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Sudan and Yemen are most at risk for state-led mass atrocities, according to the Early Warning Project’s (EWP’s) annual analysis released on April 12. Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria and Afghanistan are also among the countries most at risk. EWP is a joint project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and Dartmouth College, which is […] Read More

Cases of malaria are declining worldwide, yet millions are still infected annually, according to a new U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) report. “On a global scale, the rate of new malaria cases fell by 21 percent between 2010 and 2015. Malaria death rates fell by 29 percent in the same five-year period,” stated Pedro Alonso, […] Read More

Baptists leaders from Europe and the United States recently discussed barriers to church engagement on the environment in an online conversation moderated by Helle Liht, assistant general secretary of the European Baptist Federation, and Brian Kaylor, associate director of Churchnet, joined media producer Cliff Vaughn for a conversation about what churches are and […] Read More

Religious restrictions and social hostility toward religion worldwide increased slightly in 2015, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. Government restrictions of and social hostilities toward religious practices had increased each year from 2008 to 2012, before decreasing each year from 2012 to 2014. This three-year trend was reversed in 2015, with 50 […] Read More

Muslim women giving birth to children is expected to surpass the number of Christian women giving birth to children by 2035, according to newly released Pew Research Center projections. From 2010-15, an estimated 223 million children were born to Christian parents and 213 million to Muslim parents. Muslims births are projected to reach 225 million […] Read More

Boomers and Gen-Xers are the ones keeping the Bible’s place in U.S. life alive. This was a key finding in the American Bible Society’s 2017 State of the Bible report based on Barna Group survey data. Thirty-nine percent of Boomers (aged 52 to 70) and 34 percent of Gen-Xers (33 to 51) read the Bible […] Read More

There are 25 types of human trafficking (modern slavery) currently taking place in the U.S., according to the Polaris Project, a nonprofit organization working to end human trafficking. “The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States,” Polaris’ latest report, expands the generalization of trafficking into either labor or sex […] Read More

An estimated 600 million children (one in four) will struggle to access potable water by 2040 if current trends continue. That’s the conclusion of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recent report, “Thirsting for a Future.” Thirty-six nations currently struggle with sufficient access to clean water due to conflicts, droughts, floods and changes […] Read More

U.S. adults who say they “love Jesus but not the church” represent a growing percentage of the population, according to the Barna Group. They are predominantly female (61 percent) and white (63 percent), with “Boomers,” those born between 1946 and 1964, representing the largest generation (44 percent). Barna defined this group as adults “who self-identify […] Read More

Lists of 20th-century genocides differ widely. Yet, six instances always appear: Armenia (1915), the Holocaust in Germany (1933), Cambodia (1975), Rwanda (1990), Bosnia (1995) and Darfur (2003). Other manifestations of genocide are found in some catalogs but not others: Herero and Namaqua (1904), Greek (1914), Assyrian (1915), the Holodomor in Soviet Ukraine (1932), Croatia (1941), […] Read More