Saudi Arabian regime-Canadian conflict


This video from Canada says about itself:

WAR CRIMES: Is Canada Culpable In Saudi’s Coalition War Crimes Against Yemeni Civilians?

11.07.2016. YEMEN/CANADA.

READ THIS ARTICLE on our blog.

Canadian-made sniper rifles sold to Saudi Arabia are [used in the war on Yemen]. As a Canadian, I find Trudeau‘s lack of response both disturbing and disheartening. As well, back in 2014, the Harper government shook hands on a $15-billion deal to sell, what Trudeau later referred to as “lightly armed jeeps”, to Saudi Arabia. However, Ken Epps of Project Ploughshares, an anti-war group that tracks arms sales, said the LAV weaponry shows how lethal this Canadian deal really is.

However, now the relationship between the Canadian and Saudi governments has become less cordial than it was three months ago.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Canadian ambassador in Saudi Arabia must leave within 24 hours

Saudi Arabia expels the Canadian ambassador in Riyadh from the country and calls back its own ambassador to Canada. The Canadian ambassador has to leave the country within 24 hours, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. Also, all new trade and investment transactions with the country are null and void.

The reason is the call by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to Saudi Arabia to release arrested civil rights activists. One of them is Samar Badawi. She is the sister of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who has been in prison for years

According to the Saudis, Canada tries to interfere in internal affairs. …

The Saudi absolute monarchy may be technically correct on that point. However, the Saudi absolute monarchy would never have existed today without the British empire having interfered in the internal affairs of the Arab peninsula: helping the religiously ultra orthodox dynasty of the central Nejd region to conquer most of the peninsula, including religiously far less fanatical coastal regions. And, later in the twentieth century, the Saudi absolute monarchy would never have survived without the United States CIA helping it to crush the oil workers’ trade union which included communists. And the Saudi absolute monarchy would not survive now without the governments of Britain and of other NATO countries helping it to oppress its own people.

Talking about interfering in internal affairs of other countries: the Saudi dictatorship interferes in Yemen by massacring ten thousands of civilians and threatening the lives of millions; with ‘a little’ help from the self-styled ‘free world’. They interfere in Bahrain with their occupation soldiers trying to crush the pro-democracy Bahraini Arab Spring movement. They interfere in Syria supporting ISIS and similar jihadist paramilitaries. They export terrorism to Britain, to Belgium and other European countries. Etc. Etc.

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty have been saying for years that suspects [in Saudi Arabia] do not get a fair trial.

Deep-sea fish guarding its eggs, video


This video says about itself:

26 July 2018

During a research expedition to the Beaufort Sea in the Canadian Arctic in the summer of 2017, scientists from MBARI [Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute], the Korea Polar Research Institute, and the Geological Survey of Canada observed a blob sculpin tending its eggs. The research team was using MBARI’s MiniROV to collect samples and document the seafloor using the ROV’s high-definition camera. This fish was observed at approximately 1,000 meters deep on the Western Mackenzie Trough, above the Arctic Circle.

Perched atop a clean rock, the adult fish was standing guard next to small, white spheres: its eggs. This level of parental care has rarely been observed for deep-sea animals, but was documented by MBARI scientists for both the blob sculpin species Psychrolutes phrictus and the octopus Granelodone boreopacifica off the coast of California in 2003 and, in more detail, for Granelodone boreopacifica in Monterey Canyon in 2014. This rare sighting is just another example of how MBARI’s early investments in observational technology are paying dividends today.

French teenager in Trump’s jail for jogging


Cedella Roman

United States President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants does not only cause much injustice at the United States-Mexican border. Also at the United States-Canadian border.

From Heavy.com in the USA:

Cedella Roman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

By Paul Farrell

June 22, 2018 at 5:12pm

Cedella Roman is the French teenager [who] was held by U.S. authorities for two weeks after she accidentally jogged across the U.S.-Canadian border. In an interview with the CBC, Roman, 19, said that she was jogging along the beach on May 21 in White Rock, British Columbia, when she was forced off the beach due to the tide. After going on to a dirt path and stopping to take a photo of the coastline, Roman says, “An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally. I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn’t understand what was happening.”

Roman is a citizen of France and was in British Columbia to visit her mother in the town of North Delta. Roman told CBC that she didn’t have any documents with her during her jog. She said, “I said to myself, well I may have crossed the border — but they’ll probably only give me a fine or they’ll tell me to go back to Canada or they’ll give me a warning.”

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Roman Was Held in the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, Over 120 Miles From Where She Was Arrested

Roman told CBC in her interview that she was taken to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, some 120 miles from where she was first taken into custody. Roman said, “They put me in the caged vehicles and brought me into their facility. They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewellery, they searched me everywhere. Then I understood it was getting very serious, and I started to cry a bit.”

The Tacoma Northwest Detention Center is a privately run immigration prison that is run on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security.

2. Despite Roman’s Mother’s Attempts to Get Her Daughter Back, the Teenager Spent 2 Weeks in Tacoma

Roman’s mother Christine Ferne told CBC that she immediately went to Tacoma as soon as she learned her daughter had been arrested. Ferne brought her daughter’s passport and Canadian student visa documents. Ferne said that officials in Tacoma told her that she must go to Immigration Canada to ensure that Roman was permitted to be brought back to Canada. Ferne told the network, “It was just unfair that there was nothing, no sign at the border. It’s like a trap … anybody can be caught at the border like this.” The CBC report says that Roman was released on June 6 and Roman’s family don’t know if she will ever be able to return to the United States.

3. Roman Says on Her Facebook Page that She Is From a French Town that Is Right on the France-Italy Border

According to her Facebook page, Roman says she lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. On that profile, Roman says she is originally from the town of Briancon, France, in the south-eastern part of the country, north of Nice and close to the Italian border.

The story on Roman’s ordeal published in the Bellingham Herald, a newspaper based on the U.S. side of the border in Washington state, begins with the words, “The moral of the story is when you go out for a run, walk or hike, know where you are – exactly where you are.”

4. U.S. Officials Say Roman’s Treatment Was Done ‘Accordingly’

In a statement quoted in the CBC story, a U.S. Customs spokesperson said that Roman was “processed accordingly.” The teen’s treatment was in keeping with the policy of detaining and processing people who are deemed to have crossed the border at non-entry points. The spokesperson is quoted as saying, “This applies regardless of whether or not the individual claims to have inadvertently crossed the border.”

5. The Canadian-U.S. Border ‘Isn’t Marked in the Traditional Way’

This 2018 video is called Why the U.S.Canada Border Is The Most Bizarre Border in the World…

According to the Province, the Canadian-U.S. border “isn’t marked in the traditional way.” Areas of the border include “no-touch zones”, an 18 foot area that separates the two countries.

I myself have been in United States territory once: the ferry from Vancouver island to Vancouver city in Canada goes for a few minutes through United States territorial waters. Trump was not president yet. So there was no United States navy stopping us. I saw only killer whales. If the trade war between Trump and the Canadian government will escalate further, will United States warships then attack that ferry and arrest all the passengers and crew?

Canada’s ruling elite is whipping up anti-refugee xenophobia with the twin aims of turning politics sharply to the right and diverting attention away from its agenda of austerity and war. While the Conservatives are leading the way with appeals to far-right and outright racist forces, Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government is presiding over the deportation of desperate asylum-seekers and working closely with the Trump administration to strengthen security at the Canada-US border: here.