middle east

  • 30 Jan 2011

    Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has named a vice president for the first time since coming to power nearly 30 years ago.

  • 29 Jan 2011

    A leading commentator on Middle East issues has said that faith and civic leaders in the region have a responsibility to challenge "regimes that muzzle and polarise their peoples" along with the "religious totalitarianism" that fuels violence, discrimination and hatred towards minorities.

  • 29 Jan 2011
  • 2 Jan 2011

    During the past week, many in the Middle East, caught up in the yuletide spirit will have been hoping for a more peaceful world in 2011, says Harry Hagopian. But what are the prospects for peace and stability in the region?

  • 25 Dec 2010

    Will he, or won't he? Harry Hagopian explores the politics and posturing behind Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's decision regarding a further three-month extension to the moratorium on the construction of Jewish-only Israeli settlements on Palestinian occupied land.

  • 17 Dec 2010

    The themes of Advent, the situation of Christians in Israel-Palestine at the moment, plus the meeting of the Holy Land Coordination in January 2011 are topics covered in a recently recorded podcast.

  • 2 Nov 2010

    Catholic bishops in the Middle East have urged the UN to take steps to end Israel's occupation of Arab territories to enable a "two-State" solution for the region.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    The situation of Christian minorities has been among the topics discussed by the General Congregation of the Synod of Catholic Bishops for the Middle East.

  • 18 Oct 2010

    The Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Catholic Bishops, meeting with other Christian leaders as observers, faces major challenges in church and society, reports adviser Harry Hagopian. But there are also grounds of hope for promoting peace and justice in the region.

  • 10 Sep 2010

    The main question in the Middle East today is not one of finding solutions but of implementing them, says Harry Hagopian. However, the majority of the Israeli political establishment - not unlike Hamas in an obverse sense – appears not to want to resolve the conflict and establish peace with the Palestinians, but prefers instead to manage the conflict and perpetuate it.