Saturday, November 10, 2018

Thousands of Central American migrants were back on the move toward the US border after dedicated Mexico City metro trains whisked them to the outskirts of the capital and drivers began offering rides north

At the Line 2 terminus, migrants began making their way to a main highway to resume walking and hitchhiking with the tacit approval of Mexican officials. Near a major toll plaza about 19 miles north of the city, Mexico state police and human rights officials helped load men, women, and children onto eighteen-wheelers and asked passing buses and trucks if they would carry migrants. Maria Yesenia Perez, a 41-year-old who left La Ceiba, Honduras nearly a month ago with her 8-year-old daughter, said she was prepared to wait to gain entry at the US border. "I decided to come (with the caravan) to help my family," she said, before she and her daughter were hoisted onto the back of a semitrailer. Perez is now one of roughly 4,000 migrants who plan to proceed to the city of Queretaro — a state capital 124 miles to the northwest — and then possibly to Guadalajara, Culiacan, Hermosillo, and eventually Tijuana on the US border. Whereas migrants like her carried tiny knapsacks with bare essentials in Mexico's tropical south, their belongings swelled noticeably after a multiday stop in Mexico City. Many are now hauling bundles of blankets, sleeping bags, and heavy clothing to protect against colder temperatures in the northern part of the country.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A German economist has suggested that the only way for Northern Ireland to avoid negative economic impacts of Brexit is to unite with the Republic of Ireland

Kurt Hubner's conclusion is in a report examining the impact of different Brexit scenarios on Ireland. It suggests unification would mean that by 2025 Northern Ireland's economic output would be almost £16 billion higher than it otherwise would have been. Economists do not agree about the potential benefits of unification. The major issue concerns the subvention that Northern Ireland receives from Westminster - the shortfall between what Northern Ireland spends on services and raises in taxes. Hubner's economic model effectively suggests that unification would lead to major productivity and output gains which would more than cover the subvention. His report is a revision of a previous paper published in 2015 called "Modeling Irish Unification" which suggested that unification would boost economic output per head by up to 17,000 euros (£14,845) by 2025. The latest version is updated with new official data and Brexit impacts. It continues to suggest a positive, albeit smaller, impact of about 10,000 euros per head by 2025 in event of reunification. By contrast, Hubner suggests that a hard Brexit, on World Trade Organization terms, would mean output per head would be by about 10,000 euros (£8,732) less by 2025 compared to what it would be in a no-Brexit scenario. Even with a scenario in which Northern Ireland remained in the single market both parts of Ireland would suffer losses in comparison to a no-Brexit scenario. He states: "Compared to a hard-Brexit, unification is by far the better option. As a matter of fact, it is the only option with positive net effects." Hubner's model suggests that the the adoption of the Irish tax system, greater openness to foreign direct investment and reduced trade barriers would see Northern Ireland enjoy a period of "economic catch up."

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The economy is great in Trump's America

The last unemployment report before the midterms is a strong one. Employers added 250,000 jobs in October 2018, above the forecast of 188,000. The unemployment rate itself remained at a five-decade low of 3.7%. The influx of new job-seekers in October 2018 increased the proportion of Americans with jobs to its highest level since January 2009. What's more, wages rose 3.1% when compared to October 2017, the best such gain since 2009. It's the first time since the recession ended that wages rose more than 3% over a year. Average hourly earnings in the private sector increased 5 cents to $27.30.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Geneticists have assembled the largest sets of African genomic data available to date, creating a resource that will help researchers understand the genetic structure of Africa as well as the effects of genetic variation on protein function and disease

The findings underscore the importance of including globally diverse participant cohorts in genetics research. The researchers collected and analyzed genome-wide data from 6,400 individuals from rural Uganda, including the whole genome sequences of 1,978 people within that group. They combined this with data from an additional 7,784 individuals from other African countries, in the first genome-wide association study (GWAS) to analyze multiple traits across Africa. "This study represents one of the largest and most comprehensive efforts to identify genetic associations with disease within African populations, and will provide a roadmap for large-scale GWAS across the region," said Ayesha Motala, MD, FRCP, a leader of the study and professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. "Prior to our work, there were only a few hundred whole genome sequences available from Africa," said Deepti Gurdasani, MD, PhD, from the Wellcome Sanger Institute. "Most of the information we had was from African-American populations, which didn't capture the full diversity of the continent." After compiling the data, Dr. Gurdasani and her colleagues assessed genetic similarities and differences within the cohort, identifying commonalities among those who migrated to Uganda from the same regions. They also found a complex mixture of similarities between the Ugandan genomes, ancient East African populations, and Eurasian genomes. These findings suggest that modern Ugandan genomes represent the complex history of migration in the region, and that they have been shaped by multiple mixture events over thousands of years, including mixture with genomes resembling those in modern Europe. In addition, the researchers examined genetic influences on a variety of traits and diseases in the larger GWAS cohort, identifying 10 new associations specific to African populations. For example, they discovered an association between a deletion in the HBA1/HBA2 gene, known to cause the blood disorder alpha thalassemia, and blood bilirubin levels. This deletion is common among Africans, found in approximately 22% of individuals, but rare among previously studied Europeans. "Although it correlates with disease, this variant has been shown to protect people from severe malaria, which presents a stronger advantage in Africa than in Europe and has enabled the variant to rise in frequency within Africa," Dr. Gurdasani explained. The study also found an association between HBA1/HBA2 deletion and the blood's level of the protein HbA1c, high levels of which are often used to diagnose diabetes. "The high frequency of thalassemia in some African populations may affect the accuracy of this test, as it can modify HbA1c independently of glucose levels," Dr. Gurdasani said. Beyond their own analysis, the researchers hope their data will help other scientists better understand the genetic diversity of African populations and develop cost-effective tools to capture genome variation for future studies. Future work will also include detailed mapping of the cause-and-effect relationships between genetic variants through examining functional impact of variants on gene expression. As next steps, the researchers plan to expand their genomic data set to populations across Africa, by sampling diverse indigenous populations, and expanding the GWAS to about 75,000 individuals.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Geneticist says that there is no gay gene

In a large study of more than 490,000 men and women in the United States, Britain and Sweden, researchers discovered four genetic variants that occur more often in people who indicated on questionnaires that they had had same-sex sexual partners. Andrea Ganna, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard reported the results. Two of the variants were specific to men’s sexual partner choice. The other two influence sex partner choice for both men and women. Collectively, the DNA differences explained only 8% to 12% of the heritability of having same-sex partners. “There is no gay gene,” Ganna said, “but rather non-heterosexuality is influenced by many tiny-effect genetic factors.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is facing a backlash after revealing a DNA test, which she says validates her claims of Native American heritage

The Cherokee Nation slammed the results for showing trace amounts of native DNA. President Donald Trump later took to Twitter to taunt Warren. Many analysts speculate that Warren, whose heritage Trump has often mocked, is running for president. "Even they don't want her," Trump said in response to the statement by the Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal nation in the United States. "Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!" he wrote on Twitter, referencing the daughter of the 17th-Century indigenous chief. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr said in a statement that "a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship". "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong," Hoskin said, adding that current tests do not differentiate between peoples from the North and South American continents. Warren later tweeted: "DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only - only - by Tribal Nations". "I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate."

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Somalian whose deportation from Britain was dramatically halted after airline passengers staged a mutiny demanding his release was a convicted gang rapist who was being kicked out of the country because of his sickening crime

Officials escorting Yaqub Ahmed on a flight from Heathrow to Turkey were forced to abandon his deportation when around a dozen holidaymakers who felt sorry for him angrily intervened shortly before take-off. At one stage during the astonishing episode, filmed on mobile phones, one traveler complained: "They’re separating him from his family’", while others chanted "take him off the plane". When harassed security guards caved in and walked 29-year-old Ahmed off the Turkish Airlines flight, he was seen thanking those on board for their support as they cheered and applauded. One person was heard declaring: "You’re free, man!" But the passengers who thought they were doing a good deed were unaware that the man they were defending had been sentenced to nine years in jail for his part in a vicious gang rape of a teenage girl – and that another member of his gang later fought for Islamic State in Syria. Ahmed, 18 at the time of the rape and living in Clerkenwell, North London, is thought to have been granted refugee status after arriving in Britain from war-torn Somalia as a boy.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified three specific gene types that account for a known two-to-three-fold increase in myeloma diagnoses among African-Americans

Researchers also demonstrated the ability to study race and racial admixture more accurately using DNA analysis. "Myeloma is a serious blood cancer that occurs two to three times more often in African-Americans than Caucasians," says Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., a hematologist at Mayo Clinic and senior author of the study. "We sought to identifying the mechanisms of this health disparity to help us better understand why myeloma occurs in the first place and provide insight into the best forms of therapy." Dr. Rajkumar and his colleagues studied 881 patients of various racial groups. Researchers found that the higher risk of myeloma known to occur in African-Americans was driven by three specific subtypes of the cancer characterized by the presence of genetic translocations in cancer cells. Translocations are genetic abnormalities in cancer cells caused by the rearrangement of parts between nonhomologous chromosomes. The translocation researchers identified were t(11;14), t(14;16), and (t14;20). "Previous efforts to understand this disparity have relied on self-reported race rather than on genetic ancestry, which may have resulted in bias," explains Dr. Rajkumar. "A major new aspect of this study is that we identified the ancestry of each patient through DNA sequencing, which allowed us to determine ancestry more accurately." Dr. Rajkumar says that the probability of an individual having one of the three specific translocations responsible for myeloma was significantly higher in the 120 patients who researchers identified with the highest level of African ancestry compared to the 235 individuals identified with lowest level of African ancestry. "There are efforts to enroll more minorities in clinical studies, and this is important.," says Dr. Rajkumar. "However, it is equally, if not more important, to determine the mechanisms of racial disparities in terms of why cancers occur more often in certain racial groups. Our findings provide important information that will help us determine the mechanism by which myeloma is more common in African-Americans, as well as help us in our quest to find out what causes myeloma in the first place." Dr. Rajkumar says study results also are important because response to cancer treatments vary based on the genetic subtype of cancer, and these findings will help researchers develop more effective treatment strategies for African-Americans with myeloma.

