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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.


The revolutionary dials spin in Egypt! Revolutions are perceptions driven by instincts, not exact sciences, and they can ricochet randomly - painfully - in different directions until the dust settles eventually.

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From Lebanon & Egypt to Israel & Palestine!

So whilst it is hard to reduct a region into few sparse words and still sound coherent, I believe it is possible to articulate one key thought for each of my three geographical spaces of choice.

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Is it a case of moral duplicity in Syria?

Three years into the Arab uprisings that have macerated all the rooted constants of this region, I can only come up with one ineluctable lesson that I repeat with stubborn conviction and unerring frequency.

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The MENA kaleidoscope hurtles toward Ukraine!

A man who prides himself in his macho behaviour, riding horses bare-chested and practising judo, will not cower if we threaten to boycott our forthcoming meetings with him.

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Turkey: between Ottomanism & Erdoganism in the MENA region?

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.

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