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Economy, International, Military, Politics

Is Canada responsible when its arms sales are used against civilians

53 % say no Most people, including Canadians, don’t realize that Canada is a major exporter of military hardware abroad, in fact one of the top ten 10 exporters of military and defence technology in the world. In light of» 

International, Politics

No hope in sight to end misery in Yemen: expert

The United Nations has called it a “deplorable, avoidable and completely man-made catastrophe.” Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Security Council earlier this month that the situation in Yemen continued to worsen and ravage» 

International, Military

Canadian armour on display as Saudi troops celebrate victory in Shia town

As Saudi forces celebrate their victory over armed militants in the Shia-populated city of Awamiyah, human rights groups, opposition politicians and government officials in Ottawa are trying to find out whether the Canadian-made armoured vehicles deployed by the Saudis were» 

International

EXCLUSIVE: New video purports to show Canadian LAVs being used in Saudi crackdown

New video footage obtained by Radio Canada International appears to show for the first time Canadian-made Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) being deployed by Saudi security forces in an operation to quash resistance by Shia militants in the restless east of» 

International

Ottawa investigates ‘with sense of urgency’ new reports of Canadian arms used in Saudi crackdown

Canadian officials are working “with a real sense of urgency” to investigate new reports that Canadian-made military vehicles are being used by Saudi security forces in a violent crackdown in the Shia-populated city of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province,» 

International

Ottawa scrambles to investigate reported use of Canadian arms in Saudi crackdown

Barely a year after the Liberal government approved a deal to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) in a $15-billion megadeal, Ottawa is scrambling to cope with the fallout from reports that Saudi security forces have deployed» 

International, Politics

Ottawa ready to review Saudi arms deals amid crackdown on Shia minority

The Canadian government is “deeply concerned” that Canadian-made armoured vehicles may have been used in a violent crackdown underway in Saudi Arabia and is prepared to take action if human rights were violated, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said Friday.» 

Politics

What’s behind Qatar’s diplomatic crisis?

It’s the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the Middle East in years. Several Arab countries have announced that they are breaking diplomatic ties with Qatar. The tiny, oil- and gas-rich state has been accused of supporting terrorist groups. The dramatic move» 

International, Society

Advocates again ask for help freeing Saudi blogger

Amnesty International has renewed its call for the Canadian government to help free Raif Badawi, jailed in Saudi Arabia, reports Canadian Press (CP). Badawi is not Canadian, but his wife and children are living in the province of Quebec. She» 

Economy, International, Military

Update: Armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia -approved

When it was announced in 2014 by the previous Conservative government of Steven Harper, the deal to sell light armoured vehicles (LAV) to Saudi Arabia was one of the biggest single arms contracts ever for Canada, worth $15 billion. There»