Pediatric researchers have discovered common gene variants associated with migraines in African-American children

The research adds to knowledge of genetic influences on childhood migraine and may lead to future precision medicine treatments for African-American children with these intense headaches. "Scientists already know that migraines may run in families, and other researchers have discovered multiple genetic links to migraine in European adults," said study leader Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Applied Genomics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). "However, this is the first large-scale genetic study of migraine in children and in African-Americans." The researchers performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in separate groups of African-American (AA) and European-American (EA) children from CHOP's pediatric network. One study compared 380 AA children with migraine to 2,129 ancestry-matched control subjects. Another study compared 599 EA children with migraine to 7327 EA controls. The scientists found a novel genetic susceptibility locus on chromosome 5, specifically 5q.33.1, that predisposed AA children to migraine, but was not significant for the EA children. The team then performed a replication study that confirmed this finding in an independent pediatric cohort of 233 AA migraine patients compared to 4038 AA control subjects without migraine. Further analysis of the risk locus on chromosome 5 implicated two genes, NMUR2 and GLRA1, both involved in signaling pathways in the central nervous system. The researchers said this finding was consistent with previous GWAS research in adults that pointed to genes involved in neurotransmitter release.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

By 2050, more than 40% of the world’s extremely poor people will live in just two African countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria

Africa is expected to account for more than half of the world’s population growth between 2015 and 2050. Its population is projected to double by 2050, and could double again by 2100.

Diversity is Sex Slavery

Young white girl was repeatedly raped, twice forced into marriage and had 8 abortions after being abducted by Muslim gang.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

In a meeting of one of Mexico's most beloved traditions and one of its most pervasive epidemics, gunmen dressed as mariachis shot up a thriving entertainment district of Mexico City, killing five and injuring at least eight

In audacious and apparently well-planned hit, five men arrived on motorcycles at the Plaza Garibaldi and opened fire as several mariachi bands played on the eve of the country's independence celebrations, then sped off as they arrived. It's unclear whether the shooting was motivated by gang violence, but a district infested with drugs and gangs lies about a mile away. Mexico City's mariachi scene traces its roots to a bar in Plaza Garibaldi. No arrests have been made.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Some Tuscans can trace their heritage to female ancestors who lived in the same region 5,000 years ago

Tuscany, a corridor of cultural exchange between central Italy and the western Mediterranean coast throughout history, has hosted conquerors from the Romans to Napoleon. Michela Leonardi at the University of Cambridge, in England, and her colleagues studied mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only through the maternal line, from modern individuals in northwestern Tuscany. Their analyses identified genetic continuity between modern mitochondrial DNA and remains dating to the region’s prehistoric, Etruscan, Roman and Renaissance eras. The authors used computer simulations to model evolution of the historical populations involved, estimating population sizes at key times. The simulations compared the effects of genetic continuity and discontinuity for each pair of periods. In each era, genealogical continuity better accounted for the genetic diversity of data between the ancient and modern samples.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A majority of people in Northern Ireland would vote for a united Ireland in the event of Brexit, according to a new poll

The poll carried out for Our Future Our Choice, a campaign group of young people calling for a “people’s vote” on the final Brexit deal, found that 52% of people in Northern Ireland would vote for a united Ireland if the United Kingdom quits the European Union. The online poll of 1,199 people from Northern Ireland was conducted by Deltapoll between August 27th and August 30th, 2018. One of the questions posed was this: “Imagine now that the UK decided to leave the EU. Under these circumstances how would you vote in a referendum on the constitutional arrangements of the island of Ireland?” More than half – 52% – said that they would vote for a united Ireland, while 39% said that they would vote for Northern Ireland to remain part of the UK. The poll also found that more would vote for a united Ireland in the event of a hard Border. In such circumstances, 56% said that they would vote for unity in a Border poll while 40% responded that they would vote to remain in the UK. A total of 94% of those surveyed from a “nationalist heritage” said that they would vote for unity in the event of Brexit. However, that nationalist figure dropped to 73% if the UK did not leave the European Union. Among people who described themselves as neither from a nationalist nor a unionist heritage support for a united Ireland dropped from 59% to 23% if the UK stayed in the European Union. “This result confirms what everybody already knows in their heart, that if we leave the EU, people will vote for a united Ireland,” said Doire Finn (23), a spokeswoman for Our Future Our Choice Northern Ireland. “Arlene Foster and the DUP’s stance on Brexit has advanced the nationalist cause further than 40 years of IRA violence ever managed,” she added. “But her supporters have a chance to defend unionism by calling for the DUP leadership to support a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal,” said Finn. The campaign group held a similar poll in Scotland of 1,022 respondents. There 47% said that they would vote for Scottish independence in a future referendum if the UK left the European Union as planned while 43% said that they would vote to stay in the UK. But if Brexit was stopped, 47% said that they would vote for Scotland to stay in the UK and 43% said that they would vote for independence.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hispanics and the firearms death rate

If you look at the firearms death rate on an international basis, it becomes clear that it tends to be a greater problem for Latino nations than for non-Hispanic ones. For example, the United States - still predominantly non-Hispanic - comes in at number 20.

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Jewish video gamer kills two people before turning gun on himself at Jacksonville tournament

A professional video gamer from Baltimore is suspected of killing at least two people and wounded several others when he opened fire at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, police and local media said. David Katz, 24, of Baltimore then turned the gun on himself. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams declined to comment on what led to the third major mass shooting to hit Florida in the last two years. Police swarmed home of Katz’s family in the tony Federal Hill neighborhood, near the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. Dozens of ambulances and police cars flooded into The Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in the city’s downtown, after several shots rang out on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The shooting took place during a regional qualifier for the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside a Chicago Pizza restaurant, according to the venue’s website. The bar was livestreaming the football video game competition when the gunfire started, according to video of the stream shared on social media. In the video, players can be seen reacting to the shots and cries can be heard before the footage cuts off.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

African migrants reel as Israeli law cuts into salaries

Illegal migrants start to feel the bite of a law passed last year that requires their employers to hand over 20% of their salaries to the state, which promises to give it to the migrants once they leave. Illegal African migrants in Israel have faced since last year a de facto 20% salary cut that has driven them further into poverty, as part of the country's policy to persuade them to leave. Israel's roughly 35,000 illegal African migrants and the groups that support them say the recent law — in which Israel withholds the money from their paychecks every month and returns it only if they leave the country — is yet another attempt by an anti-migrant government to force them out. "I feel that they started the 'deposit law' to make our life miserable," said Salamwit Willedo, a migrant from Eritrea who came to Israel in 2010 via its once-porous border. "We suffer for eight years here. If I had a country, why am I living here?" The Africans, mainly from war-torn Sudan and dictatorial Eritrea, began arriving in Israel in 2005 through its border with Egypt after Egyptian forces violently quashed a refugee demonstration and word spread of safety and job opportunities in Israel. Tens of thousands crossed the desert border, often after enduring dangerous journeys, before Israel completed a barrier in 2012 that stopped the influx. Since then, Israel has wrestled with how to cope with those already in the country. Many took up menial jobs in hotels and restaurants, and thousands settled in southern Tel Aviv, where Israeli residents began complaining of rising crime. While the migrants say that they are refugees fleeing conflict or persecution, Israel views them as job-seekers who threaten the Jewish character of the state. Israel has gone from detaining them in remote desert prisons to purportedly reaching a deal with a third country, believed to be Rwanda, to have them deported there. In April 2018, Israel reached an agreement with the United Nations to have many, but not all, of the migrants resettled in Western countries, with others allowed to stay in Israel. But the government quickly scrapped the deal after an outcry by hard-line politicians and residents of the hardscrabble areas where many of the migrants live. The measures have kept the migrants living in limbo. The overwhelming majority have not been granted asylum. Israel doesn't hide its intentions behind the "deposit law," which according to the Interior Ministry, is meant to make Israel a less attractive option for migrants. The law requires migrants' employers to hand over 20% of their salaries to the state, which says it keeps the money until the migrants leave, at which point they can reclaim the cash. Unlike a tax, the withholding doesn't grant the migrants any additional social services, to which their access is already limited. Employers are also tasked with storing an additional 16% of migrant's salaries toward a pension fund, making this social benefit inaccessible until asylum seekers choose to leave Israel. Employers who hire migrants must also pay an additional tax, implemented to encourage employment of Israeli citizens over foreigners, which makes finding work an even greater challenge for the migrants. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said that the state is currently holding nearly $40 million in the "deposit accounts" of more than 13,000 migrants. Of the thousands who have left Israel voluntarily, 400 have withdrawn their money, she said. However, the law is being challenged in the country's Supreme Court, and many migrants view it as another attempt by the Israeli government to compel them to leave the country voluntarily. Under international law, Israel cannot legally deport asylum seekers. "Always we are living under threat and uncertainty," said Ghebrehiwot Tekle, an Eritrean who has lived in Israel since 2006 and works as a translator for an aid group. "Every year there will be a new law that can make our life hard." A year after the law's implementation, the 20% salary reduction has been deeply felt by Tel Aviv's community of asylum seekers. According to accounts from various advocacy groups and asylum seekers, the impact ranges from people switching to black market jobs that pay them in cash to more women entering prostitution. Families are also being forced to move into smaller apartments, choosing to place their children with uncertified, often unsafe baby-sitters, and giving up on paying for their children's health insurance. ASSAF, an Israeli aid group for migrants, has tracked the law's effects since it was enacted. It said that requests to the group for food assistance by migrants have increased by a third over the past year. Inquiries regarding job loss increased by more than half and there was a more than 80% increase in migrants registering concern over homelessness. "They used to be poor before as well. Now they are more poor," said Sigal Rozen, public policy director of the Israeli aid organization Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. Willedo, the Eritrean migrant in Israel since 2010, said that her family has tried to reduce their cost of living because of the deposit law, but it's difficult given that most of their income is dedicated to paying rent. Instead, Willedo said that they try to make up the difference by skimping on many of her children's expenses, such as health insurance, diapers and formula.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Black people in Britain are more likely to develop dementia than those from other ethnic groups but are still much less likely to be diagnosed and receive support, a study has warned

