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Ken Hanly

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



Op-Ed: Wild Rose party wins provincial by-election in Calgary

Calgary - The victory for the Wild Rose party in the Calgary-Foothills constituency shows that small-c conservatives still have a good grip on parts of the city. However, the Progressive Conservatives came a dismal third in a riding they held since 1971,

Op-Ed: U.S. vows to retain Guantanamo base in Cuba even if prison closes

Washington - In a recent speech, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the U.S. intends to keep Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba whether or not the prison closes down.

Op-Ed: Senior official in Yemeni exile government hard at work in Aden

Aden - Mohammed Ali Marem may be the only senior official of the internationally-recognized government of President Mansour Hadi who is working inside Yemen. Most officials are located in the safety of Ryadh, Saudi Arabia.

Op-Ed: GNC government will attend Libyan peace talks in Geneva

Geneva - The UN special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, met in Istanbul Turkey with 27 members of the Tripoli-based General National Congress(GNC) government. He said the talks had tangible results.

U.S. launches drone operations targeting IS leaders in Syria

Damascus - A secret targeted killing campaign launched by the CIA and US Special Forces aims at suspected terrorists in Syria. Drones have been flown over Syria and used for strikes. The campaign is separate from the overall offensive against the Islamic State

Op-Ed: 27 GNC members meet with UN's Leon in Istanbul on Libya talks

Geneva - Bernardino Leon, the UN special envoy to Libya, is meeting today (Sept. 1) with 27 members of the General National Congress (GNC) government in Istanbul. The Tripoli-based GNC is the rival to the internationally-recognized House of Representatives(HoR).

Op-Ed: U.S. sanctions ban Russian parliamentarian from global conference

New York - Valentina Matvienko is speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council. She is one of seven Russian officials targeted by U.S. sanctions including a travel ban.

Op-Ed: Professor says legal critics of war on terror legitimate targets

New York - William Bradford is an assistant professor in the department of law at the US military academy at West Point. Bradford claims legal scholars critical of the war on terror are a "treasonous" fifth column to be classified as enemy combatants.

Op-Ed: Maria Yudina, Stalin's favourite pianist

Moscow - Maria Yudina, an influential Soviet pianist was born on September 9, 1899 and died on November 19, 1970. After graduation from the Petrogad Conservatory Yudina taught there until 1930.

Op-Ed: Three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in Egypt

Cairo - Three al-Jazeera journalists convicted of "spreading false news" have been sentenced to three years in prison at their retrial in Cairo. One journalist, Baher Mohamed was given an extra six months.

Op-Ed: Scientist being investigated for Harperman protest song

Ottawa - Apparently, working for the Harper government means that you must not write protest songs that are not politically correct according to the Public Service Ethics Code.

Op-Ed: UN Libyan envoy claims dialogue talks end again on positive note

Skhirat - The special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, who is chief facilitator of the dialogue between representatives of the 2 rival governments said recent 2-day talks were held in a positive and constructive atmosphere.

Nova Scotia woman forced to connect to power grid

Clark's Harbour - Cheryl Smith was building a small house close to Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada a year ago. The house remains unfinished as she has been denied an occupancy permit since her plans do not include hooking up to the electrical grid.

Two new polls show NDP leading in Canadian election race

Ottawa - Not long ago a Nanos poll showed the three main parties, the Conservatives under leader Stephen Harper, the New Democratic Party (NDP) with Tom Mulcair, and the Liberals with Justin Trudeau in a virtual tie. Two more recent polls show the NDP leading.

Op-Ed: Libyan dialogue talks resume without one of two rival governments

Tripoli - Bernardino Leon, the UN Special Envoy to Libya resumed talks on forming a Government of National Accord in Skhirat Morocco even though one of two rival governments did not show up.

Saudi-led bombing exacerbates humanitarian situation in Yemen

Hodeida - White House National Security Council spokesperson Alistair Baskey said that the US is very concerned over recent Saudi-led air strikes on the Yemeni port city of Hodeida in Yemen.

Latest poll shows NDP Tories and Liberals virtually tied

Ottawa - A recent poll by Nanos, Globe and Mail, CTV shows the three main parties in a virtual tie although other recent polls still show the NDP ahead by several points. Nevertheless the NDP vote percentage has gone down since the last CBC poll-tracker averages.

Al Qaeda seizes part of Yemen port of Aden

Aden - A week ago, officials from exiled president's Mansour Hadi's government, claimed that Aden had been taken from Houthi rebels and that it would be the temporary capital for five years while the rest of the country was retaken from Houthi rebels.

Op-Ed: UN-brokered Libyan peace agreement dialogue to resume on Thursday

Tripoli - Bernardino Leon, UN special envoy for Libya, who directs the peace dialogue, has said, after two days of talks earlier in Geneva, that he wants to reach agreement on the fifth draft of a peace agreement by the end of August.

Op-Ed: Time for Liberals to vote NDP to oust Harper

Ottawa - In the past when the New Democratic Party had no chance of forming the government, the Liberals have often called for NDP supporters to vote Liberal in order defeat the Conservatives.
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