2008 January 18 Friday
Places Australians Should Not Travel

The government of Australia has a Smartraveller web site with two lists of special interest: We advise against all travel to these countries:

Afghanistan
Burundi
Central African Republic
Iraq
Somalia
Sudan

The theme? Muslim countries of the Middle East and African countries. No surprise.

Then there is their list of less bad but still pretty bad countries you really ought to avoid if you wish a long and healthy life: Destinations for which we advise you to reconsider your need to travel:

Algeria
Angola
Burma
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
East Timor
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Guinea
Haiti
Indonesia
Kenya
Lebanon
Liberia
Nigeria
Pakistan
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka
Syria
Yemen
Zimbabwe

Saudi Arabia is an interesting entry on that list. Do the Aussies see its oppressive legal system a danger even to people who obey the laws in the Kingdom? There's certainly enough evidence available to support that view.

Leave aside even more Muslim Middle Eastern countres and African countries. What else do we see? East Timor and Indonesia. East Timor used to be part of Indonesia and they have a rather bloody history. Indonesia is Muslim and an amalgamation of lots of incompatible ethnic and religious groups. The market dominant minority Chinese get treated in ways that affirm the threat that market dominant minorities face and their treatment there serves as warning about continued immigration of low IQ ethnic groups into the United States.

Haiti is basically a messed up African country transplanted to the Caribbean. The move didn't help.

Burma is the oddest entry on the list, perhaps demonstrating that the legacy of communism and socialism still has some very small role to place in making countries very messed up places. But most of the remaining big problems are caused by Islam and low I.Q.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 January 18 09:30 PM  Chaotic Regions


Comments
HellKaiserRyo said at January 18, 2008 10:21 PM:

Damn, Somalia is on that list, the libertarian paradise with no evil government.

tommy said at January 18, 2008 10:40 PM:
Saudi Arabia is an interesting entry on that list. Do the Aussies see its oppressive legal system a danger even to people who obey the laws in the Kingdom? There's certainly enough evidence available to support that view.

I would guess it has more to do with the attacks on foreign contractors in the kingdom by al-Qaeda in recent years.

Kenelm Digby said at January 19, 2008 5:08 AM:

Due to is geographical proximity to Australia, and its teeming population, I have always thought that Indonesia would have forged strong links with Australia - and that massive Indonesian immigration to Australia would have occurred.
This never happened.
Why?

Rick Darby said at January 22, 2008 6:58 AM:

I wonder if it's only vestigial loyalty to the Commonwealth that keeps Britain off the list.

Dave said at January 22, 2008 12:06 PM:

Rick Darby, did you check the source?
"The European Crime and Safety Survey, published in Brussels yesterday, was a joint venture between the United Nations, the European Commission and the Gallup polling organisation."

The UN and the EU are always trying to make Britain look bad, similar to what they do regards the US.
The statistics are rigged.
One time the papers wrote a headline "Britain a land of criminals", it turns out they had done a survey asking if people had ever taken a pen or pencil home from work, or if they had failed to pay back a loan to a friend on time etc, and other kinds of similar things basically trying to make normal people out to be criminals, meanwhile the same people try to minimise the crimes of hardcore criminals.
Much of the violent crime in Britain is just bar fights, which ofcourse isn't always harmless to those involved but is relatively harmless to the population at large, this was especially true in Scotland which is claimed to be the most violent part of Britain when in reality its a very safe place to go visit.

But yeah I would agree things are getting worse by the month, especially in London.

Kenelm Digby said at January 24, 2008 5:12 AM:

Dave,
Glasgow is assuredly NOT a safe place.
Granted that most of the murders and fights are between willing participants, but official statistics show that the murder rate in Glasgow is horrific.
As to the rest of Scotland I don't know.
Of course the drunken, violent psychopathic Glaswegian Irishman (my apologies to anyone offended - the greatest man I ever knew was a recovered Glaswegian Irish alcoholic), is a stock stereotype of English life.


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