26 April 2019   Leave a comment

US President Trump has thrown the support of the US to General Khalifa Haftar, the military commander Libyan National Army (LNA). In so doing, the US joins ranks with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait and turns its back on efforts by the UN and some European allies to broker a cease-fire among the competing groups in Libya. Haftar also joins the ranks of dictators such as Kim Jong-un, Mohammad bin Salman, and Valdimir Putin that have received support from President Trump. The move also increases the odds that Libya will go through even more violence before it achieves any semblance of stability.

The Gallup poll on global attitudes toward stress, anxiety, and anger has been released and the results for the US indicate that these negative emotions are on the rise. According to the poll:

“More than half of United States respondents—around 55 percent—reported feelings of high stress the day prior to being polled, according to a Gallup press release, while 45 percent said they felt worried “a lot of the day,” and 22 percent said the same of anger.

“Americans’ stress levels were significantly higher than the global average of 35 percent, leaving the U.S. tied for fourth (alongside Albania, Iran and Sri Lanka) in Gallup’s ranking of the world’s most stressed populations. Greece topped the list at 59 percent, while the Philippines and Tanzania finished in second and third with 58 and 57 percent, respectively.

“In terms of worry, the U.S.’ 45 percent was ahead of the global average of 39 percent. Comparatively, 63 percent of the world’s most worried population, Mozambique, reported strong feelings of worry the day prior.

“Although Americans experienced anger at levels on par with the global average of 22 percent, this figure was still higher than in years past. On average, U.S. respondents were about half as likely to report strong feelings of anger as individuals from the countries topping Gallup’s list of the most angry global populations. Forty-five percent of respondents from Armenia reported feeling anger, while Iraq and Iran followed closely behind at 44 and 43 percent, respectively.

Some areas of the world are not in the dumps: “At the other end of the spectrum, Paraguay and Panama tied for most positive countries surveyed. Aside from Indonesia, the rest of the nations rounding out the top 10 also hailed from Latin America, reflecting what the report terms ‘the cultural tendency in the region to focus on life’s positives.’ As Gallup’s global managing partner Jon Clifton summarizes, Latin Americans may not always rate their lives highly, but in the end, they ‘laugh, smile and experience enjoyment’ better than anyone else in the world.”

Posted April 26, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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