Khanna Reintroduces War Powers Resolution

California Congressmember Ro Khanna has reintroduced a War Powers Resolution to end the war in Yemen for the third time in as many months.

The Senate made history by passing the resolution 56-41 last month, but House Republican leadership was able to block a vote on the bill while they retained control.

Now, however, Democrats are securely in the helm of the House, increasing the chances that the legislation will pass.

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Saudi Asylum Seeker Granted Refuge in Canada

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun, who live-Tweeted her battle to escape her abusive family by seeking asylum, has found refuge in Canada.

Al-Qanun fled her abusive family in Saudi Arabia, seeking asylum in Australia on the grounds that she believed her father and brother would kill her for renouncing her Islamic faith — a crime which carries the death penalty.

She was intercepted and detained by Thai officials and nearly deported back to her family, but was granted refugee status by the United Nations Human Rights Council and given asylum in Canada.

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Saudi Asylum Seeker Granted Refugee Status

The United Nations Human Rights Council has granted refugee status to Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun.

Al-Qanun was traveling through Thailand with Australia as her final destination, and was using a tourist visa to gain entry to the country.

However, when it became clear that tourism was not her intention, Australian officials declared that she would not be granted entry and airport staff in Thailand attempted to force Mohammed to return to Saudi Arabia, prompting her to barricade herself in the airport and live-stream her experience on Twitter.

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Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” Censored

Streaming giant Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from the Saudi network at the request of the regime.

The kingdom requested that the episode in which Minhaj criticizes the Saudi regime and specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi be taken down from the Saudi network.

Netflix complied with the request, calling it “valid,” and defending the decision by stating that the company was simply complying with “local laws.”

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Senate Votes to End Support for War in Yemen

The Senate made an historic bipartisan vote to force the Trump administration to halt its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The war, which has killed some 85,000 Yemeni children and pushed tens of thousands more to the brink of starvation, has relied heavily on military and tactical support from the United States.

Today’s 56-to-41 vote is the first time that the Senate has invoked the War Powers Act to challenge U.S. military activity abroad.

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Kushner Advised Saudi Crown Prince

The New York Times is reporting that Jared Kushner violated White House protocol by communicating with MBS following Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and close advisor, apparently coached Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — better known as MBS — on how to “weather the storm.”

This comes after the transcript of the audio recording of Khashoggi’s murder has been released, in we he can apparently be heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” before he died.

Haspel’s Testimony Sways Senate Republicans

CIA Director Gina Haspel was finally permitted to debrief the Senate behind closed doors regarding the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

And it appears that what she had to say had a powerful effect on everyone present, regardless of party affiliation.

Since the debriefing, multiple lawmakers have gone on the record saying they believe Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both ordered and monitored Khashoggi’s murder.

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Khashoggi’s Communication Intercepted by Saudis

A Montreal-based Saudi activist is suing NSO Group for allegedly hacking his and Jamal Khashoggi’s communication via WhatsApp at the behest of the regime.

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli cyber intelligence firm founded in 2010 and based in Herzliya close to Tel Aviv.

Omar Abdulaziz, a close associate of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fellow Saudi exile, is suing the Israeli company on the grounds that it intercepted their conversations leading up to Khashoggi’s murder at the direction of the Saudi regime.

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Senate May Break with Admin on Yemen War

The Senate voted on first steps to open debate surrounding the United States’ tactical support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The vote followed a closed-door briefing in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis attempted to sway key swing votes, but failed.

The Senate voted 63-37 to advance the bipartisan measure, but White House advisors have recommended that the president veto the resolution should it pass.

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