Harry Hagopian's blog

Is Europe really 'under attack'?

Much as it is an understatement to say that I was shaken by the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, so it is the case with the terrorist assaults on Brussels earlier this month.

Is there an Easter in the Middle East and North Africa region?

At the end of Lent, Christians have listened to the narrative of Christ's suffering and death from St Luke's Gospel read in churches on Palm Sunday, and the focus is squarely on Jerusalem for Holy

The wind beneath our wings: remembering Archbishop Yeghishe Serpazan

We learned with heavy hearts last week that Yeghishe Serpazan, Primate of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the UK from 1982 till his retirement in 2000 had passed away in New York.

The European Union: concrete idea or elusive hope?

My late maternal grandparents liked London a lot.

How much more political rubble in Syria?

I still remember those young days when my maternal grandfather Ohan Tabourian used to start his early mornings by carrying his battery-fed transistor radio with him from room to room.

Looking to the future of the Holy Land Coordination

The Holy Land Coordination (HLC) may sound a bit of a mouthful, or even a tad pretentious – but in the words of its organisers and facilitators, this important acronym brings together a bench of Ca

An Armenian Christmas in Bethlehem

While many in the West think of Christmastide ending on the so-called ‘twelfth night’, Armenians celebrate Christmas in Israel and Palestine on 19 January.

Yemen: a whole country under seige?

A friend of mine, James Abbott, from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, often pokes fun at my eccentric approach to Twitter.

The massacres in France: a European blowback?

I love France. I lived my early teenage years in this country and pursued my secondary and tertiary education in its institutions before I was fortunate enough to do my law studies in the UK.

An Advent and Christmas look at the Middle East in 2014

To say that 2014 has been a tumultuous year in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region would be to understate the situation considerably. It has been momentous.