… clashes in several parts of country, angry over austerity measures
… army deployed, demonstrations continue despite crackdown threat
… Foreign Affairs: Tunisia, a success story? Troubles still rattling…
North Africa / Warring States
… protests over rising bread prices, a staple food for many
… ‘face unprecedented persecution, report says’
… (not unprecedented ever, but perhaps in recent years, in Egypt)
Western Africa / Lake Chad
… coordinated attack on Christians at two locations
… the ‘clamor for land’: set to become world’s third most populous nation
… jobs are another story.
… patchy data, but probably close to a third of women suffer violence
… in Borno.
Ethiopia / Horn / East Africa
Middle Africa / Lakes
… close to border with Chad.
Central Asia / Caucasus
… Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan ‘countries of particular concern’
Saudi / Israel / Lebanon / Syria / Gulf
Eastern Ghouta, Syria: the man-made disaster in eastern Damascus
… new tourist visa rules to boost tourism sector, religious tourism
… huge public outrage forces top Islamic authority to step back from endorsement
… more than 1,000 arrested.
… good long read on some of the drivers of the protests
… ‘until/unless urban middle class and poor join in common cause…’
… Me: and unless the Revolutionary Guards aid or at least sit it out
Afghanistan / Pakistan / Pashto
… ‘the world’s first narco-state’ (maybe not first, but certainly a big one)
… months after Supreme Court ruled Muslim practice unconstitutional.
Nepal / Bhutan / Tibet
Southern India / Maldives / Sri Lanka
… some developing a business via Airbnb that rivals traditional farming for income #BAM
… relaxing rules governing foreign investment in industries
Bengali / Bangladesh
… Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, a congregation of over 50,000.
… ‘new form of globalization: Africans in China… truly globally connected businesses’
… just about anyone can cross from Kazakhstan to Xinjiang
… documents the experiences of Chinese activists
… placed into ‘residential surveillance at a designated location’
… Encourage the top, regulate the middle, discourage the bottom
… “Most already employed in China with a work permit have no reason to worry”
… cover story at Wired magazine.
… Aokigahara Forest has a bleak reputation as one of Japan’s top suicide destinations
… persistent suicide problem: Japan has one of the highest rates of developed countries
… KGS NightWatch analysis says the deal was done before Kim ever publicly proposed it.
… this is a fairly graphic report on conditions in the prisons.
… pre-emptive wars rarely happen, NKor/SKor/USA good at avoiding miscalculation
… after putting aside decade-old feud with Anwar Ibrahim.
… The Diplomat: Malaysia’s long history of election rigging.
… ‘regulations designed to restrict Christian practice in the Phin district’
Notable Europe / Americas
… on same level as Syria, Yemen and Somalia
… Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero: hot spots of drug cartel activity
… from 2.35m in 2007 to 3.45m in 2017.
… less numerous now than Jews, but growing faster, become 2nd largest pop by 2040
… 40% of Americans say they meditate (some form, not necessarily Buddhist)
… In the US, certainly. Wonder about the world?
New global data
… ‘every stat you could want on mobile, TV, broadband, radio, post, etc.’
… as elsewhere in the world.
… downloadable report, print book, infographic, statistics
… most of these are solid majority non-Christian.
Longer reads & Resources
… 4x on Wednesday, January 17.
Video: Africa’s key security challenges in 2018 (BBC).
Bill Gates: despite the headlines, the world is getting better.
Lifehacking, Tactics, Skills, Rules
… ok, yes, I know, there’s a little bit of language, but this is still a great video.
… yes, it’s a business thing. But there’s a ton of application in the mission world.
Fantastic Longread: Here’s what makes mentorship work
… First Round studied 100 mentor-mentee matches.
… Four keys to keep mentorships from going sideways
… Questions mentors/mentees should ask about the relationship at the start
… Ground rules for meetings
… “10 Commandments”
Pioneer Mission Startups, Strategy
… or, why Jeff Bezos is worth more than Bill Gates
… the infinite scalability of common systems and platforms and 2-pizza teams.
UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories
Ethiopia: Pilgrimage to 12th-century iconic churches.
Photos: A new silk road: investing billions in pathways to Europe, Central Asia, Middle East
… content moderators review the dark side of the Internet, and don’t escape unscathed.
… but the attack must be run locally. If you don’t trust something, don’t put it on your machine.
… make sure your machines are patched.
… able to accurately predict income, race, education and voting patterns at Zip+Precinct level
… routinely used ‘Ripley’ to thwart police raids in foreign countries
Military robots getting smaller, more capable: soon will travel in swarms
“Talent hits a target that no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher
“Leading change is the most important skill any leader will ever master. If you can’t lead change well, your organization will eventually die.” ~Troy Jones
“To those who prefer to preach a Christian life that is free from pain I can only say, ‘Please check the biblical record.’” ~David Pope
“Whatever anyone’s done to me, or to anyone else, I stand just as guilty. People have lied to me, but I’ve lied too. People have been unfaithful to me, but I’ve been unfaithful too. People have hurt me, and I’ve hurt them. I get angry toward murderers, and then here comes Jesus, telling me if I’ve ever hated someone – and I have – I am the murderer’s moral equal. No one likes to hear this. We want to think people are worse than us. It’s one of our favorite pastimes.” ~Brant Hansen
“Jesus measured maturity by a person’s obedience, not knowledge.” ~Steve Moore