Revoke support for Saudi Arabia as an ally

Revoke support for Saudi Arabia as an ally

Over 10 years we need to review our international alliances. Somehow we have ended up allies with a country that is the worlds largest CO2 emmitter. It also enforces dress rules on women and does not let them drive. We need to call in their embassador and state they have 2 years to take action to align themselves the the norms of society . There-after we place a clause on the Anzus alliance that the alliance stands excepting any agreement to come to the aid of Saudi Arabia. We need to also add a tax on all saudi products and that all visitors from Saudi must encompass equal proportions of men and women. The enormous arrival of largely men only from Saudi in NZ to study english is quote disgraceful. We are actually perpetuated a strangely discriminatory society in Saudi.

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    • Tim O’Donnell
      tagged this with dislike 2016-11-26 22:22:36 +1300
    • Richard Wyles
      commented 2016-11-26 02:42:27 +1300
      We are not actually in an alliance with Saudi Arabia
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      commented 2016-11-26 00:58:46 +1300
      Thanks Alan. This is about defining our beliefs and making them plain. That I agree with. I think Saudi Arabia will be a tougher nut to crack than South Africa though I do recognise the effect that the rugby tour protests had in waking South Africa up to how the world felt about them. Saudi Arabia may not be as far along the path to self awareness.
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      commented 2016-11-26 00:58:46 +1300
      Thanks Alan. This is about defining our beliefs and making them plain. That I agree with. I think Saudi Arabia will be a tougher nut to crack than South Africa though I do recognise the effect that the rugby tour protests had in waking South Africa up to how the world felt about them. Saudi Arabia may not be as far along the path to self awareness.
    • Ben Mayson
      tagged this with dislike 2016-11-25 23:09:04 +1300
    • Alan Barraclough
      commented 2016-11-25 21:02:01 +1300
      Im saying not that we ditch them.. but that we initially are not afraid to make our beliefs plain. The female trade minister of Finland actually already did this in relation to Saudia Arabia, however she was shouted down as it were by her prime minister .. exigencies. Some things are too important to say nothing. The Saudi CO2 emmissions being one of them. Boycott of South Africa changed their ways. This needs to be done for Saudi Arabia.
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      commented 2016-11-25 20:22:39 +1300
      We need to base alliances on what is going on on the day. There’s nothing wrong with having a policy and focus where we encourage freedoms and democracy amongst our allies but making it an election promise to ditch an alliance is too heavy handed. Saudi Arabia could change during the course of the election and where woukd that leave us. Also, does this mean that we need to unalign with every country that scores the same as Saudi Arabia or lower on the gender equality index. Finally, one of the main ways these society changes are through normalization where the associate with countries that give the freedoms they deny and acclimatizes them to those.
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      tagged this with dislike 2016-11-25 20:22:38 +1300
    • Alan Barraclough
      published this page in Suggestions 2016-11-25 18:16:55 +1300