The Statistic

20th October, 2021
Proportion of the world's population that has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (as of 19th October, 2021): 47.8 per cent
Source: Our World in Data

 

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20th October, 2021
TEST-FIRED: North Korea, a new, smaller ballistic missile from a submarine, state media confirmed on Wednesday.
DECLARED: In Ecuador, a 60 day state of emergency by President Guillermo Lasso as part of a crackdown on the consumption and trafficking of drugs.
COMMENCED: The trial of 96-year-old German woman Irmgard Furchner - accused of having contributed as an 18-year-old to the murder of 11,412 people at a concentration camp during World War II - in the town of Itzehoe.

 

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Essays

MAL FLETCHER reflects on calls to address everything from social media abuse of MPs to concerns over hateful material on the Dark Web in the wake of the killing of UK MP Sir David Amess...

ELLIS HEASLEY, of UK-based religious freedom advocacy organisation CSW, on why - and how - we should stand up for justice on behalf of vulnerable communities in northern and central Nigeria...

ROBERT P JONES, founder of the Public Religion Research Institute in the US and the author of 'White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity', outlines how churches can practically address white supremacy...

They Said It

“When thousands of Cubans took to the streets in July, the Cuban government responded with a brutal strategy of repression designed to instill fear and suppress dissent."
- Human Rights Watch researcher Juan Pappier, speaking as the organisation said it had documented at least 130 cases in which security forces violated due process, beat, sexually abused or forced into solitary confinement citizens participating in rallies it described as "overwhelmingly peaceful anti-government protests" (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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The Word Explained

18th October, 2021
Good ground (as in the Parable of the Sower): People who accept Jesus, live a changed life because of Him and reproduce what He has given them.

 

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