The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed a man by crucifixion in the holy city of Mecca on Wednesday amid trying to attack Canada on its human-rights record.-Business Insider
Saudi Arabia has executed a man from Myanmar by crucifixion, in which the condemned is beheaded before being put on display with their arms stretched out – AP
— BNO News (@BNONews) August 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia crucified a Myanmar man in Mecca…The ruling was supported by the country’s supreme court and endorsed by the king. https://t.co/QIIpfit7uT
— Alexander Marquardt (@MarquardtA) August 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia carries out a rare CRUCIFIXION on a Myanmar man accused of stabbing a woman to death in her home https://t.co/K4Kg8soPS1
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 8, 2018
Canada’s recent criticism of the treatment of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia has sparked a diplomatic spat with Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia has frozen all trade, expelled Canada’s ambassador and ordered its citizens studying in Canada to leave.
Canada has responded by saying it “will continue to advocate for human rights”.
But the move could jeopardise a controversial C$15b ($11.5b, £9b) arms deal between the two countries.-BBC
In a statement, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry described Canada’s call to free the women’s rights activists as “blatant interference in the Kingdom’s domestic affairs.”
The ministry went on to threaten vague retaliation against Ottawa.
“Any further step from the Canadian side in that direction will be considered as acknowledgment of our right to interfere in the Canadian Domestic affairs,” it said.-BBC
I thought Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman was a progressive man. But he started war against Canada.Recalled its ambassador,froze trade relations, withdrew Saudi students,cancelled flights only bcoz Canada asked Saudi Arabia to release women's rights activists from prison?
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 8, 2018
Western reaction to Saudi crown prince's effort to silence Canada for legitimate criticism of his suppression of women's rights activists will reveal whether Western governments have policies guided by human rights principles or their bank accounts. https://t.co/ZskVRiS5NU pic.twitter.com/xrnSeTNYHF
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 8, 2018
.@PostOpinions: It is great to see Canada holding aloft the human rights banner, even at the cost of damaged ties to Saudi Arabia. But Canada should not have to do this alone. https://t.co/0AjrsC07Yy
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) August 8, 2018
“One last request to the departing Saudis: Could you also take back all the Saudi-trained Islamic clerics you’ve planted in most mosques of Canada?”https://t.co/NxvxfKpzFL #SaudiArabia #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/vnf3wdlTyU
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) August 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia has found support for its position among allies, including Jordan, which, in 2009, signed a free-trade deal with Canada and has accepted military training from Ottawa. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Palestinian Authority also voiced support for Saudi Arabia, as did Comoros, Djibouti and Mauritania.-The Globe and Mail
Saudi PR to discredit and demonize #Canada went from irrationally aggressive to hilariously insane. Saudi's AlArabiya (a top pan-Arab news station) now on a disinformation rampage with claims like '75% of prisoners died before trial' in Canada. Stop, you're embarrassing yourself. pic.twitter.com/qdOrGzLxoe
— Hisham Al-Omeisy (@omeisy) August 8, 2018
Canada can set a strong example by standing up to the thuggery of the Saudi regime and their horrific record of human rights abuses.
A good first step will be to re-examine the terms of the deal sending heavy weaponry to the House of Saud.
— Charlie Angus NDP (@CharlieAngusNDP) August 8, 2018
Canada’s multi-billion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia includes a substantial number of “heavy assault” armoured vehicles and a maintenance deal that would see the Ontario-based manufacturer embed teams at multiple locations throughout the kingdom.
CBC News has obtained documents that — for the first time — lay out the major elements of the original agreement signed in early 2014 and approved by the previous Conservative government.
The $15 billion agreement was given the further blessing of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in the spring of 2016 when it began issuing permits for the export of the combat vehicles.-CBC
To recap, in response to 2 tweets, Saudi has gone full Qatar on Canada:
-expelled the Cdn ambassador and recalled its own
-frozen new trade & investment
-recalled 15K students (damaging their studies)
-stopped buying wheat & barley
-no moat or nuclear waste yet
— Thomas Juneau (@thomasjuneau) August 8, 2018
No surprise here, but Russia has come out to support Saudi Arabia in its spat with Canada saying it also believes Canada should not interfere in domestic affairs. Canada has been firm on Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, its little green men in Donbas, & treatment of LGBTQ+
— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) August 8, 2018
Conservatives: Canada first! Make Canada great again!
Also conservatives: We must bow to Saudi Arabia's wishes and beg for their forgiveness. You know, to own the libs.
— Picard🏳️🌈🇨🇦 (@Picard_M_Maker) August 8, 2018
A Saudi Arabian organization is apologizing after posting an image on Twitter appearing to show an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower in a way that is reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.
