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Weekly Roundup, 02/03

Perspective, Insight, Context, Analysis

New events

Algeria: ‘Tales of Algeria’s impending implosion are, frankly, ridiculous.
… the military is still firmly in charge.

China: The Parachute Generation
… sending kids to US high schools to help them get into American universities.
… and, How has the end of its one-child policy affected China? Birth rates up, but enough?

Gambia: stands up, but government faces daunting challenges.

India: considering easing foreign investment limits
Apple to start iPhone production in India by end of April
… a string of events indicating India was closing its doors; these are contrary data points
… and, Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls and could impact the Modi government
Punjab is going to the polls, too: high youth unemployment, corruption, drug addiction.

Iran: US-Iran relationship back on tenuous footing, to no one’s surprise.
New sanctions likely. But despite saber rattling, cancelling nuke deal unlikely.

Iraq: it will be ‘many years’ before Mosul stable enough for Christians to return.
Abp. Warda of Erbil announces ‘survival plan’ for Iraq’s suffering Christians

Japan: how to solve its huge sex problem, according to a political scientist
… despite click-baity title, actually about demographics, culture of work, needed changes
… and, Japan’s foreign workforce tops 1 million for the first time

Kyrgyzstan: Old constitution mysteriously vanishes, so government has to make new one

Libya: Report: conditions in refugee camps worse than in concentration camps.
… executions, torture, rapes, bribery, banishment to the desert
Italy vows to help Libya seal borders, curb flow of migrants to Europe
EU leaders agree on plan to reduce flow of migrants, human rights groups concerned.
… Related: Niger’s migrant smuggling hub empties after EU crackdown.
… But: the EU’s hollow success over migrant smuggling in Niger.

Maldives: tourist paradise–but for how long? Tourism is 80% of GDP.

Mali: What Mali really needs.
… suicide bombing underscores fragility of Mali & the entire region.

Mayotte: a magnet for Comoros islanders who risk their lives on seas for a better life

Mongolia: Cash-strapped, now selling jewelry and horses to pay $580million debt.

North Korea: The long history of predicting North Korea’s collapse.
… frequently predicted, always wrong. One day the forecast will be right, but until then…

Oman: How much longer can it be an oasis of peace in the Middle East?
… long read with historical data.

Pakistan: Middle class soars as stability returns.
… and, Cold Start: a new way for India to start a war with Pakistan
… could lead to tactical nukes

Russia: It’s Putin’s World. A strange mix of nationalism and ‘Christianity.’

Saudi: Oil minister says Aramco reserve audit ‘very reassuring’
… plans to sell 5% to set up world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, reduce oil reliance
plans world’s cheapest power with solar and wind.

Syria: rebuilding Aleppo will take billions–and peace. Video.
… with fall of Mosul, Raqqa, ISIS fortifying Deir ez-Zor, under its control since 2014.
… ez-Zor is the richest oil supply in all Syria, flanked by mountains, with Euphrates river.
what life in refugee camps in Lebanon is like for Syrian refugees.

Tajikistan: half of Central Asia’s water reserves, but 40% don’t have clean water.
… also: the booming business in organ transplants, where cost for surgery is relatively low

Thailand: cracking down on human trafficking.
… rights groups say millions of migrant workers vulnerable to abuse in fishing, sex trade

Turkey: purges hitting its business class; firms being confiscated.
over 90,000 public servants have been dismissed (out of 125,485 tried)

Vietnam: Tech Rush: young entrepreneurs transforming the country into Silicon Valley.
… but violations of religious freedom are growing.

Yemen: food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns.
Yemen Under Siege: 35 minute video from Frontline.

 

New Data

Pew infographics on regional distribution of Muslims.

Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, Quarterly Report: downward spiral
… 210k hectares under poppy cultivation in 2016, up 10%
Government controls just 57% of its territory, down from 72% a year ago.
… 583,000 internally displaced due to conflict in 2016
Taliban collecting taxes on utility bills

Infographic from Christianity Today: ‘Worst Year Yet.’
… top 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian.

USA: from the 1900s to today, a snapshot of immigration to the USA
most immigrants today come from Asia.

 

Longer reads

ChinaSource has a new course on Udemy, “The Church in China Today.”
… cost after Feb. 6 is $30. It is a 5-lecture course with supplementary materials.

