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Oct 29 14:22

Israel Sells $250Mln Worth of Cutting Edge Spy Systems to Saudi Arabia

Tel Aviv hasn’t confirmed the reports, nor has the Gulf kingdom, which doesn’t have official diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

Saudi Arabia and Israel held covert meetings “in Washington and London,” which resulted in an estimated $250 million deal, including the transfer of Israeli espionage technologies to the kingdom, Israeli media reported on Sunday, citing an exclusive report by the United Arab Emirate news website Al-Khaleej.

The report has it that a number of the said spy systems, the most advanced ones that Israel has ever sold to any Arab state, have already been successfully deployed to Saudi Arabia and put into practice, with Saudi technicians having previously received professional training in how to operate them. Neither side to the alleged deal has confirmed the information.

Oct 29 13:32

Regime Change In Riyadh? The CIA Has Just Publicly Dumped MbS

A fascinating FT article suggests Western intelligence agencies have now dumped Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman after he's been personally accused by world leaders — foremost among them Turkey's President Erdogan and US President Trump — for ordering the brutal murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Implicit in the article, rich with quotes from current and former US and Western intelligence officials, is the further suggestion that these very intel operatives appear to now be actively seeking MbS' ouster.

Oct 29 11:56

‘Brutally honest’: Public outcry forces Facebook to stop banning pics of starving Yemeni girl

A backlash prompted Facebook to stop removing posts featuring a photo of an emaciated seven-year-old Yemeni girl, which accompanied a harrowing New York Times report from the war-torn country.

The atrocities in Yemen don’t make poignant headlines in Western mainstream media as often as stories about chemical weapons in Syria or ‘Russian meddling,’ as the conflict usually gets sidelined in the press, but there are notable exceptions. ‘The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War’ was the title of a grim report published by the NYT on Friday.

An image of a starved child named Amal Hussain was chosen by the journalists to illustrate the horrible death toll and suffering inflicted on the small Arab nation of Yemen by the armed intervention of its Saudi neighbor.

Oct 29 11:39

Khashoggi was to disclose Saudi use of chemical weapons in Yemen: source

Dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was recently murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of banned chemical weapons in its imposed war on Yemen days before he was killed, a report says.

Oct 29 11:32

The Yemen War Death Toll Is Five Times Higher Than We Think

One reason Saudi Arabia and its allies are able to avoid a public outcry over their intervention in the war in Yemen, is that the number of people killed in the fighting has been vastly understated. The figure is regularly reported as 10,000 dead in three-and-a-half years, a mysteriously low figure given the ferocity of the conflict.

Now a count by a non-partisan group has produced a study demonstrating 56,000 people have been killed in Yemen since early 2016. The number is increasing by more than 2,000 per month as fighting intensifies around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. It does not include those dying of malnutrition, or diseases such as cholera.

Oct 29 08:38

Khashoggi BOMBSHELL: Britain 'KNEW of kidnap plot and BEGGED Saudi Arabia to abort plans'

MURDERED journalist Jamal Khashoggi was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of chemical weapons in Yemen, sources close to him said last night. The revelations come as separate intelligence sources disclosed that Britain had first been made aware of a plot a full three weeks before he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Intercepts by GCHQ of internal communications by the kingdom’s General Intelligence Directorate revealed orders by a “member of the royal circle” to abduct the troublesome journalist and take him back to Saudi Arabia.

The orders, intelligence sources say, did not emanate directly from de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and it is not known if he was aware of them.

Though they commanded that Khashoggi should be abducted and taken back to Riyadh, they “left the door open” for other actions should the journalist prove to be troublesome, sources said.

Oct 28 09:36

Turkey Demands Extradition of 18 Saudis Over Khashoggi Killing

Turkish prosecutors have issued extradition requests for 18 people from Saudi Arabia suspected of participating in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at the Istanbul consulate.

Specifics of who is being requested is unclear, but it is believed to include the 15-man kill team that Turkey identified as having arrived in the country for the killing and departed more or less immediately thereafter.

Oct 27 10:37

Saudi Arabia to invest $5bn in Russia’s future LNG project in Arctic

Riyadh is ready to invest $5 billion in the LNG 2 (liquefied natural gas) project in the Russian Arctic, the head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, said at the Saudi Arabian investment forum on Tuesday.

Earlier, Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom was considering the possibility of becoming the second biggest investor in the project led by Novatek, Russia’s biggest independent gas producer. The minister didn’t provide details on Saudi Arabia’s potential share in the project.

Oct 27 10:36

Saudi Arabia to Invest in Russian-Chinese Wealth Fund

Riyadh is planning to provide major investments into the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) with the fund expected to be renamed, according to the head of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev.

“In the near future, we will announce that Saudi Arabia is investing in RCIF and the fund will be renamed as the Russian-Chinese-Saudi Fund,” Dmitriev said at the Future Investment Initiative (FII), Saudi Arabia’s international investment forum.

Oct 27 10:31

Merkel: EU May Make Joint Decision to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Turkey met in Istanbul on October 27 to discuss issues of the Syrian peace settlement. They also discussed the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the European Union might make a collective decision to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At the same time, she agreed with her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the decision should be made after more is known about those responsible for his death.

Oct 27 10:29

Royal relations: Prince Andrew wants to strengthen Saudi ties, following Khashoggi murder

Prince Andrew has come under fire after insisting he wants to build closer links with Saudi Arabia, via his Pitch@Palace initiative, despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing war in Yemen.

The Duke of York was addressing a host of entrepreneurs at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on Thursday when he made his comments - declaring that he hoped his initiative would expand into other Gulf states and also Saudi Arabia.

Oct 27 09:59

When Will Obama Aides Come Clean About U.S.-Saudi War Crimes?"

Now that Saudi Arabia has become a P.R. liability, Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes have quietly condemned the war in Yemen. But when they had the power to stop it, they were complicit...

Oct 26 11:35

NATION HYPNOTIZED IN HORROR BY TOY BOMBS WHILE KILLING CIVILIANS WITH REAL ONES

And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. Obviously targeting anyone with packages containing explosive materials is terrible, even if those devices were not rigged with the intention of detonating and harming anyone, and it is a good thing that not a single one of them has done so. It is a good thing that none of America’s political elites were targeted by the sort of explosive device that America drops on people in other countries every single day.

You know, the kind that actually explode.

Apparently some Acme comedy bombs mailed to a number of extremely rich people, which thankfully did not hurt anybody at all, are infinitely more newsworthy than the real bombs which maim and destroy children in Yemen on an industrial scale.

— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) October 24, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, the disconnect the writer of this post sees, looking at what is happening around this world, with the US complicit in so many deaths, in Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Niger, Somalia, and Iraq, is utterly and painfully true.

Folks, when people in power in this talk about the "honor", "glory" and "defending the American way of life" as valid descriptions of the wars in which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is currently, and about to be, enmeshed, they are lying to you.

Simply put (and this guy was hopelessly wrong about a lot of things),when Karl Marx said that wars are economic in their origin, the man was absolutely, dead-on correct.

The war in Iraq?!? This was done to give the US and Western-centric corporations control over its oil.

The "undeclared war" in Yemen, where the US is enabling Saudi war crimes as I type this?!?

There is an issue that the article misses, in that controlling Yemen means controlling the waterways of Bab El Mandab; The Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden, all points for moving oil in and out of the region.

The war in Libya?!? This was done to prevent Muammar Gaddafi from issuing a gold-backed currency, the gold dinar, which would have shredded the value of the US dollar in a heartbeat. New Hillary Emails reveal the true motive for Libya intervention.

The war in Afghanistan?!? To control the pipeline rights, rare mineral development, and control of the poppy crops, from which a booming market in illicit heroin is derived.

The coming war against Iran?!? First, this will be done to honor Trump's commitment to both Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, and his biggest American Supporter, Sheldon Adelson, who has supported the Trump Campaign with millions in overt, and covert funding, and secondly, to force this country to always sell its oil only in US dollars, post-regime change.

Of course, both Netanyahu and Adelson fully expect this war to be fully executed.... only at the costs of only US blood, and US money, not Israeli

Let's take a look at this last issue, shall we?!?

In FY 2018 the federal deficit was $779 billion.

With its desire for more and more wars, with which to enrich the US government financially, we are looking a Federal deficit of almost 780 billion dollars in fiscal 2018; that's a huge number to wrap my head around.

Instead of limiting spending in a reasonable and rational way, the US government appears to be miring the US public in an absolutely unpayable debt structure, from which there is no way out. This falls on the backs of hard-working Americans, who are desperately struggling to keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads. The people creating this unpayable debt have armies of lawyers and accountants on speed-dial, to insure that they get the best break possible with taxes.

Russia and China, which may well come to Iran's aid, should it be invaded, have weaponry the US military can only wet-dream about; sorry for being blunt, but because of their close relationship with both the Pentagon and Congress, and contributing lavishly to the campaigns of politicians on both sides of the aisle, our military industrial complex has been consistently behind the 8 ball, in staying at least two steps ahead of where our international competitors are, in terms of developing lower cost weapons that just... do the job brilliantly.

Please understand; as a Christian pacifist activist, I hate war; but if such a war happens, I want to see our brothers and sisters in uniform equipped with the best, most brilliantly crafted weaponry that actually works as advertised, and beyond.

So, we have a the US government hopelessly indebted to its creditors, and a potential coming world war, where our military doesnt' have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome in a world war, ultimately against Russia, and China.

This is a potential recipe for a complete, unmitigated disaster for this country, the consequences of which may be both horrific... and irreversible.

And we have a companion piece this morning, from blackistednews.com:

Saudi-led airstrikes hit civilians in Yemen
If We, the People, do nothing, in the most peaceful, logical way possible, to get US involvement in these US-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen to stop, then We the People are also, absolutely and unequivocally, complicit in these war crimes as well.

Oct 26 11:28

German Press Reveals Saudi Spook Saga Behind Khashoggi Disappearance

Germany's leading right-of-center daily Die Welt this morning reveals that Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist, but a high-level operative for the Saudi intelligence service, an intimate of Osama bin Laden, and the nephew of the shadiest of all Arab arms dealers, the infamous Adnan Khashoggi. John Bradley reported last week in the Spectator that Khashoggi, who allegedly met a grisly end in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that among other things wants to replace the Saudi monarchy with a modern Islamist totalitarian state.

So much for the whining in the Establishment media about freedom of the press and protection of the rights of journalists.

Oct 26 10:14

'Business As Usual' - US Desperate To Cover-Up Khashoggi Murder

Oct 26 09:45

Blair refuses to cancel lucrative deal with Saudi despite Khashoggi murder

Tony Blair has resisted calls to end his multi-million dollar deal with Saudi Arabia despite allegations that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been authorised by the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.

Accounts published last month by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the kingdom for a deal with the Crown Prince to support his modernisation programme for the kingdom.

The agreement was said to be the first major deal to have emerged involving the Tony Blair Institute, which Blair established in 2016 after winding down his commercial operations.

While there had calls for Blair to end his arrangement with Mohammed Bin Salman over the ongoing war in Yemen, the killing of the Washington Post journalist earlier this month in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has put further pressure on the former prime minister to cut all ties with Riyadh.

Oct 25 13:32

Angered by Saudi Plan to Purchase Russian S-400, Trump Admin Exploiting Khashoggi Disappearance to Force Saudis to “Buy American”

The response of the Trump administration and many U.S. politicians to Khashoggi’s disappearance is largely being guided by the military-industrial complex — in this case Lockheed Martin — but masquerading as a response motivated by “human rights.”

The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continues to strain relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia. On Saturday, President Donald Trump warned the Saudis of “severe punishment” if the Saudi government was found to have been responsible for the journalist’s alleged murder.

Oct 25 13:18

Saudi King 'will have Crown Prince REPLACED to restore the credibility of the monarchy' after his disastrous handling of the Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's King could have his Crown Prince son replaced to restore the credibility of the monarchy amid turmoil over the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Britain's former defence attaché to the kingdom has claimed.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has faced claims he may have been behind the death of the journalist who went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia first denied any role in Khashoggi's disappearance before blaming his October 2 death on a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

As the Crown Prince battles to contain the fallout from the killing, Saudi prosecutors said today that the murder was pre-planned and suspects were being interrogated.

According to Colonel Brian Lees, once the UK's defence attaché to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Crown Prince's days as de facto ruler are numbered and his father, King Salman, may now look to replace him following his disastrous handling of the case

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this assessment proves true, at would absolutely corroborate what WRH has been suggesting that this was an "inside job", courtesy of "malice in the palace",because others in the Royal Family did not feel that their right to succession was duly considered, when the King appointed MbS as crown prince.

This will play itself out in private, and the House of Saud never wants other countries (or its own citizens) aware of how it handles such family feuds.

