Trump Ignores Human Rights Concern
Trump Ignores Human Rights Concerns, Prepares Massive Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia
|Trump Ignores Human Rights Concerns, Prepares Massive Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia
Posted: 10 Feb 2017 10:00 AM PST
Formal Announcement Expected Soon on Multi-Billion Dollar Deals
Article via Anti-War:
According to officials familiar with the process, President Trump is expected to quickly approve massive weapons sales to both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, deals which had been on hold over growing concerns about human rights abuses by both nations.
The White House did not discuss the matter directly, saying the final announcement isn’t made yet, but the reports say that a $300 million Saudi missile technology sale and a multi-billion dollar warplane deal for Bahrain are both expected to get imminent clearance from the administration.
Human rights groups had been attacking the Obama Administration for years over such sales, calls which grew with the Saudi war in Yemen and the huge civilian death toll that followed. In the final few months of his administration, Obama was slowing some of the sales.
The expectation now, however, is that the Trump Administration is interested in getting the large sales on the books quickly to talk up their ability to keep getting large weapons contracts for key US arms makers. This could force human rights groups trying to limit the use of US weapons in committing war crimes to start from square one with the new administration.
This article first appeared on AntiWar.com and was authored by Jason Ditz.
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|BREAKING: US Appeals Court Refuses To Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban
Posted: 09 Feb 2017 03:36 PM PST
A United States federal appeals court ruled unanimously on Thursday to uphold the temporary suspension on President Trump’s executive order that restricted travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Reuters reported that the “9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in a challenge to Trump’s order filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota,” and as a result, “the U.S. Supreme Court will likely determine the case’s final outcome.”
In response to the ruling, Trump took to Twitter with a response in all-caps that said, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
*This story is breaking, stay tuned for updates
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