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Saudi Dissident Journalist Allegedly Murdered in Turkey

On a March 29,2018 editorial we speculated that if the Saudi heir apparent Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS, so baptized by Thomas Friedman), succeeds in disbanding the religious police, curtailing the power of the religious authority, and allowing women to drive, it would be a welcome change. However, we expressed skepticism that “ the top to down change presented in the prince’s 2030 vision seems to lack mechanisms of accountability and transparency like the disastrous war he is waging in Yemen–the two are hardly based on a winning formula.”

Human right activists and journalists have been outnumbered by MBS’ internet trolls backed by a multi-million PR campaign that presented him to the West as a reformer. Yet, they were supportive of the reform that they have been calling for since decades ago. But lately, they were either imprisoned or exiled.

Many Saudi dissidents are now crowding Western countries where they are more vocal than ever. Sadly, the media covers only the disappearance of high-profile princely dissenters: 1) Prince Sultan Bin Turki, who was kidnapped twice—once from Switzerland (2003) and again from Paris (2106)—his whereabouts still unknown. 2) Prince Turki bin Bandar (police Major) kidnapped as he boarded a Europe bound airplane in Morocco (2015). 3) Saud Bin Saif Al-Nasr kidnapped while on a flight from Milan to Rome but landed in Riyadh.

On Oct 2, 2018, Jemal Khashogji, a prominent exiled Saudi journalist living in the US  was allegedly lured to visit the Saudi consulate in Istanbul—he is believed to have been murdered inside the consulate, where his body was dismembered with bone saws. and moved into the consul general’s residence.

Turkey claims it has an audio-visual evidence of the murder and alleges it was ordered by the highest authority in Saudi and carried out by a 15-member squad of intelligence officers and hit men that flew to Istanbul. The squad included a mortician to deal with the remains of the journalist. According to Turkey, the ‘kill team’ flew to Istanbul in two private jets hours before Jamal entered the consulate at 1 pm. The jet planes flew back to Riyadh a few hours later that same afternoon.

The consulate, however, denies the allegation and insists that Jemal has left the consulate, but failed to provide any CCTV video evidence of him leaving the consulate. Turkish police have not issued a decisive conclusion of where his body allegedly ended up, but reports indicate it was either shipped to Saudi Arabia or carefully discarded somewhere in Turkey.

According to reports, Jemal had contacted the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC to secure official papers to register his wedding to his Turkish fiancé but he was told to get the papers from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi ambassador to the USA is the younger brother of MBS.

Turkish police have also created a timeline of CCTV clips showing Jemal entering the consulate, but he was not seen leaving the premises. The police also aired footage showing the team of 15 people arriving at the Istanbul airport in private planes and heading to the Saudi consulate in six cars. Many cars, including the six cars were seen leaving the consulate and heading to different residential places owned by the Saudis. The police alleged the squad was the executioners who killed Jemal Khashogji and dismembered his body. Suspicious activities were observed at the garage in the consul general’s residence and the international media is pointing a finger to Prince MBS.

The sixty-year-old Jemal Khashogji has been a columnist for the Washington Post. Formerly, he has been the editor of Al Watan, a Saudi Newspaper, before becoming the general manager of The Arab News Channel, a television station launched in 2015 out of Bahrain was owned by the billionaire Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal. The station didn’t last long after its first interview with a Bahraini Shiite politician about the cancellation of citizenships of over seventy Bahraini Shiites. In addition to the displeasure of the Bahraini authorities with the interview, the political crisis in Yemen was building. In March 2015, Saudi Arabia started its military campaign against the Houthis of Yemen and their allies. According to Saudi analyst, “the prevailing situation was not conducive to  launching The Arab News Channel.”

Why is Turkey Significant in the case?

The scene of the alleged crime against Khashogji is Turkey, a country that has sided with Qatar in the Arabian Gulf diplomatic crisis involving Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate on one side, and Qatar on the other. However, the real conflict behind the façade is the age-old Sunni-Shiaa rivalry represented by Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Saudi Arabia decided to attack Iran by aggressing on Yemen with the pretext of decimating the Houthis, a Zaidi branch of Shiaa. In 2015 Saudi Arabia assembled a coalition of military forces from a host of client states and launched brutal aggression in Yemen in a campaign it named Aasifet Al Hazm, (Decisive Storm) which has not calmed yet. So far, many Yemeni cities have been turned to rubble and the people are living in harsh situations. Millions have been displaced.

USA Involvement

The USA is also involved in the conflict in so many ways; voices of concern and condemnation are overwhelming and are widely covered in the national and social media.

The crisis had its start with MBS coming to power and becoming the de-facto leader of Saudi Arabia. President Trump has been very supportive of the prince and both have agreed on a  multi-billion dollars in arms sales and other investment deals.

Diplomatically, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has promoted MBS and provided him with connections to the White House. Also, Thomas Freidman, one of the most notable American columnists took leave from his insightful writing, and out of character, delving into a cheap propaganda writing, promoting MBS to the extent that a Daniel Drezner described Friedman’s column as Panglossian.

Several US lawmakers have made harsh remarks, including president Trump, who was considered to be close to MBS. In a statement in relation to the allegation, according to CNBC,  Senator Lindsey Graham said, “If it did happen there would be hell to pay,” Graham said. “If they’re this brazen it shows contempt. Contempt for everything we stand for, contempt for the relationship.” As president Trump told reporters, “we are working very closely with Turkey and I think we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

Also, in a rare bipartisan effort, 22 of the 23 members of the US Senate Foreign Relation Committee sent Trump invoking the Global Magnitsky Act. It forced him to investigate Saudi Arabian official involvement in the murder of Khashogji and report to Congress within 120 days. If and when the person or persons are identified as having a role in the case, the US will have to impose sanctions: visa ban, and asset freeze with or without the president’s approval.

