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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.


God & Caesar in Conflict in Jerusalem!However, despite my personal proclivities, I was one of those who was irate when the latest spat erupted between Israeli politicians and the Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic and Franciscan Catholic keepers of the Holy Sepulchre.

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The MENA & Gulf Regions: Any Ray of Light?

So what two summary conclusions do I wish to highlight from my personal observations?

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The #GCCCrisis: Let’s Get Serious, Shall We?

I would like to share with readers 6 “statements” that define my own perception of where I believe we find ourselves with this crisis today.

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Lebanon remains a Paradox!

This is somehow the charm of this country let alone the alluring demeanour of its men and women.

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Brexit: Hard Words, Soft Landing?

Let me come back to my wine merchant.

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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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