Oct 25 11:50

DOJ Fails to Pursue Allegations of Saudi Lobbying Misconduct

U.S. military veterans say Qorvis Communications tricked them into unknowingly lobbying on behalf of Saudi Arabia

Campaign against law enabling 9/11 victims to sue kingdom used unregistered agents, failed to provide required disclosures

Oct 25 11:48

Khashoggi case: How 'loyal' Arab media echoed the Saudi line

Saudi Arabia's financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry over the death of Saudi writer and dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

From the time Khashoggi vanished into the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, newspapers and television stations across the region allied with Riyadh have echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate.

Or they wove alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by Saudi Arabia's top rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilise the kingdom.

After more than two weeks of international pressure, the kingdom last weekend acknowledged Khashoggi's death inside the consulate, claiming he was killed by accident during an interrogation gone awry and promising to punish those responsible.

The loyal media immediately switched gears to praise the kingdom's sense of justice and the decisiveness of its monarch, King Salman. Some even commended the kingdom for its transparency.

Oct 25 10:51

Will Turkey Shield the Saudi Crown Prince from Khashoggi’s Murder?

Khashoggi’s murder was indeed pre-meditated and botched-up. Did Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman send a package deal to President Erdogan to shield the Crown Prince from the Murder?

Oct 25 10:45

At Least 19 Killed, 10 Injured in Saudi-Led Coalition Air Raid in Yemen - Report

At least 19 people have been killed and 10 others wounded by the US-Saudi air strikes on Yemen’s western city of Bayt al Faqih located in the vicinity of the port city of Al Hudaydah on Wednesday, local media reported.

The air raid had been held hours after the previous strikes that killed three civilians, including a minor child, and injured six other people, the Masirah TV channel reported.

A recent UN report said Saudi-led coalition airstrikes – which have hit open-air markets, health clinics, schools, funerals and weddings, according to published reports — have been blamed for most of more than 16,000 civilians killed or injured in the Yemen conflict over the past three years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You look at all the opportunistic faux wailing, and gnashing of teeth over the death of Khashoggi, and generally rightly so, but where is the outrage for the innocents who keep getting slain by this US/Saudi death machine in Yemen?!?

Sorry folks, this is nowhere to be found, and according to the corporate Presstitutes in the US, this doesn't even ping the radar for "important news", like a change in a celebrity's hairstyle.

But I will show you, in some very graphic images, what the US/Saudi war machine is doing, right now, in Yemen:

Yemeni children assassinated and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi air strikes

Image: Yemeni child dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US/Saudi blockade, which is the only way to bring food into the country

Image: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure, and a brutal (possibly weaponised)breakout of the disease

And as long as we Americans do not say something, in a peaceful, logical manner, and do something as one people, we become complicit in the Saudi-US war crimes in Yemen.

I am asking you to please forward this article to your Congressional Representatives, asking them if they believe the murder of children here is more than just collateral damage, and how they intend, personally, to urge President Trump to put a stop to this.

Make sure, politely, that they understand that if they are up for re-election next month, taking no action on this may well cost them their campaign, particularly in close races this November.

Oct 25 06:42

Iran president: Saudi consulate murder unthinkable ‘without US backing’

(*according to the times of Israel !)

Oct 25 06:07

Pompeo: Saudi Arabia still an important ally

21 Saudis to lose US visas over Khashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia still an important ally – Pompeo

(*and while we're at it >>> )

Saudi crown prince promises justice in Khashoggi murder case

Oct 25 05:03

Qatar May Benefit From Khashoggi Fallout

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi may put Saudi Arabia and its allies in a position to compromise with Doha, analysts say.

Global diplomatic fallout from the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate may help Qatar in its political standoff with Riyadh, experts say.

The backlash may force Saudi Arabia to ease sweeping sanctions imposed on Doha since the dispute erupted between the former Gulf allies in June 2017.

The killing of Khashoggi - who was critical of the Saudi government and its blockade of Qatar - may convince sceptics that Doha's claims of Saudi "aggression" were justified, according to analysts.

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Oct 25 04:47

'Tainted' Saudi prince ruins Trump's Middle East plans: analysts

US policy to 'subcontract' Saudi Arabia to handle Iran in jeopardy after evidence points to MBS role in Khashoggi death.

Widespread allegations that powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) played a role in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder has thrown American plans in the Middle East into disarray, analysts say.

Martin Indyk, a top Middle East policymaker under Bill Clinton, said President Donald Trump had in effect tried to subcontract policy in the region to Saudi Arabia and Israel as he lessens US commitments.

But Indyk said bin Salman instead brought headaches for Washington - not only Khashoggi's killing but in Yemen where the United States is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi rebels.

"Mohammed bin Salman needs Trump - his very survival depends on Trump working with him," said Indyk, now at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Oct 25 04:37

Khashoggi Murder Premeditated: Saudi Prosecutor

Assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul consulate was pre-planned, Saudi public prosecutor says.

Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

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Oct 24 12:34

Iran's Rouhani: 'Saudi Wouldn't Have Killed Khashoggi Without US Approval'

With roughly one week left before the US reimposes sanctions on Iranian exports that could hamper Iranian crude-oil exports, Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Islamic Republic, accused the US of officially sanctioning the murder of Saudi journalist-turned-critic Jamal Khashoggi, arguing that no country would carry out such a heinous crime "without the protection of America."

While the US probably won't bother to dignify Rouhani's allegations with a response, reports that US intelligence agencies had intercepted communications about the plot to ambush Khashoggi suggest that the US had an idea that Khashoggi might be killed upon returning to the consulate. And knowing this, they did nothing to warn Khashoggi or the Saudis, despite Khashoggi's status as a US resident writing for a prominent national newspaper.

Oct 24 10:45

Crown Prince "All Smiles" As Saudis Sign $50 Billion In Deals At "Davos In The Desert"

Even as lawmakers from the US, to Germany and Canada have weighed some form of economic punishment against Saudi Arabia - be it sanctions, an arms sale prohibition, or both - over the state's involvement in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was reportedly "all smiles" during the opening day of his second annual Future Investment Initiative, according to a Bloomberg report.

The crown prince made his unexpected appearance toward the end of the day, drawing a crowd as people craned to catch a glimpse or take a photo. He sat next to King Abdullah of Jordan and they left together soon after, followed by onlookers and without the prince commenting publicly.

Prince Mohammed is due to speak on Wednesday, organizers later announced. It was not clear if he would respond to Erdogan’s accusations, which came closer than ever to laying the blame for Khashoggi’s death at the ambitious young leader’s feet.