“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.”-CBC
Based on a complaint filed to the ministery of Media about a post by @Infographic_ksa, the ministry has ordered the owner of the account to shut it down until investigations are completed, according to electronic broadcasting laws in KSA. pic.twitter.com/jD2maoOyEV
— وزارة الإعلام (@media_ksa) August 6, 2018
Saudi Arabia simply cannot afford to alienate any other sections of the global community in the midst of its unpopular military engagement in Yemen, its indirect confrontation with Iran. Most importantly, Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation requires more friends than enemies. For MBS to achieve the economic and transformative vision that he espoused on his foreign tour, he needs to use ways and means that investors are accustomed to. If business executives fear a backlash over any possible criticism regarding their investment, the new vision of Saudi Arabia would be in serious jeopardy.-The Washinton Post
Make no mistake, #SaudiArabia is as barbaric as North Korea. Reform is a public relations trick. More countries need to be like Canada and call the Saudis out on their grotesque violations of human rights. https://t.co/foBX187FVg
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) August 8, 2018
Criticism of the Middle East should not be directed only at Saudi Arabia. Human rights abuses are happening throughout the Arab world. For example, Egypt has jailed 60,000 opposition members and is deserving of criticism as well. The slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria and Yemen should also be highlighted, not because criticism is unfair to Saudi Arabia, but because failing to criticize creates an atmosphere that empowers authoritarian rulers to deny civil rights to their own people. -The Washinton Post
Since Sunday, Saudi Arabia has:
• withdrawn ambassador to 🇨🇦, and expelled Canada's
• suspended flights to & from 🇨🇦
• frozen new trade & investment with 🇨🇦
• withdrawn Saudi students from 🇨🇦 schools
• demanded transfer of Saudi patients in 🇨🇦
— HuffPost Canada (@HuffPostCanada) August 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia is taking action against Canada after it called out human rights abuses in a tweet pic.twitter.com/s9IRoYIe9a
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 8, 2018
Reporter: will Canada apologize to the Saudis?
Trudeau: that’s a no from me, dawg. pic.twitter.com/aDHLIcDdgU
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) August 8, 2018
Why Saudi Arabia matters to Canada pic.twitter.com/nGYXVTnFIH
— Financial Post (@financialpost) August 8, 2018
This is rich.
Saudi Arabia, which funds and arms jihadists, and blatantly interferes in the affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Bahrain & Yemen, is “outraged” at Canada’s criticism of its crackdown on women’s rights activists. https://t.co/HkIIuvEoOG https://t.co/HkIIuvEoOG
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) August 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia is now looking for Plan B to propel its sovereign wealth fund into the ranks of global giants. The initial plan was to raise at least $100 billion through an initial public offering of a small stake in Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company, in the second half of 2018. Though the IPO is not going ahead as originally planned, the nation’s Public Investment Fund still hopes to control more than $2 trillion by 2030.-Blomberg
— CBC Politics (@CBCPolitics) August 8, 2018
Saudi Arabia rules out mediation in Canada row, Trudeau stands firm https://t.co/kSEsHpYsZn
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 8, 2018
I’m being asked if I’m worried about this diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia from a macro standpoint? Not a bit. The Saudis can decide to refuse to buy any made-in-Canada goods, and the impact on GDP here wouldn’t even register – less than a 0.1% hit. Next question.
— David Rosenberg (@EconguyRosie) August 8, 2018
LONDON: The Saudi finance ministry said the country’s budget deficit in the second quarter fell by 84 percent to 7.4 billion riyals.
Saudi Arabia also said revenues surged by more than two thirds in the second quarter of the year to reach SR273.588 billion ($72.95 billion), supported by a stronger oil price.
It means the overall deficit fell to SR7.361 billion, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.-Arab News
Raif Badawi has been a political prisoner of Saudi Arabia since 2012 for hosting a liberal blog which criticised the Saudi regime. His sister Samar was just arrested too. We commend Canada for showing human rights leadership on this issue & hope countries will follow their lead. pic.twitter.com/r0fX6bazKa
— Humanists UK (@Humanists_UK) August 8, 2018
At least 100 Pakistani workers were deported by Saudi authorities on Wednesday after being incarcerated for months, Express News reported.
