Nine Circles of Hell!: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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 each on both Egypt and Syria, for Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
Click on any of the Nine Circles! in bold, or any of the bonus stories in italics to go to the original article.
The world war on debt rages as fears ‘of savage austerity measures in Spain and Italy’ sparked an explosion of panic selling. It seems the European debt crisis is back with a vengeance – that is, if it ever left. Europe struggles with their regional challenges as west Africa has their own problems. Following the military coup – not to mention Islamist extremists and Tuareg rebels taking over the country’s north – Mali’s chaos is giving their neighbors second thoughts on military intervention. Chaos continues a year after the fall of Gadhafi. A bomb was tossed at the top UN envoy in Libya, showing the violence plaguing the nation is touching all sides. A year after the fall of Mubarak, Egyptian courts have suspended the democratically elected – and Islamist-led – constitutional assembly. It appears the courts feared an Islamist takeover. (Not to be outdone, the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief strategist is fearing a ‘new Mubarak.’) Violence also continued in Syria on the day Assad’s army was supposed to be pulling back from his nation’s cities, according to the UN peace deal. Special envoy Kofi Annan, who has been negotiating the Syrian deal, says it’s still salvageable. (Next deadline for Syrian peace is an end to all violence by Thursday, April 12, 5 PM CET.) Amid all this bloodshed, Formula One racing comes to Bahrain despite a Danish-Bahraini activist on day 62 of a hunger strike in the Gulf state’s jail – and Denmark is demanding his release. Sudan’s oil war is just beginning to erupt as the South Sudanese were accused of “severe” attacks on Sudanese oil fields. This was a day after Sudan was accused of strikes within South Sudanese territory. A war of a different stripe rages in south Asia. The Bangladeshi garment industry’s war on unions turned deadly with the murder of a leading labor activist. Economies spiral, violence continues, injustice prevails, but in the end nature may be telling us that none of these horrors mean a thing. Yes, there’s been yet another sign of climate change. In Wisconsin, ‘a record number of migratory birds have arrived much earlier than normal this spring.’
That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!
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