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Wikipedia Anti-AssyrianPublished: March 19, 2017

Updated: April 10, 2017

The discrimination against Assyrian Christians does not stop in the Middle East. It is allegedly exercised daily on Wikipedia where anyone from any walk of life can take on the role of a so-called editor. I say so-called because a large number are not remotely qualified to take on the role of an editor, however, Wikipedia’s formula allows for anyone to jump in and start editing. The problem with this setup is that biographies of living persons can and often times do become targeted by individuals or groups whose motives are to push forward their own agenda and spread misinformation online. Their bullying tactics are atrocious.

I have been witnessing an alarming trend where these so-called Wikipedia editors are allegedly actively seeking to eradicate the Assyrian identity from articles about Assyrians. I have personally experienced this anti-Assyrian trend and bullying for the past several years, since an article about me was created on Wikipedia. This is also true in the case of family members who also have articles on Wikipedia. This is a blatant assault and discrimination against Assyrians.

Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that Everyone has the right to a nationality, and No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

My birthplace does not define my nationality. I am a U.S. citizen and I choose America as my home where I have lived much of my life.

Listen up, all you so-called Wikipedia Editors, Admins, Contributors, and other Biographers who continually alter my nationality based on your limited knowledge of who I am, just stop. I will not be misrepresented and bullied by Wikipedia or anyone else particularly so-called Iranian Muslim Wikipedia editors who seem to be under the impression that they have the final say with their nauseating anti-Assyrian discussions. When I, as the subject of the article declare that I am an Assyrian-American, there should be no further discussion.

Since Wikipedia has blocked me, and my representatives from making corrections to an article that is about me, citing conflict of interest and does not directly respond to requests, I will therefore continue to call out Wikipedia and its so-called editors here on my blog, my Personal Website, Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, and other social media outlets until the bullying stops. Wikipedia’s alleged discrimination and hatred towards Assyrian Christians must be exposed.

The following entries are just the latest attacks on my Assyrian identity. I will continue to post updates below.

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March 7, 2017

It has come to my attention that a Muslim Iranian Wikipedia editor who goes by the handle, LouisAragon, an Iranian living in the Netherlands, is at it again trying to change my Assyrian identity to Iranian on a Wikipedia Article about me and has proceeded to add me to various Iranian groups and lists. There is no dispute and it is not up for discussion by anyone that my nationality was not, is not, and will never be Iranian. It is not for the arrogant LouisAragon or anyone else to alter this reality or make misrepresentations as this Wikipedia so-called editor has been doing for a few years. LouisAragon‘s obsession with me, verging on cyber stalking, is extremely alarming and Wikipedia needs to put a stop to it immediately, restore my nationality to Assyrian-American, and remove me from any and all Iranian categories, Iranian lists, and Iranian groups on Wikipedia.

March 8, 2017 Update

Wikipedia’s all-knowing-so-called editor, LouisAragon, continues to argue/rant that he/she knows my nationality better than I (being the subject and primary source), assumes to know how many years I’ve spent in Iran and now further assumes to know the birthplace of my parents to be Iran. Is this how these so-called editors contribute to Wikipedia? By assumption or bullying? Really? LouisAragon can best serve Wikipedia by refraining to inflict his/her views on biographies of living people. Perhaps this so-called editor’s skills should be exercised on biographies of the dearly departed. There’s bound to be less objections at least directly from the subjects of the articles.

March 19, 2017 Update

After my previous blog post on the same subject was brought to the attention of LouisAragon, he/she reverted my nationality to Assyrian-American, removed a few Iranian categories, and vowed, “Any further picosecond wasted on this is a lost one.” I had hoped he would be lost for good. But on the heels of LouisAragon‘s pledge to control the obsession with my nationality, a new so-called-all-knowing Wikipedia editor who goes by the handle, ZxxZxxZ, and is another Muslim Iranian, took up the anti-Assyrian position where LouisAragon left off.

