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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: US lawmakers resist plans to withdraw troops from Africa

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been publicizing the Pentagon plan that would see troops from Africa moved to Asian areas around China and Russia, for some time.

Op-Ed: South Dakota governor's executive order targets BDS movement

On January 14, Kristi Noem the Republican Governor or the US state of South Dakota signed an executive order that prohibits state offices from doing business with any companies that boycott Israel.

Bose closes stores in Europe, Japan, North America and Australia

Bose Corporation the large audio equipment manufacturer plans to close all its retail stores in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Bose claims its audio products are increasingly bought through e-commerce and other retailers.

Op-Ed: Agreement between Saudis and Yemen separatists breaks down

The ongoing Saudi-led operation in Yemen is intended to defeat the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control much of the north including the capital Sanaa. The Saudis are supported in the battle against the Houthis by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Op-Ed: US Defense Secretary Esper was a lobbyist for arms maker Raytheon

After the assassination- aka euphemistically as "targeted killing"- of Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani in a US operation in Baghdad on January 3 Raytheon a large US defense contractor saw its stock shoot up and close at a record high.

Op-Ed: US threatens Iraq with sanctions if it demands US troops leave

Iraqi officials warn that the country would face almost immediate economic collapse should US President Trump impose sanctions on Iraq and freeze oil revenues because Iraq demanded US troops leave.

Op-Ed: Esper denies seeing evidence of imminent attack on US embassies

On Friday President Trump said he believed that assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was plotting to attack four US embassies. However, Trump offered no evidence for his belief. The appended video contains Trump's remarks on the imminent attacks.

Op-Ed: US tried to assassinate another key Iranian general but failed

On January 2, the US launched an airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport that killed the Iranian General Qassem Suleimani and also an Iraqi militia leader but the US attempted another assassination the same day but failed.

Iraq interested in buying a Russian air defense system

Iraq is interested in purchasing Russian S-300 air defense systems. Russia's S-300 and S-400 systems have been popular purchases as many consider them more cost-effective than US alternatives while still top of the line.

Op-Ed: US refuses to discuss ways to withdraw from Iraq

According to a Washington Post report the Iraqi PM has asked for the US to devise a mechanism for withdrawal of its troops from the country.

Huawei sells about 100,000 foldable phones a month in China

Huawei claims that its foldable MateX phone is selling 100,000 a month a good pace especially since the phone is for sale only in China at present and costs about $2,400 US.

Largest e-scooter-sharing company Lime lays off about 100 workers

Lime, the largest electric scooter-sharing company on the globe will lay off 14 percent about 100 of its workers and will exit 12 markets according to a recent report. The action comes as ridership has probably dropped during the winter.

Shia cleric Al-Sadr asks pro-Iranian militias to 'stand down'

Moqtada al-Sadr the influential Iraqi Shia cleric who heads the largest bloc in parliament on Wednesday issued a statement asking all Shi'ite militias to stand down as the US and Iran work at lessening tensions.

Warner Brothers to use AI to predict film success

The giant film company Warner Bros. has a contract with Cinelytic a Los Angeles AI startup uses AI algorithms to predict a film's success. This will help guide Warner Bros. Pictures International decision-making in marketing and distribution.

Op-Ed: Tensions between Iran and US lessen after Iran's weak retaliation

US officials confirmed that they had advance notice Tuesday night before Iran launched missile strikes against two bases hosting US troops. This gave US troops time to take measures to limit or avoid casualties.

Op-Ed: Letter to Iraqi PM contradicts Defense Minister on US withdrawal

General Mark Milley US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair said that the letter announcing that US troops would be withdrawing from Iraq wast just a draft and said that is not what is happening.

Op-Ed: Some US allies want nothing to do with assassination of Soleimani

Some US allies who one might expect to applaud the US killing of Qassem Soleimani a top Iranian commander have been quite cautious in their response and have instead distanced themselves and called for restraint.

Sony introduces new concept electric car the Vision-S

At the CES show this year Sony announced the Sony Vision-S a concept all electric sedan that is intended to show the company's many different technological strengths. Sony products range from entertainment products to camera sensors and much more.

Op-Ed: Assassinated Iranian commander was on a diplomatic mission

According to the caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi assassinated Iranian General Qassam Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission that was part of ongoing diplomatic efforts to reduce tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Op-Ed: Muqtada al-Sadr reactivates his Mahdi Army in Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shia cleric and leader of a large bloc in the Iraqi parliament announced Friday that he will be reactivating his military group the Mahdi Army telling them to be ready.
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