Friday, June 19, 2015

U.S. is more violent than 95 other countries, study shows

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who tunes into the news on a regular basis: The United States is more violent than most of the world, according to a study released Wednesday.

In fact, the U.S. ranks a lowly 96 out of 162 nations, right there below Gambia and Turkmenistan, based on three metrics used in the Global Peace Index: the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization.

The good news is that the U.S. actually improved by two notches in 2014. The winding down of the U.S. presence in the Middle East and the Obama administration’s efforts in striking a nuclear disarmament deal with Iran helped boost the U.S.’s rank, the study said.


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