I find it curious that of all the articles on Wikipedia, these two converge on mine with the same changes. Perhaps LouisAragon and ZxxZxxZ are one and the same since the edits on the article about me directly focus on my nationality and exhibiting the same type of sick obsession.

ZxxZxxZ claims “there is no such thing as Assyrian-American,” and concludes that I must be Iranian-American! It is disgusting to see how anti-Assyrian these so-called Iranian Wikipedia editors are and to what lengths they will go to in order to slap an Iranian identity on me.

ZxxZxxZ, stop obsessing and bullying. I’m not Iranian! Never was! Never will be! This is an insult to me, to my family, and to the entire Assyrian Christian nation. I demand that my nationality be corrected to what it legally is: Assyrian-American. Further, I demand to be removed from all Iranian lists, categories, and groups.

March 20, 2017 Update

My Assyrian-American nationality has be restored…for the moment. However, I am furious to still be included in all Iranian lists, categories, and groups.

March 31, 2017 Update

LouisAragon‘s crazed obsession to alter my nationality to Iranian in the Wikipedia article about me has once again resurfaced in the form of “reporting” anyone who dares to correct my nationality to Assyrian-American. In fact, in the past, this so-called Wikipedia editor even reported me when I corrected my own nationality on Wikipedia.

I will continue to document LouisAragon‘s obsessive behavior because these types of aggressively single-minded individuals who remain focused on a public person, must be observed very carefully and reported to authorities should the obsessive stalking continue and change form.

April 5, 2017 Update

Fake WikipediaBerean Hunter, a handle used by another one of those Wikipedia admin bullies, cares very little about correcting content. I contacted this individual directly in 2015 and asked to have my nationality restored to Assyrian. You would think Wikipedia would be more sensitive to articles on biographies of living people. Instead this bully not only did not assist in making the correction and resolving the problem, he/she banned me and my entire management team.

It is quite logical for people connected to the subject of an article to make corrections or changes facts which seem necessary. Especially those who are public people and have a team of representative, agents, managers, P.R. agents, legal representatives and so on. No public person wants lies and fake news published about them.

Many don’t care about Wikipedia and view it as an “unreliable” source altogether. From my personal experience, Wikipedia is not a trustworthy source to be quoted. However, a lie can spread like cancer and that is the concern here. Wikipedia allows lies to be published.

Wikipedia publicly states:

The content of this article has been derived in whole or part from Rosie Malek-Yonan. Permission has been received from the copyright holder to release this material under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. Evidence of this has been confirmed and stored by OTRS volunteers, under ticket number 2006022410007291.

Despite the above statement, Wikipedia consistently denies my Assyrian identity which would have been part of the original content I gave permission for use. The ongoing discussion about my Assyrian identity for the past several years, is truly offensive, bigoted, prejudicial, and malevolent.

I don’t know why Wikipedia is so hell bent on disseminating false information because their actions have consequences. When Wikipedia’s deliberate fake information about my identity is quoted by other sources, they are directly harming me and taking part in the spread or lies.

Berean Hunter and others like this individual who hide behind computer screens using handles, and fiercely guarding their anonimity, are directly perpetuating this anti-Assyrian campaign by those who wish to eradicate the Assyrian Christian identity. In my case, most have a Muslim-Iranian or Muslim-Middle-Eastern connection like the so-called-editor, LouisAragon. Perhaps some of these so-called Wikipedia admins don’t grasp the magnitude of their actions, but many do and don’t care that their decisions and contributions will greatly harm subjects of biographies of living people.

First it was fake news, now it’s fake Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia editors are incapable of listening to reason, and  my representatives and I have been banned from editing, commenting, and communicating with Wikipedia in any fashion, I began writing this piece to document what transpires. I am certain these so-called editors and admins are paying attention. Today Berean Hunter removed the link from this article that was posted on the talk page of the article about me on Wikipedia only to prove that Wikipedia exercises censorship of truth.

