Harry Hagopian's blog

Egypt, mass death sentences and the judicial skids

Well over two decades ago, one of my favourite university tutors in family law often delighted in reminding me of an expression that Charles Dickens had popularised in Oliver Twist. Was it not Bumble who had professed to Brownlow that the law is an ass - or to be more faithful to 19th century diction, "The law is a ass - a idiot [sic]"?

Easter, genocide and moving beyond the stasis of collective memory

Easter, genocide and moving beyond the stasis of collective memory

On 24 April 1915, close to a year into World War I, two hundred Armenian community leaders living in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) were rounded up and force-marched into detention by the Ottoman authorities.

Between ashes and glory: looking back on Lent

Between ashes and glory: looking back on Lent

So Easter is upon us. But the darkness of Good Friday has to be endured before the time of waiting and the anticipation of resurrection. This is always the Christian story. The ashes and the glory go together - a thought which makes looking back on where we have come from this Lenten season an important part of the continuing journey forward.

Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian on his 50th birthday

Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian on his 50th birthday

You see that a person is justified by good works and not by faith in isolation. - James 2.24.

Fifty: that is a docile five followed by a bullying nought! And for many people, it is a new milestone that is either met with a joyous 'wow' luxuriating in acquired experiences, or a more contemplative 'hmm' that is fearful of impending senescence. For much as 50 nowadays is nothing more that the new 40, it still is all of half a century that takes its toll on many men and women.

An ecumenical gain for and from the Armenian Church

An ecumenical gain for and from the Armenian Church

It was a real pleasure for me to learn that the WCC 10th General Assembly in Busan, South Korea, elected HH Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians at Holy Etchmiadzin in Armenia, as one of its new co-presidents.

Two atrocities: how long can a piece of thread be?

Two atrocities: how long can a piece of thread be?

Towards the end of last month, on a Sunday of all days too, I woke up to be confronted with deeply distressing images of the ongoing and violent standoff at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi (Kenya) and also of the horrid attack on All Saints’ Church in Peshawar (Pakistan).

Introducing 'Middle East and North Africa Analysis'

Introducing 'Middle East and North Africa Analysis'

This week I have taken part in the first of what will be a monthly series of Premier Radio programmes on the MENA region - the full details are in the links at the foot of this page.

Seeking hope among Egypt's flames

Seeking hope among Egypt's flames

In these incredibly difficult days for much of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including Egypt, it can be difficult to find the faith and hope we need to carry on.

97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem installed

97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem installed

On 4 June 2013, many pilgrims, as well as clergy and guests from all corners of the world, filled the rather limited but wondrous space of St James’s Cathedral in order to attend the enthronement of the 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Cyprus: the danger of using the financial crisis to impose a political solution

Cyprus: the danger of using the financial crisis to impose a political solution

Cyprus has a special place in my heart, as I spent many years living there as I built up my professional legal, and later ecumenical, career.