A WORLD IN MOTION
A World in Motion is a bi-weekly, 4-page news update, sent out via email in PDF format. Click on cover images to open each edition.
Each edition covers the following:
- Stories that have made headlines over the past two weeks, reported from a Christian perspective
- Perspectives on global events or trends that will affect the Church and missions
- An overview of one of INcontext‘s projects or publications
ISSUE 199 | 19 JULY 2018
Mr Trump’s whirlwind tour of Europe included tackling NATO member’s defence spending, UK’s PM May, and relationship building with Mr Putin.
Ethiopia’s new PM’s reforms and peace process with Eritrea could totally transform both nations and the strategic trajectory of the Horn of Africa.
China is set to increase investment in the Arab world, opening further doors for Chinese missionaries to work in ‘closed’ nations.
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ISSUE 198 | 5 JULY 2018
- President Erdogan has secured a new term in office, this time with sweeping new powers, which has caused joy for some and concern for others.
- With European nations reluctant to take in any new migrants/asylum seekers, a number of rescue boats have been barred from docking at EU ports.
- The conflict between English-speaking and French-speaking Cameroonians continues to escalate, as the country gears up for October elections.
ISSUE 197 | 21 JUNE 2018
- An Islamist terror group has been linked to several brutal attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, causing thousands to flee.
- The historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un garnered a mixed response, but many agree it’s moving in the right direction.
- The Saudi coalition’s assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah is expected to greatly exacerbate the country’s humanitarian crisis.
ISSUE 196 | 7 JUNE 2018
- Russia reaffirmed its longstanding relationship with North Korea (DPRK) by extending an invitation to Kim Jong-un to visit the country.
- There have been further discussions to break the stalemate between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
- The Central African Republic (CAR) approved the formation of a special criminal court to address war crimes committed in this war-ravaged nation.
ISSUE 195 | 24 MAY 2018
The US has fulfilled its commitment to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite widespread criticism and Palestinian protests.
The recent spate of terror attacks in Indonesia continues to highlight the threat of jihadist indoctrination and returning IS fighters.
Iraq’s parliamentary elections delivered a surprise result, yet a coalition government is certain after no party gained a sufficient majority.
ISSUE 194 | 10 MAY 2018
The future of the Iran nuclear deal is in the balance after US withdrawal and the re-instatement of sanctions.
- The recent deaths of ten journalists in Afghanistan again highlights the tremendous dangers faced by those on the frontline.
The closure of thousands of places of worship in Rwanda is considered in light of the responsibility of government and the Church.
ISSUE 193 | 26 APRIL 2018
- As the Syrian army advanced on the remaining ‘rebel’ stronghold in Damascus, the evidence of the Douma ‘chemical attack’ is questioned.
- The much-anticipated summit between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump has raised questions about the likelihood of North Korea’s denuclearisation.
- The rapid growth of social media influence in world affairs brings huge challenges and opportunities.
ISSUE 192 | 12 APRIL 2018
- A planned six-week protest along the Israel-Gaza border, ahead of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, has resulted in fatal clashes.
- In the wake of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s death, we take a look at the controversial life of the struggle leader who was both hero and villain.
- A guest writer shares how God is working in Kalmykia, Russia, in spite of the new laws restricting evangelism and mission work.
ISSUE 191 | 29 MARCH 2018
- Cries for peace and hope this Easter rise from flashpoints around the globe, beckoning believers to be Christ’s ‘hands and feet’ to a hurting world.
- The bitter diplomatic battle between the UK and Russia continues to broaden as other countries respond to the spy-poisoning case.
- The increasing violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt points towards a complex issue that goes beyond land-use.
ISSUE 190 | 15 MARCH 2018
- President Donald Trump has agreed to a historic first meeting with Kim Jong-un in a dramatic turnaround in their nuclear standoff.
- Twin terror attacks on heavily protected targets indicate a growing confidence and improved capabilities of terror groups in the area.
- President Putin’s recent statements regarding Russia’s nuclear capabilities have again highlighted the pros and cons of nuclear energy.
ISSUE 189 | 1 MARCH 2018
- Rev Billy Graham, the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history and a counsellor to presidents, has died at age 99.
- New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has spoken of a “new dawn” and promised to “turn the tide of corruption”, inspiring optimism.
- Key role-players in the Syrian conflict continue to pursue their own agendas as the new ceasefire agreement flounders.
ISSUE 188 | 15 FEBRUARY 2018
- Israel launched its most intense aerial assault against Syria and their allies, after targeting a drone in their airspace and losing an F-16.
- Tensions between re-elected President Kenyatta and opposition leader Odinga continue to dog Kenyan politics, dividing the nation.
- The recent intensification and increase in terror attacks points towards a possible power struggle between the Taliban and the Islamic State.
