Friday, October 19, 2018

Will Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance Impact US-Saudi Relations? I Inside Story

President Donald Trump has acknoweldged for the first time that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is likely dead.

More than two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, his fate remains unclear; but US President Donald Trump has admitted, for the first time, the journalist may have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump's comments, are a shift for the White House, and he's warning of 'severe' consequences if the Saudi leadership is involved. The shift in tone comes following his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Riyadh and Ankara earlier this week.

The president is now under mounting pressure to take action. Members of the House of Representatives have sent him a letter calling for sanctions against Saudi Arabia; so, how will this case impact the long-standing relationship between Washington and Riyadh?

Presenter: Imran Kahn | Guests: Kenneth Roth - Executive Director of Human Rights Watch; Galip Dalay - Research Director of Al Sharq Forum; Georges Malbrunot - Middle East Reporter at Le Figaro.

Jared Kushner Is Neck Deep in the Saudi Arabia Cover-up

According to new reports, Jared Kushner has been helping soothe Donald Trump’s nerves about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi Arabia, telling the President that the public is going to forget about it very soon. While the public does have a short attention span, an administration that is covering up the death of a permanent resident at the hands of a foreign government isn’t the kind of thing that people seem to gloss over, especially considering the financial connections between the two families. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Dr. Madawi Al-Rasheed: In Khashoggi Murder, Saudi Arabia Must Not Be Allowed to Investigate Itself

As details continue to emerge about the disappearance and probable murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, we speak with Saudi dissident Madawi Al-Rasheed about Khashoggi’s history as a Saudi journalist & government insider and the future of Saudi Arabia. She is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics Middle East Center. She was stripped of her Saudi citizenship in 2005 for criticizing Saudi authorities. Her new piece in the New York Times is titled “Why King Salman Must Replace M.B.S.”

Brexit: Will There Be a Second Referendum? – UpFront

On this week’s UpFront, we debate Brexit and the prospects of a second referendum with Daniel Hannan, Conservative Member of the European Parliament and Lord Adonis, former Labour Cabinet Minister.

And we talk to Julián Castro, a former Obama cabinet official and a possible future US presidential candidate, about immigration, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and his vision for the future of the Democratic party in an age of Trump.

Paul Jay on the US-Saudi ‘Special Relationship’

The likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has inspired a new debate about the US's "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia. TRNN's Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics.

US Intel Officials: Inconceivable Saudi Prince Had No Link To Khashoggi Death | Hardball | MSNBC

Critics of Saudi Arabia are concerned Trump is allowing the Saudis to come up with a cover story that will clear Saudi leadership of any responsibility.

Leaked: Jamal Khashoggi's Fingers Cut Off While Still Alive

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince in the Spotlight after Khashoggi 'Murder' | Al Jazeera English

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rapid ascent took the international community by surprise. In the past 18 months, he consolidated power and attempted to project himself as a reformer and moderniser. But the Khashoggi case has swung the spotlight onto areas in which the crown prince has been less than reform-minded. Al Jazeera's Dorsa Jabbari reports.

How Will the Khashoggi Case Impact the Reign of MBS?

Ahmed Bedier of United Voices for America tells TRT World that even within the Saudi monarchy, there are those who strongly disagree with the decisions of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

How Dangerous Is It to Be a Journalist in the Arab World? l Inside Story

Turkish sources say investigators have found 'important samples' at the Saudi consulate in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

The case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has shocked and capitvated the world, as information trickles out about his disappearance, and possible murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Beyond the gruesome details, at the core of this story is a journalist, who had been threatened for his reporting and opinions.

Khashoggi wrote critically about the Saudi government, warning the world, that Saudi Arabia could never be a democracy under the current crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. He highlighted the plight and struggles of journalists in his country, saying there was no space for free speech since journalists and intellectuals are often jailed for expressing their views. So, how much of a threat are journalists to Arab governments?

Presenter: Hazem Sika | Guests: Saad Al-Faqih - Saudi dissident; Ravi Prasad - Director of Advocacy with the International Press Institute; David Hearst - Editor in Chief of the Middle East Eye.

The White House Doesn't Want To Know The Truth: Richard N. Haass | Morning Joe | MSNBC

The government of Turkey let out details of details from audio recordings describing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Meanwhile, recordings of President Trump in 2015 find him discussing his financial ties to Saudi Arabia. The panel discusses.