Oct 24 10:39

Saudis Pour $24Mln to Influence US Policy During 2018 Election Cycle - Report

Saudi Arabia has poured more than $24 million through to influence US policy and public opinion during the US 2018 midterm congressional elections, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) said in a new analysis.

"Saudi interests have spent more than $24 million to influence US policy and public opinion during the 2018 election cycle, according to disclosures to the Department of Justice made in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)," the analysis said on Tuesday.

The Center for Responsive Politics explained that some $18 million of the $24 million was paid to foreign agents acting on behalf of Saudi interests in 2017 and another $6 million in spending has been reported this year.

Oct 24 10:32

21 Saudis to lose US visas over Khashoggi murder, Saudi Arabia still an important ally – Pompeo

The US will punish those responsible for killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi by revoking visas and possibly imposing Global Magnitsky Act sanctions, but Saudi Arabia remains an important ally, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Twenty-one Saudi citizens will have their US visas revoked or be declared ineligible for them as part of the response, the State Department said on Tuesday. In a short press conference, Pompeo said the US was “exploring” the option of imposing sanctions as well.

“These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States,” the US top diplomat said. “We're making very clear that the US does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence.”

Oct 24 10:23

SAUDI ARABIA IMPOSES A TRAVEL BAN ON KHASHOGGI’S FAMILY

The Geneva Council for Human Rights and Justice yesterday called on the Saudi authorities to immediately lift a travel ban it has imposed on the family of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Geneva Council, an international human rights organisation, expressed in a statement to Al-Khaleej Online its strong condemnation of the Riyadh authorities for banning Khashoggi’s family from travelling.

His son, Salah, was also “forced on Tuesday to receive condolences from Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.”

The rights body said Saudi’s actions are in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Khashoggi's son was "forced to receive condolences" from the very guy who most likely ordered the hit on Khashoggi?!?

Lord, have mercy; if there were a contest for most dystopian and dysfunctional royal family on the face of this earth, it has to be the House of Saud, hands down.

Does Prince MbS not realize how horrific the optics are on this travel ban for the guy's family, and forcing his son to shake his hand?!?!?

Welcome to crazyville, coming to the world live and direct, right from the House of Saud in Riyadh!!

Oct 24 10:17

Erdogan has outwitted Saudis at every turn over Khashoggi

Short of declaring all-out war on the House of Saud, it is hard to imagine a more effective way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to inflict so much damage on the global standing of his Saudi rivals than his adroit handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair.

From the moment the journalist disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, Erdogan has proved himself to be a master manipulator in terms of handling the global media coverage. The steady drip-feed of revelations about the grisly fate Khashoggi is believed to have suffered has been skilfully designed to cause the Saudis maximum discomfiture.

Oct 24 10:12

Saudi Arabia Gets a Friend in Need – Russia

It goes without saying that oil has been central to military power and economic life in modern history. Control of oil has been a key source of power and policy in the Cold War. There was even a top-secret US government plan to ravage the Middle East oil industry in the event of the former Soviet Union gaining control of it. The CIA called it the “denial policy”. It was hatched in 1948 during the Berlin Blockade – whereby, oil wells would be plugged, equipment and fuel stockpiles destroyed, refineries and pipelines disabled to ensure that the USSR never got hold of the Middle East’s oil resources.

An analyst has written, “The history of this top secret U.S. government plot is a tumultuous mix of Arab nationalism, Big Oil and the CIA on the most oil-rich chunk of real estate on earth. Fundamentally, it is a tale of the growing importance of Middle Eastern oil and the West’s early thirst to control it.”

Oct 24 10:10

Literally Standing at a Weapons Show in Paris, France's Macron Says Questions About Arms Sales to Saudis Are Off Topic

"This has nothing to do with what we're talking about. Nothing. So I won't answer that question. I'm sorry but as long as I'll be in office this is how it will be, whether people like it or not."

Oct 24 09:56

Jamal Khashoggi's Body Parts Found

Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources.

The sources have told Sky News the Saudi dissident had been "cut up" and his face "disfigured".

Oct 24 09:14

Whistle-Blower Blasts Reuters for Supporting Murderer in Khashoggi's Case

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, lashed out at the Reuters news agency for collaboration with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the main suspect behind killing Khashoggi, saying that the MbS was the one who ran the brutal killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by giving orders over Skype.

"Bin Salman is attempting to put the blame on his close aides in Khashoggi's case. The report released by Reuters claiming that the 15-member team spoke with Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to the Crown Prince, via Skype was fabricated by bin Salman and the person who spoke with the 15-member team via Skype was bin Salman, himself," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Tuesday.

He added that Reuters is to release another report in which it will claim that Director of bin Salman's Office for Special Affairs Badr al-Asaker and al-Qahtani coordinated the murder and did not inform bin Salman about it.

"It seems that Reuters is collaborating with the murderer>>>

Oct 24 08:55

Saudi Arabia Financed the Killers of American Troops I Commanded

It’s time to ask an uncomfortable question: What exactly is the U.S. getting out of its partnership with Saudi Arabia? The answer is: nothing but headaches, human rights abuses and national embarrassment. In the cynical past, the US could at least argue that it needed Saudi oil, but that’s no longer the case, due to the shale-oil boom (though that fact is not necessarily good for an ever-warming planet).

Recently, the crimes of the Saudi government managed to pierce the Trump-all-the-time-Kanye-West-sometimes media-entertainment complex due to Riyadh’s likely murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. That the U.S.-Saudi relationship is, however briefly, coming under the proverbial microscope is a good thing. Still, it is astonishing that this incident—rather than dozens of other crimes—finally garnered attention. Even so, President Trump appears reluctant to cancel his negotiated $110 billion record arms deal with the kingdom.

Oct 24 08:52

Khashoggi was 'working to expose Saudi Arabia's use of social media trolls and had been harassed on Twitter' before he was killed in the kingdom's Istanbul embassy

Jamal Khashoggi was working to expose Saudi Arabia's use of social media trolls before he was murdered, one of his friends has revealed.

The writer, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, had also fallen victim to online harassment, according to a fellow Saudi dissident.

Omar Abdelaziz, who now lives in Canada, told Euronews he and Khashoggi had been working on a series of projects together, including an exposé of the use of social media by pro-government accounts.

Oct 24 08:50

Teflon Don says; Khashoggi Killing 'Worst Cover-Up Ever'

Trump: Saudi handling of Khashoggi killing 'worst cover-up ever'

US president's remarks come as Washington says it has identified Saudis responsible for killing and plans punishments.

US President Donald Trump has criticised Saudi Arabia's handling of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever".

