New research is smashing common stereotypes about immigrants increasing the crime rate, suggesting that people who migrate to the United States are actually less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.
Researchers studied 43,000 immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, analyzing self-reported behaviors such as bullying, stealing, traffic violations, and other types of non-violent and violent crimes. The study, recently published in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, found that although immigrants tend to be poorer, less educated, and more urbanized than people born in the United States, they are less likely to engage in violence and antisocial behavior. Some findings: Those born in America are four times as likely to participate in violence as are immigrants from Asia and Africa, and three times as likely as Latin American immigrants. The reported violent behavior of European immigrants was more closely aligned to that of people born in the U.S.
But there's a surprising twist to the findings: For each year that an immigrant spends in the United States, he or she becomes 1.9 percent more likely to commit a violent crime and 0.9 percent more likely to commit a non-violent crime.
CANANUSA.ORG-NY-DEC 4, 2012--We have received this past weekend the news of the passing away of Trinity Broadcasting Network, TBN, founder, Dr. Paul Crouch, 79, a Christian evangelist par excellence.
Crouch and TBN have certainly promoted the gospel of the Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ, to vast ends of this earth for the better part of the last 40 years. He received a mandate, perceived a vision, obtained the provision and faithfully accomplished the goal.
One of the truths about Crouch is his tireless pursuit of every available means and technology in advancing the gospel.
The acclaimed televangelist who was affiliated with the Assemblies of God, is well-known for his relentless efforts to push the good news through new frontiers of technology as they become popularly accessible to people.
A FEDERAL High Court, Lagos on Tuesday ordered secret trial for 17 suspected members of Boko Haram sect charged with acts of terrorism.
The accused include Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi, Ibrahim Usman, Bala Haruna, Idris Ali, Mohammed Murtala, Kadiri Mohammed, Mustapha Daura, Abba Duguri, Sanni Adamu, Danjuma Yahaya and Musa Audu.
Others are Mati Daura, Farouk Haruna, Abdullahi Azeez, Ibrahim Bukar and Zula Diani.
The accused are standing trial on an amended seven-count charge of acts of terrorism.
Justice Ibrahim Buba gave the order while granting an application made by the prosecuting counsel.
The prosecutor, Ade Ipaye, the Attorney General of Lagos State and counsel to the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) had urged the court to determine the entire proceedings in camera.
Ipaye told the court that he had filed a motion on notice brought pursuant to Sections 203 and 205 of the Criminal Procedure Act, laws of the Federation.
Operations at the Maiduguri International Airport have been suspended and the Joint Task Force has taken over the airport following a raid on nearby military units by Boko Haram.
Residents of Maiduguri said the Islamist militant sect attacked the Nigerian Air Force base in the early hours of today in attempt to overrun the entire city of Maiduguri. About 300 militants were reported to have arrived in pickup trucks with heavy weaponry
Several explosives were hauled at the base but Air Force personnel reportedly repelled the militants, killing several of them.
There is no word on casualties on the side of the military. Mobile telephone lines have been shut down since President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency on three states, including Borno, in May.
A spokesperson for the ministry of Aviation, Yakubu Datti confirmed the closure of the airport to SaharaReporters, but he denied the airport was affected in the attack.
CANANUSA.ORG-NY-NOV 25, 2013--THE need for a national platform for all Nigerian Christians in America was reiterated in Atlanta over the weekend as the President of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, Dr. James Fadele inaugurated the Atlanta Chapter of the organization. This is the 11th local chapter of CANAN while more are still planned for next year DV.
The event was attended by an impressive number of Christian leaders in Atlanta including the visiting General Overseer of the Gospel Faith Missions International, Pastor (Dr) Elijah Abina, and leaders of the Nigerian Ministers Fellowship, NMF, of Atlanta, led by the NMF President, Pastor Ebenezer Ekenebode. CANAN leader in North Carolina, Pastor Isaac Aladeniyi, CANAN Board member and Legal Adviser, Pastor Enefaa and Pastor Sunday Adu, CANAN Adviser in Washington DC/Maryland were also present.
Pastor Fadele took the opportunity to announce at a formal CANAN event the success story of how the US government designated Boko Haram, a Foreign Terrorist Organization, FTO as demanded by CANAN.
AFTER designating the Boko Haram and Ansaru terrorists groups operating in Nigeria as Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO), the United States is set to officially go after them and their affiliates as enemies and threats to America’s interests.
Officials from the American and Nigerian government, at the weekend, explained why the US government changed its mind, after several months of resisting calls to designate the groups as FTOs. For more than a year, the US State Department refused and resisted calls for Boko Haram designation, even after other US Departments, like the Justice Department and the FBI, recommended that the terror group be designated.
But emerging facts reveal that the US had to change its position and act partly, to protect hundreds of thousands of Americans living in Nigeria, whose wellbeing is constantly threatened by the terrorists group.
State Department officials disclosed this when they spoke with US journalists after the formal designations were announced on Wednesday in Washington DC.
In the gloom of a hilltop cave in Nigeria where she was held captive, Hajja had a knife pressed to her throat by a man who gave her a choice – convert to Islam or die.
Reuters reports that two gunmen from Boko Haram had seized the Christian teenager in July in the Gwoza hills, in the northeastern Nigeria, where a six-month-old government offensive is struggling to contain an insurgency by the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group.
Boko Haram is abducting Christian women whom it converts to Islam on pain of death and then forces into “marriage” with fighters.
The three months Hajja spent as the slave of a 14-strong guerrilla unit, cooking and cleaning for them before she escaped, give a rare glimpse into how the Islamists have changed tack.
“I can’t sleep when I think of being there,” the 19-year-old told Reuters, recounting forced mountain marches and watching her captors slit the throats of prisoners Hajja had helped lure into a trap.
Nigerian security officials say the Islamists have pulled back after army assaults since May on their bases and are now sheltering in the Mandara mountains. From the hills they have been launching increasingly deadly attacks.
*US Designates Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, FTO
CANANUSA.ORG-NEW YORK-NOV 13, 2013-----AT LAST, the United States government has done the right thing, and members of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, with about 1000 local churches in the US, are grateful to the LORD for answered prayers.
We commend the US President Barack Obama and the State Department for this forthright decision. We are very grateful to all the members of the US Congress who actively supported our cause, including Representative Peter King of New York, Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, Representative Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania and Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.
The designation and labeling of Boko Haram and Ansaru terror groups which was announced today in twin statements from the White House and State Department are a gratifying response to the demands of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans.
On behalf of CANAN, Dr. James Fadele, the association’s President commends the US government for rising up eventually “to call a spade a spade.”