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Israeli and American Rankings on Violence and Corruption

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Israeli and American Rankings on Violence and Corruption - by Stephen Lendman

Launched in May 2007, the Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks nations according to peacefulness. Its 2010 report includes 149 countries, graded on the basis of "ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society and militarisation...."

An earlier article discussed GPI's 2008 survey, accessed through the following link:

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This year's index includes 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators, "which combine internal and external factors ranging from a nation's level of military expenditure to its relations with neighboring countries and the level of respect for human rights."

According to GPI's founder, Australian entrepreneur Steve Killelea, indicators were chosen by an international panel of academics, business people, philanthropists, and peace organization members.

They include:

(1) Ones relating to ongoing external and internal wars:

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-- number of external and internal conflicts fought: 2003 - 08;

-- estimated number of external conflict deaths;

-- estimated number of internal conflict deaths;

-- level of internal conflict; and

-- relations with neighboring countries.

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(2) Ones measuring societal safety and security:

-- perceptions of criminality in society;

-- number of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) as a percent of total population;

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