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A World in Motion

A World in Motion is a 4-page news update in PDF format that is sent out via email every second Thursday.

 

Each edition covers the following:

  • Stories that have made headlines over the past two weeks, reported from a Christian perspective
  • An in-depth perspective on global events or trends that will affect the Church and missions
  • An overview of one of INcontext's projects

 

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Alternatively, download archived editions from the links below.

 

 

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AWIM163-CoverFinal19 JANUARY 2017

In this edition:   

  • 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. 

 

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AWIM-162-Cover-Final1 DECEMBER 2016

In this special edition:  

 

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. 

 

 

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AWIM161-cover-final17 NOVEMBER 2016

In this edition:  

 

  • 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.

       

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AWIM160-cover-CA3 NOVEMBER 2016

In this edition:  

 

  • 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).

 

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AWIM159-cover20 OCTOBER 2016

In this edition:  

 

  • 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).  

 

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In this edition:  

 

  • 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. 

 

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AWIM-157-Cover-Jpeg22 SEPTEMBER 2016

In this edition:  

 

  • 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.

     

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AWIM-156-cover8 SEPTEMBER 2016

In this edition:  

 

  • 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. 

 

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AWIM-155-Cover-JPEG25 AUGUST 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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.

     

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AWIM-154-Cover-JPEG11 AUGUST 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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’.

     

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AWIM-153-Cover-JPEG28 JULY 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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.

     

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In this special edition: 

 

With the first half of 2016 already behind us, we take a look at 5 key events/trends that had a significant impact on the Christian world.

We also take a look at 5 developing stories to watch (and pray for) in the coming six months.

 

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AWIM-151-Cover-JPEG30 JUNE 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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?

     

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AWIM-150-Cover-JPEG16 JUNE 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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 a 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.

     

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AWIM-149-Cover-JPEG2 JUNE 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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.

 

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AWIM-148-Cover-JPEG19 MAY 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • 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.

     

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AWIM-147-Cover-JPEG5 MAY 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • With Ted Cruz and John Kasich both having dropped out of the Republican race, Donald Trump now sets his sights on the White House.

  • Ahead of North Korea’s historic Workers’ Party congress (the first in 36 years), we take a look at some of the things that might happen.

  • 26 April 2016 marked 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which played a critical role in bringing about the end of the Soviet Union.

     

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AWIM-146-Cover-JPEG21 APRIL 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • It’s the second year since the US-led coalition withdrew most of its troops from Afghanistan, and the Taliban continues its resurgence.

  • As Christians continue their exodus from the Middle East conflict zones, a new report takes a look at what could be lost by their leaving.

  • China’s plans for a ‘new silk road’, in a time of continued conflict in the South China Seas region, could open further doors for missions.

     

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AWIM-145-Cover2-JPEG7 APRIL 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • After the Easter Sunday attack on Christians in a Lahore park, we take a took at some issues surrounding terrorism and persecution in Pakistan.

  • Nadezhda Savchenko, in prison in Russia, has become a ‘face’ of Ukrainian nationalism. Our INcontext worker in Ukraine comments.

  • As the sensitive border territory of Nagorno-Karabakh once again sees clashes, we consider the role of Christian Armenia in the region.

     

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AWIM-144-Cover-JPEG24 MARCH 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • We take a look at some of the precursors and aftereffects of Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels, claimed by the Islamic State.

  • Russia’s military withdrawal from Syria has come as a major surprise to many, and may play a key role in attempts to achieve lasting peace.

  • While some progress has been made against the Boko Haram extremist group, President Buhari has not yet met his promise to eliminate them.

 

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AWIM-143-Cover-JPEG10 MARCH 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • David Cameron faces an especially tough few months ahead, before the 23 June referendum, as he motivates Britons to choose EU membership.

  • Mass support at the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri—the convicted killer of an anti-blasphemy law activist—shows the hold of extremism in Pakistan.

  • Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email, has left a global legacy of transformative and revolutionary technology that extends to the mission field.

 

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AWIM-142-Cover-JPEG25 FEBRUARY 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • China’s deployment of a new missile system on an island in the South China Sea has further complicated matters in the disputed region.

  • While the anti-immigrant sentiment continues to grow in Germany, some individuals are using their skills to help asylum seekers.

  • Donald Trump vs. the Pope: after the controversial statements, we take a look at the role of faith in the US elections.

      

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AWIM-141-Cover-JPEG11 FEBRUARY 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • Third attempts at peacetalks in Geneva aimed at ending the Syrian war once again failed. We take a look at some of the factors involved.

  • In 2015, Angela Merkel received international acclaim for her refugee policies, but now she faces increasing pressure from the German people.

  • UK scientists have received approval to proceed with research in the field of gene editing in human embryos, generating much controversy.  

