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  • wingover 9:23 am on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Madagascar under martial law 

    Madagascar president hands over power to military – Yahoo! News.

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Madagascar’s president handed over power Tuesday — but not to the rival who plunged this Indian Ocean island nation into weeks of turmoil with his bid for power.

    In a radio address Tuesday, President Marc Ravalomanana said he was ceding power to the military.

    “After deep reflection, I have decided to dissolve the government and give up power so that a military directorate can be established,” he said. “This decision was very difficult and very hard, but it had to be made. We need calm and peace to develop our country.”

    An aide to Ravalomanana said the military directorate would be made up of veteran, high-ranking military leaders who would organize a national conference that would be responsible for holding elections within two years. Ravalomanana’s term would have ended in 2011.

    The members of the directorate were not named.

    There was no immediate reaction from opposition leader Andry Rajoelina, who has led weeks of anti-government protests.

    Rajoelina accuses Ravalomanana of misspending public funds and undermining democracy in Madagascar — an impoverished Indian Ocean island of the coast of Africa known both for its natural beauty and its history of political infighting and instability.

    Over the weekend, Rajoelina declared himself president of a transitional government and promised new presidential elections within two years. On Monday, he called on the army to arrest the president, but soldiers refused.

    The president says Rajoelina is seeking power by unconstitutional means. A breakaway army faction had claimed it was neutral and interested only in restoring order, but the split in the military has greatly weakened the president.

  • wingover 11:02 am on March 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    7,000 soldiers and 2,300 federal police in Juárez, Mexico 

    More Mexican troops arrive in Juárez – El Paso Times.

    There are now more than 7,000 soldiers and 2,300 federal police in Juárez as part of Joint Operation Chihuahua, the federal crackdown on crime.

    When approaching a checkpoint, motorists should slow down, turn on the vehicle’s interior light, roll down windows, and the driver should place both hands at the top of the steering wheel where they are visible from the outside.

    Military officials are expected to take command of the city police on Monday and later of transit police and the municipal Cereso prison, officials said.

  • wingover 9:50 pm on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    De facto martial law in force in Tibet, army ready for violent crackdown 

    TIBET – CHINA De facto martial law in force in Tibet, army ready for violent crackdown – Asia News.

    Pro-Tibet activist tells AsiaNews about massive deployment of troops in Tibet, on the ready to crackdown on any protest, even if only verbal. But Tibetans are showing no sign of fear. The danger of a catastrophe is great if the world community does not intervene.

    Dharamsala (AsiaNews) – “China’s provocative troop deployments and surrounding of Tibetan monasteries has ensured that the stakes could not be higher in Tibet on the eve of next week’s 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and flight of the Dalai Lama into exile,” Stephanie Bridgen, director of Free Tibet, told AsiaNews. For her the danger of unrest in Tibet is due to China’s crackdown. “Chinese paramilitaries have already shown they are prepared to fire with impunity at Tibetan protesters.”

    On 27 February police shot at a monk, Tapey, from Kirti Monastery in Aba County (Sichuan) who had set himself on fire in protest against the ban to celebrate religious holidays.

    Only yesterday Xinhua confirmed his identity, reporting that he was “out of danger” and that has been moved to a hospital in Chengdu. But Chinese authorities still denied claims that he had been shot.

    Since the incident no one who knows him has been able to see him.

    For over a month China has deployed tens of thousands of troops in Tibet and Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu, arresting and beating people to stop any form of protest, even if only verbal.

    Martial law is de facto in place in these areas which are off-limits to foreigners.

    Foreign journalists who travelled there covertly have reported a massive and threatening military presence on the streets of the Tibetan capital before being stopped and expelled.

    Civil war seems to be imminent. Army convoys rumble along highways and paramilitary officers search civilian cars.

    Fortified positions are surrounded by sandbags. Lhasa is under a curfew.

    China’s crackdown has been relentless since bloody riots broke out in March 2008; altogether 220 Tibetans have been killed, nearly 1,300 have been wounded and nearly 7,000 have been detained or imprisoned, according to the Tibetan government in exile

    “With Tibetans showing their determination to protest in the face of China’s clampdown, the conditions are clearly in place for a potential catastrophe,” Bridgen said.

    In fact recent weeks saw an upsurge in non-violent protests, especially by Tibetan monks, many of whom have been arrested.

    Radio Free Asia has reported that yesterday two Tibetan women—a nun named Pema Yangdzom and later a girl—staged separate protests in front of the Public Security Bureau in Kardze.

    “World leaders must break their silence on Tibet and respond to the recent call by the Tibetan government in exile for urgent intervention if we are to avoid a repeat of last year’s bloody crackdown on Tibetan protesters,” said Bridgen.

  • wingover 11:30 am on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Mexico army to take over policing in drug-hit city 

    Mexico army to take over policing in drug-hit city | Reuters.

    Some of the several thousand troops expected in Ciudad Juarez by the end of this week will take over the municipal police, local jails and police traffic department.

    “General Galvan will appoint soldiers to take control of the municipal police next week,” a spokesman for the Ciudad Juarez mayor’s office said, referring to Defense Minister General Guillermo Galvan.

