Saudi Arabia Starts Trade and Diplomatic war With Canada over Criticism

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FILE - In this Dec, 16, 2015 file photo, Ensaf Haidar, wife of the jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, shows a portrait of her husband as he is awarded the Sakharov Prize, in Strasbourg, France. Saudi Arabia has given Canada's ambassador 24 hours to leave the kingdom after Canada criticized the recent arrest of women's rights activists. Among the arrested activists is Samar Badawi, whose writer brother Raif Badawi was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam while blogging. AP Photo
SAUDI ARABIA CANADA
FILE - In this Dec, 16, 2015 file photo, Ensaf Haidar, wife of the jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, shows a portrait of her husband as he is awarded the Sakharov Prize, in Strasbourg, France. Saudi Arabia has given Canada's ambassador 24 hours to leave the kingdom after Canada criticized the recent arrest of women's rights activists. Among the arrested activists is Samar Badawi, whose writer brother Raif Badawi was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam while blogging. AP Photo

Saudi Arabia Starts Trade and Diplomatic war With Canada over Criticism

Last weekend, Saudi Arabia expelled its Canadian Ambassador, Dennis Horak, after a tweet from Canada’s Foreign Ministry that called for the Saudi government to “immediately release” women’s rights activists, Nassima al-Sadah and Samar Badawi. Since then, Saudi Arabia has placed sanctions against Canada, including freezing all trade with Ottawa, cancelling flights to Toronto, ordering thousands of Saudi students to leave Canada, and stopping all medical treatment programs in Canada. Joining us to discuss the escalating row between Saudi Arabia and Canada is Bessma Momani. She is a professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Canada. Momani is also a senior fellow at the Centre For International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), and a 2015 fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.