Blacks in the US and in Africa consistently score lower on IQ tests than whites in the US and Europe, and Asians. Why? *PART I*

Psychologists, psychometricians, and all other scientists that study intelligence tend to tread VERY lightly when it comes to this issue. After what happened to James Watson (he was ostracized for stating facts about race and intelligence despite being a Nobel prize winning scientist and one of the most successful scientists of his era) no one … More Blacks in the US and in Africa consistently score lower on IQ tests than whites in the US and Europe, and Asians. Why? *PART I*

Uzbekistan: Life After Karimov, More of the Same

On his first day in charge in Uzbekistan, Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev made it clear that he does not intend to make any immediate breaks from the policies of his deceased predecessor. Mirziyoyev was formally appointed Uzbekistan’s interim president on September 8, assuming power from Islam Karimov, whose death was announced six days earlier. In a … More Uzbekistan: Life After Karimov, More of the Same

N. Korea says missile tests simulated nuclear strike on South

North Korea said Wednesday its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. Tuesday’s test firing of three missiles in violation of existing UN resolutions was seen as an angry reaction to the planned deployment of a … More N. Korea says missile tests simulated nuclear strike on South

Rising China Confronts Maritime Southeast Asia

The risk of confrontation between China and the maritime states of Southeast Asia has increased significantly. On 12 July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague ruled that China’s expansive claim to the waters of the South China Sea enclosed by its “nine dash line” map had no legal basis under the UN … More Rising China Confronts Maritime Southeast Asia

SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit concluded with few concrete results and plenty of reminders that the group’s members have different visions for where the would-be non-Western bloc should be heading. At the SCO’s 15th anniversary summit in Tashkent, there were plenty of vague declarations about the desirability of greater economic cooperation and stepping up the … More SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

Economy Of Islamic Fundamentalism Poses Threat To Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami continues to be a potent force despite being weakened politically largely due to its economic prowess. Jamaat won eighteen seats in 2001 parliamentary elections while the number came down to just two in 2008. The party’s influence over the predominantly Muslim society of Bangladesh can not be ascertained from the … More Economy Of Islamic Fundamentalism Poses Threat To Bangladesh

Did Trigger-Happy North Korea Take a Shot at China?

On March 29, North Korea launched a projectile from a location near the port city of Wonsan. The ballistic missile or artillery shell traveled about 125 miles on a northeast path, in other words, toward China, landing near the border. South Korean Defense Ministry analysts speculate that the North originally planned to fire the projectile … More Did Trigger-Happy North Korea Take a Shot at China?

Growing Militarization ‘Derailing Pakistan’s Democracy’

Amidst growing militant violence, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has expressed concern at the increasing role of the nation’s army. Speakers at the commission’s annual general meeting in Lahore on April 3 said the military’s actions are damaging the country’s democracy. “The war against terrorism [has] led to the government’s apparent acceptance of the … More Growing Militarization ‘Derailing Pakistan’s Democracy’