The attack and hostage-taking in Nairobi seems to have been led by the Somali-based Al-Shabab movement that is ostensibly 'retaliating' against the Kenyan contribution to the African Union peace-keeping force in Somalia. What is equally noticeable about the Nairobi case is that those cold-blooded killers allegedly started asking customers in the various shops of the mall for the name of the mother of the Prophet Muhammad.
Dr Harry Hagopian is an Armenian Christian who hails originally from Jordan. He is an international lawyer, with degrees in Public International Law and in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He worked for five years as Legal Counsel at Saba & Co (Touche Ross International) in Cyprus where he headed their Intellectual Property department for the Middle Eastern and Gulf regions. He was later appointed Assistant General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut / Cyprus, and also co-managed the humanitarian relief programmes of the Council with regard to the refugees of the earthquake in the Gillan region of Iran and later of the first Gulf war in Iraq. Dr Hagopian also contributed to the debate on the future of the Holy Land and participated in many of the political and religious meetings in Jerusalem and abroad relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Until 2002, he worked as Executive Director of the Inter-Church Committee in Jerusalem and was deeply and proactively involved with the Oslo-led political process between Israelis and Palestinians. He has authored a book, 'Let us Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem', and written monographs on 'Blasphemy under Islam and Common Law Principles', 'The Role of Women in Islam', 'The Armenian Genocide', 'Legal Sovereignty and Jerusalem' and 'Principles of Conflict Resolution in Nagorny-Karabagh'. His web-site remains www.epektasis.net . Dr Hagopian is presently Consultant to OTS Solicitors, a law firm in London that also deals with Brexit issues.
So it seems that we now have a Russo-American deal of sorts over those nasty chemical weapons in Syria. It is quite true that President Putin spared President Obama's blushes with an astute (and also self-interested) deal that purportedly gets rid of those Syrian chemical weapons.
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