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The Sky Is Not Falling

Message by Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace, on the occasion of International Peace Day, 21 September 2014 

The Islamic State's rapid gains on the battlefield and televised beheadings, images of world powers on the point of military confrontation in Ukraine, the spread of the deadly Ebola virus across West African and possibly beyond...the news today is enough to make one believe the world is coming apart at the seams. And yet, we should be asking ourselves, why isn't it worse? Because, boy, it used to be. The evidence shows us that violence has in fact declined dramatically over the centuries.

In his remarkable book, The Better Angels of our Nature, Harvard University Professor Steven Pinker demonstrates how we are living in the most peaceful time in our history. And with greater peace, most other indicators have also...

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