GUEST: Noman Ansari, a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Express Tribune magazine and newspaper. He is of Pakistani origin but spent many years living in Saudi Arabia.”
President Obama cut short his three day trip to India this week to pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia and to congratulate the new king, Abdullah’s brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. An entourage of several officials, including First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied the President. Among them was also National Security Advisor Susan Rice who tweeted, “In #SaudiArabia to pay condolences and honor the memory of King Abdullah, a close and valued friend of the United States.”
While news reports exploded at Michelle Obama’s decision to forego a headscarf and shake the hand of King Salman, few have commented on the much more important issue at hand: Saudi Arabia’s appalling human rights record that rivals that of the Taliban and ISIS, and, the US’s deafening silence on that record. The US routinely criticizes states with human rights violations despite its own abhorrent treatment of prisoners and journalists, and that of its friends such as the Israelis and Saudis.
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GUEST: Noman Ansari, a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Express Tribune magazine and newspaper. He is of Pakistani origin but spent many years living in Saudi Arabia. His latest article is entitled, “In Saudi Arabia, oil will always be thicker than blood.”