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In Ireland, 25 per cent of the working population are employed by US companies. [National Institute Economic Review, April 1997]

Deaths due to warfare between 1914-1990 are estimated at 187m, about 9 per cent of the world’s population in 1914. [Eric Hobsbawm, On History, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1997]

In 1995, the EU produced 550 films, compared to 450 produced by Hollywood. [Le Monde Diplomatique, May 1997]

Less than 1 per cent of Britain’s MPs have e-mail. As of last November, 80 per cent of all US members of Congress had web pages. [Slate, May 1997]

The value of China’s…

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