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First Global Peace Index - the texture of peace

The Economist Intelligence Unit launched today a study ranking 121 nations by their 'absence of violence.' The 24 indicators include internal and external factors such as levels of violence within a country, organized crime, the number of people in prison, and military expenditure.

A number of Nobel laureates, including Joseph Stiglitz, backed the study which named Norway and New Zealand as most peaceful and Iraq and Sudan as the least. For a complete ranking click here.



Peace is not something to sit back and enjoy. Peace has to be worked at diligently all the time. Less than a decade ago my country would be in a clear yellow (medium) working itself towards a light blue (high) but now is painted in a quite merited red (low). Can you guess where I come from? (Hint, where they close a 53 year old TV station just because a president that loves himself to be called Commander wants it.)

Submitted by Dr James Daniel Paul on
What is the definition of peace? Let us ask this question: have we seen any one die in our respective countries in localities in the recent past? If more of us feel that way about our country then it deserves to be marked red. Peace can be a relative one and not an absolute one. If it is a relative one then the number of deaths in Iraq is not the same as in India. I do not agree with this map that the level of peace in India is the lowest in the world. Hi, I have not seen anyone die in front of my eyes in all my lifetime. this is true to many of the Indians in Southern part of India. We do hear of accidents now and then but nothing to do with any violent deaths. The number of death proportional to the population would tell the real relative level of peace.

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