Libya: Tubu Trouble: State and Statelessness in Chad-Sudan-Libya triangle
… Tudu peoples offering mercenary services in Libya
… 179pp report from Small Arms Survey
Why migration from West Africa to Europe may start to slow
Lake Chad: the faces of the world’s silent emergency
When will Sierra Leone be able to feed itself?
… 80% of basic foods are imported from abroad. What can the church do?
Burkina Faso: Islamic extremist attacks, first in B Faso
Gambia: The business of human trafficking: longread report
… 26,000 Gambians crossed to Europe in 2016
Mali: Gunmen attack resort outside capital
… French+10K UN peacekeepers ‘have been battling to stabilize Mali’ since ‘13
Mauritania: The abolitionist fighting to free Mauritania’s slaves
… ‘Many children, women and men are born slaves…’
Niger: “In the eye of the storm: Niger and its unstable neighbors“
…about half of Niger’s 20 million have no access to safe drinking water
Nigeria: Pres. Buhari in critical condition? Conflicting reports.
…The downturn in the economy is leading to trafficking
… every year thousands of teens from Benin, Nigeria trafficked to Europe
…Boko Haram: ‘technically defeated’ or ongoing threat?
Senegal: “The captivating photos of Senegalese photographer“
Burundi refugee flows up to 425k, one of world’s largest
… Tanzania Nyarugusu camp 3rd largest in the world, 237k refugees
Congo: Fighting kills over 3,000 in Kasai region
Djibouti: poised between a timeless past and a flashy future, be Africa’s Dubai?
… “made itself a global player with help of Chinese investment without losing its soul”
…Chinese-funded Ethio-Djibouti water project to be inaugurated soon
…Djibouti: the tea-loving nation where women outnumber men
Eritrea: New campaign launched as E worsens clampdown on Christians
… 200 Christians arrested in house-to-house raids
Ethiopia: New study suggests climate change could wipe out half of coffee growing area
S Sudan: Starvation and Sorrow in South Sudan
…Uganda’s refugee intake dwarfs Europe’s as S Sudan crisis worsens
Uzbekistan: The hard labor behind soft silk.
Iraq: declares end of IS caliphate after capture of Mosul mosque
Qatar: given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia
… The complete list of the 13 demands. NightWatch evaluation:
… “impossible to accept for several reasons… many impossible to accomplish”
… “politically, amount to a surrender of sovereignty in 10 days”
… “appear to have been crafted … to justify next escalation step”
… “Qatar’s isolation may ‘last year’”
… Saudi Arabia may insist trade partners choose between Saudi and Qatar
Saudi Arabia: The meteoric rise of the new crown prince
…Interview re new Saudi crown prince & current confrontation with Qatar
… ‘13 demands… so extensive… may be unacceptable… justify invasion’
Turkey: Amid purge, a renewed attack on Kurdish culture
Yemen: “Worst cholera outbreak in the world“
Afghanistan/Pak: Summits, roads and suspended disbelief
… can Beijing untie the Pamir knot? The Silk Road faces insecurity.
India: PM not as much a reformer as he seems: more a nationalist firebrand
Nepal: ‘Trial by election“: testing the new constitution & country’s vision
Pakistan: in a first, sentences man to death of blasphemy on social media
China: Why China is shutting down golf courses
… A reflection on the killing of two Chinese cross-cultural workers in Pakistan
… “Send troops to Pakistan”: Chinese internet users vent anger over killings
… How China’s media is covering the killing of 2 Chinese in Pakistan: the Korea angle
… Islamophobia in China, explained
… In China’s far west, the perfect police state is emerging
… Uighurs fined, sent to “study classes” for observing Ramadan
… Muslim baby names banned in Xinjiang: dangerous ethnic policies
… Is philanthropy catching on among China’s super-rich?
… Why are so many Tibetans moving to Chinese cities?
… FascinatingTimelapse video of urbanization in China(h/tJoann Pittman)
…Why African students are choosing China: from 2k in 2003 to 50k in 2015
Japan: Suicides hit 20-year low.
Indonesia: Foreshadowing trouble
… “the tumult of the Jakarta election will probably play out on a national scale…”
… “opposition gearing up to mount same kind of campaigns in W, E, C Java…”
Malaysia: Outlaw evangelicalism in Malaysia
Myanmar: 30% of Myanmar children suffer from malnutrition
Growth slowing, but population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050
… 11.1b by 2100. Africa 2x today, Asia +16%, Euro/LAm decline, NAm stable
… > ½ growth: India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, USA, Uganda, Indo
… By 2050, Nigeria will be > USA
Pew Religious Landscape Study
Global restrictions on religion study, 2015(newest figures out)
10 most populous cities in 2030: none are in Europe or America
UN: Record 65.6 million displaced worldwide
Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2017: PDF.
…US to plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in trafficking
The secret lives of young IS fighters
… BBC, contains a disturbing content warning.
Guardian:Could the Islamic Zakat donation end poverty?
… Zakat = 2.5% of wealth, estimated at $2t in 2015.
… interesting no one is asking this about the Christian tithe.
USA:How Christians see Muslims(CT)
Mexico:on course to replace Syria as world’s most violent country.
…increased fighting among drug cartels, corruption, US demand for opioids
One in two Australians are either born overseas or have a parent born overseas.
… more likely to have roots in Asia than Europe for first time since colonization.
Lifehacking, Tactics, Skills, Rules
Pioneer Mission Startups, Strategy
The Bus Factor: an informal measure of resiliency of a project
… “what happens if a senior member is hit by a bus?”
UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories
In Photos:The walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia
India:the Mica children, working in India’s mines to supply cosmetics, car paint
The death-defying honey-hunter of Nepal: seeking psychotropic honey
Android, Apple App stores will no longer allow Chinese users to download VPN apps
Facebook reaches 2 billion monthly users.
… “it’s becoming its own nation.”
Youtube has 1.5 billion monthly active users;
… on average 1 hour per day watching videos on mobile devices alone
Why the next space explorers could be autonomous robots
Google’s Deep Mind can create images from your sentences
China’s all-seeing surveillance state is reading its citizens’ faces
… facial recognition systems crunch data from ubiquitous cameras to monitor citizens
… and,China is preparing for an AI-powered future
Startup using robots and 3-D printers to staff factory with almost no humans
Artisanship: the art of the imperfect, the one thing computers will never beat humans at
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“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” ~Doris Lessing
“Everybody wants to be on the right side of history. No one seems to care too much about being on the right side of the truth.” ~JD Walt
“The world needs Christians who don’t tolerate the complacency of their own lives.” ~Francis Chan
“We must not allow new disciples to become sealed off from their family and community.” ~Donald McGavran
“I cannot adore Christ in the Eucharist and detest him in the flesh and blood around me.” ~Broderick Greer
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ~Epictetus
“Everybody wants to change the world without actually doing the hard work to love their neighborhood.” ~Dan White
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