The USA intelligence was also not saved from criticisms. Reports indicate that the US intelligence had prior knowledge of the plot against Khashogji after intercepting communications of senior officials discussing ways of getting to the journalist, but the intelligence authorities failed to warn him about the threats. And after reviewing the US intercepted intelligence report US senator Bob Coker concluded, “Khashogji was murdered and the Saudis did it.”

Saudi Arabian Reform?

The wave that started in Tunisia in 2010, then spread to Egypt, to Syria and engulfed all of North Africa and the Middle East was aptly named the Arab Spring. Lastly, it reached Yemen in 2011. However, the popular demonstrations were not only against the prevailing politics of the region, but they were also an expression of the aspiration of the people whose region has been marred in conflicts, oppression, backwardness, and terrorism. One of the main goals of the uprising was to reform the theological tradition that has crippled the region and arrested its development and hindered its enlightenment. Here is where the reform initiative of Mohammed Bin Salman was hailed and at the same time despised.

Not many in the region are convinced by the stale idea of raising Islamic banners in pursuit of political goals, but the few who do are effective. That is what Saudi Arabia and the UAE are doing in Yemen–they have wrapped their rivalry with Iran in a religious garb when it is not. And though the UAE is admired for its developmental projects and for raising the standards of living of their people, lately the Gulf state has an illusion and fancies itself as a great country with imperialist ambitions, expanding ruthlessly and buying out governments. To many, this is reminiscent of European colonialism, the great scramble of territories. But the UAE has a model of greatness it aspires to emulate: if Israel, not bigger than the UAE in population or landmass could be a formidable power that can checkmate the entire Middle East, the UAE can do the same. After all, Israel is not as wealthy as the UAE. That kind of thinking doesn’t bode well with the people of the region.

As for Saudi Arabia, its version of Islam has been wreaking havoc across the region and the world for too long. It has managed to create a class of clergy (intercession and religious leaders are both alien terms to Islam). Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without a religious justification and the so-called Ulema are always ready to furnish an appropriate one: a text from either the Quran or some select traditional books written by scholars.

Indeed, if Saudi Arabia reforms and tames its firebrand bloody version of Islam, the entire Muslim world would change and that is what many Muslims hope for. But the way things are going, it is a replay of the bloody wars that crippled Muslims for centuries. Yemen is an example of the real reform that Saudi Arabi is capable of leading.

We are very concerned by the Saudi and UAE involvement in Eritrea and Ethiopia, mainly with their open promotion of the Eritrean dictator, and his new enabler the Ethiopian prime minister.

Are MBS days numbered?

It is inconceivable how MBS could explain the circumstantial evidence suggesting he ordered either the kidnapping or execution of Jamal Khashogji.  After the Istanbul incident, several US investors, media companies, and public figures have started to distance themselves from MBS. They indicated they will not attend the investment conference he is hosting in Riyadh next week.  However, Saudi Arabia has the wealth to make others to look the other way—dictators would do that for less money and will jump to defend MBS.

Inside Saudi Arabia, MBS is being blamed for bringing shame on the House of Saud due to his recklessness, particularly the disastrous war he started in Yemen. Worse, now he is being implicated in the murder of Jamal Khashogji in a foreign land. Many speculate he might not survive the mounting domestic pressure even if he weathers out the international pressure. However, regardless of what happens to him, his brand has been severely damaged by serious consequences.

Further reading
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  • Amanuel

    Hi All
    Here we go Saudi Arabia has admitted that Jemal Khashogji was killed in the Consulate. Where do you think this riddle will end up? Hope on MBS.
    This is a warning to those Ethiopians & Eritreans, who are allowing KDA to fund some of the evil projects in the Red Sea.

  • FishMilk

    Hi All. Look for the possible split from within; maybe within the coming weeks or maybe sooner.. Fissures around Tesfaladet have occurred and the presidential circle of trust has been shaken.

  • CensorSheep

    selam, there is no such job description as “dissident journalist”. Khashoggi’s family has had long standing relations with Turkey and Saudi Arabia, His grandfather was KIng Saud’s personal doctor. Khashoggi is an American operative. Donald Trump years ago bought his uncles Mega Yacht and renamed it to Trump Princess. Khashoggi was know to be critical of the crown prince and got his share of torture, probably had a heart attach. If Mister Afwerki has the Saudi and UAE royals has his new money partners, he is in good company, tyrants, murderers and commie con men.

