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Prayer 583

The prayer series

Jesus,

Let’s read Matthew 19:16-24,
The rich and the Kingdom of God.

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked,
“Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied.
“There is only One who is good.
If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
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The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning

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The Conversation | 18 December 2018 isds.bilaterals.org

The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning

by Kyla Tienhaara

Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment, Queen’s University, Ontario

“Coal is dead.”

These are not the words of a Greenpeace activist or left-wing politician, but of Jim Barry, the global head of the infrastructure investment group at Blackrock — the world’s largest asset manager. Barry made this statement in 2017, but the writinghas been on the wall for longer than that.

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In Latin America, Big Brother China is watching you

The uptake of Chinese surveillance technology in the region sparks fears it could be subverted both by local governments and Beijing

BY RAQUEL CARVALHO,  SCMP 

Chinese surveillance technology is being used by Latin American countries for everything from fighting crime to monitoring natural disasters – but critics fear it could be used for darker purposes, too.

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Meet the fake news trolls who influenced US and Indonesian polls for money

They have popped up in election campaigns from the United States to Malaysia to Indonesia. A small town in Europe was even dubbed the world’s fake news capital.

In 2016, more than 100 pro-Donald Trump websites were being run from one town in Macedonia.

VELES, Macedonia: His business card states, “The man who helped Donald Trump win US elections”, and Mr Mirko Ceselkoski is eager to read it out, saying: “It’s so funny that I became famous because of this.”

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The Best of InAsia 2018

In Asia, December 19, 2018

Season’s Greetings. 2018 has been an eventful year, in Asia and in the stories shared here in the InAsia blog, where I had the pleasure in May to take over the reins from longtime editor Alma Freeman. We’re all grateful, at year’s end, for the continued engagement of our readers, and for the thoughtful contributions of our bloggers, who brought us their unique perspectives and insights on developments in Asia. Here are a few of the year’s most fascinating essays, some of them favorites of our readers and some favorites of yours truly. Enjoy! And be sure to join us in 2019, when our January 2 edition will feature predictions for the year ahead from our country representatives across Asia.

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Vietnam’s illegal ivory market continues to thrive, report finds

Two surveys over an eight-month period found more than 10,000 ivory items on sale. Image courtesy of TRAFFIC.

Vietnam’s Sad Hunt: 300,000 Missing Souls

New York Times Dec. 21, 2018

Decades after the war with America ended, Vietnamese families continue to search for the remains of their kin who are still missing in action.

By Joseph Babcock  (Mr. Babcock, a teacher of writing, is working on a book about contemporary Vietnam)

A war veteran places incense on graves in Hanoi on the national Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers. Credit Hoang Dinh Nam / Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On July 27, the day a collection of remains believed to be those of American soldiers lost in the Korean War were flown out of North Korea, I was driving from Hanoi to Vietnam’s rural northern province of Yen Bai. My host that morning was Ngo Thuy Hang, the 42-year-old vice director of Marin, a local nonprofit devoted to helping Vietnamese families locate the remains of their loved ones.

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2019: The Year Ahead in Asia

Bangladesh Dhaka

January 2, 2019 By The Asia Foundation

Happy New Year, and welcome to the first edition of InAsia for 2019. In our last issue we looked at some of our top stories from the year just ended, stories that chronicled the successes and failures, the triumphs, and the tribulations of 2018 through the eyes of our experts in Asia. This week, we invite you to look ahead with us to a still-young 2019, as The Asia Foundation’s country representatives offer their predictions of the stories that will dominate the news from Asia in the coming year. Here, to kick off 2019, are perspectives from our 18 offices in Asia. —John Rieger, editor, InAsia

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The last 92 Irrawaddy dolphins in Mekong River may not survive

Aljazeera.com

Experts are concerned that the Mekong dolphin is unlikely to survive Cambodia’s modernisation as a new dam is planned.

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An Irrawaddy dolphin, also known as the Mekong dolphin, swims in the river at Kampi village in Kratie province, 230 km (143 miles) northeast of Cambodia [File: Chor Sokunthea/Reuters]

An Irrawaddy dolphin, also known as the Mekong dolphin, swims in the river at Kampi village in Kratie province, 230 km (143 miles) northeast of Cambodia [File: Chor Sokunthea/Reuters]

Kratie, Cambodia – At the dolphin ticket office there is a tattered page stuck to the wall calling on readers to save dolphins as part of “Cambodia’s splendid natural heritage”.

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Challenging the Pacific Powers: China’s Strategic Inroads in Context

This post is reprinted from Michael Green’s foreword to the newly released report from CSIS, China’s Maritime Silk Road: Strategic and Economic Implications for the Indo-Pacific Region.

Challenging the Pacific Powers: China’s Strategic Inroads in Context

The Pacific Islands are emerging as yet another arena of competition between China, the United States, and other powers. Beijing’s influence in the region has surged over the last decade alongside its rapidly growing aid and infrastructure investments. On the sidelines of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Papua New Guinea, President Xi Jinping held a high-level meeting with Pacific Island leaders, announcing new partnerships and signing many of them up as official participants in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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