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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.

Epektasis.net 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.


 

'The Deal of the Century': A Peace Plan or a Flaming Bag of Dog Poop?'So what about this plan that is purportedly meant to be unveiled after the Israeli parliamentary elections of 9thApril and the formation of a new government in Israel?

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A Papal Outreach in Arabia?

The event many of us witnessed - whether in person in Abu Dhabi, or through the intense media coverage - represents for me two glasses.

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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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Let us celebrate the faith of Middle Eastern Christians!

The event at Westminster Abbey hinted at such challenges.

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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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Are the MENA & Gulf Regions in Tatters?

Once upon a time, I would have also raised vital issues of sovereignty in a reflection such as this one.

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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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