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Weekly Roundup, 03/17
Perspective, Insight, Context, Analysis
North Africa’s steadiest country is quietly unraveling
’: low energy prices, austerity
Fighting Boko Haram in Chad: Beyond Military Measures
Looming crisis: much decreased fresh-water supply to Nile delta
… ‘multi-year study places the country’s major breadbasket at serious risk’
a possible thaw in relations with Iran
Fighting between factions intensifies
All about power and oil
A moderately deep dive into successes & challenges in education in Tunisia
West African urban polls find clean water top priority
… rapid urbanization causing many problems; formerly rural communities becoming urban
New report on the culture of cybercrime in West Africa
... Yahoo Boys and Next Level Cybercriminals
Maternal Mortality highest in West Africa
: and using technology to reduce it
… 1 in 30 Nigerian mothers die in childbirth; better than it used to be, but...
Suspected assassins kill Benin pastor, woman
’: no motive yet
a new & (maybe) frightening biological experiment, if locals agree
… releasing mosquitoes to eradicate another species heavy with the burden of malaria
‘Countless lives at stake’ warn NGOs as hunger in east Africa prompts major appeal
… 16 mln face hunger: drought acute in Somalia, S/SE Ethiopia, N/Coastal Kenya, S Sudan.
Dipole: the ‘Indian Niño’ that has brought devastating drought to East Africa
… ReliefWeb update:
East Africa Food Crisis worsens
: 22 million in urgent need of food
China to deploy 100,000 marines for the first time, to Pakistan and Djibouti
South Sudan-Ethiopia road opens up trade route
, access for Sudan to Djibouti
relaxes some state of emergency restrictions: stop-and-search, some curfews
A country devastated by drought, famine, and conflict
Somalia pirates: anger fuels return of ship attacks
: over foreigners fishing permits
UN report: govt buying arms with money while millions face starvation
why the famine in South Sudan keeps getting worse
: civil war forces out aid
… PBS video:
In South Sudan’s deadline famine, ‘anything we can find we will try to eat’
govt has begun relocating people over their ethnicity
: ‘population engineering’
Soviet-era nuclear testing is still making people sick in Kazakhstan
can be a transit hub between Southeast Asia and Europe
: free trade zones
Tajikistan: Fighters: ‘
Tajikistan’s deadly export
’: new report by Hague-based ICCT
: worst economic crisis in 25 years due to dependency on gas sales
Not Karimov’s Uzbekistan anymore
? Some encouraging signs of freedoms.
Evangelical hopes to convert Muslim population to Christianity
Also in IBT
Azerbaijan’s ambiguous Bible breakthrough
Some Christians returning to Iraq, but many are not
Broken crosses and desecrated churches: what remains of Christians in Iraq
signs US$65 billion in deals at start of visit to Beijing
Iran pilgrims to join this year’s hajj
Saudi oil moves to stabilize oil prices above $50/barrel
: good for their economy.
Restarting oil shipments to Egypt
; frosty relations thawing?
is Whatsapp working in Saudi Arabia
? Maybe, maybe not.
Five myths about Turkey
US Christian expats impacted by post-coup roundup
Could also be on the brink of famine
US has spent more on rebuilding Afghanistan than it spent on Europe
Report of ‘20,000 Muslims’ converting in the past year
. (0.01% of pop.)
The fading legacy of Christian literature in Bangladesh
After Khamenei: Iran’s coming succession struggle
India: Oped in Indian Express:
Census, Christians, Conversions
… ‘why is the Christian population growth rate the same as that of the average Indian’
… a hostile piece and the figures may be exaggerated but they are based on census figures
this piece suggests Kerala’s Christians may be underreported
BJP sweeps Uttar Pradesh
: Indian media failed to notice one of the biggest waves
Modi’s victory and the BJP’s Future: will Modi remake the party
Compassion: Why we’re leaving India, but still have hope
Nepal: This from December:
Christianity’s rise tests Nepal’s new secularism
to launch first census since 1998
. Researchers rejoice.
seeks international law for state control of Internet
… enhance state control in order to ‘fight cyberattacks and cyberterrorism’
Why China’s internet use has overtaken the West
: and what it means for the rest
China outpaces India in Internet access, smartphone ownership
First transpacific Internet data cable majority-owned by a Chinese company
new rules on employment for graduates from foreign countries w/o working experience
The polite fiction that there is only one China is coming under pressure
9 youngest self-made female billionaires in the world are Chinese
Google another step closer to being unblocked
World’s largest alien finder now open to tourists in rural Guizhou
... five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope.
