BBC Wales 'All Things Considered' looks at Syria
All Things Considered, the half-hour award-winning flagship of BBC Wales (radio) that is presented by Roy Jenkins every Sunday at 9:00 AM, will discuss Syria live tomorrow (Sunday, 5 August 2012) and I will be a panellist in the BBC studio.
The themes of the discussion will focus on the overall Syrian crisis from a spectrum of political, religious and humanitarian angles.
It is noteworthy that all communities are affected by this ongoing crisis across the whole country - including, of course, Sunnis and Alawites, but also Kurds, Druze, Palestinians and Christians.
Many of those communities have been displaced within Syria, sought refuge in neigbouring countries such as in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and even Iraq or else travelled to safer climes (as many Armenians from Aleppo to Yerevan).
Earlier this week, Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of International Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales, voiced his deep concern about the levels of violence and discrimination in the country.
Also, Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, Primate of the Armenian Church in the UK and Ireland, called for "a day of fasting and prayer in solidarity with the Armenians of Syria".
* All Things Considered : http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/sites/allthingsconsidered/
© 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), Ecumenical consultant to the Primate of Armenian Church in UK & Ireland, and author of The Armenian Church in the Holy Land. Dr Hagopian’s own website is www.epektasis.net
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