Roundup 172

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North-West Africa

Algeria: 25 weeks of protests and counting – Link

Egypt / Sudan

Coptic Solidarity releases comprehensive report examining the persecution of religious minorities in Egypt – Link

Can Egypt’s new marriage e-registry curb child marriage? Link
… “also prevent Muslim men from marrying more than 4 wives and bigamy for Christians”

Western Africa / Lake Chad

“UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as ‘new normal'” Link


Child veterans are still living a nightmare – Link
… “the war against Boko Haram saw kids drafted by both sides. Now they need assistance and a post-conflict future.”

Ethiopia / Horn / East Africa

Ethiopia’s economy is booming, but at what cost? Link
… “A dam built with Chinese money stopped the Omo River from flooding, altering the lives of more than half a million people who depended on the annual floods”

Ethiopia launches plan to end child marriage and FGM – Link

Middle Africa / Lakes

Ebola crisis accelerating, kills 500 children in DR Congo…” – Link

“A cure for Ebola?” Link

Central Asia / Caucasus

Kazakhstan welcomes women back from the Islamic State, warily – Link

Turkmenistan: inside Central Asia’s Hermit Kingdom – Link
… “These photos from 2012, some shown for the first time, capture the spookiness and the spectacle of one of the world’s most-closed countries.”

Saudi / Israel / Lebanon / Syria / Gulf

Pictures from the 2019 hajj pilgrimage – Link
… and watch the Prayercast video on the hajj – Link

Syria: “northwest region… home to 3 million… under almost daily bombardment” – Link

Captured ISIS fighters in Syria get short sentences and art therapy – Link

Yemen risks partition after separatist power grab – Link


Basra church restored, but few Christians left to worship there – Link

Iran’s minority regions bear the brunt of climate change – Link
… “flash-flooding… earthquakes… natural disasters… sluggish government…”

Afghanistan / Pakistan / Pashto

“Can peace talks end the war in Afghanistan?” Link

“No deal yet, but Trump moves to pull troops” – Link

“A decade in the making: US-Taliban peace deal appears within reach” – Link

“Negotiators to brief leaders on details as Qatar talks end” – Link

But: “The Institute for the Study of War has observed indicators that Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara leaders are taking steps to mobilize their ethnic communities in preparation for a looming power struggle as the U.S. and NATO leave Afghanistan. Afghan Pashtuns will also soon likely mobilize, if they have not already begun.” Just because a peace treaty is signed doesn’t mean an end to internal fighting in the nation. Link

Poor people’s Eid: how Kabul IDPs welcomed Muslim celebration – Link

Boys with Brides: Afghanistan’s untold dilemma of underage marriage – Link

“I know how to use a gun”: children living in Afghanistan’s frontline (in pics) – Link

“Hazaras in Balochistan live in fear of violence, ignored by the state” – Link

How Pakistan’s media is being silenced – Link


8/10 India to bring supplies to Kashmir, Pakistan to go to UN – Link

8/12 “With pens, paper and motorcycles, journalists chronicle Kashmir crackdown” – Link

8/12 “Troops let Muslims go to mosque” [for Eid] – Link

8/13 Another side: Kashmiri Hindus dream of going home – Link

8/13 American Kashmiris organize to put a human face on crisis – Link

8/15 Modi delivers speech hailing Kashmir changes – Link

8/15 India shut down Kashmir’s Internet. “Now, we cannot do anything.” Link

8/15 “Modi clamps down on Kashmir, and India loves him for it” – Link

India Church’s “Black Day” of protests for the persecution of Dalit Christians, Muslims – Link


Hong Kong

8/11 “Cracking down: police firing tear gas and rubber bullets for weeks….” Quartz

8/12 “…hundreds of flights cancelled as HK airport flooded by protestors…” NYT

8/12 “HK protesters effectively forced the airport to shut down” – Quartz

8/12 Analysis: situation worsened, “terrorism” being bandied about – Sinocism

8/12 “Protests put HK on collision course with Party” – NYT
… “each side is staking out increasingly polarized positions”

8/13 What China’s laws say about when it can intervene – NPR
… “military action must be requested by Hong Kong”

8/13 An imprisoned activists make their voices heard? HongKongFP
… “the people w/experience, moral authority… to defuse the situation… are in jail”

8/14 China state media presents its own version of HK protests – NPR
… when you control the media and can censor all opposing reports …

8/14 Airport attacks trigger nationalist frenzy on mainland – SCMP

8/14 Protesters apologize for airport: ‘frightened, angry, exhausted’ – Guardian

8/14 Satellite photos show armored vehicles on border with HK – Guardian
… “paramilitary police carriers parked in Shenzhen sports stadium … across the border”

8/15 “police fire tear gas at Hungry Ghosts” – AsiaTimes

8/15 “Should … deteriorate further… central govt will not sit on its hands & watch…” AsiaTimes

‘I don’t’ – why China’s Millennials are saying ‘no’ to marriage – Link

‘One Child Nation’ documentary explores the dark side of Chinese policy – Link

Southeast Asia

Buddhists being persecuted in Vietnam – Link

Notable Europe / Americas

What to expect from Moscow protests this Saturday – Link

New Data

Where per capita student debt is largest – Link
… if you recruit in these states, you’re probably going to be impacted by this trend

It’s not just the religious being harassed; unaffiliated/agnostics are, too – Link

Global Firepower’s 2019 world military strength rankings – Link

Trailer for “Jesus: the Game Changer—to the Ends of the Earth” documentary – Link

Visualizing a century of global fertility and the sea change in it – Link
… fertility drives demographics which drive lots of strategies including mission …

Longer reads

Christians in the Mirror film about persecution – Link

Ed Stetzer. “The great century of missions ended over a century ago: will our age be the great century of omission?” Link

How mosquitoes changed everything: killed more humans than anything else – Link

Saharan Journal wants to be a “one-stop shop” for immigrant news in Minnesota, USA – Link

“African, Korean missionaries look to reconvert America, Europe” – Link


A 2019 survey of ‘the best VPN service’, important for restricted access areas – Link

“Software, the tough tomato, and the great wierdening of the world” – Link
… “we make tools so they accommodate the world; until the world remolds itself so it accommodates our tools.”
… how are the tools we have made/are making causing the Christian world to remold itself?

Meet the Christians conquering TikTok, 15 seconds at a time – Link

1/3 of Russians get their news from web sources – Link

Amazon developing high-tech surveillance tools for eager customer – Link
… says its facial recognition system can now recognize fear – Link

Huawei helped African governments spy on political opponents – Link

Chinese surveillance tech popular among Central Asia’s governments – Link

This video op/ed argues that ‘deep fakes’ are not new (there were ‘shallow fakes’ for a long time), and the hype over deepfakes can in some ways be more dangerous than deep fakes themselves, because it enables anything to be dismissed as “fake” – Link

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