| Hugh Fitzgerald: The Saudis and the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Part 2
| Thursday, October 18, 2018
|Jihad Watch : The killing of Jamal Khashoggi reminds us that the Saudi rulers, and
the Crown Prince, are well-versed in the use of violence.
determined to keep themselves in power, and to keep the colossal wealth
to which they help themselves. The 15,000 Saudi royals are collectively
worth $1.7 trillion; they are not about to let go of any of it. Jamal
Khashoggi, though not a royal, began life as well-connected as any
commoner in Saudi Arabia could be.
His grandfather was the personal
physician to King Abdelaziz Al Saud. His uncle was Adnan Khashoggi, who
through his connections in the Saudi government made $4 billion dollars
as an arms dealer. His cousin was Dodi Fayed, Princess Diana’s last
boyfriend, and the son of the billionaire businessman Mohamed Fayed.
Khashoggi has been a leading journalist since the 1970s. He’s been
the chief editor of Al Madina (one of the oldest papers in the kingdom),
worked as a columnist for Al-Arabiya, served as a media advisor to
Prince Turki al Faisal when he was the Saudi ambassador to the United
States, and has been a frequent guest both on Saudi television and on
such international channels as MBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, and Dubai TV.
became the editor-in-chief of Al Watan twice, and on the second
occasion, he quickly got into hot water for publishing a column by the
poet Ibrahim al-Almaee challenging the basic Salafi premises. This led
to Khashoggi’s seemingly forced resignation. On May 17, 2010, Al Watan
announced that Khashoggi resigned as editor-in-chief “to focus on his
However, it is thought that he was forced to resign
due to official displeasure with articles published in the paper that
were critical of the Kingdom’s harsh Islamic rules; the one by al-Almaee
was the last straw.
Read it all here.......................
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 1:11 PM