Ex-Saudi Princess Exposes Alleged Saudi Control over UK Courts, Sinn Fein MP on Brexit

On today's episode of Going Underground, Ex-Saudi Princess Janan Harb and alleged wife of the late King Fahd discusses her allegations of Saudi Influence over UK Courts and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Next, Paul Maskey from Sinn Fein joins Afshin Rattansi to discuss the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the confidence and supply agreement Theresa May has with the DUP and the future of Northern Ireland after Brexit. Also, Steve Topple joins us for Broken News where he and Afshin discuss Universal Credit causing a rise in prostitution, the Grenfell Tower area contaminated with high toxicity, Richard Branson on corporate welfare and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman allegedly moving to purchase Man Utd!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jamal Elshayyal: Response to Khashoggi’s Death Will Determine Future of Saudi Arabia & Middle East

New details have emerged in the disappearance and probable death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was reportedly still alive when his body was dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago. A Turkish source says it took Khashoggi seven minutes to die. The New York Times reports four of the 15 Saudi men implicated in the killing are directly linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s security detail. We speak with Jamal Elshayyal, an international award-winning senior correspondent for Al Jazeera. He wrote a piece for the Middle East Eye last year titled “The rise of Mohammed bin Salman: Alarm bells should be ringing.”

How Will Jamal Khashoggi's Possible Death Affect MBS? l Inside Story

Saudis close to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman may be involved in what Turkish sources say is the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Al Jazeera’s been told that a bodyguard for the Crown Prince led the operation which led to Khashoggi’s torture and death in Istanbul.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate 15 days ago. A joint Saudi-Turkish investigation team searched the building. Turkish sources say there is further evidence that suggest Khashoggi was killed there.

The Saudis are continuing to deny any links to his disappearance; and Mohmmed Bin Salman is distancing himself from the scandal. But can he really? And will it affect his grip on power?

Presenter: Hazem Sika | Guests: Mohammed Cherkaoui, Professor at George Mason University; Saeed Al Shehabi, Columnist with Al Quds newspaper; Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program with The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

#democracynow : Top US News & World Headlines — October 17, 2018

Trump's Saudi Defense Leaves Sanders Stunned

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reacted to President Trump's comments suggesting the criticism Saudi Arabia has received over a missing Saudi journalist is premature, comparing these accusations to the sexual assault allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Who Killed Jamal Khashoggi? l Inside Story

The joint Saudi-Turkish team investigating the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has searched the consulate, and attention is now turned to the consul's home.

The Turkish Attorney General's office told Al Jazeera there is evidence Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, something Saudi Arabia had consistently denied. But media sources in the U.S. suggest the Kingdom is preparing to acknowledge he died during an interrogation that went wrong.

King Salman said he didn't know anything about it in a phone call with President Trump who then suggested “rogue killers” may be to blame. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now in Riyadh looking for answers as to what actually happened after Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2nd.

Presenter: Imran Khan | Guests: Osman Sert, Research Director at Ankara Institute; John H Jones, former US Senior Congressional Adviser; Selman Aksunger, lecturer at the Istanbul Center of International Law

Khashoggi Picked the Wrong Prince

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi should be denounced. Professor As`ad AbuKhalil says western media's uncritical praise of Khashoggi is unworthy, he was a loyal member of the Saudi propaganda apparatus and chose the wrong side of the House of Saud.

The Angry Arab News Service »

#democracynow : Former Saudi Political Prisoner: Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is Sending a Gruesome Message to Critics

Saudi Arabia will allow Turkey to search its consulate in Istanbul Monday afternoon, nearly two weeks after prominent journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the consulate on October 2. He has not been seen since. This news comes amid mounting international outcry that Saudi Arabia explain Khashoggi’s shocking disappearance, after Turkish officials accused the Saudis of assassinating Khashoggi, dismembering him and smuggling body parts out of the consulate. In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”, Trump said Saudi Arabia would suffer “severe consequences” if it was found responsible. But Trump has repeatedly said he opposes ending U.S. weapons sales to the kingdom, which he claims are worth $110 billion to U.S. companies. The Saudi Foreign Ministry has responded to Trump’s threats saying if it “receives any action, it will respond with greater action.” The Saudis deny Khashoggi was killed in their consulate. We speak with Ali Al-Ahmed, a Saudi dissident and founder & director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs. He was a political prisoner in Saudi Arabia when he was 14 years old—the youngest political prisoner at that time.

Turkey Searches Saudi Consulate in Khashoggi Case

Monday, October 15, 2018

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey Looking for a Face-saving Compromise? l Inside Story

The proposed search of the consulate follows a phone call between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

King Salman is committed to a joint investigation. The Saudis deny Khashoggi was murdered and his body dismembered and removed by a 15-man 'hit squad' which flew into Istanbul on the day he disappeared.

As international pressure intensifies for answers from the Saudis, Donald Trump is sending America's top diplomat to meet King Salman.

Why has it taken so long for the Saudis to open their doors?

Presenter: Imran Khan | Guests: Nihad Awad - Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations; Steven Schneebaum - International lawyer; Chis Phillips - Former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office in the UK

President Donald Trump Ditches 'Moralism' During 60 Minutes Interview | Morning Joe | MSNBC

The president sat down for an interview with 60 MInutes' Lesley Stahl, which aired Sunday evening. During the discussion, Trump discussed North Korea's Kim Jong Un and why he's not a 'baby.'

Why Is the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi a Challenge for the White House?

Susan Page, Jonah Goldberg and Susan Glasser join John Dickerson to discuss the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and how the Trump administration could respond if Saudi Arabia had a hand in it.

