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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: Saudi violence continues unabated

Sanaa - Mansour Hadi was feted as the legitimate Yemen president by members of the Arab League. He resigned in January, but after managing to flee house arrest in the capital Sanaa, he sought refuge in the south in Aden where he declared he was president again.

Greece sends draft reform list to its creditors Friday

Brussels - Greece submitted the long-awaited list of 18 reforms to its creditors on Friday. Officials from the Troika of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund will study the reforms over the weekend.

U.S. special forces to hold exercises in 7 states and 17 cities

Washington D.c. - As part of realistic training exercises for 1,200 US special forces members, operations will be launched in seven southwestern states and 17 cities. In some operations, the forces will be ordered to operate "undetected" among the civilian population.

Op-Ed: Greek's creditors press government for acceptable reforms

Athens - Deposits in Greek banks fell by more than $8.2 billion in February to $154.2 billion. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government is under extreme pressure to reach an agreement with creditors so that more bailout funds will be released.

Saudi Arabia and allies poised to invade Yemen

Sanaa - Latest reports are that up to 150,000 Saudi troops have massed at the border with Yemen together with heavy artillery. There are a number of allies supporting the Saudis including members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt.

Op-Ed: CIA-linked Haftar will probably sabotage any Libyan peace deal

Tripoli - UN envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, proposed a unity government composed of a three-person presidential council but it also would incorporate the House of Representatives of the Tobruk-based internationally recognized government.

Op-Ed: Montreal protests target Quebec government austerity policies

Montreal - Police used tear gas and reportedly sound bombs and fired rubber bullets on Tuesday to disperse students who were protesting provincial Quebec government austerity policies that included severe cuts to education funding.

Op-Ed: Harper to expand and extend Canada's fight against ISIS

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has presented a motion before parliament that would renew its mission as part of the coalition led by the US that is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS).

Okinawa governor stops work on U.S. air base

Naha - Governor Takeshi Onaga of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa has ordered a branch of the Defense Ministry to suspend all work in an area where a key U.S. military air base was to be relocated.

Op-Ed: Canadian Bar Association critical of Harper anti-terror bill

Ottawa - The Canadian Bar Association(CBA) harshly criticized the Conservative Harper government's new anti-terror bill C-51, claiming it has measures that would deprive Canadians of liberties while not increasing their safety.

Op-Ed: Haftar and Tobruk government try to sabotage Libya peace talks

Rabat - The UN and western powers simply refuse to face the fact that the internationally recognized government of Abdullah al-Thinni in Tobruk and his newly minted CIA-linked military chief Khalifa Haftar are on a mission to recapture Tripoli.

Op-Ed: Last U.S. Special Forces evacuated from Yemen

Sanaa - Houthi fighters along with troops loyal to former president Saleh have taken control of the airport at the southern city of Taiz and also parts of the city, setting up checkpoints at entrance points. Taiz is the third largest city in Yemen.

Op-Ed: European Commission makes $2.15 billion available to Greece

Athens - Head of the European Commission(EC), Jean-Claude Juncker says that 2 billion euros($2.15 billion) in unused funds will be made available to help Greece avoid a looming cash crunch.

Op-Ed: Iraqi forces suffer heavy casualties in Tikrit offensive

Tikrit - Reports on casualties in the Iraqi offensive led by an Iranian general and including many Shia militia groups, are now beginning to emerge. The heavy toll may be one reason why the offensive is stalled.

Tobruk-based Libyan government bombs Tripoli before peace talks

Tripoli - The internationally recognized government in Tripoli sent planes to bomb Tripoli's only functioning airport just as some representatives from the Tripoli government were preparing to leave for scheduled peace talks in Morocco.

Op-Ed: AdSense rips ads from antiwar site because of Abu Ghraib photos

Mountain View - The antiwar site,, has been informed by Google Adsense that all ads on its website have been disabled. The site claims that this is because it has a page that has photos of the abuse by US troops at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Op-Ed: IMF officials claim Greek government very unhelpful

Athens - Officials from the IMF, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission, complained in a conference-call Tuesday that Greek officials are not adhering to the conditions of the bailout extension deal or cooperating with creditors.

OECD cuts growth rate outlook for Canadian economy

Ottawa - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) has cuts it growth rate prediction for Canada in both this year and also in 2016.

Op-Ed: European Commission nixes Greek anti-poverty law

Athens - The European Commission has vetoed what the government calls a "humanitarian crisis bill." The bill was meant to address poverty among pensioners and homeless families.

Op-Ed: Newsweek's narrative on Libya spinning the news

Tripoli - To spin a story it is not necessary to lie. Indeed, one can even present facts that count against the spin in order to present what Fox news would no doubt call a fair and balanced account of events.
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