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January 22, 2014
23:45 // 9 months ago
January 4, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 4, 2014

Remember that time Jeff Bezos was rescued from the Galapagos Islands by the Ecuadorian Navy so he could pass a kidney stone? No? Because it happened.

Perhaps the above episode explains why Bezos wasn’t so hot on Ezra Klein’s idea to have the Washington Post spend eight figures on a new site for him.

Good news in South Sudan: The two sides of the conflict have agreed to direct talks to help nail down a monitored cease-fire.

Melissa Harris-Perry is really really really sorry that she made fun of the Romney family’s adopted black grandson.

Rap Genius is back on Google, and with a little newfound humility to boot.

18:26 // 9 months ago
January 3, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 3, 2014

As the situation in South Sudan continues to worsen—leading the U.S. State Department to draw down its presence in the country—the department says it remains committed to offer humanitarian aid to the war-torn region.

Best way to win the lottery: Forget you bought the ticket, and don’t check it until a couple weeks after the fact. That’s what happened to Mega Millions winner Steve Tran.

Blackberry has nothing left—not even Alicia Keys—but its keyboard, so now they’re stuck suing Ryan Seacrest over his wannabe iPhone version.

A World War II-era bomb was discovered during an excavation project in Germany. It exploded, killing one.

General Mills is dropping all GMOs from Cheerios, but is it just an empty gesture?

21:06 // 9 months ago
December 26, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 26, 2013

Dong-Pyou Han, an Iowa State University professor, has resigned from his job after admitting to falsifying research that made it look like research on an AIDS vaccine was more successful than it actually was—raising $19 million from the federal government in the process.

Signs football might be open to diversity: In 1993, two players on the former Houston Oilers roster were known to be gay; however, it was apparently no big deal to their teammates.

The Chamber of Commerce’s big goal for the GOP during the 2014 midterms: "No fools on our ticket."

World to South Sudan: Please don’t let this escalate into a civil war.

Nobody cares about Justin Bieber anymore.

21:06 // 9 months ago
December 21, 2013
14:11 // 10 months ago
December 16, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 16, 2013

The world’s newest country is having some major growing pains. On Monday, South Sudan fended off an attempted coup, which was led by a former vice president. President Salva Kiir, who has led the country since its formation, has called for a curfew in the nation’s capitol, Juba.

Obama’s probably gonna get more than he bargained for when he invites Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter to the White House.

Of the $12.9 billion in aid the UN hopes to receive for 2014, nearly half of it would go to refugees in Syria.

If you’re the kind of person who washes their hands 50 times a day, don’t click this link.

We’ve been domesticating cats long before anyone knew what a GIF was.

21:44 // 10 months ago
March 7, 2013

humanrightswatch:

Child Marriage: South Sudan

This visually stunning short film tells the story of child marriage in South Sudan. According to government statistics, close to half (48 percent) of South Sudanese girls between 15 and 19 are married, with some marrying as young as age 12.

Read more after the jump.

An important story out of one of the world’s youngest nations.

11:24 // 1 year ago
April 24, 2012
Sudan, South Sudan move closer to war: South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir (shown above), in China to meet with President Hu Jintao, said Tuesday that his country’s “neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan.” This follows a comment by Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir last week that suggested they would crush the “insect” government to the south. The two countries — as a country, South Sudan is less than a year old — are locked in a deadly battle over a contested border, augmented by concerns over the valuable oil supply in the region. (photo by Phil Moore/AFP; EDIT: Removed use of phrase “civil war,” which was accidental. Apologies.)

Sudan, South Sudan move closer to war: South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir (shown above), in China to meet with President Hu Jintao, said Tuesday that his country’s “neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan.” This follows a comment by Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir last week that suggested they would crush the “insect” government to the south. The two countries — as a country, South Sudan is less than a year old — are locked in a deadly battle over a contested border, augmented by concerns over the valuable oil supply in the region. (photo by Phil Moore/AFP; EDIT: Removed use of phrase “civil war,” which was accidental. Apologies.)

10:54 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan in bitter battle over oilfield near border

Tensions rise between north and south: South Sudan took over a contested oilfield Tuesday, and said they would not leave the region until their northern neighbor, who they split from last July, stopped its attacks on the newly-formed nation. The oilfield is strategically important — it produces half of Sudan’s oil exports, and South Sudan claims it’s theirs. Many of the conflicts of late between the countries have come in part due to ill-defined borders, and this is just one example. As for the current situation South Kordofan Governor Ahmed Haroun said that crude oil production at Heglig, the site of the occupation. ”Our army is dealing with the situation. We hope we can finish that operation in hours,” Haroun said.  source

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10:13 // 2 years ago
January 9, 2012
10:35 // 2 years ago