Wednesday, June 13, 2018

HAPPY FLAG DAY



HAPPY USA FLAG DAY

"When we Honor our Flag we Honor what we stand for as a Nation-freedom, equality, justice, & hope. ~ President Ronald Reagan

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777


GOD BLESS AMERICA

Saturday, June 2, 2018

THE HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON IS IN BABYLON


THE HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON
IS IN BABYLON

REFUTING A MISCONCEPTION

Amer Hanna Fatuhi

Around 1857 A.D. and despite the lack of tangible evidence and limited discoveries on one hand and on the other hand the dissatisfaction of many French*, German and other European scholars, the British Royal Asiatic Society RAS decided that the term Assyriology is accurate!
The RAS scholars claimed that what Layard has discovered in Nineveh, the ancient capital of Assur from the period 668 – 627 BC is the most ancient Mesopotamian writing system.

However, in less than twenty years, hundreds of tablets were collected from all over the Middle East. These tablets were inscribed with Cuneiform and Mesopotamian pictograph signs, were not only two or three hundred years older than the ones discovered in Nineveh, but in fact more than two thousand years, and in some cases more than three thousand years, especially the tablets that were discovered in the Babylonian region, i.e., Kish, UR, and Uruk.

Some European scholars suggested revisiting the term Assyriology, and proposed other terms including Cuneiformiology and Mesopotamialogy. This intention to right the wrong doing by the RAS, was what made Samuel Noah Kramer to suggest the term Sumeriology in the first half of the 20th century. However, the British members at the RAS ignored all the European scholars’ suggestions and insisted on using the wrong term, claiming there is no need to change what is in use worldwide for more than two decades. The British arrogance and their political ambitions what force to use an inaccurate scientific term no more and no less.

Once again, the same course of arrogance, pursuing fame, and other improper factors, were behind the new inappropriate claim that suggested another location for the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon and one of the ancient world seven wonders. Stephanie Mary Dalley FSA (née Page; March 1943) is another British scholar of the Ancient Near East. She retired as a Research Fellow from the Oriental Institute, Oxford. She is become known for her so-called investigation into the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and her incorrect proposal, which I am going to refute. Dalley suggested that the Hanging Gardens was not situated in Babylon and was not built by Nebuchadnezzar, but according to her feeble speculations in Nineveh, and constructed during Sennacherib's rule!

Since Stephanie Daley has published her theory of the Hanging Gardens and attributed them to the wrong place and wrong king, some have written about her attempt to improperly mix up cards to support her theory, which is based on a proposition refuted by the historical and geographic reality of the region. 

1- Dalley intentionally played on confusing the readers between Sennacherib, who destroyed Babylon, however, she claimed that he loved it, and Ashurbanipal who burned Babylon down and looted its massive libraries.
2- Other authors are confused between Sennacherib, who established a water canal (aqueduct),
a traditional system in ancient Iraq and a mural bas-relief in the Ashurbanipal Palace, ignoring the fact that Mesopotamian artists did not rely on a three-dimensional painting in their murals. Although the mural seems to be in layers but in reality, it merely depicts distances and not heights. 
3- More importantly, any simple peasant from the Nineveh Plain knows that there is no need to invent complex irrigation technology, noting that all water wells have been used in central and southern Iraq, and not in the north, which sustains its agriculture through rainfall and not by means of irrigation. 
4 - Berossus / Bēl-rē'u-šu had been accused by Dalley and her followers, for political reasons, of attributing the Hanging Gardens to Babylon, ignoring the fact that he is one of the most important geniuses in Mesopotamia during the Hellenistic-era and that he is the son of Babel, who knows everything about it. He is the one who taught the Greeks in Kos Island where they installed a huge statue of him out of appreciation and admiration.
 5- Some British historians tried to give explanations far from reality about the writings of Josephus and Diodorus Siculus, and other scholars who wrote about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon on the pretext that they were talking about Ashurbanipal bas-relief mural, ignoring the fact that Nineveh at that time was no longer in existence after three centuries of destruction.
German, French, Russian, and Iraqi archaeologists and historians have unquestionably confirmed that the discovered refrigerator building of Babel at Nebuchadnezzar's Palace is the most likely place for the Hanging Gardens.
6- Dalley, argued that Nebuchadnezzar’s records did not mention the Hanging Gardens, ignoring the fact that, we have not found most of Nebuchadnezzar’s records; the flooding of Babylon twice by Sennacherib and Ashurbanipal and the diversion of Euphrates river in the era of Cyrus have erased the history of thousands of years, including countless records of Nebuchadnezzar. 


Finally, it is worth mentioning that planting trees on the Babylonian palaces’ roofs is a common tradition.  Unlike Nineveh, which is already famous for its natural forests and colder weather.