April 7, 2017 Update

Another WIkipedia’s so-called editor using the handle, Bri, has changed my nationality once again from Assyrian-American to Iranian-American. Bri has also combed through the article removing as much Assyrian reference as possible and slanting the article to fit an “Iranian narrative.” Perhaps I should be flattered that Iranians including the Virtual Iranian Embassy has a need or desire to claim me as one of their own because of my accomplishments. I am not flattered. I am repulsed. I am not Iranian. Never was. Never will be. This is defemation and an anti-Assyrian stance that Wikipedia is taking.

April 8, 2017

Fakepidia editors are scrambling. As soon as my Assyrian-American identity was restored, another editor using the handle Anthony_Bradbury, reverted it back to Iranian. I’m amazed that these pathetic attempts to alter my identity won’t stop. Now it seems these editors are recruiting accomplices to keep the Iranian narrative going. Why so much focus on an article about me? The only conclusion is that these are anti-Assyrian editors pushing forward their own sinister agenda. This will eventually have to come to an end. Suddenly all these so-called editors are converging on this issue. Very suspicious behavior.

And….Wait for it….enter Ravensfire, another idiotic so-called Fakepidia editor regurgitating the same nonsensical assertion as all the others! Oh, and Bri is back claiming and I quote “…statements on [a subject’s] nationality are not WP:reliable sources; many people self-identify with nationalities which are different from their legal nationality.” And then Bri throws in Nikola Tesla as backup to the argument! Nikola Tesla? Really? Keep piling on the rubbish you are trying to pass for logic, Fakepidia editors and admins!

As this farce continues to unfold, Wikipedia’s anti-Assyrian position solidifies. I am fairly certain before the final curtain, the original instigator, LouisAragon, the Iranian Muslim, will grind on to once more take the spotlight. At the moment this lunatic is working behind the scenes as he pushes his own demented scheme which points to his utter disdain for Assyrian Christians. This psycho becomes completely unhinged when anyone switches Iranian to Assyrian. Goodness, me, so much hatred for Assyrians? So much hatred for Christians?

Fakepedia would love to carve the Assyrian out of me. It’s truly comical to sit back and observe a bunch of half-baked hysterical editors and admins hovering over my nationality on Fakepedia to ensure that it doesn’t get reverted to Assyrian. To what end?

How exciting for you to spend your time making the Assyrian Rosie Malek-Yonan, the center of your attention! Cheers!

April 9, 2017 Update

It was a busy few days for the anxious and overly zealous Fakepedia admins, editors, and contributors in regards to the article about me. In order to make their case for an Iranian narrative, Bri hastily combed through my bio removing as much reference to Assyrian as possible. The key biographical information removed was this:

Malek-Yonan is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian families, tracing her Assyrian roots back nearly 11 centuries. The Malek-Yonan family originated from Jilu and eventually settled in the Assyrian Christian village of Geogtapa, in the Urmia region of northwestern Iran. (See Malek-Yonan Family Tree)

Deleting this key piece of information that points to the Geographic origins of the Malek-Yonan Family not being Iran is duplicitous and underhanded.

For a few hours, my nationality was restored to Assyrian-American. And then…yep…you guessed it…Bri stops by to revert it back to, well you know what by now…Iranian. This is getting tedious Bri! This comical idiot’s source is the Virtual Embassy Tehran that has compiled a list of “Prominent Iranian-Americans.” Well, I am prominent, I’ll give you that much. But the listing does not exist!

April 10, 2017 Update.

A new cast member has been added to the farce. Enter Vanamonde93 who locked the article in order to stop the general public from correcting my nationality. And in the meantime the gang of bullies at Fakepedia are ransacking through the article like vultures removing as mugh reference to “Assyrian” as possible. Bri even removed the IMBd sources to two of my documentary films, The Assyrian and My Assyrian Nation on the Edge claiming IMDb is not a reliable source! Why not remove the sources to all my other films? I never imagined admins would lock an article only to vandalize it. Please, just delete the whole article! You are not a reliable source of anything.

