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Weekend Reads It’s time for Canada to take the next step against Saudi Arabia

17:45  08 august  2018
17:45  08 august  2018 Source:   macleans.ca

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador

  Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador"We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours," Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Twitter.

READ MORE: Canada decries mass execution in Saudi Arabia which killed 47. Obama angered the Saudis when he made a deal to normalize relations with Iran in exchange for She needs to now take the obvious next step . The Saudi government has one of the worst human rights records in the world.

Stephen Maher: It is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world, ruled by a hothead. Canada should stop selling it weapons.

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The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud arrives at No.10 Downing street for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not seen) in London, United Kingdom on March 07, 2018© getty The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud arrives at No.10 Downing street for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not seen) in London, United Kingdom on March 07, 2018

Mohammad bin Salman has cut quite a swath since he was appointed crown prince of Saudi Arabia last year at the age of 31.

Reckless MBS, the favourite son of 81-year-old King Salman, is not the kind of person who would ever get to run a democracy.

Since his father put him in charge, he has been acting impulsively and violently, destabilizing the region.

Canada an 'easy' target for Saudi Arabia: analysts

  Canada an 'easy' target for Saudi Arabia: analysts OTTAWA - Analysts say Saudi Arabia's decision to expel Canada's ambassador and freeze new trade deals will resonate in the region and rally support domestically. Saudi Arabia announced the measures Sunday, days after Global Affairs Canada tweeted that it's concerned about the arrests of civil society and women's rights activists in the country.

Saudi Arabia is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world, ruled by a hothead. Canada should stop selling it weapons. He followed up by kidnapping Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who found himself locked up after flying to Saudi Arabia for a camping trip with the young prince.

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The first thing he did was consolidate his position by imprisoning many of his rival princes in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton and, under threat of prosecution for corruption, shook them down for billions.

He followed up by kidnapping Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who found himself locked up after flying to Saudi Arabia for a camping trip with the young prince. Hariri, looking terrified, read a resignation speech on camera, which he rescinded when he returned to Lebanon.

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MBS’s thousands of rich royal cousins—the only constituency that matters in the theocratic monarchy—are supporting him because he is taking aggressive action to counter growing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabian group apologizes for posting image appearing to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack

  Saudi Arabian group apologizes for posting image appearing to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack Saudi Arabian group apologizes for posting image appearing to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack"As the Arabic saying goes: 'He who interferes with what doesn't concern him finds what doesn't please him,'" reads a caption superimposed over the image. The infographic also accuses Canada of "sticking one's nose where it doesn't belong.

Saudi Arabia expelling Canadian ambassador"We consider the Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours," Saudi Arabia ' s foreign ministry said on Twitter. Stephen Maher: It is one of the worst human rights abusers in the

Saudi Arabia swiftly shot back, expelling Canada ’ s ambassador and suspending new trade and investment with “ Saudi Arabia - Canada relations are very limited, so there’ s “We are starting some serious soul-searching in the sense of what does it mean for Canada to have a US that is much more

The Iranians took advantage of the chaos that followed the Iraq war to muscle into power positions in Iraq and Syria, threatening the interests of oil-rich Gulf states. When the Iranians moved to flank the Saudis by backing Shia Houthi militias in Yemen, on the kingdom’s doorstep, it was a step too far for the Saudis.

MBS won his spurs by leading the Saudis and other Gulf powers against the Houthis in a civil war that has led to a humanitarian disaster, killing thousands of civilians and displacing millions.

Human rights activists want the world to pressure the Saudis and Iran to stop the war, but the Americans—under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump—are part of the Saudi coalition. The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada all sell arms to them.

MBS’s temper tantrum this week gives Canada the excuse it needs to wash its hands of the carnage.

In 2014, Stephen Harper signed a $14-billion deal to manufacture armoured vehicles for the Saudis in a London, Ont., factory that had previously built vehicles for the Canadian military in Afghanistan.

Canada waiting for details from Saudi Arabia: Freeland

  Canada waiting for details from Saudi Arabia: Freeland Canada waiting for details from Saudi Arabia: FreelandVANCOUVER - Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Ottawa will have to wait to hear more details from Saudi Arabia before it responds to the country's decision to freeze new trade deals and expel Canada's ambassador.

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Stephen Maher: It is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world, ruled by a hothead. Canada should stop selling it weapons. Mohammad bin Salman' s temper tantrum this week gives Canada the excuse it needs to wash its hands of the carnage created by arms sales to Saudi Arabia , writes

The Liberals did their hypocritical best to keep the secretive deal quiet, but the arrangement seems to violate Canadian law, which is supposed to prevent us from selling weapons to countries that violate human rights.

