# Posted 12:09 PM by Patrick Porter
PEACE BE WITH YOU: Despite what you read and hear, overall things are getting more peaceful. This according to the Human Security Report
, published by the Liu Institute for Global Issues and sponsored by five governments. Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a marked decrease in political violence. The number of armed conflicts has decreased by more than 40%, and the number of major conflicts (defined as resulting in 1,000 or more "battle-deaths") has declined by 80%. Our news media, preoccupied with bad news, threats and prophecies of doom, doesn't always report things that don't happen, or that are happening less. On the other hand, history is not a story of unleavened progress, so its hard to say whether this marks a long-term trend or a brief interlude. (cue for ominous music). Encouraging news, though.
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