Baidu launches SwiftScribe, an app that transcribes audio with AI.
What Christianity in China is like
as long as they avoid evangelism, PRK’s NGOs have considerable room to work
The ‘Chinazation’ of Cambodia
Cambodia, Catholicism and Cauliflower: ups, downs of life in a Vietnamese community
The former Khmer Rouge cadres who turned to God for salvation
… ‘in Pailin.. Christianity is offering the redemption that Buddhism’s karma cannot’
Hidden Plight: Christian minorities in Burma
(Dec. 2016). PDF.
The Christians held in Thailand after fleeing Pakistan
Considers changing two-child policy
Mission Motives Infographic
: why North Americans serve and stay cross-culturally.
world faces largest humanitarian crisis since 1945
the state of Internet security
Asian countries are eating more wheat
Lausanne Global Analysis:
Surfing the third wave of missions in India
… Andrews, Jonathan.
Violence and discrimination against Middle East Christians
… Georges, Jayson.
The Good News for Honor-Shame cultures
A deadly journey for children: the central Mediterranean migration route
Dr. Aila Tasse on Jesus’ movement leadership principles
Should Christians join the Communist Party
? It’s complicated. Here’s one opinion.
The missing piece in American missions: minority representation
… also often missing in mobilization efforts, too.
Lessons from a missions hero:
what Lilias Trotter can teach us today
Beinart, Peter. USA: “
Breaking faith: the culture war over religious morality has faded
… “in its place is something much worse.”
Pioneer Mission Startups, Strategy
Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation
‘can be used by anyone’
UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories
refugees and their most precious possessions
, from teddy bears to Bibles
Holi celebrations welcome spring with brilliant colors
: Hindu festival.
Face to Face with the Eritrean exodus into Ethiopia
Drought brings savage halt to nomadic way of life in Somalia
Azerbaijan through the eyes of a Kazakhstani woman
In the wilds of Mongolia: horses, sand dunes…
How life is changing for the Karen tribe
. Among other things, conversions...
#AI is transforming the workplace
: from who gets hired to how they’re evaluated
Google increases efforts to filter out offensive, upsetting, inaccurate content
… how quality raters impact search results; vs. religion
China blocks Pinterest
The second shale revolution
. Oil prices falling again
Google’s new tool says nearly 80% of roofs are sunny enough for solar panels
5th grade girl builds portable, solar powered tiny house via Youtube tutorials
#Malware found preinstalled on Android phones
Scientists grow human skin on robots to develop grafts for artificial muscles
Amazon will kill more American jobs than China did
Why giving feelings to artificial beings could backfire
: the ‘uncanny valley’
can border agents search your electronic devices
? It’s complicated.
… some of us may need to pay attention to this bit.
American Citizens: US border agents can search your cell phone
Telegram was the app where Iranians talked politics
. Then the govt caught on.
You’ll never shop alone again: tracking buying habits
. Russian corp. mentioned at end.
Immigrants and billion dollar startups in America
… that immigrant student might be the next big startup founder.
Almost 48 million Twitter accounts (up to 15% of active accounts) are bots
Web browsers, not apps, are Internet gatekeepers for the ‘next billion.’
Yahoo might have been breached by a high-ranking employee phished
… social engineering is one of the biggest ways to breach security.
33 million records leaked from Dunn & Bradstreet database
: includes email, more
“The secret of speed is not to hurry.” ~John Flanagan
“Optimism compounds better than cynicism.” ~Paul Graham
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