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The 'Arab Awakening' - initially dubbed the 'Arab Spring' - started in Tunisia in December 2010. Since then, those revolutions and popular revolts have already enveloped Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain.
Today, the whole Middle East North Africa region is in a state of flux, fear even, about the unknown or the unpredictable.
My latest extended podcast analysis for CBCEW, also reproduced here on Ekklesia, looks back at the major events that took place in the past six weeks and evaluates both the nature and direction of those changes as well as their impact on the region's peoples, including the indigenous Christian communities.
The discussion covers:
* The death of Colonel Gadaffi and a new dawn for Libya
* Ongoing bloodshed in Syria and its impact on Lebanon and the region as a whole
* Israel and Palestine
* Post revolution developments and elections in Tunisia and Egypt
This podcast, part of a substantially revamped site, lasts some 25 minutes. It can be listened to and downloaded here: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/mena13
© Harry Hagopian is an international lawyer, ecumenist and EU political consultant. He also acts as a Middle East and inter-faith advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and as Middle East consultant to ACEP (Christians in Politics) in Paris. He is an Ekklesia associate and regular contributor (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/HarryHagopian). Formerly an Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches, he is now an international fellow, Sorbonne III University, Paris, consultant to the Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (UK) and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is www.epektasis.netTweet