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Missionary Maniac or Martyr?

This essay is longer than most BTJ articles, but well worth the read. The news headlines of the past week have been inundated with stories about the death of 26-year-old John Chau from the arrows of a primitive people group on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean. Chau made three attempts to befriend the people. After he was shot

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ISIS’s legacy of death

What is left of the Caliphate? Not much by ways of organisation and a geographical power base. But they left a legacy behind that the country of Iraq is only beginning to come to terms with. More than 200 mass graves have been identified in provinces formerly held by ISIS, and nobody knows how many more there are. Some graves

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When women suffer

Last Friday, Human Rights Watch published a report on sexual violence against women in North Korea. The report painted a picture of near complete lawlessness when it comes to the way women are treated by those in power. Detainees in labour camps could be singled out at any time for abuse or rape and sexual violence was common during interrogations.

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Indonesia: Emergency fund open!

It is still unclear what the scale is of the disaster that has struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. Thousands are still missing, and many communities can barely be reached. What is clear is that with widespread destruction and governments focussing on finding survivors and burying bodies, there is a massive need for emergency aid. Our partners have boots on

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Historic summit on Magic Mountain

The leaders of South and North Korea finished their summit with a meeting on top of a volcano. Why is that such a big deal? And can symbolic acts like this help secure a safer future for the Korean peninsula? Paektusan, or mount Paektu on the Chinese-North Korean border is truly an impressive place, even if there are no world

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