Afghanistan is a Central Asian country and Pakistan is a South Asian country. If both countries are included in the top 5 recipients of economic aid in 2014, how is it that you say South and Central Asia received only 7% of fiscal aid in 2014? You are clearly making the too-often-made mistake of counting non-Middle Eastern countries into the category of Middle Eastern simply because they are majority Muslim countries or because you do not know geography. Most Muslims are not Arab. The Middle East (Near East) is comprised of every Arab country as well as Turkey and Iran. That’s it, Pakistan and Afghanistan are not Middle Eastern (Near Eastern) countries. As an Arab-American Muslim I find this mistake incredibly annoying and frustrating. I thought the writers at Mondoweiss would know this basic fact before writing an article about the geographic distribution of foreign aid.