Any common observer of Ashurbanipal's bas relief mural could easily figure out that, the only purpose of the aqueduct was to provide water for the palace. There are trees surrounding the palace, some in front of it and others at a distance or near it, but there is not one tree on the roof of the palace. Those who have visited the area can easily confirm that the canal was not built for planting trees, but the landscape around it (in front and behind) is full of plants and trees. However, there is not one tree hanging on the roof of the palace.

It seems that some of the so-called scholars are still thinking that they could suggest whatever they like and the rest of the world has to follow. The fact of the matter is that every single speculation, that Dalley’s came up with is scientifically baseless and she is dead wrong.

* French: The French were the first to use this term locally during the time of Cardinal Richelieu. However, when the French and other European scholars discovered, that this term is wrong, they proposed to change it.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day … Now and Forever, We Remember


Memorial Day is a special day for remembering and praising our fallen warriors, who for love of country and freedom they willingly paid the ultimate price.

Please remember to take a moment this holiday weekend to honor those who have fallen defending our land of the free and the home of the brave

Have a Blessed Memorial Day

 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A CALL to All CHALDEANS & FRIENDS

   
~ UR Multimedia LLC | Metro-Detroit, MI - USA, May 24, 2018:
A new semi-illustrated book about Chaldean Babylonians by the distinguished historian Amer Hanna Fatuhi.

ARCHITECTS OF LAND OF FIRSTS

CHALDEAN LEGACY

Walking With Native Mesopotamians 5300 B.C. - Present

Dear All,

I have been working tirelessly on writing and illustrating my upcoming book, CHALDEAN LEGACY. This compelling book is an exciting and well-crafted project for all Chaldeans and friends. More importantly, it will be an overwhelming surprise to both Western readers and scholars alike, mainly because it depicts rich and profound information while conveying the facts in a simplified and illustrated manner. The explicit facts of this book will be as bright as the sun, which no one can deny.
However, my experience during the publishing of my 2012 book (The Untold Story of Native Iraqis / Chaldeans) was an uncomfortable one. Despite the fact, I spent years studying, preparing and writing that 550-page Chaldean encyclopedic book. I also hired professional translators for more than two years. Not to mention, a budget allocation of $ 40,000, yet, most of the promises made to me before printing the book were vanished in the thin air.

The new book's budget is estimated at $ 20,000 and the deadline for starting its publication
is the end of July. This non-for-profit is not a personal project. In fact, it belongs
to every Chaldean and friend worldwide. I am writing this book for many great goals,
the most important of which is to educate Chaldeans and friends, as well as to win the support
of the international decision-makers if we want to ensure a bright future for Chaldeans. 

I am ready to cover half of the book's estimated costs hoping that the Chaldean institutions and Chaldean activists would cover the second half of the expenses, for “one hand does not clap”.
The importance of this initiative is quite significant, whether the donation is one dollar or one hundred, any kind of donation will make a difference. The goal behind supporting the book by our own Chaldeans and friends is to show the entire world that Chaldeans care and Chaldean history matters. This path will also ensure the delivery of the vital message of the book to the interested readers in English and Arabic.

Donors’ Benefits:
- One or more autographed copies of the published book by the author.
- I will also publish the names of the donors, along with a special Letter of Sincere Thanks on the official website of the book.
- In addition to that, I will publish the list of donors as well as the special Letter of Sincere Thanks on all friends, allied websites, and associated social media pages, and other worldwide media outlets in both English and Arabic. 
This is the least I can do to express my love and gratitude to those goodhearted Chaldeans, because if it is not for their essential role in covering part of the expenses of the book, this dream will not come true.

For those who wish to donate now anywhere in the world, you can use the PayPal link on the main page CHALDEAN LEGACY at the website below:


Very Gratefully Yours,

Amer Hanna Fatuhi
Visual Artist, Professional Writer, & Historian
www.NativeIraqis-Story.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HAPPY CHALDEAN NATIONAL FLAG DAY - May | Ayyar 17



Chaldean National Flag A - Z

The first version of the Chaldean National flag was designed in 1985. It was officially recognized by the International Chaldean Visual Artists Association in 1997. Since its adoption, it proved to be a symbol of pride and unity among Chaldeans. Due to the fact that its genuine symbols are derived from their journey of over 7300 years. In other words, it represents the Chaldeans’ true national identity.
Since April 2011, Chaldeans around the world celebrated the 7311AKITU festival (Chaldean Babylonian New Year). Chaldeans in Iraq and all over the world, young and old, proudly took to the streets in joyous parades carrying the Chaldean National Flag of all sizes.
In 2011 and 2013, the two Chaldean International Conventions in San Diego, California and in Southfield, Michigan, USA unanimously approved the flag as the only legitimate Chaldean National Flag that represents our Chaldean Nation.