ISSUE 187 | 1 FEBRUARY 2018
- Tensions are mounting between NATO allies, Turkey and the US, over Turkey’s offensive in the Kurdish-majority region of Afrin, Syria.
- North and South Korea have decided to put past tensions aside and promote a “Peace Olympics”, but many question the North’s intentions.
- An approximate 40,000 African migrants in Israel, whose asylum applications have been rejected , now face expulsion or jail in this complex nation.
IN THIS SPECIAL EDITION:
We look at 10 leaders to watch in 2018
We also provide a 10-day prayer calendar
ISSUE 186 | 7 DECEMBER 2017
With 2017 rapidly drawing to a close, we take a look at 10 key events from the past year that had a significant impact on the world. We also take a look at 5 developing stories to watch (and pray for) in the coming year.
ISSUE 185 | 23 NOVEMBER 2017
- Jubilant Zimbabweans celebrated the dramatic resignation of Robert Mugabe, their only leader since independence in 1980.
- The shock resignation of Prime Minister Hariri raised concerns of another potential proxy war between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.
- As the war on the Islamic State draws to a close in Iraq, enormous challenges remain to eradicate their influences locally and internationally.
ISSUE 184 | 9 NOVEMBER 2017
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to assert his authority in his ultra-conservative nation.
- During the 19th Communist Party Congress, Xi Jinping was elevated to the status of Mao, and expanded on his vision for China.
- President el-Sisi discussed a wide range of topics with a US delegation of Christian Evangelicals in an historic meeting.
ISSUE 183 | 26 OCTOBER 2017
- The truck bombing on 14 October in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is the worst in the recent history of the highly unstable nation.
- US president Donald Trump’s decision to not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal has shaken US allies and angered Iran.
- In the wake of the Islamic State’s ’defeat’ in Iraq, Kurdistan’s renewed quest for independence continues to raise many geopolitical eyebrows.
ISSUE 182 | 12 OCTOBER 2017
- The latest mass shooting incident in Las Vegas has again sparked the controversial gun control debate in the US.
- Saudi’s recent geopolitical moves, including deals with Russia, position it to possibly take over as the primary influencing power in the Middle East.
- A consular row between Turkey and the US is the latest in a string of diplomatic issues that have seen the two nations’ relationships deteriorate.
ISSUE 181 | 28 SEPTEMBER 2017
- Angela Merkel secured a fourth term, despite her conservative bloc’s worst performance since 1949 and the rise of the far-right nationalist AfD.
- The referendum on independence for Iraqi Kurds proceeded peacefully across the region despite stiff internal and international opposition.
- Iraq’s request, at the UN General Assembly, for nuclear technology for “peaceful purposes” is being considered.
ISSUE 180 | 14 SEPTEMBER 2017
- The recent hurricanes, flooding, wildfires and an earthquake has again stimulated discussions and debates over religion and natural disasters.
- Two years after Chancellor Merkel’s monumental declaration of Germany’s ‘open door’ to refugees, we take a look at the current situation.
- From the outside, BRICS may look messy, but the member nations are making significant gains in the developing world.
ISSUE 179 | 31 AUGUST 2017
- The number of South Sudanese refugees passed 1 million in Uganda, where an INcontext team has recently offered trauma counselling training.
- A fresh outbreak of violence involving the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority, has drawn attention again to their struggles.
- The ‘Great American Eclipse’ prompted a fresh round of end-time prophesies. We offer an alternative Christian response.
ISSUE 178 | 17 AUGUST 2017
- Responses to North Korea’s nuclear programme and missile threat have involved heated rhetoric between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
- 70 years on, the historic partition of British-ruled India and the decades-long enmity between the two nations has left lasting scars.
- With three national elections in one month, the complexities of politics in Sub-Saharan Africa are considered.
ISSUE 177 | 3 AUGUST 2017
- The latest Temple Mount dispute in Jerusalem demonstrated yet again the fragility of Arab-Israeli relations.
- PM Nawaz Sharif’s recent resignation over charges of corruption exposes the ongoing ‘tug-of-war’ between various state institutions.
- As the conflict in East Ukraine drags on, the future of the county is considered in light of Russian influence and Western concerns.
ISSUE 176 | 20 JULY 2017
- G20 leaders and representatives of international institutions gathered in Hamburg, amid mass protests, to discuss global economic issues.
- It remains to be seen which nation will offer a bold, compassionate and lasting solution to the ever-deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
- Kurdistan’s possible independence has far-reaching implications for regional stability and the growing Kurdish Church.
ISSUE 175 | 6 JULY 2017
- Looking back at 5 key events and trends over the past six months.
- Looking forward at key situations to watch (and pray for)
ISSUE 174 | 22 JUNE 2017
- A vehicular attack on Muslims in London and the killing of a Muslim girl in the US have prompted discussions about Islamophobia in the West.
