Roundup 2016-08-26

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles
Central Asia: Water Wars in Central Asia
Afghanistan: much of Helmand now under Taliban control, US troops deployed
China: When China’s growth ends, what next?
China: is building a robot army of model workers, replacing millions of workers with machines
Colombia: the peace deal’s biggest obstacle may be the president’s low approval ratings
Ethiopia: where security services are killing demonstrators by the hundreds.
France: ‘Burkini bans’ provoke backlash as armed police confront beachgoers
India: at least 50 Indian startups have the potential to cross a billion dollars in valuation
Iraq: UNHCR prepares for massive displacement from Mosul
N Korea: submarine launched missile shows some improved capability
Syria: 24 Aug Humanitarian Operations, current status
Tajikistan: where persecution is a family affair: Dushanbe continues to pursue its opponents
Tajikistan: a city is drawing up lists of women who wear hijabs, in fight against extremism
Turkey: entered Syria, assaulting Jarablus, the last IS stronghold on the Turkish border
Turkey: an odd thing has happened: the coup united deeply polarized camps.
Turkey: the (unmarked, cursed) graves for the soldiers who took part in the coup and died

Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
WEF: The world is about to seen an unprecedented demographic shift
… Over-65s will outnumber Under-5s among the global population
Christianity & church attendance: the future of the world’s most popular religion is African
$1.5 billion arrives in London monthly unrecorded as part of illegal schemes mainly from Russia

Long Reads / Mission Industry News / Missional Thinking
Mayfield. “Assimilate or Go Home: notes from a failed missionary on rediscovering faith.”
… on work with Somali Bantu refugees in Oregon.
Jones. “The end of White Christian America.”

Lifehacking / Tactics / Individual Skills
Dan Roam: Six pictures every successful leadership team ought to be able to draw

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Strategic Concepts
Thom Rainer on Natural Attrition: “Four kinds of members your church will always lose.”
… and “Four types of churches that will soon die.”

UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories, Photocollages
Rural Mongolia steps into the digital world: farmers in sparsely populated areas are joining AirBNB.
Life of a Syrian refugee in Germany: photographer documents daily life

Auto: Another group plans to bring self-driving to the world by 2019.
Auto: How electric cars will cause the next oil crisis.
… battery pricing is on a trend to make unsubsidized EVs as affordable as gas ones in 6 years.
… by 2022, electric vehicles will be under $22,000; 35% of new vehicles will have a plug.
AI: How AI and machine learning work at Apple, an exclusive look
Drones: The Pentagon Plans for Autonomous Systems
Inside Facebook’s (totally insane, unintentionally gigantic, hyperpartisan) political media machine
WEF: Mapping polarization on social media
Surveillance: can satellites learn to ‘see’ poverty? An improvement on the “Earth at Night” technique
France, Germany push for access to private Internet messages in terror probes
Makers: Print the Legend, a documentary of people racing to bring 3D printing to your home


“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful ppl say no to almost everything.” ~Warren Buffett

“You’ll never plough a field turning it over in your mind.” ~Irish Proverb

“Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.” ~Jehan G. Vibert

“Drawing isn’t an artistic process; drawing is a thinking process.” ~Dan Roam

“People are not afraid of failure, they are afraid of blame. Innovative leaders balance need for accountability, creativity and results.” ~Vala Afshar

“The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better” St.  Francis of Assisi

“We can pretend our way into religion, but we can’t pretend our way into intimacy with God.” ~Alex Himaya

Death is just a comma to a Christian, not a period.   –Adrian Rogers

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