Women-hating Saudi regime´s cynical ´feminism washing´


Imprisoned Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Polluting corporations and governments do ´greenwashing´.

Similarly, misogynistic regimes do ´feminism washing´.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 20 October 2020:

Rights groups dismayed by Saudi‘s hosting of a women’s rights summit while activists remain behind bars

RIGHTS organisations expressed their dismay today at Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international women’s summit while women’s rights activists remain locked up there.

The Women 20 summit (W20) had its virtual launch in the autocratic kingdom today and will run until Thursday, ahead of the G20 leaders’ summit next month.

According to its website, W20 aims to “share and scale solutions to women’s empowerment through (financial, digital inclusion and labour) inclusion, inclusive decision-making and entrepreneurship.”

But campaigners called out the hypocrisy of the Saudi government’s claims to be securing gender equality while women such as Loujain al-Hathloul, Nassima al-Sadah, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdulaziz are imprisoned — for advocating women’s rights.

“While courageous women are subjected to torture for peaceful activities, the Saudi government seeks to assert itself on the international stage as a ‘reforming’ power”, said Human Rights Watch researcher Hiba Zayadin.

In an open letter penned last week, Amnesty called on attendees not to help the Saudi government whitewash its international reputation.

“Amnesty International urges you to use your leverage at the W20 meetings … to call on the Saudi Arabian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all Saudi women human rights defenders in detention,” the letter said.

‘Twitter helped Saudi regime kill dissidents’


This 2016 Indian TV video says about itself:

Hyderabad woman dies after alleged torture by Saudi employer

A young woman from Hyderabad who was working as a maid in Saudi Arabia has died in hospital, allegedly after being tortured by her employer.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 27 August 2020:

Saudi scholar to sue Twitter over alleged leak that led to dissidents being executed and tortured

A SAUDI scholar says he is suing Twitter for an alleged leak that has been blamed for the execution and torture of scores of activists in Saudi Arabia.

Ali al-Ahmed, co-founder of the US-based Institute for Gulf Affairs think tank, says he has filed a lawsuit against the social media giant after the identities of people exposing human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia via the platform were allegedly revealed.

“It is very distressing and it really hurts me greatly because I know some of them have died, many have been tortured, and remain behind bars,” he told the Business Insider news site this week.

British weapons for anti-human rights regimes


A Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle departs for a training mission over Nevada, USA. Photo: DVIDSHUB/Creative Commons

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 26 August 2020:

Training killer states to be better at it

Britain has sold its armed forces’ skills to 17 nations listed by the government as having abused human rights

THE British armed forces have provided military training for 17 countries listed by the Foreign Office as having abused human rights, it was revealed today.

Anti-arms campaigners called for the government to review its military collaboration and training with nations on the Foreign Office list of 30 “human-rights priority countries”, which has been ongoing since 2018.

The Foreign Office defines these as countries where it is “particularly concerned about human-rights issues” and believes Britain can make a difference.

States that received the training between 2018 and 2020 include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, China, Israel and Uzbekistan.

Skill-sets being passed on included commando operations, amphibious warfare and guided weapons.

In Saudi Arabia, much of the training programme was linked to using British-made fighter jets that are being used in the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s bombardment of the region has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

The revelation was made following a recent parliamentary question by Labour MP Sam Tarry.

Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) Andrew Smith said that many of the armies for the listed countries have “appalling” human-rights records and have been linked to “brutal oppression as well as international aggression.”

“By training and collaborating with despots, dictatorships, and human-rights abusers, Britain risks making itself complicit in the abuses that are being inflicted,” he warned.

“For far too long, successive governments have talked about the importance of human rights and democracy while arming, supporting, and strengthening authoritarian regimes across the world.

“There must be an end to the hypocrisy and a full review of which forces Britain has trained and if they have been linked to human-rights abuses.”

British armed forces have also been providing training for regimes with poor human-rights records not included on the list, such as Belarus, the Philippines, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

And Britain’s complicity in international human-rights breaches extends beyond military training.

Since the bombing of Yemen began in 2015, Britain has licenced at least £5.4 billion worth of arms to the Saudi Arabian regime.

The Court of Appeal ruled last year that the government had acted illegally when issuing licences without making an assessment on whether its uses amount to breaches of international humanitarian law.

The government continued to provide new licences despite the ban, claiming it was a mistake

And last month, the government revealed it will resume the sales, claiming that any rights abuses were “isolated incidents” despite the fact that hundreds of attacks on residential areas, schools, hospitals, civilian gatherings, and agricultural land and facilities have been documented.

