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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
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Op-Ed: CIA-Linked Haftar claims international support for Tripoli attack

Tripoli - Even though CIA-linked General Haftar claims his bombing of Misrata militia in Tripoli was a joint effort with the international community there seems little attention let alone analysis in the media of what is happening in Libya

Yemen pays $1 million to families of U.S. drone victims

Sanaa - The Yemeni government has paid out more than $1 million U.S. to relatives of victims of a U.S. drone strike. Documents verifying the payments show that there was evidence that many casualties were civilians with no Al Qaeda connections.

Op-Ed: CIA-linked General Haftar strikes Islamist militia in Tripoli

Tripoli - Many reports speak of airstrikes in the Libyan capital Tripoli as being launched by an unknown party against Islamist militia from Mistrata on Monday August 18.

Soviet era monuments vandalized in Bulgaria

Sofia - A monument to Soviet troops located in Sofia the capital city of Bulgaria was spray- painted recently in one of several cases where Soviet era monuments have been vandalized.

Pakistan court orders murder charges against PM Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad - Protesters in Pakistan are trying to force the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A Lahore court ordered murder charges be brought against both Sharif and his brother after a crackdown on a protest by preacher Muhammad Qadri last June.

As presidential dispute drags on Afghanistan running low on funds

Kabul - The Afghan government is running out of funds as the dispute over the presidency drags on. Revenues are declining and the government will have difficulty paying government salaries next month.

Op-Ed: Russia to use Chinese credit cards

Moscow - Russia is planning to vastly increase the use of China UnionPay credit cards to compete with Visa and Master Card which provide almost all credit card services in Russia at present.

Op-Ed: In Iraq U.S. special forces have immunity from prosecution

Baghdad - The U.S. insists whenever it can that US troops occupying or serving in any country be immune from legal prosecution in that country. Troops who are charged in such countries are tried in US military courts often back in the United States.

As Russia bans western foods other countries profit

Moscow - As Russia bans many food imports from the west in response to sanctions by the EU, the US, Australia and Canada, other countries are coming forward to take advantage of the situation for their own producers.

Op-Ed: Libya's new parliament asks for UN intervention

Tobruk - Meeting in the eastern city of Tobruk, Libya's new parliament passed a motion by 111 out of the 124 members present to ask the UN Security Council for help. The legislature is of 200 seats.

Op-Ed: Immanuel Wallerstein commentary: The Caliphate vs Everyone Else

Binghamton - In an interesting commentary titled "The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else", the renowned American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein discusses the way in which the successful advance of the Islamic State forces has managed to alter alliances in the Middle East.

Op-Ed: U.S. may be returning to Fallujah and Haditha in Iraq

Fallujah - Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed to Reuters that he had met with U.S. diplomats as well as senior military officials to seek help in defeating IS forces who control almost all of the province.

More protesters die in Egypt protesting earlier deaths

Cairo - Four protesters were killed in Cairo demonstrations that were marking the first anniversary of Egyptian security forces' crackdown on demonstrators in Rabbaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Square who were protesting the overthrow of former president Morsi.

Op-Ed: Iraqi PM Maliki has made a deal and will go peacefully

Baghdad - After earlier appearing on TV to denounce the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as unconstitutional, today Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki appeared again to announce he was stepping down and would support al-Abadi as his successor.

Op-Ed: Information about Russian aid convoy to Ukraine conflicting

Luhansk - A Russian aid convoy for parts of eastern Ukraine that set out from Moscow on Tuesday has still not crossed into Ukraine. The convoy consists of 280 trucks.

Op-Ed: Al-Maliki may finally agree to relinquish power in Iraq

Baghdad - Having been abandoned by his former US supporters and even Iran and Shia spiritual leaders, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is finally giving indications that he will accept the fact that he can't continue as prime minister.

Libyan parliament agrees to direct election of president

Tobruk - On Tuesday August 12, the new Libyan parliament meeting in the eastern city of Tobruk agreed that the next Libyan president would be elected by popular vote. No date was set for the election however.

Op-Ed: Obama reverses position on directly arming Kurds

Irbil - The US has in effect reversed its long standing policy of supporting the central Iraqi government by only sending military aid to Baghdad. Now the US is directly providing arms to the Kurds to help them fight the Islamic State forces in Iraq.

Op-Ed: As new prime minister nominated, Iraq political strife continues

Baghdad - Dr. Hayder Abadi was named by the Iraqi president as the nominee for prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki the present prime minister. Al-Maliki objects to the nomination even though Abadi is a member of the Dawa Party along with al-Maliki.

Recep Erdogan wins Turkish presidency in first round of voting

Ankara - Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 52 percent of the vote in the presidential election to win the presidency without the need for a runoff vote.
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