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Saudi Arabia Launches Girls' Council... Without Any Girls

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living

There were 13 men on stage and zero women.

Western Nations Have Colonized The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Jeff Wheeldon | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeff Wheeldon

We in the West need to recognize the ways in which we have appropriated the politics, conflicts, and even misery of others for our own politics -- even in our op-eds and columns. We should consider our words carefully, and put our money where our mouths are.

Trump Will Succeed Where Obama Failed In Syria

Luke Rebello | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Luke Rebello

Come January 20, president-elect Donald Trump will change American foreign policy in the Middle East for the better by voicing opinions which break from the policy decisions of the Obama and Bush administrations.

Canada Has The Power To Seek Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Freedom

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Badawi has been languishing in a Saudi prison since his first arrest in 2012, and his subsequent sentencing in 2014 to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes, itself constitutive of torture and a standing violation of international human rights law. Raif Badawi's "crime"? Establishing an online forum and exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Defence Industry Backs Controversial Saudi Arms Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Business

Groups like Amnesty International have criticized the Liberals for honouring the contract.

Saudi Human Rights Record Remains Terrible: Canadian Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2017 | Canada Politics

The heavily redacted report was released by Canada's Department of Global Affairs after criticism over the Saudi arms deal.

The Dilemma Behind Canada's Military Contract With Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Canadian government will go forward with the export permits that allow Saudi Arabia to acquire Canadian-made Light Armored Vehicle III (LAV III). The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion, stated that Canada would block future export permits if Saudi Arabia uses the purchased military equipment against its own citizens.

Trudeau Could Honour The Saudi Arms Deal - And Not Ship A Single Weapon

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

Any agreement signed by the Harper Conservatives must have been contingent upon the subsequent issuance of export permits, which are key to the integrity of Canada's military export control system. Honouring the deal with Saudi Arabia -- as Prime Minister Trudeau has pledged -- simply means allowing the export control system to function as it should.

Here's An Entirely Legitimate Exit Strategy On The Saudi Arms Deal

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

Questions about the dubious eligibility of Saudi Arabia as a recipient of Canadian-made military equipment have been raised for over two years. Yet two successive governments have failed to address the most basic question: how can the authorization of this deal be consistent with the human-rights safeguards of Canadian export controls?

Trudeau's Handling Of The Saudi Arms Deal Will Define His Legacy

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 01.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

No line taken by the government in this matter will please everyone. Perhaps it will plough through with the deal and weather the heat from critics, no matter how persistent. Alternatively, if it decides to open the books on the Saudi deal, and the contract is altered, suspended or cancelled, there will be complaints from those concerned for the economy. The Saudi arms deal presents the new government with an admittedly complex policy challenge. But challenges can result in opportunity.

Wynne Says Ontario Colleges' Male-Only Schools Unacceptable

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2017 | Canada Politics

Ontario's premier has weighed in on the controversy surrounding two Ontario colleges operating campuses in Saudi Arabia that exclude women.

Ontario Colleges Operate Male-Only Schools In Saudi Arabia

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2017 | Canada

Algonquin public relations spokesman Phil Gaudreau refused to provide any update.

Saudi Arms Deal Will Shape Canada's Character

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

On the same week that Ottawa condemned the most recent human rights violation in Saudi Arabia, it confirmed that Canada was set to proceed with plans to arm the perpetrator. Every indication is that the $15-billion deal, which the Canadian Government brokered on behalf of General Dynamics Land Systems of London, Ontario to provide Saudi Arabia with Light Armoured Vehicles, will go ahead. But can this largest-ever Canadian military exports contract comply with the human rights safeguards of Canadian exports control policies?

Dion Pressured On Saudi Human Rights Study

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Politics

He says he doesn't want to compromise the safety of those who divulge details on human rights.

Trudeau Urged To Strengthen Ties With Saudi Arabia

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Politics

Federal officials have pushed the PM to form a closer partnership with the oil-rich nation.

Canada Condemns Mass Killings In Saudi Arabia

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Dion said the executions could "further inflame" tensions in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia Executed 157 In 2015, Highest In 2 Decades

CP | Aya Batrawy, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.02.2017 | Canada

At least 63 people were executed for drug offences.

Saudi Arabia Doesn't Measure Up to Canada's Rights Recommendations

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

Less than two months before Ottawa announced a $14.8-billion military export contract with Saudi Arabia Canada provided substantial input concerning the Saudi human rights situation at the United Nations Human Rights Council. And while progress has been utterly lacking in relation to every single recommendation made by Canada, it is now all but certain that the deal with the autocratic Kingdom will proceed.


CBC | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada

A second round of lashings against Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has been postponed for medical reasons, according to Amnesty International. Th...

Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

As Muslims celebrate Eid, it's important to look at the past month during which the world has witnessed thousands suffer in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We has Prime Minister Stephen Harper to speak out about these issues, but are disappointed. We must do more in the name of humanity, Prime Minister Harper.

Why Canada Needs to Speak About the Brutality Of Saudi Arabia's Migrant Workers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Saudi Arabia curbs its vital but "illegal" migrant population violently this week to appease high unemployment, I cannot help but reflect on my moment with such destitute citizens a few years ago. Like almost all migrant workers everywhere including in North America, these people perform jobs that their own citizens would not dare touch.

Canada Turned a Blind Eye to This Woman's Black Eye

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.11.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In June 2011, two prominent Saudi activists, Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, came to the aid of a Canadian woman named Nathalie Morin. She is physically and psychologically mistreated by her husband. Saudi law puts all aid workers who help women in need of protection from domestic violence at legal risk.

Canada Shouldn't Enable Saudi Abuses

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Ziyaad Mia

Our government may say that we're engaging the Saudis to foster reform in the kingdom. Apartheid South Africa's allies made similar arguments, calling for "constructive engagement" with the racist regime. Thankfully, Canada rejected that approach and led the world on sanctions, which hastened the end of apartheid.

Saudi 'Report' Claims Driving Could Lead To Increased Premarital Sex

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada Living

A 'report' distributed to Saudi Arabia's legislative assembly claims allowing women in the country the right to drive would result in increased premar...