middle east

  • January 29, 2011
  • January 2, 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?

  • December 25, 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.

  • December 17, 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.

  • November 2, 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.

  • October 18, 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.

  • October 18, 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.

  • September 10, 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.

  • September 1, 2010

    Deeply embedded in the religions of the Abrahamic tradition in this region, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, is the sense of loving your neighbour as being rooted in the adoration and love of God, says Mark Beach. Despite the complexities of the politics and religious differences which are steeped in the recent tragedies as much as historical events of Palestine and Israel, this is a powerful resource for change.

  • July 16, 2010

    Lebanon provides fecund ground for diverse proxy influences, plots and even wars in disguise, says Harry Hagopian. It is a mistake to ignore it in the context of wider Middle East and global concerns