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Madagascar Government Negotiates With Coup Plotters

Representatives of Madagascar's president are negotiating with troops who declared a coup Wednesday but are now holed up in their barracks.

Witnesses say the streets of the capital, Antananarivo, are calm and traffic is moving normally as the negotiations continue.

On Wednesday, a group of about 20 military officers told a news conference the government was dissolved and that a military council would take charge of the country.

High court affirms "Hard Time for Armed Crime" philosophy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 with Elena Kagan recused (she worked on the case as Solicitor General) that enhancing prison sentences for the use of a firearm in a crime is legal.

The significance of this ruling should not be lost on veteran Seattle talk show host John Carlson, or on Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, nor on former SAF staffer Dave LaCourse. They were the power behind Washington’s landmark “Three Strikes and You’re Out” and “Hard Time for Armed Crime” measures 17 and 15 years ago, respectively.

Guinea Army Declares State of Emergency

The head of Guinea's army has declared a state of emergency, as rival ethnic groups clash in the capital following the disputed presidential election.

Army Chief Nouhou Chaim said Wednesday that the state of emergency will remain in effect until Guinea's Supreme Court verifies the election results.

On Monday, officials declared longtime opposition leader Alpha Conde the winner of the November 7 runoff.

Haitian Protesters Blame UN Peacekeepers for Cholera

Haitian protesters have clashed with United Nations troops, blamed for helping to spread cholera in the Caribbean nation. At least two people died in the clashes, which are raising tensions about the epidemic.

Protests took place in several Haitian cities, including the northern city of Cap-Haitien and Hinche, in Haiti's central valley. Some protesters set up barricades and opened fire on United Nations troops, who fired back in Cap-Haitien.

Cartoonist Ted Rall to Appear at Communist Bookstore

The communist book shop known as Revolution Books in New York City recently hosted a party and celebration for a 91-page book called Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America. The book is officially published by the Revolutionary Communist Party [1] (RCP), a Maoist cult that follows the rants of Bob Avakian, a former comrade of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in the Students for a Democratic Society.

Russian Navy captures pirates

Aung San Suu Kyi Seeks Re-instatement of Opposition Party

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in Burma's High Court Tuesday to file an affidavit seeking the legal reinstatement of her political party.

It was the pro-democracy figure's first trip to downtown Rangoon since her release Saturday after seven years of house arrest.

Since then she has appeared daily at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy, which was officially dissolved after deciding to boycott this month's national elections, in which she was barred from being a candidate.

Karen National Union Rejects Burma's Sham Elections

Updates on the Harrison Jack Case

Two major updates in the Harrison Jack case, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms launched a highly questionable sting operation against a number of people seeking to aid the Hmong people, who have been the targets of a genocidal campaign by the Communist Laotian government.

First, from a blog covering the Eastern District of California, is an entry discussing the judge throwing out a number of the charges, including the Neutrality Act charges.