These two strains of Islamic fundamentalism are ideologically identical, which hasn’t stopped them from feuding
Although the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] had decided to use the term “Salafism” instead of “Wahhabism,” the question of the distinction between the two ideologies remained relevant. The internal debate has taken place in the West on whether to use the term Salafism (whether jihadist or not) more readily than Wahhabism. This was syntactically legitimate, because Salafism meant orthodoxy and orthopraxy. But it was less so politically. Making the connection between the two religious practices would mean holding Saudi Arabia responsible for the spread of Salafism, which Western leaders have always proscribed. However, the two are ideologically identical, as we shall try to demonstrate.
“They used to beat me with wires and canes. My thighs are full of marks of torture,” Shefali said. Her employers also provided her food only once a day, she complained. “Whenever I asked for food, they beat me.”
August 31 was set as a deadline for Saudi students to leave Canada after the latter called for the release of civil society activists jailed in the kingdom, but dozens of students are now reportedly filing asylum claims in a bid to stay in the country and pursue their education there.
As the Aug. 31 deadline for Saudi students to leave Canada passes, at least 20 students are filing asylum claims in an attempt to stay in the country.
Omar Abdulaziz, a prominent Montreal-based activist from Saudi Arabia, said he’s working with the students, whose lives were disrupted in August after a diplomatic feud erupted between Saudi Arabia and Canada.
Saudi Arabia asked all its students to leave Canada, after Canada expressed concern over arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, including Samar Badawi.
Poilievre points out that the Trudeau government’s tough talk on Saudi Arabia wasn’t matched up with action, as our country is still buying tons of Saudi oil.
Saudi Arabia’s international feuds have spilled over into the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
Qatar has accused the kingdom of barring its citizens, while Canadians fear being stranded there after Saudi Arabia suspended flights to Toronto following a spat over the kingdom’s human rights record.
More than two million Muslims are in Mecca for the six-day ritual starting on Sunday. The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam which every able-bodied Muslim with the means must fulfil once.
Qatar, which Saudi Arabia blockaded in 2017, has said more than 1,200 eligible citizens have been barred from performing the pilgrimage, something the kingdom has denied.
Good work Justin we rank right up there with Qatar! Canada’s Back alright!
As Canada’s relationship with Saudi Arabia remains on the rocks, ex-foreign affairs minister John Baird appeared on Saudi state TV over the weekend to denounce the Trudeau government for its “gratuitous attack” on the Saudi regime.
“For Canada to treat a friend and ally this way has been incredibly unhelpful,” Baird told the English-language arm of Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned equivalent of Al Jazeera.
Canadian family members of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and his sister Samar Badawi say they are angry over the Twitter comments that have caused diplomatic fallout from Saudi Arabia towards Canada.
It’s impossible to blame them.
“There is no humor in Islam” — Ayatollah Khomeini
No, Khomeini, you were wrong. Just look at this.
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.
Below, a quick summary on how they did.
Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Global Affairs Canada each sent out tweets publicly demanding that Saudi Arabia release recently arrested activists, including Samar Badawi, the sister of Raif, a blogger who has been in jail since 2O12 for criticizing the morally bankrupt kingdom.
Raif’s wife and three children live in Quebec and became Canadian citizens on July 1.
Freeland’s tweets — which have undoubtedly worsened the likelihood of these brave activists being released — were noticed by the Saudi royal family, which has retaliated in a big way.
Justin Trudeau stumbled onto a winning issue when his foreign affairs minister picked a fight with Saudi Arabia.
Seems there are plenty of Canadians who don’t like the Saudi kingdom are happy to see Trudeau kick sand in their face.
The fight began just over a week ago with a tweet from Chrystia Freeland.
Canada is now in a high-heat contest with Saudi Arabia that was precipitated by two tweets on the plight of the Badawis, brother and sister, and a number of female activists, imprisoned in the latter country.
The most important question is not about the medium of the messages, or even the wording — either that of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland or the one from Global Affairs Canada. Rather, did that twin Twitter volley advance or retard the frightful situation of the people who were its subjects, the Badawis and the female activists?
The worsening spat between the governments of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been mostly analyzed from the Saudi angle: a case study of the kingdom’s eggshell sensitivities and bossy expectations of deference. Yet the story also reveals much about Trudeau’s own inadequacies as a statesman, and the thoroughly confused nature of his foreign-policy priorities.
Soon after Donald Trump took office, it became clear that the longstanding relationship between the United States and its northern neighbour was about to change: there were terse renegotiations of Nafta, thousands of asylum seekers walking across the shared border and attacks on against Canada’s protectionist trade policies.
But this week laid bare perhaps the most blatant shift in the relationship, as the United States said it would remain on the sidelines while Saudi officials lashed out at Canada over its call to release jailed civil rights activists.
“It’s up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to work this out,” state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said this week. “Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can’t do it for them.”
OTTAWA—Federal officials were caught off guard by Saudi Arabia’s angry response to Ottawa’s social media criticism of the detention of several activists, saying that Canada’s message was little different than what had been conveyed publicly and privately in the past.