5 thoughts on “I’ll let you off with a warning…

  1. サラキン地獄 says:

    “Since the disappearance and apparent killing of a dissident journalist in a Saudi Arabian consulate, some of the most powerful figures in business are distancing themselves from the kingdom. There is one prominent exception: Masayoshi Son, chief executive of the SoftBank Group.
    Mr. Son, the 61-year-old founder of SoftBank, the Japanese internet, energy and financial conglomerate that owns Sprint, is one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest business partners. His company oversees the SoftBank Vision Fund, a technology investment fund that sought $100 billion in investments and received the promise of $45 billion from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund.” (NYT 10/17/18) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/17/business/saudi-investment-conference-masayoshi-son.html

    • Situational ethics says:

      Tech executives withdrew in scores from a high-profile Saudi investment summit amid the uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — but top Silicon Valley companies show no signs they plan to unwind their lucrative business ties with the country.
      The oil-rich kingdom, with its long history of human rights violations, is the single largest funding source for U.S. startups — and a financial pipeline for companies like Uber, Twitter and Tesla. Twitter counts Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal as one of its top shareholders.
      https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/23/silicon-valley-saudi-money-khashoggi-killing-879008 Saudi investors have poured at least $14.1 billion into U.S. companies as of 2017, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data that counted only cases where Saudis have a 10 percent or higher voting ownership.
      As the Saudi investment summit began on Tuesday, one of the country’s top tech partners, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, was nowhere to be found and his name was no longer listed as a speaker on the event’s website, according to reports from the scene.
      Saudi officials are putting $45 billion into SoftBank’s Vision Fund, a massive investment vehicle that has backed U.S. companies like Uber and Slack. Japan-based SoftBank is also majority owner of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint, which is seeking approval from regulators to merge with T-Mobile.

  2. Footnote says:

    “Alleged Saudi role in September 11 attacks” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alleged_Saudi_role_in_September_11_attacks
    See also The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States https://govinfo.library.unt.edu/911/report/index.htm
    7.3 ASSEMBLING THE TEAMS : Recruitment and Selection for 9/11
    “Detainees have offered varying reasons for the use of so many Saudi operatives. Binalshibh argues that al Qaeda wanted to send a message to the government of Saudi Arabia about its relationship with the United States. Several other al Qaeda figures, however, have stated that ethnicity generally was not a factor in the selection of operatives unless it was important for security or operational reasons.
    KSM [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “mastermind of the 9/11 plot”], for instance, denies that Saudis were chosen for the 9/11 plot to drive a wedge between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and stresses practical reasons for considering ethnic background when selecting operatives. He says that so many were Saudi because Saudis comprised the largest portion of the pool of recruits in the al Qaeda training camps. KSM estimates that in any given camp, 70 percent of the mujahideen were Saudi, 20 percent were Yemeni, and 10 percent were from elsewhere. Although Saudi and Yemeni trainees were most often willing to volunteer for suicide operations, prior to 9/11 it was easier for Saudi operatives to get into the United States.”

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