The condition, a collective term for the loss of memory and thinking skills, was seen least in people from Asian backgrounds, the authors from University College London and King’s College London found. It is the first study to compare incidence of dementia and diagnosis across white, black, and Asian ethnic backgrounds, and between genders. “What we found suggests that the rates of people receiving a diagnosis may be lower than the actual rates of dementia in certain groups, particularly among black men,” one of the authors, Dr Tra My Pham, from UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Health, said. “It is concerning that black people appear to be more at risk of dementia but less likely to receive a timely diagnosis.” The authors say that they cannot fully explain the low rates of dementia in people from Asian background. Health inequalities like cardiovascular disease which contribute to dementia are common in Asian and black communities. Compared to white women, it found the incidence of dementia diagnosis was 18% lower among Asian women and 25% higher among black women. For men, incidence of dementia diagnosis was 28% higher among the black men, and 12% lower in Asian men, compared to white men, the study found.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Asians averaged 27.8% higher income than non-Hispanic whites in 2016, 109% higher than blacks, and 72% more than Hispanics

Does the fact that Asians do so well in the United States mean that we have a problem with Asian privilege? Or does it just mean that Asians are smarter and harder working than everyone else?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

New Hampshire is 94% white and has the lowest homicide rate in the country

New Hampshire also ranks third among the 50 states in both 8th grade reading and math on the federal NAEP school achievement test.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A black woman has been charged with murder after kidnapping a white baby and setting him on fire

A six-month old baby boy was kidnapped, set on fire and dumped near train tracks in Louisiana recently. Baby Levi Cole Ellerbe was kidnapped on July 17, 2018 after two people came to mother Hanna Barker's trailer door just after 9PM and sprayed her in the face with what she believed was mace. Instinctively, Barker ran to get away, a statement from Natchitoches police said, and when she went back home, found her infant son was missing. Police said that the search for baby Levi began immediately, with additional officers from surrounding precincts called in to help. Unfortunately, less than 90 minutes after Levi went missing, police were alerted to a fire nearby the railroad, where they found a badly burned six-month-old boy. Levi was rushed to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in a critical condition but died the next day from his injuries. Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith, 25, has been charged with the first degree murder of Levi and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. It is unclear if Smith and Hanna Barker knew each other personally, but the pair are friends on Facebook.

UPDATE (07/26/2018): It seems that the white baby's mother was involved in the murder and has been charged along with the black woman. As I said in my previous post, we have a problem with white trash in this country. The problem is not that they are poor but that they act like savages. The white mother apparently had no problem with burning her baby to death which just shows what kind of foul vermin she truly is.

Friday, July 20, 2018

White Trash Baby

It is common practice for me on this blog to link to stories that show the problems that are caused by the growing non-white population of the United States. It has also been common practice for me to ignore the problems caused by the white trash population of our nation. My main reason for doing this was that with the overall white population of this country aging and in decline, I felt it was not advisable for whites to start turning on each other. Recently, I came across the above picture which I find alarming and I feel the need to comment on it. It has apparently been on the Internet for years and appears on multiple websites. As you can see the picture is of a white baby boy eating cornflakes out of a bowl while naked from the waist down. His penis is dangling into the bowl that he is eating out of and he may even be urinating into the bowl while eating the cereal. If that were not gross enough, the bowl is pushed up to his naked butt which may mean that this kid's breakfast is being contaminated with fecal matter. The child also appears to be giving the middle finger - apparently the scene wasn't vile enough already. Presumably this picture was taken by one of the boy's close relatives. This individual should have realized how unhealthy this scene was on so many levels and yet, instead of doing anything to rectify the situation, took a picture and put it on the Internet for all the world to see apparently feeling that there was nothing in the least shameful or disgusting about this situation. If this picture is any indication of the sort of white people who are breeding in this country then we are doomed regardless of what is done about the non-white population.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hispanic rapist: Police in San Francisco have caught a man they'd been hunting as the "Rideshare Rapist"

Orlando Vilchez Lazo, 37, has been charged with four separate assaults going back to 2013, and police suspect that more victims are out there. Lazo would show up in a car with rideshare tags in areas where companies such as a Lyft and Uber did a lot of business. Victims would enter his car thinking that he was their driver, and he would then take them to another location and rape them. It was still unclear whether Lazo actually worked as a legit driver for any of the usual companies. "The fact that he's committed these four rapes over five years led us to believe he was a very dangerous person and he wasn't going to stop until we caught him," says police Cmdr. Greg McEachern. The commander adds that it's hard to believe Lazo committed only these four rapes over that stretch. Police knew from DNA that they were hunting a man they referred to as the Rideshare Rapist, but the crime-scene DNA did not match any currently in the police system. The most recent attack occurred in June 2018, and Lazo was stopped during an undercover operation recently. Police obtained a DNA sample that links him to the four violent attacks.

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state

The proposed legislation would allow the state to “authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community”. In its current state, the draft would also permit Jewish religious law to be implemented in certain cases and remove Arabic as an official language. The legislation has been compared to South African apartheid by Israeli parliamentarians. The Middle Eastern country sees itself as both a democratic and a Jewish state, saying that its legal system protects the rights of Arabs, who make up more than a fifth of the population, and other minorities. However, the “Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people” bill would enshrine the country’s Jewish national and religious character into law. “Our main concern is that it is changing the nature of the state and it changes the balance of Israel as a nation state,” said Amir Fuchs, the head of the defending democratic values program at the Israel Democracy Institute. “You can be a nation state and still be a democracy as long as you don’t discriminate,” said Fuchs. “That the state is allowed to create villages that will separate on the basis of race or religion or nationality – this is outrageous.” The purpose of the bill, he said, was “to change the balance, to make us more of a nation state, more of a Jewish state, and less of a democracy. There is no other way to put it. And this is the biggest problem.” Many Israeli neighborhoods and towns are already effectively segregated, with residents either vastly Jewish or Arab. In many places, it is tough for an Arab to move in, although segregation is not legal. Writing in the progressive-leaning Haaretz newspaper, Mordechai Kremnitzer, from the faculty of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the bill would “remove the mask so as to reveal the ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance”. The debate has also opened a rift with the Jewish diaspora, with fears among more liberal American Jewish groups that it would prioritize Orthodox communities over other denominations. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said that the bill was a grave threat to Israeli democracy and hurt “the delicate balance between the Jewish majority and Arab minority, and it enthrones ultra-Orthodox Judaism at the expense of the majority of a pluralistic world Jewry”. Daniel Sokatch, the chief executive of New Israel Fund, which supports civil rights groups in Israel, decried the bill as “tribalism at its worst”.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Forty-three percent of blacks owned homes in 2017, according to an annual report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

