Poverty is an intriguing concept and its application goes beyond financial deficiency. In materialistic societies, a stranger is often deemed to be an enemy as we cling possessively to what we own. But if we have nothing to defend (our property and other acquisitions, our reputation and knowledge), for what we have also belongs to all, then this inward voluntary disposition of vulnerability where our defenses are removed liberates us from our self-centeredness.
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The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising a few of these intractable issues here would encourage us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- Romans 15:13 Sunday, 18 March, 2018“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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- Africa in the news: Tillerson fired during Africa trip, attack in Ethiopia, new tax laws in DRC and Nigeria Friday, 16 March, 2018Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is fired while on trip to Africa Early Tuesday morning, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson returned from his trip to Africa a day earlier than planned. He visited Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Chad, and Nigeria. According to BBC reports, Secretary Tillerson was informed of his firing on Friday, but President Donald… […]Dhruv Gandhi
- How is Saudi Arabian Society Changing? Friday, 9 March, 2018At this event, the panel consider what real, on the ground changes are underway in Saudi Arabia.Chatham House
- Good News in Foggy Bottom Saturday, 17 March, 2018Stephen Hayes, The Weekly StandardThe conventional wisdom on the firing of Rex Tillerson congealed quickly: He was an ineffective secretary of state who played a crucial role in constraining the president's reckless foreign policy instincts.This is not just logically impossible, it's also wrong. From the earliest days of his tenure, Trump didn't listen to his […]
- Alarmed by plight of Central African refugees in Chad, UN urges funding to scale up humanitarian response Friday, 16 March, 2018Thousands of refugees who have fled violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) to Chad are facing food and shelter shortages, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, warning that this is the largest influx in four years into the small landlocked country.
- Russia expels 23 UK diplomats in retaliatory move in spy row Sunday, 18 March, 2018Russia hits back with tit-for-tat expulsion after UK dismisses Russian diplomats over poisoning of Russian former spy.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Crab from Space.
Image Credit: NASA - X-ray: CXC, Optical: STSCI, Infrared: JPL-Caltech.
The Crab Nebula is catalogued as M1, the first object on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. It is now known to be a supernova remnant, expanding debris from the death explosion of a massive star. This false-colour image combines data from space-based observatories, Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer, to explore the debris cloud in X-rays (blue-white), optical (purple), and infrared (pink) light. One of the most exotic objects known to modern astronomers, the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star spinning 30 times a second, is the bright spot (centre). Like a cosmic dynamo, this collapsed remnant of the stellar core powers the Crab's emission across the electromagnetic spectrum. Spanning about 12 light-years, the Crab Nebula is 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus.
- NASA Statement on Confirmation of New Agency Chief Financial Officer Thursday, 15 March, 2018The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the Senate’s March 14 confirmation of Jeff DeWit to serve as agency’s Chief Financial Officer.
- NASA Mars Mission Tours California Wednesday, 14 March, 2018Scientists and engineers with NASA's next mission to Mars will be touring California cities starting this month.
Adivasi carries the specific meaning of being the original and autochthonous inhabitants of a given region. It is a modern Sanskrit word specifically coined for that purpose in the 1930s, from ādi 'beginning, origin' and vāsin 'dweller,' thus literally meaning ‘original inhabitant’. It is mainly used for the ethnic minorities in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal and some north-eastern states, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone MARCUS-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Sunday, 18 March, 2018From 15/03/2018 to 18/03/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 222 km/h) MARCUS-18 was active in NTerritory. The cyclone affects these countries: Australia (vulnerability Low). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- Central African Republic: Survivors describe a mass rape ordeal outside Bossangoa Thursday, 8 March, 2018“What’s most concerning about the number of sexual violence cases we have recorded is that the real number is likely to be much higher." Language English
- Alert - Listeriosis in South Africa Friday, 16 March, 2018There is an outbreak of listeriosis in South Africa. People usually become ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated foods. Travelers to South Africa, especially those with higher risk of infection, may wish to avoid certain foods to reduce their risk of infection.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Brazil Thursday, 15 March, 2018There is a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves from yellow fever by getting yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel, and preventing mosquito bites.
National Flag of Laos
The flag of Laos consists of three horizontal stripes, with the middle stripe in blue being twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes. In the middle is a white disc, the diameter of the disc is 4⁄5 the height of the blue stripe. The current flag was adopted on 2 December 1975, when it became a socialist state. The white disk in the centre symbolizes the unity of the Lao people under one nation. It is also said to represent a full moon against the Mekong River. The red stripes stand for the blood shed by the Lao people on both banks of the Mekong River in their struggle for freedom and independence from the French, and the blue symbolizes the Mekong River itself, a symbol of the nation's prosperity.