  • said

    Greetings

    The on going sagah Dissident Journalist Khashoggi’s Affair.
    The Turkish Attorney General Declared that the final results of the Investigation of the Disappearance and Killing of Jamal Khashoggi will be published in the next 2-days. He further added that JAMAL Khashoggi was murdered.
    Besides, the family of JAMAL Khashoggi demanded an Independent International investigation be conducted by an Independent International Investigative body to investigate the Disappearance and the gruesome killing of their notorious kin JAMAL Khashoggi. The Khashoggi Family’s move comes as a slap in the face of the derelict Saudi King incapable of good judgment and management of the affairs of the state by reasons of being frapped since before the accession to the throne by a worsening case of Dementia as the king announced he was setting up an internal Saudi fact-finding Commission headed by the Saudi General Prosecutor to investigate the Disappearance and the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
    The Khashoggi family’s move signals an uncustomary flagrant act of defiance and a lost faith in the Saudi current regime and a Sovereign who is incapable of attending to the welfare, safety and good interests of the Saudi public.
    Furthermore, the Khashoggi family, as true of the rest of the world, views the king’s latest move to setup an internal body to investigate the killing of Jamal Khashoggi as a hoax, an act of coverup of the heinous crime carried out by people not far removed from the king’s closest entourage. The Khashoggi family views the setting up of an internal Saudi Commission as a total mockery and a desperate attempt at coverup.
    On the US Front, where Jamal Khashoggi enjoys residency and is a hired writer at the leading US Journal, the Washington Post, President Trump appears willing to go along with the schemes for coverup as after a conversation with the Saudi Monarch, President Trump came up with his own theory that the crime was carried out by others, i.e. hired hands in what the President of the US whimsically termed, “Rogue killing.”
    Mr. Donald Trump appears, as increasingly suspected, eager to exonerate MBS and his Saudi allies of the gruesome killing of Khashoggi for the obvious reasons of further financial extortions and a desperate attempt to salvage long-developing common designs to MBS to undermine the security and the political stability of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    Furthermore, the US President is desperate to keep the US-Saudi Alliance with MBS a future king intact to help pass a contrived peace plan to end the Arab-Israeli conflict in what’s widely termed, “The Deal of the Century.” This, as the purpose is intended to cause a speedy normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia that would make easy to bring Israel to the fold as an Ally in any future military showdown with Iran.
    The thing is, MBS & and his utterly ineffective senile father are caught in the act as no one is buying their flimsy counter arguments of innocence.
    Suddenly, the gruesome and heinous murder that was carried out against a peaceful human rights dissident Journalist by the Saudi Establishment, against one of the country’s prominent peaceful journalist, is triggering back painful 9/11 memories. The Khashoggi murder carried out in the most heartless and inhuman fashion rang home, in the minds and hearts of a great many Americans and many US decision-makers – brought back alive – a long hibernating deeply ensconced in the national consciousness of a very deep national sore wound, humiliating affront to the nation’s national dignity and sovereignty of a heinous crime carried out more than 17 years ago where the Saudis were strongly implicated.
    As the coverup on MBS would now, with all probability, soon be lifted by the American Administration and the US Congress in view of surfacing strong evidences pointing poignantly at MBS for masterminding the heinous crime (this, no matter how hard Donald Trump and clique try desperately to save the situation); it wouldn’t be all that far-fetched that loyalists of some estranged powerful members of the Saudi Royalty, more specifically Prince Mohammad Ben NAIF (with deep loyalties inside the internal Security forces of the Ministry of Interior) and Prince Mit’eb Ben Abdallah (The former head of the powerful Saudi National Guard), as supported by many other respectable senior members of the House of Saud Royalty, to be emboldened to move into action to end the regime of MBS and an impotent figure head father king.
    The form of intervention and moving to action by the other members of the Saudi Royalty could possibly assume the form of an outright Coup d’état to depose MBS and his senile father the king.
    The conspirators of the dissident Royal Family would, with all likelihood, should they succeed, reinstate former Crown Prince Miqrin Ben Abdel Aziz as the new King as Mohammad Ben NAIF – to insure a smoother succession from the older Ben Abdel Aziz siblings’ generation to the next generation – would be reinstated as the new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Prince Mit’eb Ben Abdallah, for long been head of the powerful Saudi National Guard, would then be named a Deputy Crown Prince as Prince Mohammad Ben Naif has no male heir to succeed him.
    Acting in this fashion, the rule of the Saudi Dynasty would be preserved and a high level of normalcy would be restored in the Saudi internal and external affairs and the Kingdom’s overall national policies.

  • bardavidi

    Hello everyone……….Responses from the Saudi-Officials are not adding up to the Evidence at hand……….Initially they said he left the Consulate after his errand. When the Turkey intelligence came up with Audio and Video Intelligence to disprove that…………..time for Defense no. 2 set in motion………..Which is that he died during Unauthorized Interrogation.? ……… How convenient to put the blame on a team of 15-Unauthorized Interrogation personnel that flew to Istanbul right before his Arrival and left soon after his Assumed disappearance………WOW……..US Intelligence is on record of intercepted messages to kidnap and bring him to Saudi for an Appropriate punishment named Beheading which crown Prince Salman is a specialist at………….Guess who is in Charge…………Selah

    • David Samson

      Selam bardavidi,

      The Saudis are caught red-handed. They have now left with damage limitations. CIA and Trump are trying to help them to come up with some cooked excuses. I do not even where to begin regarding how Saudis’ intelligence mind work.

      • bardavidi

        I am with you……The more time they take the more holes they can put in the Story………However The Turks intelligence is up with Evidence and Competence………..Selah

  • Acria

    Selam Awate Team,

    The Saudis will admit that Mr. Khashogji ‘passed away’ in an interrogation that went wrong. The Saudis possibly used water-boarding, electric-shock, and etcetera.

  • Simon Kaleab

    Selam all,

    Is Jamal Khashoggi really a dissident?

    If so, he is as good a dissident as his old classmate Osama Bin Laden.

    Khashoggi explains his dreams as follows:

    “We [along with Osama] were hoping to establish an Islamic state anywhere,” Khashoggi reminisced about their time together in the Muslim Brotherhood. “We believed that the first one would lead to another, and that would have a domino effect which could reverse the history of mankind.”

    The clueless Liberal Leftist controlled Western Media paints Khashoggi as a journalist, but his writings, in particular from 80s Afghanistan read as Jihadist propaganda with titles like, “Arab Mujahadeen in Afghanistan II: Exemplifies the Unity of Islamic Ummah”.

    • sara

      salam Mr. Kaleab
      Give us sources or references to what you stated above.
      thank you.

