Roundup 165

June 28, 2019

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New events

North Africa

Chad: a day in the life of a de-miner - Link

… govt forces retake some Haftar gains - Link
… slow-walking into another Yemen - Link
… two wars: on battlefield, on Facebook - Link
… Libya Telecoms analysis: ‘crippled’ - Link
… Analysis: social media+conflict in L - Link

Tunisia: Twin suicide bombings - Link

West Africa

6/16, 24+ killed by Boko Haram attack in N Cameroon - Link

Nigeria sees attacks by two groups - Link
… Boko Haram AND the Islamic State of West Africa Province

Mali: 95 Christians killed by Fulani militants - Link

Mauritania cracks down on protestors - Link
… “high tension following disputed election”

East Africa/Horn

Ethiopia: Top military leaders killed in suspected coup attempt - Link
… “dozens killed” - Link
… military deployed. Internet cut, again.
… Reuters explainer on ethnic militias - Link

Sudan: How an Internet blackout has affected the ability to protest - Link
… and, “Dates and bullets: Sudan in the grip of the RSF militia” - Link

Uganda tightens border with DRC after 2nd Ebola death confirmed - Link

Can Uganda build a livable city out of a refugee camp? Link

Central Asia

Photos of Kyrgyzstan - Link
… “the beauty of the south”: there are some gorgeous landscapes here.

Kazakhstan gets a new leader, but… - Link
… old system’s grip on power remains.
… and: police crack down on protestors as activism keeps rising - Link

The women who came home - Link
… Kazakhstan tries to rehabilitate Islamic State returnees

West Asia/Gulf

“Faces of War”: Kurdistan’s armed struggle against the Islamic State - Link
… set of amazing photographs and brief stories of the fighters

Lebanon: Anti-Syrian refugee sentiment rising - Link
… “authorities have ordered demolition of anything in refugee camps that could be a permanent home”
… and, “Forced to demolish their own homes, Syrian refugees in Lebanon seek new shelter” - Link


Istanbul election redo led to stunning, stinging Erdogan defeat - Link
… “a political quake in Turkey” - Link

South Asia

Afghanistan: Over 3 million Afghans have returned home since 2012 - Link
… over 2.2 million have left the country during the same period

India: Muslim man beaten to death - Link
… “Tied to a lamp post, beaten for 12 hours, forced to chant Hindu slogans”

Pakistan “plays down accusations of Christian persecution” - Link
… “claims ‘individual incidents’”

East Asia


Hong Kong protestors “go dark” to avoid surveillance - Link
… disable location tracking, buy train tickets with cash, purge social media

Chengdu: home to a $300 billion “rainbow” economy - Link
… “the capital of Sichuan has become a haven for the LGBT community”

China’s long hot summer of censorship - Link

Shanghai Sacred - Link
… a photo essay of Shanghai’s religious revival

Southeast Asia

Thailand: Chiang Mai, “rose of the north”, is wilting - Link
… 10 million tourists, 60k retirees

New Data

8 ways urban stats are changing - Link
… on the other hand, some nuance due to the way “urban” and “rural” are defined - Link

The Arab world in 7 charts - Link
… turning its back on religion?
… And, Arab world is losing its religion in response to Islamists - Link

More than half of the Arab world’s young adults want to emigrate - Link

World Drug Report 2019 released - Link
… “2/3rds of global drug deaths are from opioids”
… and, cocaine hit record production levels in 2017 - Link

The most expensive cities for expats - Link
… #1 is Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Longer reads

Hacking the workout journal - Link
… this is an extremely simple and workable approach to journaling exercise patterns. I wonder if it wouldn’t be equally useful to journaling outreach & evangelism patterns?

If you want to do a time journal, here’s a very simple and useful PDF - Link

Politics aside, here’s an interesting survey of China’s investment in African ports. It’s not just Djibouti, which gets a lot of press - Link


Only 1 person in Sudan has Internet access.
Ethiopia’s Internet was cut again.
Myanmar cut access in Rakhine state
… Government imposed blackouts are a “power move” to suppress dissent - Link
… The numbing experience living through Africa’s growing Internet shutdowns - Link

Bluetooth beacons used to watch shoppers - Link
… but requires store app, so limited surveillance

“The trouble starts if Facebook’s online currency succeeds” - Link

Chinese Space Station slated to be operational in 2022 - Link

Humans can’t watch all the surveillance cameras, so computers are - Link

Quartz on “cash deserts” - Link
… “89% of S Korea consumer payments are cashless
… “
…places where banks have fled and ATMs regularly run dry
… “paper money is an oddity in Chinese cities

The Pentagon has a unique laser that can identify a person from at up to 200 feet by the unique signature of their heartbeat - Link

City ransomware attacks and huge payouts to get data back - Link
… three cities have fallen victim, 6-figure ransoms.
… “corporations have been quietly fighting the battle for years”