Saturday, May 30, 2009

Witnesses have testified in the case of 11 men in Burundi, accused of the attempted murder of albino people and selling of their body parts

Initial charges of murder have been dropped because the prosecution failed to produce enough evidence. Police suspect the body parts are being sold in neighboring Tanzania, for use in witchcraft. Forty-six albino people have been murdered in Tanzania in the past 18 months, but no-one has been convicted. But the violence against albinos is not restricted to Tanzania; in November 2008 a six-year-old albino girl in Burundi was found dead with her head and limbs removed.

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The witch children of Nigeria

Children accused of engaging in witchcraft are frequently blamed for causing illness, death and destruction, prompting some communities to put them through harrowing punishments to "cleanse" them of their supposed magical powers. Children accused of witchcraft are often incarcerated for weeks on end and beaten, starved and tortured in order to extract a confession. Many of those targeted have traits that make them stand out, including learning disabilities, stubbornness and ailments such as epilepsy. The issue of "child witches" is soaring in Nigeria and other parts of the world. The states of Akwa Ibom and Cross River have about 15,000 children branded as witches, and most of them end up abandoned and abused on the streets. About 1,000 people accused of being witches in Gambia were locked in detention centers in March 2009 and forced to drink a dangerous hallucinogenic potion. In 2005, relatives of an 8-year-old Angolan girl living in England were convicted of torturing her for being a "witch."

The twilight of the Europeans

Richard Lynn looks at the negative effects of immigration and increasing diversity in Europe.

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Black skin, cancer and vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels in blacks could contribute to health gaps between white and black U.S. residents, Michael Holick, a professor at Boston University and a vitamin D researcher, said recently, the GNS/Chicago Sun-Times reports. According to Holick, blacks have lower levels of vitamin D than whites in part because the higher amount of pigment in their skin makes it harder for their body to absorb the nutrient, which is produced in response to sun exposure. Although scientists are debating optimum vitamin D levels, some scientists have said that vitamin D can reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Holick added that some scientists believe blacks are more likely to have prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer and have more aggressive forms of the cancer because they have lower levels of vitamin D. John Flack, principal investigator at the Center for Urban and African American Health at Wayne State University, said lower vitamin D levels among blacks is "potentially a very important explanation for some of the differences, from hypertension to cancer to heart failure."

Eight boys have died and three are in hospital after botched circumcisions in the South African province of Mpumalanga

The teenagers were at an initiation school in the town of Kwamhlanga. One of the initiates died in hospital and the seven others were found by health officials dead at the school. Circumcision is a traditional rite of passage for many boys in South Africa, where authorities have long campaigned to stop botched initiation ceremonies. Although it is unusual for so many boys to die at the same time, deaths from circumcisions are occasionally reported in South Africa, where blunt, unsterilised knives are sometimes used.

Black man has 21 children with 11 mothers

On paper, he has 20 possibly 21 children. With a minimum wage job, he can't afford to support them all. Desmond Hatchett, 29, says he wasn't out to set a record, though he certainly holds it in Knox County Juvenile Child Support Court. Hatchett's children range in age from newborn 11. There are at least 11 mothers; probably several more. Constitutionally, there is nothing the state of Tennessee can do to limit him from having more. Recently, his name appeared on the docket 11 times; Representing about 15 of his 21 children. Desmond Hatchett spent part of an afternoon jailed while a child support referee decided how to split up the $400 he brought to court. If he doesn't pay what he owes, he will go back to jail because he is on an automatic jail order. The mothers of Hatchett's children are supposed to get anywhere from $25 to $309 a month, but when his paycheck is garnished amongst them all, some women only get a $1.98 a month.

New book claims that women are more active on the Swedish neo-Nazi scene

Women are playing an increasingly active role on the Swedish neo-Nazi scene, a new book has revealed. Authors Maria Blomquist and Lisa Bjurwald found that the notion of women as passive neo-Nazi group members, simply following their boyfriends into the movement, was largely a myth. "Women are active in everything from distributing propaganda material, writing articles and taking part in white power concerts, to releasing their own collections of poetry, standing for election and speaking at public demonstrations," Maria Blomquist said. The book, Good dag kampsyster ('Good day, sister in arms'), also looks at the growing numbers of women signing up to the burgeoning right wing extremist movement in Sweden.

