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South Sudan, The World’s Youngest Country, Is Spiraling Out Of Control

South Sudan, The World's Youngest Country, Is Spiraling Out Of Control
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South Sudanese rebels attacked the United Nations compound in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Thursday, three days after a suspected failed military coup plunged the country into a spiraling wave of violence.

Clashes broke out in South Sudan on December 15, after President Salva Kiir, of the majority Dinka tribe, accused former vice president Riek Machar, from the Neur tribe, of staging a failed coup. The next day Kiir arrested 10 leading political figures. Macher remains on the run and has denied the allegations.

In the three days since, more than 500 South Sudanese have been killed, according to U.N. estimates. Witnesses have also reported that South Sudanese soldiers have fired indiscriminately into highly populated areas, and are targeting people from Macher’s Nuer ethnic group, according to Human Rights Watch.

Today’s attack on the U.N. reportedly occurred because Neur rebels were targeting civilians from the Dinka tribe hiding in the compound. There were reports of possible fatalities, but no further details. Today Pro-Machar rebels also took over the South Sudanese town of Bor, as the violence continued to spread beyond the capital, Juba.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir.

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Civilians arrive to a shelter at the United Nations Mission in Juba.

The U.N. is reportedly sheltering more than 30,000 people in its compounds throughout the country. By Tuesday, civilians were already spilling out of the U.N. compound in Juba.

Amid the unrest, Sudanese officials closed the airport and imposed a curfew. The country’s communication networks were also largely shut down. By Thursday, the Juba airport had reopened.

South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It became independent from Sudan in 2011 in a referendum intended to end decades of fighting. South Sudan is oil-rich, but continues to suffer from underdevelopment and ethnic and political divides.

In July, Kiir dismissed his entire cabinet, including Machar. The move was reportedly seen as an attempt to ease hostilities with Sudan, who disagreed with many of the South Sudanese cabinet members. Since gaining independence the country has seethed with underlying ethnic and political conflicts, which are now spilling out.

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An injured civilian rests at a medical clinic inside the U.N. compound in Juba.

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A child carries his belongings into the U.N. compound.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/miriamberger/south-sudan-the-worlds-youngest-country-is-spiraling-out-of

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The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano

The Famous Bamboo Forest of Sagano

In the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan there is a popular tourist district called Arashiyama. The area has been a frequent destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy its natural setting. Arashiyama is particularly popular during the cherry blossom and fall color seasons. Within this area lies the famous bamboo forest of Sagano. [Source]

There is a walking path that cuts through the bamboo grove making for a pleasant and popular trek. When the sun is shining and there’s a gentle breeze to cause the trees to sway, the setting becomes quite picturesque. The bamboo in this grove is still used to manufacture various products such as cups, boxes, baskets and mats in the area.

Several travellers online have mentioned that the bamboo forest path can get quite busy. Hopefully if you visit this beautiful area, it’s not too busy so you can pause to admire the beauty and tranquillity of this special place.

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Sagano bamboo forest : Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan / Japón

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Sagano Bamboo forest, Arashiyama, Kyoto

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Bamboo Forest

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Giant bamboo canopy, Kyoto, Japan

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Bamboo Forest, Sagano Kyoto

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Kyoto Bamboo Forest

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The Kindest Man Alive: Jon Hamm Did Push-Ups In Front Of Shelter Dogs For 3 Hours Yesterday

The Kindest Man Alive: Jon Hamm Did Push-Ups In Front Of Shelter Dogs For 3 Hours Yesterday


He might play a selfish and deeply flawed man on TV, but yesterday Jon Hamm proved that, off-camera, he is the kindest man alive when he showed up at Stony Point Animal Shelter in Los Angeles and did push-ups in front of rescue dogs for three hours!

Nate Epstein, the shelter employee working the front desk when Hamm walked in, said he was blown away by the Mad Men star’s incredible act of charity.

“I look up and I see Jon Hamm walking through the door. I couldn’t believe it! He walked into the shelter without saying a word, went straight over to the dog kennels, and immediately dropped down and began doing a long string of push-ups in complete silence for the next three hours. It was one of the nicest things I’ve ever seen anyone do!”

Awesome! These pups were blown away by 180 straight minutes of Jon Hamm doing push ups!

Those present to witness the star’s selfless act of charity said that after three straight hours of doing push-ups for the shelter dogs, Jon Hamm went out of his way to stand in front of the dogs and shout out an arbitrary list of Mad Men characters.

Shelter director Margaret Albrecht recalled how moved she was by Hamm’s act of philanthropy.

“As if the endless sequence of push-ups wasn’t generous enough, after Jon was finished, he stood up and started shouting the names of different characters from Mad Men. He looked right at the dogs and shouted, ‘Pete Campbell! Trudy! Peggy! The guy who died! Joan! Don Draper! Roger Sterling! Trudy! Sally Draper!’ And then he just turned around and left. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, and of course, the shelter dogs loved it.”

Talk about going above and beyond! It’s inspiring to see celebrities give back to their communities like this. If only more famous people would follow Hamm’s lead.

Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/kindest-man-alive-jon-hamm-did-push-ups-front-shel-1665

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25 Billboards with Fascinating Science Facts

25 Billboards with Fascinating Science Facts

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Science World is a not-for-profit organization/facility dedicated spreading the awe and wonder of science for kids and adults alike.

In collaboration with their long-term advertising agency partners Rethink, Science World are well known in Canada for their award-winning outdoor and ambient media campaigns. From billboards and bus shelters to guerilla ad placements, Science World campaigns are popular in Vancouver for their quirky facts and unique presentation.

Below you will find a collection of my personal favourites (in no particular order). Enjoy!
 
[Sources: Science World, Ads of the World, Reddit, BuzzFeed]

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