Comedian Hasan Minhaj has mocked Netflix over its decision to bow to Saudi Arabia’s request to censor his show, which slammed the Kingdom and MBS over the war in Yemen and human rights abuses. “Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube,” Minhaj wrote on Twitter. Netflix removed an episode of 'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' in which Minhaj criticized the Kingdom's war in Yemen and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman over the slaughter of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, from its Saudi Arabian service. Also on rt.com Netflix pulls comedy show on Khashoggi murder, Yemen war after Saudi pressure Minhaj also delivered blows to the US for its continued relationship with the oil rich Gulf state and its portrayal of the prince as a reformer. The actor and comedian also called Saudi Arabia the “boyband manager of 9/11” and made fun of the crown prince: MBS asked, ‘Why … [Read more...] about Comedian Hasan Minhaj slams Netflix for censoring him in Saudi Arabia over Yemen criticism
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According to the UN, war-torn Yemen is on the brink of a major catastrophe as nearly three-quarters of its 22 million population need humanitarian aid and protection. The conditions on one of the poorest nations of the world have drastically worsened in the last seven years. The uprisings that had started in 2011 had turned into a sectarian conflict between Shiite Houthi movement and Sunni groups, being supported by Iran and Saudi-led Sunni powers respectively. In March 2015, a nine-nation coalition founded by Saudi Arabia, that included United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, had launched a major military offensive into Yemen in a bid to re-instate Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to his post after he was ousted by Houti movement. The Saudi decision to intervene into civil war came after the change of the throne in January 2015 with King Salman leading the oil-rich monarch and his ambitious son Mohammed bin Salman becoming one of the most influential men in the country. … [Read more...] about Does Turkey regret supporting Saudi Arabia in Yemen war?
Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide at the UN in New York in September. Photo: Frode Overland Andersen / UD/ Flickr Norway said on Friday it was freezing all defence material export licences to Saudi Arabia over recent developments in the country and the war in Yemen. The announcement came amid international outrage over Riyadh's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in October, though Norway did not mention the murder specifically. "We have decided that, in the current situation, no new licences are to be granted for exports of defence-related products or dual-use items for military use to Saudi Arabia," Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said in a statement. "The decision was taken after an overall assessment of recent developments in Saudi Arabia and the region, and the unpredictable situation in Yemen," the foreign ministry said. Norway sold defence material worth more than 41 … [Read more...] about Norway halts defence exports to Saudi Arabia over Yemen
Bernie Sanders says Saudi Arabia does not ‘have a blank check to continue violating human rights’ The U.S. should urgently redefine its relationship with Saudi Arabia and halt support for the Kingdom in its war with Yemen, a leading senator said, citing the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an op-ed published Wednesday in The New York Times, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said the Kingdom needs to be shown it does not “have a blank check to continue violating human rights. “One place we can start is by ending United States support for the war in Yemen,” he said. “Not only has this war created a humanitarian disaster in one of the world’s poorest countries, but also American involvement in this war has not been authorized by Congress and is therefore unconstitutional.” In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen. The violence has devastated … [Read more...] about US must stop helping Saudi Arabia in Yemen: Senator
Britain 'raised concerns' with Saudi Arabia over the rising civilian death toll in Yemen, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today. The Foreign Secretary said he was very concerned after the Saudi-led coalition hit that killed 51 people in total. The UK is a key military and security ally of Saudi Arabia and has faced criticism over arms sales in the face of an overwhelming humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Answering questions after a speech in Washington, Mr Hunt said: "We look at that humanitarian situation with a huge amount of concern. "It's impossible to see the reports of what happened in that bus in Yemen without being very concerned about what is happening. Saudi Arabia is a close military ally and they help us keep the streets of Britain safe and so that relationship is very important to us. "It doesn't mean we don't raise concerns about what happened with the Saudi foreign minister Al-Jubeir, as I did last week." The airstrike, at a busy market in Saada province, drew widespread … [Read more...] about Britain ‘raised concerns’ with Saudi Arabia over Yemen civilian deaths