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.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A black Church of England vicar has been caught on video inhaling from a crack pipe and discussing prostitutes

Footage shows the Rev Stennett Kirby, a vicar in East London, snorting cocaine and saying: "I'm a very happy man". The 64-year-old Protestant clergyman was seen sitting on a sofa with a friend, watching porn and talking about escorts. Kirby is the vicar of West Ham Parish Church in Stratford and has held the position since 2007. The video shows him lighting up a pipe and separately snorting powdered cocaine. He was talking about paying for a female escort, saying: "I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I've only got £10 left."

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Indonesia is moving toward outlawing gay sex — and even sex outside marriage — in a jarring change for a country long seen as a bastion of tolerance in the Islamic world

The proposed sexual crackdown in the Southeast Asian archipelago of more than 260 million people — the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation and third-largest democracy — is drawing criticism at home and abroad from human rights organizations and LGBT activists. They warn that penal-code revisions now under consideration in parliament would discriminate against large numbers of people, promote extremist views and reverse democratic gains. LGBT Indonesians are often rejected by their families or the victims of violence within the family. In cases of gay sex, the proposed changes call for prison sentences for acts committed in public, with a minor or when used for commercial or pornographic purposes. Police began using existing pornography laws in 2017 to crack down on gay parties.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Israeli authorities have begun distributing deportation notices to thousands of African refugees and migrants, who have been threatened with jail if they do not leave the country

About 60,000 migrants, nearly all from Eritrea and Sudan, crossed Israel’s border with Egypt before the government erected a fence along the desert frontier. Many were fleeing persecution and violence. Roughly 20,000 have already been expelled, according to the Israeli government. The Jewish nation has granted asylum to fewer than 1% of those who have applied and has a years-long backlog of applicants. Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told asylum-seekers that they would be sent to an unnamed country with a "stable government" that has "developed tremendously over the last decade and has absorbed thousands of returning residents as well as migrants from various African countries". The Israeli government has refused to publicly name the country but officials have indicated migrants would be sent to Rwanda. Many of those ordered to leave have expressed fear of being sent to the East African nation and said that they would rather be sent to prison. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the migrants “illegal infiltrators” and claimed that their presence was a threat to Israel’s social fabric and Jewish character. One government minister has referred to the migrants as “a cancer”. “We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out,” Netanyahu said.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Haitian superstition: Two sisters tied down and burned a 5-year-old girl, permanently disfiguring her, in a voodoo ritual meant to rid her of a demon causing her to misbehave, police said.

The women also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s 8-year-old brother with a machete, authorities said. Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and Rachel Hilaire, 40, denied injuring the girl and threatening the boy. Police say that the girl’s mother is a hair stylist of Haitian descent who has LaBossiere as a client and requested the ritual. Voodoo refers to religious practises developed centuries ago by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, primarily in Haiti, where the practises are sometimes spelled “vodou.”

You are less likely to be murdered in Europe than in the United States

The lower homicide rates in Europe probably has something to do with the fact that Europe is less diverse than the United States.