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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
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Op-Ed: Manitoba New Democrats divided on support for premier

Winnipeg - The last four elections, 15 years, Manitoba has elected the New Democrats to rule the province. Even though during the last election Greg Selinger, the leader of the party and premier, won a resounding majority, he is facing internal criticism.

Op-Ed: Libya's civil strife and foreign intervention

Tripoli - The intervention in Libya politics traces back to foreign support for the rebellion against Gadaffi. The intervention not only involved western powers led by the US but also Arab countries with the UAE and Qatar supporting different rebel factions.

Pentagon already spent over $1 billion fighting the Islamic State

Washington - According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon has spent up to $1.1 billion in military operations directed against the Islamic State both in Iraq and Syria since operations began back in the middle of June.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan to remain a western-funded client state

Kabul - While the Afghan security forces may or may not be able to fend off attacks by the Taliban when the 2015 fighting begins next spring, one thing is certain, the Afghan government cannot fund those forces without aid from the US and others.

Secular party wins most seats in Tunisia election

Tunis - Nidaa Tounes, a secular party has won the most seats in yesterday's election in Tunisia. It main rival the moderate Islamist Ennahda came in second.

25 out of 130 banks fail European Central Bank stress test

Frankfurt - Although 25 of 130 lenders subject to the European Central Bank (ECB) stress test failed, the Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem maintained that the test shows that the banking crisis in the region is already in the past.

Brazil's Rousseff squeaks through to second term as president

Brazilia - Dilma Rousseff, the leftist former guerrilla, was able to win a second term winning a run-off election over Aecio Neves but only by a narrow margin. With 98 percent of votes counted Rousseff, received 51.45 per cent of the valid votes.

Op-Ed: Canadian polls and Justin Trudeau on Iraq

Ottawa - Both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau who is leading in recent federal polls and Thomas Mulcair of the New Democratic Party(NDP) voted against the bombing mission of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Iraq.

Tunisia goes to the polls

Tunis - The general election on Sunday will be the first under the country's new constitution, but the second since the beginning of the Arab Spring and the uprising that overthrew Zine Ben Ali.

Op-Ed: RCMP report warns environmentalists more of a risk than jihadists

Ottawa - RCMP's critical intelligence team in a 22 page report obtained by Carleton University criminologist Jeff Monaghan under the Freedom of Information act claimed that radical environmentalists are a clear and present threat to the Canadian energy sector.

Assad forces retake key central town from Al Qaeda rebels

Damascus - The Syrian military is taking more territory in the central province of Hama and are reported to have retaken the town of Morek. The town is important because it is close to the crucial Damascus-Aleppo highway arguably the most important road in Syria.

Op-Ed: Critical comments removed from review of USAID work in Egypt

Washington - After Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011, the US Agency for International Development(USAID) paid several nongovernmental organizations(NGOs) to begin pro-democracy programs even though they were not registered to work in Egypt.

Op-Ed: CIA-linked General Haftar's Libyan coup complete

Tripoli - General Khalifa Haftar, often called a "renegade," now has the support of the internationally-recognized Libyan government in Tobruk. His coup has been successful.

Op-Ed: US marine accused of murder transferred to Philippine base

Manila - In a move meant to ease tensions over who should have custody of Pfc. Joseph Pemberton accused of murdering a transgender filipino, the US transferred him to the main Philippine military camp in Manila.

Soldier wounded at Canadian parliament as gunman opens fire

Ottawa - Although details are still sketchy an armed man emerged near the National War Memorial on Parliament Hill. He then shot four times wounding a guard. He then apparently was able to enter the parliament buildings.

Deal between Russia and Ukraine on natural gas not completed

Brussels - After meetings on Friday between Putin and Poroshenko and then between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators and the EU Commission over the weekend, it appeared that an agreement would be finalized today but no accord was reached.

Op-Ed: Opera browser struggles for market share

Oslo - From time to time I look at statistics related to my blogs. Today I looked at browser percentage of page views on one of my blogs. Opera was over 40 percent. Over a longer period it runs at about one or two percent.

Op-Ed: Obama administration split on issue of torture ban

Washington - In 2005 the Bush administration revealed that it interpreted the UN Convention Against Torture banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applicable to the CIA or military prisons overseas.

U.S. marine charged with murder of transgender Filipino woman

Olongapo City - Jeffrey Laude, aka Jenny, a transgender woman, was murdered in Olongapo City in the Philippines on October 11th. Olongapo City is near Subic Bay where US forces are stationed.

Op-Ed: Libyan government declares war on Islamists

Tobruk - The Islamist-dominated militias who control Tripoli and Benghazi convened the General National Congress(GNC), which appointed a prime minister who formed a government but the internationally-recognized elected government is in Tobruk, in eastern Libya.
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