Assassins Without Borders

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by John Feffer Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia are the latest members of a select international club. Assassins Without Borders has roots that go back, in the modern era at least, to the policies of the Soviet Union, Chile,… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Rejiggers Middle East At Potentially Horrible Cost

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman

by James M. Dorsey The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At stake is… Continue Reading  

Can the EU Lead on Sanctions against Saudi Arabia?

Pier Antonio Panzeri (European Parliament)

by Eldar Mamedov As U.S. lawmakers seek sanctions against those responsible for the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi—a mild critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler—their European counterparts are acting… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi’s Disappearance Belies Saudi Reform Narrative

Jamal Khashoggi (Al Jazeera)

by Emile Nakhleh The disappearance and possible murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi lay bare the “reform” lies that Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has been spouting about his so-called opening up of Saudi society. His thuggish attitude and vicious actions… Continue Reading  

Journalist’s Disappearance Challenges Fragile Middle Eastern Pragmatism

Jamal Kashoggi (POMED via Flickr)

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and Turkey, despite being on opposite sides of Middle Eastern divides, are cooperating in Syria to enable youth and women to acquire skills that would either allow them to compete in the job market or turn… Continue Reading