British-licenced arms have also been used in countries like the United States, where police officers repeatedly fire tear-gas and rubber bullets at Black Lives Matter protesters.

The Foreign Office did not respond to the Star’s request for comment.

Stop Saudi war on Yemen, video


This August 2020 Stop the War coalition video from Britain says about itself:

Stop the War on Yemen – Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

The government‘s decision at the start of July to resume arm sales to Saudi Arabia is nothing short of horrifying. Against all the evidence of war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition, a Court of Appeal ruling and a global pandemic which is taking hold in Yemen, the Tories see fit to continue allowing the sales of billions of pounds worth of arms to one of the most autocratic regimes on earth. The decision completely and utterly exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of Britain’s foreign policy.

We’re going to be joined by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Iesa Ali (#MarchForYemen), Steve Bell (Stop the War Officer) and Amina Atiq (Yemeni-Scouse Activist) to discuss what the next steps are for the campaign to end the arming of Saudi Arabia and the brutal war on Yemen.

Saudi crown prince accused of murder attempt


This 10 August 2020 video says about itself:

Saad al-Jabri case: US court issues a subpoena against Saudi crown prince

A US court has issued a subpoena against the Saudi crown prince in relation to former Saudi intelligence agent Saad al-Jabri.

The court order also covers a number of other people and entities, including residents of the US.

Saad al-Jabri filed a lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of sending a hit squad to kill him two years ago.

He lives in Canada, reportedly under increased protection by police and private security guards.

Bruce Fein is a former US Associate Deputy Attorney General, and he joins us live from Washington DC through Skype to discuss the latest news.

Saudi regime killing Yemenis with British weapons


Yemeni men offer prayers at the grave of their relative who was killed during the Saudi war on Yemen, at a cemetery in Sanaa, Yemen/>

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 15 July 2020:

EIGHT children were killed in attacks in Yemen just days before and after [British Conservative] ministers decided to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia, an investigation by website Declassified claims.

Evidence obtained by Declassified suggests that two airstrikes on July 1 and July 12 were carried out by the Saudi-led coalition.

On July 7, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss announced that she would begin licensing new arms exports to the kingdom.

British Conservatives and Saudi war on Yemen


British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir at the G20 Summit in 2018

This photo shows British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting with Saudi Arabia‘s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir at the G20 Summit in 2018.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 13 July 2020:

Britain’s fingerprints are all over Saudi Arabia’s murderous war

GETTING on for 100,000 people have died in Saudi Arabia’s war on the Yemeni people and the number of children and infants dying from hunger, malnutrition and other conflict-related afflictions is also close to that number.

Imperial Britain’s exploitative relationship with the Middle East is a long-standing affair. One distinctive mark of imperialism’s poisonous legacy is the post-colonial persistence of ethnic and political divisions which have bedevilled Britain’s former colonies.

India, Ireland, Cyprus, Malaya, Sri Lanka, Guyana are all places where independence has been disfigured by divisions that, in the main, owe their toxicity to the tactics of a British ruling class that was and is a past master in the techniques of divide and rule.

If the most toxic of the time bombs it left behind is to be found in the irreconcilable expectations engendered by the Balfour declaration, in which a beneficent Britain promised both Palestinians and zionists the lands on which Palestinians lived, then the dispensation which divided up the neighbouring Arab lands with set square and ruler runs it close.

When the British empire still included millions of subject peoples east of Suez, an obscure tribal figure was plucked from the remote Arabian hinterland to rule over the sands that covered the precious oil needed to fuel the Royal Navy in its defence of imperial plunder. And no less important was the Yemeni port of Aden, a way station and refuelling point for their majesties’ ships.

It is that impossibly reactionary regime, driven by its deeply obscurantist Wahhabi brand of primitive religion and today headed by the murderous Mohammed bin Salman, that is responsible for the air war on Yemen. The Saudi air force is trained by Britain, our country and the United States supply the aircraft, the bombs, the replacement parts and maintenance services that keep it flying.

Beyond the criminal complicity of our government in this war is the hypocrisy which finds any excuse to clothe imperial ambition in the guise of “humanitarian” intervention when the local regime is out of favour – Syria, Iraq and Libya spring to mind – but when the crimes are committed by a favoured ally, no sanctions can be applied.

