Dr Harry Hagopian suggests that a recent letter to the UK Foreign Secretary from two senior bishops opens up some fruitful lines of investigation in understanding, and seeking solutions to, a long-standing grievance in the Middle East.
Digital democracy and the huge expansion of social media is transforming political action and diplomacy, says Dr Harry Hagopian, who has been expanding his own involvement in that arena, not least due to his regular podcasts on developments in the Middle East and North Africa. He looks especially at social media's impact in that region.
In addition to recent radio interviews (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17466), Middle East specialist and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian has recorded two more podcasts in his ongoing series for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
International lawyer and ecumenical consultant Dr Harry Hagopian, who is a valued Ekklesia associate and Middle East expert, has been interviewed by Civil TV about the latest challenges presented by the privately owned water company in Israel against the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which is under the care of three Christian traditions.
In my latest Middle East analysis podcast, attention is focused on the maelstrom of violence tearing through Syria. If reports are to be believed, this conflict continues to claim between 100 and 200 lives a day.
On 6 November 2012, the Armenian Church and its community in the UK & Ireland recall the first anniversary of the ordination at Holy Etchmiadzin of their serpazan or bishop as the primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Today, 4 November 2012, the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo, witnessed what has been described in the media as an ‘altar lottery’ when a blindfolded young boy dipped his small hand into a glass bowl that contained the names of three vetted candidates and chose Anba (Bishop) Tawadros as the new Coptic Pope to succeed the late Shenouda III.
Describing another personal Armenian-Turkish encounter, Dr Harry Hagopian feels that "it is important for us Armenians nearing the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in 2015 to start distinguishing ordinary Turkish men and women from Turkish officialdom or many of its politicised institutions let alone from Turkey and Azerbaijan."
Back in September, there were expressions across the world of what was dubbed 'Muslim rage' by the media, following the tawdry trailer for a film entitled 'Innocence of Muslims' ostensibly intended to defame the Muslim prophet Muhammad and insult the ummah of Islam worldwide. But Dr Harry Hagopian paints a much deeper and wider picture of Muslim discontents and provocations experienced throughout the Middle East and North Africa and elsewhere. Challenging simplistic 'clash of civilisations' theses, he says that what we need is not further disengagement between peoples and cultures, but rather further re-engagement.