Saturday, December 16, 2017
A young woman born to Indian parents with red hair, white skin and freckles has spent her life being shunned and bullied because people think she's diseased
Pooja Ganatra, 24, who was born in Mumbai, has flaming ginger hair, deep emerald eyes and white skin - like that of a stereotypical Gaelic woman. But the proud Indian was actually born to typically Indian parents who thought her freckles were a birth defect - and have no idea where her unusual looks come from. Ganatra's appearance, believed to stem from her ancestors, has made her feel like a foreigner in her own country - with Indians staring and asking for pictures. It could be her appearance was triggered by an evolutionary throwback, called atavism, to genes that had been passed down from her ancestors after laying dormant for years. Because of her complexion, strangers are often shocked to discover that she speaks Hindi and try to charge her tourist prices because they think she is a backpacker. Her unusual appearance also saw her rushed to hospital as a child over fears she had a skin disease. Her insecurities were intensified as a teenager by the overwhelming pressure to conform to Indian standards of beauty.
The stereotype of a tortured genius may have a basis in reality after a new study found that people with higher IQs are more at risk of developing mental illness
A team of researchers surveyed 3,715 members of Mensa with an IQ higher than 130. An “average IQ score” or “normal IQ score” can be defined as a score between 85 and 115. The team asked the Mensa members to report whether they had been diagnoses with mental illnesses, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They were also asked to report mood and anxiety disorders, or whether they suspected they suffered from any mental illnesses that had yet to be diagnosed, as well as physiological diseases, like food allergies and asthma. After comparing this with the statistical national average for each illness they found that those in the Mensa community had considerably higher rates of varying disorders. While 10% of the general population were diagnosed with anxiety disorder, that rose to 20% among the Mensa community. The research was based on a model which suggests that intelligent people with "hyper brains" are more reactive to environmental stimulus and that “may predispose them to certain psychological disorders as well as physiological conditions involving elevated sensory and altered immune and inflammatory responses". The study seemed to confirm this, as it suggested that because of their increased awareness levels, those with higher IQs react more to their environment. This creates a hyper brain/hyper body scenario, where they display a hyperactive central nervous system. “Unique intensities and over-excitabilities... can be at once both remarkable and disabling on many levels,” the study’s authors wrote. “A significant portion of these individuals are suffering on a daily basis as a result of their unique emotional and physical over-excitabilities." Even small stimuli like a strange sound or the brush of a clothing tag "trigger a low level, chronic stress response which then activates a hyper body response,” Dr Nicole Tetreault of California’s Pitzer University and the study’s co-author, said. However, the study pointed out that a high IQ was not the cause of mental illness, but it could be correlated with the highly intelligent community. "Intelligence research most often focuses on the flashes of lightning seen in this rare population, however in order to serve this group of individuals fully we must not neglect to acknowledge the rumbles of thunder that follow in the wake of their brilliance," they wrote.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
In the second poorest municipality in one of Mexico’s poorest states, girls under the age of 15 are being sold by their fathers as virgin brides for 180,000 pesos (US $9,400), or in many cases even less
In the last 17 years, more than 300 young women have been forced into marriages of that type in Metlatónoc, Guerrero, according to a human rights center in the Montaña region where the municipality is located. In most cases, the fathers of prospective grooms pay the fathers of young daughters so that their sons can have a teenage, virgin girl as a wife. If a higher price is quoted, the typical response is “they don’t want her as a whore,” Melitón Hernández, a police chief in the town of Yuvi’nani, said. A local lawyer and advisor to the municipal trustee said that the tradition is engrained in society, above all among the indigenous Mixtec Tu’un Savi people. “It’s an old practice that we can’t eradicate even though the law says that the practice is a crime, specifically human trafficking,” Serafín Nava Ortiz said. Another lawyer, who works for the Tlachinollan human rights center in Tlapa, has worked on more than 100 forced marriage cases over the past 17 years in which she has tried to convince parents of girls to alter their opinions about the practice. Girls who refuse to get married at such a young age turn to the center to act as a mediator with their parents, Neil Arias explained. Often, she believes she is successful in changing the parents’ minds but admitted that once they left the center’s doors, she didn’t know what the final outcome would be. “How many marriages end up being carried out or are left unregistered? It’s unknown. It’s a hidden figure, the cases are still constant,” she said. In its 2017 annual report, the Tlachinollan center stressed that the practice has lost all of its traditional significance to become nothing more than a “commercial exchange” that infringes on a girl’s body and dignity and “could result in the crime of human trafficking” being committed. Treated like objects and the private property of their husbands, the girls and are forced into sexual relationships without giving prior consent, the center said. Cases of rape, family conflict and breakdown and monetary disputes have all been reported in relation to the practice. At least one man has also been imprisoned on human trafficking charges despite arguing that he acted in good faith in accordance with his community’s traditions and customs. In an interview, even the police chief admitted buying wives for his sons, saying that three years ago he paid 110,000 pesos (US $5,735) for a 14-year-old bride. Asked where he got the money from, Hernández responded, “I was on the other side [United States]. I brought about 300,000 pesos from there . . .” he explained. Years earlier, he paid 130,000 pesos for a wife for his eldest son. Others sell goats, pigs or land to raise the funds, Hernández explained, adding openly that many men also cultivate opium poppies. He also joked about buying his own wife, saying flippantly that he paid “50 pesos about 55 years ago.”
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Britain: The vast majority of men convicted of grooming young white girls – 84% – are of Asian origin
The study by the renowned counter-extremism think-tank Quilliam says that of these, seven in ten are believed to be of Pakistani-Muslim heritage. Asian gangs have deliberately abused white girls because they hold entrenched racist attitudes towards them as being easy targets for sex, according to the report, which is based on the testimonies of convicted Asian men during court hearings. In 2012, nine British Pakistani men were convicted of abusing under-age white girls. Although the testimonies of three victims led to the convictions of the gang members, police believe the group abused and trafficked as many as 47 white girls. A separate grooming gang from Rochdale involving ten more men was convicted at a trial in 2015.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Researchers led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Genealogical Society of Ireland have published The Irish DNA Atlas: Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland. The research provides the first fine-scale genetic map of Ireland, revealing the first evidence of 10 distinct genetic clusters on the island, which roughly align themselves with the country’s historic provinces and major historic movements of people. The Irish DNA Atlas was compiled from DNA samples of almost 200 individuals with four generations of ancestry linked to specific areas across the island of Ireland. These samples were then compared with thousands of samples from across Britain and Europe, revealing seven distinct clusters of Gaelic Irish ancestry, and three of shared British-Irish ancestry. The RCSI’s Edmund Gilbert, first author on the paper, said of the findings: “Our work informs on Irish history; we have demonstrated that the structure emerging from genetic similarity within Ireland mirrors historical kingdoms of Ireland, and that Ireland acts as a sink of Celtic ancestry. Additionally, we find evidence of a west-Norwegian-like ancestry that we believe is a signature of the Norse Vikings. We also observe the impact of historical events, such as the Ulster Plantations, on the DNA of the people of Ireland.”
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The achievement gaps between racial groups in New York City appear as soon as students begin taking state tests and get worse over time, according to a new analysis of state test-score data
Black and Hispanic students score below their white and Asian peers beginning in third grade, then fall further behind as they move into middle school, according to a report released by the city’s Independent Budget Office. The analysis follows roughly 71,000 individual students who entered third grade in 2008, tracking their state standardized test scores through seventh grade (in math) and eighth grade (in reading). The study, which includes students in traditional and charter schools, controls for factors such as students’ disability status, poverty level, and the schools they attended — suggesting that racial gaps cut across different schools and student groups. Roughly a third of black and Hispanic students in that 2008-09 cohort landed in the bottom quartile on the reading tests — meaning they earned lower scores than 75% or more of test-takers. By contrast, just 13% of white and Asian students fell in that lowest tier. The gaps were similar in math, with Asians doing a little better than whites and Hispanics narrowly outperforming blacks. Over time, black students in that cohort fell further behind. By eighth grade, 33% scored in the lowest quartile in reading — a 4 percentage point increase from third grade. In math, 35% were low-performing, a 3-point increase. Meanwhile, the share of white and Asian students in the bottom rungs of reading and math grew smaller. By the end of middle school, the percentage of Hispanic students in the bottom quartile in reading had shrunk by 3 points — narrowing from 33% to 30%. In math, it stayed the same: 30%. That slight improvement in reading helped narrow their gap a tiny bit with their white peers, but not with Asians. If black and Hispanic students were over-represented in the bottom rungs of achievement — Asians dominated the top. In third grade, nearly half of Asian students scored above the 75th percentile — a larger share than any other racial group. In reading, they landed slightly behind white students. By eighth grade, Asian students had widened their lead in math, with 59% making it into the top quartile — a 10-point leap from third grade. And in reading, 49% reached the top rung. In both subjects, they made up a larger percentage of top scorers than all other racial groups, including whites. In both reading and math, black boys represented a far greater share of low-performing students than boys in any other racial category. By the end of middle school, 41% of black boys scored in the bottom quartile in reading, and 38% were low-performing in math. White boys, by contrast, had just 14% in the bottom rung in reading, and 10% in math.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
A Mexican man who was deported from the United States 20 times has been convicted of 10 counts including sexual assault in Oregon
Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison in a Portland courtroom after pleading guilty to kidnapping, sexual assault, sodomy and several other counts. Martinez smiled throughout the trial, and as he left, he gave one grim parting shot to his two victims' relatives: "See all you guys in Hell."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told advisers that non-Orthodox Jews will disappear from the United States within two generations because of assimilation and low birthrates
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer has also reportedly been making such predictions.
