Weekend Reads ‘Canada is the world’s worst oppressor of women’: Saudi Arabia’s bizarre propaganda campaign

21:46  10 august  2018
21:46  10 august  2018 Source:   nationalpost.com

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.

The government has since refused to release a copy of the investigation, despite campaigners ’ questions over how it arrived at its conclusion. As the international organisations that track human rights continue to rank Saudi Arabia among the world ’ s worst violators

But as Canada ’ s envoy heads home, the feeling among diplomats in Riyadh and elsewhere in the Arab world is that Saudi Arabia ’ s new leadership wants to assert a new set of rules on the regional game. 'I feel free like a bird': Saudi women celebrate as driving ban lifted.

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Within hours of Saudi Arabia expelling Canada’s ambassador, the country’s broadcasters and pro-government social media accounts ramped into high gear digging up dirt on its newest enemy.

A recurring theme of Saudi attacks against Canada is “those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” an expression that is roughly the same in both English and Arabic.

For this argument to hold up, though, it has placed Saudi propagandists in the uncomfortable position of having to prove that Canada is a pariah state of oppression, death and misery.

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.

Tomorrow' s World . The leading Saudi women ' s rights campaigner Manal al-Sharif thanked Canada for "speaking up" and asked when other Western powers would do the same. Saudi Arabia women ' s driving activists 'targeted in smear campaign '.

Saudi Arabia ’ s state airline said it would suspend flights to and from Canada , starting next week. “We are always going to speak up for human rights, we’re always going to speak up for women ’ s rights, and that is not going to change.”

Below, a quick summary on how they did.

Special thanks to Rev. Majed El Shafie, founder of the Toronto-based non-profit One Free World International, for helping with Arabic translation. We’ve written before about his work to rescue Yazidi refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan.

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian political prisoner

This whole spat began because Canada has publicly campaigned against the jailing of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. As a result, the easiest way to discredit Canada would be to find evidence of us similarly jailing political dissidents. On Monday, the Saudi-owned TV channel Al Arabiya ran a segment on the allegedly appalling conditions in Canadian prisons. Amid claims that 75 per cent of Canadian detainees die before standing trial, the segment also claimed that University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson is a Canadian prisoner of conscience. Peterson certainly has his qualms with the Canadian justice system; he first rose to prominence as a critic of an Ontario law regarding gender expression. But the professor remains a free man. In fact, he’s arguably the opposite of incarcerated: An extraordinarily wealthy best-selling author who is selling out theatres across the continent. In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, people who criticize the Saudi government don’t become messianic thought leaders. Rather, they actually get jailed. Another Canadian “political prisoner” highlighted by the Al Arabiya report was Denis Rancourt, a tenured University of Ottawa professor who was fired because he didn’t believe in grading. But Rancourt is also free. In fact, just this week he was speaking with the pro-Russian outlet Sputnik News. He told them he thought Canada’s criticisms of Saudi human rights were “disingenuous.”

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.

Tomorrow' s World . US & Canada . They include Loujain al-Hathloul, a well-known figure in the campaign for women ' s driving rights. Amnesty has also called for wider reforms in Saudi Arabia , where women remain subject to male guardianship laws.

Ranking Saudi Arabia among the 10- worst -countries for women , the Toronto Star wrote, “In oil-rich Saudi Arabia , women are treated as lifelong dependents, under the guardianship of a male relative.

The streets are strewn with homeless

Most of the entries on this list are thanks to İyad el-Baghdadi, an Oslo-based refugee and commentator on Arab affairs (he also has a podcast). He was the first to catalogue Saudi Arabia’s anti-Canadian attacks in a lengthy Twitter thread, and said that while the campaign might seem “crazy” to Westerners, “it’s also the new normal within the Arab world since the failing of the Arab Spring.” Canadian homelessness has been a frequent target of pro-Saudi Twitter accounts, with most posts using the exact same photograph: An image taken from the website of the Canadian Roger and Tatum Foundation showing a Montrealer carrying a sign reading “Canada Land of the Homeless.” “Saudis demand improved status of homeless children in Canada,” read one typical post. They’re not wrong: Montreal alone has an estimated 3,000 people sleeping rough. In 2007, however, a report from the Riyadh-based Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University estimated that Saudi Arabia has up to 83,000 homeless children. But the problem is not nearly as visible due to frequent crackdowns by Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia routinely arrests “beggars” and has jailed journalists attempting to photograph the country’s poorer areas.

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.

Canada and Saudi Arabia have a limited economic relationship, and Trudeau simply doesn't have much sway over a small country half a world away that is further separated by language and culture.

The campaign seemed to be promoting the idea of equality in Saudi Arabia to the outside world , she said. “But we also want to reach an international audience in order to challenge some stereotypes of Saudi women as being oppressed and Saudi men as oppressors .

