The Global Killing Fields
It does not require professors or politicians to comment on our deteriorating global situation
As you all can see from recent posts there are now 55 million refugees in the world compared with 44 million refugees after the second World War.
Conflicts around the world are active or impending.
Almost one quarter of the world population are involved in ongoing conflicts.
Remember there are only 19 avowed democracies in the world out of a total of 147 countries
59 countries are out and out dictatorships amounting to.
36% of the global population of the thirteen major conflicts in the world today 1 12 are in Islamic countries and between Islamic countries and apart from Nigeria and Kenya all these countries are dictatorships and most are in the Middle East or Africa.
Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have over 10,000 killings each/year. Estimates of deaths in the Syrian Civil War, per opposition activist groups, vary between 321,358 and 470,000.
The other countries with conflict and between 1,000 and 10,000 killings/year are Turkey, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan which are dictatorships and Kenya (a democracy) and Nigeria (a democracy).
"A major source of conflict in the Muslim Middle East is the divisive nature between the two main sects of Islam: Sunni and Shi'a. Sunni is the largest branch of Islam and dominates most countries in the Middle East. Shia have their largest populations in Iraq (60–65%), Iran (90–96%), Lebanon (27%–35%), the Zaydi in Yemen (45%) and Bahrain (75-80%) and are generally scattered otherwise.[Minority Shia communities are also found in Turkey as the Alevi sect (20-25%), Saudi Arabia (10-15%), and Syria (15%).[Though these two sects agree on the fundamentals of Islam and the teachings of the Qur'an, they are in conflict about who would lead the Muslim community after the Prophet Muhammad's death."