Wikipedia editors are cherry picking biographical information to fit their own narrative. This is wrongful appropriation of my identity.  

Stay tuned. Let’s see which Fakepedia jester is going to jump into this farce.

NOTE: This article will be updated periodically.

/RMY

AUAF’s Bizarre Behavior Continues…

one womanOn International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, a tribute to 12 Assyrian women was posted on the Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation’s (AUAF) website penned by a young woman,  Reine Hanna. Shortly thereafter, in a haste, AUAF leadership including president Tiglat Issabey allegedly ordered the removal of the tribute. This action resulted in an immediate outcry from the Assyrian community around the globe as evidenced by the multitude of posts and comments on Facebook and Twitter.

In a bizarre plot twist, rather than issuing a heartfelt apology, AUAF threw Ms. Hanna under the bus by having her issue a forced letter of apology for her role as the villain in this macabre tale.

AUAF is one of the oldest Assyrian institutions in America. Today it is a male dominated “boys club.” There is only one woman, Ms. Helen Badawi, who holds a seat on the board while the president and the balance of the board members are men: Mr. Tiglat Issabey (president), Mr. Joseph Badalpour, Mr. Tiglad Ashorian, Mr. Billy Mendo, Mr. Ed Yonan, Mr. Edmond Ebrahimi, and Mr. John Guliana.

In the aftermath of the AUAF’s alleged decision to pull Ms. Hanna’s tribute, they eventually capitulated to issuing a formal apology. But the apology was far from genuine as it did not come from the president or the board. A misguided clumsy attempt to address the issue distorted Ms. Hanna’s intent and used her as the scapegoat in this grotesque fiasco.

Ms. Hanna’s genuine attempt at elevating a handful of women of her nation by way of a beautiful tribute has been perverted by the men of AUAF. Would it not have been more productive to applaud her initiative and encourage her to continue to highlight the accomplishments of other Assyrian women from around the world?

A simple apology by the AUAF leadership would have gone a long way to swiftly put this entire episode to rest. Instead they chose to hide behind the skirt of a young woman and make her apologize for her supposed misdeeds in writing the tribute in the first place. How dare she write about a few fellow Assyrian women? What about the rest? I’m really surprised the men of AUAF haven’t stoned Ms. Hanna yet.

In an attempt to save face, Mr. Issabey has clearly coerced Ms. Hanna to issue the ridiculous apology posted on AUAF’s Facebook page. Judging from all the comments this has now turned into a contentious issue. Perhaps Mr. Issabey will issue yet another executive order for the removal of the comments.

I will always hold Ms. Reine Hanna in the highest regard. Her heart was absolutely in the right place and when the men of AUAF couldn’t bring themselves to utter the words “we apologize,” she was unnecessarily and unfairly burdened with the responsibility.

Stay strong and hold your head up high, Reine Hanna. We have your back.

/RMY

AUAF Removes Tibute to Assyrian Women on International Women’s Day

IMG_6866In late 2005, I was in Chicago promoting my book, The Crimson Field. One of the stops on my tour was at the Assyrian National Council of Illinois on Peterson where I met a lovely 13-year-old Assyrian girl with beauutiful inquisitive eyes. Her name was Reine Hanna. After my presentation, she approached me and we spoke at some length about Assyrian history and the Assyrian Genocide. I autographed Reine’s book and made her promise to never forget our history. As I watched her walk away, I wondered if our paths would cross again.

She is in her twenties now and as fate would have it, we did reconnect after all these years. I am so proud to see how she has blossomed into an articulate and caring young woman and a passionate and dedicated activist.

