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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.


Apologies to everyone in Jerusalem! Welcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to its festering realities let alone its prurient injustices.

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Discounted Hopes for Jerusalem!

So I had my fair share of this city: I am aware of its captivating beauty just as I am sensitive to its shrieking ugliness.

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The rough & tumble of the MENA region!

We in the West have become schizoid between the ethical dimensions of human rights and good governance on the one hand and the pragmatism of power, influence and money on the other.

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ISIL: Are We All Responsible?

I pray for Alan, I pray for those murdered before him, and I grieve with their kith and kin too

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Do faith & politics coalesce in the MENA?

I personally struggle with my Christian faith. I often test it so it can grow and become stronger. I also do not pretend that Christians are safe in a region overwhelmed by chaos and gripped almost by bloodlust and violence.

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