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Why is Vietnam highlighted on the map?
I don't think the list on the left is meant to be exhaustive, there are countries on the map that are known to have carried out executions (like north korea), but they don't appear on the written list. I assume Vietnam carried out executions but the number is uncertain so it doesn't appear on the list only the map.
Without population bases, the rank is meaningless.
Should be rate per millions as others pointed out. Singapore at 8 ppl over 5M residents are actually very very high for a developed country.
I am sure that US has executed more than 23 people in 2017... unless the selective snowflakes, aka, amnesty international, does not consider those killed by drones as 'people'.
What are execution rates per million people?
What are criminal rates per million people?
Execution has never been the aim. Whether execution can prevent crime is worthwhile to be discussed.
Merely looking at execution counts is meaningless. I believe readers of the Economist are smarter than the author (of this article) expected.
What are the proportional stats i.e. executions per million people?
The death penalty is a barbarian relic; but it is still preferable to the simple murder of "enemies of the people", as practiced by certain states.
The chart shows that shithole countries kill people!
I don't know. If you count up how many people we killed in Iraq on made up charges of WMD, I think we might have outdone the Chinese and possibly even the Russians.
Don't you see that America is also in the shithole country list?
America is going to cheat the world over Syria's chemical weapons again. Syria surrendered chemical weapons to the west. Like Sadam's Iraq, Syria doesn't have chemical weapons. Let's see what Trump will do as George Bush did.
You mean places like Japan and the US?