What issue of local, national, or international significance concerns you? Why? “No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press.”- Amartya Sen This quote expresses my main concern on international level. There are so many countries who are currently suffering due to lack of freedom. We see it in the Middle East, especially now, we also see it in a lot of African countries. In any country who is not democratic, there seems to be an issue. Even in the rich China, yes indeed they are rich but their GDP per capita puts them far away from the democratic countries, as Chinese common folk live rather miserably. The Middle East who has been riddled with violence for many years now is a prime example, there is not even one country who we can consider democratic, they have all been under dictators and regimes for decades. The same goes for Africa, the majority of the countries are under some sort of regime, or a severely flawed democratic government. The few ones that have a better established democracy and therefore free market are easily noticeable, for example Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, all of them have a pretty good GDP per capita, actually more than twice higher than the Chinese! Democracy works. It makes for better working markets, which lies in the roots of economic stability, as well as international stability. Also, if we look at the GDP per capita world report we see that countries at the bottom are more likely to have wars or violent outbursts within…it puts “Can money buy happiness?” in a whole new perspective.