Nine Circles of Hell!: Thursday, April 19, 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 three bonus links that are bad news for women, for Thursday, April 19, 2012.

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

If you weren’t crazy about March’s US employment numbers, then you’re not going to be happy when April’s are released next month. According to Reuters, early figures suggest US job growth will not improve. You can count on the Nine Circles! to give you that kind of bad news, but here’s some bad news if your last name happens to be Koch. Occupy has beaten the Koch brothers! The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), largely funded by the Kochs, has dropped their voter-ID campaign. ALEC discontinued the campaign after activists applied pressure to companies like Kraft Foods and Pepsico for funding ALEC. Once that money disappeared, so did ALEC’s support for laws that activists contend disenfranchise minority voters. The same ALEC task force also wrote Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law which is being reexamined since the Trayvon Martin killing. We also have plenty of bad news for women. A new European Parliament report entitled, “Women and Climate Change,” shows that climate change is raising levels of forced migration from areas in “environmental decline.” The report says, “Women are the main victims of sexual violence, make up 80% of the world’s refugees and displaced people, and the excess mortality rate for women in situations arising from natural disasters is up to five times higher than that for men.” (The Guardian has more bad news for women, ‘London is the worst place to live in the UK if you’re a woman.’ In London, ‘women are less likely to work, earn less than men when they do, and are more likely to be sexually assaulted in the capital than anywhere else.’ You know where else it’s bad for women? In South Africa one in four men had admitted to rape, and most cases are never prosecuted. You know where else it’s bad for women, especially single women? In Japan, one-in-three women between 20 and 64 who live alone are living in poverty.) We also have some bad news for everybody – and it’s coming from space. Mike Hapgood of the British research and technology agency RAL Space says, “We need a much better understanding of the likelihood of space weather disruptions and their impacts, and we need to develop that knowledge quickly.” Back here on Earth, in Iraq over a dozen ‘coordinated explosions’ in and around Baghdad killed at least 30 people, according to the Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press. In Mali, there’s been ‘more than a seven-fold increase’ in the number of refugees fleeing the country, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). MSF ‘blamed the surge on fighting after rebels seized the north of the country in the wake of last month’s coup,’ according to the BBC. Just when we thought there was some good news coming out of the Middle East, it looks like that might turn bad as well. Russia is refusing to take part in Syrian peace plan talks meant to pressure President Bashir al-Assad. As The Christian Science Monitor reports, ‘(this) suggests that the recent reconciliation between Russia and the West over how to approach the Syrian crisis may be short-lived.’ As this reconciliation falters, the West has now ‘issued the threat of international intervention’ in Syria, according to The Telegraph. Nerves are fraying in Iraq, too. Kurdish leaders are accusing Iraq’s Ministry of Energy of smuggling oil to Israel through Jordan. Iraq has denied the allegations and Jordan’s Information and Communication Minister said, “There are some sides that want to spoil the Iraqi-Jordanian relations.” With tomorrow being the two year anniversary of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we wanted to wrap up today’s Nine Circles! with more bad BP news. Russia’s environment minister is blaming BP’s co-owned Russian oil company, TNK-BP, ‘for causing massive oil pollution in a resource-rich Siberian region and failing to invest in its infrastructure,’ according to France 24.

That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!

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