In contrast, 72% of whites did, a gap that has mostly widened during the past three decades. The housing market is recovering nearly a decade after the financial crisis. But a recent increase in the national homeownership rate — the first in more than a decade — has done little to close the stark gap between black and white households. Blacks have also had smaller gains in homeownership since the recession compared with whites, Hispanics and Asians. The gap persists even as African-Americans have experienced other major financial gains since the downturn. The unemployment rate for black workers dropped to 5.9% in May 2018, hitting a record low. African-Americans' wages have risen as much as the average since 2008. But when it comes to homeownership, one of the pillars of building wealth, black households are worse off than they were 30 years ago. After finding steady jobs and rebuilding their credit after the recession, some African-Americans are having a hard time saving for a down payment. Black workers are more likely than other racial groups to see their paychecks, which are already smaller than those of the average white worker, eaten up by student loan payments and growing rental bills, housing experts say. And when they do feel ready to buy a home, people of color often face higher fees that make the loans unaffordable. Black and Latino borrowers were disproportionately hit by foreclosures in the financial crisis, studies show. About 8% of African-American and Latino homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure from 2007 to 2009, almost twice the rate of white homeowners, according to estimates from the Center for Responsible Lending. After the downturn, banks and other lenders clamped down on credit, added more consumer protections and raised the qualifications for mortgages. Some consumer groups say the higher lending standards resulted in an overcorrection that made it especially difficult for people of color, who may have lower credit scores and modest down payments, to break into the market.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Nigerian healer has been shot dead after encouraging one of his customers to test the efficacy of his bullet-proof charms

Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, was killed wearing the pendants around his neck after he instructed the man to fire his weapon. The incident happened in the country's south-eastern Imo state and police say that the shooter has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Some Nigerian doctors claim that the charms harness various powers and can cure illnesses. Recently there have been several reports of people being shot dead trying to prove the efficacy of bullet-proof charms.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Germany's Angela Merkel has struck a deal to remain in power, at least for now

Merkel, long seen as a champion of the rights of immigrants to move freely within the European Union, agreed to toughen border policies to end a revolt from within her own governing coalition. The big concession is that Merkel agreed to set up "transit centers" on the German-Austria border and make it easier to turn some immigrants away. The "transit centers" are essentially migrant camps. Many see the Merkel deal as a spectacular turnabout on her part. Merkel's own conservative interior minister, Horst Seehofer, forced Merkel into the move by threatening to resign and bring down her government. The two emerged with the deal after about five hours of talks. Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union, the sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez introduced former President Barack Obama as America’s “real president” at a recent DNC fundraiser

“Let’s give it up for the real president of the United States,” Perez said. Obama then told the crowd of Democratic donors that they are “right to be concerned” about Trump’s presidency. Perez’s false descriptor for Obama is just the latest instance of prominent Democrats abandoning political norms in order to undermine President Trump. Obama has sharply broken with precedent by repeatedly attacking Trump. When Obama left office, the existing standard was for presidents to refrain from publicly criticizing their successor. Obama and his wife have slammed Trump more than a dozen times since leaving the White House.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Taxes and corruption in South Africa

The African National Congress finds new ways of ripping off the people of South Africa.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A hospital nurse who used voodoo to traffic Nigerian prostitutes into Europe has been found guilty in the first case of its kind in Britain

Josephine Iyamu used a witch doctor to convince her victims that they were under her control and exploited them to fund a lavish lifestyle including jaunts to Europe and £700 designer shoes. The 53-year-old was a ringleader of an international human trafficking crime network and lived in a huge Nigerian mansion complete with a servants' quarters. Iyamu charged each of her victims Euro 30,000 and Euro 38,000 to arrange for their travel to Europe - profiting from more than Euro 15,000 from one victim alone via wire transfers and cash payments. She would first make the vulnerable women undergo Juju ceremonies which would involve them drinking blood containing worms and eating the heart of a chicken. The victims would then be forced to endure an arduous five day journey to the Libyan coast - which saw them shot at, ambushed and gang raped. They would then catch an inflatable boat crammed with hundreds of people to Italy before being moved into Germany to work as prostitutes.

Nigeria may have already overtaken India as the country with the largest number of extreme poor in early 2018, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo could soon take over the number 2 spot

At the end of May 2018, it is suggested that Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million. What is more, extreme poverty in Nigeria is growing by six people every minute, while poverty in India continues to fall. In fact, by the end of 2018 in Africa as a whole, there will probably be about 3.2 million more people living in extreme poverty than there are today. Already, Africans account for about two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor. If current trends persist, they will account for nine-tenths by 2030. Fourteen out of 18 countries in the world — where the number of extreme poor is rising — are in Africa.

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Mexican political candidate has been murdered, and the suspects include the town's entire local police force

Federal police officers arrested all 27 police officers in Ocampo, Michoacan state, along with Oscar Gonzalez Garcia, the town's public security secretary. They are suspects in the murder of 64-year-old mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles Suarez, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen. Suarez — a local businessman whose friends say was running for office because he strongly opposed corruption — is among three political candidates killed in Michoacan and more than 120 killed across Mexico in the exceptionally violent run-up to the July 1, 2018 general elections. Suarez "couldn't stand seeing so much poverty, inequality, and corruption and so he decided to run," one of his friends said. After Suarez and his wife were shot dead outside a hotel, federal police tried to arrest Garcia, the public security secretary, but were blocked by the 27 officers under his command. They returned the next day with reinforcements to make the arrests. Few other arrests have been made in connection with the killing of other candidates.

Friday, June 22, 2018

A recent study by the Brazilian government spelled out the high cost of crime in the South American giant, placing a few of the country’s states on par with some of the world’s most murderous nations, including Honduras

In financial terms, record homicide levels have cost Brazil 450 billion reals ($120 billion) in lost productivity over two decades — a sum almost equal to the Marshall Plan, the U.S. World War II aid package for Europe. The report from Brazil’s presidency noted that the overall economic cost of crime between 1996 and 2015 jumped an equivalent of 4.4% of gross domestic product annually — about three times that of some European countries. “Violent crime has not eased in the interim: If anything, it worsened. It is very likely that the overall economic burden of criminal violence steadily increased,” says Robert Muggah, research director at the Igarapé Institute, a security think tank in Rio de Janeiro that contributed to the report. “Brazil is confronting a full-blown public security crisis, but spending on crime control has been both ineffective and inefficient.” The report was released days after government think tank IPEA and the Brazilian Forum on Public Security (FBSP) revealed in a study that the country’s homicide rate exceeded 30 per 100,000 in 2016, with 62,500 murders, the highest ever recorded, and about 30 times more than in Europe. Between 2006 and 2016, 553,000 people were killed in Brazil, said the IPEA/FBSP study, more than in the seven-year Syrian civil war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A recent study on the costs of crime by the Inter-American Development Bank revealed that the regional average in Latin America was 3.55% of GDP in 2014, compared with 3.78% in Brazil in the same year; 2.75% in the United States; 2.55% in Britain; 1.87% in France; and 1.34% in Germany.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A new poll by Lord Ashcroft has revealed growing support for a unified Ireland with many citing Brexit as a motive for quitting the UK

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, a referendum on uniting Ireland could be held if it appears likely that it would have a chance of passing in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. And support for reunification has ballooned since Brexit, which saw Northern Ireland vote 57% in favor of remaining in the European Union. Ironically, for the ultra-unionist DUP, who were the only major Northern Irish party to campaign for leave, it appears that their support for Brexit has actually contributed to a rise in support of their Doomsday Scenario: the reunification of Ireland. The poll has revealed that 44% of Northern Irish residents would vote in favor of quitting the UK and joining the Republic if a referendum was held tomorrow. Forty-nine percent of respondents said that they would vote to stay in the UK while 7% said that they did not know how they would vote. Pollsters, who interviewed 1,666 Northern Irish adults between May 24 and 28, 2018 revealed even those who opposed a united Ireland believed a referendum would eventually be held. Lord Ashcroft Polls said in the full report: “More than half of DUP voters said there should never be a referendum but fewer than one in five of them thought there never would be. More than eight in 10 Nationalists and three in 10 Unionists thought there would be a ‘border poll’ within the next decade.” The poll also spoke to voters in England, Scotland and Wales, who said leaving the European Union was more important than keeping Northern Ireland in the union. The poll report said: “If it were not possible both to leave the EU and to keep England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales together in the UK, 63 percent of Leave voters in Great Britain (including 73 percent of Conservatives) said they would choose to leave the EU. 27 percent said they would choose to keep the UK together, and one in ten say they didn’t know.” The new poll announcement backs up another released earlier in June 2018. The Lucid Talk poll, which was commissioned by the BBC, revealed that 42.1% of those surveyed would vote to join the Republic in a unified Ireland, just three points - the margin of error - behind those who want to remain in the UK. The remainder were undecided.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Russian politician has told Nigeria soccer fans that they cannot take live chickens to 2018 FIFA World Cup matches

The chickens are seen by Nigerians as lucky mascots but the Russian government has slapped a ban on taking them into games ahead of Nigeria’s opening World Cup match against Croatia. Andrei Ermak, minister of culture in Kaliningrad, said that “fans from Nigeria asked if it’s possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it’s their symbol, [and they take] them to matches. We told them it is impossible.” Nigeria supporters may be allowed to take their chickens to areas away from the Kaliningrad Stadium, providing they do not try to take them into the ground. “We will, of course, advise them where the chicken can be [taken],” Ermak said. “We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Mexican politician has been shot dead while posing for a selfie

