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International, Politics

Wife of jailed Saudi blogger met with Prime Minister Trudeau

Canadian activist Ensaf Haidar, wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on Wednesday to discuss her husband’s fate amid ongoing tensions between Ottawa and Riyadh.» 

Immigration & Refugees, International

Saudi teen vows to fight for women’s rights, pleads for privacy

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who was granted asylum in Canada after fleeing from her allegedly abusive family pledged on Tuesday to fight for the freedom of other less fortunate women in a public statement to media in Toronto. “Today» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Granting Saudi teen asylum fits Canadian policy

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun at Toronto’s airport on January 12, 2019 calling her “a brave new Canadian.” Canada quickly granted asylum to the teenager upon a request from the United Nations High Commissioner» 

International

Saudi woman granted asylum in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun will be granted asylum in Canada. The Saudi Arabian 18 year-old had run away from her family and barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel to avoid being returned. Alqunun alleged» 

International, Politics

Canada sanctions 17 Saudi officials linked to Khashoggi murder

Canada announced Thursday targeted sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals linked to the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi but the man who the CIA and Turkish officials believe ordered the killing is not on Ottawa’s sanctions list. The sanctions» 

Arts and Entertainment, International, Politics, Society

Canadian circus troupe concerned about Saudi performance

Canada’s Cirque du Soleil has become the world renowned leader in amazing theatrical performances. With several different shows being performed in locations around the world, the latest in their many mega hit performances is called “Toruk-the First Flight” and is» 

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canadians divided over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

A new survey shows Canadians are relatively evenly divided over selling Canadian made weaponry to Saudi Arabia, specifically a deal for armoured vehicles developed by London Ontario based General Dynamics. It was, and is, a massive arms deal worth some» 

International, Politics

Canada won’t scrap LAV deal over Saudi journalist’s disappearance, says Freeland

Canada has no plans to cancel its multibillion contract to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced armoured vehicles despite ongoing concerns about the kingdom’s human rights record and a global outrage over the disappearance and possible murder of a prominent Saudi» 

International, Politics

Trudeau defends government’s handling of relations with Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Canada’s policy vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia as a wave of global outrage is building up about the case of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist now missing and feared dead. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and» 

International, Politics

Human rights group demands German, EU intervention in Canada-Saudi row

A prominent German human rights group is calling on Berlin and European Union officials in Brussels to act as mediators in the diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia over Ottawa’s public criticism of Riyadh’s human rights policies. Saudi Arabia»