Thanks to the methodical reporting of the Globe and Mail’s Steven Chase, and not our see-no-evil government, we have learned that the Saudis appear to be using Canadian weapons against Yemenis and their own Shia minority.

Canada is hardly alone in this. Since 1945, when MBS’s grandfather sealed a deal with Franklin D. Roosevelt on the deck of an American warship, the Saudis have been trading oil for weapons and greasing the palms of fixers, lobbyists and retired politicians of all stripes in western capitals.

The colossal volume of money involved helps explain why Western politicians and media organizations treat Saudi human rights violations differently from the nearly identical human rights violations committed by Iran, for example. Saudis may have been behind the September 11 attacks, but they can always be relied on to endow a presidential library, bankroll a foundation, endow a university research chair or fund a think tank. This is how K Street lobbyists pay for their houses on Martha’s Vineyard.

Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights

  Saudi Airlines to suspend Canadian flights TORONTO - The rift between the federal government and Saudi Arabia has prompted the country's state airline to suspend operations in Canada. Saudi Airlines issued a tweet early Tuesday saying flights to and from Canada would be suspended starting August 13. Saudi Arabia operates at least two routes to the country, both of which depart from Toronto. Transport Canada did not immediately respond to request for comment on the decision. Saudi Airlines' Saudi Airlines issued a tweet early Tuesday saying flights to and from Canada would be suspended starting August 13.

JERUSALEM — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday defended his decision to meet with Saudi officials this week, saying his trip was aimed at reinforcing ties at a critical moment, as the United States tries to ratchet up pressure on Iran.

For the president, Saudi Arabia has become a key ally but also a troublesome partner. Saudi support is critical to his efforts to isolate Iran. A stream of prominent Wall Street and tech executives canceled plans to attend an investor conference convened by the prince next week in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

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Obama angered the Saudis when he made a deal to normalize relations with Iran in exchange for controls over Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Trump, who makes money off the Saudis, ripped up that deal and has cozied up to MBS and announced $300 billion in new arms sales.

It was not surprising, then, that the United States did not have Canada’s back when MBS expelled our ambassador, ordered Saudi students home and suspended air travel.

MBS decided to go after Canada after our foreign affairs department sent a Tweet asking the Saudis to “immediately release” human rights activists the Saudis have locked up, including Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for writing blog posts critical of the government. Badawi’s wife is a Canadian citizen who lives in Quebec along with the couple’s three children.

MBS is likely doing this because he’s a hothead, because the Americans can’t be bothered to keep him in check and because it acts as a useful nationalist distraction for the hotheads at home.

To that end, he launched a laughable anti-Canada social media campaign, the highlight of which was a semi-official Twitter account sending an image of a passenger plane headed for the CN Tower, threatening a terrorist attack on Toronto.

Canadian dollar gets whacked after Saudi Arabia reportedly starts dumping the country's assets 'no matter the cost'

  Canadian dollar gets whacked after Saudi Arabia reportedly starts dumping the country's assets 'no matter the cost' The Canadian dollar slid Wednesday after the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia had begun selling off its holdings of the country's bonds, stocks, and cash.According to the FT's Simeon Kerr, Saudi Arabia ordered the divestments "no matter the cost" after Canada criticised its arrest of Samar Badawi, a women's rights activist. Saudi central bank and state pension funds told their overseas asset managers to unload Canadian bonds, stocks, and cash holdings "no matter the cost," the report said. The selling began on Tuesday, it said.

For the first time , Saudi Arabia admits the critic was killed and says 18 Saudis have been arrested. This is only a first step towards publicising the truth of what really happened. Given the days of indignant denials by the Saudi leadership it ' s doubtful we would have even got this far without

Saudi Arabia welcomed Mr. Trump’ s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord and the resumption of American sanctions, which have cut Iran’ s ability to sell oil. But the United States is depending on Saudi Arabia to replace Iranian supplies that had been going to Asian markets.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland responded, quite properly, by reiterating her call for MBS to respect human rights.

She needs to now take the obvious next step.

The Saudi government has one of the worst human rights records in the world. It oppresses women and minorities and exports religious extremism. It has beheaded 600 people since 2014, including some who lost their heads for political crimes, non-violent drug offences and sorcery.

We should never have started selling them armoured vehicles and should stop immediately.

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