As Fernando Purón, a Mexican congressional candidate, left an election debate, a woman asked him to stop for a selfie. As the pair posed, a man walked up behind them and shot Purón in the head in a horrifying scene caught on surveillance video. His murder highlights the risks to lawmakers as violence in the country increases; since September 2017, 111 other politicians have been murdered in Mexico, and more violence is expected in the run-up to the country's July 2018 elections. It's not clear why Purón was targeted, but drug cartels are suspected in many political murders and he was said to have been on the wrong side of the Zetas crime group when he was mayor of Piedras Negras. During the debate, he had promised to fight back against organized crime.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Researchers have identified a genetic difference between people with African and European ancestry that affects how the immune system triggers inflammation

The scientists suspect that these differences are rooted in how the immune system evolved and the evolutionary pressure exerted by malaria on ancestors who lived in Africa. For thousands of years, the human immune system evolved to fight off constant assaults from a variety of infections, tailoring its response to defend against local threats. Thanks to modern hygiene, the immune system now faces far fewer attacks, but ancestral differences still remain, as demonstrated by differing disease rates between populations. To gain a better understanding of how different populations' immune systems respond to current lifestyles, researchers combined genetic, molecular and epidemiological data from in 914 people with African ancestry and 855 people with European ancestry from the African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) Consortium. They analyzed blood samples to detect 14 different chemical messengers involved in inflammation and identified significant differences between the populations in seven of those chemicals. Lifestyle factors such as age, education level, obesity, smoking and alcohol use could account for many of the differences, but the researchers also identified a genetic variant that occurred primarily in people with African ancestry. The variant controlled the levels of two key chemical messengers involved in recruiting white blood cells to sites of inflammation, and previous studies suggest that it evolved to protect African individuals from contracting malaria. The immune differences between people with European and African ancestry may have important implications for health that deserve further study. Inflammation has evolved as a response to injury and infection but is also implicated in several types of cancer and chronic disease. Ancestral "footprints" in the genome, such as the one identified in the study, may be exacerbating the health disparities observed between these two groups. The researchers conducted this research based upon the hypothesis that adaptation over millennia to protect from infectious diseases in Africa, resulting in more robust immune response, could be related to more aggressive breast cancer in a modern environment. When they compared levels of certain inflammatory markers between women of African and European descent, they noted many differences. After they ruled out the effects of lifestyle factors, they found that much of these differences could be tied to the Duffy antigen receptor, whereby African Americans have a genotype that helps to protect from malaria. These findings indicate that evolutionary adaptation many thousands of years ago shaped our immune systems, and may still have considerable influences on immune function today. The next research question the researchers are pursuing is whether those evolutionary marks play any significant role in affecting breast cancer health disparities.

Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq have detained a 20-year-old Iraqi man on suspicion of raping and murdering a 14-year-old Jewish girl in Germany, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said

Seehofer said that the Kurdish security forces had taken him into custody at the request of the German police, who identified him as Ali Bashar. He had been living in Germany as a refugee since 2015. The case has galvanized Germany at a time when its decision to take in large numbers of migrants and asylum seekers during Europe's 2015 migrant crisis is already stirring a political backlash. Many politicians are calling for new rules to make it easier to deport immigrants thought to be violent. The victim, Susanna Feldman, was Jewish. The teenager, from the city of Mainz near Frankfurt, was reported missing on May 22, 2018. She was found dead in a wooded area near train tracks in Wiesbaden on the opposite bank of the Rhine, near a refugee center where the suspected attacker had lived, police said. An autopsy showed that she had been the victim of a sexual and violent attack. Police said that Bashar had likely fled with his family to Erbil, Iraq, recently. They said that they had set up a special call center for tips from the public, and had issued releases in Arabic and Turkish. The Iraqi suspect was already under investigation for a suspected robbery. He was appealing a December 2016 decision by German authorities to reject his asylum application. Germany does not have a general extradition agreement with Iraq but must negotiate such moves on an individual basis, said foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

African-Americans are still much more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than white Americans

For male and female populations in 2016, blacks were 8.4 times more likely than whites to be diagnosed with HIV, whereas in 2005 they were 7.9 times more likely. Specifically, the number of black males diagnosed with the disease in 2005 was 9,969 and increased by 29% to 12,890 in 2016. Black male-to-male sexual contact was the most common form of transmission of HIV and the number of men that have sex with men who were diagnosed with HIV increased 154% from 4,020 in 2005 to 10,233 in 2016. If this trend continues, one in two black men who engage in sexual contact with men will receive an HIV diagnosis in their lifetimes. The number of African-American females diagnosed with HIV through heterosexual contact increased by 75% from 2,392 in 2005 to 4,189 in 2016, and there was also a 76% increase in HIV diagnoses among heterosexual black men in the same time period.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

It may seem merely a cliche born of centuries of educated people straining their eyes in dimly-lit libraries, but new genetic research suggests those who wear glasses really are more intelligent

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh analyzed the genetic data of more than 44,480 people. They found that, overall, those who were more intelligent were nearly 30% more likely to have genes indicating that they require reading glasses than those who scored poorly. The research also linked higher cognitive ability to genes known to play a part in better cardiovascular health. The results are based on the most thorough investigation of intelligence genes of its kind to date. The research team examined 148 genomic regions related to better cognitive function, including 58 that have not previously been reported. They said that the results could help understanding of the declines in cognitive function that happen with illness and as people age. Because of the study’s design it not possible to say why there is a genetic correlation between intelligence, poor eyesight and cardiovascular health. However, Dr Gail Davies, of University of Edinburgh's Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, who led the analysis, said: "This study, the largest genetic study of cognitive function, has identified many genetic differences that contribute to the heritability of thinking skills. The discovery of shared genetic effects on health outcomes and brain structure provides a foundation for exploring the mechanisms by which these differences influence thinking skills throughout a lifetime." Those who participated in the study had all taken a variety of thinking tests which were summarized as a general cognitive ability score. All had genetic testing that examined their DNA and none of the people had dementia or a stroke.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Seven Muslim men have been found guilty of grooming and sexually abusing teenage girls on a massive scale in England

The Islamic gang was convicted of more than 20 offences including rape and indecent assault between 1998 and 2005. Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said that they carried out the routine, cynical and predatory sexual exploitation of vulnerable girls who were groomed with alcohol and drugs. The five victims were aged between 13 and 15 when the offences started. Opening the case at Oxford Crown Court, Saxby said that the gang preyed on girls who had a background of problems at home. Assad Hussain, 37, of Iffley Road, Oxford, was found guilty of five counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault, not guilty of one count of indecent assault. Kameer Iqbal, 39, of Dashwood Road, Oxford, was found guilty of three counts of rape. Khalid Hussain, 38, of Ashhurst Way, Oxford, was found guilty of rape and indecent assault, not guilty of one count of rape. Kamran Khan, 36, of Northfield Road, Bolton, was found guilty of indecent assault and false imprisonment, not guilty of rape. Moinul Islam, 41, of Wykeham Crescent, Oxford, was found guilty of rape, two counts of indecent assault and supplying cannabis, not guilty of false imprisonment. Raheem Ahmed, 40 of Starwort Path, Oxford, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and false imprisonment, not guilty of rape. Alladitta Yousaf, 48, of Bodley Road, Oxford, was found guilty of indecent assault.

Friday, May 25, 2018

A black former Eastern Michigan University student who admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus has been ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution

Eddie Curlin, 29, has been sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to malicious destruction of property. He also pleaded no contest to unrelated counts of identity theft and must serve two-to-five years in prison on those charges. He was granted credit for 220 days served. Curlin, who was an EMU student from 2014 to early 2016, was accused of scrawling messages of hate on three separate occasions between the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017. The first incident took place in September 2016 when the letters "KKK" - a reference to the Ku Klux Klan - and underneath in bold black "leave n*****s" was spray-painted on an exterior wall. The letters "KKK" were painted in red, white and blue. An October 2016 incident had the message "leave n*****s" again scrawled outside of a building, this one right next to the campus's monument to Martin Luther King. The third incident took place during Spring 2017 in which a racist message was found in a men's restroom stall in Sherzer Hall. University officials say that Curlin vandalized the buildings then acted as a police informant. Officials say that it was a pretense to help solve the case, have previous charges of receiving stolen property against him dropped and return to the school in Ypsilanti. After he was unmasked as the author of the racist graffiti, Curlin publicly admitted his guilt.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thousands of women and girls who survived Boko Haram's brutal rule while kept captive by the militant Islamist group have been raped by Nigerian soldiers who claim to be rescuing them, Amnesty International has revealed

The human rights organization has urged Nigeria to act on claims that soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram. Amnesty said that it had gathered multiple testimonies about alleged abuse by the security forces, including claims that soldiers coerced vulnerable survivors into having sex in exchange for food. Nearly 1.8 million people have been displaced within Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009, according to the latest available figures. When including statistics from neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, the number of people forced to flee their homes by the violence reaches nearly 2.25 million, says the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Health workers fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo have run into an invisible but powerful hurdle — a belief system that deems the disease to be a curse or the result of evil spirits

