Friday Wrap: Middle East Conflict, Amazing Women and Dogs
Happy Friday, Care2 members! I know you’re so excited to catch up on any of the week’s stories you may have missed, so here you go!
As President Obama attempted to explain his rationale behind intervening in the Libyan conflict to the American taxpayers, NATO agreed to assume control over military operations. Although the military operations were highly contested, anti-Gaddafi rebels seem to be benefiting from the outside assistance.
In Syria, conflict is escalating, and the government is blaming foreigners for the violence. President Bashar al-Assad fired his entire cabinet on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, in a long-anticipated speech, Assad continued to insist that Syria is suffering from foreign “conspiracy.” He made no mention of government reform (Syria has been under emergency rule since 1963).
Yemen is also facing raids, looting and violence against civilians.
Remembering strong women
We lost some influential female activists recently.
Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23 in California at the age of 79. She is best known as a popular actress from Hollywood’s golden age. What you may not know is that Ms. Taylor was an outspoken AIDS awareness activist who used her celebrity to support the cause. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating her legacy with a series of photographs of her visiting Iran (photos by Firooz Zahedi).
At age 75, Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman on a major party ticket, died this week. Ms. Ferraro ran for Vice President in 1984 with the Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale. She worked actively against child abuse and rape. She was an inspiration to many female politicians looking to make a difference in politics.
Another loss last week was journalist and civil rights activist Almena Lomax. She founded the Los Angeles Tribune in 1941 and was an important proponent of multiculturalism. Her journalistic work is an important contribution to the African American community as well as U.S. society in general. Ms. Lomax was 95 years old.
Animal welfare success stories
Dogs are the animals of the week! There have been so many amazing dog rescue stories this week that I feel the need to highlight some of them.
Patrick, the pit bull who was thrown down a garbage chute in New Jersey, is recovering his health at a fast pace. His owner, Kisha Curtis, is facing charges of “torture and torment of a living creature,” which could lead to up to 18 months in jail.
A springer spaniel puppy, Alice, was rescued after being dumped by a breeder for being deaf. Now, the deaf couple who adopted her is teaching Alice sign language.
Care2 members acted courageously this week after Laura Simpson wrote about Kodo, a puppy near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who was in immediate danger of being shot by his owner. Laura asked us to participate in a “rescue-in-progress,” and Care2 members responded with compassion. Kodo was rescued in time and is still searching for a more permanent home.
According to this week’s news, dogs can survive a fall down a garbage chute, learn sign language and escape dangerous situations. Did you know that some dogs can also sing?
Thanks for reading, Care2 members! Don’t forget — Saturday is National PB&J Day. Bon appetit!
Picture by Peaco Todd, Care2 blogger