Saudi Arabia and U.S. Clash Over Khashoggi Case

The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi
is opening a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia as the kingdom
blasted President Trump on Sunday for promising “severe punishment” if
the royal court was responsible. If
Saudi Arabia “receives any action, it will respond with greater action,”
the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing the oil-rich
kingdom’s “influential and vital role in the global economy.”

Trump Says ‘Rogue Killers’ May Be Involved in Saudi Journalist Case

President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi
Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of what happened to a
missing Saudi dissident journalist. After the call, Mr. Trump said it
was possible that “rogue killers” were behind the disappearance of the
journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Kushner Likely Paid No Federal Income Taxes for Years, Documents Show

Over the past decade, Jared Kushner’s
family company has spent billions of dollars buying real estate. His
personal stock investments have soared. His net worth has quintupled to
almost $324 million. And yet, for
several years running, Mr. Kushner — President Trump’s son-in-law and a
senior White House adviser — appears to have paid almost no federal
income taxes, according to confidential financial documents reviewed by
The New York Times.

Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals

A high-profile investment summit in Riyadh later this month is rapidly
becoming a fiasco as prominent businesses and media groups pulled out
over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance and possible murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says

Saudi agents were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into their country’s consulate in Istanbul
two weeks ago. Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, beheaded,
dismembered, his fingers severed, and within two hours the killers were
gone, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior
Turkish official on Wednesday.

Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump

Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a dark
whisper campaign against Jamal Khashoggi that is designed to protect
President Trump from criticism of his handling of the dissident
journalist’s alleged murder by Saudi Arabian operatives — and support
Trump’s continued aversion to a forceful response to the oil-rich desert
kingdom.

Jamal Khashoggi: Jared Kushner tells Trump to support Saudi Arabia – Vox

Jared Kushner
reportedly told President Donald Trump to stand by Saudi Arabia’s Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman — despite mounting evidence that the royal
was involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi two weeks ago. Kushner’s reasoning? International outrage over other incidents, like Saudi Arabia’s bombing of innocent children in Yemen and kidnapping of Lebanon’s prime minister, decreased with time.

What the Arab world needs most is free expression

I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report
published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is
only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.”
That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”