Roundup 2017-06-30

New events

North Africa

Libya: Tubu Trouble: State and Statelessness in Chad-Sudan-Libya triangle
… Tudu peoples offering mercenary services in Libya
… 179pp report from Small Arms Survey

West Africa

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

East Africa/Horn

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

Central Asia

Uzbekistan: The hard labor behind soft silk.

West Asia/Gulf

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

South Asia

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

East Asia

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.

Southeast Asia

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

New Data

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

Longer reads

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

A writer’s guide to permissions and fair use
Why your brain hates other people: and how to make it think differently.

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


“No one accidentally creates disciples. Discipleship is an intentional pursuit.” @Mike_Breen

“Despite all the training and coaching people will optimize their behavior for what gets them paid.” ~Jeff Gothelf

“If you would not have a man flinch when the crisis comes, train him before it comes.” ~Seneca

“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

“Love of Christian work so often supplants love of one another.” – Sherwood Lingenfelter

This entry was posted in Roundup. Bookmark the permalink.