Category - Syria

  • August 22, 2011

    In the light of Eid Al-Fitr at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the continuing bloodshed in Syria comes into focus in my latest Middle East Analysis podcast with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales - as we discuss the current situation and also look at the plight of the country's Christians.

  • August 11, 2011

    Today Syria is a lesson about how motivated citizens can challenge governments that act violently and seem invincible, says Harry Hagopian. But we also need to be wary towards religious radicalism or fanaticism on the one hand, and military arrogance or political kleptocracy on the other, infiltrating movements for change and co-opting them in order to impose new forms of dictatorships, totalitarian control, subjugation and discrimination.

  • August 5, 2011

    The United Nations Security Council’s response to the recent bloodshed against protesters in Syria is deeply inadequate, Amnesty International says.

  • August 1, 2011

    The Middle East and North Africa area remains a vast and heterogeneous region of turbulence, confusion, hope, dread, reform, stand-off, contradiction, expectation, frustration, life and death.

  • July 6, 2011

    Methods used in a Syrian security operation in Tell Kalakh may constitute crimes against humanity, Amnesty International says in a new report.

  • June 26, 2011

    The social and economic crises President Assad referred to in his recent speech mask the real political crisis, says Harry Hagopian. This concerns the governance of the country, the relationship between the different members of the ruling dynasty, and the fact that the major impediment to a normalisation of the situation is the mounting anger against the two-million strong security services and police force who have been running amok and applying myriad forms of retributive action against largely unarmed demonstrators.

  • June 23, 2011

    Ahead of my upcoming travels in Europe concerning the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I have recorded another podcast for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and for sharing on Ekklesia and beyond.

  • June 16, 2011

    If Syria can develop a modern society respecting a full range of rights, the Christian minority will not need to worry about its future, the global Lutheran chief says.

  • June 11, 2011

    Amnesty International has urged the Syrian authorities to protect child protesters after fresh reports of young people being tortured and killed.

  • June 4, 2011

    A few days ago Aline Sara wrote a significant piece for NOW Lebanon, entitled 'Should Syrian Christians be afraid?' Sara starts off with a chilling reminder.