'The World Is a Mess,' Says Madeleine Albright
Former secretary of state discusses Middle East on CBS
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2014 2:12 PM CDT
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks to a group of women at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North MIami Beach, Fla., in this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

(Newser) – Asked about the state of the world on CBS' Face the Nation today, Madeleine Albright didn't mince words: "To put it mildly: The world is a mess," she said, according to Politico. "There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explanation." She discussed, among other things, the ongoing problems in Syria and Libya and the lack of media coverage of said problems. She also praised the current secretary of state: "I so admire Secretary Kerry for all the effort he’s put into this," she said, referring to his work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I think Secretary Kerry is doing everything he can at this moment to prolong the short peaceful cease-fires."

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Jul 29, 2014 12:02 PM CDT
"Steven Pinker’s 2011 book The Better Angels Of Our Nature is the gold standard in this debate. Pinker brought a treasure trove of data to bear on the question of whether the world has gotten more peaceful, and found that, in the long arc of human history, both war and other forms of violence (the death penalty, for instance) are on a centuries-long downward slope. Pinker summarizes his argument here if you don’t own the book. Most eye-popping are the numbers for the past 50 years; Pinker finds that “the worldwide rate of death from interstate and civil war combined has juddered downward…from almost 300 per 100,000 world population during World War II, to almost 30 during the Korean War, to the low teens during the era of the Vietnam War, to single digits in the 1970s and 1980s, to less than 1 in the twenty-?rst century." http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/12/11/3036671/2013-certainly-year-human-history/
Jul 28, 2014 8:29 PM CDT
do ya think? did you help make the mess? hummmmmmmmmmm
Jul 28, 2014 3:40 PM CDT
shes a super smart woman..no one looks good at her age.i like her..she did a great job for the US. i think better than most at her job. i dont care who does the job along as their good at it. she was! period