Silicon Valley executives suspended participation in a Saudi advisory committee and cancelled plans to attend a high-profile conference.

The story of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world’s attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi’s fate could have vast ramifications for the reputation of Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, who has until now sought to establish himself as a figure of modernization and reform. Already, Khashoggi’s case has elicited an unusually strong response from Western media and parts of the American government alike, casting Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical future in doubt.

Because of course they would. President Donald Trump’s son Don Jr., along with pro-Trump extreme right wing media, are exploiting Washington Post contributing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s interviews with Osama bin Laden to imply that he supported Islamic terror, reports The Daily Beast. Khashoggi is reported to have been abducted, tortured, killed, and dismembered by agents of the Saudi government, inside their embassy in Istanbul.

Jamal Khashoggi case: sponsors urged to pull out of Saudi conference

Economist joins New York Times in withdrawing from ‘Davos in the Desert’ event

The sponsors of a major Saudi investor event to be held in Riyadh later this month are facing calls to end their involvement in the conference after allegations were made about the kingdom’s connection to the disappearance and possible death of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi was a vocal critic of the Saudi government. Then he vanished in Turkey, and grim accounts began to emerge.
President Erdogan queries claim that no video exists from Saudi consulate on day Jamal Khashoggi vanished.
Such material, if made public, could transform the unfolding standoff between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

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Western powers are actively enabling the very human rights violations they seek to expose.

Foreign Minister of Saudi-Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir at a press conference after talks in the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, 25 May 2016. Picture by Bernd von Jutrczenka/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved. Saudi Arabia entered the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in a combative manner. The Kingdom’s delegation did not arrive as representatives of a reformed country, despite over a year of aggressive rebranding efforts. Instead, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and his colleagues took to the podium in the face of strained relationships with Germany and Canada, and a U.N. inquiry into war crimes in Yemen.

Saudi isolation grows over Khashoggi disappearance

Business elites withdraw from summit as Turkish officials claim to have consulate tapes

Saudi Arabia has found itself further isolated over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after the business world turned its back on a high-profile investment conference in the kingdom and US officials claimed audio and video recordings had captured the moment the journalist was murdered in Istanbul.

Donald Trump has made it clear that whatever the outcome of the inquiry into the disappearance of the journalist from the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, the US will not forgo lucrative arms deals with Riyadh. The president says the possibility of Saudi Arabia sourcing its arms from Russia or China instead is unacceptable

Khashoggi affair sets a high-stakes challenge for the Saudis’ allies

The journalist’s disappearance triggers big strategic questions and troubling memories in the west

Jamal Khashoggi’s fate is still unknown, but the repercussions of the Saudi journalist’s disappearance and reports of his killing are being felt around the Middle East, challenging US and western policy and fuelling regional tensions – while raising troubling questions about the future of the conservative kingdom.

How Jamal Khashoggi disappeared – visual guide

The prominent Saudi journalist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Two privately owned jets arrived at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport in the early hours of the morning.

Turkish news source says they include special forces officers and one is close to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Turkey ‘has recording proving Saudi murder’

Audio and video evidence shows missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, the BBC is told.

The Turkish government has told U.S. officials it has audio and video evidence that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and then dismembered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, the Washington Post reportedThursday. The development in the cryptic case of the regime critic’s disappearance, which had already snowballed into a full-fledged international incident, could have significant repercussions for new Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Riyadh is already facing a gathering storm of international pressure in response to the Istanbul-based journalist’s presumed death after entering the consulate and never returning.

 

Senators trigger act requiring Trump to determine if foreign person committed rights violations against the Saudi writer

President Trump is worried that the U.S. response to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance and possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi might crimp American arm sales to the kingdom, which could be jeopardized if Congress and the White House impose sanctions.

 

Recordings prove Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Turkish investigators claim

Sources say audio and video evidence show journalist died at Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkish investigators have claimed video and audio recordings exist that prove Jamal Khashoggi was killed, a sign that Ankara is willing to keep up the pressure on Riyadh to back up its claims it has nothing to do with the dissident journalist’s disappearance.

 

Khashoggi mystery puts Saudi ties with West at risk

The disappearance of a well-known journalist may threaten the reputation of the Saudi crown prince.
Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident, has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

The Prince and the President: Khashoggi Disappearance Raises Tensions

Turkey’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince have not had the easiest relationship. A mysterious disappearance at a Saudi consulate has not helped.

From Wall Street to K Street, Companies Gauge the Risks of Doing Business With Saudi Arabia

A lobbying firm that represent the Saudi government dropped it as a client, as Saudi Arabia struggles with a backlash over allegations that it killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Four top United States senators triggered an investigation on Oct. 10 into the disappearance of a Saudi journalist under a U.S. law intended to hold human rights abusers to account.
The Washington Post – Shane Harris,, Souad Mekhennet, John Hudson, Anne Gearan – Oct 11, 4:36 PM

The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month, according to U.S. and Turkish officials

The suspected murder of the journalist has led to unprecedented pressure on Riyadh. The west should not be tempted to return to business as usual

The Washington Post – Aaron Davis, Erin Cunningham – Oct 11, 5:40 PM

One of the 15 Saudis named by Turkish officials as being involved in the disappearance of a journalist last seen entering a diplomatic consulate in Istanbul is a forensic expert known for pioneering rapid and mobile autopsies, according to

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