12/12/2011 4:25 pm

Christmas in the Middle East

Saying it has been an eventful twelve months in the Middle East North Africa region is an understatement of monumental proportions. In a seasonal Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian focuses on five myths that have sprung from the region over the last year. 

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29/11/2011 3:45 pm

Syria Sanctions and Egypt Elections

As we enter the season of Advent, the ever-evolving political, social and economic realities of the MENA region once again come into sharp focus for today'sMiddle East Analysis. In a two-part podcast, Dr Harry Hagopian, the Bishops' Consultant on the Middle East, offers his unique, thought-provoking insight into the current regional power struggles and political maneuvering with Syria and Egypt taking centre stage.

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10/11/2011 1:00 pm

Turbulent six weeks in the Middle East

In today's extended Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian looks back at the major events that took place in the past six weeks and analyses both the nature and direction of those changes as well as their impact on the region's people - including the indigenous Christian communities. 

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16/09/2011 9:00 am

Analysis: Palestinian Statehood

Palestinian authorities are bidding to gain international recognition of Statehood at the United Nations in New York. The US favours direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and has already expressed serious reservations. Dr Harry Hagopian looks ahead to next week's decision.

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16/09/2011 9:00 am

Bid for Palestinian Statehood

Palestinian authorities are bidding to gain international recognition of Statehood at the United Nations in New York. The US favours direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and has already expressed serious reservations. Dr Harry Hagopian looks ahead to next week's decision.

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08/09/2011 9:00 am

Libya in Transition

With Colonel Qadhaffi believed to be hiding in the south, Dr Harry Hagopian offers his analysis of Libya in transition looking at the key figures in the National Transitional Council. Dr Hagopian also updates us on the bloodletting in Syria and questions whether President Bashar al-Assad's frequently promised reforms would make a difference to the protesters at this stage.

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25/08/2011 9:00 am

Libya: Qadhaffi's Regime on the Brink

As Colonel Qadhaffi's regime teeters on the the brink, Dr Harry Hagopian offers his analysis of the challenges facing the National Transition Council (NTC) in Libya in this Middle East Analysis podcast.

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18/08/2011 9:00 am

Syria and Libya Update

As we approach Eid Al-Fitr at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the continuing bloodshed in Syria comes into focus in this Middle East Analysis podcast.

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28/07/2011 9:00 am

Continuing Protests in Syria

We look at the continuing protests in Syria and the violent response, diplomatic movements in the entrenched stalemate in Libya and examine whether, five months after the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt really has made positive moves in the right direction.

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23/06/2011 9:00 am

Syria, Jordan, Morocco and Palestine

In this Middle East Analysis we look at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's speech, the prospect of constitutional reform in Jordan and Morocco and examine the issue of whether Palestinian statehood will be recognised by the United Nations.

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13/06/2011 9:00 am

Syria, Turkey and Yemen

We start by looking at the deteriorating situation in Syria with thousands of refugees fleeing into Turkey after a military crackdown in the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour. We also look at Yemen and the current state of play. President Ali Abdullah Saleh is undergoing medical treatment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for wounds suffered in an attack on his palace earlier this month - is there a power vacuum?

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04/05/2011 9:00 am

Libya, Syria, Palestine and bin Laden

In a packed Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian joins us to take a close look at four subjects starting with the deteriorating situation in Syria. We also examine the International Criminal Court's decision to seek three arrest warrants for crimes against humanity in Libya. Then the focus shifts to a meeting in Cairo, Egypt that saw the signing of a reconciliation agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas. Finally we analyse the death of Osama Bin Laden leader of terrorist network al-Qaeda.

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19/04/2011 9:00 am

Libya Update and Syria

As we approach the Sacred Triduum in Holy Week when Christians reflect on the profound sacrifice Christ made for humankind and at a time when the Jewish community has started the feast of Passover, our focus falls on the Middle East North Africa region.

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01/04/2011 9:00 am

The Arab Spring

With Libya still dominating the headlines, and with tensions in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria persisting, Dr Harry Hagopian offers his regional analysis as part of our Middle East Analysis podcast series.

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18/03/2011 9:00 am

UN Security Council and Round-Up

Dr Harry Hagopian offers analysis on the UN Security Council Resolution that gave broad backing to military action against threats to Libyan civilians. We also examine a report focusing on the persecution of Iraqi Christians and look at demonstrations in the West Bank city of Ramallah where protesters called for an end to factions and for Hamas and Fatah to better represent their interests.

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09/03/2011 9:00 am

Libya Uprising

The Bishops' consultant on the Middle East, Dr Harry Hagopian, has recorded his latest podcast on the uprisings in Libya and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. With the rebels in control of much of the east of the country, we talked about the possibility of a stalemate, the prospect of civil war and future regional options.

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28/02/2011 9:00 am

Libya, Yemen and Bahrain

In this Middle East Analysis podcast, Dr Harry Hagopian discusses the anti-government uprisings in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain. With the eyes of the world focused firmly on Libya, Dr Hagopian, an international lawyer and consultant to both the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Middle East Council of Churches, takes a closer look at the rapidly developing situation in the North Africa Middle East region.

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14/02/2011 9:00 am

Egypt: A New Era

Hosni Mubarak, former Egyptian President and leader of the National Democratic Party has stepped down after 30 years in charge. In an extended Middle East Analysis, Dr Harry Hagopian, international lawyer and Middle East Consultant to the Catholic Bishops' Conference looks back on an extraordinary weekend for both Egypt and North Africa as a whole. Egypt may have been at the epicentre but the ripples of the uprising have reached from the Palestinian Authority to Algeria.

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03/02/2011 9:00 am

Egypt Uprising

Day Ten of the mass protests in Egypt. Protesters are seeking to oust President Hosni Mubarak, leader of the National Democratic Party and ruler for the past 30 years. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Cairo, adopting Tahrir Square as their base, angry at the country's worsening economic situation and a political system that appears to have only benefited the wealthy. Forty percent of Egyptians live on less than $2-a-day.

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