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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Libya and "the Middle East Crisis"

Why must the media call the current Israel/Gaza war "the Middle East crisis"? The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a huge region, of which Israel/Palestine is, what, less than 2% - and the Middle East has many crises, not just one. We did not use to call Northern Ireland "the Western Europe crisis"; can we not call the Israel/Palestine crisis precisely what it is - "the Israel/Palestine crisis"? It is indeed a crisis, and so (for example) is the situation in Libya ( - is Libya not in the Middle East too? The implication that "the Middle East" is not so much region as a problem (and a problem centring on Israel, to the exclusion of all other problems) belongs far more in a secondary school debating society than it does in the world's newsrooms.

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