KIT O’CONNELL—Saudi Arabia’s objection to any recognition of LGBT human rights may ultimately be a distraction from the kingdom’s overall fondness for torture in all its forms. Amnesty International’s website declares that “Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world.” In addition to routine use of torture, the NGO also cites “public execution, discrimination, intolerance for free speech, possible (sic) war crimes in Yemen,” among many other offenses.
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CIA Intercept Reveals Saudi Crown Prince Sent 11 Messages To Head Of Khashoggi Hit Team Hours Before Murder
Last week, somebody inside the agency leaked a preliminary report to the Washington Post detailing the agency’s determination that MbS had ordered the killing. And on Saturday morning, the Wall Street Journal published the latest (illegal) intelligence agency leak when it reported on the contents of intercepts revealing that during the hours after and immediately before the killing, MbS had exchanged 11 messages with Saud al-Qahtani, a close aide to the prince who is believed to have supervised the murder squad.
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RAMIN MAZAHERI—Khashoggi (who never discussed things like imperialism or class, to the delight of The Washington Post), openly opposed Jihadist Salafism because his country is not occupied (to his thinking); he also opposes Jihadist Salafism because the rank-and-file Jihadist Salafist would absolutely depose the “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and set up an “Islamic Caliphate of Saudi Arabia” if they ever could. Jihadist Salafism is opposed to the House of Saud even if they are used like a tool by them, and this political contradiction should not be too hard to wrap your mind around. It must be said that Jihadist Salafism is often used synonymously with Wahhabism, but that is not correct – Wahhabism is a subset of Salafism.
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MoA—The pressure on Saudi Arabia, and on Trump, will not recede. The CIA will insist to act on its assessment. The military industrial complex will demand real weapon sales. The media onslaught will also continue. The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi wrote, reports today of torture against women activists in Saudi prisons.
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GARY LEUPP—Actually if one looks at Iran one sees a country with a far better human rights record than Saudi Arabia. Whether you look at women’s rights, or press freedom, or the operation of the legislature and judiciary, religious rights of Christians and other religious minorities including Zoroastrians and Jews, you find that Iran is light years ahead of Saudi Arabia. Only a fool would deny that. But here is the president of the United States, whom (foolish) parents tell their kids is leader of the country, worthy of respect. He is now plainly an accomplice, an enabler, a liar, an object of well-deserved contempt.