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Hi Kaleab,

      You have gotten a window from where you experience your Kaleab phobia. The world journalism family stands with the man. Humanity is against the way the journalist assassinated. It seems, you agree human beings to be butchered outside the law. Are you a human being?

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Hameed,

        If you consider yourself as a Human Being, I do not want to be part of it. If you happen go to ‘paradise’ in the ‘afterlife’, I do not want to go there.

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Hi Kaleab,

          You said that you are not a human being. Paradise is not your choice; humanity is not your choice, then you should be a strange creature. Are you a devil?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            You are full of bluster and empty of content.

            If you believe that Khashoggi is killed by the Saudis, go to the proper address to complain. In fact, you can go into the Saudi embassy/consulate and present your complaint in person. Don’t worry, the Saudis are nice people.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            The murderer is still at large. Do you know who is the murderer?

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            You need to go to the correct address to find out. Good luck!

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Hi Kaleab,

            When you throw such farts, “You are full of bluster and empty of content.” I know you are beaten severely. Today, you have exposed your hideous mentality.

          • Simon Kaleab

            Selam Hameed,

            What is the content your post?

            Can you support or refute my assertions other than name calling?

            I hope, at least, your thick skull grasps your shortcomings.

          • bardavidi

            I am sure they are Nice………You better have your will in Order………Before Heading that way………They have proved beyond a Reasonable doubt in chopping heads……..

    • Blink

      Dear Simon
      Yesterday , I hinted in one of my deleted comments to selam about this man ,Qatar and also the dreamer of Ottoman Empire king of the modern Turkey . We all know Turkey is rooting for political Islam as a new for the dying leftist of the western apologists for Islam . Here is the word of Jamal crying for the killer Osama binladin ,”I collapsed crying a while ago, heartbroken for you Abu Abdullah,” Mr. Khashoggi wrote on Twitter, using Bin Laden’s nickname. “You were beautiful and brave in those beautiful days in Afghanistan, before you surrendered to hatred and passion.” can you see the difference between USSR and USA invasions of Afghanistan from the eyes of Islamists . Here he can feel sad his childhood friend was thrown to the sea after killing thousands of people with the help of George Bush second . Don’t forget Jamal knows everything about KSA leaders and KSA security people know everything about him. The way he is being killed if true is simply beyond laughable, because who hire 15 people to kill a guest in his house . Can he be in saudi breathing ?
      The question is ,is he really a democratic power missing or a highly connected guy who has two different personalities (one for the liberal leftist group and the second for the conservative political Islam of Muslimbrotherhood.

      • Simon Kaleab

        Selam Blink,

        And Turkey’s dictator is acting as the conductor of the orchestra! The
        same dictator that has sent his thugs to beat up journalists that have
        told the truth about what is happening in Turkey. The same dictator that
        has given his secret police orders to attack his critics abroad!

  • said

    Greeting,
    BLINK and you never blink Your quotation below (Youth in KSA and other ME are more linked with Spotify, Netflix and HBO . Society are moving away from religion and much more the list very long ) is baseless . They are much more interested in democracy ,freedom and rule of law and good future and vast majority are not against any religion only It is normal you are caught up in the trivial interests of some well wealthy youth of the rich families who part elite ruling society. Even them are interested in real moonful change and change welcome.
    considering your different godless and atheist pagan believe I have no problem with you as person ,if you one your philosophies and anything and nothingness you beliefs or no belief is fine with me . Now we’re both searching for solutions, moving beyond description and diagnosis to seek paths to a better Eritrea . At some point descriptions of your problems become whining. Pouring more water on a rock does not make it wetter. Leave religion aside
    Today society we see is enslavement of many types; monopolisation over markets and pleasure seeking, alcohol, drugs ; the destruction of the earth beneath us; social ills and all kind of end less isms; modern live ,you see growing the breakdown of families and society; epidemics of mental health issues stemming from confusion, emptiness, loneliness and over-indulgence, and many other such problems we see taking root around us today. For some society salvation is in returning to GOD and once again becoming the bearers of light for the world slipping into darkness around us. let me give number of wise quotation from secular to religious.
    This is about more than numbers and individual “interests.” As the U.N. report is trying to tell us, this is about evolution. We have to become a civilization that is not at perpetual war with planet that sustains it. As Avi Lewis writes, “The only thing that can save us now is the total transformation of our political and economic system.”
    The U.N. report warns, in essence, that “humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe,” as Amy Goodman says on Democracy Now! “Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The sweeping report . . . urges immediate and unprecedented changes to global policy in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius.” Kevin Anderson, a professor in climate change leadership in the Department of Earth Sciences at Sweden’s Uppsala University, in his Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.
    Noting that about 70 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide come from about 20 percent of the world’s population —that is to say, from those who live in relative wealth and comfort —he hones in his focus on what must change.
    The Oxford Dictionary of English defines liberation as “the action of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression” and “freedom from limits on thought or behaviour. Freedom is defined in various ways, a common intended meaning being: “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved”. Salvation is defined as the “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin.
    In Rev. Reinhold Niebuhr’s classic Moral Man and Immoral Society, he noted, “…it has always been the habit of the privileged groups to deny the oppressed classes every opportunity for the cultivation of innate capacities and then to accuse them of lacking what they have been denied the right to acquire.”
    The Spanish liberal-philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset wrestled with it a century ago, when his homeland’s empire was crumbling, and came up with a lot better answers (though it didn’t save Spain from its fascist clown). Spain even had, in his words, ‘a common past, language, and race, yet had split into mainly-regional factions because it had failed to invent a sufficiently-attractive collective program for the future.

