Nice Things

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, Russia is already saying they'll be forced to "respond in kind" if Trump withdraws from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). A new arms race may be around the corner.

Meanwhile, nearly 700,000 people marched through London on Saturday to demand a second referendum on Britain's exit from the European Union or "Brexit."

Finally, Turkish sources have revealed to CNN that a Saudi agent seemingly tried to impersonate Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi after he was killed inside the Saudi consulate. An agent left the consulate in Khashoggi's clothes afterward.

CNN has obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government's investigation, that appears to show the man leaving the Saudi consulate by the back door, wearing Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard, and glasses.

The same man was seen in Khashoggi's clothing, according to the Turkish case, at the city's world-famous Blue Mosque just hours after the journalist was last seen alive entering the consulate on October 2.

The man in the video, identified by the official as Mustafa al-Madani, was allegedly part of what investigators have said was a hit squad, sent to kill the journalist during a scheduled appointment to get papers for his upcoming wedding.

Remember when the Saudis originally said Khashoggi left the consulate alive? That was their guy pretending to be him.

There are some other reports floating around that Turkish authorities have a recording of a call between the consulate and the home office in Saudi Arabia that took place when Khashoggi was killed. I think we're going to learn a lot more tomorrow.

  • Badgerite

    Having read some of Jamal Khashoggi’s pieces in the Washington Post I think, as he stated, his purpose in moving to Turkey after experiencing the freedom of the press taken for granted in the west was to establish a movement in the Arab world for a transparent and free press that could openly discuss and talk about issues important to the Middle Eastern region as a whole. I think the Saudis (MBS particularly) saw that as deeply threatening to their power. As they saw Al Jazeera as threatening to their power. However, unlike Al Jazeera, khashoggi envisioned a platform that was less a vehicle for anit-west views and perhaps more a bridge to understanding as to what he found valuable in the west and how those things could be implemented in the Arab world to discuss and perhaps resolve issues.
    Something that could open the floodgates of ideas from more liberal proponents in their own country and elsewhere.
    And yes, he was a pro-democracy Islamist. How is that different from being a pro-democracy Christian.
    He was not a radical fundamentalist and he was certainly not a terrorist or a threat in that way to anyone.
    He seemed to value the stability of the Saudi regime but saw the current steps in liberalization as not entirely genuine.
    The Saudis read his columns. And his proposals to return to the Middle East to work on such a movement probably was the factor that led to their murder of him. I hope someone of the exiles he was in contact with in Turkey picks up his ideas and carries on.

  • katanahamon

    Oh we go again. Guardian has an opinion piece throwing Warren under the bus in favor of “St. Bernie..”…

    “Think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the same? They aren’t
    Bhaskar Sunkara
    Though Warren is an ally of many progressive causes, the best chance we have to reconfigure a generation of American politics lies with Sanders
    Tue 23 Oct 2018 06.00 EDT”

    Bleh! No! Just…nooooo!