Murder map

The Guardian has published a global map of murder rates based on data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The story accompanying the murder map said:

Comparing murder rates of countries can really highlight the countries with problems – the ones in serious need of attention. A high murder rate gives a “tip off” that something needs to change.

Yes, to start with people need to stop killing each other. The U.S. is in the orange category, like much of Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe — and unlike the less murderous “green” regions of Europe, Canada and even the Middle East.



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  • courtneyyyyyy

    Of course China will be green.  The Chinese government kills tons of its citizens, but since it’s the only one reporting they will report a low number of murders to make themselves look nice.  Hmmm. North Korea is in the green too. and the embattled middle east.  What is the point of publishing this map?