The U.S. ranks 99th in peacefulness

Ranking America

According to Visions for Humanity, the United States has a Global Peace Index score of 2.126, which makes the United States rank ninety-ninth out of one hundred sixty-two countries ranked in that category. Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world, with a score of 1.162.Peacefulness

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Confused losers at A Voice for Men congratulate themselves on their COLOSSAL SUCCESS in Toronto

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So over on A Voice for Men, the regulars are all congratulating one another for their grand victory in Toronto. In AVFM’s official post on Saturday’s tiny “rally,” incongruously titled “Historic MHRA rally in Toronto huge success,” Elam — who in photographs of the events looked rather befuddled by it all — declared that the day had been magical for him:

“This was one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life,” said Elam. “Meeting all of these people and talking to a crowd that was five times bigger than the opposition was a remarkable event.”

Given that most of the opposition made a clear decision to ignore the AVFM/CAFE rally and lecture — much to the obvious disappointment of many MRAs who were there in Toronto or watching on the sidelines on the Internet — this was not much of an accomplishment.

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More Lebanese women entering politics. Pakistani Women In Politics: Slow Progress, Mighty Obstacles.

PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group


Egypt rights groups demand quotas for women in parliament Al-Arabiya Egypt’s womens rights groups are demanding that a future constitution currently being drafted include a quota for their participation in parliament.

Across the country, women’s rights organizations are holding conferences and lobbying campaigns to ensure their representation in the parliament.

The Egyptian Women Union this week invited members of the panel drafting the constitution to a meeting to discuss the role of women in Egypt’s political roadmap.

The National Council for Women (NCW) also called this month on the 50-member panel to make sure that women’s quota system is applied at least for two election cycles in order to “the people’s culture.”

More Lebanese women entering politics Channel News Asia At the end of 2011, women made up about 10 per cent of all parliamentarians in Arab states – far below the 19.5 per cent figure worldwide.

However, some women in the region…

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UK: Cameron has a women problem. Cameron gears up to say hello again to Mondeo Man. Labour MP Blasts Cameron’s Record on Women.

PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group

David Cameron has a women problem The Independent David Cameron has a big task this week – to win back the 50 per cent of the electorate who reckon he’s not on their wavelength. Poll after poll shows women are deserting the Tories, and when interviewed by Red magazine to coincide with his party conference, the PM managed to shoot himself in the foot.

When asked if he was a feminist, Dave “spent a long time staring out of the window” before waffling “um … I don’t know what I’d call myself …it’s up to others to attach labels, but I believe men and women should be treated equally”.

Feminism is not just about quotas, but about making sure women are not disadvantaged, and his track record – starting with the number of women in Cabinet – is pretty feeble.

Labour MP Blasts Cameron’s Record on Women Labour shadow cabinet member Chris Bryant has branded…

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The Brutal Weapons That Don’t Cross The Red Line, Ctd

The Dish

Betcy Jose questions why the international community is standing up to chemical weapons in Syria but not the targeting of civilians:

Today, civilian immunity arguably ranks among the most important norms that the global community wants to protect. And that is what makes discussions about Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons so puzzling. Much of the debate about U.S. military strikes stressed the importance of preserving the taboo on chemical weapons, which were banned in part because of their indiscriminate nature: They are difficult to control and can harm civilians who are not the intended targets.

But in Syria’s case, it appears that the Syrian regime aimed to kill civilians with its alleged chemical attack on the suburbs of Damascus last month. Hardly anyone concludes that the civilian deaths were simply collateral damage in an operation meant to take out the rebels. Therefore, examining the civilian deaths through the…

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