    In the mid-1700s, Rousseau discussed the Social Contract-the concept that individuals give up certain rights for tangible and intangible benefits to both them and society-but that the populous remains an important part of sovereignty.
    Spirituality has often been a decisive factor in history. It is dying in America, and people tend to despise values that they have lost. History suggests that “culture comes from the cult” {aka religion} has been said by many philosophers and historians, including Arnold Toynbee and Russell Kirk. The concept was developed and popularized by Christopher Dawson, as in this often-quoted excerpt from his Gifford Lectures.
    “A social culture is an organized way of life which is based on a common tradition and conditioned by a common environment. …It is clear that a common way of life involves a common view of life, common standards of behavior and common standards of value, and consequently a culture is a spiritual community…. Therefore from the beginning the social way of life which is culture has been deliberately ordered and directed in accordance with the higher laws of life which are religion.” (1947)

    Be it courageous Muslim learned scholar or daring Christian priest ,THE NEED TO SAND UP to speak the truth to the power. Truth can stand alone, without religious adornment to make it authentic. In fact, a bottom line of “keeping the faith” is discovering and speaking truth to power – upon which justice depends. Sadly, in certain mainstream Christian denominational circles, getting at the truth often takes a back seat to maintaining power.
    For many mainstream Christian leaders, when confronted with a controversial political issue, “keeping the faith” often means keeping quiet. Why? Because confronting conflict-laden issues could rile and alienate certain of their own denominational base of support, and also risk their denomination losing political privilege. For numerous Christian leaders, “keeping the faith” is not about the grace of God but about not falling out of the good graces of those who have political power.
    The revered Mother of Mary (Maryam I.E the mother of Jesus) when presenting her child to Allāh, hoping that this child would be accepted as a servant and worker of His cause:
    “(Remember) when the wife of Imrān said: My Lord! I have vowed unto Thee that which is in my belly purely.”
    Revered Mary was liberated and delivered from the distractions of this worldy life, for the service of Your holy house Jerusalem (Bayt al-Maqdis) offering is made absolutely purely to God .
    By turning to Allah and seeking His pleasure we are freed from loss and liberated of all vices which lead to destruction.
    Reported in history books Arabia on the sixth century CE, it is generally agreed, represented the darkest phase in the history of our race. Humanity had reached the edge of the abyss, towards which it had been tragically proceeding for centuries, and there appeared to be no agency or power in the whole world which could come to its rescue and save it from crashing into the valley of destruction.
    Mankind had reached previously unseen lows, humanity had become enslaved to the systems of power, whether religious, political, class systems or tribal. Humanity had been shackled by the chains of subjugation, the strongest of which were the chains of desires and ignorance.
    There was, briefly, not one nation in the whole world of the sixth century of C.E that could be called healthy in temperament, not one society that was imbued with high ethical ideals, nor a single state that was based on principles of justice, equity and fairness, nor a leadership that possessed knowledge and wisdom, nor a religion that represented the pure teachings of the prophets of God. There was a universal lack of good leadership. The word of God had become corrupted. The few churches and monasteries that still existed in the thick, encircling gloom could at best be likened to the tiny light of a glow-worm on a dark, rainy night. True knowledge and right action had become so rare, and moral teachers who could guide men along the sublime path of godliness were so scarce that Salman of Persia, who had forsaken his home and the creed of his ancestors in quest of Truth, could, during the whole course of his journey from his native country to Syria, find only four persons who could provide the soothing balm of faith for his restless soul and who were living according to the way indicated by the Prophets.

    1,382, years ago Pagan God less Rustom, the Persian general standing before battle of Al-Qadisiyah , was faced with an army of men whose hearts attacked to their crater, Rustom, requested of the great companion Rabi ben Āmir (RAA) to inform him of the purpose of those, he represented (i.e the Muslims). He reply gave an insight into the motivations of the companions of the Final Prophet (SAAWS)
    Allāh has sent us to deliver whomsoever He wishes of Mankind world wide from subjugation to the creation to the servitude and worship of Allāh; from the narrowness of the dunya to the vastness of the ākhirah, and from the injustices of [manmade or altered] religions and ideologies to the justice of Islām…
    Islām is a system of liberation through submission; liberation of the heart and soul; liberation of the mind and intellect; liberation of society from all things destructive to mankind. It is liberation from servitude to oneself and others. It is liberation through submission and love – submission to and love of Allāh and to live in peace and harmony with other faith adherent and with larger society and fulfil the rights of their neighbors and societal co-members and that this they will lead to justice and equal equity .

    • Blink

      Dear said
      Instead of going all over only to land at your known destination, you went all over just like sheiks and mullahas daily bla bla.

      Where is this so called Allah live ? Is he blind and deaf ? I mean what is holding him back? Allah never existed in if even he existed in your head plus the mullahas he never cared for the poor and femal . Keep repeating yourself and you will soon find out how much crime is there . I personally believe if these religious figures were alive today there would be 90% chance people like Jesus and Mohammed will end up on the death raw somewhere and we both would read their crime .

      What is shocking about these religious figures crime is that , none of these depraved and criminal acts are seen as crimes to Muslims and Christians , except if they are committed by someone else respectively.poor and Amusing Muslims are all over the place defending their beliefs because someone is doing exactly what the book told them to do.

      Let’s be honest here slaves were owned at Mohammod time and it was legit business. The most morally corrupted beliefs can’t be the standard for beauty of human being.

