Canada imposes sanctions on Saudi nationals linked to Khashoggi murder

30 November, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Angel Logan
  • The Latest: Pompeo to defend role in Yemen before senators

He added that he believes the administration knows "we are very likely to support a vehicle that allows us to somehow or another address this since the administration appears to be unwilling to do so".

Some Republican senators surmised that if momentum builds around the Yemen resolution, leaders could feel compelled to include punitive measures against Saudi Arabia in the must-pass funding bill.

The bipartisan bill intends to exploit a powerful but rarely activated provision in a 1973 law - the War Powers Act - that gives Congress the authority to overrule the president and withdraw troops if the former believes the conflict is not authorised.

Khashoggi was killed on 2 October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Pompeo said U.S. involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Freeland stopped short of linking the crown prince to crime.

"I am not going to be denied the ability to be briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency - that we have oversight of - about whether or not their assessment supports my belief that [the klling of Jamal Khashoggi] could not have happened without [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] knowing", Republican Senator Lindsay Graham told reporters. Mohammed bin Salman has been emboldened by his Western allies.

CIA Director Gina Haspel didn't attend a Senate briefing on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi war in Yemen. Her failure to testify was the result of an order from the White House, given that she would be compelled to either lie under oath or contradict the narrative advanced by Pompeo and Mattis.

A day earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, saying that it would be a "grave mistake" to degrade the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

This same basic line was repeated in the testimony Wednesday.

"We have not changed [our position] that accountability for the murder is our expectation, of everyone involved in the murder", Mattis said. Three other suspects are linked to his security team. As for "unblemished partners", the defense of bin Salman is entirely in line with U.S. imperialism's historic reliance on police state monarchies and fascist-military dictatorships from the Middle East to Latin America and beyond to pursue its interests.

The vote to advance the resolution is a blow to the President Donald Trump and his administration, who have been ardent supporters of the Saudis in the proxy war against Iran.

A poster depicting a figure resembling Mohammed bin Salman holding a chainsaw, a reference to Khashoggi's dismemberment inside the consulate, was hung from the headquarters of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists. Both attempted to deny the obvious; that the Yemeni population is being murdered to achieve United States imperialist aims in the Middle East.

On Wednesday, Sanders said Yemen's civil war is "the worst humanitarian disaster in the world", and accused the Saudi military of pushing millions to the brink of starvation.

Further, security analyst Mark Sleboda told Sputnik last month that the Emirati monarchy has paid for the services of former U.S. service members employed by security contractor Spear Operations Group to serve as "contract killers" on Yemen's battlefields since 2015.

In a remarkable piece of Washington double-talk, Mattis declared, "We must maintain our twin requirements of holding those responsible for the [Khashoggi] murder to account, while recognizing the reality of Saudi Arabia as a necessary strategic partner". "We should continue to confront Saudi Arabia more and more".

The claim that U.S. "military engagement" is "for the good of innocent people" in Yemen is obscene.

Saudi-led airstrikes have hit schools, hospitals and wedding parties, and the Houthis have fired long-range missiles into Saudi Arabia and targeted vessels in the Red Sea.

The Yemen conflict is seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., would only allow continued USA military operations in Yemen that are aimed against al-Qaida.

In other words, Washington over the course of two administrations, Democratic and Republican alike, is guilty of massive war crimes.

The sanctions target Saudi Arabian nationals who are, in the opinion of the government of Canada, responsible for, or complicit in, Khashoggi's killing, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in the statement.

AMYGOODMAN:It's very interesting considering what is happening at the United Nations. Seventy percent of all imports to the country flow through Hodeidah, including most of the food supplies upon which Yemen's starving population depends.

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, has come under fresh criticism for its human rights abuses.

Washington does not want to throw any impediment in the way of the US-backed Saudi war, even if it claims the lives of millions of Yemeni men, women and children.

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