12/12/2014 4:18 pm

Looking to Israel and Palestine this Advent and Christmas

To say it has been a tumultuous year in the Middle East North Africa region would be to understate it to the point of farce. Today's Middle East Analysis podcast, in the middle of Advent, deliberately steers away from the hard news angles of Iraq and Syria and instead looks to the Holy Land where the on-going lack of stability and peace reverberates around the whole region. 

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25/11/2014 5:50 pm

Christians in the Middle East

Today's Middle East Analysis podcast takes a close look at the Christian communities of the region with two knowledgeable guests. The first is the Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian. Sitting in front of the second guest mic is a Maronite Catholic from Beirut, Lebanon - the Rev Dr Michel Jalakh. Fr Jalakh is the General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches. 

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14/11/2014 5:13 pm

Islam: A Religion, A Culture, A Society

In our 'Middle East Analysis' podcasts, we regularly tour the MENA region to offer commentary and analysis on the political, religious and legal landscape. Today, thanks to our special studio guest, we're looking to the Gulf states.

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24/10/2014 10:50 am

Middle East without Christians "unthinkable" but what can the Church do?

Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday, 20 October, in the Vatican, originally to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification but the agenda was swiftly modified to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr harry Hagopian, today reflected on the Pope's words and offered his thoughts.

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14/10/2014 7:13 pm

Palestine and Statehood

In today's 'Middle East Analysis', we look at Israel/Palestine with the latter's quest for statehood the subject of a non-binding vote in the UK parliament on Monday, 13 October. As the dust settles on the largely symbolic vote that saw MPs back Palestinian statehood alongside Israel by 274 to 12, Bishops' consultant on the Middle East, Dr Harry Hagopian, sees the recognition of Palestine as a state as a significant step towards peace in the region.

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30/09/2014 5:41 pm

Pressure on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey and an update on Libya

Ahead of October's full podcast, here's a mini 'Middle East Analysis' for you. Our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at the on-going fight to contain and repel IS/ISIS and the pressure on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. We also have an update on moves to bring stability to Libya. 

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08/09/2014 2:58 pm

Jihadism: Plague of the MENA region in the 21st Century?

Today's Middle East Analysis departs from its usual close examination of the key events playing out in the region and looks at Jihad. A number of countries in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region are undeniably at war. Over the summer months the headlines were dominated by the rise of Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) in Syria and Iraq. Its use of social media, the presence of significant numbers of radicalised westerner militants and the gruesome, violent beheading of two US journalists has brought today's topic into sharp focus.

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31/07/2014 5:16 pm

Gaza and Mosul: Two Humanitarian Catastrophes

Today's Middle East Analysis examines the devastating humanitarian disasters currently playing out in Gaza and Mosul. Looking to Gaza, at the point of writing, approximately 1,360 Palestinians - the majority civilians - have been killed as a result of the conflict with Israel. Hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel have also seen casualties - some civilian. Reports suggest around 60 Israeli deaths - at least three civilian casualties. 

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27/06/2014 3:20 pm

Iraq Crisis: Intense fighting and minorities caught in the crossfire

Today's 'Middle East Analysis' podcast leads on the eruption of violence in Iraq. Dr Harry Hagopian, our consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, takes a close look at the intense fighting in the country between the Shia-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the militant group ISIL (or ISIS) - Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

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02/06/2014 5:36 pm

Dr Harry Hagopian looks at some of the key moments of Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Today's Middle East Analysis is a little different as the focus again falls on the Pope's three-day visit to the Holy Land. Dr Harry Hagopian, our MENA Consultant, looks back on the key moments of the pilgrimage by way of a handful of extended soundbites. 

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22/05/2014 2:55 pm

Middle East Analysis Special: Pope Francis in the Holy Land

In this Middle East Analysis special, we look at Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 24-26 May 2014. As well as our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian, we speak to Archbishop Maroun Lahham, Bishop of Jordan, and the Bishop of Clifton, the Rt Rev Declan Lang.

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07/05/2014 2:34 pm

Starvation in Syria, Egypt's judicial iron grip, Lebanon and Jordan feel the ripples and Israel-Palestine back to square one?

In May's Middle East Analysis podcast we look at Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Israel-Palestine. Our focus on Lebanon falls on Patriarch Bechara Al-Rai's decision to accompany Pope Francis on his imminent visit to the Holy Land as well as the country's presidential elections. 

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08/04/2014 5:04 pm

Refugee Crisis from Syria's Civil War, Lebanon, Christian Persecution and Israel/Palestine

April is now upon us, with Holy Week around the corner, and normal service resumes with our latest MENA podcast. Today we look at the refugee crisis generated by Syria's bloody civil war, Lebanon receiving the one millionth refugee, jihadists in the small Syrian town of Kessab and the eternal lack of a solution to the situation in Israel-Palestine. 

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14/02/2014 6:15 pm

Syria mediation, Egypt's blind spot, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and more

In February's Middle East Analysis podcast, we're looking at the second phase of the Geneva II negotiations on the Syria crisis and the current state of play in Egypt. We move on to US Secretary of State John Kerry's road-map for peace between Israel and Palestine, a scaling up of violence in Iraq before concluding with positive analyses of the situations in Tunisia and Yemen.

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17/01/2014 4:06 pm

Geneva II, Egypt's Constitutional Referendum and Regional Round-up

In this, the first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2014, we welcome back our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian to look at the proposed Geneva II meeting on the on-going crisis in Syria, Egypt's constitutional referendum and much more. Dr Hagopian is the Bishops' Middle East North Africa (MENA) consultant. 

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