      • said

        Greetings.
        Blink
        let me repeat to you again you are well known person to seamer to faithful and beloved Christianity and just how much Christian they love Jesus(SAWSA) and who they celebrate his birth in all over the world ,just to give an idea and do you any think close to that come , you are openly very hostile Islam .I have debated you about faith many times ,you relentless, hard head , your sick staunch ugly atheist, arrogant and very ignorant ,not one of kind of rationalist and not progressive and not intellectual person ,you show your posion there is no logical and rational explanations that I can make you real understand what mean to believe in God and have faith and it is about individual salvation .please do not ask me about what is going in some Muslim counters ,like Christian are not responsible for American war in Vietnam or ,any were else for that matter .
        You are an educate atheist with no reason or rational other you are simply put and one can not any sense to you , believe in Godless in your man made Maoism and Stalinism and only this two men your pagan godless Communist have killed combined over 100 million good and ordinary Christian and poor hard working chines people for no wrong of their doing . No ‘ism’, ideology or religion matches Islam in its world-affirmative stance. In regard material world and progress .As expected You back to your dark and ugly side and foolishly and selfishly hating person that you are ,you do not know how to argue and make your point except by insulating and show your deep hatred and I referred to you with quotation and from different point of view and just my view .If ever and you have giving a chance and When read the history of Muslim contribution to world civilization, it seems it was very recent that Muslims were on top of the world. They were pioneers and leaders in all areas of human endeavor. They invented new branches of science and mathematics. They not only laid the foundation of modern knowledge, but propelled it to new heights. In particular, their contribution to the world of medicine is thought is truly legendary.
        They were leadership in science, mathematics and medicine? You can refute if wish .
        You are lost soul and you have nothing but pathetically person and you nothing good to say and truly to show and not even an iota of good idea or sound mind let alone good heart but the realty is let give long list of historian and history is to describe the extraordinary achievements of recent past Muslims. the history of Islam and science is long . And this is what i will also do in this brief description of the achievements of some of the Muslim but stated by non-Muslim scholars, to avoid any impression of a Muslim Bias.
        The quotations below may seem extensive but to show you and to give 101 lesson the depth and breadth of the new knowledge that past Muslims created and developed, and which, according to Western historians of science, formed the backbone on which the Western renaissance in science began. the lesson for you is past intellectual giants in making science history, but the West has not. It continues to build its scientific superstructure for modern science on the foundations laid by Muslim ancestors. unlike you nothing to say except insult .
        Let me give number of quotation as reported from John William Draper and Robert Briffault , Roger Bacon ,and others and you comeback again as usual with more foolish insult that best you can do and you have nothing to add and nothing to learn from real history of achievement .
        whom flourished within a short period, 750 to 1100 A.D.”European Renaissance Drawn From Muslim Civilization
        In Intellectual Development of Europe, John William Draper writes:
        “I have to deplore the systematic manner in which the literature of Europe has continued to put out of sight our obligations to the Muhammadans [British term for Muslims]. Surely they cannot be much longer hidden. Injustice founded on religious rancor and national conceit cannot be perpetuated forever. The Arab has left his intellectual impress on Europe. He has indelibly written it on the heavens as any one may see who reads the names of the stars on a common celestial globe.”
        Robert Briffault states in his magnum opus, Making of Humanity:
        “It was under the influence of the Arabs and Moorish revival of culture and not in the 15th century, that a real renaissance took place. Spain, not Italy, was the cradle of the rebirth of Europe. After steadily sinking lower and lower into barbarism, it had reached the darkest depths of ignorance and degradation when cities of the Saracenic world, Baghdad, Cairo, Cordova, and Toledo, were growing centers of civilization and intellectual activity. It was there that a new life arose which was to grow into a new phase of human evolution. The stirring of new life began when the influence of Muslim culture began to make itself felt.”
        “It was under their successors at Oxford School (that is, successors to the Muslims of Spain) that Roger Bacon learned Arabic and Arabic Sciences. Neither Roger Bacon, nor his later namesake, has any title to be credited with having introduced the experimental method. Roger Bacon was no more than one of the apostles of Muslim Science and Method to Christian Europe; and he never wearied of declaring that knowledge of Arabic and Arabic Sciences was for his contemporaries the only way to true knowledge. Discussion as to who was the originator of the experimental method… is part of the colossal misinterpretation of the origins of European civilization. The experimental method of Arabs was by Bacon’s time widespread and eagerly cultivated throughout Europe.”
        “Science is the most momentous contribution of Arab civilization to the modern world; but its fruits were slow in ripening. Not until long after Moorish culture had sunk back into darkness, did the giant, which it had given birth to, rise in his might. It was not science only, which brought Europe back to life. Other and manifold influences from the civilization of Islam communicated its first glow to European life.”

        “For although there is not a single aspect of European growth in which the decisive influence of Islamic Culture is not traceable, nowhere is it so clear and momentous as in the genesis of that power which constitutes the permanent distinctive force of the modern world, and the supreme source of its victory, natural science and the scientific spirit.”
        “The debt of our science to that of the Arabs does not consist in startling discoveries or revolutionary theories; science owes a great deal more to Arab culture, it owes its existence. The Astronomy and Mathematics of the Greeks were a foreign importation never thoroughly acclimatized in Greek culture. The Greeks systematized, generalized and theorized, but the patient ways of investigation, the accumulation of positive knowledge, the minute method of science, detailed and prolonged observation and experimental inquiry were altogether alien to the Greek temperament. Only in Hellenistic Alexandria was any approach to scientific work conducted in the ancient classical world. What we call science arose in Europe as a result of a new spirit of inquiry, of new methods of experiment, observation, measurement, of the development of mathematics, in a form unknown to the Greeks. That spirit and those methods were introduced into the European world by the Arabs.”

