christian Council formation in Kirkuk Feb 26, 2008

Endangered Gaza Christians Mull Flight Amid Deaths, Firebombs Feb 26, 2008

Companions in suffering, An Interview with Thea Halo
Feb 25, 2008

Bishop of Arbil decries the Turkish attack on Christian Assyrian villages Feb 24, 2008

Web Site Targets Assyrian and Other Minorities in Turkey
Feb 24, 2008

Turkey Bombs Assyrian Village in Northern Iraq
Feb 24, 2008

Kirkuk: Christians together to make their voice heard
Feb 22, 2008

Kurdish Authorities Arrest Assyrian Deacon in North Iraq
Feb 22, 2008

Turkish Troops Enter North Iraq Feb 22, 2008

A Christian wedding in the Assyrian town Feb 21, 2008

Scholar Warns of the Danger of Dwindling Assyrians, Christians in the Middle East Feb 19, 2008

Scholar Warns of the Danger of Dwindling Assyrians, Christians in the Middle East Feb 19, 2008

The village in Gilgamesh- film is being plundered
Feb 17, 2008

CAPNI's humanitarian assistance for displaced Christians in northern Iraq Feb 17, 2008

UN Hints At Iraq Refugee Returns Feb 17, 2008

Petition From the Russian Assyrians to Iraq FM
Feb 15, 2008

State Dept. Press Briefing, Part IV, so what happened to the Christians? Feb 15, 2008

UN Seeks Help for 'Desperate' Iraqi Refugees Feb 14, 2008

You Tube Assyrian Videos up dated Feb 12, 2008

Egypt recognizes Christian converts Feb 12, o8

Archbishop: Iraqi Christians Not Losing Hope Feb 12, o8

Mercy Corps Launches Work in Syria to Assist Iraqi Refugees Feb 12, o8

Compensation for the Confiscated Assyrian Land in Ankawa not Enough Feb 11, o8

The Forced Assimilation Policy of Turkey Continues
Feb 11, o8

Churches in Iraq Becoming Targets for Attacks Feb 8, o8

Kirkuk Referendum and Hermaphrodites Feb 7, o8

For Christians Returning From Syria to Iraq is Fraught with Danger Feb 3, o8

New Star - Prince of Assyria Feb 3, o8

New Defense Authorization Act, will Help More Iraqi Refugees Feb 3, o8

Mess O’Potamian Art at Iraq's Museum Feb 3, o8

Kanoon II - January

“Assyrian Woman” in the Days of Mourning Jan. 31, 2008

Sanharib Malki, Top Goal Scorer in Belgium Jan. 30, 2008

In Iraq, Christians Say They Are Dwindling Jan. 29, 2008

Baghdad’s Anglican church benefits from former Alabama parishioner’s generosity Jan. 29, 2008

The Mar Bawai Diocese joins the Chaldean Church
Jan. 29, 2008

Solidarity and donations are not enough, the Iraqi Church needs concrete projects Jan. 27, 2008

Iraq: Assistance needed for internally displaced and refugees Jan. 24, 2008

Time to Take the power back! Jan. 24, 2008

Blast in Iraq's Mosul kills 15, wounds 132 Jan. 24, 2008

When there’s persecution, what can you do? Jan. 23, 2008

10 Iraq Churches Bombed in 2 Weeks Jan. 23, 2008

Ancient Christians in Iraq have managed to survive
Jan. 23, 2008

Situation of Iraqi Assyrian1 Christians Discussed in Nürnberg Jan. 22, 2008

Iraqis adjust to life in N.H. Jan. 22, 2008

The Hatred against Christians has Escalated in Turkey
Jan. 22, 2008

You Tube Assyrian Videos Jan. 21, 2008

Paul Batou: My Art, My People. Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 18, 2008

Jan. 18, 2008

Caritas initiative for Iraqi girls: classes to shelter them from exploitation Jan. 18, 2008

Ransacked Baghdad museum details renovation progress
Jan. 16, 2008

Armenians of Moscow to organize picket at Turkish Embassy January 19 Jan. 16, 2008

Iran Plans on Destroying Tomb of King Cyrus Jan. 16, 2008

Iraqi Political Factions Jointly Pressure Kurds Jan. 14, 2008

Imam of Kirkuk: attacks against Christians are “against Islam” Jan. 14, 2008

Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq distributes humanitarian aid
Jan. 12, 2008

Iraqi Priest Abducted and Tortured in Iraq Because he Was Christian Jan. 11, 2008

Religious cleansing’ in Iraq Jan. 9, 2008

Two More Churches Bombed in Iraq January 9th Jan. 9, 2008

Iraqi Assyrians cling to roots even far from home Jan. 4, 2008

Canoon I = December

Iraqi Army delivers Christmas Season Tidings to Assyrian Students Dec. 17, 07

international Genocide Scholars Association Officially recognizes Assyrian, Greek Genocide Dec. 15, 07

Armenia should be the first country to recognise the Assyrian Genocide! Dec. 14, 07

Arrested in Kirkuk a gang specialised in kidnapping Christian doctors Dec. 14, 07

Charities hope to help Iraqi Christians Dec. 14, 07

Assyrian Professor Dies From Stab Wound Dec. 13, 07

Iraqi Christian woman and brother found dead in city with rise in religious vigilante killings Dec. 11, 07

Iraqi Assyrians: Barometer of Pluralism Dec. 11, 07

Assyrians in Syria Ask for Historical and Political Recognition
Dec. 10, 07

Baghdad Christians Celebrate Sunday Mass Dec. 10, 07

Vigilantes kill 40 women in Iraq's south Dec. 8, 07

Assyrians: From Bedr Khan to Saddam Hussein Dec. 8, 07

Sabri Attman's lecture tour in US Dec. 8, 07

My Email to Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" Regarding his Dec. 2, 2007 Report on Christians in Iraq Dec. 7, 07

Christians leaving Basra despite decades of co-existence
Dec. 7, 07

Prize Pianist: Van Cliburn winner was short on confidence but long on talent Dec. 7, 07

Middle East the cradle of Christianity Dec. 6, 07

For Iraqi refugees in Lebanon either prison or repatriation
Dec. 5, 07

(CBS) 60 Minute's Report : Vicar: Dire Times For Iraq's Christians
Dec. 3, 07




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