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Startling report on global human security by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
February 13, 2007, 5:01 pm
Filed under: If you only have 15 mins

Chris Anderson comments that “there are systemic flaws in the reported world view. Certain types of news — for example dramatic disasters and terrorist actions — are massively over-reported, others — such as scientific progress and meaningful statistical surveys of the state of the world — massively under-reported.

He’s right. Take the Human Security Center‘s Human Security Brief 2006 (an update to the comprehensive HS Report of 2005 – among it’s other findings, the number of battle-related deaths declined almost 40% between 2002 and 2005, in 2005 there was ‘only’ one current genocide (in 1989 there were 10), and the number of displaced people in the world fell 6% between 2002 and 2005. In many ways, and for many people, the world is getting better.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the report yourself here (exec summary and full report). Go here for the 2005 report.

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