According to a 2011 Obama Administration report, blacks were 7.6 times more likely to be homicide offenders than were whites
Black writer is terrified that artificial intelligence will be just as "racist" as white human intelligence.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains
Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in contrast to men's brains, where the connections were typically stronger between the front and back regions. Ragini Verma, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, said that the greatest surprise was how much the findings supported old stereotypes, with men's brains apparently wired more for perception and co-ordinated actions, and women's for social skills and memory, making them better equipped for multitasking. "If you look at functional studies, the left of the brain is more for logical thinking, the right of the brain is for more intuitive thinking. So if there's a task that involves doing both of those things, it would seem that women are hardwired to do those better," Verma said. "Women are better at intuitive thinking. Women are better at remembering things. When you talk, women are more emotionally involved – they will listen more." She added: "I was surprised that it matched a lot of the stereotypes that we think we have in our heads. If I wanted to go to a chef or a hairstylist, they are mainly men." The findings come from one of the largest studies to look at how brains are wired in healthy males and females. The maps give scientists a more complete picture of what counts as normal for each sex at various ages. Armed with the maps, they hope to learn more about whether abnormalities in brain connectivity affect brain disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Verma's team used a technique called diffusion tensor imaging to map neural connections in the brains of 428 males and 521 females aged eight to 22. The neural connections are much like a road system over which the brain's traffic travels. The scans showed greater connectivity between the left and right sides of the brain in women, while the connections in men were mostly confined to individual hemispheres. The only region where men had more connections between the left and right sides of the brain was in the cerebellum, which plays a vital role in motor control. "If you want to learn how to ski, it's the cerebellum that has to be strong," Verma said. Male and female brains showed few differences in connectivity up to the age of 13, but became more differentiated in 14- to 17-year-olds. "It's quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are," Ruben Gur, a co-author on the study, said in a statement. "Detailed connectome maps of the brain will not only help us better understand the differences between how men and women think, but it will also give us more insight into the roots of neurological disorders, which are often sex-related."
Thursday, November 23, 2017
The immigration issue has finally come back to undercut Merkel directly, first costing her votes in Germany’s recent election, which saw unprecedented gains for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, and then making a potential grand coalition impossible in part because the centrist, pro-business Free Democrats now see an opportunity in getting to Merkel’s right on migration policy.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Brazil promotes itself as a harmonious blend of races, but the reality as the country celebrates Black Awareness Day is that the darker your skin, the less chance you have of getting ahead
According to the state statistics office, only about 5% of management jobs are held by non-whites, who account for 54% of the population, according to the latest census. Among the richest 10% of Brazilians, 70% are white. Among the poorest 10%, 74% are black. Blacks are also hard to find in prominent media jobs or in fashion.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Israel’s cabinet has voted to close a migrant detention center, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who had entered the country illegally
“The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country,” the public security ministry said in a statement. Israeli official figures from June 30, 2017 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country. Speaking ahead of the vote, Netanyahu noted that after building a fence on the Egyptian border and deporting some 20,000 African migrants through various deals, Israel has reached the third stage of its efforts — “accelerated removal”. “This removal is taking place thanks to an international agreement I reached that enables us to remove the 40,000 infiltrators remaining, remove them without their consent,” he told ministers. Jews love diversity everywhere except Israel.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
A rabbi at one of the largest synagogues in Britain has come forward with details of sexual harassment that she and female rabbinic colleagues have received from their own congregants, urging the community to pay closer attention to the issue
Rabbi Hannah Kingston of North Western Reform Synagogue in London said in her sermon that amid the current public conversations about sexual harassment and assault, “One very close colleague of mine relived the moment that she found out that she was known by her congregants as ‘the rabbi with the nice legs.’ She said that after that she took to wearing trousers.” Kingston has had similar experiences on a “weekly basis,” she said: “I can lead an entire service and have someone come up to me at the end and say: ‘oh you look pretty today.’ That wouldn’t happen to a male colleague and it completely degrades what I’ve spent two hours talking about. It happens weekly.” Kingston said that she was originally “scared” about speaking out. “When we come forward and speak about sexual harassment we are letting our humanity show in a way that we might normally try to protect,” she explained. But ultimately, she concluded, “To ignore this issue as a female rabbi would have been a disservice to my community.” Kingston’s sermon was tied to the Torah portion recounting the death of Sarah. “What we see through the narrative of Sarah is a woman who is silenced,” she said. “Her own story is suppressed, she is not listened to….Not once do we consider how Sarah might feel about [being taken into Pharaoh’s palace] or what it could do to a woman to be passed so easily on to another man.”
A black couple has pleaded guilty to beating a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter after they complained of being sold cold fried chicken
Nathaniel Smith, 45, and Latasha Smith, 28, have entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and cruelty to children. Surveillance captured Latasha beating Jeanette Norris, the owner of the Qwik Chick, because the couple claimed that their food was cold and they didn't have enough fries. When Norris's 15-year-old daughter got out of a vehicle to help her mother, Nathaniel is seen punching her in the face, sending her flying backwards. Norris suffered a broken nose and her daughter was treated for a concussion.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
In 2016, blacks were 26.1% of known hate crime offenders even though they were only 13.3% of the U.S. population.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Another Jewish sex predator: Supergirl and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended amid accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching from 19 former and current employees
Warner Bros. Television Group have confirmed the suspension and said in a statement that it "takes all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously."
Saturday, November 11, 2017
In 2016, the overall rate of reported chlamydia cases among blacks in the United States was 1,125.9 cases per 100,000 population
The rate of reported chlamydia cases among black women was 5.1 times the rate among white women (1,387.2 and 271.1 cases per 100,000 females, respectively). The rate of reported chlamydia cases among black men was 6.6 times the rate among white men (839.0 and 126.4 cases per 100,000 males, respectively). Rates of reported cases of chlamydia were highest for blacks aged 15–19 and 20–24 years in 2016. The rate of reported chlamydia cases among black women aged 15–19 years (6,485.2 cases per 100,000 females) was 4.5 times the rate among white women in the same age group (1,433.3 cases per 100,000 females). The rate of reported chlamydia cases among black women aged 20–24 years was 3.7 times the rate among white women in the same age group (6,747.6 and 1,836.2 cases per 100,000 females, respectively). Similar racial disparities in reported chlamydia rates exist among men. Among men aged 15–19 years, the rate of reported chlamydia cases among blacks was 8.8 times the rate among whites (2,337.7 and 266.9 cases per 100,000 males, respectively). The rate of reported chlamydia cases among black men aged 20–24 years was 4.9 times the rate among white men of the same age group (3,316.9 and 682.5 cases per 100,000 males, respectively).
Friday, November 10, 2017
The Weimar Republic tried to restrict the free speech rights of the Nazis. The Nazi party had 200 prosecutions brought against it for anti-Semitic speech. At one point the state of Bavaria issued an order banning Hitler from giving public speeches.
