Roundup 2017-08-11

New events

North Africa

Egypt:New bill penalizes farmers growing water-intensive crops outside authorized plots
… ‘in anticipation of a water crisis following construction of Renaissance Dam’
… As part of reforms,curtails access to subsidized food used by 75% of population
Middle class gets creative to cope with economic crunch.
Cash-strapped couples forgo popular wedding traditions.
‘Two is enough’: launch of a program to curb population growth.
… Egypt growing by 2.2 million per year. Limit to 2.4 per woman = 112m pop by 2030
Libya:‘Too many, too many’ migrants raped, shot in Libya, says survivor(VOA)

West Africa

West Africa security threatened by growing herdsmen militancy
Congo orders Internet slowdown to restrict social media sharing images
Niger:Thousands of migrants saved after being left in Niger desert.
Nigeria:12 killed in ‘barbaric’ church shooting, 18 injured.
Thelittle boy who escaped from Boko Haram.
BH destroyed 1 million houses, 5,000 classrooms, trillions in damagesin Borno state

East Africa/Horn

Kenya election:Nairobi a ghost town as tense, tightly-contested election looms
Soccer andthepursuit of meaning inside Kakuma[refugee camp]
… ‘180,000 people on 12 square miles of terse terrain…’
‘China has conquered Kenya’: inside Beijing’s new strategy to win African hearts, minds
Ethiopia:lifts state of emergency imposed last October

Central Asia

Encouraging Development: whytheregion is embracing greater cooperation
Uzbekistan:visa change will make it easier to leavethecountry

West Asia/Gulf

Israel:Shuts down local operations of Al-Jazeera
Jordan:Meetthewoman who pushed to repeal Jordan’s rape law
Saudi Arabia:Amnesty over, ‘illegal expatriates’ await crackdown
… for months texts fromthegovernment pinged every mobile phone
… ordering illegal expats to leave beforetheend of amnesty in July…
… over 600,000 estimated to have takentheamnesty; millions more remained
Syria:pushes IS out of last stronghold in Homs
2,000 IS fighters battling for survival in Raqqa
Turkey:Tourism report signals wider issues for women in Turkey

South Asia

Animated map:how India, Pakistan, Bangladesh borders were formed
Iran:Thereal footprint oftheIRGC in Iran’s economy
India:More BJP-ruled states consider adoption of anti-conversion bills
Maldives:Political turmoil threatensthe‘island paradise’
Pakistan:Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition
cancels visas for firm whose Chinese missionaries were abducted and killed

East Asia

China:America’s oldest detective agency pursuing fake products from China
Launches Internet crackdown to make it harder for people to avoid its ‘Great Firewall’
How to navigate China without Google Maps and your other favorite apps
As many as 100 feared dead in Chinese earthquake in Sichuan: 6.5 quake, 7 confirmed
Epicenter close to Jiuzhaigou nature reserve, popular tourist destination
Upgradingthepower grid in remote Tibet
N/S Korea:What it’s like inside N Korea luxury ski resort
rise of ‘going alone’ as S Korean youth face bleak feelings about future
… #Nukes:North found to be capable of fitting warhead on missile
N Korea not an existential threat capable of destroyingtheUSA
… a colder/rational analysis: severe damage, national shock, but not able to destroy
Why N Korea threatened Guam: ‘it’s not unusual’

Southeast Asia

Indonesia:Thetoxic impact of Indo.’s abusive blasphemy law
Malaysia:China helps launch $13 billion belt-and-road project in Malaysia
… new rail project linking West and East Malaysia.
Myanmar:TheRohingya: Silent Abuse. Al Jazeera investigation, video.
Singapore:Underage maids working in Singapore; girls from Myanmar most vulnerable
Vietnam:Death toll from floods in north rises to 23

New Data

Air travel responsible for spread of dengue through Asia
10 surprising destinations where tourism is booming in 2017
… Palestine, Egypt, N Marianas, Iceland, Tunisia, Vietnam, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Mongolia…
Maps show how water can be a precious lifeline–or a deadly weapon. National Geographic.

