Jamal Khashoggi’s death highlights need for unity on World Press Freedom Day

Jamal Khashoggi’s death highlights need for unity on World Press Freedom Day

It’s been seven months since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and dissident, was brutally murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul. His dismembered body has still not been found. The Saudi Royal Family remains the chief suspect.

Yet for globetrotting capitalists in search of opportunity in Riyadh, it’s back to business as usual.

BlackRock founder, Larry Fink, recently told The New York Times he wants to engage the Saudis rather than shun them for whatever internal troubles led to the killing of a respected member of the press and columnist for The Washington Post. Other companies, including Google, Softbank, and HSBC, are also planning business ventures with the Saudis, The Times reported. Continue reading Jamal Khashoggi’s death highlights need for unity on World Press Freedom Day

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Khashoggi’s fiancee renews quest for justice: NYT

Khashoggi’s fiancee renews quest for justice: NYT

The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has renewed her quest to seek answers for the killing, The New York Times reported Friday.

Khashoggi first met Hatice Cengiz at a conference in Istanbul in 2018, and after numerous interactions, the two connected and Khashoggi asked for her hand in marriage.

Everything changed in early October last year when Khashoggi went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for documents that would allow him to marry Cengiz.

Once he entered the consulate, he was subsequently killed. After offering a series of changing narratives to explain what happened, the Saudi government eventually admitted he had died there but blamed the operation on a botched rendition attempt.

In the aftermath, Cengiz met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gave interviews and even helped with a book about Khashoggi’s life. Continue reading Khashoggi’s fiancee renews quest for justice: NYT

President Trump Ends Iran Oil Waivers to Drive Tehran’s Exports to Zero

President Trump Ends Iran Oil Waivers to Drive Tehran’s Exports to Zero

US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil — including allies

The Trump administration won’t renew waivers that let countries buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, according to four people familiar with the matter, a move that roiled energy markets and risks upsetting major importers such as China and India.


U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo planned to announce the decision Monday morning in Washington, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing a plan that hasn’t been formally unveiled. The current set of waivers — issued to China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey — expire May 2.



The administration will also announce commitments from other suppliers, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, that will offset the loss of Iranian crude on the market, according to two of the people.



The decision not to renew the waivers is a victory for National Security Advisor John Bolton and his allies who had argued that the U.S. promises to get tough on Iran were meaningless with waivers still in place. Pompeo and his team had been more cautious, though they also maintained that the market was well-enough supplied to ramp up pressure on Iran.


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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos divorces at  $35bn (£27bn), ex-wife MacKenzie becomes the third richest woman in the world

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos divorces at $35bn (£27bn), ex-wife MacKenzie becomes the third richest woman in the world

JEFF BEZOS, The world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and his wife MacKenzie have agreed on a record-breaking divorce settlement of at least $35bn (£27bn).

Ms Bezos keeps a 4% stake in the online retail giant, worth $35.6bn on its own.

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos in Seattle in 1994, a year after the couple married, and Ms Bezos was one of its first employees. Continue reading Amazon founder Jeff Bezos divorces at $35bn (£27bn), ex-wife MacKenzie becomes the third richest woman in the world