March 8, 2017, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, this thoughtful young woman decided to honor twelve Assyrian woman she selected from around the world by writing about their accomplishments and highlighting their contributions to the Assyrian community. I was honored to be included in her list and delighted to be amongst the other fabulous women whom I already admired as strong role models for the Assyrian youth. I don’t believe any of the women selected knew this was coming. It was a surprise to us all.

On the morning of March 8th, the tribute was posted on the Assyrian Universal Alliance Federation’s website and linked on Facebook. Within an hour the post went viral and then suddenly the link to the AUAF page disappeared leaving a lot of unanswered questions. Family and friends who had grabbed screenshots of the individual articles, began to tag and share them. Soon the tribute was back on Facebook in bits and pieces. Like a jigsaw puzzle, everyone was piecing it back together.

As the day wore off speculations floated around as to why the link to the page at AUAF was no longer working. Clearly it wasn’t just a technical glitch. Everyone was posting theories as to what was going on. Eventually we learned that the AUAF Leadership had ordered the tribute post to be pulled. What they failed to consider was that it was too late to un-ring the bell. The post was already flooding Facebook news feeds and Twitter.

When on the occasion of International Women’s Day, AUAF Leadership ordered the tribute to Assyrian women be removed, not only did they insult those 12 Assyrian women, but also insulted all Assyrian women around the globe by sending a message that denigrating women was acceptable. Their callous disregard for the women of their own nation was inexcusable and at the very least a public apology should have been in order. However, I have personally decided to forgive AUAF’s lack of sound judgment and instead choose to stand tall with my Assyrian sisters because that’s what a strong women would do.

Assyrian women are the heart of our nation. Without them, the heart will beat no more. They should be celebrated everyday and not just once a year. I hope that the thoughtful young woman who created the 2017 tribute to Assyrian women will expand the list and continue to honor other women as well. What a wonderful way to get to know all the fabulous Assyrian women around the globe. I would encourage her to create a Facebook page where she can promote Assyrian women from all walks of life and do so without fear of censorship or retribution.

“Never look down at anyone unless you are extending a hand to lift them up.”

/RMY

To Wikipedia Editors & Biographers

March 7, 2017

It has come to my attention that a Wikipedia editor who goes by the named LouisAragon is at it again trying to change my Assyrian identity to Iranian on a Wikipedia Article about me and then proceeded to add me to various Iranian groups. There is no dispute and it is not up for discussion by anyone that my nationality was not, is not, and will never be Iranian. It is not for LouisAragon or anyone else to alter this reality or make misrepresentations as this Wikipedia so-called editor has been doing for a few years. LouisAragon’s obsession with me, verging on cyber stalking, is extremely alarming and Wikipedia needs to put a stop to it immediately, restore my nationality to Assyrian-American, and remove me from any and all Iranian categories, and groups on Wikipedia.

Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that Everyone has the right to a nationality, and No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

My birthplace does not define my nationality. I am a U.S. citizen and I choose America as my home where I have lived much of my life.

So to all you so-called Wikipedia Editors and Biographers who continually try to alter my nationality based on your limited knowledge of who I am, just stop. 

Since Wikipedia has blocked me, and my representatives from making corrections to an article that is about me, I will post responses to its so-called editors here on my Blog, Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, and my Personal Websites. I will not be misrepresented and bullied by Wikipedia.

March 8, 2017 Update to My Post

Wikipedia’s all-knowing-so-called editor, LouisAragon, continues to argue/rant that he/she knows my nationality better than I (being the subject and primary source), assumes to know how many years I’ve spent in Iran and now further assumes to knows the birthplace of my parents to be Iran. Is this how these so-called editors contribute to Wikipedia? By assumption or bullying? Really? LouisAragon can best serve Wikipedia by refraining to inflict his/her views on biographies of living people. Perhaps this so-called editor’s skills should be exercised on biographies of the dearly departed. There’s bound to be less objections at least directly from the subjects of the articles.

NOTE: My next post Listen Up, Wikipedia will continue to develop and update  this post on Wikipedia’s Anti-Assyrian bullies.

/RMY