China: “Religious cults feel the heat from revamped website.” “New feature allows families to seek loved ones who may have been brainwashed…”
Bali, Indonesia: Island prepares for major volcanic eruption as Indonesia issues highest alert level.
GPS will be accurate within one foot in some phones next year. This will be great for mapping and direction-finding applications, as well as for apps that gather location data: but it could also have some troubling implications for surveillance.
“Vietnam’s harsh summer“: state launches largest crackdown on dissidents in years: 11 arrested, charged or convicted.
“Photographer tells stories of women across rural India.” “Women of India is a self-initiated personal project to cover the stories of women in rural India. While documenting stories of women across India, I saw the dichotomy of these two Indias. The contrast is astonishing. While baby girls are given away, sold, or even killed in parts of rural India, urban women are gradually seizing power and asking for their rights…”
China blocks WhatsApp, broadening online censorship (NYT)
“What’sApp blocked again in China, this time for good?” (Shanghaiist)
China blocks WhatsApp (The Verge)
Before China was blocking images; now the firewall has been upgraded to block WhatsApp entirely.
Bidi Bidi, in Uganda, is the world’s largest refugee camp–larger even than Dadaab in Kenya. More than 1 million South Sudanese refugees live here. Over the next decade it will likely transform into a “big city” with factories and shopping centers: the settlement is already larger than most Ugandan cities.
“Myanmar’s front lines of horror“: “This tiny village explains the roots of Myanmar crisis.” The Globe, long read.
“China’s Communist Rulers play Cupid to avert ageing population crisis.” “For decades encouraged late marriage to enforce one-child policy… Minimum age [for marriage] remains 22 for men, 20 for women… but after an expected baby boom failed to materialize, …”
“Saudi Arabia allows women into stadium as it steps up reforms.” “Mixed audience permitted for the first time as national day festivities promote patriotic pride, aim to open up society.”
“Reforms intended to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas by Saudis, who are accustomed to traveling abroad to see shows and visit amusement parks in nearby tourist hub Dubai or further afield.”
1.1 million (a record) displaced in Central African Republic by spiralling violence between armed groups “which threatens to plunge the country back into full-blown conflict.” 500k into neighboring countries, 600k internally displaced.
#Nigeria #Biafra #CivilWar
“Biafra is Back.” CFR Security Tracker.
Federal high court bans group campaigning for independence
… designates it a terrorist organization
Biafra: residents flee Aba, others remain indoors as crisis festers
Nigeria minister accuses govt opposition of sponsoring Biafra campaign
Shadow of Nigeria’s Biafra war still looms large, 50 years on
… memories from veterans of 1967 civil war
9/27 What did the Kurds get out of the referendum?
… Iraq escalates dispute with Kurds, threatening military action
9/26 Turkey threatens retaliation after Iraqi Kurdish vote
9/26 What the referendum means for Tehran
… halts all flights from Tehran to Kurdistan airports, “…may just be Iran’s greatest challenge yet…”
The Kurds went ahead with the referendum vote
… expected to deliver a “comfortable ‘yes'” that is not binding
Short Reuters video summarizing
As Kurds celebrate independence, neighbors threaten military action
“It’s never a good time for the Iraqi Kurds to become independent.”
… The Turkish government believes that Kurdish self-determination represents an existential threat.
On eve of Kurdish independence vote, a warning from Turkey in the form of military exercises.
Also, NYT: Iraqi Kurds will vote on Independence, recalling tortured past.
From trade to trains, China and Singapore boost their economic ties: I especially found the hints of a superfast train from Singapore to KL interesting.
Morning Market in Dali, Yunnan, China: Check out this 360 degree video of local vendors selling fruits, vegetables, seafood, groceries
8 out of 10 self-made millions were not A students: instead, they shared [these traits]:
1 great at withstanding temptation
2 great at overcoming fear in order to do what they need to do
3 consistently do what they have decided is important
Saudi Arabia is lifting a ban on voice and video calling apps like Skype, in a move “aimed at boosting productivity and economic growth.”
Turkey-PKK (Kurds) ‘drone wars’ escalate: “the Turkey-PKK clashes have been rapidly becoming drone-centric… off-the-shelf drones carrying an explosive modified from an AGS-17 grenade launcher… tactical drones… plans to increase number of armed drones…”
Chinese robot dentist is first to fit implants in patient’s mouth without any human involvement (SCMP): “technology was designed to overcome mainland China’s shortage of qualified dentists and frequent surgical errors”