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What is epektasis? It is primarily about politics. But it is also about human rights, democracy, good governance, peace, justice and reconciliation at a time of turbulence across the MENA region. deals with issues impacting the peoples of the Middle East - conflict backgrounds, symptoms, realities, fears and possible solutions - that are viewed through a dual Middle Eastern-European lens.

Inasmuch as possible, my articles adhere to the overarching Christian ethos of striving to 'stretch forward' (epekteinomenos in Greek, from St Paul in Phil 3:13) - politically, ecumenically and legally - the elements of peace, justice, reconciliation, dignity, non-violence and security.


To Deal or Not to Deal: Is That the Question?Can this approach also apply today to this long-festering political conflict?

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Jordan: Another Economic Hiccup, Another Political Challenge!

And this tense standoff in Amman that mobilised those families with lower or middle incomes highlighted at least four unavoidable facts that apply not only to this kingdom but extend well across the region too.!

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What Is It about the Underdog? - The GCC Crisis

Our overcrowded and overheated planet is replete with the floating detritus of errors.

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Lebanon remains a Paradox!

This is somehow the charm of this country let alone the alluring demeanour of its men and women.

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God & Caesar in Conflict in Jerusalem!

However, despite my personal proclivities, I was one of those who was irate when the latest spat erupted between Israeli politicians and the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Franciscan Catholic keepers of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Yemen: a whole country wasting under siege?

I am not too sure I hold such absolute truths with utter conviction, and so here are my thoughts.

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