Jewish sex predator update: An Emmy-winning writer for AMC's Mad Men once thought her award would solidify a successful career path, but she was let go from the show a year later — and she's now accusing show creator Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment
Kater Gordon, who started as Weiner's personal assistant in 2007 before becoming a writers' assistant, said that she was working late one night with Weiner co-writing the show's season finale, an episode that won them both an Emmy in 2009. She said during their session, Weiner remarked that she owed it to him to let him see her naked, a comment she just let fade before continuing to work on the script with him. But the months that followed left her feeling "threatened and devalued," though she didn't report the incident because she said that she wanted the writing credit for that episode to help get her another job. "I saw no value to speaking out," she said. "So I did what I thought women were supposed to do." She said that she "lost respect" for Weiner, and a longtime writer on the show said "I could see her confidence was shaken" after the incident. Just weeks after her Emmy win, Weiner let Gordon go, rattling off a list of ways she'd "fallen short" on the job, she said. In a statement from his rep, Weiner said that he spent "eight to 10 hours a day" holed up working with Gordon, but he notes he doesn't remember making that remark and insists he had "a predominantly female driven writers room [and] has long believed in and implemented an egalitarian working environment." Gordon fell out of Hollywood after that and went on instead to found Modern Alliance, a nonprofit for sexual harassment victims. She said that she was "inspired" to speak out after hearing Harvey Weinstein stories.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
One of the world's leading Islamic scholars is on a leave of absence from the University of Oxford amid allegations that he raped two women
Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, has denied the allegations made by the two women in France and filed a slander complaint. One woman, author Henda Ayari, says Ramadan "literally pounced on me like a wild animal" when he attacked her in a Paris hotel room in 2012. Ayari says that the Harvey Weinstein accusations inspired her to come forward. The second accuser, a disabled woman who says that Ramadan beat her and raped her repeatedly in 2009, has chosen to remain anonymous. "By mutual agreement, and with immediate effect, Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, has taken a leave of absence," the British university said in a statement, adding that the accusations had caused "heightened and understandable distress." Ramadan, 55, said that he "saluted" the statement, which he said "defended the principle of the presumption of innocence without minimizing the seriousness of the allegations against me." The four women in Switzerland have told local media that Ramadan sexually harassed them when they were teenage students in the '80s and '90s.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
There is a large over-representation of immigrants, particularly from the Middle East and North Africa, among the suspects of sex crimes in Sweden
Over-representation of immigrants has been even higher when it comes to group rapes, especially with three or more assailants. According to an official study from 1996, immigrant males were 4.5 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape. Immigrants from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia were particularly over-represented, being more than 20 times as likely to commit the same crime. In total, 53% of rape suspects were either first or second generation immigrants. A similar study, conducted in 2005, showed an even higher over-representation of immigrants among sex crime suspects, by then up to 5.1 times as likely as Swedes to commit rape. In the 2005 study, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention explained the growing over-representation with reference to demographics and immigration: “[T]he number of people in Sweden belonging to the group of refugees, which have in earlier studies been shown to have an especially high propensity to commit crime, has increased.” It is a plausible hypothesis that the same mechanism is at work now. During the recent migration crisis, Sweden took in more refugees per capita than any other country in Europe. However, the exact link between sex crimes and immigration is not known, since the Swedish government will not update its statistics, and the data, which are still being collected, have not been made available to the public. In a recent interview, the Minister of Justice, Morgan Johansson, said that the facts are available in the 2005 study, and that no update is necessary. But since 2005, Sweden has absorbed a large influx of refugees from the over-represented regions in North Africa and the Middle East. If over-representation has not changed dramatically since this last survey, it is reasonable to infer that immigration has contributed to the increase in reported sex crime.
Despite filing a false report, police say that Dauntarius Williams, 21, won't face any charges. The incident fueled racial tensions at Kansas State University and in the community, and the FBI had opened a civil rights investigation. As usual, another "hate crime" turns out to be a hoax and the perpetrator gets away with it.
In what turned out to be a futile attempt to avoid his downfall, Harvey Weinstein hired an army of spies to target women accusing him of sexual assault or harassment and the journalists trying to report on their claims. Around a year ago, Weinstein employed private security agencies — including Black Cube, which is run by former agents of Israel's Mossad spy agency — to try to suppress the allegations. Agents met with actresses and journalists under false pretenses, including one who met with Rose McGowan several times, claiming to be a women's rights advocate. Weinstein supervised efforts to target dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focused on their personal or sexual histories. Weinstein also spoke to current and former employees to try and identify people who might speak out against him, and enlisted the help of journalists and allies including Dylan Howard at National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. to try to discredit accusers. Some of the women targeted say the use of private security agencies made it even tougher to speak out against the powerful producer. "Ex-Mossad operatives? The biggest international security firms in the world on your case?? And these women STILL spoke up!!," tweeted Anthony Bourdain, partner of Weinstein accuser Asia Argento, adding that Howard is "beneath whale s---."
Katie Hopkins has revealed that she is a DUP supporter - but believes it is only a matter of time before Ireland is reunited
In a typically frank interview she revealed she was "increasingly torn" about Northern Ireland's future in the UK. Hopkins said she had an affinity for the province as it would have been the first place she would have been posted to had she not been kicked out of Sandhurst Military Academy for not disclosing that she was an epileptic. The outspoken columnist was speaking ahead of the release of her autobiography, Rude. Dubbed the most hated woman in Britain, Hopkins is no stranger to controversy. Her views on everything from working mothers to Muslims have led to death threats, a libel case and her firing. She said: "The DUP increasingly have a role here in British life. I find the DUP and our transfer of cash to them was a curious thing. But a lot of what they stand for seems to be fairly sensible politics in my book. I am a supporter." Yet Hopkins revealed that she has serious doubts about Northern Ireland's future as part of the UK. She added: "I don't think that Northern Ireland will remain part of the UK. I can't imagine a time where we continue the divisions of countries according to lives that don't seem to make sense anymore. As much as I am a huge patriot and a defender of the United Kingdom, you watch Catalan (sic) and Spain, you see how passionate the Catalans are, and you hear Scotland, and you can't help, given the way I feel about Brexit, think that you are either a supporter of independence or you are a hypocrite. I am increasingly torn."
Sunday, November 5, 2017
I wonder if other Jews will be equally honest?
Surely if it was as beneficial as advertised, there would be no need for disparate impact lawsuits, training to overcome implicit bias and other punishing measures.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Actor Dustin Hoffman and director Brett Ratner are the latest Jewish Hollywood figures to be accused of sexual misconduct
Jewish guys seem to have a real problem controlling themselves around women.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
The research, conducted by scientists at Glasgow University, concluded that heterosexual men and lesbians looked for women with the same eye color as their mothers. Similarly, the scientists found that heterosexual women and gay men were attracted to men whose eyes were the same color as their father. The study correlates to a theory known as positive sexual imprinting, whereby birds and mammals choose their mates based on attributes exhibited by their parents.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Scientists have discovered a gene in African Americans that increases their risk of depression and alcoholism
Researchers have found that SEMA3A, a neurological gene previously associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's, was disrupted in African Americans with dependency problems, but not in European Americans. Researchers do not yet know what in the genetic code makes it so that this disruption only impacts African Americans. SEMA3A is a gene variant involved in brain development and neuron connectivity.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Leon Wieseltier, the influential Jewish scholar and magazine editor, has been fired from his latest venture following revelations of sexual harassment during his long tenure at the New Republic
“For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness,” Wieseltier said in a statement. “The women with whom I worked are smart and good people. I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected. I assure them that I will not waste this reckoning.” The first issue of Idea, the magazine he was to launch, appeared to be near completion, but its backer, Laurene Powell Jobs, decided to shelve the issue after the revelations and break up the publication. Jobs is the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Tales of Wieseltier’s sexual harassment were circulating among female journalists who have been compiling information about harassers in the profession since the explosion of such stories following the revelations of decades of sexual assault by Jewish movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Chris Hughes, who owned the New Republic for a short period, said in a statement that that he had investigated a harassment complaint from a woman who worked for the management company at the building where the magazine was housed. Wieseltier, who feuded with Hughes, led a walkout in 2014 while Hughes was the owner. Several women described unwanted kisses on the mouth from Wieseltier and sexualized comments about their clothing, among other offenses. Wieseltier, a member of the editorial board of the Jewish Review of Books, is a regular on the Jewish lecture circuit, speaking about Israel and Jewish belief systems. He won the 1998 Jewish Book Council Award for nonfiction for “Kaddish,” a study and memoir about the Jewish memorial prayer.
Monday, October 23, 2017
African Americans tend to have shorter lives than whites - largely due to higher rates of heart diseases and strokes, according to a statement from the American Heart Association
The average white American lives to 79 years old, compared to the average black American who is expected to reach 75.5 years at most. Experts warn that there is no clearer indication of health disparity than in cardiovascular health; heart diseases killed more than two million black Americans between 1999 and 2010. While African Americans are more likely to experience many cardiovascular diseases, in particular strokes and heart failure, they are also more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases. African Americans develop nearly all cardiovascular diseases - heart attack, stroke, and heart failure - at a relatively young age. Traditional cardiovascular risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and atherosclerosis - are more common and start at earlier ages among African Americans. Many of the differences arise from unhealthy behaviors, lower implementation of guidelines shown to improve cardiovascular health, ingrained cultural preferences and attitudes, and lack of persistence in following lifestyle changes that need to be lifelong. African Americans also have higher rates of certain health conditions that predispose to cardiovascular disease - such as chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease/sickle cell trait, and HIV, for example.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
More than 30 women have come forward concerning sexual harassment that they received from Jewish Oscar-nominated writer-director James Toback
Of the 38 women, 31 agreed to be named and on-the-record about Toback’s behavior, dating back to the 1980s and as recently as 2008. Toback would approach young aspiring actresses and promise to make them “stars” if they held private meetings. At these meetings, the women said, Toback would grill them about their sexual histories before either dry-humping on them or masturbating in front of them. “It’s a common thread among many women I know … after someone mentions they were sexually abused by a creepy writer-director, the response is, ‘Oh, no. You got Toback-ed,’” actress and drama teacher Karen Sklaire said. She said that she had her own meeting with Toback in 1997, which ended with him grinding against her leg. Toback, who is Jewish, was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for “Bugsy,” a film about the Jewish mobster Bugsy Siegel.
