7 August 2018   1 comment

Canada and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a serious dispute.  To its credit, Canada criticized the arrests of two human rights activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah, by the Saudi Government. Since May about a dozen women have been arrested because of their activism.  According to the Irish Times, they were arrested for campaigning “for the right to drive and an end to the country’s male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.”  The Canadian statement was simply that it was gravely concerned and that “We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful human rights activists.”  In response, the Saudi government told the Canadians that this matter was an internal affair.

“But that was just the beginning. Saudi Arabia proceeded to order the expulsion of Canada’s ambassador, suspend flights to Toronto, and cut off “all new businesses transactions and investments linked with Canada.” On Monday, the country announced that it would relocate about 16,000 Saudi scholarship recipients studying in Canada.

Finally, a Saudi group tweeted the graphic below in what can only be described as a callow and brutal threat to Canada (the Tweet was subsequently removed).  Apparently reprehensible rhetoric is not confined to the US.


There is a petition circulating in Israel to change or repeal the new “nation-state” law which declares Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people alone and elevates the status of Hebrew over Arabic.  The petition is supported by minority communities within Israel, notably the Druze and Bedouin peoples, who believe that the law institutionalizes them as second-class citizens.  The law is also opposed by Jews in Israel and abroad as well.

Protests in Israel


US National Security Adviser John Bolton gave a blunt assessment on the status of the effort to persuade North Korea to denuclearize.  Despite President Trump’s statement last June that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”, Bolton told Fox News:

“The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration….It’s just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize.”

The US has not been able as of yet to secure full Chinese cooperation in the effort, but there is no possibility of an agreement that China does not support.

Posted August 7, 2018 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

One response to “7 August 2018

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  1. Cathy, Not sure if this Saudi Arabia / Canadian incident has had any news coverage as I have not been watching but I do read Viinnie’s blog.

    Unbelievable!! I believe it is 2018……..not the 1st century.

    I still feel very much under the weather….worse, in fact. My lungs hurt, my sinuses are blocked and I am nauseous. I have cancelled my appointment with Barbara for this week…I have been in bed all day except to make kale soup…. I am going to go tpo the finance committee meeting because we have a concerned resident coming to express an opinion…

    Talk soon, Dawn

    On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 4:01 PM, World Politics News wrote:

    > vferraro1971 posted: “Canada and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a serious > dispute. To its credit, Canada criticized the arrests of two human rights > activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah, by the Saudi Government. > Since May about a dozen women have been arrested because of ” >


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