Today’s program is about how the Assyrian movement was founded in Sweden 40 years ago, and how the external and internal enemies systematically tried to thwart it. What has happened 40 years later? What structural problems remain in the movement? And what are the forces that work against the movement today? These questions are answered by the guests in the studio, who represent the first generation of the founders of the Assyrian movement’s associations, the second generation, and those who have not grown up within the movement. They are: George Baryawno Aziz Poli, Isa Kalyun and Dikran Ego.
Regarding the actors who today are trying to seize power in Assyrian associations and federations, Aziz Poli mentions the journalist Nuri Kino and his network A Demand For Action (ADFA). Poli gives examples of how Kino contacted him a year ago for the manipulation of the election of the presidential post of the Assyrian Federation of Sweden (ARS), because Kino does not perceive the federation as a loyal organization towards his own egocentric person. Briefly, Kino is described like this by Poli and the other participants: ”Nuri Kino is a person who does not tolerate competition regarding media attention. He has for a long time alone acted as the Assyrian representative before the international media. In recent years, the ARS has taken over that role and has carried out the Assyrian movement’s message successfully. Nuri Kino , who we for many years praised and exalted to the skies for his efforts, doesn’t tolerate this. But after he formed his own network, ADFA, something has changed with him. He has, in addition to showing support for Kurdish interests, also started to engage in foul play behind the scenes to appoint loyal boards in important Assyrian organizations ”.
The thing is that ADFA wishes to act in a different arena, and does not count itself to the Assyrian movement, while its founder Nuri Kino is not even a member of any Assyrian association. Despite this, he demands full control of the Assyrian movement’s important units. This upsets the participants in the program who wonder why he does not dare to demand the same from, for example, the Syriac side.
The clan mentality some actors wishes to exploit does not have any room in ARS leadership, despite threats towards the leadership from people loyal to Nuri Kino.