     

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AWIM-140-Cover-JPEG28 JANUARY 2016

In this edition: 

 

  • The lifting of sanctions against Iran—as agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal—has begun. What are some of the issues surrounding this?

  • Five years after the Arab Spring, we take a look at some countries involved, particularly Egypt where conditions for another revolution are brewing.

  • In the wake of the 14 January attacks in Jakarta, we offer an overview of extremism in Indonesia and the wider Southeast Asia region.

     

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AWIM-139-Cover-JPEG14 JANUARY 2016

 

In this special edition: 

An overview of four key issues to watch in the news in 2016:

  • The Saudi-led Muslim anti-terror coalition
  • Confrontation in the South China Seas
  • Declining US geopolitical influence
  • The Islamic State question

 

 

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AWIM-138-Cover-JPEG3 DECEMBER 2015

In this special edition: 

Which global leaders made significant impact on the world and the Church in 2015? In this special edition, we can a look at the following world leaders:

  • Vladimir Putin
  • Angela Merkel
  • Barack Obama
  • Pope Francis
  • Xi Jinping
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Please note that this is the last edition for 2015. The next edition of AWIM will be in January 2016.

 

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AWIM-137-Cover-JPEG19 NOVEMBER 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • In the wake of Friday’s Paris attacks, we take a look at some of the key issues and some of the challenges that lie ahead.

  • In a historic election, Myanmar’s opposition leader and internationally acclaimed freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi won a decisive victory.

  • With India’s ruling BJP party having lost another key local election, many are wondering how much longer the “Modi magic” can last.

     

 

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AWIM-136-Cover-JPEG5 NOVEMBER 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • Could IS be responsible for the downing of the Metrojet plane in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as they claim? We take a look at the latest findings.

  • Local elections in Ukraine reveal much confusion about who could best take the war-torn country forward, and the Ukrainian Church is caught in the middle of it.

  • German anti-immigration group PEGIDA is resurfacing on the wave of opposition against Angela Merkel’s open borders and refugee policies.

     

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AWIM-135-Cover-JPEG22 OCTOBER 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • Does the current upsurge in violence in Israel constitute a ‘Third Intifada’? We take a look at the cause of the conflict and compare it to others. 

  • The recent attack in Ankara has highlighted the fragile situation in Turkey, in which different enemies pose different challenges.

  • As the US sends more troops to assist in the fight against Boko Haram, critics are asking whether the new president is doing enough in the fight.

 

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AWIM-134-Cover-JPEG8 OCTOBER 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • As Russia continues to step up their involvement in Syria and the Middle East, we take a look at implications for the United States.

  • What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and how might it be a legacy-defining achievement for President Barack Obama?

  • With the United Nations celebrating their 70th year of existence, we take a look back at the highs and lows of the global organisation. 

     

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AWIM-133-Cover-JPEG24 SEPTEMBER 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • As EU leaders continue to struggle with the influx of migrants/refugees, the global Church is also at a critical point.

  • World leaders are watching with concern as Russia builds up its military presence in Syria, making the most of present opportunities.
  • Can the Islamic State actually bring about positive change in the Middle East? We take a long at one analyst’s thoughts on the matter.

     

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AWIM-132-Cover-JPEG10 SEPTEMBER 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • As asylum seekers continue flooding EU borders, we take a look at some of the key issues surrounding the escalating crisis.

  • While the recently-signed peace deal is cause for celebration, there are now some major challenges ahead with its implementation.

  • With the conflict continuing in Ukraine, we take a look at the latest developments, especially concerning the disputed Donbas region.

     

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AWIM-131-Cover-JPEG27 AUGUST 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • The recent outbreak of mass protests in Lebanon may have severe consequences for the country and possibly for the wider region.

  • Al-Qaeda’s new videos may be an attempt by the group to gain back some of its influence lost to the Islamic State over the past year.

  • Canon White from Iraq makes an appeal for help to rescue slave girls and women from IS, but his approach is getting some criticism.

 

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AWIM-130-Cover-JPEG13 AUGUST 2015

In this edition: 

 

  • As Chinese authorities carry out their campaign to remove crosses from churches in the Zhejiang province, Christians are finding ways to stand up for their faith.

  • John Kerry’s recent visit to Cairo marks a critical thaw in US-Egypt relations, but Russia’s relationship with Egypt could complicate matters.

  • 70 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world continues to debate the morality of the decision.

 

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AWIM-103-Cover-JPG10 JULY 2014

In this edition: 

 

  • What is the significance of al-Baghdadi's declaration of a caliphate? Dr Daniel Shayestah offers some insights.
  • Three years after independence, South Sudan faces a famine in the coming months that is likely to claim more lives than the current violence.
  • While other women have escaped from Boko Haram, the 200 plus Nigerian schoolgirls are still missing. What is the latest on the situation and on the global response? 

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