The deportees arrived in Lahore via Saudi Airlines flight SV-734. Upon arrival, they were questioned and processed by immigration authorities and were later let go. The deportees said that they had pursued employment opportunities abroad for a better future.-Tribune
#Canada must stop interfering in other country's matters. Shame on Canadian Government trying to act like Terrorist #USA. We in #Pakistan will always stand with #SaudiArabia.#KSA #Saudi_expels_Canadian_ambassador #SaudiaArabia #Saudis #Pakistanis #earthquake #اجمل_بنت_في_الدنيا
— Faizan فیضان 🇵🇰 (@FaizanFUR) August 6, 2018
— Hassan Hassan حَسَنْ حَسَنْ (@hxhassan) August 8, 2018
Trudeau took media questions in Montreal for first time on Saudi-Canada row Wednesday but was not asked about the future of the massive deal to supply Saudis with Canadian armoured vehicles.
— Steven Chase (@stevenchase) August 8, 2018
Saudis Are Easily Triggered Nowadays. Seems Their Yemen Adventures Started Biting Them.
— DoC (@DocPakistan) August 8, 2018
Saudi #Arabia CUTS ties with #Canada over a 'tweet?'#India & #Pakistan CONTINUE trade despite 'border' tensions? #Trump 'tweets' …And the whoooooole #libtard WORLD explodes!
— NaiNika (@NainikaKashyap) August 8, 2018
Workers from #Yemen, #Pakistan and #India get easily #Bahraini passport, while Bahraini people should leave #Bahrain or live there with a very difficult situation. #UnderReported #SaudiArabia #UAE #Kuwait #PersianGulf #HumanRights pic.twitter.com/DmMw0W7k2x
— UnReported (@UnreportedSaudi) August 8, 2018
Watching the shameless attacks against #Canada’s legal system and democratic credentials by rabid #Saudi ‘commentators’ defending their medieval penal code, and seeing the disgusting official Arab ‘solidarity’with #KSA one could see the full bankruptcy of the official Arab order.
— Hisham Melhem (@hisham_melhem) August 8, 2018
Muhammad bin Salman, the modernizing crown prince, has defied clerics by allowing cinemas, open-air pop concerts and even female drivers in his puritanical kingdom. But approving churches for the 1.4m Christians in Saudi Arabia risks breaking one taboo too many. “Elsewhere it’s no problem, but two dins, or religions, have no place in the Arabian peninsula,” says a senior prince, reciting a purported saying of the Prophet Muhammad. Churches were expunged by the first community of Muslims 14 centuries ago, he insists.-The Economist
Saudi students in Canadian universities have been given four weeks to pack their bags and leave the country, two senior university officials said Tuesday.https://t.co/L7JXnU5LtG
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) August 8, 2018
The kingdom’s crude oil output surged the most in three years last month, as the US president demanded his ally’s help in cooling petrol prices and filling in the supply gap that will be created by his sanctions on Iran.
However, the Saudis are struggling to sell as much extra oil as they’d hoped and are privately fretting that they may have opened the taps too quickly, according to people briefed by Riyadh in the last few days.- Independent, July2018
I know our government will say nothing but as a Brit I want to say thanks Canada for calling out Saudi Arabia on its human rights abuses.
If Canada backs down it will set a dangerous precedent around the world. The US and UK governments are hopeless against Saudi oil money.
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) August 8, 2018
The US calls both Canada and Saudi Arabia allies. One ally furnished 15 of the 19 terrorists of September 11. The other ally fed and housed thousands of Americans whose planes were grounded on September 11. Same difference, says the US. https://t.co/erEVdN2HEN
— Amir Attaran (@profamirattaran) August 8, 2018
It's very unlikely that US will take #Canada's side in a diplomatic row with #SaudiArabia. The US always ignores its moral principles in exchange for Saudi money. Just remember that 15 of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, but nothing happened in hot U.S.-Saudi relations! pic.twitter.com/VsI6fzUSOT
— Bill Smith (@Bill_Smith82) August 7, 2018
Since quitting the international nuclear agreement with Iran, the Trump administration has sent conflicting signals, indicating last month that it intended to choke off Iranian crude exports entirely.
More recently, however, officials such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have suggested a more flexible approach could be taken.
Iranian exports are already starting to fall, with shipments to Europe slumping by about 50 per cent in June, according to estimates from the International Energy Agency.-The Independent
Saudi crude exports fell by about 500,000 barrels a day to 6.7 million in the first half of July compared with the same period in June, tanker tracking by Bloomberg shows.