Longer reads

Scott, Halee Gray.TheGospel of Mark Zuckerberg. Christianity Today.
… ‘better at suggesting groups that will be meaningful to you’
… but is this promoting an echo chamber? SeeTheBig Sortfor implications.
Arthur, Eddie.Who says what Africa needs?What does Africa really need?
… partially in response to TGC article on why Africa needs Western missionaries.
Emont, John.Why are there no new major religions? Atlantic.
Putin says he’ll ‘think about’ running for a fourth term
US border crackdown forcing migrants to become Mexican cartel slaves
… crime groups taking advantage of … ‘migrant holocaust’
Chtatou, Mohamed.Aspects of Islam in Asia. Eurasia Review.
… How Islam arrived in 3 different regions, is now perceived and lived by local populations

Lifehacking, Tactics, Skills, Rules

Thebest strategy for kicking bad habits is simpler than you think
… progressive extremism and “don’t” vs “can’t”
HowTo:Mute Gmail Threads
Put onlytheapps that are good for you on your phone’s home screen

Pioneer Mission Startups, Strategy

Selltheproblem before sellingthesolution
Creating a winning investor pitch-deck: some lessons here for fundraising too
Standing withtheVulnerable: a curriculum for transforming lives and communities
… 10 sessions, from World Relief

UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories

Sand miners risk all for India’s building boom: Reuters Video
Thelantern festival in Japan: video
Parade of elephants kicks off festival in Sri Lanka
China:Life ontheold Silk Road:theUighurs of Kashgar in pictures
China’s ethnic Yi struggle against poverty

Futuristics/Technology

Thenext billion doesn’t type
… whattheInternet is like for those who earn $8/day, can’t read
what you need to know about voice AI,thenext frontier of brand marketing
… and,how mobile phones are changingthedeveloping world
… think about how all of this impacts Internet evangelism and disciple-making.
Man who created guidelines for using numbers, symbols, capitals in passwords now regrets
… multi-word passphrases are far more secure
Number of social media users passes 3 billion: infographics
Preparing pre-schoolers for an automated economy.
On a quest to build soft robots.
Companion robots are here: just don’t fall in love with them.
… intelligent useful assistants helping disabled with routine daily tasks.
… imagine a robot doll offering a personality upgrade to a child for $50
Therobots are coming, this time to rural Wisconsin
Insanely fast robot will make Adidas shirts cheaper, kill hundreds of jobs
Auris, maker of robot surgeons, now worth over $1 billion
You are being exploited bytheopaque, algorithm-driven economy: book review
AI and music: will we be slaves tothealgorithm?
China builds one oftheworld’s largest geoengineering research programs.
… how it would impact agriculture, glaciers, sea levels, more.
Transitioning entirely to neural machine translation:code.facebook.com
… using machine translation to translate texts in posts and comments automatically
… creating seamless, accurate translation experiences for 2 billion people
Grandpa had a pension. This generation has cryptocurrency.
… Millennials view it as ‘most rational… means of investing their money’
Inside Patreon,theeconomic engine of Internet culture
Inside Palantir,thespecial ops tech giant that wields as much real-world power as Google

Quotable

“Theworld is waiting for leaders who put others ahead of their own self-interests.” ~Bill Hybels

“I believe that we have an enemy who likes to muddle communication and confuse efforts to take news of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth. I believe that good research, done cooperatively, is like turning on the lights in a dark room, and that instead of stumbling over each other in the dark, Kingdom workers can develop trust and begin moving together with clarity and purpose.” ~Bill DicksonMemorial.

“It is almost impossible to educate someone with an answer, until he or she is invested in asking the question.” ~Socrates

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” ~John Wooden

“We are God’s witnesses, and not God’s lawyers.” ~E. Stanley Jones

“The question is not how to keep people busy, but how to keep them from being so busy they no longer hear the voice of God.” -Henri Nouwen

“The illusion of rationality: when ideas or assumptions seem logical in a plan, spreadsheet model, Powerpoint or memo, yet they haven’t been validated on the ground or in the real world.” ~Peter Sims

“If everyone is obeying God’s ‘calling’ to be a missionary wherever they are, then God is calling 99.9995% of people to work among the 44.3% of the world population that already has the Gospel, and calling virtually no one (0.0005%) to relocate among the other 53.7% of the world population that are not Christians.” ~Team Expansion

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