middle east

  • 29 Jan 2012

    My latest 12-minute interview has been with BBC Wiltshire Radio on the evolving situation in Syria. Bishop Declan Lang is Bishop of the Clifton Catholic Diocese and I am his Middle East and North Africa advisor.

  • 28 Jan 2012

    Can we expect 2012 to be as monumentally eventful in the Middle East as 2011? Perhaps even more so.

  • 28 Jan 2012

    The World Council of Churches' General Secretary says a common vision for living together is needed by Christians and Muslims in the Arab world.

  • 23 Jan 2012

    Ekklesia associate and Middle East commentator Dr Harry Hagopian is a panel member in a churches' discussion of Middle East issues taking place in central London this evening.

  • 21 Jan 2012

    Earlier this week, a meeting took place at Lambeth Palace in London between key representatives from the Church of England, the Catholic Church as well as the Church of Scotland on the one hand and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation on the other.

  • 15 Jan 2012

    It has been a momentous twelve months in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and in relation to developments popularly dubbed the 'Arab Spring' or (perhaps more helpfully) the 'Arab Awakening'. Time, we think, to stop for a moment and take stock.

  • 14 Jan 2012

    How will the popular uprisings in the Arab world affect the future of states and regimes in the region? All possible outcomes are shadowed by the fate of the contending ideologies and movements - nationalism and socialism, secularism and Islamism, dynasticism and liberal constitutionalism - that have dominated the Arab political landscape in recent decades, says Sami Zubaida. His overview of their rise and fall both illuminates a complex history and indicates the scale of the challenge facing democratic reformers today.

  • 14 Jan 2012

    Foreign intervention in Syria would drive the country into a full- fledged civil war, give the regime the excuse to continue the crackdown on dissent, alienate the undecided, and invite destructive groups to fuel turmoil, argues Middle East commentator Ghassan Michel Rubeiz. In joining the uprising, defecting soldiers should not use their arms against the national army. To win a battle of wills a country could be lost.

  • 14 Jan 2012

    The final communiqué of the 2012 Holy Land Coordination, which concluded in Jerusalem recently, has been issued. The closing statement concludes the Catholics bishops’ four-day meeting. It reads as follows:

  • 14 Jan 2012

    The Saudi Arabian authorities have been urged to launch an independent investigation into the death of a Shi’a protester in the country's Eastern Province.