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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.


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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A MENA region on the skids!

Whilst politicians are by definition partisan, religious hierarchs should apply a more healing and inclusive approach.

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Is One Man’s Meat another Man’s Poison?

Here is where diplomacy and politics have to lock hands in negotiations - with large measures of good will and good faith that are both sorely absent today.

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Israel-Palestine: Einstein Revisited in Gaza!

Or am I barking up the wrong tree?

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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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