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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. 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.


Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right! What am I trying to highlight in this commentary of mine? In fact, I import two messages.

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Is it a Hobson’s choice between religious beliefs & free speech?

However, it is disingenuous to pretend that Islamophobia is not with us or conversely that there is no deep-seated concern about a violent brand of Islam within many parts of our Western societies.

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2014: another MENA post-mortem!

However, despite the many setbacks and admittedly few encouraging signs to date, I would like to focus today on one pertinent issue just as we get ready to tiptoe into 2015.

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Is Palestine on the ropes?

So what are the ramifications of this latest episode in the decades-long Palestinian conflict?

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Royal Solidarity with MENA Christians

However, much as this visit carried with it a message of hope, I would add two qualifications here that emphasise the existential realities of those indigenous Christians today.

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