Partners in crime: Saudi Arabia and USA

President Donald Trump speaks with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, during their meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
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The murder/dismembering of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, the beheading of immigrant domestic worker Tuti Tursilawati for killing her rapist employer, the starving child in Yemen whose photo seared hearts — these crimes by Saudi Arabia appall the world.

In the first four months of this year, the Saudis beheaded 48 people, half of them on non-violent drug charges. The Saudi war against Yemen has bombed the country mercilessly since 2015 and caused the world’s worst famine in 100 years. Women may now drive cars, but female activists are routinely imprisoned and tortured. One, Israa al-Ghomgham, faces execution.

The U.S. is deeply implicated in Saudi crimes — or silent on them. It provides huge military support to the war against Yemen. American companies rake in billions of dollars in sales of conventional and electronic weapons and training. And the government says nothing about the kingdom’s absence of human rights and near slavery of a million immigrant domestic workers.

The U.S. must halt arms trafficking and political support to Saudi Arabia! It should send immediate humanitarian aid to Yemen! And it should tell the truth: Saudi Arabia’s monarchy is not abandoning its medieval cruelties, but murderously repressing any dissidents who dare to challenge its absolute rule.