To mark the start of Lent 2012, there is a departure from the usual style of my podcast regional analysis of the Middle East and North Africa for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).
In viewing the first anniversary of the 25 January 2011 Revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and set forth many changes that would have simply been unthinkable twelve months ago in Egypt, we should bear in mind that the deep socio-economic and technological structures of civilisations play out over long periods of time, says Dr Harry Hagopian. Here he offers a perspective on the development and prospects of those recent events in Egypt, and responses to them.
HG Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, has issued a careful and thoughtful statement on the first anniversary of the uprising in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, which took place on the 25 January 2011.
Iran, Israel and the US are equally responsible for bringing the Middle East to the brink of war, a decade after the disastrous assault on Iraq’s presumed 'weapons of mass destruction', says Ghassan Michel Rubeiz. Does Iran have a latent objective in raising the Strait closure now? Should Israel, or the US, launch an air strike on Iran preemptively, Iran may want the world to think about the consequences of such a closure on the world economy.
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.