Some people are refusing medical care and turn instead to preachers and prayers to chase away the threat. The pastor of an evangelical church died several days after he “prayed” for an Ebola victim who went to him for help, a doctor said. “Some sick people believe that the Ebola epidemic comes from sorcery — they refuse to be treated and prefer to pray,” said Julie Lobali, a nurse on the front line against the DRC’s ninth Ebola outbreak. She is working in a hospital in Mbandaka, a port city on the Congo River in northwest DRC where the first urban case was reported. Since the outbreak was declared in the remote area of Bikoro on May 8th, 2018 fifty-one cases of Ebola have been reported with 27 deaths. One superstition that has become prevalent in the city, she says, is believing that Ebola began in Bikoro as “a curse on those who ate stolen meat” — a wild animal hunted in the countryside. Blandine Mboyo, who lives in Mbandaka’s district of Bongondjo, said that a hunter put a curse on the village because his big game was stolen. “This curse is so powerful because it hits those who ate this meat, having heard about the theft or having seen the stolen animal,” added Nicole Batoa, a local vendor. Another resident, Guy Ingila, observed that officials have said on the radio “this disease is incurable... It’s because it’s about witchcraft.”. For doctors and health officials these beliefs raise serious concerns, complicating efforts to contain and roll back the deadly Ebola virus. In Geneva, African health officials said that they were preparing to send anthropologists to the DRC to help with an Ebola vaccination campaign. A prototype vaccine will first be given to frontline health workers and then to people who have been in contact with Ebola cases. “If we do not handle communication well, the vaccination program may suffer,” John Nkengasong, head of Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC), said in Geneva. “So we are also assessing how in the next two weeks or so to deploy anthropologists to support the vaccine efforts.” In DR Congo, as elsewhere in Africa, disease and death are often not looked on as natural phenomena. “So many deaths is a sign of a curse and can only have been provoked by a bad spirit,” said Zacharie Bababaswe, a Congolese specialist in cultural history, explaining people’s perceptions of Ebola. Before the expansion of evangelical churches in the country, Bababaswe says that many Congolese would go see the witch doctor or village healer for treatment. Today there is still widespread superstition — but, since the 1980s, it has taken a different form, with some people turning for help to a church or a pastor who claims to have healing powers. Two people infected with Ebola from Bikoro went to the churches rather than a medical center for help. Another patient, who had been hospitalized in Mbandaka, left the medical center to seek out a local healer. To brake the spread of Ebola, “we have to convince villagers that the disease is not a curse,” said Bavon N’Sa Mputu, an elected official from Bikoro, pointing to the key role that churches can play.

Monday, May 21, 2018

African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups

The 2001-2015 data confirm a pattern first identified several years ago when researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio found that the rate of suicides for black children ages 5 to 12 exceeded that of young whites. The results were seen in both boys and girls. Although suicide is rare among young children, the latest findings reinforce the need for better research into the racial disparities, lead author Jeffrey Bridge said. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for older children and adolescents in the United States. “We can’t assume any longer that suicide rates are uniformly higher in white individuals than black,” said Bridge, an epidemiologist who directs the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at the Columbus hospital. “There is this age-related disparity, and now we have to understand the underlying reasons. Most of the previous research has largely concerned white suicide. So we don’t even know if the same risk and protective factors apply to black youth.” Historically, suicide rates in the United States have been higher for whites than blacks across all age groups. That remains the case for adolescents, ages 13 to 17, according to the new study. White teens continue to have a 50% higher rate of suicide than black teens. Overall between 1999 and 2015, more than 1,300 children ages 5 to 12 took their own lives in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers translate into an average of one child 12 or younger dying by suicide every five days. The pace has actually accelerated in recent years, CDC statistics indicate. The researchers based their latest analysis on the CDC's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, which does not include geographical or socioeconomic data. Previous studies have looked at some of the characteristics and circumstances surrounding children's suicides. In 2017, research by Bridge and colleagues found that among children, ages 5 to 11, and young adolescents, ages 12 to 14, those who took their own lives were more likely to be male, African American and dealing with stressful relationships at home or with friends. Children who had a mental health problem at the time of death were more likely than young adolescents to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Young adolescents who killed themselves were more likely to have had relationship problems with a boyfriend or girlfriend. They also had higher rates of depression. More than a third of elementary school-aged suicides involved black children compared to just 11.6% of early adolescent suicides.

Over 40% of all the rapes in South Africa are committed against children

Of the 124,526 total rape cases reported in the last 3 financial years, children were the victims in 41% of these cases. In the same time period, 2,600 children were also murdered. That amounts to 5% of the total murder numbers across South Africa. This also means that at least 46 children are raped every day and at least two children are murdered every single day in South Africa. Only 21% of child rapes cases and only one in three murder cases resulted in successful convictions. The numbers become even more frightening when you realize that the number of child rapes has continually increased over the years. In 2014-15, there were 15,520 child rapes reported. Only 1,799 ended up in successful convictions. In 2015-16, 16,389 were reported. Just 2,488 were convicted. In 2016-17, the numbers rose even further to 19 071. There was a small improvement in convictions; 6,366 were convicted. The horrific brutality with which these children were murdered is also frightening. Weapons used, include firearms, axes, spades, pangas (African machetes), hammers, belts and poison – many of these children were practically butchered to death.

A new poll has revealed that Scots are far less royalist than other Britons

In the run-up to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, just 41% of people in Scotland said that they backed the monarchy. However, only 28% said that they were opposed to the institution with 27% describing themselves as ambivalent. This compared with clear majority backing for the monarchy in England where 55% were for and just 14% against. Delta Poll surveyed around 500 people in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom on behalf of the center-right think-tank Policy Exchange. Support for the monarchy was 49% in Wales and 52% in Northern Ireland. Royal Wedding fever appeared much less intense in Scotland than elsewhere. Only two street parties were organized in the country. Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said: “Given the challenges we need to tackle in our society - including inequalities in income, health and education - it’s no surprise that Scots are least likely to support the anachronism that is the monarchy. It serves only as a distraction from those important issues and a reminder of the social inequality that the UK class system is based on.” Scotland was the only nation of the UK where a majority did not see the monarchy as a unifying force after Brexit, the poll found.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police have said, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus

Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari said. Kahn's friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, has been admitted to hospital with critical injuries. As details of the violent assault emerged 400 additional police were deployed to the district as inquiries widened. "We have arrested four people, and they have been sent to judicial custody. We are investigating what prompted the attack," Tiwari said. He added that meat and a bull carcass was found at the scene, but did not elaborate as investigations were ongoing. Hindus consider cows sacred and slaughtering the animals, or possessing or consuming beef, is banned in most Indian states. Cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh carries a maximum seven-year jail term but many other parts of India impose life sentences for infringements. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has promised to completely outlaw cow slaughter in India. The Hindu BJP has been accused of turning a blind eye to a rising number of vigilante attacks in the name of cow protection. Rights groups say that Hindu mobs have been emboldened under the party, who stormed to power in 2014. Many of the victims are Muslims. In two prominent cases, a dairy farmer was killed on a roadside for transporting cows and a Muslim teenager accused of carrying beef was stabbed to death on a crowded train.

Voters in England would prefer to lose Scotland than Gibraltar in the Brexit process, a new poll has found

Pollsters from Panelbase asked people in England for their views on a scenario in which the price of leaving the EU would be for Britain to be without Scotland or Northern Ireland or Gibraltar. Voters expressed most concern about Gibraltar heading off, followed by Scotland, and were least concerned about Northern Ireland opting to go. Some 37% said that losing Gibraltar would not be a price worth paying for Brexit, while 35% said that losing Scotland would not be worth it. In terms of losing Northern Ireland just 31% that said it was not a price worth paying for Brexit. Some 1020 people were asked their views by researchers carrying out the poll, which was commissioned by pro-independence website Wings Over Scotland. The sample included both leave and remain voters. The website's Stuart Campbell said: "Many will remember bitterly the short-lived 'lovebombing' campaign from the indyref, in which a list of semi-celebrities from the rest of the UK was assembled to assure Scots of how much they were valued and cherished by their UK partners. Four years on, not so much. Because overall, the voters of England – that’s Remainers and Leavers combined – would drop Scotland like a hot potato if it were somehow to be necessary in order to secure Brexit. (And remember, very nearly half of them don’t even WANT Brexit. How much must those guys hate us?) Just a third of English voters don’t think it’d be worth ditching Scotland to get out of the EU. The only thing that our English cousins were almost reluctant (51-49 excluding Don't Knows) to sacrifice was the part of the UK that’s actually just a tiny rocky outcrop of someone else’s country and has roughly the same population as Dumfries or Irvine or Falkirk. (To be honest we’re kicking ourselves for not asking about the Falkland Islands now.) The people of England would, by a comfortable distance, rather hang on to the 34,000 citizens (plus some apes) of Gibraltar than the 7.2 million of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but they’d still quite happily surrender all three just to reduce the number of immigrants coming to the UK and trash the economy."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Dominican nanny who was convicted of brutally murdering two small children in her care while their parents were out has been sentenced to life in prison without parole