According to the statement on Thursday from the Energy Ministry, which cited Saudi Arabia’s liaison to Opec Adeeb Al-Aama, exports for this month as a whole will be in line with June’s levels, and will decline by 100,000 barrels a day in August.-The Independent
— @bdnews24 – #bdnews24 for #breaking #bangladesh (@bdnews24) August 8, 2018
Saudi-Canada dispute will not affect oil supplies: Saudi minister https://t.co/2oh57w18EY
— TMBCI Info (@Utnngq7kR8ciUUA) August 8, 2018
Putting the spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada in context https://t.co/rEL56kvGDH
— Shaun Esau (@TehGimp) August 8, 2018
NP: Between 2007 and 2017, Statistics Canada figures show that Canada imported a total of $20.9 billion of Saudi Arabian petroleum oils. For context, this is almost precisely what Canada spends on its military per year. It’s also w…https://t.co/2oshfs9WA4 https://t.co/iFTdsgNNqO
— Ernest Lang (@ErnestLang_YVR) August 8, 2018
What price? Might make somebody realize that a pipeline to the east bit of Canada is a good idea.😀 Meanwhile Saudis can chase their camels or whatever they get up to.😀🇨🇦
— Bob Marlow (@BobMarlow3) August 8, 2018
Time to re-open Energy East pipeline so we can avoid others interfering with Canada’s internal affairs. All the Enviro Nazis who are bought by the US and Saudi Arabia don’t care about Canada. We need some frikin smarter people in Ottawa to get on with it!
— Bill Smith (@BillSmi34251033) August 8, 2018
“The AB gov said they’ll backstop cost overruns up to $2 billion”-“So that would indemnify the feds on those overruns to the federal coffers”
"Any money AB spends on overruns would be converted to equity in the new pipeline"https://t.co/8WuRBAOjBB#bcpoli #cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg
— Suits and Boots Canada (@SuitsAndBootsCA) August 8, 2018
Why it won't be easy for Quebec and Atlantic Canadian refineries to replace Saudi oil https://t.co/6j3jqxsFUl. Saudi Arabia doesn’t matter as there’s alot of oil in Western Canada that can supply the East only if a pipeline could get built.
— Bill Smith (@BillSmi34251033) August 8, 2018
More than 667,000 foreigners have left the country since the beginning of 2017, according to government data, the biggest ever outflow of expatriate workers. Foreigners have for decades played a critical role in the oil-rich kingdom’s economy, and account for about a third of Saudi Arabia’s 33m population and more than 80 percent of the private sector workforce.
“Despite the strong policy push to create more private sector Saudi jobs, and to reduce reliance on foreign labour, the latest labour market data indicate that these efforts have not been sufficient to meet the burgeoning Saudi demand for employment,” HSBC said in a research note. “Although structural change was always going to take time, there is little in the data to suggest that the impediments to more rapid ‘Saudisation’ have started to ease.” Part of Prince Mohammed’s ambitious plan to modernise the nation and decrease its dependence on oil includes creating 1.2m private sector jobs and reducing unemployment to 9 per cent by 2020.-FT, July 2018
Just got word that indeed Saudis are telling their students (16,000+) in Canada to return home. Scholarships will be rescinded. This is awful for these students, many who are not likely to be in Canada over the summer but now scrambling with what to do with their lives. Unjust!
— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) August 6, 2018
When Saudi started its diplomatic spat with Qatar, it called its students in Qatar to return home. Canada has tens of thousands of Saudi students. As a professor & humanist, I hope the Saudis don’t do the same with Canada. Not fair to youth who just want to better their futures
— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) August 6, 2018
In southern Ontario, the University of Toronto says there are 77 undergraduate and graduate Saudi students currently enrolled, as well as 216 medical residents who are being trained in hospitals affiliated with the school under a long-standing program.
Additionally, there are 115 Saudi students at York University, and 27 at Centennial College.
“Our immediate focus will be on supporting our students. We will be reaching out to them over the next few days,” said Janice Wells, spokesperson for York University. -CBC
News flowing out of Qatar & Turkey that they will both increase their student scholarship to Canada to compensate for saudi arabia idiotic actions.
Perfect timing as Erdogan and Tamim look to inc ties with Canada.
Qatar/ Turkey /Canada =1
saudi = 0
— Tim Watson (@truthsayer_au) August 7, 2018
Canada trains more Saudi medical students than anywhere else. If the Saudis want to cut ties over our human rights advocacy, fine, but then why should we train their doctors? https://t.co/PYoMNgFotD #cdnpoli #SaudiArabia https://t.co/411Ud63isI
— Amir Attaran (@profamirattaran) August 6, 2018
*I’m not clear where @b_momani got the 16,000 number from. I can find sources putting Saudi students in Canada as high as 8,000 (plus 6,400 dependents). Either way, 8 to 16,000 is substantial.
— Daniel Munro (@dk_munro) August 6, 2018
For those wondering why we shouldn’t build an economy around foreign money from countries without democracy, this it. Any time a dictator has a fit, they attack our economy.
— Stephen Punwasi (@StephenPunwasi) August 6, 2018