Kingdom Come

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.” WaPo: Turks tell U.S. officials they have audio and video recordings that support conclusion Khashoggi was killed.

+ Many media sponsors and corporate participants have backed out of an upcoming high-profile investment summit in Riyadh. For now, the big arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia is still on; a matter that’s complicated by a familiar theme. “For President Trump, Saudi Arabia is not just a political ally. It has also been a customer.” Interestingly, while we debate the merits of doing a big arms deal with Saudi Arabia, it’s not clear whether or not that arms deal is real in the first place.

+ AP: “In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations campaign pushing images of the smiling prince meeting with the world’s top leaders and business executives lurks a darker side.” (Editor’s note: Beware of reformers wearing crowns.)

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