- The Russian military claims to have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. If this is true, what might it mean for the future of the group?
- Doctors in Syria are desperate for support as they continue working in extreme conditions in the conflict zone. What might we learn from them?
ISSUE 173 | 8 JUNE 2017
- The Arab world’s strongest powers dramatically cut ties with Qatar over alleged support for terrorists and Iran.
- The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the third terror attack in the UK this year, days before snap national elections.
- Kabul residents are reeling in the wake of multiple terror attacks and violent protests, which left more than 150 dead and hundreds injured.
ISSUE 172 | 25 MAY 2017
- Donald Trump’s maiden international visit, to Saudi Arabia, has prompted many questions due to its significance and controversy.
- EU leaders, including those who are newly-elected, have expressed their commitment to keeping the bloc unified.
- Hassan Rouhani, viewed as a ‘reformist’, has been re-elected for a second term, and ‘reformists’ won major gains in local council elections as well.
ISSUE 171 | 11 MAY 2017
- Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest president in a decisive victory over far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.
- The new silk road, or ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) connecting China to Europe via Asia, has the potential to open doors for Chinese missionaries.
- US president Trump met with Palestinian Authority leader Abbas to discuss the possibilities of reigniting the peace process.
ISSUE 170 | 27 APRIL 2017
- President Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on 16 April, granting him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics.
- Nearly a million Christians from all over South Africa came together on a farm near Bloemfontein to pray for the nation.
- The US military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan.
ISSUE 169 | 13 APRIL 2017
- Twin church bombings, claimed by the Islamic State group, killed more than 46 people and injured scores more in the Nile delta region.
- An alleged chemical attack in rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun resulted in widespread international condemnation and a US tactical strike.
- The US and Chinese presidents, described as the world’s two most powerful men, met for the first time and discussed a range of important issues.
ISSUE 168 | 30 MARCH 2017
- The Westminster attack is the latest in a string of low-tech, high impact acts of terror in prominent locations around the world.
- India’s ruling party swept to victory in key local elections, further extending their influence and emboldening Hindu fundamentalists.
- An Israeli airstrike on a Hezbollah convoy deep within Syrian territory has lead to threats of counter strikes by Syria against Israel.
ISSUE 167 | 16 MARCH 2017
- Diplomatic relationships between Turkey and key EU nations have deteriorated dramatically in recent days.
- INcontext’s East Africa office reports on South Sudanese refugees fleeing violence and famine, seeking refuge in neighbouring Uganda.
- China’s ruling Communist Party has hardened its stance on Islam in response to an Islamic State (IS) video vowing to strike China.
ISSUE 166 | 2 MARCH 2017
- As Coptic Christians fled the Sinai region after a spate of attacks, President Sisi mobilised support for them. What might this mean for the region?
- After President Trump dropped the US’ policy of a ‘two-state’ solution regarding Israel and Palestine, INcontext asked two experts to comment.
- As coalition troops attempt to reclaim western Mosul from the Islamic State, we consider the future for those who want to return.
ISSUE 165 | 16 FEBRUARY 2017
- The bitter feuding over the powerful post of Jakarta governor has elevated Indonesia’s local elections to ones of national significance.
- The saga of President Trump’s temporary travel ban for seven Muslim-majority nations is ongoing, and may have far-reaching repercussions.
- An anti-corruption protest turned violent in Baghdad, highlighting the worldwide cry for righteous governance.
ISSUE 164 | 2 FEBRUARY 2017
- President Trump’s executive orders, including a jumpstart on the Mexico wall and a ban on travellers from some Muslim countries, have prompted protests.
- Six years after the January 25 revolution that saw the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak, we take a look at the current situation in Egypt.
- An attack on a mosque in Quebec City shocked the nation that has become known for its policies of tolerance and inclusivity.
ISSUE 163 | 19 JANUARY 2017
- The Israel-Palestine peace process is in the spotlight again as nations at the Paris summit called for renewed efforts, and Palestinian factions agreed in Moscow to form a unity government.
- The ‘One China’ policy—a thorny issue between China and their trading partners—has caused problems for a South African politician.
- The debate about Muslim integration in Europe was reignited after the ruling by a European court in favour of Swiss officials.
ISSUE 162 | 01 DECEMBER 2016
- With the end of 2016 upon us, we take a look at 5 key events from the past year that had a significant impact on the world. We also take a look at 5 developing stories to watch (and pray for) in the coming year.
ISSUE 161 | 17 NOVEMBER 2016
- Donald Trump has begun the process of selecting key advisors and cabinet members as his nation and the world contemplate what the future may look like under his presidency.
- As Iraqi Christian towns like Qaraqosh and Bartella are liberated from the Islamic State, returning Christians seeking to restore the Church face multiple challenges.
