Friday Wrap: With A Shutdown on the Horizon, the News Goes On…

Happy Friday, Care2 members! Here’s this week’s news, in a nutshell:

Government Shutdown

As of 3pm EST, the Congress and President Obama are getting closer to a decision on the budget plan. If they cannot reach an agreement by midnight tonight, the government will shut down. Our fearless blogger Robin Marty is bringing you updates throughout the weekend here.

For all Care2 coverage on the potential government shutdown, click here.

Middle East

As protests and fighting continue throughout the Middle East, Care2 brings you up-to-date coverage here.

The unrest in Libya has not abated. This week, the city of Misrata experienced a massacre when pro-Gaddafi forces brutally attacked civilians. Amidst all of the violence in his country, Gaddafi wrote a 3-page letter to President Obama, urging him to stop NATO’s intervention in the conflict. The White House has dismissed Gaddafi’s plea.

A group of 300 people trying to leave the country were killed when their boat capsized. The passengers were migrants to Libya who were fleeing the violence in their adopted country.

As more civilians are killed in anti-government protests in Yemen, the United States has officially withdrawn support for President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The U.S. is responding to claims that it has not been supportive of democratic reform efforts in Yemen.

Protests are also continuing in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad is still refusing to lift the repressive emergency laws.

Ivory Coast

Violence is escalating in the Ivory Coast, where hundreds of civilians were massacred this week in a coastal town. The conflict stems from the November 2010 election. The Western-supported candidate Alassane Ouattara won the presidency, but incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step down. The fight between the two sides has led to many brutal civilian casualties.

Gbagbo’s refusal to step down has led to many unnecessary deaths. He is also known for violating human rights throughout his tenure as president. Despite Gbagbo’s violent history, Pat Robertson approves. Gbagbo is a Christian, and for Robertson, it is more important to have a Christian in power than to have a democratic leader. Interesting set of priorities, Pat.

Animal Welfare Success Stories

A year after 100 sled dogs were unnecessarily slaughtered in British Columbia, B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced significantly stricter animal cruelty laws. This is a win that Care2 members helped bring about, thanks to a petition that garnered over 100,000 signatures.

In the United States, politicians are attempting to stop animal cruelty as well. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has announced that he is raising funds for a state-of-the-art animal shelter, inspired by the story of Patrick the Pit bull, who was found in a trash chute nearly starved to death. The new shelter will be called Patrick’s Place.

Care2 blogger Sharon Seltzer brings us an inside look at one nonprofit’s attempts to rescue pets from Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster. With the unpredictable danger of radiation, pets are sometimes left behind in the rush to evacuate. This group makes sure more animals are safe.

A victory for cats in the state of Utah: To deal with the feral cat population, one state representative tried to pass a bill that would allow anyone to kill a cat they judged to be feral without legal repercussions. Not only did this bill fail, a more comprehensive reform was passed. Senate Bill 57 supports a local animal group’s trap, neuter and return practice, which has seen promising results.

That’s all for now, members. Are you looking for something to do this weekend? I know what I’ll be doing — birdwatching!


Cartoon by Peaco Todd, Care2 blogger


Ameer T.
Ameer T7 years ago

America is following the "post Afghan war Russia break up" scenario. War Broke up Russia, wars will break up America.

And this shut down is just a knee jerk reaction to something that can't be avoided in an another year or two. recognize the early symptoms and open your eyes.

WAKE UP!!! Not Only is America fucking others through war it is Fucking itself!!!

Ameer T.
Ameer T7 years ago

And these are just Iraq war figures. add to these the Afghan war, Pakistan war and Libyan support figures and compare this to benefits that the government might have to shut down.
Food for thought.....?

Ameer T.
Ameer T7 years ago

The war in Iraq has cost a whopping $443.7 billion. And the government is looking to shut down and cut down? what could that money have meant to the taxpayers?
The Iraq war is costing the nation's taxpayers an astounding $186,000 per minute-every minute of every day.
The money could have purchased health insurance policies for 265,701,285 uninsured people or housing for 3,995,293 homeless families. And not to mention averted the threat of bankruptcy and government shut down.

Mike W.
Mike W.7 years ago

Interesting! I hope that everyone's Saturday is going great and I hope that they have a great week!

Geraldine H.

Nice to have the good news about the animals....

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

thanks for the wrap-up,