Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022
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Gunning For Oil

Between armaments and human rights, Britain chooses the first

The British government's decision to deport Saudi Arabian dissident Mohammed al Mas'ari—under pres-sure from the Saudi royal family and the British armaments industry—sends out a clear message: all the loud talk of promotion of human rights and democracy abroad can be conveniently ignored when British commercial interests are at stake. Her Majesty's government—which rarely lets go of an opportunity in international fora to underscore its commitment to human rights and ignores the demands by economically weaker nations to curb the activities of their dissidents on British soil, citing its democratic traditions—has had no pangs of conscience in brazenly promoting the interest of its armaments industry.

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