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 now?
The media, specially in developing countries, tends to be inward looking. All you get in the name of international affairs is some Iraq and Afghanistan, some Bush-bashing, and some Hollywood gossip. But there's more to the world map than just North America, Europe and the Middle East.
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