Canada is one of the world’s worst oppressors of women

Of all the ways to dig up dirt on Canada, Saudi sources are inexplicably fixating on our treatment of women. Kuwaiti commentator Fahad Alshlimi claimed on Saudi TV this week that Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of oppression against women. “What about the mystery of 1000 murdered women in Canada?!” wrote one widely followed Riyadh-based Twitter account. Saudi social media accounts were also circulating a Statistics Canada report on violence against women, calling it Canada’s “shame.” However, a deeper dive into that report would have revealed that it spends a lot of its time cataloguing things that Saudi Arabia does not even consider to be crimes. Domestic violence and spousal rape are not criminalized in Saudi Arabia, and Saudi women can be lashed for adultery if they are raped. Ironically, Saudi condemnations of Canada as a sexist backwater are happening simultaneously with Saudi criticism of Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland. Of course, female cabinet ministers like Freeland do not exist in Saudi Arabia. Unlike Saudi women, she is also legally allowed to make employment and travel decisions without the permission of a male guardian.

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.

US & Canada . Image caption Saudi Arabia is the only country where women cannot drive legally. Saudi Arabia has issued driving licences to women for the first time in decades just weeks before a ban on female drivers is lifted.

Yemeni women inspect a destroyed house after it was hit by Saudi -led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, 06 Cutting off this crucial supply line would further exacerbate what is already the world ' s worst Yemen, on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is the poorest country in the Middle East, with a

Canada treats its Indigenous just as badly as Myanmar treats the Rohingya

Canadians and their government would be among the first to note that this country’s treatment of Indigenous people has been abominable from day one, and that the shockwaves of that treatment continues to this day. It’s also why, whenever we get into spats with authoritarian regimes, this is the first issue they hit us on. When Canada placed sanctions on South Africa in the late 1980s, the Apartheid government suddenly developed a deep concern for the plight of Canada’s first peoples. Iran did the same after Canada broke off diplomatic relations in 2012, even going so far as to broadcast wild stories about counter-terrorism teams stealing Indigenous children for profit. Saudi defenders are attempting to follow suit, but instead of focusing on more contemporary Indigenous problems such as inadequate housing and education, many posts seem to be framing Canada’s Indigenous as having no legal rights whatsoever. In a panel discussion this week on Saudi TV, commentators compared the plight of Canada’s “original” peoples to those of the Rohingya, an ethnic minority currently suffering massacres, mass rapes and expulsion at the hands of Myanmar authorities. “If we talk about human rights, you must first return to Europe and leave Canada to the indigenous people,” read one message repeated verbatim on multiple Saudi Twitter accounts. One Saudi defender even posted a paper about the legacy of racist Canadian Indian policy that she wrote while a student at a Canadian university. There’s nothing untrue in the paper, but it’s worth noting that similar criticism of his own government is what got Raif Badawi jailed in the first place. The Saudi student, meanwhile, reported that she got “high distinction” from her Canadian instructor.

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.

World selected. US & Canada . They include Loujain al-Hathloul, a well-known figure in the campaign for women ' s driving rights. Amnesty has also called for wider reforms in Saudi Arabia , where women remain subject to male guardianship laws.

Canada and Saudi Arabia have a limited economic relationship, and Trudeau simply doesn't have much sway over a small country half a world away that is further separated by language and culture.

Main Art: A screenshot from a segment on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya claiming that Jordan Peterson is a Canadian political prisoner. © YouTube A screenshot from a segment on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya claiming that Jordan Peterson is a Canadian political prisoner.

Racism thrives under the maple leaf

Remember, four months ago, when a woman in a Lethbridge Denny’s went on a drunken racist rant against a table full of Afghan men? It instantly became one of the country’s top stories, spurring coast-to-coast condemnation of the woman, and a flood of support for the men that she targeted. On Tuesday, Salman Al-Ansari, a top Washington, D.C. lobbyist for Saudi Arabia, posted the video to Twitter with the note “racism in Canada is very concerning!” This might be a good place to mention that Saudi Arabia bans the public practice of non-Muslim religions and that according to Human Rights Watch, government resources are routinely used to vilify the country’s Shia minority. This week, Al-Ansari could also be seen on the BBC saying that Canada “is of the top 10 countries for domestic violence.”

Canada is a supporter of international terrorism

Again, this is extraordinarily thin ice for the Saudis. Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 September 11th hijackers were Saudi Arabians. There’s also a good case to be made that Saudi Arabia’s worldwide promotion of its uniquely harsh brand of Islam has been singularly responsible for the global spread in extremist Islamic violence. Nevertheless, here is a clip from Saudi TV of a commentator claiming that by opposing Saudi Arabia, Canada stands with terrorism.

Quebecers are an oppressed minority yearning to breathe free

And finally, a handful of pro-Saudi Twitter accounts have spared a thought for the plight of Canada’s oppressed Quebecers. “In Saudi Arabia we … support the right of Quebec to become an independent nation,” wrote one widely circulated tweet on Sunday. Another also voiced its support for a Quebec Libre, although it seemed not to know what language is actually spoken there. “In Saudi Arabia we deeply worried and concerned about Anglophones for Quebec independence people,” it read. Arabic-speaking Canadians, many of whom live in Quebec, were the most enthusiastic critics of these comments. “I’m sure you’d support the right of Shias in Arabia to have their own nation, right?” wrote one subtweet. Both places also happen to have wildly different views on head coverings.

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