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Source: ABC News

Missing journalist called for a 'free Arab society' in final column

Friday 08:06 GMT

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi warned of increasing efforts to silence the media in the Middle East in a column he wrote just before he vanished earlier this month.

Attiah said the article, titled “What the Arab world needs most is free expression,” was the perfect example of the writer’s “commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world,” a freedom she said he “apparently gave his life for.” Khashoggi noted how some journalists were imprisoned for speaking out against Arab governments as leaders exercised an apparent “free rein” to silence the media.

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Source: CBS News

Bob Corker says the administration has "clamped down" on intelligence about Khashoggi case

Friday 08:06 GMT

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, says that the Trump administration has "clamped down" on intelligence regarding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

He told the Washington Post that an intelligence briefing scheduled for Tuesday had been canceled and for the time being, there would be no more intelligence shared with the Senate.

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Source: DW

'The Saudis will find a scapegoat' for Khashoggi, says exiled Prince Khalid

Thursday 16:23 GMT

In an interview with DW, Prince Khalid bin Farhan al-Saud accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being behind the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khalid bin Farhan: I can say that Khashoggi had ties with the royal family and that he objected to being labeled as an opposition figure.

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Source: Common Domain

Why Trump has to play the Saudis’ game — for now

Saturday 09:55 GMT

In so many ways, Donald Trump was born too late — too late for his Hugh-Hefner-wannabe conception of masculinity, too late to have a press corps lacking the skills to undress his pretensions to self-made wealth, too late for his casual racism and constant lying to impress more than 40% of the electorate.

Trump needs the Saudis to boost production by 15% to make up for the 1.5 million barrels or so that Iran sanctions are expected to take off the world market.

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Source: CBS News

Watch: Jamal Khashoggi criticizes Saudi crown prince's "impulsive behavior" in 2017 interview

Friday 15:27 GMT

Missing Saudi writer and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi criticized Saudi Arabia's crown prince in a CBSN interview last year, calling his behavior in foreign policy "impulsive."

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was speaking to CBSN anchor Reena Ninan about Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. The November interview took place just days after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri abruptly announced his resignation in a TV appearance from Saudi Arabia, which was accused of holding him hostage.

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Source: CBS News

Crime-scene investigators search Saudi consul's home in Jamal Khashoggi case

Thursday 16:23 GMT

 Turkish crime-scene investigators searched the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul Wednesday in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

As Saudi Arabia's green national flag flapped overhead, forensics teams entered the residence, located slightly more than a mile from the consulate where Khashoggi vanished Oct. 2 while trying to pick up paperwork to get married. ISTANBUL — Turkish crime-scene investigators searched the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul Wednesday in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

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Source: Washington Post

‘He wears his moral bankruptcy on his sleeve’: Trevor Noah rips Trump’s stance on Saudi Arabia

Friday 08:05 GMT

It’s not gone unnoticed by the likes of Trevor Noah, who lambasted the president on Wednesday for his answers regarding Saudi Arabia’s role in Khashoggi’s disappearance and potential murder, or what Noah called “the question that everyone is really after this week.”

‘Davos in the Desert’: Once a sign of Saudi Arabia’s clout, the spectacle now highlights its isolation. Trump Tower board seeks $90,000 from estate of art collector who died in 50th floor fire. ‘Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ says Nebraska’s self-deprecating, new tourism campaign

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Source: The Guradian

Nadal and Djokovic need to break silence over Saudi exhibition

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good name by accepting an invitation to play in a meaningless exhibition in Saudi Arabia, a regime under critical scrutiny for the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Even as a dozen global big-business and media heavyweights withdrew from an international conference in Riyadh – including CNN, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Viacom, the Los Angeles Times and World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim – the sports entertainment business has been conspicuously squeamish.

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Source: Fox News

While ripping Trump, media and Hollywood rush to cut ties to Saudis

Saturday 08:05 GMT

The media and political criticism of President Trump for his handling of the crisis with Saudi Arabia is growing louder.

The giant Hollywood firm Endeavor is giving the Saudis back a $400 million investment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The CEO, Ari Emanuel, brother of Rahm, made the decision to return the dough, provided by a Saudi investment fund overseen by Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince who is suspected of either approving or acquiescing in the hit squad dispatched to deal with Khashoggi.

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Source: Washington Post

‘Davos in the Desert’: Once a sign of Saudi Arabia’s clout, the spectacle now highlights its isolation

Friday 08:05 GMT

President Trump’s hesitance to censure the regime stems, as he acknowledges, from Saudi Arabia’s wealth, a bulwark against its geopolitical isolation.

The eyebrow-raising announcement from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was timed to President Trump’s trip to the Gulf kingdom in May. His first foreign trip, the expedition highlighted American ties to the Islamic theocracy, a relationship that runs through Gulf oil wells and the battlefields of Afghanistan, where the United States and Saudi Arabia joined hands during the Cold War.

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Source: CBS News

Khashoggi's friend on calls for independent probe: "There is no Bob Mueller" in Saudi Arabia

Thursday 16:22 GMT

Turkish officials claim they have proof a 15-member Saudi hit squad killed Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed back to the U.S. after meeting with top Saudi and Turkish officials about the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials claim they have proof a 15-member Saudi hit squad killed Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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Source: Reuters

Exclusive: Don't mention the oil price - U.S. legal threat prompts...

Thursday 16:22 GMT

OPEC has urged its members not to mention oil prices when discussing policy in a break from the past, as the oil producing group seeks to avoid the risk of U.S. legal action for manipulating the market, sources close to OPEC said.

The decision to refrain from discussing a preferred oil price level — one way the group can guide market expectations — underlines how Trump’s aggressive stance on the oil market is unsettling OPEC and testing ties between allies Riyadh and Washington.

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Source: The Guradian

Why is Saudi Arabia under fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen?

Thursday 14:31 GMT

The alleged killing of the royal court insider turned journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rightly triggered a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia, but it would appear it has not jeopardised any of the multibillion-dollar arms deals between the US, Britain and the House of Saud.

The violence enacted by Saudi Arabia on the people of Yemen springs from the same source as the violence allegedly used against Khashoggi in the Turkish embassy.

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Source: Common Domain

IMF’s Lagarde Drops Out of Saudi Business Conference

Thursday 14:31 GMT

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde is the latest high-profile name to back out of Saudi Arabia’s flagship business conference in Riyadh, amid growing concerns over the kingdom’s role in the alleged murder of a prominent Saudi journalist.

Ms. Lagarde had previously indicated she would be attending the event, dubbed “Davos in the Desert”, but now joins a host of global business leaders to pull out of a conference deemed central to the kingdom’s plans to attract international investors.

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Source: Common Domain

Saudi Arabia Turns to Arab Allies to Prop Up ‘Davos in Desert’ Event

Friday 04:15 GMT

Saudi Arabia is relying on its regional allies to salvage its premier investment conference next week, after many high-profile Western firms pulled out over accusations that the kingdom was involved in the suspected murder of a prominent Saudi journalist.

Those fears have been allayed in recent days as Saudi Arabia’s allies in the Arab world have come out strongly in its support, lending backing to regional companies who still plan to attend.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte