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It’s that time of year when most websites and blogs do a rather whimsical review of the year with an overly saccharine Christmasy feeling.   That may be all well and good for those of us living in something of a peaceful and prosperous existence but I think it’s important to remember that for many of us even in richer nations, a large majority of people are less fortunate and that there are large parts of the world where just making it through the year in one piece is something of an achievement.

Hot off the press below, there is the results of the annual State of Global Peace Index.  Those countries in green are those which can be considered peaceful both militarily, domestically and politically.   Those in yellow are not particularly peaceful but broadly stable and better than the pink nations that generally have active insurgencies in parts…

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