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Jamal Khashoggi

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Jamal Khashoggi Is Missing And Was Likely Killed By The Saudi Government Or Those Close To It. But Who Was He And Why Did Someone Want To End His Life?


By Karen Weil
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 19, 2018 — Until a few weeks ago, most Americans probably had not heard of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist and prominent critic of his home country’s government. On Oct. 2, the 59-year-old man entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul (for a reason connected to his upcoming marriage) and never came out.

The Turkish government claimed it has solid evidence, including an audio tape, that Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside the embassy by Saudi operatives.

Because Khashoggi held U.S. permanent resident status -- his children were born on American soil -- the case quickly became an explosive international situation.

Donald Trump has been slow to criticize Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman, possibly for financial reasons, including an arms deal or the Saudis patronizing his hotels. He even claimed that because Khashoggi wasn’t an American citizen, it wasn’t his government’s problem.

Political Profundity: Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi is missing and likely dead and killed by the Saudi government or those close to it. But who was he and why did someone end his life? — Oct. 18, 2018

Salman, meanwhile, has seen his reputation as a liberal reformer fade amid reports of his government torturing opponents and cracking down on dissent. His government’s official version of events has also changed several times.

Along with growing criticism of how Trump is handling the Khashoggi situation, there are questions about connections between his son-in-law, Jared Kushner and MBS.

As the furor over Khashoggi grows, Modern Times Publisher John Guzzon and Karen Weil, editor at large, discuss the complicated, unsettling U.S./Saudi relationship and why it may be time to sever ties, how Trump indirectly encourages oppressive regimes, and this may affect the 2018 U.S. election.

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