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I don't have the reference you cite. Can you explain what you mean by "alter ego"? How is this different from the more understandable "closely associated"? As a native English speaker, to say something is an alter ego would it is a different name for the same thing. For example, Tony Stark is the alter ego of Iron Man.

Also, if Aleppo and Ebla were both destroyed, doesn't this conflict with the prior statement that Aleppo was continuously inhabited? Or are you saying that Aleppo survived the destruction, while Ebla did not? Nomadic Whitt (talk) 07:06, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

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Syrian ethnicity[edit]

Hello Attar-Aram syria! Welcome to English Wikipedia and thank you for your contributions! It's nice to know there are people out there who care, and are informed, about ancient Syrian history and this complicated subject of ethnicity. You mentioned a number things in your message, and I will try to tackle all the points you made. With regards to Arab nationalism, I think this is a problematic truth on Arabic Wikipedia, on English Wikipedia we have Syriac nationalists who are the ones that are hijacking the Syrian and Iraqi people pages to suit their laughable pov, which argues that there is no Syrian ethnicity and this stems from Western articles that mention that Syria is 90% Arab (Again this based on language and not a serious historical study of ethnicity in Syria.) I wholeheartedly agree with the gist of your message and I commend you for consulting before rocking the boat. :)

I believe that you can expand the Syria people article by adding the two sections you are interested in adding. One sub-category could be "Arabs of Syria" and the other could be "Syrian ethnicity"; this is similar to other examples in English Wikipedia. For example take a look at this article (, one sectioned is labelled "identity" and another section is devoted solely to "genetics". Check out the German people article, a whole section is devoted to "ethnicity" (

I prefer the Syrian people article, because it is inclusive, it refers to all Syrian people no matter what their ethnicity is. I understand your argument that an article should exist solely on people who are from Syrian ethnicity, however the other people articles I have read on English Wikipedia are inclusive (such as the German and Italian people articles). If you create separate articles, then further down the line other editors will try to merge them into one article. Why not take things one step at a time? You could write the paragraphs under two different sections on the Syrian people page, and further down the line if the article gets too long then we could separate and create different articles.

Yes, you can send me anything and I will definitely proof-read it and come up with suggestions or comments. Please add those reliable references on genetics, because this will help defend your work against those editors who seek to control the discussion with their uninformed and biased viewpoints.George Al-Shami (talk) 20:03, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Hey there, it looks like the RfC has ended, let me know when another one has started.George Al-Shami (talk) 22:19, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi Attar-Aram, thanks for your input, I appreciate it. Yes, of course, Syrian popes were not syriacs/assyrians. I agree with your message, if he reverts again, then I will simply change the title to the one you suggested; that's what I wanted to do earlier. With Google books, it's either a hit or a miss, because when I clicked on the link Google blanked the page that you probably were referring to. This is another example of the editor in question's insincerity, he could easily change the title to keep the papal section, but no, he removes the whole thing on a technicality! (just to remove it) Unbelievable! I've been meaning to ask you, do you have a bachelor's degree in ancient history, or did you acquire your knowledge by teaching yourself through books? George Al-Shami (talk) 03:18, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Recent Edits[edit]

I would like to congratulate you on the number of positive NPOV edits you made on the Syrian people article. I like the fact that you are striving to keep the article as impartial as possible and I like the fact that you interspersing your edits with reliable sources. I also like the two sub-categories you created under the main category identity. Well done Mister, I presume (No offence, if I have the wrong gender). I will take you to task on just one thing you mentioned (I wish I had more time to go over all the edits. :) ); you mention "The ethnic designation "Syrian" is derived from Assyrian " do you mean -derived from the Assyrian/Syriac language- or from the term itself "Assyrian". If you are referring to the latter then I would like to mention that I read an article a long time ago that contradicts this assertion. When I have time, I will check the source that you placed at the bottom. However, I do know that ancient Syria and the Assyrian empire existed at the same time and that they did share a common border. There are a lot of of contradictory assertions with regards to the origins of the name "Syria", I don't know if we'll ever find out the origins of this name, I will look into this.George Al-Shami (talk) 07:42, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Could you please contribute to the discussion in talk:Syrian people before making mass edits? I don't really have time to check all the edits you made but what strikes me the most is the claim that Syrians share a common genetic heritage.--Kathovo talk 09:27, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Hey There, keep fighting the good fight, don't get intimidated by these Syriac nationalists and their sock puppets. I have a hunch that Penguins53 is a sock puppet of one of the Syriac nationalist editors; don't know who. You can make a request to see if they are the same person, over here Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations. They will check to see if the ip addresses of the different accounts match. Another course of action, you may want to take if this constant trolling and vandalism continues unabated, is to request the article gets WP:PP semi-protected so that only verified editors can make edits. George Al-Shami (talk) 23:12, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

I don't even know what a sockpuppet is, so... Second of all, I don't know what a Syriac nationalist is (considering that Syriac is a language...) I am an Assyrian, and do not know what you mean. The edits on genetics are unnecessary. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penguins53 (talkcontribs) 03:55, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Regarding the Syrian people page: then try condensing the genetic information to one or two paragraphs into one section. There doesn't have to be genetic information interspersed throughout the entire article. One section entitled "Genetics" would be fine. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penguins53 (talkcontribs) 04:04, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Ebla[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Ebla[edit]

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