Fascinating articles explaining the success of black (especially those of west African descent) athletes that is totally disproportionate to their percentage of the world population. The article attempts to explain some of the following anomalies:
- All of the thirty-two finalists in the last four Olympic men’s 100-meter races are of West African descent.
- Blacks of exclusively West African ancestry make up 13 percent of the North American and Caribbean population but 40 percent of Major League baseball players, 70 percent of the NFL, and 85 percent of professional basketball players.
- Blacks who trace their ancestry to West Africa, including African Americans, hold more than 95 percent of the top times in sprinting;
- Athletes from one country, Kenya, make up more than one-third of top times in middle and long distance races; including top performances by other East Africans (most from Ethiopia), that domination swells to almost 50 percent.
- Remember the last time a non-black set the men’s world record in the 100-meter sprint? One has to go back to 1960, when German Armin Hary won the Olympic gold medal in 10.2 seconds. The best time by a white 100-meter runner is 10 seconds, which ranks well below two hundred on the all-time list.
- Whites dominate strength based sports such as weightlifting, shot-put and hammer (whites hold 46 of the top 50 throws).
Interview with the new Emir of Kano Muhammed Sanusi II (AKA Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) about the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria.
Key points made by Sanusi:
- Islam “preaches education for all adherents”.
- Marrying young Muslim girls off at a young age is actually a cultural (not Islamic) practice “that is not consistent with the teachings of the (Muslim) religion)”.
- Poverty level in northern Nigeria provides a fertile breeding ground for militancy. Says the same thing happened in the Niger Delta.
- Boko Haram insurgency must be tackled via an economic “Marshall Plan” for northern Nigeria.
- Says insurgency calmed down in Kano because of investment in infrastructure there.
- “As long as people as gainfully employed they are not likely to jump into the bandwagon of insurgency”.
Good article in Africa Confidential about how the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria will affect next year’s presidential election.
One surprise from the infographic map above is that although Adamawa State is under a state of emergency even though the number of deadly attacks in that State are about 25% of the number of attacks in Kano State (which is not under a state of emergency). Also Bauchi state has had 600% more attacks than Adamawa State, and it too is not under a state of emergency.
This is a PBS documentary (also shown on Channel 4 in the UK) about the Nigerian army’s battle with Boko Haram. It contains very harrowing footage of suspects being allegedly killed by the army and their civilian allies the Civilian Joint Task Force.
Civilians are being caught in the crossfire of the war between Boko Haram and the army. After Boko Haram attacks, the army sweeps in and arrests suspects. Locals claim that innocent people are often arrested, beaten, and killed after Boko Haram fighters have left the scene:
Grim account by a rebel soldier on the battle for Freetown, Sierra Leone between the RUF and the Nigerian ECOMOG force. The rebel soldier joined the RUF after going through a horrific “initiation” of being forced to kill his own friend.