Asked by a reporter in the White House how the Khashoggi killing could have happened, Trump said on Tuesday: "They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.

"There should have never been an execution or a cover-up, because it should have never happened. I would say it was a total fiasco from day one."

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Oct 24 08:39

Silicon Valley Financiers Are Recoiling From Saudi Money

After the murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate, tech companies distance themselves from Saudi money.

Oct 24 08:34

Galloway: First cut won't be the deepest - deeper wounds are yet to come in the killing of Khashoggi

As Khashoggi's “disfigured face and body parts” are reportedly found in the garden of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the party is over for the Western collaborators with Arabian tyranny.

After Khashoggi himself, the main loser from the murder most foul in Istanbul is US President Donald Trump – as I predicted here weeks ago. His declaration that the Saudi cover story was “credible” as the rest of the world laughed at the “Lady MacBeth” of it merely made him ridiculous. The behavior of his own “crown prince” – his son-in-law Jared Kushner – has been more venal than comic-opera.

Oct 24 08:05

Israel lobby wants Saudis to get away with Khashoggi murder

With ever more gruesome details emerging about the slaying and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, fingers of blame are pointing squarely at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

This is a huge problem for Israel and its lobby who see the Saudi de facto ruler – commonly referred to in English-language media by his initials MBS – as their key regional ally.

Until the 2 October killing in Istanbul, the Saudi autocrat had been feted by European royalty, American politicians and pundits, and Silicon Valley billionaires.

But following the Khashoggi killing, many are running for cover, especially one of the Saudi crown prince’s most egregious cheerleaders, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

Friedman and company had been marketing MBS as a “reformer.”

Israel lobby stalwart and longtime US “peace process” steward Dennis Ross even dubbed the prince “a Saudi revolutionary.”

Oct 23 12:57

Saudi Arabia clinches $50bn in deals at ‘Davos in the desert’ forum despite Khashoggi crisis

The death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul hasn’t hindered the kingdom in signing $50 billion worth of contracts at an investment conference in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The deals were signed in oil, gas, infrastructure, and other sectors at the Saudi international business forum, dubbed the ‘Davos in the desert’. Companies involved in the deals include Total, Hyundai, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and others.

Oct 23 12:34

UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the conflict in Yemen has left 8.4 million people dependent on emergency food assistance and 75 percent of its 22 million people requiring some form of aid.

Mark Lowcock warns in an analysis obtained Monday night by The Associated Press that humanitarian officials "estimate that 3.5 million to 4 million more people could become severely food insecure in the months ahead."

The analysis, which is to be the subject of a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, says 3 million Yemenis are malnourished, including 1.1 million pregnant women "and more than 400,000 severely acutely malnourished children."

In a worst case scenario, Lowcock warns that if current trends continue, food needs could increase "by as much as 62 percent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Martin Lowcock, a word, please.

Because the Saudis and their US allies have blockaded Yemeni ports, the aid you describe will never be allowed to be delivered; that's just the first hard reality here.

You have to understand; from the Saudi perspective, the more Yemeni children assassinated; malnourished, and water-sickened who die under this siege, the happier the House of Saud is with this death and destruction: that is the second hard reality with which you will have to deal.

And all the above, coupled with your grievances, makes the UN look impotent to do anything to stop the carnage in Yemen. There is no international "muscle" in this organisation which can make the aid delivery happen. And here's what this looks like from the Yemeni perspective:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs

Images: starving Yemeni kids, dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US-enabled port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure plus a possibly weaponized version of the pathogen added to Yemeni water system

Folks, I know that there has been a great deal of attention placed on the assassination of Khashoggi recently. But where were the US politicians when these horrific war crimes against the Yemeni people were, and are continuing to be, perpetrated?!?

They have been no where; and why?!? Because our country's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, believes that the bomb sales this country has done, plus other weapons of war we have sold the Saudis are "good for business."

Economically, of course, he is quite right; people don't want to buy GMO-laced food, or products that break down one day after the product warranty expires, which is pretty much all we have to offer; except for the bombs and bullets we make reasonably well (next to those of China and Russia, of course), and supply them to the highest bidders.

I wish I did not live in a country whose government commits war crimes with impunity, and I wish, by making people aware enough of these war crimes, some peaceful, and reasonable change in the status of how this government does business, and with whom, might happen.

But that is going to take a national movement, which represents us all, for real change to invigorate a national dialogue which is way above party skirmishes; I sincerely hope that this can be accomplished.

Oct 23 11:39

Saudis reportedly scrap coverup plan because Khashoggi 'body double' wore the wrong shoes

An alleged Saudi Arabian plot to cover up the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi went awry after a suspected Khashoggi "body double" wore the wrong shoes, a diplomat familiar with the matter told The Washington Post, according to an article published Monday.

The report came shortly after CNN published footage that appeared to show a man exiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2 wearing a fake beard and glasses, as well as the pants, shirt and jacket that Khashoggi was seen wearing when he entered the building earlier in the day.

"It was a flawed body double, so it never became an official part of the Saudi government's narrative," the diplomat told the Post.

Oct 23 11:39

U.S. MEDIA REFUSES TO INFORM THE PUBLIC WHEN ITS COMMENTATORS AND PUNDITS ARE PAID FOREIGN AGENTS

Unbelievably – Rothkopf has the audacity to criticize Trump for having “repeatedly shown great fondness for foreign leaders—even despots and known murderers, human rights abusers and criminals”, while Rothkopf himself is literally a paid agent working to disseminating propaganda for one of the most repressive regimes on the planet, one that does much of the Saudis’ dirty work for it in Washington. And the fact that the Daily Beast makes no disclosure of any of this is what makes this practice – having paid lobbyists and consultants for foreign regimes and corporations masquerade as objective and neutral analysts of the news – such a massive journalistic scandal and fraud.

– From today’s Intercept article: MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely amazing, but perfectly predictable for the corporate presstitutes.

Oct 23 11:38

Cholera epidemic in Yemen now affects 1 million people

The war-torn country is experiencing the worst cholera epidemic the world has seen in a decade according to the Red Cross. Yet cholera is not the only problem Yemenis face, they also lack food, water, medicine and fuel.

Oct 23 11:38

Khashoggi murder has set back US-Israel effort to confront Iran

The uproar over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul October 2 is obviously the biggest story in the world right now and though Israel is maintaining a strategic silence so as not to hurt its new ally, responses to the outrage in the U.S. are not all ideological, or ascribable to the Israel lobby.