Labour under Jeremy Corbyn established a baseline of opposition to the unsavoury alliance of Britain and Saudi Arabia, an alliance sanctified by intimate ties between the two royal families, cemented by massive flows of capital and lubricated with the exchange of oil and armaments.

Keir Starmer won office by promising Labour members that he would continue the party’s progressive policies and if there is a critical starting point for an ethical foreign policy in the Middle East, it is in ending the supply of aircraft, parts, training and logistic support for this inhuman war.

Death in Bahrain

THE decision by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation on Monday to reinstate the death sentences for two local Shi’ite men is a transparently prejudicial act and an illustration of the double standards that Britain displays in its relations with its favoured regimes in the Middle East. Bahrain repays hypocritical words from Britain with more of the same.

It was pressure from solidarity and human rights groups that led to the earlier court ruling that the confessions of these two men had followed torture.

Reprieve director Maya Foa was spot on when she said: “To Western partners, Bahrain promises human rights reform. To citizens, it threatens that if you speak out, you will be imprisoned, tortured and convicted of crimes you did not commit.

“These unlawful death sentences are intended as a warning to would-be dissidents.”

It is time to clip the claws of these despotic regimes.

British Conservatives complicit in butchering Yemeni civilians


A Yemeni woman offers prayers at the grave of her husband who was killed during Yemen's ongoing conflict, at a cemetery in Sanaa

This photo shows a Yemeni woman offering prayers at the grave of her husband who was killed during Yemen’s ongoing conflict, at a cemetery in Sanaa.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, 10 July 2020:

Government’s decision to resume arms sales to Saudis is ‘tantamount to signing the death warrants’ of thousands of Yemeni children

THE government’s decision to continue licencing arms sales to Saudi Arabia is “tantamount to signing the death warrants” of thousands of children in Yemen, charity War Child said today.

Despite a court ruling last year ordering the government to cease sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss claimed there was no pattern of deliberate breaches of international humanitarian law involving British-made weaponry in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition was responsible for killing and injuring at least 3,481 children from 2015 to 2019, according to the UN.

British Conservative lawbreaking helping Saudi Yemen war


This 13 August 2018 video is called Yemen: Thousands mourn children killed in Saudi air strike

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Arms inspections rules broken at Scottish missile factory

THE British government has broken inspection rules at a Scottish missile factory supplying the Saudi air war in Yemen, an investigation revealed today.

Reports by The Ferret and Declassified UK showed that officials failed to meet criteria for three-yearly inspections at Raytheon’s Fife bomb-making plant.

The US arms giant’s Glenrothes factory has not been inspected since November 2016, despite making components believed to be used in missiles linked to Saudi war crimes in the Middle East.

Saudi torture prison discovered in Yemen


This 28 November 2019 video says about itself:

Freed Houthi rebels speak of torture in Saudi prisons

Yemen prisoners released by the Saudi-led coalition speak of torture in Saudi jails.

By Steve Sweeney, 16 June 2020:

Secret Saudi torture prison revealed in Yemen

SAUDI ARABIA has allegedly established a secret prison in Yemen where, it is claimed, thousands of detainees are held and many have been tortured to death by the military.

A prominent Saudi activist and whistleblower, known by the online pseudonym Mujtahidd, posted a leaked report on Twitter today, claiming the jail had been established in Yemen’s largest province, Hadhramout.

“I received a report from former detainees in a prison run by Saudi forces in Yemen,” he said. “[The prison] is kept secret [as well as] what is going on in it.”

He warned that the secret facility was operating outside of both Saudi and Yemeni law, and was not subject to international law.

Conditions inside the prison, where thousands of Yemenis have allegedly been tortured, were described as not fit for animals.

He called on human rights organisations and the international community to press the Saudi regime to allow international monitoring of the prison.

In 2017 Saudi Arabia’s coalition partners in the war on Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was accused of operating secret prisons in the south of the country amid reports of torture, sexual abuse and rape.

The United States admitted involvement in the so-called black sites, with the Department of Defence admitting that they “participate in interrogations of detainees at locations in Yemen, provide questions for others to ask, and receive transcripts of interrogations from Emirati allies.”

Those rounded up and held in the UAE’s secret prison network include journalists, opposition activists and community leaders.

On Monday the Yemen Press Agency reported the death of a young man who had allegedly been tortured at a jail … in the port city of Aden.

Hussein Marwan Aidroo was reportedly kidnapped 12 days before his death, after taking part in protests demanding water and electricity services.