- Eritrea – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions and limited consular assistance. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: The Eritrean-Ethiopian border due to potential armed conflict. Remote areas or off main roads due to minefields. Eritrean law enforcement officials routinely block access to foreign nationals in detention. The U.S. Embassy […]
- Mexico – Level 2: Exercise increased caution Friday, 9 March, 2018Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel […]
- Bangladesh - Level 2: Exercise increased caution Wednesday, 7 March, 2018Exercise increased caution in Bangladesh due to crime and terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Dhaka due to crime and terrorism. Southeast Bangladesh, including the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, and rape, is widespread. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Bangladesh. Terrorists may attack with little […]
- Turkmenistan Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation): Parliamentary elections will be held on 25 March 2018; you should avoid demonstrations or large gatherings of peopleGOV.UK
- Nepal Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Latest update: Summary - removal of information on nationwide general strike on 9 and 10 MarchGOV.UK
- Bahrain Tuesday, 13 March, 2018Latest update: This advice has been reviewed and reissued with minor editorial amendmentGOV.UK
Everglades National Park
- Travel Advisory for the Maldives [Updated: 21 February 2018] Tuesday, 20 February, 2018The Maldives Government has extended the state of emergency for 30 days effective from 20 February 2018. In view of the unstable situation in the Maldives, Singaporeans are advised to defer all non-essential travels to the Maldives until the situation stabilises. Singapore has no diplomatic representation in the Maldives which constrains our ability to extend […]
- Travel Notice for Kuwait [Updated: 15 February 2018] Wednesday, 14 February, 2018Singaporeans, who are either travelling to or already in Kuwait, are advised to exercise caution, be vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. They should monitor the local news closely, observe instructions from local security authorities, and avoid areas of public gatherings or known for disturbances. They should also purchase comprehensive travel […]
- Travel Notice: Volcanic Activity in Bali [11 February 2018] Saturday, 10 February, 2018Mount Agung has erupted several times since 21 November 2017. On 10 February 2018, the Indonesian authorities lowered Mount Agung’s alert status from the highest Level 4 to Level 3 (Standby). The exclusion zone was also reduced from 6km to 4km around its crater. Indonesian authorities have said that Mount Agung continues to show signs of […]
The health notices and travel advice mentioned above only indicate the most recent announcements. To see the respective countries’ complete lists, click on each government’s foreign service heading.
The Human Brain
Memories are shockingly unreliable and change over time. Emotions, motivation, cues, context and frequency of use can all affect how accurately you remember something. This includes “flashbulb memories” which occur during traumatic events.
- Opinion: No guns in schools Friday, 16 March, 2018Opposition to the notion that teachers should be armed to prevent school shootings.
- Unlocking the personality of a social media addict Saturday, 17 March, 2018Addiction to social media is a real and growing problem. A recent study attempted to develop a picture of the personality traits that increase the risk.
- 2018 Spring Wildlife Conservation Expo Monday, 5 February, 2018Connect with world-renowned wildlife conservationists and hear their stories of protecting endangered species around the world. Learn how you can be a part of their movement to make a better, safer world for wildlife!Randy
- The absence of ants: Entomologist confirms first Saharan farming 10,000 years ago Friday, 16 March, 2018By analysing a prehistoric site in the Libyan desert, a team of researchers has been able to establish that people in Saharan Africa were cultivating and storing wild cereals 10,000 years ago. In addition to revelations about early agricultural practices, there could be a lesson for the future, if global warming leads to a necessity […]
Work of Art
The Lincoln Memorial is an American national monument built to honour the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and dedicated in 1922. The architect was Henry Bacon, the designer of the primary statue - Abraham Lincoln, 1920 - was Daniel Chester French, the Lincoln statue was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin. The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address" and his Second Inaugural Address.
- change your tuneIf you change your tune, you change your opinion about something or your attitude towards someone.
Symeon the New Theologian on the Fire of the Holy Spirit
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? (Prov 6:27) says the wise Solomon. And I say: can he, who has in his heart the Divine fire of the Holy Spirit burning naked, not be set on fire, not shine and glitter and not take on the radiance of the Deity in the degree of his purification and penetration by fire? For penetration by fire follows upon purification of the heart, and again purification of heart follows upon penetration by fire, that is, inasmuch as the heart is purified, so it receives Divine grace, and again inasmuch as it receives grace, so is it purified. Click on the image for information on the Philokalia.
- Lead Us Not Into ScandalWhile some other evangelicals stumbled in national news, Graham's Modesto Manifesto kept him from falling. On countless occasions during his career, usually at a press conference preceding a major crusade, Billy Graham declared that he sensed religious revival was breaking out and about to sweep over the land. In 1948, he happened to be right. […]William Martin
- 9 (More) Things You Should Know About the Opioid Epidemic Saturday, 17 March, 2018On Monday, President Trump is expected to release his plan for dealing with opioid-related deaths. Here is more about what you should know concerning this crisis.Joe Carter
Pray for Christians in Nigeria
FULANI MILITANTS ATTACKED AND KILLED 50 BELIEVERS. Click on the image for more information.
- Family Attacked for Building Church Wall Thursday, 15 March, 2018Photo: World Watch Monitor Five members of a Christian family in northeast Pakistan were attacked and injured as they helped to build a wall around their church on Sunday, March 4th. As church members were inside praying, George Masih, 70, was overseeing the construction of the building project which took place in the village of […]
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