The latest Middle East and North Africa (MENA) podcast, conducted with James Abbott at the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, looks at Palestine's new situation at the United Nations, after the General Assembly recently voted to bestow on it Non-Observer Member State status.
This, incidentally, is the same status the Holy See was granted in the 1960s.
We also look at Egypt's draft constitution and catch-up on the on-going tragedy that is Syria.
The overall duration is 19m 28s. If you have downloaded the podcast and want to pick out a specific subject, here are the timings: UN status of Palestine: Start - 10m 15s; Egyptian constitution: 10m 16s - 15m 9s; Syria: 15m 10s - end.
* Podcast in MP3 form: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/content/download/32071/231210/file/mena29... 
© 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  Follow him on Twitter here: @harryhagopian