CDC confirms second case of MERS

MERS
Transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

A second case of MERS, a deadly virus discovered in the Middle East in 2012, has been found in the state of Florida.

The  patient is a healthcare provider who resides and works in Saudi Arabia.  He is visiting Florida and traveled on May 1st  from Saudi Arabia to Florida.  On May 8th, the patient went to the emergency department of a Florida hospital and was admitted on the same day.

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Updated: Boko Haram video shows missing Nigerian schoolgirls clad in full-length hijabs

Update:  Boko Harem video of girls may be a fake.  “They are not the same. They are not the girls abducted,” said Ojutiku, a Southern Baptist in Raleigh, N.C., who receives frequent updates from members of the grassroots group Lift Up Now. He co-founded the group to address political, economic and social challenges in his homeland Nigeria.

More likely, the Monday (May 12) video is a ruse by the Islamic terrorists to mislead those searching for the girls, Ojutiku said.” Baptist Press

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released the names of 180 schoolgirls that were kidnapped from the school in Chibok, Nigeria.
165 are Christian girls and 15 girls are Muslim.
Many are affiliated with the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.

Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls

A video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show over 100 of the missing girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria.

The girls are wearing full-length hijabs and reciting the first book of the Koran. Boko Haram says the girls have converted to Islam.

Boko Haram demands prisoner exchange for the Nigerian schoolgirls.

Online:  BBC Video Nigeria kidnapped girls ‘shown in Boko Haram video’

Study: Radical Muslims are well-integrated, are better educated than average, and are better economically and socially

Copenhagen photo
Copenhagen, Denmark

It has been thought that failed integration and poverty may be causes of “Homegrown Radical Islamists” in Western  countries. A study “Radical Islamism and Migrant Integration in Denmark: An Empirical Inquiry” does not support a link between  integration and radicalization of young Muslims, or poverty.

Associate professor and Islamism researcher Marco Goli from Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen concluded “that  radicalized young Muslims are often what one would consider well-integrated: They are better educated than average and also perform better economically and socially and will therefore largely be able to maintain a double life.”

The study stated:  “The sharpest and most consistent difference between the Radical Islamists and other Muslim immigrants concerned their adherence to religious duties and proscriptions. More than half of the most radical group deferred to Sharia over National law, and a third endorsed death as punishment for apostasy.”

“They become radicalized from their own perception of what happens around the world,” says Shahamak Rezaei, Associatev Professor at the Institute of Social and Globalisation Affairs at Roskilde University.”

The study was based on a nationally representative sample of 1,113 youth (ages 15–30) in Denmark with national ties to a”Muslim country.

Online:  Radical Islamism and Migrant Integration in Denmark: An Empirical Inquiry
Radical Islamism and Migrant Integration in Denmark: An Empirical Inquiry (pdf)

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Schoolgirl Escaped Boko Haram Aided By One Of The Kidnappers

Amina Tsawur, 17, was helped to escape by a member of the terrorist group who spoke her local language. The Boko Haram member told her to “ask to be moved away from the other hostages so she could relieve herself.” Amina followed his instructions, then fled through the jungle in northern Nigeria until she reached a highway where a passing motorist drove her to a nearby town.

Describing the moment of her capture, she said: ‘It was about llpm and we were very scared to hear shooting. We didn’t know what to do or where to run.

‘After some time we started seeing men in soldiers’ uniforms coming in the school by torchlight.

‘We thought they were soldiers. They said they had been sent to evacuate us so we would not be harmed.

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