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Analysis Of Canada’s Arms Trade With Saudi Arabia

(Written in the POV of Global Affairs Canada) The Department of Global Affairs Canada under North America, Trade Policy and Negotiations (TND) has prepared the following paper in order to discuss how best to move forward with Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia. This issue is important because it gained […]


Putin’s Visit To Saudi Arabia Marks Russia’s Growing Influence In The Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh on Monday, marking his first state visit to the country in over a decade and signalling Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East. Putin has only made one other trip to Riyadh, in 2007, and Saudi King Salman bin […]


Possible Ceasefire Efforts Hinted After ‘Unverified’ Houthi Attack In Saudi Arabia

In a move that admits the futility of the fighting in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering a new ceasefire with the Houthi movement. This comes after an ‘unverified’ video showed a major success for the Houthis in the aftermath of a battle on the border between the nations. According […]


Houthi Rebels Announce An End To Saudi Targeted Attacks

The leader of the Houthi rebels in Yemen has announced that the group is willing to end all targeted strikes against Saudi Arabia. In a televised address on Friday, the Houthi Supreme Political Council Chair, Mahdi al-Mashat, made it clear that the rebels would no longer use weapons such as […]


Killer Profits: How Western Democracies Fuel Conflict Through The Global Arms Trade

Earlier this month, London hosted the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair 2019. International delegations from 68 countries came to the Ministry of Defence-supported trade show in order to see the wares of 1,700 military technology suppliers, who manufacture everything from light firearms to unmanned drone systems. On […]


UN Calls For Accountability In Most Recent Saudi-UAE Coalition Airstrike That Killed 100 People

The United Nations’s delegate in Yemen condemned an airstrike at a prison run by Houthi rebels, one that could be considered the deadliest done this year by the Saudi-UAE coalition, according to the Yemen Data Project and Al Jazeera. Martin Griffiths, who was elected as the Special Envoy of the […]


Recent Houthi Missile Attack Underscores Longstanding Religious Proxy Battle

Al Jazeera reported on Monday, 26 August, that the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah, (“Partisans of Allah”) better known as the Houthis, fired a salvo of ten ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia, targeting a civilian airport in the southern city of Jinzan. Dozens of casualties were reported, despite six of […]


Torture, Intimidation, And “Validity”

Due to the recent events regarding Loujain al-Hathloul, a female activist in Saudi Arabia, many of the law enforcement and higher-level government intimidation and torture tactics have been brought into the public eye. Having been detained and imprisoned nearly a year ago, Loujain al-Hathloul, is currently facing trial in a […]


Saudi Activist Rejects Release Deal

Prominent Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul rejected a deal for her release. The deal required the women’s rights campaigner to deny being tortured whilst in detention. Al-Hathloul was arrested last May along with ten other activists as part of a government crackdown on critics. They were charged with breaking cybercrime laws […]


U.A.E.-Backed Yemeni Separatists Seize Aden, Driving Out Saudi-Backed Hadi Government

In the week of 7 August, the Yemeni separatist group Southern Transitional Council seized Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen. This event occurred following four days of fighting with Yemeni governmental forces, threatening a rift between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, backers of the STC and the Yemeni […]