Trump Voter: I'm Afraid of Dictator in White House

Independent voter Anthony Miles expresses regret for voting for President Trump in 2016, saying Trump doesn't have "empathy for anything."

#democracynow : Top US News & World Headlines — October 15, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman and the Media | The Listening Post

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saudi Arabia Promises to Retaliate over Any Sanctions

Saudi Arabia is promising to retaliate against any sanctions over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

Female Power in Saudi Arabia | DW Documentary

Khashoggi Is Not Alone

Kidnapped: The Lost Princes: Saudi Arabia - a key ally of the UK and America - has been ruled as an absolute monarchy since its foundation. Any opposition in the country is often brutally oppressed. BBC Arabic has been investigating allegations the Saudi monarchy has operated a system of illegal abduction and capture of dissident princes who have criticised the government, including evidence of princes kidnapped in Europe and forced back to Saudi Arabia, where they've not been heard from since. Reda El Mawy reports.

Rubio on Saudi Arabia: If Trump Won't Act, Congress Will

Saturday, October 13, 2018

What's Behind the Arab Silence over Khashoggi Fate? l Inside Story

There has been no official reaction in the Arab world to the possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

The Arab world stays silent. A Saudi journalist and critic of the Saudi leadership has possibly been killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But there's been no official reaction from any Arab government, and no condemnation from the Arab media.

The international community is demanding answers, and pressure is growing on Saudi Arabia to explain Khashoggi's disappearance. Now reports are emerging about evidence said to prove the journalist was murdered soon after entering the consulate and that the smartwatch he was wearing could potentially help solve the mystery.

The Turkish newspaper Sabah, quoting security sources, says the journalist may even have recorded his own death and the audio recording sent to both his phone and icloud. So what's behind the Arab silence?

Presenter: Imran Khan | Guests: Mohamad Elmasry, chairman of the journalism programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies; Saeed Al-Shehabi, columnist at Al Quds and leader of the Bahrain Freedom Movement; Dauod Kuttab, board member of the International Press Institute.

Ex-Ambassador Jordan on Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Oct.11 -- Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, discusses the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how it may affect U.S.-Saudi relations. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power."

World This Week: The Backlash over Khashoggi; Mbappé Fever; Bavaria's Elections

Mystery Surrounds Disappearance of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

This year alone, 43 journalists have been killed while doing their jobs or as a direct result of the work they do. This week, another journalist is presumed dead for the same reason. Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey — a mystery worthy of a spy novel.

On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Adam Reilly, of WGBH News; Tom Fiedler, of Boston University; Dan Kennedy, of Northeastern University; and Mike Nikitas, former NECN anchor.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Where Does Case of Missing Journalist Leave Saudi Arabia? l Inside Story

Reports say Turkey and US has video and audio recordings to prove murder of Saudi journalist. It's been ten days since journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing in Turkey.

US and Turkish officials have now been quoted saying they have proof that the Saudi critic was killed inside his country's consulate in Istanbul.

Outrage over the case has been widespread and it's threatening to destroy Saudi Arabia's image makeover.

Diplomatic pressure’s now increasing... and businesses are getting nervous and pulling out of deals with Saudi Arabia. So what does it mean for this oil-rich country?

Presenter: Imran Khan | Guests: Sigurd Noybauer, non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum; Gilbert Ashcar, professor in development studies and international relations at the School of Oriental & African Studies - part of the University of London; Mohammed Shercaoui, professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University

Opinion | 'His Words Aren't Gone': Our Missing Friend, Jamal Khashoggi

Columnist David Ignatius, Jamal Khashoggi's longtime friend, and Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's editor, talk about the "kind, gentle" Post contributor, who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Exclusive: Stormy Daniels Tell-all Interview | 60 Minutes Australia

Stormy Daniels tell-all interview in which she reveals how 90 seconds of what she describes as “the least impressive” sex she has ever had has led to one of the most titillating political scandals in United States history.

Jamal Khashoggi: The World Demands Answers – UpFront

How the US Should Respond to Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

As details of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance emerge, some business leaders are protesting the Saudi government by pulling out of an upcoming summit. Meanwhile, lawmakers are urging President Trump to take decisive action. Foreign affairs correspondent Nick Schifrin talks to Robert Jordan, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, for his perspective on the incident and the response.

#democracynow : Top US News & World Headlines — October 12, 2018

Report: Turks Claim Evidence Of Missing Washington Post Journalist | The Last Word | MSNBC

Washington Post Reporter Shane Harris joins Lawrence O'Donnell with reports that Turkish officials say there are tapes proving that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside a Saudi consulate.

Lindsey Graham: 'Hell To Pay' If Saudis Murdered Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey Has Recordings of Khashoggi's Killing

US media say Turkey has told American officials it has audio and video recordings that prove Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

According to the Washington Post, the recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he entered there on October the second. The report said the security team killed the journalist and dismembered his body after torturing him. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump ruled out the possibility of stopping arms sales to Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi’s disappearance.