A Scottish tourist says that he was just trying not to spill his drink while at a Dubai bar, and he'll spend time in jail for it
Jamie Harron, 27, was handed a 3-month sentence for touching a man's hip, something Harron says happened while he was walking with a drink in the crowded Rock Bottom Cafe on July 15, 2017; he says he put out his hand "to avoid impact" with a patron, but the incident led to a public indecency charge. The group Detained in Dubai has been championing Harron's cause and complaining about what it sees as deficiencies in his defense, including "key witnesses" who were not asked to testify. It says an appeal is planned, "though this will prolong his increasingly difficult circumstances in Dubai, and compound the enormous financial losses he has suffered as a consequence of the ongoing case." The group's CEO adds that his family hasn't been able to be by his side, as "they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE's cybercrime laws which forbid criticism of the government." Harron, an electrician, stopped off in Dubai for a couple days en route to a job in Afghanistan.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
The World Health Organization has chosen a new "goodwill ambassador" whose human rights abuses have left him with very little goodwill internationally: Robert Mugabe
The 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe was chosen by new WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to help fight non-communicable diseases like strokes and asthma across Africa. The appointment has been condemned by multiple governments and human rights groups since health care in Zimbabwe has collapsed under Mugabe's regime. In addition, Mugabe has been regularly leaving Zimbabwe to seek medical treatment elsewhere. "The decision to appoint Robert Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador is deeply disappointing and wrong," says Dr. Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust, a British charitable foundation. "Robert Mugabe fails in every way to represent the values WHO should stand for." A group of around two dozen other health organizations said that they were shocked and deeply concerned by the appointment. A spokesman for Zimbabwean opposition party MDC described the appointment as laughable. "Mugabe trashed our health delivery system," he said.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
White men who exercise at high levels are 86% more likely than people who exercise at low levels to experience a buildup of plaque in the heart arteries by middle age
Monday, October 16, 2017
Black man who wielded flamethrower during white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been arrested
Coorey Long, the black man who wielded an improvised flamethrower against white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — an incident captured in a photo that went viral — has become the second black to be arrested recently in relation to the rally. Charlottesville police investigators arrested Long, 23, of Culpeper, Virginia on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct. Lt. Stephen Upman, a Charlottesville police spokesman, said that the disorderly conduct charge is related to the makeshift flamethrower and the assault and battery charge is related to a separate skirmish during the rally. Long, who was released on an unsecured bond after appearing before a magistrate, declined to comment after his arrest and referred all questions to his attorney, Malik Zulu Shabazz, national president of Black Lawyers for Justice and former national chairman of the New Black Panther Party. Shabazz, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a racist black nationalist, did not comment other than to say that he would be at Long’s court hearing.
Court records show that the man accused of spray-painting a swastika inside a residence hall at the University of Maryland is African American
University of Maryland police say that 52-year-old Ronald Alford Sr. has been served a criminal summons and faces several charges including destruction of property and disturbing the operations of a school. Alford will not be allowed back on campus.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By contrast, homicide was the 12th highest contributor to potential years of life lost for white Americans. Potential years of lost life is the number of years a person would have lived had they not died of a particular cause. Heart disease is the leading cause of potential years of life lost among white Americans. The average age of a black American who died from a congenital abnormality was 15 years old, compared to 26 years old for a white American. And black Americans who commit suicide die, on average, 10 years earlier than white Americans who commit suicide (38 years old versus 48). The more than 2.7 million deaths in the United States in 2015 tallied up to nearly 21.4 million potential years of life lost. Black Americans accounted for 20% of these years despite representing only 13% of the U.S. population.
Nearly half of black Americans who borrowed from the federal government to attend college defaulted on their student loans — more than double the rate among white student debtors, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education
Some 48.6% of black student debtors defaulted on a federal loan, compared with 10.8% of Asians, 20.4% of whites, and 34.7% of Hispanics. Across all races, about 27% of all borrowers defaulted. Nearly two-thirds of black students who took out loans to attend for-profit colleges, or 65.7%, ended up in default, data show. But the racial disparity was particularly dramatic for those who attended nonprofit four-year colleges: They were four times as likely as their white peers to default on their loans. The typical white household led by someone without a bachelor's degree is wealthier than the typical black household led by someone with at least a bachelor's degree, according to figures from the Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that for the 30 years from 1976-2005, there were 276,000 African-American homicide victims, 94% of them murdered by other blacks
The Jewish media loves to encourage black violence against white gentiles yet blacks mostly end up killing each other.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Six Egyptian men have been arrested for promoting sexual deviancy and debauchery on social media will be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their trial, Amnesty International has said
Their arrest is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started when a group of people were seen raising a rainbow flag at a concert, a rare public show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the Muslim country. At least 11 people have since been arrested, Amnesty said, and one man has been sentenced to six years in jail after local media launched a highly critical campaign against those who raised the rainbow flag at a Mashrou’ Leila concert, a popular Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead singer is openly gay. Amnesty said the Forensic Medical Authority was due to subject the six men to anal examinations to determine whether they have had homosexual sex. Judicial sources said any defendant accused of debauchery or sexual deviancy, a euphemism for homosexuality in Egypt, is subjected to a medical examination based on an order from the Public Prosecutor. Amnesty said such examinations violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment under international law. “The fact that Egypt’s Public Prosecutor is prioritizing hunting down people based on their perceived sexual orientation is utterly deplorable. These men should be released immediately and unconditionally – not put on trial,” said Najia Bounaim, North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International. “Forced anal examinations are abhorrent and amount to torture. The Egyptian authorities have an appalling track record of using invasive physical tests which amount to torture against detainees in their custody. All plans to carry out such tests on these men must be stopped immediately.” Egypt’s Islamic religious establishment is voicing its support for the government’s moves against homosexuals. “Al Azhar will stand against calls for sexual perversion the same way it has stood against extremist groups,” a preacher at the 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning said in his Friday prayers sermon. Although homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, discrimination is rife. Gay men are frequently arrested and typically charged with debauchery, immorality or blasphemy. The largest crackdown on homosexuals took place in 2001, when police raided a floating disco called the Queen Boat. Fifty-two men were tried in the case.
Friday, September 29, 2017
California: Despite decades of effort and billions of dollars in funding, test scores for white, Asian American and wealthier students are much higher than those of their black, Latino and low-income peers
On computerized tests administered in the spring, for example, just 19% of African American students were proficient in math, compared with 73% of Asian American students. In San Francisco, school leaders noted that the city was the only urban district in the state where more than half of students were proficient in both math and English. The middle schools showed significant gains this year in both subjects, with students of color mirroring the increases. The achievement gap actually widened, though, including a 58-point difference between white and black San Francisco students in English — a 77% proficiency rate compared with 19%.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer
Black males have made up 42% of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6% of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53% increase in gun murders of officers — committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
If every woman in America came home to just a cat and a bottle of white wine, then Hillary would be President
Hilarious article from the Guardian on why Hillary lost to Trump.
Monday, September 25, 2017
An international team of researchers has found that a genetic variant carried almost exclusively by African Americans significantly reduces the accuracy of the standard test for type 2 diabetes, the glycated haemoglobin or HbA1c test
The test measures the amount of glucose that is carried by the red blood cells over the previous two to three months. At least one copy of the variant in the G6PD gene is carried by around 11% of African Americans. This means that around 650,000 African Americans in the United States could have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes if tested with the HbA1c test alone. The results suggest screening for G6PD alongside the diagnostic test, or using other diagnostic tests in populations with African ancestry in order to improve diagnoses of type 2 diabetes.
The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) varied significantly in the tumors of African-American and European-American women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)
TNBC is a highly aggressive breast cancer subtype that afflicts African-American women at a higher rate than white women, and often involves a worse prognosis. Previous research has shown that African-American women tend to develop more aggressive subtypes of TNBC than European-American women, exacerbating the disparity in survival.
By 2024, median Black and Latino households are projected to own 60-80% less wealth than they did in 1983
Black families have been losing savings, property, and wealth for thirty years, and will reach a median wealth of zero in 26 years. Median Black household wealth is on a path to hit zero by 2053 and median Latino household wealth is projected to hit zero by 2073.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at a Tennessee church
The suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, police said. He's suspected of bringing at least two pistols and a mask to the predominantly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville. Metropolitan Nashville Police Department tweeted that Samson will be charged with murder and attempted murder. Law enforcement confirmed that Samson is a legal U.S. resident who immigrated from Sudan in 1996.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
All blue-eyed people have one ancestor in common, born around 6,000-10,000 years ago. Blue eyes are caused by a gene mutation. For years, researchers had searched for it on the OCA2 gene. The OCA2 gene determines how much brown pigment is in our eyes. But what they were looking for wasn't there at all. The mutation was found on an entirely different gene called HERC2. HERC2 turns off OCA2, meaning it turns off the brown and reveals the blue. Every blue-eyed person has this exact same mutation. Only people of European descent have blue eyes. It would also suggest that all blue-eyed people share a single European ancestor.
An 18-year-old black man has been charged with raping and murdering a homeless white mother before sexually assaulting her corpse
James Arthur House was arrested in Baltimore when he confessed to slaying and raping 35-year-old Jessica Gibson. The mother-of-four's body was found dumped behind large pallets on a downtown Baltimore access road. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. House has been charged with murder, rape, perverted practice, reckless endangerment and sex offenses. Some of the sex acts House is charged with were carried out on Gibson's dead body.