        “It is highly probable that, but for the Arabs, modern European civilization would never have arisen at all; it is absolutely certain that but for them, it would not have assumed that character which has enabled it to transcend all previous phases of evolution.”Muslim Scholars of Medicine and Mathematics
        In Legacy of Islam, Arnold and Guillaume shed light on Islamic science and medicine:
        “Looking back, we may say that Islamic medicine and science reflected the light of the Hellenic sun, when its day had fled; they shone like a moon, illuminating the darkest night of the European Middle Ages; some bright stars lent their own light, and moon and stars alike faded at the dawn of a new day – the Renaissance. Since they had their share in the direction and introduction of that great movement, it may reasonably be claimed that they are with us yet.”
        Again, George Sarton in the Introduction to the History of Science says:
        “During the reign of Caliph Al-Mamun (813-33 A.D.), the new learning reached its climax. The monarch created in Baghdad a regular school for translation. It was equipped with a library, one of the translators there was Hunayn Ibn Ishaq (809-77) a particularly gifted philosopher and physician of wide erudition, the dominating figure of this century of translators. We know from his own recently published Memoir that he translated practically the whole immense corpus of Galenic writings.”
        “Besides the translation of Greek works and their extracts, the translators made manuals of which one form, that of the ‘pandects,’ is typical of the period of Arabic learning. These are recapitulations of the whole medicine, discussing the affections of the body, systematically beginning at the head and working down to the feet.”
        “The Muslim ideal was, it goes without saying, not visual beauty but God in His plentitude; that is God with all his manifestations, the stars and the heavens, the earth and all nature. The Muslim ideal is thus infinite. But in dealing with the infinite as conceived by the Muslims, we cannot limit ourselves to the space alone, but must equally consider time.”
        “The first mathematical step from the Greek conception of a static universe to the Islamic one of a dynamic universe was made by Al-Khwarizmi (780-850), the founder of modern Algebra. He enhanced the purely arithmetical character of numbers as finite magnitudes by demonstrating their possibilities as elements of infinite manipulations and investigations of properties and relations.”
        “In Greek mathematics, the numbers could expand only by the laborious process of addition and multiplication. Khwarizmi’s algebraic symbols for numbers contain within themselves the potentialities of the infinite. So we might say that the advance from arithmetic to algebra implies a step from being to ‘becoming’ from the Greek universe to the living universe of Islam. The importance of Khwarizmi’s algebra was recognized, in the twelfth century, by the West, – when Girard of Cremona translated his theses into Latin. Until the sixteenth century this version was used in European universities as the principal mathematical textbook. But Khwarizmi’s influence reached far beyond the universities. We find it reflected in the mathematical works of Leonardo Fibinacci of Pissa, Master Jacob of Florence, and even of Leonardo da Vinci.”
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        “Through their medical investigations they not merely widened the horizons of medicine, but enlarged humanistic concepts generally. And once again they brought this about because of their overriding spiritual convictions. Thus it can hardly have been accidental that those researches should have led them beyond the reach of Greek masters. If it is regarded as symbolic that the most spectacular achievement of the mid-twentieth century is atomic fission and the nuclear bomb, likewise it would not seem fortuitous that the early Muslim’s medical endeavor should have led to a discovery that was quite as revolutionary though possibly more beneficent.”
        “A philosophy of self-centerdness, under whatever disguise, would be both incomprehensible and reprehensible to the Muslim mind. That mind was incapable of viewing man, whether in health or sickness as isolated from God, from fellow men, and from the world around him. It was probably inevitable that the Muslims should have discovered that disease need not be born within the patient himself but may reach from outside, in other words, that they should have been the first to establish clearly the existence of contagion.”
        “One of the most famous exponents of Muslim universalism and an eminent figure in Islamic learning was Ibn Sina, known in the West as Avicenna (981-1037). For a thousand years he has retained his original renown as one of the greatest thinkers and medical scholars in history. His most important medical works are the Qanun (Canon) and a treatise on Cardiac drugs. The ‘Qanun fi-l-Tibb’ is an immense encyclopedia of medicine. It contains some of the most illuminating thoughts pertaining to distinction of mediastinitis from pleurisy; contagious nature of phthisis; distribution of diseases by water and soil; careful description of skin troubles; of sexual diseases and perversions; of nervous ailments.”
        “We have reason to believe that when, during the Crusades, Europe at last began to establish hospitals, they were inspired by the Arabs of the Near East… the first hospital in Paris, Les Quinze-vingt, was founded by Louis IX after his return from the Crusade 1254-1260.”
        “We find in his (Jabir, Geber) writings remarkably sound views on methods of chemical research, a theory on the geologic formation of metals (the six metals differ essentially because of different proportions of sulphur and mercury in them); preparation of various substances (e.g., basic lead carbonatic, arsenic and antimony from their sulphides).”
        “Ibn Haytham’s writings reveal his fine development of the experimental faculty. His tables of corresponding angles of incidence and refraction of light passing from one medium to another show how closely he had approached discovering the law of constancy of ratio of sines, later attributed to Snell. He accounted correctly for twilight as due to atmospheric refraction, estimating the sun’s depression to be 19 degrees below the horizon, at the commencement of the phenomenon in the mornings or at its termination in the evenings.”
        “A great deal of geographical as well as historical and scientific knowledge is contained in the thirty volume meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems by one of the leading Muslim historians, the tenth century al Mas’udi. A more strictly geographical work is the dictionary ‘Mujam al-Buldan’ by al-Hamami (1179-1229). This is a veritable encyclopedia that, in going far beyond the confines of geography, incorporates also a great deal of scientific lore.”
        “They studied, collected and described plants that might have some utilitarian purpose, whether in agriculture or in medicine. These excellent tendencies, without equivalent in Christendom, were continued during the first half of the thirteenth century by an admirable group of four botanists. One of these Ibn al-Baitar compiled the most elaborate Arabic work on the subject (Botany), in fact the most important for the whole period extending from Dioscorides down to the sixteenth century. It was a true encyclopedia on the subject, incorporating the whole Greek and Arabic experience.”
        “‘Abd al-Malik ibn Quraib al-Asmai (739-831) was a pious Arab who wrote some valuable books on human anatomy. Al-Jawaliqi who flourished in the first half of the twelfth century and ‘Abd al-Mumin who flourished in the second half of the thirteenth century in Egypt, wrote treatises on horses. The greatest zoologist amongst the Arabs was al-Damiri (1405) of Egypt whose book on animal life, ‘Hayat al-Hayawan’ has been translated into English by A.S.G. Jayakar (London 1906, 1908).”
        “The weight of venerable authority, for example that of Ptolemy, seldom intimidated them. They were always eager to put a theory to tests, and they never tired of experimentation. Though motivated and permeated by the spirit of their religion, they would not allow dogma as interpreted by the orthodox to stand in the way of their scientific research.”
        This approach of describing past Muslim achievements is effective in making us, Muslims, feel proud. It may even motivate a few of us to excel in science – thanks to the West. But in describing the history of Islam and science, should one stop here? Does this approach provide clues about how past Muslims systematically discovered new knowledge? How they invented so much new scientific knowledge without the modern facilities that we have today? Was this the result of their natural instincts or intellectual aptitude? Were they motivated (like most of us) by wealth, career, or fame? Why did they devote their entire lives seeking knowledge of Allah’s creations even while suffering extreme hardships? Most important of all, what was the driving force behind their constant pursuit in advancing the frontiers of new knowledge? Unless we probe these questions, we will not be able to fully appreciate the achievements of past Muslims or learn from their stories.
        References:
        1. George Sarton, Introduction to the History of Science, Vol. I-IV, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Baltimore, 1927-31; Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1950-53.
        2. Robert Briffault, The Making of Humanity, London, 1938.
        3. T. Arnold and A. Guillaume, The Legacy of Islam, Oxford University Press, 1931.
        4. E. Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, London, 1900.

