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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.


Israeli Settlements, Palestinian Lands! UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016)Did this latest UNSCR define in some way the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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End of 2016: a MENA Post-Mortem?

But given the levels of sheer brutality that we have witnessed over social media almost daily, it often feels that this has been going on for longer than six years.

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The Middle East Council of Churches: What Horizons Next?

The General Assembly is the foremost structure of the Middle East Council of Churches.

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Memories of 1967 in 2016: Syria Today!

Now does the reader not wonder about the incongruence between my childhood memories in the sixties and the title of this small piece we now call a blog?

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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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