The thrust of American mainstream commentary on the case appears to be: the murder is too much to swallow, but Saudi Arabia is too valuable an ally to lose, given the US-Israeli-Saudi alliance against Iran and the Saudi role of imposing a possible “deal” on the Palestinians. So Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman needs to get out of the way.

Israel is already a big loser in the fallout from the murder, as it is throwing shade on Israel’s rightwing friends, including Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Mideast negotiator and counterpart of bin Salman.

Oct 23 11:22

KHASHOGGI’S BODY PARTS FOUND IN GARDEN OF SAUDI CONSUL GENERAL’S HOME – SKY NEWS SOURCE

Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky News sources, who added that he had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured.”
The sources’ claim echoes a statement by Do?u Perinçek, leader of the left-wing Vatan party on Monday night. Perinçek told Turkish television that Khashoggi’s “body parts” had been recovered from a well in the Saudi consul’s garden, and added that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would explain the findings later on Tuesday.

The news comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains, after the Saudi government admitted Khashoggi had been murdered, albeit in a “fist fight” with officials inside the consulate in Istanbul.

"Jamal Khashoggi's body parts have been discovered" - Sources have told @AlexCrawfordSky "grisly details" about how Jamal Khashoggi's body parts were discovered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While it is certainly not beyond Saudi Arabian royalty to plan such an event (they kill women and children routinely in Yemen, and think not a thing of it), why has the Turkish government not circulated the pictures which would authenticate this alleged find?!?

So, Turkish government, where, please, is the actual evidence this happened?!?

Because without it, your collective credibility is in tatters, if this is some sort of attempt at making the optics of this alleged assassination look even worse than they already are.

Oct 23 09:44

Buchanan: Time for Trump to Cut the Prince Loose?

Was the assassination of JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald still getting as much media coverage three weeks after his death as it did that first week after Nov. 22, 1963? Not as I recall.

(*that's as far as I got . We still talk about The JFK assassination some 55 years on , after the first week after 11.12.1963 )

Oct 23 09:15

The Saudis Keep Changing Their Story on the Murder of Khashoggi. What Should We Do?

The Saudi version of the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi seems to change every day or so. The latest is the Saudi government claim that the opposition journalist was killed in a “botched interrogation” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Or was it a fist-fight? What is laughable is that the Saudi king has placed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a prime suspect, in charge of the investigation of Khashoggi’s murder!

Though the official story keeps changing, what is unlikely to change is Washington’s continued relationship with Saudi Arabia. It is a partnership that is in no way beneficial to Americans or the US national interest.

Oct 23 09:08

How Saudi Arabia kept contradicting itself over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

SAUDI Arabia wants you to believe its account of a journalist’s abrupt disappearance. But too many little things don’t add up.

Saudi Arabia has finally admitted that Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Istanbul.

AFTER more than two weeks of international pressure, Saudi Arabia finally came clean.

In its most recent admission, the kingdom claimed journalist Jamal Khashoggi had died after he entered into a fight with Saudi officials who had been sent to meet him.

The past 17 days have seen the kingdom’s story rapidly changing, with Riyadh continually adjusting its account of events in accordance with growing evidence and global outrage.

Oct 23 09:07

Surveillance footage shows Saudi 'body double' in Khashoggi's clothes after he was killed, Turkish source says

A member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed, a senior Turkish official has told CNN.

CNN has obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government's investigation, that appears to show the man leaving the Saudi consulate by the back door, wearing Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard, and glasses.

The same man was seen in Khashoggi's clothing, according to the Turkish case, at the city's world-famous Blue Mosque just hours after the journalist was last seen alive entering the consulate on October 2.

The man in the video, identified by the official as Mustafa al-Madani, was allegedly part of what investigators have said was a hit squad, sent to kill the journalist during a scheduled appointment to get papers for his upcoming wedding.

Oct 23 06:05

Can Saudi Arabia get away with murder?

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is promising to reveal the "naked truth" about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

That will be the first official release of details.

Unofficially, Turkish sources have repeatedly leaked gruesome accounts of how Khashoggi was killed and dismembered three weeks ago.

The journalist was missing for two weeks before Saudi leaders eventually admitted his killing, they say by mistake.

Their story has changed since then. What's being described as a "rogue operation" is the latest explanation.

What is not changing is the kingdom's insistence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not order the operation to kill.

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Oct 22 14:22

Watch: Saudi Consulate Employees Burn Documents Day After Khashoggi Killing

The drumbeat of incriminating leaks from the Turkish investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi has continued apace Monday afternoon. And in the latest salacious piece of evidence that appears to support the theory that Khashoggi's murder was a premeditated act ordered by a senior official in his government, if not the Crown Prince himself, a Turkish TV station has aired footage showing employees from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul burning documents on Oct. 3, the day after Khashoggi disappeared inside the consulate and was never seen again.

Per Middle East Eye, Turkish television channel A Haber released on Monday a video seemingly filmed by a small drone of consulate employees throwing documents into a fire outside of the consulate building.

Oct 22 12:55

Saudi Arabia pays UK firms millions to boost image

London has become a hub for global Saudi public relations and media influence campaigns, with British firms earning millions of pounds from efforts to improve the image of the kingdom and its regional allies in recent years, a Guardian investigation has found.

The reputation of Saudi Arabia, always controversial due to its record on human rights and involvement in the ongoing Yemeni war, has taken a battering in the past fortnight following the apparent murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Oct 22 12:50

Ron Paul: The Saudis Keep Changing Their Story On Khashoggi. What Should We Do?

The Saudi version of the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi seems to change every day or so. The latest is the Saudi government claim that the opposition journalist was killed in a “botched interrogation” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Or was it a fist-fight? What is laughable is that the Saudi king has placed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a prime suspect, in charge of the investigation of Khashoggi’s murder!

Though the official story keeps changing, what is unlikely to change is Washington’s continued relationship with Saudi Arabia. It is a partnership that is in no way beneficial to Americans or the US national interest.

Oct 22 09:07

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi murder suspect had spy training

The BBC has uncovered new details about one of the men accused of murdering Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who was critical of his country’s government.

Turkish media identified Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb as being part of a 15-member team of suspected Saudi agents who flew into and out of Istanbul on the day of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance from the city’s Saudi consulate on 2 October.

He is said to have spent two years working in London, with a source describing him as a colonel in Saudi intelligence to US news network CNN.

Oct 22 08:12

Surveillance Footage Shows Saudi Operative in Khashoggi's Clothes After He Was Killed

One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed in Turkey, a senior Turkish official told CNN.