Teachers and black students

A study in the Journal of Labor Economics suggests that high-quality teachers tend to leave schools that experience inflows of black students.

BNP-bashing

Politics as usual in Britain.

Ricci and Sotomayor

Steve Sailer has some interesting posts on the New Haven discrimination case.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The brains of people-persons

Cambridge University researchers have discovered that whether someone is a 'people-person' may depend on the structure of their brain: the greater the concentration of brain tissue in certain parts of the brain, the more likely they are to be a warm, sentimental person.

A Latino street gang has been accused of trying to eliminate black people from a southern California city through attempted murders and other crimes

Five indictments charged a total of 147 members and associates of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, and federal and local agencies arrested 63 of them, US attorney Thomas P O'Brien said at a news conference. He called it "the largest gang take down in United States history" but did not elaborate. The indictments detail attempted murder, kidnapping, firearms, narcotics and other charges related to attacks by the gang, which is predominantly Latino and mainly operates in Hawaiian Gardens, a city of about 15,000 in south-eastern Los Angeles county. "[Varrio Hawaiian Gardens] gang members take pride in their racism and often refer to the VHG Gang as the 'Hate Gang,'" the main indictment states. "VHG gang members have expressed a desire to rid the city of Hawaiian Gardens of all African-Americans and have engaged in a systematic effort to achieve that result by perpetrating crimes against African-Americans."

IQ and race

J. Philippe Rushton and Arthur R. Jensen conclude that the preponderance of evidence demonstrates that in intelligence, brain size, and other life history traits, East Asians average higher than do Europeans who average higher do South Asians, African Americans, or sub-Saharan Africans. The group differences are between 50 and 80% heritable.

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Obesity and African ancestry

Obesity seems to be inversely correlated with European ancestry among African Americans.

Black, white and Hispanic birth rates

In 2007, the birth rate among non-Hispanic whites ages 15 to 19 was 27.2 per 1,000, and 64.3 per 1,000 for non-Hispanic black teens in the same age range. The teen birth rate among Hispanic teens ages 15 to 19 was 81.7 per 1,000. Also fewer than six in 10 Latino adults in the United States have a high school diploma. Latino teens are more likely to drop out than their non-Hispanic counterparts, and of all the children living in poverty, 30% are Latino. 69% of Latino teen moms drop out of high school, and the children of teen mothers are less likely to do well in school themselves and often repeat grades. The nation's 45 million Latinos constitute the largest minority group in the United States with a growth rate twice that of the general population. That means by 2025, one-quarter of all American teens will be Latinos.

For the first three months of 2009: 52% of all people stopped for questioning by the NYPD were black, whereas 9% were white

Heather Mac Donald points the real reason why blacks get stopped more often than whites.

Children and exorcisms in the Democratic Republic of Congo

According to a United Nations report, a growing number of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being accused of witchcraft and subjected to violent exorcisms by religious leaders, in which they are often beaten, burned, starved and even murdered. The phenomenon has become one of the main causes in Central Africa for humanitarian groups, which are organizing programs to protect children's rights and educate pastors on the dangers of accusing children. Liana Bianchi, the administrative director for the humanitarian group Africare, says the trend is partly the result of decades of war and economic decline in the Congo. The non-profit group Save the Children estimates that 70% of the roughly 15,000 street children in Kinshasa, the capital, were kicked out of their homes after being accused of witchcraft. The practice, which has also been reported in Nigeria and Angola, can be lucrative for the priests who perform them. The pastors who conduct such rituals are non-denominational, and most have no theological training, says Matondo Kasese of the humanitarian group Reejer. According to Arnold Mushiete, a social worker with a small Catholic organization called Our House, Congo's atmosphere of religious fervor, minimal education and rampant poverty makes for fertile territory for pastors who convince desperate parents that their children are the cause of their financial, medical and romantic problems.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Americans grow happier as they age

