Category - mena

  • August 11, 2017

    My maternal grandfather was a news junkie. From the moment he would wake up in the morning, his ‘transistor’ radio never left his side.

  • July 11, 2017

    Talk about political maladroitness and a reluctance to read the signs. Indeed, the #GCCCrisis should never have been tackled in this dramatic way in the first place.

  • June 30, 2017

    It is now four weeks since this latest crisis between Qatar on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other, erupted on 5 June 2017.

  • June 11, 2017

    "All people are born free, and all people squirm for freedom", says Shireen in Ben Ehrenreich’s The Way to the Spring, about which more later.

  • May 2, 2016

    Five long years of protests, violence, suffering, bloodletting, proxy wars, fresh hopes marooned on jagged deceptions, untold misery, the barbarity of pseudo-religious claims, and the cheap venom o

  • March 30, 2016

    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.

  • March 23, 2016

    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

  • February 19, 2016

    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.

  • February 1, 2016

    The focus for the first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2016, featuring Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian, is the Holy Land Coordination – a week long pilgrimage made by Catholic bishops from ac

  • January 10, 2016

    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