  • wingover 11:46 am on March 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    SPECIAL REPORT: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Under Martial Law! 


    ABC NEWS: Juarez, Mexico under the equivalent of Martial Law

      Many people ABC-7 talked to in Juarez believe if the military does indeed take over the police department, which we refer to as “martial law” in the U.S., the calm will end and the attacks will increase to a whole new level.

      Mexico army to take over policing in drug-hit city | Reuters.

      Some of the several thousand troops expected in Ciudad Juarez by the end of this week will take over the municipal police, local jails and police traffic department.

      “General Galvan will appoint soldiers to take control of the municipal police next week,” a spokesman for the Ciudad Juarez mayor’s office said, referring to Defense Minister General Guillermo Galvan.

      CNN: Mexico pours troops into border city stricken by drug war

      (CNN) — Nearly 7,000 Mexican soldiers and federal police arrived in the U.S.-Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez this week to restore security to a city plagued by a long-standing, bloody drug war.

      Random vehicle checkpoints, patrols of masked soldiers and police in SWAT gear are some of the signs of the massive military buildup ordered by Mexico’s president, Ciudad Juarez police spokesman Jaime Torres Valadez said Thursday.

      Another 1,500 soldiers are expected to join the 3,500 that rolled into Juarez earlier this week to support municipal police in street patrols and ultimately take control of their operations, Torres said.

      In addition to the army troops, about 3,000 federal agents arrived to carry out investigations Torres likened to those of the FBI in the United States.

      Surveillance cameras will be installed throughout the city.

      But human rights advocates say the military presence creates a police state in a region
      where confidence in law enforcement is low.


      Juarez atmosphere is distinctly reminiscent of martial law.

      7,000 soldiers and 2,300 federal police in Juárez, Mexico

      El Paso Times trying to make Juarez martial law look like a good thing

      The War On Drugs

      • Anonymous 2:18 am on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        There’s more information about this in the comments at http://chrysler5thavenue.blogspot.com/2009/03/mexico-under-martial-law.html.

      • Raul 3:28 am on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        It was bound to happen sooner or latter, there is just too much civil police corruption.
        and the good and honest police force are just outgunned, out numbered and outspent monetarily.
        Even do the worst enemy of the people have always been the law enforcement in Mexico, mexican cartels now control the bad elements in all police force depts, what many years ago the “judiciales”(state and federal) use to shake down the unorganized drug traffickers. I hope Tijuana is next, I was raised there and still feel for that city, i don’t think there is another choice, nothing else seems to work, short of making some drugs legal or a major drop in illegal drug use.

      • Vaughn Becht 4:46 pm on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply


      • Samir 6:07 pm on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Once again USA’s backwards and draconian drug laws lead to government overreach.

      • Anonymous 9:11 pm on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        the war on drugs is working great!

      • MonarchAZ 2:38 pm on March 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        This is the second time in a few months I’ve seen a Mexico news event appear and then quickly disappear. I saw the headline about this on Google but by the time I went to read the story it was gone from Fox News. If it weren’t for a blogger on Free Press I’d never have found it. The big question is, what more is there someone in these governments do not want us to know? Thank God for bloggers on the Internet … keep saving and posting those links ‘cuz they have a habit of disappearing!

      • Tom 1:27 am on March 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        A bit off topic, but your reference to the El Paso sheriff’s office is in Colorado, Not Texas. That said, It is a old document-2005- that states it is to be reevaluated every year. It may not even be in effect now. It seems to be a sensible approach to cival disturbances. Are you trying to say that other LE agancies do not have a plan for this? They had better or they would remiss. The key is when does a protest get reclassified as a riot? Who decides to instigate marshal law? Those are the key questions.

      • Anonymous 8:26 pm on March 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        usa is next

      • chiefosage 7:48 am on March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        This is a problem that could easily be handled by both militaries of the U.S. and Mexico. It would only take a few Apachies and a couple F-16s. What you people don’t know is this problem has been fomented by the criminals in both governments. Wake up people. This is the age of deception. Bush was a criminal with Cheney, Clinton was a criminal, and now Obama who is related to all of these punks, will carry on the business of their shadow governments. Mexico is in the pockets of the U.S. and America takes dictates from the NWO elite!!! Their motto is “Order out of chaos” Its all about the mark of the beast!! Its coming. But they want you to call for it first. Things get bad enough and you will. As for me, I’m heading for the mountains!!!!

      • Karmen 2:55 pm on March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I have received word from Mexico this morning from someone who is very involved in businesses in the State of Sonora etc. that the report of lockup and martial law throughout Mexico is not true. The letter is very official and very accurate.

      • Karmen 3:04 pm on March 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Geraldo is not Mexican and all of the ones interviewed are American and I find this interview very unfair. The crime is exagerrated–crime in the US is much greater and who is going to help the US? Just to a search and a statistical ratio of a comparable city in the US and you will see what I am saying.

      • Tracy 2:28 pm on March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        All I want to know is it safe to travel to Jarez in the daytime? I have to pick up my stepdaughter at the end of the Month. All I get is either really bad stories or caution alerts. Has anyone traveled there that can help me with info?