Alton Nolen told police that he felt oppressed as a Muslim at the food plant by his co-workers, who he said teamed up against him. He spoke to them after being arrested for the attack. When the police asked him if he regretted his actions, he responded, “I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done. That’s probably going to make Vaughan Foods a better place to work for a Muslim.” In September 2014, Nolen was suspended from his job at Vaughan Foods because a co-worker said that they had gotten into an argument after he said he didn’t like white people. Nolen returned with a knife, stabbed and beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, and attacked Traci Johnson, the woman who had issued the complaint about him. Authorities have presented as evidence in the trial that Nolen had a Koran and other “written scripture” in his apartment at the time of the attack. His Facebook page also had many signs of Islamic radicalization, including posts claiming, “Sharia Law is coming!!” and exhibiting pictures of beheadings and the Taliban. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the ongoing trial.
Just 16 unarmed black men out of a population of more than 20 million were killed by the police in 2016 – down from 36 the year before
Only 0.08% of black men are injured by the police each year, approximately the same rate as for white men. A black man is about 44 times as likely to suffer a traffic-related injury.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Startling genetic diversity indicates that ancient Papuans didn't even mix with each other: The ancestors of the Papuan New Guinean peoples arrived 50,000+ years ago, scattered into highland and lowland areas, and evidently kept to themselves since then, going by genetic and linguistic evidence
The latest twist in the history of humankind is that after ancestral Homo sapiens settled Papua New Guinea, which seems to have been around 50,000 to 70,000 years ago, they not only didn't budge. They not only didn't mix with the peoples around them, if any. They didn't even mix with each other, going by the startling degree of genetic and linguistic diversity found between groups of Papuans. In fact, the original occupants of both Papua New Guinea and, later, Australia, seem to have been a very sedentary bunch. The aborigines' forefathers reached Australia at least 50,000 years ago, scattered along the coastline for about 1,500 to 2,000 years and then, having struck roots wherever they struck roots, they didn't budge for the next 50,000 years. An unrelated study in 2016 postulated that aboriginal Australians and Papuans diverged from Eurasians anywhere from 70,000 to 50,000 years ago. This postulation is bolstered by the new study, which indicates that the Papuans would remain genetically independent from Europe and Asia for most of the last 50,000 years.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Two alleged Isis supporters who were born on Germany are to be deported from the country in the first such expulsion in history
The men, who hold Algerian and Nigerian citizenship, were arrested on suspicion of planning an imminent terror attack after a gun and Isis flags were found at their homes during police raids in Göttingen. They have not been prosecuted and the allegations have not been tested in a criminal court, but federal judges upheld their planned deportation, bolstering government plans to expel more foreign nationals believed to be terror threats. Boris Pistorius, the interior minister for Lower Saxony, said that the move sent a “nationwide signal to all fanatics, that we will give not even a centimeter for their inhuman plans. They will be met with the full severity of means at our disposal – whether they have grown up here [in Germany] or not”. Authorities in the state adopted a new law allowing them to expel terror suspects held to be dangerous in February 2017, amid nationwide security crackdowns following the Berlin attack. The two unnamed suspects launched an appeal to stay their expulsion from Germany but it was rejected by the Federal Administrative Court.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago
Could this have anything to do with Asian immigration?
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
There is a story in the Bible that tells of God’s call for the annihilation of the Canaanites, a people who lived in the area that is now Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories thousands of years ago. “You shall not leave alive anything that breathes,” God said in the passage. “But you shall utterly destroy them.” But a genetic analysis has found that the ancient population survived that divine call for their extinction, and their descendants live in modern Lebanon. “We can see the present-day Lebanese can trace most of their ancestry to the Canaanites or a genetically equivalent population,” said Chris Tyler-Smith, a geneticist with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute who is an author of the paper. “They derive just over 90% of their ancestry from the Canaanites.” Tyler-Smith and an international team of geneticists and archaeologists recovered ancient DNA from bones belonging to five Canaanites retrieved from an excavation site in Sidon, Lebanon, that were 3,650 to 3,750 years old. The team then compared the ancient DNA with the genomes of 99 living people from Lebanon that the group had sequenced. It found that the modern Lebanese people shared about 93% of their ancestry with the Bronze Age Sidon samples. “The conclusion is clear,” said Iosif Lazaridis, a geneticist at Harvard who was not involved in the study. “Based on this study it turns out that people who lived in Lebanon almost 4,000 years ago were quite similar to people who lived there today, to the modern Lebanese.” Marc Haber, a postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in England and lead author on the study, said that compared with other Bronze Age civilizations, not much is known about the Canaanites. “We know about ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks, but we know very little about the ancient Canaanites because their records didn’t survive,” he said. Their writings may have been kept on papyrus, which did not stand the test of time as clay did. What is known about the Canaanites is that they lived and traded along the eastern coast of the present-day Mediterranean, a region that was known as the Levant. “What we see is that since the Bronze Age, this ancestry, or the genetics of the people there, didn’t change much,” Haber said. “It changed a little, but it didn’t change much and that is what surprised me.” He said researchers thought that migrations, conquests and the intermixing of Eurasian people — like the Assyrians, Persians or Macedonians — with the Canaanites 3,800 to 2,200 years ago might have contributed to the slight genetic changes seen in modern Lebanese populations. Still, the Lebanese retain most of their ancestral DNA from the Canaanites.
African-Americans typically have worse outcomes from smoking-related cancers than whites. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that African-Americans have an increased mutation rate in several genes, including the best known in tobacco-related tumors, TP53. "We know TP53 mutation happens in 55% of all cancer patients," said the study's lead author, Wei Zhang, Ph.D., Hanes and Willis Family Professor in Cancer at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist. "In our study, we found that the African-American population had close to a 70% mutation rate. This data suggests that increases in TP53 mutation in African-Americans may be responsible for the observed resistance to chemotherapy and a poorer prognosis overall." The scientists found a significantly increased mutation rate in the TP53 gene in the African-American groups studied. The researchers also found that a number of genes - including those that repair DNA damage and remodel chromatin - mutated at higher frequencies in the African-American cancer patients.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Barbaric Muslims: Some 20 people from Multan, Pakistan, have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl, in revenge for a rape her brother allegedly committed
Police said that the families of the two girls are related. Members of both had joined forces to decide what should be done. "A jirga [village council] had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old," police official Allah Baksh said. He said that the village council was approached recently by a man who said that his 12-year-old sister had been raped by their cousin. The council then ordered the complainant to rape the sister of the accused in return - which police say he did. The girl was forced to appear before the group and raped in front of them and her parents. The mothers of the two girls later filed complaints at the local police station. Medical examinations have confirmed rape in both cases. Another officer, Ahsan Younas, said that the first girl to be raped was aged between 12 and 14. The victim of the revenge rape is said to be 16 or 17. He said that police had registered a complaint against 25 people, and that the suspect accused of raping the 12-year-old was still at large.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Jewish Privilege: New legislation in Congress would criminalize support for the international boycott against Israel
A group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23, 2017. The bill was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year. The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Maria Cantwell of Washington.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Studies show that 16%–37% of white Americans admit moderate to strong disapproval of close relatives engaging in interracial romances with blacks
Historically, white Americans have been least accepting of interracial romances between whites and blacks, and this tendency continues to emerge in contemporary public opinion polls. Given societal norms prohibiting the expression of racial prejudice, there is good reason to believe that rates of disapproval are underestimated. Evidence suggests that whites' implicit racial attitudes tend to be considerably more biased than their explicit racial attitudes. Whites tend to be less accepting of interracial romance for themselves than for others. Qualitative analysis of attitudes toward interracial romance shows that although most whites report explicit approval of interracial romance, they go on to explain why they would avoid it for themselves. Recent findings from a large demographically representative survey of Americans indicated that 38% of whites were unwilling to engage in any type of romantic relationship with a black person. Moreover, data from actual online dating profiles in the United States showed that over 50% of white profile owners were unwilling to date blacks.
Friday, July 21, 2017
A black thug has been convicted of punching and kicking his five-year-old stepson to death for losing his shoe - despite the little boy pleading: "I'm sorry"
Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, faces life behind bars after he was found guilty of murdering Alex Malcolm in a fit of rage in a south-east London park. Witnesses to the brutal attack described hearing a child's fearful voice saying "sorry", loud banging and a man screaming about the loss of a shoe. Alex died in hospital two days later after suffering fatal head and stomach injuries, with a postmortem showing he sustained nearly two dozen bruises.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
African Americans over the age of 90 are 28% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than their white American counterparts
Overall, Asian Americans have the lowest incidence of Alzheimer's disease, while African Americans have the highest.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
A black woman who'd been married for just four months before her husband died has been found guilty of his murder, and she could get life in prison without parole for her crime
Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, was convicted of aggravated murder, conspiracy, and other charges surrounding the 2013 death of firefighter William Walker, with prosecutors painting her during the trial as having fallen into financial straits and approaching her 17-year-old daughter and daughter's boyfriend with a deadly plan: Find someone to take out her husband, William Walker, so she could collect his life insurance money, which was contained in a $100,000 policy. Curry-Walker handed over a $1,000 down payment to her daughter's boyfriend, Chad Padgett, to find a hitman, which precipitated a chain of events leading to her husband's slaying. But what William Walker's death didn't bring to his widow was the life insurance money, as he had never named his wife as the beneficiary after they married. Who did get the money: his ex-wife, who was still named as the beneficiary on the plan. Padgett, Curry-Walker's daughter, and two men who tried to kill William Walker (one of them was the successful hitman) took plea deals in exchange for testimony against Curry-Walker, who had said in her initial confession that her husband had abused her. Her daughter, the only one involved who won't go to jail (she'll spend a month in a juvenile detention center), said during the trial that her mother had informed her: "No one would believe I would hire a bunch of kids to kill someone when I know people that could."
