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  • An area comprising the countries of southwest Asia and northeast Africa.

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  • proper noun The region comprising southwest Asia and northeast Africa.

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  • noun the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century

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  • On this side of the word, where what we call the Middle East is known as "West Asia," there is a palpable sense that the other kind of Islam is on the march: Saudi Arabian religious imperialism is fighting a well-funded battle to follow London and Moscow as the next foreign force to seize control of these continually subjected peoples.

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  • At least over there we think what we call the Middle East which would sort of be the eastern side of that long, narrow acreage position.

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  • At least over there we think what we call the Middle East which would sort of be the eastern side of that long, narrow acreage position.

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  • At least over there we think what we call the Middle East which would sort of be the eastern side of that long, narrow acreage position.

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  • At least over there we think what we call the Middle East which would sort of be the eastern side of that long, narrow acreage position.

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  • John in Massachusetts: "The term Middle East peace should be forgotten.

    CNN Transcript May 11, 2009

  • He called the Middle East situation “a problem of tremendous delicacy and complexity.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • He called the Middle East situation “a problem of tremendous delicacy and complexity.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • The current stand-off with Iran should be called "Middle East WMD 2.0."

    Paul Heroux: Middle East WMD 2.0 - Someone Will Be Proven Wrong on Iran

  • Israel happens to be number one on the list, nestling as it does amongst the seething hotbed we call the Middle East and as such must be removed.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

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