CNN has obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government's investigation, that appears to show the man leaving the consulate by the back door, wearing Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard, and glasses.

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(*INTERESTING: as the world's confidence in The American President continuously seems to diminish , the world turns straight to the one Fake NEWS outlet The POTUS trusts the least )

Oct 22 05:53

Khashoggi's 'body double' is pictured leaving Saudi consulate wearing fake beard, murdered journalist's clothes and glasses hours after Saudi intelligence officers butchered him

CCTV images have emerged showing a Saudi intelligence officer dressed in a fake beard and Jamal Khashoggi's clothes and glasses on the day the journalist disappeared.

The man was captured on surveillance cameras leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and walking around the city on October 2.

He is said to have been part of the 15-man Saudi team wanted for questioning over the death of journalist Khashoggi. The footage is believed to have been taken just hours after the writer was last seen alive entering the embassy.

Oct 21 18:05

Jamal Khashoggi death: Saudi Arabia says journalist was murdered

Saudi Arabia says that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, blaming a "rogue operation" for a killing that has sparked an international outcry.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News the act was a "tremendous mistake" and denied the influential crown prince ordered the killing.

Oct 21 10:19

Official Flip-Flop on Khashoggi Shocks Saudis

Saudi Arabia’s about-face admission that journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul earlier this month sent shockwaves through a country where many had believed -- and defended -- initial official claims that the authorities had nothing to do with it.

“A very sad day for this nation, to see what the country had descended into,” said one Saudi man, who spoke on condition of anonymity to criticize a government that tolerates virtually no dissent. “No country is perfect, but used to be proud that the country had a certain morality that aligned with Arabian values. We lost that forever unfortunately.”

Oct 21 09:55

Germany Suspends Arms Sales To Saudis Weeks After $500 Million Deal

Less than a month after Germany authorized a shipment of arms to Saudi Arabia and several of its allies, in violation of an arms-sales ban approved by lawmakers from the country's ruling coalition earlier this year, Germany has once again decided to "punish" the Saudis by putting future arms shipments on hold pending the results of an investigation into the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In late September, Germany violated its promise not to supply Saudi Arabia with arms and instead approved a 416.4 million euros ($477 billion) shipment to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. Though German economy minister Peter Altmair wrote a letter to parliament members explaining why Germany's government had approved the sales, the decision was still heavily criticized by the country's opposition, per Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect for this sound and fury against the Saudi government to dwindle in the coming weeks.

Countries selling them weapons with which they assassinate Houthi rebels, will ultimately feel the need to feed their economic "fix" of the money Saudi Arabia pays for their weapons from the UK, Germany, and the United States.

No matter how ridiculous the concept of a 60 year old guy getting into a "fistfight" with a number of Saudi intel people is, it will ultimately the narrative which the Saudis will "successfully sell",. particularly to those countries selling them weapons, like the US.

Oct 21 09:42

How Germany Breaks its Own Laws to Arm Saudi Arabia

The German government is pursuing the interests of the its arms industry, even as this means violating their own laws, their coalition agreement, and promises to the public

Oct 21 09:01

Khashoggi’s body was ‘rolled up in rug’, possibly dumped in forest

Saudi official says Khashoggi’s body was rolled up in rug, disposed of by ‘local cooperator’

As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that in key respects contradicts previous explanations.

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.

A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.

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Oct 21 06:59

Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Killed in Turkey, Arrests Several, Sacks Top General

After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh sacked a top general and arrested several people after confessing that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Turkish city of Istanbul, but made no mention of where his body is.

Saudi Arabia said in a Friday announcement that the preliminary results of its investigation indicate Khashoggi had been killed in a "fight with people who met him in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul”.

Saudi Attorney-General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb stated that Khashoggi died after "discussions" at the consulate devolved into an altercation.

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(*it could be that Khashoggi could have assumably been on The Soros Payroll )

Oct 21 06:34

Whistle-Blower: Bin Salman Advised by Pompeo to Admit Khashoggi's Killing

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has advised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to issue a statement on the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Saudi Arabia's official statement in which it admitted killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was issued after Pompeo's demand during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Sunday.>>>

Oct 20 18:27

‘Inadequate’: Europe dissatisfied with Riyadh’s Khashoggi death story, Berlin talks arms sale freeze

Not satisfied with the Saudi story on how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in Turkey, EU leaders are demanding an in-depth probe, with Germany's foreign minister saying that Berlin shouldn’t sell arms to Riyadh until it’s finished.

Oct 20 12:44

This Is The Worst Case Scenario If Investors Dump Saudi Arabia

So many Wall Street CEOs and other titans of investing and industry have pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" conference that even the Ritz-Carlton, owner of the Riyadh venue hosting the conference (as it did last year), has been slammed by human rights groups over its continued support for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his brutal regime. In perhaps the biggest blow to the conference's clout, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has opted not to attend, eve as President Trump has insisted that Saudi Arabia's story about the circumstances surrounding the (now confirmed) death of critical journalist (and former government insider) Jamal Khashoggi is "credible". To deflect blame away from MbS, the Saudi leadership has orchestrated a purge of the country's senior intelligence apparatus and arrested 18 other Saudi nationals for their "involvement" in orchestrating and carrying out the killing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response reminds me of a line from the Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta, "The Mikado", where the principal states: "I'm very sorry, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances."

And in the coming weeks, we will continue to see the "theatrical performances" of countries and corporations kowtowing to the Saudi royal family and their minions, all for the sake of the money they represent; no crime too horrific, no horrors too excessive, that's just fine!!

And Saudi Arabia will be allowed explain every criminal offensive and repulsive thing that they have done, with the most utterly illogical way possible, like the excuse that Khashoggi died in a fistfight, and the Saudi royal family will expect the rest of the world to collectively swallow this codswallop, as though it were the nectar of the gods.

And we swallow; because... that's the cost of doing business with these people.

We will continue to see horrific human rights prosecutions in Saudi Arabia, particularly those of non-Muslims, enthusiastically pursued, with hands and limbs and throats cut. Christian persecution in Saudi Arabia

We will continue to see female genital mutilations performed in Saudi Arabia,
Female Genital Mutilation, Saudi Arabia

And we will continue to see the US-government-enabled Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen continue as though it is the most normal thing in the world, because for the US Merchants of Death, and their Merchant of Death in Chief, Donald Trump, war is good for business. After all, who do the Saudis buy their weapons from?!?

Well, folks, here is a birdseye view of this war from the Yemeni side (caution: painfully graphic images): and if you loose your lunch upon viewing these images, good; that means that there is some degree of humanity left in you.

