14/12/2015 2:58 pm

Christmas in the Middle East North Africa

There's certainly a festive air to today's Middle East Analysis podcast. At a time when office parties, crazy-season shopping and the work wind-down are well underway, it's easy not only to get distracted and lose sight of Christ's coming at Christmas, but also to forget the region in which he was born. 

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03/12/2015 11:48 am

Implications of the UK Parliament 'Yes' vote on Syria air strikes

The UK Parliament voted yesterday to extend airstrikes against ISIL/Daesh into Syria. In today's single-issue Middle East Analysis podcast, we're joined by our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian to discuss the implications of the vote and what this could mean to Syria and its people as well as for UK citizens back home.

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11/11/2015 7:26 pm

Letter to the Syrian President and Egypt Update

We take a look at two countries that are seldom out of the international headlines these days - Syria and Egypt. The main segment of our 'Middle East Analysis' programme sees us discuss a letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asking him, as the incumbent with a strong say in the future of the country, whether he would be willing to step aside in consideration of Syria's future good and that of its people. The letter's author is our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian. He tells us why he wrote it.

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04/09/2015 7:12 pm

Holy Land: Religion, Land and Education

Fr Chris Thomas, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, joins us for a Middle East Analysis podcast special focusing on the Holy Land and in particular, the complex issues of land, rights and religion. 

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04/09/2015 7:12 pm

Middle East Turmoil and the Refugee Crisis

If the tragic loss of over 70 migrants found dead in the back of a lorry in Austria wasn't enough to jolt the world into action over the refugee crisis, the horrific images of a three-year old Syrian toddler from the border town of Kobane lying lifeless on a Turkish beach surely was. In this extended podcast, our consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr Harry Hagopian, analyses the crisis. 

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18/08/2015 5:38 pm

The Sorry State of Syria

In the four years we've been producing our Middle East Analysis podcasts, we've spoken, with monotonous and depressing regularity, about the crisis in Syria. We discuss an air attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, that according to reports resulted in over 100 civilian casualties. 

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15/07/2015 3:05 pm

Iran Nuclear Deal: A Safer World or a More Anxious Middle East?

The news that Iran has signed a nuclear deal with six world powers, including Britain, dominates July's Middle East Analysis podcast. On 14 July 2015, after nearly two years of heated negotiations, the P5+1 group consisting of the UK, the US, France, China, Russia and Germany came to an agreement with Iran that seriously limits its nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting global economic sanctions.

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10/06/2015 7:05 pm

Plight of Christians in today's MENA plus updates from Egypt and Turkey

Welcome to June's Middle East Analysis podcast. It's a packed half-an-hour. Today we cover plenty of ground with our regular studio guest Dr Harry Hagopian. We look at the complexities of mere survival for Christians and other minorities of the Middle East North Africa region. 

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22/05/2015 6:32 pm

Discussing the realities of the Holy Land with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

In recent times, whenever we've discussed the Holy Land and the wider Middle East North Africa region, we've ended up discussing turmoil, violence and political tension. Frequently we ask the question "Where is the hope?". In this 'Middle East Analysis' podcast special we welcome His Beatitude Fouad Twal - the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem - into the studio to discuss the realities with our regular guest Dr Harry Hagopian. 

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28/04/2015 9:44 am

The Hidden Genocide of the 20th Century

Armenian Genocide? What Armenian Genocide? That's a question regularly asked about an extermination that has come to be known as the hidden genocide of the 20th century. Today we're joined by our Middle East North Africa consultant Dr Harry Hagopian - himself an ethnic Armenian - to talk about the genocide, struggles over recognition and our responsibility to educate, inform and act to ensure atrocities like this are never forgotten. 

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04/03/2015 3:48 pm

Gaza in 2015: Middle East Analysis - Extended

In this extended podcast Bishop Declan Lang is joined by our Middle East North Africa consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, to talk about his visit to Gaza in January 2015 and the stark realities facing Gazans. 

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13/02/2015 1:25 pm

MENA bite-sized: Syria, Egypt and Libya updates

Welcome to our first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2015. The regional political posturing and headline-grabbing continues unabated so we're glad to welcome our regular guest Dr Harry Hagopian back into the studio to give his consistently clear and insightful comments on the big stories emanating from MENA. 

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