A new Pew Research Center survey shows the tendency is holding up as the economy tanks. Happiness is a complex thing. Past studies have found that happiness is partly inherited, that Republicans are happier than Democrats and that old men tend to be happier than old women. And even before the economy got nasty, seniors were found to be generally happier than Baby Boomers. Some of that owes to the American Dream being lived by past generations, while Boomers work two jobs and watch the dream wither. In times like this, it's clear how age can have its advantages. While not all seniors are weathering the recession well, for many the impact is much less severe than it is for younger people. Why? Many people 65 and older retired and downsized their lifestyles before the economy imploded, according to Pew analysts. Most aren't raising kids and many are not so worried about being laid off. Loss of income can be, of course, a source of stress and displeasure. (While money doesn't buy happiness, a study in February 2009 showed cash can help, especially when people use it to do stuff instead of buy things.) If you're thinking that Republicans are happy just because they perhaps make more money, that does not seem to be the case. The study that found Republicans to be happier than Democrats also showed that it held true even after adjusting for income.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jewish candidate told that Muslims would not accept her

Elaina Cohen, formerly of Manchester, claims that former Birmingham Lord Mayor, Labor councillor Mahmood Hussain, told her he would not support her application to stand for the inner city ward of East Handsworth and Lozells - a safe Labor seat - as his Muslim members would object to her because she was white and Jewish. Councillor Hussain has denied the allegations. Two days after the alleged conversation Mrs Cohen, 50, was rejected by a pre-selection panel in favor of a black South African.

A Muslim extremist has been found guilty of firebombing the home of the publisher of a novel about the Prophet Mohammed and his child bride

Abbas Taj, 31, a minicab driver from Forest Gate, East London, had claimed he was simply giving two other men a lift to the house in an exclusive square in Islington, North London. The other men, Ali Beheshti, 41, and Abrar Mirza, 23, had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to recklessly damaging property and endangering life following the attack on Saturday September 27, 2008. The men were under surveillance by police who had warned Martin Rynja, 43, and his partner, to move out of their four-storey townhouse, which had an office in the basement. Taj's car, a Honda Accord, had been bugged by officers and their conversation was recorded as they drove to the square. The 3 men were observed driving twice through the square in Islington before Beheshti and Mirza approached the front door with a petrol can in a white plastic bag, poured diesel fuel through the letter box and used a disposable lighter to set it on fire. It was alleged that Taj, who was born in Somalia, East Africa, but moved to Britain at the age of 15, was acting as the getaway driver and as armed police swooped, his car was stopped near the Angel tube station not far away. Rynja, who ran a company called Gibson Square Books, had been planning to publish a historical novel by US author Shelley Jones called the Jewel of Medina about the Prophet Mohamed's third wife Aisha, who married him at the age of nine.

Black women, breast cancer and mortality

Although black women are one-third less likely than women of other races to develop cancer, they are 30% more likely than other women to die if they are diagnosed with the disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Researchers found that among women with breast cancer the likelihood of finding breast cancer in black women at age 33 is the same as in finding it in white women at age 40.

Genes and middle-class children

Are middle-class children more likely to be clever than those from poorer families because they have better genes?

The failure of multiculturalism in Brixton

Sathnam Sanghera says that if you stick people from different backgrounds in one place they will have nothing to do with one another.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Race and voting

The Audacious Epigone has some interesting demographic information regarding the Presidential election.

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Toilets and brides in India

In rural India, having a toilet has become an issue of a woman’s right. Many homes don’t feature plumbing because men, in particular, question the expense – even the desirability – of indoor facilities. That’s changing rapidly in the state of Haryana, where the government is putting up funds and village women are leaning on their men to get with the program. Their slogan: “No toilet, no bride.” The combined effort has helped boost the number of rural homes with toilets to 60%, up from less than 5% four years ago, says Kashi Nath Jha, the Haryana local chairman of the sanitation organization Sulabh International. In Ladravan, a village of farms and brick kilns about an hour’s drive from Delhi international airport, one bride has already divorced her groom when she learned that his family lied about having a toilet, says Anil Kumar Chhikara, one of the village leaders. Another young woman, Monica, says of any potential suitor, “I’ll be asking him to build a toilet.” And if he doesn’t? “Then I won’t marry him.” Women have more clout these days in the village, says Mr. Chhikara, because years of selective-sex abortions have left more bachelors than potential brides. Kamla Devi sits on the front porch of a new home being built for her son and his fiancée. The toilet was one of the first items to be completed. The government will refund 90% of a completed toilet’s construction cost. Until now, Mrs. Devi had no toilet and, like others, would wait until nightfall for privacy. “It was very embarrassing when I was outside and I saw the light of a car … on me,” she says.

