Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Regime Needs To Loosen Its Grip On Its Citizens

Farzana Hassan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

If Saudi Arabia is concerned about its reputation, it should first revamp its laws, reform its political system, allow for a genuine democratic process to take route, and enable its citizenry to think and act freely. The international community must also exert pressure on the Saudi regime to loosen its grip on its citizens.

Islam's Sectarian War May Determine Your Gas Prices

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

The Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, a Shiite, is far from perfect. It has failed to create a shared sense of nationalism in Iraq that unites the Shiites and Sunnis in peaceful co-existence. However, Prime Minister Maliki remains the world's best hope against the Jihadists who, if left unchecked, would continue to wage wars against Shiites and the West.

Will Arabia's Malcolm X Go Free?

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Co-founder of the Liberal Muslim Network in Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi, has been in jail in Jeddah since June, 2012. His imprisonment and if he is executed, his death, would only prove what the Kingdom already knows, as captured in the words of the late, great Malcolm X that, "power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression."

Why Does Harper Still Support the Repressive, Misogynistic Saudi Regime?

Yves Engler | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Even the most ardent Conservative supporters must wonder what principled position is behind the recent government-sponsored arms deal with Saudi Arabia that will send over $10 billion worth of Light Armoured Vehicles to one of the most anti-woman and repressive countries in the world. Outside its borders, the Saudi royal family uses its immense wealth to promote and fund many of the most reactionary, anti-women social forces in the world. The Conservatives have ignored these abuses, staying quiet when the regime killed "Arab Spring" protesters and intervened in Bahrain. Worse still, the Harper government's hostility towards Iran and backing of last July's military takeover in Egypt partly reflects their pro-Saudi orientation.

Ukraine Is Another Example of a Dangerous World of Clashing Hegemons

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

When the history of the early decades of the 21st Century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent glo...

How the Canadian Media Fuels Violence

Mark Taliano | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada
Mark Taliano

When Canada announces that it is ramping up its arms dealing to Colombia and Saudi Arabia, the media coverage is accurate in the details but lacks comprehensiveness. The corporate agenda, as reflected in media messaging, prefers to suppress the far-reaching consequences of Canada's growing military-industrial complex.

Israel's Enemies Are Too Distracted To Worry About An Attack on Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

President Obama does not want to lose the Senate to the Republicans, yet that might happen if he is seen to side with Iran, which Americans detest, and against Israel, which most Americans, including mainstream Democrats, solidly support. For this reason, the Obama Administration could be counted on to veto the anti-Israel resolutions that would surely arise at the United Nations.

Gov't Wins $10-Billion Military Contract

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Business

LONDON, Ont. - General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada has signed a contract worth at least US$10 billion to supply armoured vehicles and equipment, tr...

The U.S. Won't Save Israel From Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

The U.S. under President Ronald Reagan opposed Israel's decision to destroy Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor, and when Israel went ahead in 1981 Reagan embargoed delivery of F-16 fighters to punish Israel. The U.S. under President George H Bush insisted that Israel not retaliate against Iraq when Saddam Hussein launched 39 Scud missiles into Israel.

Perhaps I Was Too Harsh on Québec

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I have written about Quebec before. Let's just say that I won't be beatified any time soon. But I think the Québecois deserve a badge of courage for...

You Can Now Come Here

AFP | Relaxnews | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada Travel

(Relaxnews) - Saudi Arabia launched a new tourist visa program this week that allows foreigners to visit the kingdom’s tourist and historical sites....

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.

Saudi Women Belong Behind the Wheel, Too

Farzana Hassan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Farzana Hassan

I never have to think twice about getting behind the wheel whenever I need groceries, or pick up kids, or go to the bank. I do not wait for my husband, or father or brother to first give me permission to leave the house, or wait for his availability to attend to my needs. In Saudi Arabia, of course I would not have that luxury.

Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

AP | Abdullah Al-Shihri And Aya Batrawy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- More than 60 women across Saudi Arabia claimed they drove cars Saturday in defiance of a ban keeping them from getting behind ...

Fox News and Saudia Arabia Have More in Common Than You Think

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Last Friday Dr. Reza Aslan was interviewed by Fox News on his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Bigotry reigned as Green repeatedly asked Aslan why as a "Muz-lim" he would write a book about Jesus. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, another secular Muslim sat in a Saudi prison, awaiting his sentence. His crime? Attempting to liberalize religion in Saudi Arabia and criticizing religious police.

The Real International Threat Against Canada

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

John Baird, Canada's foreign minister, may be barking up the wrong tree. He has identified and targeted Iran as the threat to Canadians. However, it is the Saudi Arabia-based charities that pose the greatest threat. As long as the Saudi charities continue to fund militancy and chaos across the globe, Canadians must stand on guard.

There's No Excuse for Inciting Fear of Others

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Mark Taliano, the author of the blog, Canada's Hidden Fundamentalism, is a fear-monger telling us that we're about to be overrun by crazy Christian f...

How Technology Can Reduce Unemployment Rates

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Being a typical product of the public education system provided in Saudi, I've always dreamt of finding a job in the public sector after graduation. It wasn't until I participated in The U.S.-Saudi Women forum on Social Entrepreneurship, that I realized the importance of entrepreneurship.

Disguised in the Name of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In the last few months the world has witnessed, once again, atrocities planned and in two cases, carried out, disguised in the name of Islam. The debate among Muslims in the West is filled with tension. And as Muslims what more must we do to stop the chaos, in addition to demanding changes in our Western countries' foreign policies?

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.

IKEA Removes Women From Catalogue

CP | Karl Ritter, The Associated Press | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Business

STOCKHOLM - Ikea is being criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue, a move the company says it regret...

Sorry, But These Aren't "Everyone's Games" Yet

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 10.13.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngIt's been called the Games for everybody. But, this is not true. Women are not equal to men in the Olympics, and it needs to be fixed. It can't be lied about, or glorified for what it isn't. The Olympics are not equal, and to insist they are is insulting to equality and women. We've made strides, but not enough. If it's only a good start, then it should only be reported as a good start.

Saudi Arabia Still Won't Pass the Olympic Torch to Female Athletes

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

For the first time, two Saudi Arabian women have publicly stated their interest in participating in the Olympic movement. But the Middle Eastern nation has never sent a female to the Olympics and doesn't plan on it anytime soon. There are currently 153 youth leagues supported by the Saudi government, yet all blatantly exclude female participation. Is it time for the Olympic Committee to take a stand?

If the Europeans Can Make a Union Work, Maybe the Arabs Can

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

It is no secret that the idea of amalgamating into a single country, which was farthest away from the minds of the rulers of these countries, was only contemplated as a direct result of the Arab Spring which toppled several Arab dictators who were thought to be completely invincible, and left the rest of them asking "Who will be next?" Now more than ever, a union of the Arab Gulf states is possible.

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...