Happy Friday, Care2 members! Oh, what a week. Here we go…
Osama bin Laden’s death
President Obama announced on Sunday that Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S. military in a fire fight in Pakistan.
After this momentous event, there are so many political questions to ask, and Care2 has the analysis:
In the Middle East and North Africa
Political turmoil continues in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. Libya’s dictator Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi is being sought by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity as violence against civilians continues in Libya. It seems that more and more of the international community has agreed that Gaddafi needs to step down immediately.
The international community is also calling on Syria’s leaders to end violence against protestors. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has been communicating with President Bashar al-Assad, asking him to end the brutal military action against protesters. However, as of now, the violence and arrests continue.
In Bahrain, police have arrested almost 50 doctors and nurses who gave medical assistance to pro-democracy protesters. For doing their job, these medical professionals could be charged with treason against the government.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has backed away from the deal that would remove him from power. As a result, turmoil and violence will continue in Yemen until an agreement can be reached.
On May 2, Canada voted in a special election. See the results!
Strange stories of the week
Why would you rip up a new, perfectly good pair of pants? That’s the question we all want to ask Victoria’s Secret, whose company policy dictates that employees must destroy returned clothing that is perfectly fine for reselling or donating. What a waste!
Ever wondered what raccoon tastes like? Apparently, more people are getting to find out. With the rising trend of “Freeganism,” people are looking for sustainable ways to eat meat. What’s the most sustainable, least harmful way to get your meat? Roadkill!
Now might be a good time to brush up on your knowledge of basic U.S. history. America’s report card is out, and apparently civics is our worst subject. Fewer than 50% of 8th Graders know what the Bill of Rights is.
Although bin Laden’s death has overshadowed all of last week’s coverage on the royal wedding, we do have one more wedding story for you. Did you know that if you live in Hong Kong, you can have your wedding reception at McDonalds? To each his (or her) own…
Animal welfare success stories
The Obama administration is closely guarding the identity of a dog who was involved in the Navy Seals operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Dogs play an important role in many military operations, but Care2 members are at odds as to whether we should involve animals in human conflicts at all.
In politically unstable Zimbabwe, one couple works tirelessly to protect hippos, often risking their lives to save the animals from poachers. Care2 brings you the story of their bravery and courage.
An orphaned polar bear cub was rescued from an Alaskan oil field. Eventually, he will be transfered to a nearby zoo.
Oh, and if you were wondering, “how much cute can the Humane Society cram into a 30 second video?” here is your answer.
That’s all for this week, members. Have a great Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to check out Care2′s extensive coverage on Mother’s Day here.
Image: Courtesy of Peaco Todd, Care2 Causes blogger.