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Ahead of my upcoming travels in Europe concerning the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I have recorded another podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and for sharing on Ekklesia and beyond.
Regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian will be appearing on the Premier Christian Radio breakfast programme tomorrow (19 June 2011) between 9am and 10am.
Analysts are everywhere these days trying to make sense of what is happening in the MENA region. And it is not so easy either, given the lack of expertise of a number of the pundits, let alone the furious pace of the developments as well as the contradictions inherent in some of the changes from one day to another.
A few days ago Aline Sara wrote a significant piece for NOW Lebanon, entitled 'Should Syrian Christians be afraid?' Sara starts off with a chilling reminder.
In a region where tensions, animosity and outright violence often abound between different communities and also different faiths (let alone between communities and the 'state' itself), Qatar has been one of those encouraging and forward-looking stories of relative conviviality, learn-as-you-go openness and consequential growth.