With significant developments in foreign affairs we make this the focus of today’s show by welcoming back to the show The Unshackled’s Editor at Large and international affairs expert Steele Archer.
Saudi Arabia is finally being subjected to international condemnation over the murder of Washington Post journalist and Saudi citizen and critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The Turkish authorizes have charged 18 Saudi officials over the murder after the Saudi attempted cover up failed. Saudi Arabia is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world yet the western world has seen it as an ally in the Middle East, mainly due to its oil reserves. Germany has suspended their arms trade with Saudi Arabia and even United States neoconservatives are talking about sanctions.
A 7,000 person migrant caravan is on its way from Central America to the United States which we are told is a spontaneous occurrence but coincidentally timed with the US midterm elections. Despite constantly being told that Trump’s America is a horrible racist dystopia migrants from other nations are still wanting to try and enter it. Of course the onus is always on the United States to accept these people rather than the countries they are fleeing to improve their governance. If the left think this will wedge Trump in the mid-terms and help Democrats then they are making the same mistake then did in 2016.
The United States weird relationship with Russia under President Trump has now taken another souring with Trump announcing his intention to withdraw Intermediate range nuclear forces treaty (INF) signed in 1987 by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev due to Russia’s deployment of the 9M7729 missles reaching more than 500km. Weapons reduction treaties are always not worth the paper they are written on and good faith is relied on for them to be enforced. Trump is most likely taking this action for legitimate policy reasons rather than wanting to appear tough on Russia.
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