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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.


The Gulf Crisis: More Than a Storm in a Teacup?So what are some of my salient observations as the world struggles with a new Arab-focused #GCCCrisis?

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1967-2017: 50 Years of a Remorseless Occupation!

They have been considered no more than pawns on a chessboard - expendable for the sake of the more precious pieces.

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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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Syria: A Tipping Point, Or Not Yet?

My splenetic rants came to an end as I dwelt on four guiding realities and three critical afterthoughts.

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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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