Roundup 2016-09-23

Current Events / Trendlines / Articles

Diplomacy falters as Syria launches new offensive. Also, Reuters.
Turkey’s army drives deeper into Syria as latest truce frays
His grip still secure, Bashar al-Assad smiles as Syria burns

Afghanistan: IS regrouping in Af-Pak border areas
China: Hoping to work in China? If you’re a “class C foreigner,” it may be tough
… China’s economic slowdown leaves a trail of ghost town, millions struggling to survive
… Government officials called upon to lead the way in birthing a second child
… How will China regulate religion? New draft of Regulations on Religious Affairs reveals trends.
… BBC: Being Christian in China’s Jerusalem: a video interview.
… Many Christians in China are largely unaware of the rich gospel history in their nation
… How China is preparing to build the world’s largest ‘supercity,’ in pictures
… China pushes Tibetan tourism while critics fear impact
… Marriage falls in China, transforming finances and families
… Water Wars: shifting strategies in the South China Sea
Ghana: electricity outages are leaving many across the nation in the dark
India: Kashmir crisis poses major test for government
Iraq: from tribe to nation, Iraqi Kurdistan on the cup of statehood
Japan: PM Abe says the shrinking population is an incentive, not a burden
… and, Japan looks to bring in more foreign workers as population falls
Korea: the collapse of Hanjin, the world’s 7th-largest container carrier
Myanmar: to raze illegally-built mosques, madrassas in Muslim-majority townships in Rakhine
Russia: the KGB is back in all but name: now the Ministry for State Security
Somalia: 40% of Somalis don’t have enough food to eat
Turkey: the aftermath of the failed coup threatens its ties with Western allies

Studies / Charts / Graphs / Reports / Statistics / Resources
Why is urbanization not helping people escape poverty in Africa?

Migration, refugees
1 OECD: International Migration Outlook 2016, PDF
2 UNHCR: Over 30,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean in 2016
3 Pew: Key facts about the world’s refugees
4 Economist: charting The world’s refugees and internally displaced
5 Review: Migration & Social upheaval as the face of globalization in Central Asia
European opinions of the refugee crisis in 5 charts
7 IMB: an infographic overview of the Syrian refugee crisis

Long Reads / Mission Industry News / Missional Thinking
USA: Why America’s ‘nones’ left religion behind
… and, a study of 250 congregations on what youth and young adults want in church
New: A Missional Mosaic: working towards a robust theology of women on mission
Why successful churches aren’t turning the world upside-down, but the outcasts might

Lifehacking / Tactics / Individual Skills
7 ways to your phone can help you to pray
10 apps that can help make you more organized
Travel: How powerful is your passport? Here are the 2016 rankings.
Time: Secrets of people with all the time in the world
… and, don’t let email zombies eat up your day

Pioneer Mission Startups / Startup Thinking / Strategic Concepts
‘First Five Minutes’: 5-part speculative fiction on aftermath of a major disaster

UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories, Photocollages
Tibet is harder to visit than North Korea, but I got in and streamed live on Facebook.”

From the Hajj
At the Hajj, facing Islam’s inconsistent embrace of women
Postcards from Mecca: Travel with Diaa Hadid as she makes the hajj
Throwing stones and slaughtering sheep at the hajj

The 2016 Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies: machine learning at the peak
Five technologies likely to change our lives in the next five years
AutoDrive: US government issues clear guidelines for driverless vehicles
Robots: when robots come to the warehouse
Mobile: Apple’s AI if by Air: on the Airpods
Medicine: Zuckerberg grant to fund basic medical science research
… and, Antibiotic Resistance: the end of modern medicine?
AI: Spotify is perfecting the art of the playlist
Social Media: governments surging efforts against ISIS on the web
Advanced Tech: an MIT camera that can read books, even when they’re closed
Power: the price of solar power continues to plunge
… and, domestic coal production in the USA falls 26%
Space: ESA wants to build space base between the Earth and the Moon in 10 years
Food: Thriving small scale farms key to feeding our booming world
Encryption: ‘Frontiers in Cryptography’, a ‘gentle introduction’ to encrypted data techniques
Protest: Inspired by the US, West Africans wield smartphones to fight police abuse
Makers: how smart materials will literally reshape the world around us


“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Schopenhauer, German philosopher

“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” ~Max DePree

“Many of our own people do not ask about computers, phones & TV. They ask when will we get a road to our village.” ~Thabo Mbeki

“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.” ~Sydney J. Harris

“Stewardship can be most simply defined as given order to dispersion of power.” ~Peter Block

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