African troops sodomized pygmies in March 2009 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, believing they would gain supernatural powers

"Some soldiers from the 85th Brigade sodomized three male pygmies to gain supernatural powers and protection in Kisa village in Walikale territory," the Human Rights League of the Great Lakes said. "The village chief was stripped and (sodomized) in the presence of his wife, his children and daughter in-law. The children in turn were stripped and raped in front of their father." It said armed groups in the region also abused the pygmies. Elderly citizens and children were also being raped by the armed groups and wayward FARDC soldiers in eastern DRC, it added. The pygmies live essentially as subsistence hunter-gatherers in the forests in the DRC's equatorial zones and have been targeted by militia groups in the past. Among the armed groups roaming the eastern part of Congo are the Rwandan Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels. Some of its members are accused of being among the main perpetrators of Rwanda's 1994 genocide by Hutus against the Tutsi minority. The United Nations and global human rights organizations have accused the FDLR of engaging in mass murder, rape and pillage of locals' property.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women between the ages of 25 and 34

Nationally, of the 126,964 women who had HIV/AIDS in 2005, 64% were black, 15% were Hispanic, and 1% were Asian or Pacific Islander, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The acquittal of former AIPAC operatives Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman on espionage is yet another victory for the Israel Lobby

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Middle Eastern gang leader says that Australians are racist

The leader of Sydney's radical Middle Eastern street gang - Asesinoz MC - has accused Australians of racism. The 29-year-old, who calls himself Sam "The Assassin", defended the Parramatta-based gang's violent image in its YouTube videos and MySpace site. They promote anti-Australian sentiment and flag burning. "There are a handful of good Australians but most are racist by assuming Lebanese people are responsible for all crimes," he said. "When they see a Middle Eastern walking down the street they assume they are Lebanese. I am half Lebanese and half Iraqi but I want the public and the police to know this: Don't forget about the Persians, Iraqis, Afghanis, Turks etc . . . because they do crimes too. That is why we have posted these videos up." The president of one of the city's newest street gangs, he said he was known as Sam Asesinoz, which means assassin in Spanish, although it was not his real name. On the gang's MySpace site, he warns: "Now we can't be f. . . . . with, coz we will take your life, we are the true soldiers." He revealed that the Asesinoz MC had 70 members. Senior police are concerned about the growth of gangs among young Middle Eastern men and have identified them, including Asesinoz MC and the Muslim Brotherhood Movement, as recruiting grounds for biker gangs.

Police figures have revealed that immigrants are carrying out one in six rapes in Britain - and an astonishing one in three in London

One South African rapist targeted women who were white.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Cremation and Chinese crime gangs

Gangs are thought to be kidnapping and murdering elderly people, then selling the corpses for cremation to superstitious families who do not want their own dead loved ones incinerated. The bereaved in southern China are buying substitute bodies for the cremation and secretly burying their dead relatives. Cremation is promoted as hygienic and space-saving, and in some regions it is obligatory. However, many believe if a body is burnt the spirit will be angry and misfortune will befall descendants. If it has the proper rites the spirit is content in the next world and protects relatives. Although nationwide only 1% of the population is cremated, in the county of Jieyang in Canton, where it is mandatory, the figure is 100%. The sinister theory is emerging that many of the bodies are elderly people living alone who have been snatched and murdered. Several gangs are reported to be involved in the trade of substitute corpses, charging 10,000 yuan (almost £1,000). The South China Morning Post reported how increasing numbers of missing-person posters had appeared in the towns of Jeixi and Puning in recent years. It is thought about 400 elderly people have disappeared in the region. One villager said: “My 67-year-old brother-in-law disappeared in February and my mother’s cousin three years ago. We have never received the slightest news.” Tong Xiaopin, a social sciences investigator in Canton, said: “Many people, above all in the countryside, believe that improvements in living conditions are not the result of social reform but because of the way in which they buried their ancestors.”

Saturday, May 2, 2009