ISSUE 160 | 03 NOVEMBER 2016
- After a two-year stalemate, Lebanon has finally appointed a new president—one with a Christian background but ties to Iran and Hezbollah.
- The World Giving Index takes a look at which nations are the most generous, both financially and with their time.
- A guest writer offers his perspective on US democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton (second in a two-part series on the candidates).
ISSUE 159 | 20 OCTOBER 2016
- The long-awaited military campaign to liberate Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, from the Islamic State (IS) has begun.
- As the US fired on Yemeni targets, UN officials again raised concerns about the worsening humanitarian disaster in war-torn Yemen.
- A guest writer offers his perspective on US republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump (first in a two-part series on the candidates).
ISSUE 158 | 06 OCTOBER 2016
- Prominent Israeli politician and Nobel Prize winner Shimon Peres, seen as a ‘man of peace’ by some and a ’war criminal’ by others, has died.
- The annual UN General Assembly meeting on critical world issues was overshadowed by a pervasive sense of dissatisfaction with the body’s effectiveness.
- As part of the ‘Fees Must Fall’ movement, students protesting for free education are clashing with police/security at several campuses.
ISSUE 157 | 22 SEPTEMBER 2016
- Bombs found in New York and New Jersey are stoking fears of terrorism and lone-wolf attacks in the US.
- European countries continue to fortify their borders with walls and barbed wire fences, mainly in response to the refugee crisis.
- The age-old debate over military spending and humanitarian aid continues as arms deals are made and hunger stalks various regions.
ISSUE 156 | 8 SEPTEMBER 2016
- While global leaders met in China for the G20 summit, North Korea again fired missiles into nearby waters, further escalating tensions.
- Former president Dilma Rousseff was officially impeached at the end of August, leaving the economically challenged country deeply divided.
- The use of child suicide bombers by extremists is on the rise from Nigeria to Afghanistan—a heartbreaking reality the Church cannot ignore.
ISSUE 155 | 25 AUGUST 2016
- Israel and Turkey, whose relations were severely strained in 2010, are taking steps to mend ties, shifting dynamics in the Middle East region.
- INcontext’s correspondent in Ukraine shares an update on the situation in the conflict zone, and in Crimea after the 2014 annexation.
- Slavery, assumed to be an ancient practice, is far from eradicated. We offer a Christian perspective and some suggestions for action.
ISSUE 154 | 11 AUGUST 2016
- In the wake of the attempted coup, President Erdogan travelled to Russia to repair strained relations with Turkey’s near-neighbour.
- In response to a request from Libya’s new ‘unity government’ , the US has started bombing IS targets in the fragile country.
- For the first time since the ANC came to power, local government elections are evidence of a changing tide in the ‘Rainbow Nation’.
ISSUE 153 | 28 JULY 2016
- The ‘Yarovaya law’, designed to combat terrorism and extremism, could have severe implications for the Church in Russia.
- Long-term enemies North Korea and the United States have a complicated relationship. We take a look at some of the conflict’s history
- After a Zimbabwean pastor and protest leader was cleared of charges in an unprecedented pardon, we share an eyewitness’ testimony.
ISSUE 152 | 14 JULY 2016
- Looking back at 5 key events and trends over the past six months.
- Looking forward at 5 developing stories to watch (and pray for).
ISSUE 151 | 30 JUNE 2016
- The referendum on 23 June has changed Britain irrevocably, as it plans to leave the EU. But what are some of the effects on Russia and the US?
- The Iraqi army’s recapture of Fallujah is a major step forward against the Islamic State. But the game is not yet over for IS—it continues in Libya.
- New figures from the UNHCR highlight the worsening plight of refugees around the world. Do we respond with fear or compassion?
ISSUE 150 | 16 JUNE 2016
- The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando has rocked the US, and is likely to have critical repercussions in a presidential election year.
- Hillary Clinton achieved an historic milestone by becoming the first female presumptive nominee, but still faces an uphill battle.
- With the US and UK both issuing warnings about possible terror threats in South Africa, many are wondering how serious this might be.
ISSUE 149 | 2 JUNE 2016
- Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot recently released from Russian prison, could prove to be a political game changer in the divided country.
- Avigdor Lieberman’s new appointment to the key position of Israeli Defence Minister has brought with it much controversy.
- In a new development, the US may soon be offering financial and weapons support for Christian militias fighting the Islamic State in Iraq.
ISSUE 148 | 19 MAY 2016
- In the wake of London’s mayoral elections, we take a look at some of the debates surrounding Sadiq Khan’s Muslim faith.
- As Turkey and the EU struggle to reach a deal concerning refugees/immigrants, Angela Merkel’s leadership faces increased criticism.
- Aleppo, a key city in Syria, continues to suffer under heavy fighting between government and rebel forces.