Thursday April 10, 2014

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has completed a new report "Global Study on Homicide, 2013". The study aims to shed light on the worst of crimes - murder.
In 2012, almost a half of a million people worldwide were victims of intentional homicide. UNODC has also created a website which includes data, maps and other information related to the official report.
What are the odds of being murdered? The Economist suggests the average person has a 1 in 16,000 chance of being killed intentionally. But of course, there is no such thing as an average person. There are lots of factors that play into it.

So, then, what are the risk factors? How do we avoid becoming a statistic?

  • Don't live in the Americas or Africa
  • Western Europe and Eastern Asia are the safest places
  • Honduras is the most violent country
  • Be a woman - men are more likely to be murdered
  • Sit back and age - those over 30 are less likely to be killed
  • Sadly, most murders go without being solved, or at least with no conviction. Only 43% of murders globally result in a conviction.

Read more.

(Source: The Economist)

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Tuesday April 01, 2014

This interactive map, posted by CNN, examines which states support legalization of marijuana and/or use for medicinal purposes.

(Source: Dr. Sanjay Gupta)

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Tuesday March 25, 2014

Committee of the Regions has a searchable database for its Opinions and resolutions.

The CoR sets out its views in different types of opinions:

  • Opinions on legislative proposals on policy areas for which consultation is mandatory
  • Prospective opinions on future European policies
  • Prospective opinions on territorial impact assessment analysis on some European Commission proposals
  • Resolutions on topical political issues

A democratic journey in three stages: discussion, drafting, and voting:

  • The CoR president allocates a dossier to the relevant internal commission
  • A CoR member is appointed as rapporteur. The rapporteur drafts an opinion and presents it for discussion, amendment and adoption by the members of the relevant commission
  • The draft opinion is presented and discussed at the next plenary session
  • Once adopted in plenary by CoR members, the opinion is sent to all EU institutions

(Source: Committee of Regions)

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