The state of the world is getting better

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    War may be on the decline. Scholars who study the subject say that, today, fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are contained within smaller areas. Since the late 1940s annual world battle deaths have fallen by more than 90 percent.

    It's not just classical big army clashes that appear to be passé, either. Everything from low-intensity militia conflicts to civil wars and, yes, terrorism is becoming less frequent and less deadly.

    "If war is really obsolete, it would be one of the most important developments in the history of the human race," says John Mueller, chair of national security studies at Ohio State University in Columbus and an expert in conflict trends.

    Poverty could be shrinking. Eleven years ago the United Nations challenged the world to halve extreme poverty by 2015. Right now it looks as if developing nations will reach that goal. The World Bank says they're already 80 percent of the way there.

    The number of people living on less than $1.25 a day is projected to be 883 million in 2015, compared with 1.4 billion in 2005 and 1.8 billion in 1990, according World Bank statistics.

    The outlook for developing countries to reduce hunger, enroll children in primary school, and reach a number of related UN-set benchmarks is similarly good.

    "Their progress is much better than I expected," says Delfin Go, lead economist at the World Bank's Development Prospects Group.

    Globally, women's lot is rising, both in absolute terms and relative to men. In developed countries there's an increased consensus supporting formal legal rights and guarantees of equality for women, says a World Bank report on the subject. In many – but not all – developing countries, more women are literate and their overall education level is catching up to men's levels.

    The (surprisingly upbeat) state of the world - CSMonitor.com
     
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    Thank you omnipotent one.

    May the force continue with you.
     
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    In the 1970's only 30% of the world's governments were democracies.

    Now that number is 65%.

    The world is changing for the better.

    With the internet a young person with a smart phone in Africa now has access to as much information as the president of the United States did 20 years ago.
     
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    Yeah! Because so many African children are running around with Blackberries these days!

    Do you ever think about the shit you post?

    Thank God Obama gave all the Africans smart phones.
     
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    omg. the world bank..and the United Nations.

    now that's a group I want to TRUST...

    but hey, they be telling us we are headed for UTOPIA....whoohoo
     
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    Now if only they had liberty.
     
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    Much of that is Because of the United States playing Cop for the last 60 years, and you people want us to stop.
     
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    Too funny.

    Liberals despised the right for trying to spread democracy. Now suddenly its a stat to brag about.

    Wonder what changed?

    Oh, yeah! Obama is doing the killing and converting now.
     
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    The Arab Spring protesters all has smart phones.

    And they used the internet to organize.

    You really need to read more, Grampa.
     

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