Caracas, Venezuela, has the unwanted distinction of being the most dangerous city in the world in a new survey
The report takes a look at global homicide rates and finds that the city's mix of gang warfare and political unrest puts it at the top of the list. Here are the 10 worst:
1. Caracas, Venezuela; homicides per 100,000: 130.35
2. Acapulco, Mexico; 113.24
3. San Pedro Sula, Honduras; 112.09
4. Distrito Central, Honduras; 85.09
5. Victoria, Mexico; 84.67
6. Maturín, Venezuela; 84.21
7. San Salvador, El Salvador; 83.39
8. Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela; 82.84
9. Valencia, Venezuela; 72.02
10. Natal, Brazil; 69.56The most dangerous city in the United States is St. Louis, at No. 14.
Friday, July 14, 2017
An Iraqi woman has appeared in court in Ireland charged with the murder of her three-year-old son at their Dublin home
The body of Omar Omran was found at an apartment in the Riverside complex, Kimmage. He had been stabbed to death. His mother Maha Al Adheem, a doctor who is originally from Iraq, appeared at Dublin District Court. The 42 year old has been remanded in custody. During the hearing, a detective sergeant gave evidence of the arrest. He said that about 45 minutes after she was charged, Maha Al Adheem said: "Yes it was my knife. Yes it was my hand. It was not me. It was the power."
Monday, July 10, 2017
African-Americans in New Jersey are incarcerated at 12 times the rate of whites, making New Jersey’s racial disparity the worst in the country, according to an analysis of Justice Department data
In New Jersey, blacks make up 61% of the prison population but only 14% of the state’s residents, according to figures from the state legislature.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The nation's homeownership rate appears to be stabilizing as people rebound from the 2007 recession that left millions unemployed and home values underwater, but a new report finds that African-Americans aren't sharing in the recovery. The report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies said that the disparity between whites and blacks is at its highest in 70-plus years of data. By 2016, the African-American homeowner rate had fallen to 42.2% and lagged 29.7 percentage points behind whites, nearly a percentage point higher than in 2015. In 2004, the pinnacle of US homeownership, three-quarters of whites and nearly half of blacks owned homes, according to the Harvard study. An analysis of Census Bureau statistics shows that some pockets of the Midwest and California had the lowest homeownership rates for African-Americans, while some areas of the South had the highest.
The late German historian Rolf Peter Sieferle has upset his more politically correct countrymen with his posthumous collection of observations on Germany’s political culture. He has even taken on the sacred cows of the Holocaust and mass immigration. Sieferle is critical of Germany’s postwar culture of Holocaust memory, which he argues has taken on the traits of a religion. The country’s sins are held to be unique and absolute, beyond either redemption or comparison. “The First Commandment,” he writes, “is ‘Thou shalt have no Holocausts before me.’ ” Hitler, in retrospect, turns out to have done a paradoxical thing: He bound Germans and Jews together in a narrative for all time. In an otherwise relativistic and disenchanted world, Sieferle writes, Germans appear in this narrative as the absolute enemies of our common humanity, as a scapegoat people. The role is hereditary. There are Germans whose grandparents were not born when the war ended, yet they, too, must take on the role. On the issue of mass immigration he believed that Germany’s self-demonization had left it unable to say anything but yes to a million or so migrants seeking entry to Europe in 2015 and that such a welcome was unsustainable.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain's support for LGBT rights
Malaysian group Perkasa, which supports a hard-line form of Islam and nationalism, has called on its more than 500,000 members to stay away from Starbucks coffee shops. Recently, leaders of Indonesia's second largest mainstream Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, with an estimated 29 million members, denounced the chain. The groups were apparently reacting to comments made several years ago by former CEO Howard Schultz in support of gay rights that drew renewed attention amid an increasingly anti-LGBT climate in both of the predominantly Muslim countries. At a 2013 shareholders meeting, Schultz responded to a shareholder who thought the coffeemaker's support for gay marriage hurt the bottom line: "Not every decision is an economic decision," Schultz said. "The lens in which we are making that decision is through the lens of our people.” Perkasa said in a statement that the Malaysian government should revoke the trading license given to Starbucks and other companies such as Microsoft and Apple that support LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. Amini Amir Abdullah, who heads Perkasa's Islamic affairs bureau, said that Muslims should stay away from Starbucks because its pro-gay rights policy is against Islam and Malaysia's constitution. Sodomy is illegal in Malaysia and punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, but a case before the Constitutional Court is seeking to criminalize gay sex and sex outside of marriage.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Arthritis causes pain and suffering for millions of people around the world, but it's also the byproduct of an evolutionary mutation that allowed our ancestors to make the move from Africa to colder climates tens of thousands of years ago
Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that a genetic variation made humans shorter and more compact as a means of protecting them against frostbite in the colder temperatures of northern climates. In addition, their limbs got shorter, making them less vulnerable to breaking as a result of falls. The downside of this evolutionary adaptation was an increase in the likelihood of osteoarthritis. The Stanford study shows how a variation in the GDF5 gene became more prevalent in humans moving out of Africa into colder climates 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. This variation doubles the chances of developing painful joint problems while also reducing height by about 0.4 inches on average. And since arthritis generally doesn't develop until after the age of reproduction, the gene mutation was passed on from generation to generation. The Stanford researchers discovered that the genetic variation causing this increase in arthritis is common among Europeans but very rare in African populations.
Monday, July 3, 2017
White and black children in the United States did not benefit equally from a recent reduction in infant mortality, according to new research
From 2005 to 2015, the mortality rate among white infants declined from 5.7 deaths per 1,000 births to 4.8 per 1,000 births. Among black infants, the death rate declined from 14.3 per 1,000 births in 2005 to 11.6 per 1,000 in 2012, where it plateaued before going back up to 11.7 per 1,000 births in 2015. For every thousand births, there were 8.6 more infant deaths among blacks than among whites in 2005. The difference fell to 6.6 extra deaths in black infants in 2012 but rose again to 6.9 extra deaths in 2015.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Up to three quarters of Germany’s refugees will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to a government minister, in a stark admission of the challenges the country faces in integrating its huge migrant population
Aydan Özoğuz, commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, said that only a quarter to a third of the newcomers would enter the labor market over the next five years, and “for many others we will need up to 10”. The admission could prove awkward for Angela Merkel as she seeks a fourth term as chancellor in Bundestag elections in September 2017. Merkel saw her poll ratings plummet in 2015 when she responded to Europe’s gathering refugee crisis by throwing open Germany’s borders. The migrant issue no longer dominates the country’s nightly news bulletins, but pollsters say that the question of how it will absorb the 1.3 million migrants who have arrived here since the start of 2015 is still one of voters’ key concerns. Initially, the influx of so many working-age, highly-motivated immigrants spurred optimism that they would mitigate Germany’s acute skills shortage and solve the demographic crisis posed by its dangerously low birth rate. Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of carmaker Daimler, said that the refugees could lay the foundation for the “next German economic miracle”. But those hopes have faded as a new realism about the migrants’ lack of qualifications and language skills sinks in. “There has been a shift in perceptions,” Özoğuz said. Many of the first Syrian refugees to arrive in Germany were doctors and engineers, but they were succeeded by “many, many more who lacked skills”.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Experts have long known that African American men are more likely to die from prostate cancer, but a new study may have found the reason why
Previous research has shown that black men are 74% more likely to get the disease than white men and are twice as likely to die from it. Now a new study suggests African-American males have a certain genetic makeup that makes prostate tumors more aggressive and resistant to drug treatments. Researchers believe this difference may contribute to the large mortality disparity between black and white men when it comes to the cancer. The study was done by researchers at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center in Washington DC. Experts found that genetic variation, called differential RNA splicing, could play a role in tumor aggressiveness and treatability of African-American men. The study reported that the splicing led molecules to contain different combinations of cell proteins, which eventually made tumors more aggressive. When exposed to prostate cancer treatments, due to the genetic variation of these proteins, the drug was ineffective and was also resisted by the body. Principal researcher Dr Norman Lee said: "We found that the protein isoforms expressed in African Americans with prostate cancer do not always respond to targeted therapies. Whereas these drugs were found to be effective in European Americans with prostate cancer and do end up killing off the cancer. This is a mechanism for drug resistance."