Fulton, Brent: The “why” behind China’s new overseas NGO law.
… social stability, rule by law, and anti-western sentiment.
… and, Shawn Shieh on The origins of China’s new law on foreign NGOs.

China: a long read on how the nation is feeding its population of 1.4 billion

Ash, Alec. Interview: Talking ‘bout my generation: Chinese Millennials.

Shane Bennett has started a new email letter, ‘Muslim Connect’.
… ‘Thinking about Muslims the way God thinks about Muslims’

Hickson, Gordon. ‘Ordinary’ Christians can reach Muslims better than specialists.

Ghemawat, Pankaj. Even in a digital world, globalization is not inevitable.
… 8 reasons why digital tech aren’t necessarily sufficient to drive globalization forward.

Goodstein, Laurie. Christian leaders denounce Trump’s plan to favor Christian refugees.
… ‘frontlines account of the global crisis is a gift to concerned Christians’

Robson, David. How East and West think in profoundly different ways.
… psychologists uncovering surprising influence of geography on reasoning, behavior…

 

Books
Addison, Steve. Pioneering Movements: Leadership that multiplies disciples and churches.
Kingsley, Patrick. The New Odyssey: the Story of the 21st Century Refugee Crisis.

 

Lifehacking, Tactics, Skills, Rules

How to use fewer words: in emails, documentation, anything.

How to get 100,000 Facebook fans in 30 days.
… probably not, but it does outline an interesting little trick I hadn’t seen before.

5 ways to survive war on the mission, by an ABWE missionary in the Middle East.

 

Pioneer Mission Startups, Strategy

Why leadership = storytelling, and how leader stories are different.

 

UPG Profiles, Travelogues, Stories

Afghanistan: Under Taliban siege, a doctor’s trial by fire.
… and, Afghan children direct traffic on mountain pass for $4/day.

China: Chinese medicine fuelling rise in donkey slaughter for global skin trade.
some Chinese are going out to see the world instead of home for Chinese New Year.

North Korean restaurants in Cambodia fall afoul of sanctions, tourists staying away.

Kazakhstan: The hidden ice fishermen of Kazakhstan.

 

Futuristics/Technology

Chinese Internet: yes, 731 million on, but that equals 619 million Chinese who aren’t.

#AI: Computers learn to paint whatever you tell them to; advancing exponentially.
and learning to win, bluff at poker.
… #Photos: Facebook AI unlocks the ability to search photos by what’s in them.

#Autodrive: Unexpected consequences of self-driving cars.
… Autoships: Commercial vessels will soon have no crew on board

#AR/VR: 16:36 Podcast, Economist Radio, “Babbage: Adding to Reality
… augmented reality to overtake VR as the innovation of choice.

#BlockChain: The future will be decentralized.
… impact of documentation, or lack of; remittance costs; trust; insurance. Bitcoin. Trust.

#Censorship: This is what Facebook’s filter bubble actually looks like

#Fraud: Warning on new scams blending CEO fraud with W-2 phishing to get tax files.
… if it hasn’t happened already, when will non-profits get hit with scams like these?

#Robots: North America ordered 35,000 robots in 2016, up 10%, = $1.8 billion.
taking over oil rigs. And tax return preparation. And local delivery.
New Boston Dynamics robot self balancing on wheels, jumping (Video)
The Warbot Builders of the Middle East spill their secrets (Wired)

#SocialMedia: Pew Social Media Update 2016: Facebook up, rest stagnant.

#Translate: Google Translate now provides live on-the-fly translation of Japanese text.

#Crime: Slate: welcome to our month-long cyberdefense class.

 

Quotable

“Sometimes the desire to save the whole world can be an impediment to taking even one small action to improve it.” ~George Prochnik

 

“The real problem is that we judge God based upon how well He carries out my agenda for the world.” ~Voddie Baucham

 

”To the degree that you hold purpose and principles in common among you, you can dispense with command and control.” ~Dee Hock

 

“If the church uses carnal means to draw carnal men, it will be forced to continue and even grow in carnality in order to keep them.” ~Paul Washer

 

“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.” ~Joss Whedon

 

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~Winston Churchill

 

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” ~Mary Tyler Moore

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