Yoselyn Ortega has been convicted of the gruesome October 2012 stabbing deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim, known as Lulu, and 2-year-old Leo Krim. The children's parents, Marina and Kevin Krim, spoke in court of how Ortega robbed them of their children and how Ortega's family and friends helped with this by lying to them about Ortega's personality and experience as a nanny. Ortega, who's from the Dominican Republic, had been recommended by her sister, a nanny for another New York family, and her background and references were faked by her family. The consequences, the Krims said, were horrifying. Judge Gregory Carro referred to Ortega as pure evil and said that she should spend the rest of her life in prison. Kevin Krim eviscerated Ortega for not pleading guilty and forcing the case into a courtroom. He said that she should never have put the family, the jurors, or the audience through it. "The defendant is an evil and utterly dangerous narcissist," he said. "It is right that she should live and rot and die in a metal case, like the ugly and dark shadow of Lulu and Leo's bright and shiny lights."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A horrifying incident is becoming a trend in India, where a third teenager has been raped and then burned alive, with all the incidents happening in the span of one week

The 16-year-old was killed after informing her attacker, a man police have named as 28-year-old Ravi Chadhar, she wouldn't stay quiet about the rape. She was doused with fuel and set on fire in her Madhya Pradesh home. The girl's cousin told her attacker that she was home alone; both the cousin and Chadhar have been arrested. The other attacks occurred in Jharkhand, with one of the girls, 17, surviving in critical condition with burns to 70% of her body. Her attacker had wanted to marry her but had been denied. The first case involved a 16-year-old who was killed after her parents reported her rape to village leaders. Enraged by the punishment the elders imposed — 100 sit-ups and a fine of roughly $750 — police say that Dhanu Singh Bhuiyan stormed into the girl's house in the village of Chatra, attacked her parents, and fatally set the girl on fire.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Recently two teenage girls were raped and then burned alive in Jharkhand, India

One 16-year-old girl was kidnapped from her home while her family attended a wedding. The group of men took her to a deserted area, then raped her. When the girl's father found out about the attack, he went to his village council and demanded retribution, according to officials. Four of the accused men were ordered to do 100 sit-ups and pay the girl's family about $734, reports said. The attackers were reportedly furious that the girl's father had gone to authorities. The next day, the attackers broke into the girl's home, beat her parents and then set the teenager on fire. She did not survive. Twenty men have been arrested in connection with the crime, police officials said. Officials will also seek to punish the village council for “trivializing” the rape, according to police. Another girl, 17 years old, suffered the same violence. The cases are unrelated, authorities said. The teenager was attacked by a man who wanted to marry her, officials said. The man came to visit her at her relatives' home in Pakur. She rejected his proposal, telling him she was too young to wed, according to officials. The assailant waited until the girl was alone, then broke into her house and raped her before setting her alight. Neighbors reported hearing screams as they rushed to help. The teenager is in critical condition in the hospital. Police said that she suffered burns over 95% of her body. The assaults are the latest in a string of vicious attacks on girls and women in India. In January 2018, an 8-year-old Kashmiri Muslim girl was gang-raped, drugged and murdered. Eight men were arrested for the crime, which sparked protests across the country. There were 40,000 rape cases reported in India in 2016, the most recent year in which data is available. Experts believe the true number is far higher. Many sexual assaults go unreported because of the stigma faced by victims of sexual assault and their families.

In just the past five years, the number of gonorrhea cases in Los Angeles County doubled, with minorities suffering more than most

In L.A. County, syphilis rates among African American women are six times higher than white women and three times higher than Latina women.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Frustration over the disappearance of three university students in Mexico has turned to outrage as authorities revealed that the men were tortured and killed by cartel members who wrongly suspected them of belonging to a rival gang

Enrolled at Guadalajara's University of Audiovisual Media, Javier Salomon Aceves Gastelum, 25; Marco Avalos, 20; and Jesus Daniel Diaz, 20, were filming a school project at the Tonala home of one of their aunts when they were abducted by armed men dressed as police officers on March 19, 2018. The home had previously been used as a safe house by a rival gang of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which had been keeping an eye on it. When car trouble left the students stranded, the cartel apparently saw an opportunity. Though Gastelum, Avalos, and Diaz had no known connection to criminal gangs, authorities believe they were taken to another home to be interrogated. One of the three was beaten to death before the others were executed, authorities say. Their bodies — and possibly others — were then dissolved at a separate location where 46 barrels of sulfuric acid were found, police add. Students who recently took to the streets to demand the men's safe return in a country that saw its deadliest year with more than 25,000 homicides in 2017 were outraged by the news, even as authorities said that two of eight suspects were in custody. "They murdered the film students and dissolved their bodies in acid for doing homework," reads one tweet. "This country is hell."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

In the generation since apartheid ended in 1994, tens of billions of dollars in public funds — intended to develop the economy and improve the lives of black South Africans — have been siphoned off by leaders of the A.N.C., the very organization that had promised them a new, equal and just nation

Corruption has enriched A.N.C. leaders and their business allies — black and white South Africans, as well as foreigners. But the supposed beneficiaries of many government projects, in whose names the money was spent, have been left with little but seething anger and deepening disillusionment with the state of post-apartheid South Africa. While poverty has declined since the end of apartheid, inequality has risen in a society that was already one of the world’s most unequal, according to a recent report by the World Bank and the South African government. South Africa has a large, advanced economy, an aggressively free press and a wealth of independent organizations and scholars who keep a close watch on government malfeasance. But even with its vibrant democracy, in which the details of corruption schemes are routinely aired and condemned by the news media and opposition politicians, graft has engulfed the country. The nation was governed for nine years by the scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, whose close ties with the Gupta family — three Indian brothers at the helm of a sprawling business empire built on government contracts, including the dairy farm — outraged voters. Their cozy relationship contributed to the A.N.C.’s recent electoral losses and helped lead to Zuma’s ouster. Promising a “new dawn,” Zuma’s replacement, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said that he would make fighting corruption a priority as the nation’s new president. But he is also a veteran A.N.C. insider, and the early signs have not been encouraging. Having become party leader by a razor-thin margin, Ramaphosa has tried to keep together a fractured A.N.C. by moving cautiously. He formed his first cabinet by appointing some well-respected officials, but also included allies — his own and Zuma’s — who have been accused of corruption by the Public Protector’s office and good governance groups. Beyond that, politicians who long oversaw provinces rife with public corruption now sit at the top of the A.N.C.’s hierarchy. National prosecutors, often criticized for being servile to the sitting president, say that they are trying to recover more than $4 billion lost to corruption related to the Gupta family’s undue influence on Zuma’s administration. And that is just a small measure of the corruption that has whittled away at virtually every institution in the country, including schools, public housing, the police, the power utility, South African Airways and state enterprises overseeing everything from rail service to the defense industry.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gang rape continues in India

The victim was an 8-year-old girl in Kashmir who belonged to a nomadic Muslim tribe, and the details are rough. Police say that she was lured away from the horses she was grazing, sedated, and raped multiple times by men in a Hindu temple over the course of at least three days. At that point, police say the men killed the girl by hitting her head with a stone, and her body was found in a nearby forest a week after she disappeared. Authorities say that Muslim-Hindu tensions are behind the murder of the girl, known as Asifa. The custodian of the local Hindu temple wanted to frighten away her Bakarwals tribe from the area and saw the girl as a "soft target," say police. The custodian, Sanji Ram, is among eight Hindu men charged in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Two of the eight are police officers accused of taking bribes in their investigation. The murder happened in January 2018, but new court proceedings have inflamed tensions. Thousands of members of a Hindu group linked to the ruling BJP party have marched to demand the release of the suspects, and a large group of Hindu lawyers tried to block the filing of charges at the local court. They claim the men are innocent but will not get a fair trial because the investigating officers are Muslim. Protests and counter-protests are now spreading.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Crime in New York City: Despite being only about 22% of the city’s population, blacks comprised a majority — 52.4% — of murder and non-negligent manslaughter arrests

Hispanics also exceeded their population share, accounting for 35.9% of arrests for these crimes even though they are only 29.1% of the city's population. Despite being almost a third of the city’s population, white suspects accounted for less than 7% of the share. Blacks are a staggering 67.5%t of shooting arrests in New York City, while Hispanics accounted for 29.2% of arrests. Whites were only 2.3% of shooting arrests. In 2016, 88.3% of those arrested for murder or non-negligent manslaughter and 96.7% of those arrested for shootings were black or Hispanic in New York City. Statistics from Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Chicago show a similar story regarding black and Hispanic crime.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A black woman is in jail after trying - and failing - to prove the existence of God to her children

Bahari Warren was driving with her two children — ages 5 and 7 — when she crossed into oncoming traffic and drove straight into a telephone pole. Warren later admitted that she crashed the car on purpose to prove to her children that God was real and would protect them. Warren is facing two counts of child cruelty, and her children are currently with their grandparents.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that an electronic fence along the Israel-Egypt border has saved the Jewish state from jihadist attacks or what he believes would be worse — a tide of African migrants

“Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with… severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa,” Netanyahu’s office quoted him as telling a development conference in the southern Israel desert town of Dimona. The interior ministry says that there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, and the government has ordered that thousands of them must leave or face indefinite imprisonment. The frontier with Israel’s Negev desert has since been given a 124 mile hi-tech fence and the influx has halted. Netanyahu said that a tide of non-Jewish immigration would threaten the very fabric of Israel. “We are talking about a Jewish and democratic state, but how could we assure a Jewish and democratic state with 50,000 and then 100,000 and 150,000 migrants a year,” Netanyahu said. “After a million, 1.5 million, we might as well shut up shop,” he added. “We did not close down, we built a fence.”

