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Marburg Virus, Related to Ebola, Is Found in Bats in West Africa
The largest known outbreak of Marburg virus, which began in Angola in 2004, sickened over 250 people and had a 90 percent fatality rate. Two of the strains found in Sierra Leone bats were similar to the Angolan ones.
disease  Marburg  Ebola  WestAfrica  Publichealth  Science  research  biology  virus 
december 2018 by amaah
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
1.7 million Ghanaians (or 6% of Ghana’s population) applied for the U.S. diversity lottery in 2015
migration  immigration  Africa  Europe  usa  poverty  Development  statistics  research 
march 2018 by amaah
The Untreatable
Gavin Francis reviews ‘Pale Rider’ by Laura Spinney
disease  medicine  Publichealth  health  history  science  research  flu  epidemic 
january 2018 by amaah
What's Left Behind: Identity Continuity Moderates the Effect of Nostalgia on Well-Being and Life Choices
feeling nostalgic about the past in the context of lower identity continuity had negative consequences for well-being, perceived ability to cope with challenges, and interest in new opportunities rather than focusing on familiar experiences
nostalgia  research  psychology  science  culture  identity  stress  health 
may 2015 by amaah
The Bukom Boys Subcultures and Identity Transformation in Accra, Ghana (pdf)
the origins of kpanlogo and more... and in recent times, the cauldron from which azonto sprang
culture  ghana  africa  music  research  observation  urban  ga  city  accra  youth  identity  history  anthropology  language  social  dance  highlife  perception 
april 2015 by amaah
the long term effects of Africa's slave trade (pdf)
effects linger on THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF AFRICA’S SLAVE TRADES* N ATHAN N UNN Can part of Africa’s current underdevelopment be explained by its slave trades? To explore this question, I use data from shipping records and histori- cal documents reporting slave ethnicities to construct estimates of the number of slaves exported from each country during Africa’s slave trades. I find a robust negative relationship between the number of slaves exported from a country and current economic performance. To better understand if the relationship is causal, I examine the historical evidence on selection into the slave trades and use in- strumental variables. Together the evidence suggests that the slave trades had an adverse effect on economic development.
africa  slavery  history  research  development  colonialism  economics  politics  state 
february 2015 by amaah
We find that the arrival of Europeans in Uganda ignited a century-long transformation of Kampala involving a gender Kuznets curve. Men rapidly acquired literacy and quickly found their way into white-collar (high-status) employment in the wage economy built by the Europeans. Women took somewhat longer to obtain literacy and considerably longer to enter into white-collar and waged work. This led to increased gender inequality during the first half of the colonial period. But gender inequality gradually declined during the latter half of the colonial era, and after Uganda’s independence in 1962 its level was not significantly different from that of pre-colonial times. Our data also support Boserup’s view that gender inequality was rooted in indigenous social norms: daughters of African men who worked in the traditional, informal economy were less well educated, less frequently employed in formal work, and more often subjected to marital gender inequality than daughters of men employed in
africa  colonialism  gender  history  research  uganda  religion  social  norms  tradition  literacy  policy  strategy  culture 
february 2015 by amaah
Politicians, Politics and Policies in Ghana by Emmanuel Hansen
for the majority of Ghanaians it is virtually impossible to survive a single day without doing something illegal or immoral in order to survive. It is not because Ghana has more than its fair share of crooks, venal and corrupt leaders and dishonest and cynical policy makers. But that is what it has come to. Sheer survival has become the premium and Ghanaians like any other people are prepared to survive in any and every way they can. These problems are beginning to tell on the social and psychic life of Ghanaians. The spontaneous good humour which foreigners readily comment upon and which Ghanaians themselves boast of is beginning to give way to the ethic of survival. The gaiety, cheerfulness and exuberance is slowly giving way to sullen, and sombre looks. But all is not lost. If man is the only animal that laughs, and laughing is the existential expression of humanity, then Ghanaians still have some humanity left. Ghanaians have the capacity even in such moments to not only laugh but
culture  history  ghana  observation  politics  analysis  perception  research  policy  africa 
january 2015 by amaah
Why popular opinion can’t predict a coup
coup attempts were actually more likely to occur during presidential election years, which suggests that conspirators were acting to thwart the popular will rather than being constrained by it.
politics  coup  lesotho  research  africa  military  conspiracy  SouthAfrica  strategy 
september 2014 by amaah
Reshaping Terrorist Networks
all research is applied I suppose.... graph theory applied to the 'terrorist successor problem'... features sentences like: 'A terrorist organization network is a undirected graph with vertices and edges
networks  research  technology  mathematics  algorithms  systems  resilience  terrorism  modeling  abstractions 
august 2014 by amaah
The Man Who Forgot Everything
Henry Gustave Molaison: The Basis for 'Memento' and the World’s Most Celebrated Amnesiac
history  research  brain  biology  memory  science 
october 2013 by amaah
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