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Nobel Prize: A tale of ignoble peace laureates

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2012

One man introduced indefinite detention and expanded the deadly global drone war. Another was the architect of the deliberate mass killing of civilian populations in Indochina. What do they have in common? Both are Nobel Peace laureates.

Gandhi never got one. Al Gore did. In one of the stranger ironies befitting of both Kafka and Orwell, sometimes the makers of permanent war are awarded for bringing temporary peace. Sometimes they don’t even get that far.

With the winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize set to be announced in Oslo, Norway on Friday, the shadow of Barack Obama still looms large. In 2009, the committee awarded the current US president “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Nominations for the award are due by February 1, meaning Obama had served as America’s executive for less than two weeks when the Norwegian Nobel Committee selected him. Perhaps it was wishful thinking.

Since then, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, making it legal to indefinitely detain US citizens. There are also the deadly drone wars in Yemen and Pakistan, the war waged in Libya, the Afghan surge and a secret “kill list” revealed this year by The New York Times, which grants a select few American officials the option to mark perceived national security threats – foreign citizens or otherwise – for assassination. Ironic, yes, but they never could have known.  Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Deadliest Wealthy Countries

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 5, 2012

By Howard Steven Friedman,  Statistician/Economist for International Organization, Columbia University

 Before diving into any detailed analysis of government data, I usually hear the voice of one of my professors telling his favorite statistics joke. It went something like this, “Statisticians are brilliant people. They can analyze raw data, develop complex models, draw causal inferences and make bold projections of the future. They do this fearlessly, without concern for the minor issue that the data itself came from the fellow down the hall who wrote down whatever he felt like so he could get paid.” Analyzing government data isn’t quite as bad as that joke, but statisticians do need to be concerned about the danger of “garbage in garbage-out” in any work that do.

So how do these concerns about data quality relate to identifying the world’s deadliest wealthy countries? It starts with the fact that the data for crime is notoriously fraught with quality issues. Criminologists use the phrase the “dark figure of crime” to describe the amount of crime that goes unreported or undetected. This “dark figure of crime” represents the gap between the true crime rate and the rate found in official reports.

Knowing that the “dark figure of crime” is so large, I decided to focus on homicide rates in this article. Why homicide? For starters, it is a critically important measure of crime since it is perhaps the most extreme of possible crimes, the taking of a life. More importantly, it is considered to be one of the more reliable crime statistics.

So which wealthy countries have the highest homicide rates? Of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the countries with the five highest homicide rates are, in order: Mexico (highest), Chile, Estonia, the United States and Turkey (fifth highest). Anyone looking at that list would likely call out the fact that these countries, while all being in the OECD, are not equally wealthy. In fact, the United States has a GDP per capita that is more than twice that of any of the other top four most deadly OECD countries. A simple scatterplot, where each data point represents a different country and the US is displayed prominently, gives a clearer picture of how America stands. The graph below shows that for the OECD countries, the US has one of the highest rates of GDP per capita (a rough, but commonly used metric of wealth). You will also quickly see that the US is a major outlier in the general observation that wealthier countries tend to have lower homicide rates. Read the rest of this entry »

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75 Fossilised Whales Discovered In Chilean Desert

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 22, 2011

Archaeologists were baffled when they discovered 75 fossilised whales in a desert in Chile.

Pictures of the 2010 find, recently released to the Associated Press, show the dramatic scale of the animals discovered embedded in the rock.

Believed to be more than 2m to 7m years old, the fossilised skeletons were discovered just yards apart in the Atacama desert near Copiapo, Chile.

Among the finds was a dolphin-like animal with tusks similar to a walrus.

Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution are studying how the whales came to be discovered in one of the driest areas on Earth. Some suppose that the area was once a lagoon, and the whales died when it dried up. Others suggest the whales may have intentionally beached themselves. Scientists are still researching the conundrum.

The bones were discovered during road-construction in June 2010, and while other groups of prehistoric whales have been found in South America experts say this site is among the largest and best preserved. Hundreds more whales could be lying in wait to be discovered, they claim. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chile: 16-Year Old Dies In Protests

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 27, 2011


In fact this is the time for peace for the whole world not only for specific country.
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Natural Disasters Displaced 42 Million In 2010; Climate Change Could Be Factor, Experts Say

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 6, 2011


In this rate this year could be worse than last year.
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Chile, U.S. Sign Nuclear Energy Accord

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 19, 2011


Still nuclear deal? Politician­s are politician­s. They never want to take lesson.
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Valparaiso Earthquake: Chile Quake Felt In Santiago

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2011


Another disaster, but not so big.
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Japan Earthquake 2011: 5 Strongest Earthquakes Of The Last Century (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2011


I wish these be just history and never repeat again in the future.
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Two Embassies In Rome Hit By Blasts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 23, 2010


It is said that a third embassy also just bombed. No where safe to live in this world and every leader preparing for war. God bless them. What to say? Even rubbish words would not be able to change them.
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Disasters Create Losses Of $222 Billion Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 1, 2010


Really dreadful data.
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10 Incredibly High Towns & Cities Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2010


All of them wonderful.
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Chile Miners Rescue: LIVE Updates (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 13, 2010


Undoubtedly this story illustrates what happens when people work together to solve problems in order to maintain the common wonderful result..
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