Rohingya refugees walk toward a refugee camp in Bangladesh, November 19, 2017. Credit: Reuter/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Refugee Planet: A Record-Breaking 68 Million People Now Displaced by War and Persecution

The number of people forced to flee their home countries reached 68.5 million at the start of 2018. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution. Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees in 2017. Turkey was the country that received most new refugees last year – 700,000 people. In comparison, the US received about 60,000.

A handout photograph from the German government shows a group of leaders at the Group of Seven summit, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump, in Canada on June 9, 2018. Jesco Denzel—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The G-7: A Demise to Celebrate

Trump may have done us all the favor of destroying this last major remnant of the era of Western domination of the world-system. Of course, the demise of the G-7 will not mean that the struggle for a better world is over. Not at all. Those who back a system of exploitation and hierarchy will simply look for other ways of doing it.