Images: Yemeni kids murdered or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombing runs

Yemeni children dying from starvation, courtesy of US/Saudi blockages of Yemeni ports

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, possibly weaponized

But we are so addicted to Saudi oil and Saudi money, we can turn our heads away from horrors this country inflicts on its own people, and the people of other countries, and just collectively shrug our shoulders and simply say to ourselves, "it's just the cost of doing business with these people".

what's wrong with this picture?!?

Bloody everything!!

Oct 20 10:37

West complicit in Saudi crimes, outrage just for show: Analyst

The West is complicit in Saudi crimes and its outrage is just for show, says Daniel Patrick Welch, an American writer and political analyst.

Maybe a minor reshuffling of some heads will take place in Saudi Arabia over the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but no heads would roll, Welch told Press TV in an interview on Friday.

Oct 20 10:05

Breaking — Saudis accept their role in the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying “it was just an argument that got physical”

Jamal Khashoggi, the missing activist and writer last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, was killed in a fight, Saudi state media reported on Friday.

“Discussions between citizen Jamal Khashoggi and those who met him while he was in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a physical altercation, which led to his death,” Saudi Arabia’s attorney general said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal. The announcement of Kashoggi’s death followed the preliminary findings of a probe into what happened to the activist.

State media also quoted prosecutors as saying 18 Saudi nationals are being held on suspicion of being involved in the Washington Post columnist’s death. Saudi state media also said a royal court adviser close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was fired along with three leaders in the kingdom’s intelligence services and other officials.

The statements did not identify the 18 Saudis being held by authorities.

Oct 20 08:41

The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence: Trump, Bin Salman, and Netanyahu

Even if the Saudi monarchy or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular did not murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that regime is an especially evil one in both its domestic and international conduct. To see that, one need only consider the horrendous Saudi war against the people of Yemen, which has been backed by the U.S. government since Barack Obama was in office. That war, with its merciless killing of defenseless thousands, spread of disease, and inevitable benefits to al-Qaeda, is just the latest in a series Saudi atrocities.

Oct 20 07:59

Saudi Arabia's statement on Khashoggi killing in full

After 18 days, Saudi Arabia admits to killing Saudi journalist at the country's Istanbul consulate.

(*America can breath a sigh of relief knowing that his death wasn't PhotoShopped )

Oct 19 12:48

Breaking: Seven of Bin Salman’s Bodyguards Among Khashoggi Suspects

Seven of the 15 men suspected of being involved in an operation to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi belong to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s personal security and protection detail, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Oct 19 09:45

Khashoggi and first principles

This whole dismemberment thing could have, and normally should have, gone away in a couple days ('journalists' just stop writing and talking about it, and poof! it's gone), yet it continues to linger, and perhaps even intensify (this is nuts, something that would have been incomprehensible a few months ago!: "Lindsey Graham Wants to ‘Sanction the Hell Out of Saudi Arabia’ Until Crown Prince Is Ousted").

Oct 19 09:40

Evidence suggests crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing, says ex-MI6 chief

A former head of MI6 has said all the evidence suggests Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that the theory that rogue elements in the Saudi military were responsible was “blatant fiction”.

Sir John Sawers told the BBC his assessment was based on conversations with senior Whitehall sources and his knowledge of the Turkish intelligence services.

The comments came after Donald Trump said he presumed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was dead and that the consequences for Saudi Arabia would be “very severe” if its leaders were found to have ordered the dissident journalist’s killing.

Oct 19 09:39

Saudi Royal Family Considering Replacement For Crown Prince bin Salman: Report

The major French daily Le Figaro on Thursday published a bombshell story which reports the Saudi royal family is actively considering a replacement to crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as next in line to succeed his father King Salman as the kingdom finds itself under the greatest international pressure and scrutiny it's faced in its modern history over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — widely believed to have been killed on orders of MbS himself.

Oct 19 08:45

Saudi Prince calls for military campaign against Kuwait

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Saud has called for a military campaign against Kuwait, sparking a wave of criticism and calls not to meddle in others’ internal affairs.

Al-Saud wrote on Twitter: “Kuwait needs [a] new ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ to purge it from the dirt of [the Muslim] Brotherhood and the supporters of Hamads [the Qatari ruling family"

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(*Bush The First initiated The first Gulf War allegedly because Iraq was assumably screwing with Kuwait )

Oct 19 07:57

What's in Trump's 'deal of the century'? The answers are in plain sight

They note that Israel has already started implementing the deal – entrenching “apartheid” rule over Palestinians – while Washington has spent the past six months dragging its heels on publishing the document.

“Netanyahu has simply got on with deepening his hold on the West Bank and East Jerusalem – and he knows the Americans aren’t going to stand in his way,” said Michel Warschawski, an Israeli analyst and head of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem.

“He will be given free rein to do what he likes...>>>"

Trump Should Trash His "Peace Plan"

Oct 19 07:03

Jamal Khashoggi's murder: The West's selective outrage

The outrage by western governments is in stark contrast to their silence and, in the case of the US and UK, their active support of Saudi Arabia's bloody war in Yemen
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If indeed Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, either deliberately or as the result of interrogation by "rogue" elements from the Saudi authorities, then it is a legitimate source of outrage. This would be murder, by a state - or the organs of a state - of an unarmed journalist, without judicial process, on diplomatic ground outside the territory of the perpetrators' country.

It is this dreadful cocktail of circumstances that explains the general outrage that it has sparked.

Oct 19 05:57

In his 'last' column, Khashoggi wrote on threats to free media

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Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Turkish city of Istanbul on October 2, wrote in the article that "Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate".

"There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet," he wrote in the article published on Wednesday.

"As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives.

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Oct 19 05:35

flashback~12.04.16: Saudi Journalist Banned From Media After Criticising Trump

Jamal Khashoggi’s weekly column in Al Hayat newspaper was not published this week, after appearing every Saturday for almost 5 years

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Oct 19 04:33

What does the Saudi consul’s departure mean?

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Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi’s departure on Oct. 16 is a very intriguing development in the midst of this debate

Whatever happened to Khashoggi in the consulate happened in a place under his authority. Therefore, he has a responsibility. At least his testimony as a witness is of crucial importance for the prosecutors who are leading the investigation to shed light on what exactly happened.

According to the Vienna Convention, there is no obstacle in asking for his testimony or even detaining him.

With his departure from Turkey, Al-Otaibi has left behind an inexplicable contradiction.

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