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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 Brexit referendum: the gloves are off!Tinkering with this formula at a time of many unknowns is unwise and - dare I add - un-British too!

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So are Palestinians really hypocrites?

Yarmouk is also a valid case in point.

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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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Syria: is this the end of hope?

So is this the dystopian end of hope as I understand it for Syria?

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The MENA on the cusp of a new year!

This is the kernel of my truth for the waning days of 2015. I hope to be proven wrong in 2016.

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