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Which Countries are Most Modern, With the Best Education and Internet Access?

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Which are the Best Countries and Regions for Human Rights, Equality and Tolerance?

A new page! A comparison of international statistics grouped by nation and region. Part of the Social and Moral Development Index. "Which are the Best Countries for Human Rights, Equality and Tolerance?"

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National and Regional Comparisons of Public Health

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UK Health Stats

"The United Kingdom Suffers as a Result of Poor National Health".

The UK's National Security Risk Assessment output classes the state of the UK public health as a Tier 1 national risk, the most potent of the three categories. It's a well-known and high-profile issue; half of all science stories in the UK media are medical2 although many of the claims made are dubious.The UK does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. The UK comes in the best 20 for its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance3 and in number of organ donors. It does better than average in terms of its suicide rate, its adolescent birth rate (but bad for Europe) and in its immunizations take-up. The UK does not succeed in everything, however. It does worse than average for its smoking rate (yet still one of the best in Europe), the prevalence of overweight adults (one of the highest in Europe) and in its alcohol consumption rate. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years.
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Buddhism, Extremism and Violence

Buddhism, of all the major world religions, has the greatest record for peace and good morality. Compared with popular world religions, Buddhism is calm both in theory and in practice. Nonetheless, various forms of Buddhism at various times have been instruments of war, violence and intolerance and "was in fact the inspiration behind many of the martial arts of China and Japan" during their violent expansionist periods. Buddhist sects have argued and fought over doctrine, over populations and methods, over pride and national independence. These aren't just historical issues. Countries such as Burma and Laos have a pro-Buddhist bias in their legal systems, leading to prejudice, social intolerance and inequality. In Burma, Sri Lanka and Thailand the majority of the populace are Theravada Buddhist, but all are notable as places where Buddhist-inspired violence has prevailed over Buddhist-inspired peace.

Page in full: Buddhist Extremism.

I did actually put this page up last year, but I've never announced it on LiveJournal, so here it is.
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Human Rights and Freedom in India

Human Rights and Freedom in India. India is poor at human rights and freedoms although Supreme Court rulings in 2017 strengthened fundamental human rights in general, for women in particular, and increased the accountability of security forces; it also accepted the right to privacy and improved India's stance on free speech and the rule of law. The court also outlawed "triple talaq" which allowed Muslim men to unilaterally divorce their wives with no warning11. But unfortunately India gets most other things wrong. It does worse than average in supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, fighting corruption, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, LGBT equality and supporting press freedom. The constitution gives some protections for freedom of religion but some states and some laws create restrictions that create unfair legal prejudices towards, or against, certain religious groups and Hindu extremism has become 'an impediment to the exercise and enjoyment of internationally recognized human rights'. Abuses committed by security forces persisted including allegations of torture, extrajudicial killings, notably in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
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The Concept of a Perfect God is Impossible

A new page! In terms of its plans, its morals and its immutable state, divine perfection has more theological problems than you might expect. A perfect god has no emotions, no desires and no internal changes, and the existence of an imperfect creation contradicts the idea of a perfect creator.

"The Concept of a Perfect God is Impossible"

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Christianity and Women