18 thoughts on “Just a mirage

  1. Predictable says:

    “The US-Saudi relationship must be preserved – our national interest demands it” (FOX News) https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/the-us-saudi-relationship-must-be-preserved-our-national-interest-demands-it “I don’t want to talk about any of the facts,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists before leaving Riyadh on Wednesday.
    President Donald Trump, who earlier warned of “severe punishment” if the kingdom was found culpable for Khashoggi’s disappearance, criticized the allegations against the kingdom and compared it to the accusations of sexual assault leveled against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.
    “Here we go again with you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Mr. Trump told the AP in an interview.

  2. Body of evidence says:

    U.S. Senator refutes suggestions space aliens abducted journalist Jamal Khashoggi or that he fell “through a hole in the space-time continuum”. https://www.voanews.com/a/on-capitol-hill-more-scorn-on-saudi-arabia-over-khashoggi/4617697.html In fact, as the Saudi Govenment officials have stated, the 50 year old Washington Post columnist and dissident journalist entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and died after he got into a fight with members of a 15-person delegation who were there to meet him. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45906396

    • Update says:

      “Turkey’s public prosecutor said Wednesday that Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered upon arrival at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month as part of a premeditated plan to kill the prominent Saudi journalist and dispose of his body.
      The statement, delivered as Saudi Arabia’s own prosecutor left Istanbul for Riyadh, marked the most conclusive official description to date of what happened to the prominent journalist and Washington Post contributing columnist when he entered the diplomatic mission on Oct. 2.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/saudi-arabia-not-fully-cooperating-with-khashoggi-investigation-turkish-official-says/2018/10/31/804bfc2a-dc78-11e8-8bac-bfe01fcdc3a6_story.html?utm_term=.905b8174035f&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
      Meanwhile in the sidebar: “Indonesia has responded with outrage after Saudi Arabia executed an Indonesian domestic worker who was convicted of killing her Saudi employer — even though an activist group says the maid had been defending herself from being raped.
      Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Wednesday that he had called Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to file a complaint and demand to know why Indonesia had not been notified that Tuti Tursilawati was to be executed Monday.
      The case highlights the tough position of many of the estimated 11 million foreign workers, from more than 100 nations, who reside in Saudi Arabia. An estimated 2.3 million of them work in households, often as maids.”

  3. Şerefsiz says:

    Al Jazeera News (11/11/18): The head of investigations at the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper has told Al Jazeera that Jamal Khashoggi’s last words were “I’m suffocating … Take this bag off my head, I’m claustrophobic”, according to an audio recording from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
    Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, suffocated to death while a plastic bag covered his head, Nazif Karaman told Al Jazeera.
    Karaman said the murder lasted for about seven minutes, according to the recordings.
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that audio related to Khashoggi’s murder was shared with Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfhEEHqW0I0

  4. Forgettaboutit says:

    “U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday suggested that an audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder may not implicate Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
    “In the assessment of those who have listened to it,” the recording does not directly implicate bin Salman, Bolton said, adding that he had not listened to the tape himself.
    The United States is not the only country holding a copy of the tape, and other nations’ intelligence services are scrutinizing the recording on their own.” https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/13/john-bolton-on-khashoggi-killing-north-korea-and-south-china-sea.html

  5. Update says:

    (CBS News) “The CIA has reportedly concluded that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has so far denied any involvement in the killing, according to sources cited by multiple news outlets.
    Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the crown prince who was based in the U.S. and wrote for the Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jamal-khashoggi-killing-connected-to-mohammed-bin-salman-crown-prince-saudi-arabia-cia-says-today-2018-11-16/
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” Phillip K. Dick, “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon” (1980)

    • Lovecraftian Horror says:

      “The President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, continued to have private conversations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to The New York Times.
      Kushner offered the de facto Saudi ruler advice “about how to weather the storm” following the death of Khashoggi, the Times reported on Saturday, citing a Saudi source familiar with the conversations.
      Although White House protocol stipulated that National Security Council staff be present on all phone calls with foreign leaders, Kushner and bin Salman continued to chat informally after Khashoggi’s death, the Times reported, citing two former senior American officials and two people briefed by the Saudis.
      The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the story.”
      “The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House” (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/08/world/middleeast/saudi-mbs-jared-kushner.html

  6. Dhimmitude says:

    “The NY Knicks will be travelling to London in a few weeks for a game against the Washington Wizards. But center Enes Kanter has announced he won’t be joining them. Kanter, who is Turkish and a frequent critic of Turkey’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he is worried about his safety if he leaves the United States.” http://duckofminerva.com/2019/01/enes-kanter-was-right-to-be-cautious.html#more-34224
    See also “An N.B.A. Star Takes On Erdogan” (NYT 1/9/19) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/sports/kanter-knicks-erdogan-turkey.html

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