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

CURRENT EDITION

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

SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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

SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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.