Friday, June 30, 2017
A black African doctor wielding an assault rifle stormed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, gunning down at least six staffers before taking his own life, according to a senior law enforcement officials
Police have identified the shooter as 45-year-old Henry Bello, a former employee at the hospital with an extensive arrest record. He was a 45-year-old Nigerian family medicine doctor. Bello was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the 17th floor after a two-story shooting rampage that left one doctor - a woman who has yet to be identified - dead and others fighting for their lives. Officials said that Bello tried to set himself on fire before committing suicide. A preliminary investigation reveals that Bello resigned from the hospital in 2015 in lieu of termination. Bello has past arrests for sex abuse, turnstile jumping, burglary and public urination, law enforcement sources said. Senior law enforcement officials describe Bello as a transient recently, with at least five different addresses since he left the hospital.
The recent fatal shooting of a teen at an apartment complex near downtown Athens was the culmination of a feud between two transgender groups, Athens-Clarke County police have confirmed. Rayquann Deonte Jernigan, 17, who was known to friends by the chosen name of Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was killed by a single gunshot fired by 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown in the parking lot of Riverview Apartments on College Avenue, police said. Several transgender organizations issued statements concerning the fatal shooting, including Black Transwomen Inc. “What saddens and infuriates us as an organization that seeks to represent and empower black trans women is that Ava was just 17 years old and hadn’t even had a chance to follow her dreams yet,” the statement said. “Ava has become not only the 14th trans woman murdered in the U.S. in 2017, she unfortunately is now the youngest one killed this year. She is also the 12th African American trans person killed this year.”
Monday, June 26, 2017
Authorities say that eight people, including a New Jersey rabbi, have been charged in a conspiracy to defraud Medicaid and other public assistance programs of more than $1 million
Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin of Congregation Lutzk in Lakewood and his wife, along with several other couples, were taken into custody during early morning raids at four homes. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said that more arrests are expected as a result of the investigation. The rabbi and his wife, Tzipporah, were charged with collecting more than $338,000 in benefits that prosecutors said they weren't entitled to. They were charged in state court along with Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin, who prosecutors said collected more than $585,000 in benefits. Zalmen Sorotzkin's brother, Mordechai, and his wife, Rachel, were charged in a federal complaint along with another married couple with conspiring to fraudulently obtain Medicaid benefits, Section 8 housing benefits and food assistance benefits. Mordechai and Rachel Sorotzkin allegedly made more than $1 million in 2012 and in 2013, yet the couple used Medicaid to pay for about $22,000 in medical expenses when their sixth child was born in November 2013, the complaint alleges. According to the federal complaint, Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum hid their income by creating companies that they controlled, but were run by relatives. The couple made approximately $265,000 in 2011 -- more than double the maximum amount that one is allowed to receive Medicaid benefits for, and more than triple the maximum for Section 8 benefits, according to the complaint.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Hispanic, Darwin Martinez Torres, who was charged with murder in the death of Nabra Hassanen, 17, is believed to be from El Salvador, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said. According to the police, Darwin Martinez Torres had a dispute with a member of a group of Muslim teenagers whom Hassanen was walking with on their way back from suhoor (an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, before dawn during or outside the Islamic month of Ramadan) at IHOP around 4 a.m. Torres then followed the group, first in his car and then on foot, striking Hassanen with a metal baseball bat and taking her with him when he left the scene. An hour later, he was arrested. The young woman’s lifeless body was found in a nearby pond.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The world's population is going to boom over the next 30 years, growing by a billion in just 15 years and 2 billion by 2050, according to a UN report
More than half of the projected population growth over the next 30 years will occur in Africa. Between now and 2050, Africa is expected to add 1.3 billion people. Nigeria, currently the seventh-largest country in the world, is growing the most rapidly among the countries on the top-10 list. The population of Nigeria is expected to pass that of the United States by 2050, making it the third largest country in the world. By 2050, seven of the world's 20 most populous nations will be in Africa.
According to the Social Progress Index (SPI), Denmark is the best nation in the world based on the quality of life it offers
Produced annually by the non-profit organization Social Progress Imperative, the SPI ranked Denmark first out of 128 nations based on scores in 50 indicators within three categories. It was all Africa and the Middle East at the bottom, however. Central African Republic finished rock bottom, followed by Afghanistan, Chad, Angola, Niger, Guinea and Yemen.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Avisus Sedale Davis of Ocala, Florida, denied knowing the victim or her sister, who called the 28-year-old asking for a ride home from school in January 2016. But the victim gave birth to a baby, and a paternity test showed that Davis was the father of the child, according to the arrest report. The victim's sister had asked Davis to give them a ride home from school in January 2016. He stopped at his home saying that he needed to get money for gas, and the sister went to a store nearby. Davis said that he would stay behind with the victim, who needed to use the bathroom, since the lock often got stuck. When the victim was finished, Davis raped her, punching her in the face when she tried to resist, according to the arrest report. Davis has been arrested on charges of sexual assault of a victim under 18 years old, cruelty toward child - impregnate child under 16, possession of marijuana and two probation violations.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Norway is proposing a ban on the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing because it says that it hinders communication between pupils and teachers
The ban, the first in Scandinavia, targets the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks, and would apply in nurseries, schools and universities. However headscarves, hats and caps could continue to be worn. Most parties support the bill, which is expected to pass in 2018. "These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education," Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. Interim Minister of Immigration and Integration Per Sandberg said that being able to communicate with one another was a "fundamental value". Local authorities in Norway can already ban the full-face veil in schools but there is no national policy.
Friday, June 9, 2017
A European Parliament member and prominent intellectuals protested the omission of anti-Semitism from a draft indictment of a Muslim for the murder of his Jewish neighbor
Frédérique Ries, a lawmaker from Belgium, has criticized French authorities’ handling of the investigation into the April 4, 2017 incident, in which Sarah Halimi was tortured and thrown out of her third-story apartment to her death, allegedly by Kobili Traore, who lived in her building. “French authorities have treated her murder with icy silence,” Ries, who is Jewish, said in reference to the fact that Traore, who had no history of mental illness, was placed at a psychiatric institution and has not been charged with a hate crime despite evidence suggesting that he killed Halimi because she was Jewish. In a voice recording of the incident, Traore is heard shouting “Allahu akbar,” calling Sarah “Satan” and calmly praying after her killing, according to reports. Recently, 17 French intellectuals published a scathing criticism of the handling of the incident by authorities and the media. “Everything about this crime suggests there is an ongoing denial of reality” by authorities, the intellectuals wrote, citing also testimonies of neighbors who said that Traore had called Halimi a “dirty Jew” to her face and called her relatives “dirty Jews” as well in the past. Many Jews believe that authorities covered up Halimi’s alleged murder to prevent it from becoming fodder for the racially and religiously divisive French presidential campaign.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Primitive Africa: Police in Mozambique have warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks, after the brutal killing of two men whose body parts were to be used in witchcraft
The two bald men, one of whom was found with his head cut off and organs removed, were killed in a part of the country already notorious for the persecution of albinos. "Last month, the murders of two bald people led to the arrest of two suspects," national police spokesman Inacio Dina told a news conference in the capital Maputo. "Their motivations come from superstition and culture: the local community thinks bald individuals are rich," he said. The killings took place in Milange, in the center of the southern African country, a few kilometers from the border with Malawi. The local police said that the two victims were aged over 40. "One of them was found with his head cut off and his organs removed," said Miguel Caetano, spokesman for the security forces in the central province of Zambezia. The suspects arrested are two Mozambicans around 20 years old. According to their statements, the organs were to be used by healers in rituals to promote the fortunes of clients in Tanzania and Malawi, he said. In Maputo, the national police spokesman likened the attacks to those on albinos, whose body parts are used in witchcraft rituals. According to the UN, more than a hundred attacks against albinos - who have white skin because of a hereditary condition that causes an absence of pigmentation - have been registered in Mozambique since 2014, mainly in the center and the north of the country.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The HIV rate in gay and bisexual black men in America is higher than that of any country in the world
Swaziland has the highest HIV rate in the world at 28.8%. The HIV rate in the United States is 9.1%. But according to the CDC, if current trends hold, the HIV rate for gay and bisexual black men in America will reach 50%. The problem is worst in the South. Already in Jackson, Mississippi, the HIV rate among gay and bisexual men is 40%.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
A graduation celebration for a group of kindergartners in Pennsylvania turned into a deadly shooting — all because of a dispute between two young boys. Devon Brown, 29, was fatally shot in the head by 27-year-old Tremaine Jamison at the Marion Terrace Apartment Complex in Hanover Township. The two men were at a party Brown had thrown for his 6-year-old son and a few other kids. Witnesses said that the drama started after two boys, both 6, got into a fight. Brown's little boy was accused of punching Jamison's son, leaving with him a black eye. The two fathers and several other adults started arguing — and that's when things escalated. One adult pulled out a pocketknife and Brown went inside his house to grab a blade of his own. Jamison grabbed a handgun and fired a single shot at Brown's head. Brown was pronounced dead and Jamison, from Harlem, fled.
