Harry Hagopian's blog

Al-Jazeera: how dark are the clouds?

My maternal grandfather was a news junkie. From the moment he would wake up in the morning, his ‘transistor’ radio never left his side.

Gulf crisis: conflict resolution or trade consolidation?

First, it was the turn of the German Foreign Minister.

Will common sense prevail in the Gulf Cooperation Council?

Talk about political maladroitness and a reluctance to read the signs. Indeed, the #GCCCrisis should never have been tackled in this dramatic way in the first place.

Analysing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis

It is now four weeks since this latest crisis between Qatar on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other, erupted on 5 June 2017.

1967-2017: 50 years of a remorseless Occupation

"All people are born free, and all people squirm for freedom", says Shireen in Ben Ehrenreich’s The Way to the Spring, about which more later.

Armenians and 'The Promise': our revenge is our survival

I was somewhat unsure what to expect of ‘The Promise’, despite the huge amount of publicity as well as the numerous international reviews that I had read earlier.

Can past history cede to future hopes? Armenian Orthodox - Catholic relations

It is a plain fact that Armenians are proud to remind the world that they adopted Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD during the reign of King Tiridates III.

Making Jerusalem a place and sign of peace

Armenians worldwide are currently participating in the project for the restoration of the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Fast and slow Brexit: the EU and Aesop's fable

The Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller, who is believed to have lived in ancient Greece.

The Brexit referendum gloves are off

Recently, I listened to a radio interview with a man from Iran who had migrated to the UK some three decades ago.