Nine Circles of Hell!: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Nine Circles of Hell!


Time for today’s Nine Circles of Hell! – all the news that gives you fits in print – the nine most hellish news stories now in an all-new format including two bonus stories on executions, one on the war on terror, another covering Israel, and two linked to Syria, for Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

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

Among countries in the western hemisphere only the US – fifth in the world in executions behind China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq – kills its prisoners. (Maybe that will change as a US court blocked the importation of the drug used in executions. If the US is still looking for modes of death, it seems a whole bunch of suicide vests were laying around the Afghan Defense Ministry for some reason.) Even the innocent ain’t gettin’ a great shake. An exonerated Egyptian Gitmo detainee released to Albania who has been welcomed home isn’t being allowed to go – and nobody’s telling him why. (In terror war news closer to home, Michigan’s Hutaree Miltiia was acquitted of attempting to overthrow the US via WMD.) The new terror war plods along, but so do the pre-9/11 confrontations. Argentina claims the UK is “militarizing” the South Atlantic in their ongoing disagreement over the Falklands. The Falklands may be so ’80s, but totally ’10s is the Iran-Israel dust-up. After meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Germany’s Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere is “more concerned” about war with Iran. (Israel’s probably not crazy then about the timing of a peace march from Jordan to Jerusalem.) Divisions aren’t among just old – and new – rival countries, but they’re also happening within new nations. The new Egypt’s leftists and liberals have quit the assembly creating the new government because, “We didn’t die so the Muslim Brotherhood could write the constitution.” Old countries fight, new nations struggle from within, and even exiled oppositions are fighting amongst themselves. A veteran dissident and Kurdish delegates walked out of Syrian opposition talks in Turkey. (Syrian refugees in Turkey are asking for weapons, supposedly. Who knows? There’s new questions about the validity of the news we’re getting out of Syria.) If all our own fighting and killing weren’t enough, there’s been a new environmental disaster – and not just any environmental disaster: “the biggest problem we’ve had for ten years in the North Sea.” Meanwhile, the Great Barrier Reef is threatened by pesticides from Australian farms. Economic desperation could also lead to damaging our planet far closer to the studios of This is Hell! as a new Michigan mining boom’s “harm isn’t worth those jobs.”

That’s today’s Nine Circles Of Hell!

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