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- Have you heard of the Acheh separatist movement in Indonesia, the
refugee crisis brewing in Ingushetia, or the tribes of the Kalahari
desert that have been displaced because their lands have been
contracted out to De Beers for mining diamonds? Do you know that
UNMOGIP, a UN peacekeeping body that India does not recognize,
operates on either side of the so-called Line of Control in Kashmir?
Did your newspaper ever tell you that the United States is the
biggest defaulter to the UN? Do you know how the rock of Gibralter
has been a bone of contention between the UK and Spain for decades
The media, specially in developing countries, is very insular and
inward looking. All you get in the name of international affairs is
some Iraq and Afghanistan, some Bush-bashing, and some Hollywood
gossip. Even the best you get considers the world map to include only
North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Members of ZESTGlobal exchange one article every two days on
international affairs, whether or not they cover the burning issue of
the day. Members respond to an article circulated, but new
discussions are not initiated because ZESTGlobal is like a reading
group, a study circle, where we spend more time listening than
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