middle east

  • 11 Jun 2011

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

  • 4 Jun 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.

  • 25 May 2011

    Investing in peace was a major emphasis in a 'deliverance' put forward by the Church of Scotland World Mission Council to the Kirk's General Assembly.

  • 25 May 2011

    There are plenty of grounds for a paradoxical 'pessoptimism' about developments in the Middle East and North Africa, writes Harry Hagopian. The huge Arab struggles for dignity and freedom are vital but will take a long time. History in Europe and the USA should surely teach us that revolutions are never made in one swoop, but take time and cause pain.

  • 16 May 2011

    In a region where tensions, animosity and outright violence often abound between different communities and also different faiths (let alone between communities and the 'state' itself), Qatar has been one of those encouraging and forward-looking stories of relative conviviality, learn-as-you-go openness and consequential growth.

  • 12 May 2011

    Europe's largest network of spiritually based peace groups has expressed its support for nonviolent revolution in north Africa and the Middle East.

  • 10 May 2011

    Human rights activists seen to be involved in pro-reform protests in Syria have been forced into hiding after receiving threats from Syrian authorities.

  • 8 May 2011

    There are serious questions to be asked about the unity pact between the two Palestinian factions of Fatah and Hamas, says Harry Hagopian. But meanwhile the Israeli prime minister remains dwarfed by the real significance of the Arab Spring, and a huge block to progress towards a just peace for all. He is still a tactician at best, with precious little strategic foresight.

  • 3 May 2011

    No matter which way the winds blow in the weeks ahead, it is clear that the majority of Syrians desperately seek reform but they also fear sectarianism and foreign intervention, says Harry Hagopian. Much will depend upon how parties both inside and outside the country, including the power-brokers, choose to respond. An approach which feeds hope at the base rather than replicating top-down diplomacy is needed.

  • 2 May 2011

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call on the Taliban and al-Qaida to renounce violence in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden is a statement from the heart of a world power which feels a renewed sense of vigour in the light of what is being called a "policy success". But it does not strike one as arising from a very thoughtful, perceptive or accurate view of the world.