    • wingover 9:25 am on February 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Bombs, choppers during military exercises startle New Orleans 

      VIDEO: Bombs, choppers during military exercises startle residents | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Top Stories | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | wwltv.com.

      NEW ORLEANS – Residents in and around New Orleans have been hearing the sounds of low-flying helicopters and what sounds like bomb blasts over the past few nights, but the sounds are part of a training exercise for some of America’s elite military troops.

      At one Lakefront home, Gigi Burk normally hears her son, 6-year-old Beau, practicing the piano, but last night she heard something much different at around 10 p.m.

      “I said, oh my God! They’re bombs. That’s what I thought it was, somebody dropping bombs,” Burk said.

      Burk said she panicked, not knowing why she was hearing what sounded like explosions and low-flying helicopters.

      “We’re a little skittish around here with things that have happened,” Burk said.

      But according to military officials, it’s a training exercise that brought about 150 U.S. troops from the U.S. Special Operations Command to train in New Orleans for urban warfare.

      “They are regularly engaged in combat operations,” said U.S. Special Operations Command staffer Kimberly Tiscione. “They are the best of the best we have to offer across all the branches of the military.”

      Black Hawk and “Little Bird” helicopters are transporting troops to several locations around New Orleans, according to Tiscione.

      “They’re going to be flying near buildings, doing approaches on them,” Tiscione said. “You might see them landing on the roof tops or landing on the ground near them as well.”

      “I heard a bunch of explosions starting at about 10 p.m. They were about ten seconds apart, and then they’d stop, and we thought it was over, but then they started again,” said Burk.

      Tiscione said that the ground troops were performing “breeches at several different locations.

      “So, they’re moving through doorways or walls or that sort of thing. They’re also doing weapons proficiency,” Tiscione said.

      The forces are using simulated ammunitions, almost like paintball pellets, to conduct the training. And even though the noise may affect your neighborhood, the night-time training is only supposed to last from sundown to 11 p.m., according to Tiscione.

      “They are the best of the best because they get these kind of training events,” she said.

      Burk said she wishes the training had been better publicized before-hand to avoid a scare Tuesday night.

      “People were talking about it everywhere today,” Burk said.

      The NOPD did put a press release out about the training, and WWL-TV aired a story about it; however, that was a week ago.

      Since U.S. Special Operations Command hasn’t done a similar training here since 2000, it has caught many people by surprise.

      The training will go on every night through the end of this week.

      Don’t be alarmed. We are only conditioning you to think of this as normal. Everthing is just fine. It’s only the slow takeover of America. Don’t worry. Be happy!

      • Steve Skinner 12:12 pm on February 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Best of the Best??? Cut off their money! These are a bunch of SICK soldiers of fortune. They
        are NOT PATRIOTS! They work for a corrupt government and would readily, on command,
        deprive CITIZENS of their Constitutional rights. They are sworn to “defend and protect” the
        Constitution, but most of these idiots have never read it. Otherwise, they would not be training
        to invade American cities and homes.

      • Steve Skinner 12:13 pm on February 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Freedom is Slavery
        Ignorance is Strength
        War is Peace
        Big Brother is watching you
        1984 is HERE!

    • wingover 12:13 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

      Wall Street Journal: Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S. 

      As if Things Weren’t Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S. – WSJ.com.

      MOSCOW — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument — that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. — very seriously. Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.

    • wingover 12:51 pm on December 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

      Ron Paul on the Martial Law 

    • wingover 12:34 pm on December 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

      U.S. troops’ new mission: America’s ‘special events’ 


      New rules published in the Federal Register would allow certain civilians to call American soldiers into action inside the U.S. to prevent environmental damage or respond to “special events” and “other domestic activities.”

      The alarming warning is contained in proposed rules published last week for the Department of Defense’s
      “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” plan.

      Under the U.S. Constitution, soldiers inside the country essentially are tasked with the responsibility of quelling “insurrections” and repelling invasions as well as making sure each state has access to the republican form of government.

      But the new rules go far beyond that, essentially establishing a plan to activate the U.S. military inside the country to deal with social issues under provisions that appear to be devoid of any connection to the Constitution, according to an expert.

    • wingover 10:57 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

      Southern California to stage earthquake drill 


      LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Southern Californians by the millions were signed up to simultaneously drop to the floor on Thursday and huddle face down under tables and desks for two minutes of imagined seismic turmoil in the biggest U.S. earthquake drill ever.

      The Great Southern California ShakeOut drill was organized by scientists and emergency officials as part of a campaign to prepare the region’s 22 million inhabitants for a catastrophic quake that experts say is inevitable and long overdue.

      The exercise is based on the premise of a magnitude 7.8 temblor striking the San Andreas Fault, similar in strength to a devastating quake that hit China in May.

      Well over 5 million people officially signed up to take part in the drill, and organizers said they assumed many more would join in without registering.

      At precisely 10 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. EST), people in classrooms, offices and homes throughout the region will be asked to perform the prescribed “drop, cover and hold-on” exercise for two minutes, the duration of the hypothetical quake. They will be guided by a public service message distributed to businesses and schools and played over the airwaves by radio and TV stations.


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