The situation in South Sudan is quickly becoming a humanitarian emergency. The U.N. has announced that part of the country is now officially suffering from a famine, and millions of people are in danger. One Unicef official told The New York Times,
Over a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished. If we do not reach these children with urgent aid, many of them will die.
According to the U.N., 100,000 people are currently on the verge of starvation with another 4.9 million in “urgent need” of food.
Those effected in the northern region of the young country live in an area that has suffered through three years of on-going ethnic violence, with fighting between rebel forces and the government claiming the lives of thousands. In recent months there have been reports of widespread rape, war crimes and murders. The fighting has hampered communities’ ability to operate farms and provide food.
Currently, humanitarian aid groups have had trouble reaching the people effected by the critical food shortage—many of whom are children—because of attacks on aid convoys. Groups including Oxfam, World Vision, the World Food Program and others continue to seek support in order to deliver life-saving aid to the people in need.
Around the country, an unusually high number of Jewish Community Centers are under bomb threats today.
According to The Daily Beast, the JCC Association of North America has reported at least 10 threats targeting their center today in places like Birmingham, Alabama; Buffalo, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Paul, Minnesota; Tampa, Florida; and a few others. These threats have forced many centers to evacuate while officials investigate.
(1/2) We are aware of a number of bomb threats at JCCs. Js are working directly w/local authorities to make sure people & premises are safe.
This is turning into something of a trend. In 2017, some 1,372 “bias incidents” have been reported at Jewish centers (as of a couple weeks ago; that number has grown since), including a “wave” of bomb threats, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Discuss
Recently, Yahoo! Movies asked about the possibility of Keanu Reeves dusting off his old leather duster to star in another Matrix movie. Oddly enough, Reeves answered the question the same way anyone else would: “ I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?”
Our sentiments exactly. Does a sequel need to happen? No. Should one happen? Why not! There have been plenty of other worse sequels made.
Reeves wasn’t entirely so nonchalant about the whole thing. He told Yahoo! a few stipulations regarding the possible project:
The Wachowskis would have to be involved. They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not? People die, stories don’t.