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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
Expertise in General business news & info, Education, Politics



Op-Ed: CIA-linked General Haftar appointed commander of Libyan army

Tripoli - Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tobruk has appointed General Khalifa Haftar as commander of the army today.

Op-Ed: Prime minister Tsipras says Greece will not seek a third bailout

Athens - Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, announced that Greece will not seek a third bailout when the extension of the present bailout runs out in four months time.

Op-Ed: Pressure rising for more foreign intervention in Libya

Tripoli - Recent beheadings and a deadly suicide attack in Libya by fighters claiming allegiance to the Islamic State are creating more pressure for new foreign intervention in Libya.

Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress will be divisive

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the U.S. next week and address the US Congress. The visit was organized by the Republican controlled Congress in spite of objections from the White House.

Op-Ed: Canadian spy agency collects Canadian emails to government sites

Ottawa - Canada's Communications Security Establishment(CSE) is collecting millions of emails sent by Canadians to government sites on the Internet. The collected emails are searched for malware that could attack government computer networks.

Op-Ed: Greece's reform list accepted by Eurogroup but with reservations

Brussels - The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis sent a letter to Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem just before the deadline of midnight Monday that outlines proposed reforms that Greece was willing to undertake to receive bailout funds.

Op-Ed: Libyan government in Tobruk withdraws from peace talks

Tripoli - The internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tobruk in the country's east has voted to suspend participation in UN-sponsored talks between the competing militia and governments, according to a member of the House of Representatives(HoR)

Documentary on Edward Snowden's revelations wins Oscar

Los Angeles - "CitizenFour" is a documentary based on the revelations of Edward Snowden about NSA spying. The title refers to the pseudonym that Snowden used when he first contacted Laura Poitras, the director of the film.

Op-Ed: Syriza spins debt deal defeat as a success

Athens - After presenting proposals for a debt deal that reneged upon most of Syriza's campaign promises that were rejected by Germany, the Syriza Greek government claims it won the battle for the debt deal.

U.S. troops may help planned Iraqi offensive to take Mosul

Mosul - The US has been hyping a spring offensive against the Islamic State to retake the city of Mosul, the largest city held by the rebels.

Op-Ed: UK and US want unity government before lifting Libya arms embargo

Tripoli - As the Islamic State draws attention to itself in Libya, Egypt is pushing for a UN resolution to lift the embargo on arms shipments to Libya. The US and UK have urged that the embargo remain until a unity government is formed.

Op-Ed: Syriza sellout sends stock markets soaring

Brussels - Even the proposals presented earlier that Germany rejected were a sell out of most of the campaign promises made by Syriza including the demand for writing off some debt and for a new agreement rather than an extension of the existing bailout.

Houthis try to extend their areas of control in Yemen

Sanaa - Houthi rebels who have taken control of the government in Yemen have extended their control into areas where they now face resistance from well-armed Sunni tribesmen as well as the Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP).

Greek proposals for extending loan rejected by Germany

Athens - Moments after the European Commission had called the Greek proposals "positive" Germany rejected them. Greece was requesting a six-month extension of its loan program.

Op-Ed: Syriza can either sell out or exit the euro zone

Athens - The Greek government has until Friday to give its response to a Eurogroup document that is based on the original bailout deal that Greece had vehemently rejected in the first place. Greece must indicate what it is willing to do to extend the deal.

Op-Ed: Egypt increases intervention in Libya with revenge bombings

Tripoli - Egyptian airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya were not part of the Operation Inherent Resolve operation being carried out against the IS by a coalition of which Egypt is a member.

Op-Ed: Talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers collapse

Athens - Euro zone finance ministers presented Greece with a proposal it could hardly accept since it would extend the present bailout and its conditions for another six months.

Op-Ed: Islamic State captures town near base with 300 U.S. marines

Baghdad - Islamic State forces have taken control of the town of al-Baghdadi that is not far from an air base where about 300 U.S. marines are stationed. While the Islamic State has lost some territory in Iraq, it continues to push forward in a few other areas.

Op-Ed: Greece adopts losing tactics in debt negotiations up to now

Athens - An article by Anatole Kaletsky suggests that although Greece is the weak party in negotiations for a new debt deal and Germany strong, if the two parties focus on what matters most to them, a deal that is positive for both could be negotiated.

Greece seeks bridge financing as debt deal may take time

Brussels - Greece and its EU creditors are extending talks over the weekend in order to possibly reach a deal at talks with EU finance ministers on Monday at Brussels.
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