What is epektasis? It is primarily about politics. But it is also about human rights, democracy, good governance, peace, justice and reconciliation. 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.
My own immediate contribution to Twitter reiterated that, “Madiba was much more than a simple leader. He was also the metaphor for a friend".Read more
Such questions - and many others I am sure - constitute part of the ongoing debate in Turkey today. The answers are far from clear, but it is encouraging that the questions are being asked with increasing confidence.Read more
Will we go back to those war-mongering moments when the total lack of trust between Iran and the West let alone between Iran and its neighbours often cramped our political space and led us to the brink of instability and violence?Read more
So the refugee numbers increased exponentially in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan (and to a much lesser extent in Iraq and Egypt) to well over two million and those inside Syria rose to more than four million.Read more