Eleven of the 50 richest people in the world are Jewish, according to the 30th annual Forbes billionaires list
The list features five Jews in the top 15 and seven in the top 25 spots. Mark Zuckerberg is the sixth richest person in the world and the richest Jew.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The first ever full-genome analysis of Ancient Egyptians shows that they were more Turkish and European than African
Scientists analyzed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from 1400 BC to 400 AD and discovered that they shared genes with people from the Mediterranean. They found that ancient Egyptians were closely related to ancient populations in the Levant - now modern day Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon. They were also genetically similar to Neolithic populations from the Anatolian Peninsula and Europe. The study found that modern Egyptians share more ancestry with Sub-Saharan Africans than ancient Egyptians did. The data shows that modern Egyptians share approximately 8% more ancestry on the nuclear level with Sub-Saharan African populations than with ancient Egyptians. In the last 1,500 years, Egypt became more genetically African, whereas the ancient Egyptians showed almost no sub-Saharan African ancestry and had a high affinity to ancient Near Eastern and European populations.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
A Jewish teenager from Britain says that he feared for his life at a top Berlin school because of violent bullying by Muslim classmates
“I was terrified and just went to the ground” when the bullies pulled a fake gun and threatened to kill him, the 14-year-old boy said. “Everyone burst into laughter and called me gay,” the Jewish teen — who is the grandson of Holocaust survivors — said of his classmates at the Friedenau Gemeinschaftsschule. The Jewish teen said that he suffered daily taunts and frequent painful kicking and punching attacks by students of Middle Eastern and Turkish origin. The bullying continued even after Ferdinand’s grandparents gave a speech at the school describing how they survived the Holocaust. The boy has since been moved to a new school and prosecutors are investigating.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The majority of Britons believe that ethnic minorities living in Britain are a threat to their culture
Up to a quarter of the population thinks that immigrants are stealing jobs, while just over a third (34%) believe that they take more from the nation than they contribute, according to the latest Aurora Humanitarian Index survey. The study also found that respondents believe Brexit will have an impact on Britain’s ability to deal with the flood of refugees flowing into Europe from war-torn areas. A large number of people lack confidence in world leaders to tackle the refugee crisis, the survey found, and when it comes to Prime Minister Theresa May only a minority (15%) think that she is the best figure to resolve the issue. Announcing their general election manifesto in Halifax recently, the Tories renewed their pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, a commitment first made by former Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2010. Net migration levels in 2016, however, stood at 248,000, leading many opposition figures to question the viability of the Tory pledge. The 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index surveyed 6,500 people from 12 countries. In Britain specifically, it found that 56% of UK nationals believe that “Britishness” is at stake because of ethnic minorities. Although the survey was taken prior to the recent suicide bomb attack in Manchester which took the lives of 22 people and injured up to 64, it found that two-thirds of respondents believe terrorism is currently one of the biggest global challenges.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province have been publicly caned dozens of times for consensual gay sex, a punishment that rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture" and that has escalated an anti-gay backlash
Hundreds packed the courtyard of a mosque to witness the caning of the men for homosexuality. The caning took place in Aceh, a province in Indonesia that practices Shariah law. The men, aged 20 and 23, were arrested in March 2017 after vigilantes broke into their rented room to catch them having sex. A Shariah court sentenced each man to 85 lashes. Indonesia's LGBT community has been under siege in the past year. Prejudice has been fanned by stridently anti-gay comments from politicians and Islamic hard-liners.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Report: Black men with a bachelor’s degree are more than twice as likely as black women to intermarry
Black men and Asian women are more likely to marry someone of a different race. Asians are most likely to intermarry, with 29% of newlywed Asians married to someone of a different race or ethnicity, followed by Hispanics at 27%, blacks at 18% and whites at 11%. While about one-fourth of recently married black men (24%) have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, this share is 12% among recently married black women. And the difference between black men and women regarding intermarriage also increases with education. For those with a high school diploma or less, 17% of men vs. 10% of women are intermarried, while among those with a bachelor’s degree, black men are more than twice as likely as black women to intermarry (30% vs. 13%). A large percentage of black women with college degrees remain unmarried because they seek to only wed a black, college-educated man. Married Black women who are college graduates are much more likely to have a husband with a lower level of education (58%), compared to whites of a similar background (48%). Asian women are far more likely to intermarry than Asian men. In 2015, just over one-third (36%) of newlywed Asian women had a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, while 21% of newlywed Asian men had a spouse of a different race. About half (49%) of Democrats and Independents who lean toward the Democratic Party say that the growing number of people of different races marrying each other is a good thing for society. Only 28% of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents share that view. The most common intermarriages were between a Hispanic and white spouse, at 42%. The next most common was between a white and Asian spouse at 15%, followed by a multiracial and white spouse at 12%.
Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested 27 men in a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the Muslim-majority country, and plan to charge them with drug possession
A commander of the elite police unit that made the arrests says the suspects, mostly students aged 20-30 years, had traveled from across the country and were picked up in a raid on a community center at Keraniganj, outside the nation's capital. Zahangir Hossain Matobbar says that they recovered illegal drugs and condoms in their possession and plan to charge them with drug offenses and not homosexuality because they were detained before they engaged in sex. "We've arrested 27 people for homosexuality," one major is quoted as saying. The agency also arrested the owner of the community center where the suspects used to gather every two months and stay overnight for partying. Homosexuality is a crime in Bangladesh. In 2016, suspected militants killed a leading LGBT activist and his friend in Dhaka. The 35-year-old Xulhaz Mannan, a USAID official, was hacked to death at his home. He had founded the country's only LGBT magazine and was a leading organizer of gays. Since then, many gays and lesbians have left the country after they received death threats.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
A black man is accused of luring an 8-year-old girl into his home and sexually battering her, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office
Sydney Allan Markland, 68, told deputies that the child was "wearing provocative clothing" during the July 2016 assault. The victim told authorities that she knew Markland in passing because they live in the same neighborhood, so when he appeared injured and asked her if she would help him carry some fried chicken into the house, she agreed, deputies said. Markland, who goes by the nickname "Dread," sexually battered the victim and told her not to tell anyone. The girl told a parent, who called law enforcement. DNA samples were collected from the victim's and after several months, they proved to be a match with Markland. Detectives wrote in their report that the girl told them Markland "told her not to tell anyone, kissed her on the cheek and read from the Bible" after the assault. Deputies said Markland told them that in his culture his actions are considered acceptable. He also said that the child's clothing and "actions" suggested consent, officials said. "She was wearing provocative clothing," Markland said during his confession, according to what detectives wrote in their report. "Her actions suggested that she was consenting to sexual contact." After his arrest Friday, Markland admitted to detectives that he sexually battered the girl after eating chicken wings and praying with her, detectives said.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
White working-class voters who favored deporting immigrants living in the United States illegally were 3.3 times more likely to express a preference for Trump than those who did not
In addition, based on surveys conducted before and after the 2016 election, white working-class voters who say that they often feel like a stranger in their own land and who believe that the United States needs protecting against foreign influence were 3.5 times more likely to favor Trump than those who did not share these concerns.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Jakarta's Christian governor has been jailed for two years after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation
Presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the Jakarta court that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was "convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison". He ordered Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, to be detained. Purnama said: "We will file an appeal." Islamic hardliners outside the court cheered as news of verdict emerged and shouted "God is greatest". Purnama was hauled into court to face trial for allegedly insulting Islam while campaigning for re-election in a case that critics said was politically motivated. The trial came after a series of major protests against the capital's leader that drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets. His once unassailable opinion poll lead shrank amid the controversy and he lost the race to lead Jakarta to a Muslim challenger, a result that fueled fears of Indonesia's moderate brand of Islam coming under threat from increasingly influential radicals.
A video of an imam appearing to call for the murder of Jews in a sermon during Friday prayers at a Copenhagen mosque has caused outrage in Denmark
Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed citing in Arabic a hadith - a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad - considered anti-Semitic. The hadith says that the Day of Judgment "will not come unless the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them". A Jewish community leader said that his words were a "thinly-veiled" threat. Videos of the sermon were posted on YouTube and Facebook by the Al-Faruq Mosque. A part of the 30-minute address was later translated by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (Memri). In the video, Abdallah is seen standing in front of a black flag with the Shahadah written on it, similar to those used by jihadist groups such as al-Qaeda. He declares there will soon be a "caliphate" - a state governed in accordance with Islamic law, or Sharia - that will wage jihad to unite the Muslim community and liberate the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem "from the filth of the Zionists". Then, he says, "the words of the Prophet Muhammad will be fulfilled" and cites the hadith. Jewish community leader Dan Rosenberg said: "We are concerned weak and impressionable people may perceive this kind of preaching as a clear call to violence and terror against Jews." Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Stojberg also expressed outrage. "This is completely preposterous, undemocratic and awful," the center-right Venstre politician wrote on Facebook. "But it also shows why we need to lead a harsh and consistent policy. We cannot and should not accept this!"