March 29, 2016

Media Party obsessed with Saudi arms deal, ignores human rights abuses of China, Cuba. Why?

Brian LilleyArchive

I’m no fan of Saudi Arabia. I’ve heard many ghastly stories about the treatment of foreigners, women and religious minorities, not to mention the fact that while Saudi Arabia funds mosques around the world, Christian churches are forbidden. 

It’s interesting that we’ve never heard much from Canadian media about their deplorable human rights record until a little while ago. Now it’s an obsession for some because of an arms deal. Remember that story from the election?

A private Canadian company secured a contract to build light armoured vehicles that would be sold to Saudi Arabia. Since then, we’ve seen a non-stop series of articles questioning why the deal would be allowed considering Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations.

There’s a big push in the media to have this contract cancelled. Asked about this several times recently, the Liberals acknowledge Saudi Arabia’s horrible human rights record but point out that cancelling a deal that was already signed might damage Canada’s international trading reputation — and put 2,000 people out of work.

But the media keeps pushing - Globe & Mail, CBC and Global TV want the deal cancelled.

Meanwhile, no word about trade deals with other human rights abusers like China and Cuba.

Our trade with Saudi Arabia is dwarfed by human rights abuser and Trudeau’s second favourite country, China. There are no lectures on human rights for them.

Are there regular protests in the media about Canada’s trade with Cuba? No, not at all.

All of these countries score poorly on Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index and on Freedom House rankings.

Yet, Canada does booming business with China and Cuba with nary a peep from the media about human rights but this one deal with Saudi Arabia has become the issue. Why?

My guess is because it involves military equipment. If it were only about human rights, Canada would be trading with far fewer countries and big contracts that the likes of Power Corp. and others have in China, might be getting more scrutiny.

I may not like Saudi Arabia but if we accept doing business with these other countries then why not the Saudis?

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commented 2016-03-31 15:42:24 -0400
Frank Mann lied, “Strangely, this Saudi deal was orchestrated and signed by the Dark Lord, now in hiding in Alberta.”

The deal is a private business deal that had nothing to do with who you call “the Dark Lord”.

Frank, why are you an effing liar?
commented 2016-03-31 01:36:44 -0400
Incidentally, Human Rights in the West is a howler.
Jews, Muslims, Blacks and all other non-white folks are ripe for the picking of simple bigots.
It’s sad, possibly tragic, when the world is under such stress.
commented 2016-03-31 01:30:20 -0400
Strangely, this Saudi deal was orchestrated and signed by the Dark Lord, now in hiding in Alberta.
Considering that $15 billion is $15 billion and a big score for Canada. Objectively if Canada didn’t peddle weapons to the Saudis, others would.
Historically, Canadian business has been in bed with the Nazis, the Soviets, the Chinese, the Japanese and many others.
Don’t you love big biz? It is so influential.
commented 2016-03-30 10:38:29 -0400
I suppose in their perverted minds, the regressive liberal press feel this criticism of the Saudi arms deal shows their open mindedness.

They support the import of soft Wahhabis jihad from the Sauds, but oppose the sending of arms to the Sauds to show how balanced they are in their reporting.
commented 2016-03-29 19:51:19 -0400
The Media Party are hypocrites. That is the complete answer.
commented 2016-03-29 19:38:57 -0400
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They also ignore Iran – mind you the selfie boy pm has a brother who made propaganda film for Iran and has close ties to Iran.
commented 2016-03-29 19:09:48 -0400
Here here William Moulton…which is more morally questionable…..selling a heroin dealer a gun to defend himself with or buying heroin from him so that he can afford the gun.
commented 2016-03-29 19:02:37 -0400
It’s funny that the media never seemed to have a problem with Canada importing Saudi oil.