  
Description of the Chaldean Flag
The Chaldean Flag, which was designed by the Chaldean international artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi comprises of two vertical lines in blue pantone 300 C, and a Mesopotamian eight-fold star with two internal circles. The outer circle is pantone yellow C, and the inner circle is blue pantone 300 C. The two vertical lines are close to the outer edges of the flag in its traditional proportion (its length = one time and a half its width). On the white square in between them, there is the Chaldean Babylonian eight-fold star from which blue rays radiate, pantone 300 C. The beams of the eight-fold star contain two interlaced pantone red 485 C triangles separated by an angle made up of two connected white lines.

Visual Elements of the Chaldean Flag
The two vertical lines represent the eternal rivers: Tigris and the Euphrates which spring from the north and flow into the south of the Mesopotamian land. They signify abundance and generosity, whereas the sides, the eight beams and the yellow disc of the sun signify goodness, justice, equality and civilization. If we add the inner blue circle representing the moon, they would then signify the major celestial bodies according to the Chaldean Babylonian belief. The two circles implicitly signify the Chaldean cultural contributions in all areas of knowledge particularly ancient Chaldean astronomy, the cornerstone of modern astronomy.

Chaldean Flag Day
The Chaldean Flag Day is in honor of king Nabopolassar founder of the Imperial Chaldean Dynasty who is also hailed as the liberator of Babylon on May 17th ,4674  (in the  Chaldean calendar), 626 BC. Six months later, on November 23, 626 BC, Nabopolassar assumed the Babylonian throne.

About the Artist
Visual artist and historian Amer Hanna Fatuhi is the sole creator and designer of the Chaldean National Flag in all its versions since 1985.
Amer Hanna Fatuhi is also the winner of the only two international competitions of the Iraqi National Flag in the modern Iraq's history, in 1986 and 2008 … www.AmerFatuhiArt.com

To learn more about the Chaldean flag and emblem, visit: www.chaldeanflag.com

Courtesy of A. H. Fatuhi | UR Multimedia LLC


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ultimate Love - Happy Mother’s Day Wishes


Happy Mother’s Day Mom
I couldn’t be more blessed to have a mother like you

مع أن أمي ليست معنا إلا أنها دائماً في قلبنا ... قبلاتي على رأس جميع أمهاتكم أنهن كنوز الدنيا فلا تفرطوا بهن ... محبتي الدائمة / عامر

إلى جميع الأصدقاء والأحبة في العراق والعالم أهديكم قصيدة (أمي وطني) من المجموعة الشعرية / العراق ... حب وموت وما بعد


أمي وطني

* عامر حنا فتوحي *

أحنُ إلى بيتٍ بعيدْ
بيتٌ في كل ليلِ
نغفو فيه شبه عيدْ
أحن إلى نخلتنا
إلى تينتنا
المظللة بالكروم
في زاوية الحديقة
إلى صبيات محلتنا
المترعاتِ بهجةً وأنوثةْ 
في كلِ يومٍ وساعةٍ ودقيقةْ
أحنُ ألى بيتٍ وطنٍ
قريبٌ بعيدٌ يضمني
بحنانٍ كأحضان أميْ
إلى ساحة مدرستنا
إلى قاعاتِ المتحفِ
وكتاباتٍ على الحجرْ
في طفولتي لم أكن أفهمها
فكنتُ أخالها طلاسمَ
كنتُ أحسبها سِحرْ
أحنُ إلى جواد ونصبهِ
إلى ﮔﻠﮔﺎمش وأنكيدو
إلى سيدوري وشمخت
سيداتُ أحلامي وكتاباتي
وآلافُ الصورْ
أحنُ إلى أصدقاءٍ
قضوا في المنافي والزنازن
يسخرون من الردى
يغنون الجريدة
ويحلمون بأوطان سعيدة
أحن إليكِ يا قرة عيني
يا من تنامين ملء عيونكِ
في وطني
أحنُ إليكِ يا أميْ

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happy Chaldean Babylonian New Year - AKITU 7318k


AKITU 7318 k - Fun & Cultural Festival

Chaldean Babylonian New Year Festival | Akitu 7318k

For the Chaldean community & Friends
Come join us and celebrate the most ancient festival in the world

Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Big Activity-Hall of St.
Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church, Troy MI 48083

MUSIC - Dance & Fun Activities
Art & Photo Exhibits
Fashion Show & Chaldean Gift Shop
Vendors’ Spaces
Food & Beverages
Open to Public
www.Chaldean4U.org | 1-800.575.9492

لجميع الكلدان وأصدقائهم تعالوا وأستمتعوا معنا بالإحتفال
برأس السنة الكلدانية البابلية / أكيتو 7318ك
في القاعة الكبرى لكنيسة مار يوسف الكلدانية في مدينة تروي
وذلك في يوم الأحد الموافق 15 نيسان 2018م
من الساعة الحادية عشرة قبل الظهر وحتى الساعة الخامسة عصراً

معارض فنية وتاريخية متنوعة مع عرض أزياء كلداني
معرض للكتاب والهدايا
أكثر من عشرين مساحة مخصصة لأصحاب الأعمال
موسيقى وأطعمة متنوعة
الدعوة عامة