Recently disappeared Jamal Khashoggi is (perhaps more precisely was) a Saudi journalist and author who also wrote for the Washington Post as a columnist mainly about domestic issues of Saudi Arabia.
In his articles written for
His opinions, of course, were sometimes contradicting the standpoint of the Saudi government, but ultimately he hasn’t ever called for rebellion or cited unrest. Khashoggi has pointed out in his article, titled ‘Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable.‘ from September 2017 – just over a year ago – that,
“With young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, he promised an embrace of social and economic reform. He spoke of making our country more open and tolerant and promised that he would address the things that hold back our progress, such as the ban on women driving.
But all I see now is the recent wave of arrests. Last week, about 30 people were reportedly rounded up by authorities, ahead of the crown prince’s ascension to the throne. Some of the arrested are good friends of mine, and the effort represents the public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to express opinions contrary to those of my country’s leadership. The scene was quite dramatic as masked security men stormed houses with cameras, filming everything and confiscating papers, books
These arrests, naturally, were aimed at organizations and individuals working in the media and, quite unnecessarily, has targeted many who were supporting the Saudi government. This was about a month after many Saudi princes had been detained. Furthermore, he continues by explaining the strange situation stating,
“In 2003 and again in 2010, I was fired from my job as editor in chief of a “progressive” paper, Al-Watan. During the years in between, I served as media adviser to Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to Britain and then the United States. Perhaps it seems odd to be fired by the government and then serve it abroad. Yet that is truly the Saudi paradox. In the starkest terms, Saudi Arabia is trying to moderate the extreme viewpoints of both liberal reformers and conservative clerics. And the arrests span that spectrum.
Why would this climate of fear and intimidation be so prevalent when a young, charismatic leader is promising long-awaited reforms to spur economic growth and diversify our economy? The crown prince is popular, and his reform plan was supported by most of the 30 clerics, writers and social media superstars who were rounded up in the middle of the night.”
The government of Saudi Arabia, or rather groups in the Saudi government seem to be quick to fire individuals who are
In the following piece titled ‘Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is acting like Putin‘,
“Saturday night’s high-profile arrests in Saudi Arabia have sent shock waves through the global political Richter scale. The arrests, including that of such well-known figures as my former boss Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, came within hours of changes in the leadership of a number of important ministries, as well as to the leadership and structure of the much-respected Saudi national guard.” […]
“Saudi royals view themselves as The Party, sharing power and ruling by consent, in an arrangement that is largely opaque. What is absolutely clear after Saturday’s “Night of the Long Knives” is that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is upending this arrangement and centralizing all power within his position as crown prince.” […]
“Another example is building an airport in the wrong location simply to benefit the princes who own the land. They received the land for free from the government and then got extravagant compensation for the property.” […]
“‘Inefficient spending’ is a far too gentle description for corruption in Saudi Arabia. So yes, I, as a Saudi citizen, am eager to see this scourge end. I have always wondered why the royals monopolized ownership of land in Saudi Arabia to such an extreme that fewer than 40 percent of Saudis are able to own their home. (In the United States, the rate is above 60 percent.) We are no longer a wealthy country, largely due to gross mismanagement of our rather formidable
As of now, I would say Mohammed bin Salman is acting like Putin. He is imposing very selective justice. The crackdown on even the most constructive criticism — the demand for complete loyalty with a significant “or else” — remains a serious challenge to the crown prince’s desire to be seen as a modern, enlightened leader.”
Follower of Bin Laden
Jamal Khashoggi was a former follower and personal admirer of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The bin Laden army invited “independent” journalists to report on his efforts. He also called multiple time for an “Arab Spring spearheaded by Saudi Arabia”, which later
However, the story doesn’t stop here. Arab journalists who are familiar with the work of Khashoggi have written articles about the disconnect between what the western mainstream media covers and the real Khashoggi. In an article by As`ad AbuKhalil, ‘Khashoggi Was No Critic of Saudi Regime‘ he describes the situation quite differently.
A cog in the Saudi Propaganda Machine
According to his biography and other Saudi journalists, he was a journalist at at least half a dozen Saudi newspapers over the years. As`ad AbuKhalil clearly states that he was a cog in the Saudi propaganda machine delivering highly-sanitized content.
An Editor… and a Censor
Jamal Khashoggi in an interview in Arabic has admitted to being an editor and a Censor. He was one of the people responsible for creating the tilted stage in Saudi Arabia. As`ad AbuKhalil clearly states in his article, that “there is no journalism in Saudi Arabia; there is only crude and naked propaganda.”
Wrong Princes, Wrongs Bets
Jamal Khashoggi was definitely not a freedom fighter. Jamal simply knew that he had to
Naturally, this is quite early to judge who was behind the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, since the case is still under investigation by the Turkish police. Saudi Arabia had the opportunity and perhaps even the motive. There might be other reasons why this disappearance occurred that we cannot gather based on his biography and the articles he wrote, but if it indeed happened within the premises of the Saudi embassy in Ankara, then it’s definitely on the Saudis.
The Cult of ‘Yes Men’
We have seen the crown prince and other officials act with relentless cruelty before, about a year ago when multiple Saudi princes met their ends some hit the desert sand hard while traveling in a helicopter.
The government of Saudi Arabia, but especially the current crown prince is not looking for partners, but rather for people who are subordinate to him, executing his every wish without caring to think about what they are doing. No constructive criticism is wanted and some will might get punished with extreme precaution.
Politicians of our time, including Erdogan and Donald Trump after harsh words, the mentioning of sanctions and a ‘severe punishment‘ were quick to change their theories and standpoints. Erdogan personally met Saudi officials and King Salman himself, while Trump sent his trusty minion,
The investigation into the case by Turkish officials has started already. However, there has already been a small issue already involving the case meaning, somebody has made a suicide bomb threat.
It is evident that the
U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear a few hours ago that the United States involve itself not in the Middle East because of the value of democratic principles, but because it needs to project power over the Middle Eastern states in order to protect the petrodollar, sell U.S. weapon systems and secure large sums of investments into the U.S. economy.
The basic geopolitical situation in the Middle East is quite simple, there are two
Donald Trump and others like Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron cannot afford to
Saudi Arabia currently seems to only care about oil revenue and domestic public order, it doesn’t matter if the U.S. or Russia is its superpower supporter. The king of Saudi Arabia and President Putin are supposed to meet most likely about a month from now. The recent visit of Saudi Arabian King Salman to the Russian Federation just shy of a full year ago, signaled a new possible direction for Saudi Arabia, realigning itself with Russia, Iran, and Syria. That would mean a Russian military base within Saudi Arabia and big Russian weapon system purchases. If that would ever happen instead of the U.S., Russia would be giving defense concessions to Saudi Arabia gravely endangering the petrodollar system and shaking global markets.