Roundup 2015-11-20

The most interesting link of the week

A bedtime prayer for terrorists. Link.

Roundup of Paris articles

Paris attacks, what is known as of 11/18. Atlantic.

The Paris Attackers, and links between them (all known are French/Belgian). Link.

Were they Syrians? The flourishing black market in Syrian passports. Link.

Christians debate state bans [in America] on Syrian refugees after Paris attacks. Link.

Republican Pres. candidate Trump ‘not opposed’ to Muslim database for USA. Link. “I will not give you the gift of hating you”: French journalist widowed. Link.

France President Hollande commits to taking 30,000 refugees in next 2 years. Link.

3 facts about the Syrian refugee crisis many Christians overlook. Link.

“We have a theological problem if we ask ‘are we safe’ and not ‘who is my neighbor’?” Link.

2016 GC2 Summit: the Global Refugee Crisis & the Christian Response. Link.

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles

Chinese students in the USA: 300,000 and climbing. Link.

Indonesia: 1,000+ churches closed in Aceh (didn’t think there were that many!). Link.

Nigeria: bombings kill dozens, Boko Haram named world’s deadliest group. Link.

Nigeria: $2 billion in stolen funds is a drop in the bucket: $148 billion missing. Link.

Nepal: in the end, ban is on proselytization, not conversion. Link.
Syria: speed freaks, jihad junkies, and the rise of super-amphetamines. Link.

USA: Does living together before marriage increase the risk of divorce? Link.

USA: More Mexican immigrants leaving US than entering. Link.

Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources

Global terrorism index, 2015. Link.

The World’s Women, 2015: Trends and Statistics. Link.

Pew: The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society. Link.

7 Documentaries to change your view of Egypt. Link.

Brent Fulton on what to expect from his book, China’s Urban Christians. Link.

Long Reads / Mission Industry News

IBMR: October 2015 issue on migration & refugees is timely. Link.


UPG Profiles

Some of the many breakfasts consumed in a French refugee camp. Link.

China from above: a collection of aerial images showing the vast diversity of landscape. Link.

Tunisia: “My hometown–forgotten once, forgotten still.” Link.

Futuristics / Tech

Your phone is listening to the TV, so advertisers can determine which devices are where. Link.

The Doomsday Invention: will AI bring utopia or destruction? Link.

a16z Podcast on artificial intelligence: past, present, future, machine learning. Link.

India Internet users to reach 402 million by December 2015. Link.

… 87% of those mobile connections are 2G; make sure web apps are fast enough. Link.

How drones will drastically transform US agriculture [and maybe other nations, too?]. Link.

The end of thirst: how we will find enough water. Link.

The secretive world of social media monitoring. Link.

Encrypted messaging apps face new scrutiny after Paris bombing. Link.


“Accurate bad news is superior to inaccurate good news.” David Binetti.

“No matter how expert or smart you may be, if you can’t inspire people, your future as a leader is bleak.” Phil Cooke.

“The no. 1 thing you need is an accountability partner – someone who will call you on your B.S.” Eric Ries.

“Going into the broken places of our world requires exposing ourselves to its agony.” Rich Stearns.

“Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker.

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” G.K. Chesterton

“Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.”  Austin Kleon.

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