Nine Circles of Hell!: Friday, April 13, 2012 Nine Circles of Hell!


Time for the Nine Circles of Hell! – all the news that gives you fits in print – the nine most hellish news stories, including a bonus story on Egypt, for Friday, April 13, 2012.

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A homeowner falls behind on her loan payments. She gets the monthly payment lowered. Still, she’s evicted. The owner had renegotiated her loan, made payments and was awaiting a permanent modification package when, she says, Bank of America sold her home out from under her. Bank of America would rather sell the home at a loss – to a house flipper – than work with the owner, a widow who had borrowed the money to retrofit her home for her special needs daughter. All this despite ‘Bank of America being the only lender that joined a 2009, $1.1-million city pilot program to help homeowners in the North San Fernando Valley obtain loan modifications.’ Homeowners have not recovered from the financial crisis. China’s three-year low in economic growth and weak US economic numbers also mean that Europe is still deeply mired in a debt crisis. Other instabilities emerge or doggedly continue. As the war intensifies, Sudan is now arming civilians in their fight against South Sudan. As the BBC reports, ‘A rights group had concerned that such untrained fighters were committing human rights abuses. In west Africa, yet another coup has taken place. Just a few weeks ago, it was in Mali. Now the 16-nation regional group ECOWAS is also condemning the military coup in Guinea-Bissau. In Egypt, massive protests against Mubarak’s cronies filled Tahrir Square nearly a year after they were forced from power. (You may not believe this but there is an Egyptian running for president who is not a Mubrak crony or in the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s even described as a ‘Moderate Islamist.’) Reports of protesters killed in Syria are coming in as the UN and Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan is pressing for monitors to oversee the peace plan. Bahrain has also seen a year of deadly protests, but that’s not stopping Formula One from racing there next weekend. Former London assistant police commissioner John Yates, who is in Bahrain advising on police reform, said he felt safer living in Bahrain “than I have often felt in London.” Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One, said Bahrain, “I know people who live there, and it’s all very quiet and peaceful.” With Bahrainis upset over these comments, human rights activists fear Formula One means more deadly protests in Bahrain. Anti-occupation activists were planning a ‘Fly-in’ to Israel. Now protesters have condemned Lufthansa for barring activists from flights to Israel. As past guest Ali Abuminah is quoted, “Before you board a Lufthansa flight, you may need to affirm your support for Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonies.” Meanwhile, instability of another kind awaits. The potential damage from a monster tsunami on Japan could be a lot worse than earlier predicted.

That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!

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