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Austria's capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq's capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer

Europe has eight of the world's top 10 most pleasant cities: Germany and Switzerland each have three cities in the top 10, while New Zealand, Canada and Australia each have one. With a population of 1.8 million, Vienna topped the survey for the ninth year in a row, boasting a vibrant cultural scene, comprehensive health care and moderate housing costs. Vienna is followed by Switzerland's Zurich and then New Zealand's Auckland and Germany's Munich in joint third. Vancouver, ranked fifth, offers the best quality of living in North America. Singapore at 25 and Montevideo at 77 topped the Asian and Latin American places. The best African entry on the list was South Africa's Durban in 89th place.

One of Israel’s most senior religious leaders, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, has stoked controversy after calling black people “monkeys”

Yosef made the remarks while citing a hypothetical story about encountering a black person in the United States. He then referred to black people using the pejorative Hebrew word “kushi” and called a black person a “monkey.” Yosef, who is the most senior rabbi in one of two mainstream strands of Orthodox Judaism, was addressing a religious legal question when he made the remarks. It is not the first time the religious leader has caused controversy with his sermons. In May 2017, Yosef compared secular women to animals because they dressed immodestly. In March 2016, Yosef was forced to retract a comment that non-Jews should not live in Israel. He said that he was speaking theoretically and in practice non-Jews could live in Israel if they kept religious laws such as not committing idolatry and not eating the limbs from a live animal. He did add that non-Jews in Israel should serve Jews.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children

White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way. Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households. Even when children grow up next to each other with parents who earn similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99% of America. Black men raised in the top 1% — by millionaires — were as likely to be incarcerated as white men raised in households earning about $36,000. A black man raised by two parents together - making around $140,000 a year - earns about the same in adulthood as a white man raised by a single mother making $60,000 alone.

A black lawmaker has apologized for saying that Jewish people control the weather

A Washington, DC, council member has apologized after posting a video in which he made anti-Semitic comments, claiming that a Jewish family was controlling the weather. Trayon White, who is currently in his first term on the council, posted a video to his Facebook account of a snowy sky. White can be heard narrating in the background about the cold weather. “It just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” White says in the video. “That’s a model based off the Rothschilds, controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.” White was apparently referring to the Rothschild family, a prominent business dynasty descended from Jewish banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild. Many members of DC’s Jewish community quickly condemned White’s comments. “This kind of anti-Semitism is unacceptable in any public official. This so diminishes what America is about and adds to the oppressive feeling going on in the country right now,” Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Northwest Washington said.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

This year's happiest place on Earth is Finland, according to an annual UN report - toppling Norway from the top spot

Nordic countries regularly appear in the top five, while war-hit countries and a number in sub-Saharan Africa regularly appear in the bottom five. Burundi was the least happy, taking over from the Central African Republic. The survey ranks some 156 countries by their happiness levels. Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland were the other countries in the top five. Britain and the United States came in at 19th and 18th places respectively. This year's biggest loser is Venezuela, which dropped 20 places to 102nd.

A recent study has found that African Americans with a common genetic variation are at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, while European Americans who have the same variation are not

"This correlation only shows up in African-Americans. We have some ideas but aren't sure why," says study author Elizabeth McAninch from Rush University Medical Center. The variation, which is a Thr92AlaD2 polymorphism, affects an enzyme that activates thyroid hormone and almost half the population are carriers. The study, which was undertaken specifically to investigate the association between Thr92AlaD2 polymorphism and Alzheimer's disease, looked at data from three long-term studies conducted at Rush between 1993 and 2012. The Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP) involved 3,656 participants, 2321 of whom were African American, who underwent cognitive testing in three-year cycles for more than 18 years. The Religious Orders Study (ROS), and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (MAP) included 1,707 European Americans without known dementia who underwent yearly assessment. McAninch says that it was through analyzing the CHAP data, which involved both African Americans and European Americans, that the huge discrepancy in risk for Alzheimer's disease dementia was observed. The study found that African Americans with the Thr92AlaD2 polymorphism were at a 30% greater risk for Alzheimer's disease dementia than African Americans without the polymorphism. However, the variation was not associated with an increased risk of the disease among European Americans. The authors add that minorities generally tend to be understudied in medical research and that more, larger studies are now needed to evaluate the risk of Alzheimer’s among African Americans. The team is now planning to investigate further to try to understand why African-Americans are at this increased risk, while European-Americans are not.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

South Africa: White farmers will be removed from their land after a landslide vote in parliament

The country's constitution is now likely to be amended to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation, following a motion brought by radical Marxist opposition leader Julius Malema. It passed by 241 votes for to 83 against and the policy was a key factor in new president Cyril Ramaphosa's platform after he took over from Jacob Zuma in February 2018. Malema said that the time for reconciliation is over.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Religion and human rights in countries around the world

Researchers have found a positive association between the percentage of Christians and human rights in a nation and a negative association between the percentage of Muslims and human rights. In other words, if you think that human rights are a good idea then avoid living in countries that have a growing Muslim population and a shrinking Christian one.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sub-Saharan African nations account for eight of the 10 fastest growing international migrant populations since 2010

The total number of emigrants worldwide from all sub-Saharan African countries combined grew by 31% between 2010 and 2017, outpacing the rate of increase from both the Asia-Pacific (15%) and Latin America-Caribbean (9%) regions. Some 25 million sub-Saharan migrants lived outside their countries of birth in 2017. The number of international migrants from sub-Saharan Africa between 2010 and 2017 has grown at a higher rate (31%) than in the 2000s (25%) and the 1990s (1%). And as international migration has increased, the breakdown of where sub-Saharan emigrants live has changed. In 1990, 75% of emigrants from the region lived in other sub-Saharan countries, a share that dropped to 68% by 2017. More substantially, the share of sub-Saharan migrants living in European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland rose from 11% in 1990 to 17% in 2017. Looking ahead, the number of international migrants from Africa as a whole is expected to increase in coming decades, due in part to the continent’s growing population.

7.5% of African Americans were unemployed in 2017, compared with 6.7% in 1968 — still roughly twice the white unemployment rate

The rate of homeownership, one of the most important ways for working- and middle-class families to build wealth, has remained virtually unchanged for African Americans in the past 50 years. Black homeownership remains just over 40%, trailing 30 points behind the rate for whites, who have seen modest gains during that time. The share of incarcerated African Americans has nearly tripled between 1968 and 2016. African Americans are 6.4 times as likely than whites to be jailed or imprisoned, compared with 5.4 times as likely in 1968. The wealth gap between white and black Americans has more than tripled in the past 50 years, according to Federal Reserve data. The typical black family had zero wealth in 1968. Today the median net worth of white families — $171,000 — is 10 times that of black families. The hourly wage of a typical black worker grew by just 0.6% a year since 1968. African Americans make 82.5 cents of every dollar earned by the typical white worker. And the typical black household earns 61.6% of the annual income of white households, with black college graduates continuing to make less than white college graduates. Despite the poverty rate dropping from more than a third of black households in 1968 to about a fifth of black households, African Americans are 2½ times as likely to be in poverty than whites.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A genome-wide analysis of more than 5,000 opioid users has revealed a gene variant associated with opioid dependence in European-Americans

The new study builds upon earlier work by Yale researchers who identified a different group of variants associated with increased risk of opioid addiction in African Americans. An increased risk of addiction in European Americans was associated with a variant of the gene RGMA, which is involved in cell death and nerve damage. The variant RGMA allele was found more frequently in subjects of European ancestry who were opioid-dependent. RGMA has also been linked to damage caused by stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease. In 2014, researchers identified several variants in African Americans involved in potassium and calcium signaling in nerve cells that were linked to increased risk of opioid addiction. That genome-wide association study failed to turn up gene variants linked to dependency in European Americans. When study population was expanded, the link to RGMA was found. The study also provided more limited evidence that an RGMA variant increases risk for opioid dependence in African Americans, but the association was much stronger among people of European ancestry.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The most common type of intermarriage in the United States is between a partner who is white and one who is Hispanic of any race – those relationships accounted for 38% of all intermarriages in 2010

White-Asian couples accounted for another 14% of intermarriages, and white-black couples made up 8%. In 2008, 22% of black male newlyweds chose partners of another race, compared to just 9% of black female newlyweds. The gender pattern is the opposite among Asians. While 40% of Asian females married outside their race in 2008, just 20% of Asian male newlyweds did the same. For whites and Hispanics though, there was no gender differences. While 72% of black respondents said that it would be fine with them if a family member chose to marry someone of another racial or ethnic group, 61% of whites and 63% of Hispanics said the same. More specifically though, Americans aren’t comfortable with specific kinds of intermarriage. A survey found that acceptance of out-marriage to whites (81%) was higher than is acceptance of out-marriage to Asians (75%), Hispanics (73%) or blacks (66%). Systematic incarceration of young black men, together with higher death rates contribute to the fact that black women are much less likely to get married than women of any other race or ethnicity in the United States. This, together with higher black unemployment rates means that black individuals make up a relatively small share of all marriages, including intermarriages.