No. 168—July 19, 2019—sent to 1,480+
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With the merger of Pakistan’s FATA province into Khyber P., I project in 2025 the five largest Stage 0 provinces (<0.1% Christian) in the world in my database will be: (1) Pyongan-namdo, North Korea; (2) Pyongyang, North Korea; (3) Mazandaran, Iran; (4) Hamgyong, North Korea; (5) Kerman, Iran. Each has a population of between 3 and 4.5 million people.
I project in 2025 the five largest Stage 1 (<2% Christian) provinces will be: (1) Maharashtra, India; (2) Bihar, India; (3) West Bengal, India; (4) Rajasthan, India; and (5) Madhya Pradesh, India.
Turmoil in Algeria: military clamps down on rising protests - Link
… dozens of arrests, news websites blocked …
Libya: “no solution,” powers call for de-escalation - Link
… “growing humanitarian emergency”, 1,000+ dead
Stopping Herder-Farmer Violence (Longread Analysis) - Link
CFR tracker explores the statistics and history of violence - Link
… 37,500 killed since 2011, 2.4 million displaced
… "The farmer-herder conflict has become Nigeria’s gravest security challenge, now claiming far more lives than the Boko Haram insurgency”
Eritrea’s gulag state is crumbling - Link
Eritrea closes last Christian-run health center - Link
Protestors in Ethiopia seek new Sidama region - Link
Hotel attack in Somalia leaves 20 dead - Link
National Geographic had a beautiful photographed piece in May on the battle against Ebola - Link
Kazakhstan: “The Long road to recognition” - Link
… diaspora minority churches in Central Asia: history & recent recognition
Kyrgyzstan: “Registration only gives you permission to exist” - Link
… "giving registration does not guarantee people can exercise their freedom of religion and belief".
Turkmenistan: Motherland of prosperity, or famine? (Longread) - Link
Uzbekistan video: the silkworm harvest - Link
… “the silk economy buttresses the pensions of many housewives"
Story of Armenian Christian woman horrifically martyred by fundamentalists in Syria - Link
In Southern Syria, under government control, disappearances & arrests abound - Link
“Play and Pray: mosque’s playground draws kids” - Link
… "teaches Quran in summertime classes. When he noticed only a few children would sign up for classes…"
… he who has an ear …
Over 590 killed, 2,500 wounded in Afghanistan in three months - Link
NYT: “What kind of peace talks are these? On the frontlines of a 17-year-old war” Link
… 17+ years, billions of dollars, 45,000 Afghani police/soldiers killed
… this article features interviews with Afghani police/soldiers about the peace talks
“Real question: how long after US [exits] will Taliban be back in power?” Link
… this op/ed author suggests 2023 ...
Pakistan has lifted its restrictions on civilian air traffic - Link
… which it had closed after India struck an alleged terrorist training camp
… a sign that Pakistan-India relations are returning to normal
Madness in the hills: India declares millions of its citizens to be foreigners - Link
… “The unlucky victims must prove the opposite in special courts”
Reviving plan for Hindu settlements in Kashmir - Link
… just when things had mostly settled down
Delhi rolls out a massive network of surveillance cameras - Link
… they say it’s to fight crime. And, maybe it is. But ...
Chennai: Life in a city without water is anxious, exhausting, sweaty - Link
10 killed in caste-driven land dispute in India - Link
… “one of the deadliest such episodes in years”
… "The case exemplifies the pressures on land in India, where 1.3 billion people are crowded into a space about the size of a third of the United States, experts said. The violence may also reflect harsh caste dynamics in rural India, even today…"
Millions displaced as monsoon rains, floods hit north India, Nepal, Bangladesh - Link
“To survive in a wetter world, raise ducks, not chickens” - Link
… “Farmers in Bangladesh are adapting to climate change… having an impact on faraway places, including on restaurant menus.”
… affects NGO programs, microenterprise, etc.
ABC (Australia) produced a 45 minute documentary on the Uighur crisis - Link
… “tell the world”: I haven’t watched it yet, but it’s got good reviews
Hong Kong working on plan to solve political chaos - Link
… “military force has been ruled out”
The trade war between the US and China is impacting regional economies - Link
… but I haven’t seen this impact any mission deployments yet.
might not want foreigners, but has 2.6 million of them - Link
… increasing by 170k yearly. Mostly Chinese, S Koreans, Vietnamese …
The insurgency in the south of Thailand is gaining strength - Link
Singapore deploys robots to spruce up city - Link
… "They scrub, mop, vacuum and sweep autonomously, and can entertain by rapping in English."
Pew releases 10th annual report on changing restrictions on religion - Link
Why big data is getting bigger - updated infographic on the fascinating and fun “how much data is generated every minute” chart - Link
New State of Food Security and Hunger 2019 report released - Link
… over 820 million hungry
An argument that religious freedom and economic growth correlate - Link
How the local church can help returning missionaries in the throes of reverse culture shock - Link
Interesting: "despite the known surveillance risks, 70% of Tibetans use WeChat" - Link
"Chinese messaging app WeChat relies on the input of unwitting users to autonomously expand its blacklist of sensitive images” - Link
Chad returns to the Internet social media after a 16 month blackout - Link
India is shooting for the moon - Link
Why driverless cars are taking longer than expected - Link
Google officially closes ‘Dragonfly,’ it’s controversial Chinese search project - Link
Not just people: a Chinese AI startup is tracking lost dogs using their nose prints. (Also, irresponsible pet owners.) Link
Connecting the unconnected: 9 startups expanding Internet access around the world - Link
Fascinating: AI smokes 5 poker champs at a time - Link
… a brief examination of Monte Carlo counterfactual regret minimization. You’ll thank me. Maybe.
I don’t remember seeing this: an infographic “visualizing Internet repression around the world.” Link
Air pollution in China is so bad that solar panels don’t work - Link
“Girl child-soldiers and their children born during captivity have become the most stigmatized and ostracized population in Uganda. People reject them because they are a constant reminder of the atrocities that occurred during the war.” ~Bonnie Hatcher, quoted by Lausanne
"If we are uneducated, we shall not know how very old are all new ideas.” ~G.K. Chesterton
"If your religion is all about being right, don’t expect it to make you good or gracious as well." ~Dan Bouchelle
"I reject a heaven that I must enter by shutting my eyes to the sufferings of my fellow men." ~A.W. Tozer