23 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.”
      https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/08/politics/jared-kushner-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman/index.html
      “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

  7. Murder will out says:

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos writes that the Washington Post’s investigation into David Pecker’s ties to Saudi Arabia ‘seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.’ And the NYT reports on evidence the Saudi crown prince considered killing Jamal Khashoggi long before his death in Istanbul. (MSNBC Morning Joe 2/8/19) https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/the-saudi-arabia-connection-to-the-ami-story-1439388739704
    A year before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told an aide he would use “a bullet” on the journalist if he did not return home and end his criticism of the government, the New York Times reported on Thursday. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-khashoggi-threat/saudi-crown-prince-had-threatened-to-use-bullet-on-khashoggi-nytimes-idUSKCN1PX03B
    Also: The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University’s FOIA lawsuit to force five federal agencies to disclose documents showing whether they fulfilled their “duty to warn” reporter Jamal Khashoggi that he was in danger before he was lured to his death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. https://knightcolumbia.org/sites/default/files/content/Cases/Khashoggi/2018.01.17_ExhA_Amended_Complaint.pdf The day after filing, CNN.com published an op-ed co-written by Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s Executive Director, and Joel Simon, CPJ’s Executive Director, “Why US intelligence should release any Khashoggi files.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/18/opinions/compel-govt-to-release-files-on-khashoggi-opinion-jaffer-simon/index.html

  8. UPDATE says:

    “US President Donald Trump declined to meet a Friday deadline to report to the Senate on whether the White House believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS, ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    A senior administration official told US media that the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests.
    Khashoggi, who was a Washington Post columnist known for his critical writing on the Saudi government, was killed on October 2, 2018, after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His body was dismembered and has not yet been found.” (Al Jazeera 2/8/19) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/trump-misses-senate-deadline-report-khashoggi-killing-190208211123717.html Initially, Saudi Arabia, a US ally, denied any involvement in the killing. But following a series of contradictory statements, the kingdom admitted that a team of Saudi agents killed the writer inside the consulate.
    The CIA report concluded that MBS ordered the murder, a finding the crown prince denies.
    On Thursday, the UN human rights investigator leading the international inquiry into Khashoggi’s murder said evidence showed he was a victim of “a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia”.

  9. Family man says:

    “Praise be to God; whose compassion is all-embracing and Whose mercy is universal; Who rewards His servants for their remembrance [dhikr] [of Him] with His remembrance [of them] – verily God (Exalted is He!) has said, ‘Remember Me, and I will remember you'”
    Opening lines from Kitab al-Adhkar wa’l Da’awat of the Ihya ulum ad-Din” by Al-Ghazali (1058~1111)

  10. Update says:

    “US senators frustrated over White House silence on Khashoggi : Sanctions threatened after ‘zero’ information at briefing on Trump administration’s handling of Saudi writer’s killing.” (Al Jazeera March 4, 2019) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/senators-frustrated-white-house-silence-khashoggi-190305015411701.html See aso “Jamal Khashoggi’s body likely burned in large oven at Saudi home : New documentary says Turkish investigators also found traces of Khashoggi’s blood on walls of the Saudi consul’s office.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/jamal-khashoggi-body-burned-large-oven-saudi-home-190304011823218.html

  11. Update says:

    “US senators blast Saudi rights record, call MBS ‘full gangster’ : Senators challenge Trump’s nominee for US ambassador to Saudi Arabia to take tough line with kingdom on human rights.” (Al Jazeera 3/6/19) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/senators-blast-saudi-rights-record-calls-mbs-full-gangster-190306212408443.html “…Senator Bob Menendez, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s ranking Democrat, said senators were discussing whether to impose new sanctions on Saudi Arabia because of the murder of Khashoggi and the Trump administration’s failure to produce a report under the Global Magnitsky Act, a US law providing for action on human rights violations. “The bottom line is the administration is in violation of the law,” Menendez told Al Jazeera outside the hearing.
    A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Trump on October 10, 2018, triggering a Magnitsky investigation and asking for a determination on MBS’s role in Khashoggi’s killing.
    US intelligence agencies have determined MBS ordered the killing, according to senators.
    “The law is very clear. The administration had to give us, within 120 days of the letter that I and former chairman Corker sent to the president, to have a specific determination on the crown prince. And so now the question is, whether the Senate must act in having its own set of sanctions,” Menendez said.
    Senators were frustrated when US Treasury Department officials offered no new information on Khashoggi during a closed-door briefing on Monday.”

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