Nine Circles of Hell!: Friday, April 6, 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. Today’s include a bonus story on the ‘recovery’ and an extra article on Syria, now in an all-new blog format for Friday, April 6, 2012.

Click on any of the Nine Circles! in bold, or any of the bonus stories in italics to go to the original article.

According to the latest Department of Labor numbers, 177,000 women lost their jobs last month, leading one analyst to conclude, “This recovery has not been great for women.” (There are other people the recovery hasn’t helped. The number of Americans age 16 to 19 out of work is at its highest rate in more than a year.) Those numbers may not bode well for the Obama administration’s economic policy, but there’s something inconsistent in his foreign policy, too. Past This is Hell! guest Seymour Hersh wonders if America’s “men in Iran’ are an organization formerly listed as a terror group by the Pentagon and linked to the assassination of six US citizens – and the more recent deaths of five Iranian nuclear scientists. While hypocrisy may reign in the case of the US backing a group linked to Americans deaths, it’s unintended consequences of another war that may now be plaguing Libya’s neighbors. The NATO-backed overthrow of the Qaddafi regime in Libya ‘has sent Mali tumbling back into chaos.’ If the US backing a group once listed as terrorists, and Mali’s coup being linked to the fall of Qaddafi,  don’t reveal the crazy fallout from regime change, then maybe this will. Toppled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak’s notorious spy chief is running for president. Things are getting worse elsewhere in the region. Turkey is freaking out as refugees stream into their country while Syrian fighting gets closer to their border. (Twenty-seven more Syrians have died as next Thursday’s scheduled ceasefire can’t come soon enough.) In Bahrain, police battle protesters who are demanding the release of an activist on his 58th day of a hunger strike. The US may be backing the wrong guy in Bahrain – and they may have targeted the wrong one in Pakistan. A top Pakistani counter-terrorism chief says the man who the US put a $10 million bounty on has actually been helping to deradicalize militants. It’s possible US intelligence is based on bad information or maybe even unfounded rumors. Rumors of a split within China’s communist party led the army’s top newspaper to tell soldiers to stay loyal to President Hu Jintao. But there’s something going on near China that may even be more dangerous – and deadly – than a split within the government and military. About 12 tons of water contaminated with radioactive strontium may have leaked from the Fukushima reactor into the Pacific.

That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!

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