  • Kaddis

    Well written dear team Awate,
    I read it with two worries in my mind;
    What will be Al Amudi’s fate in all this mess ( now it looks clear it’s not about his investment in Ethiopia ). And whether Abiy have a plan to sail through gulf politics while babysitting weird Isaias? Scary

    • Mitiku Melesse

      Hei Kaddis.
      The journalist and Al Amudi’s case is 180 degree different. Al Amudi’s case is corruption. What Ethiopia has to learn fro Saud is to put all thieves in prison.

  • Blink

    Dear all
    Just for the record, Saudis will come out with out any scratche from this journalist killing hoy hoy . Qatar is pushing this with Aljazeera and other paid once plus their internet trolls in which not surprisingly new . The Saudis are getting away with the killing of hundreds so the notion one journalist and an ottoman dreamer can scale back the Saudi and trump relations is just a dream .

  • Brhan

    Hello Awate,

    Thanks for your article. The issue has a lot of relevance to Eritrea and Eritreans. In one way we are happy that Eritrea and Ethiopia are now at peace and the onus goes to Saudi Arabia and UAE and in another way the peace agreement that they sponsored includes a defiant dictator i.e. Isayas Afeworki …it is Catch 22….Since the agreement the dictator instead of showing positive steps towards the country, he has become worse to matters related to the country and its people, more arrests, more people fleeing the country and above all not giving a word about why and how we reached to this stage.

    The ball now is with Trump. What he does will answer to this puzzle. Is he going to pass the test that MBS prepared. Time will tell.

  • said

    Greetings,
    Thank you Awate for reporting Jamal Khashoggi’s fate

    Western administration’s Slap on the Wrist of MBS Raises Concerns of Silent Collusion

    Western countries did not want to take heed and impervious to its appalling human rights record and in violation of human rights and disregard for international law and conventions. predated the rise of the 33-year-old and he has suffered significant reputational damage irrespective of Khashoggi’s fate,
    Widely reported wall to wall world wide .Widely acclaimed, Khashoggi’s fate
    The generally mellow response and attitudes of President Donald Trump and a number of the other senior members of his Administration vis-à-vis the killing of the Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul raises eye brows.
    This, despite the news that according to a Washington Post source, Turkey told the US that it has audio and video proof that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
    This equally is proving true of the US Specialized intelligence services that seem to have long detected conversations of the Saud authorities, possibly MBS personally, to luring dissident Journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Riyadh to arrest him and detain him. There is now debate that the US Intelligence are derelict in the carrying out of their duties under the US constitution as they are under the obligations to forewarn Khashoggi as a US Resident of the possible impending threat.
    It is now becoming obviously clear the reasons of the coy response and general hesitant attitude of the Trump Administration in using more befitting stronger words commensurate with the seriousness of the alleged crime to warn the Saudis and MBS in particular of the dire consequences at stake should MBS is proven complicit in the act.

    However, it appears there are so much at stake in the covert strategic plans that for months been meticulously forged between Donald Trump, Jared Kushner & John Bolton on the one hand, and the Saudi Crown Prince, MBS; for the US Administration to risk, at this late hour, alienating, penalizing and potentially punishing the Saudi Crown Prince, MBS, for a possible implication in a committed murder and the attendant flagrant violation of human rights.

    Donald Trump began swerving belatedly with a change of tone to what he started only a day before where he sounded alarming and quite intent on “getting to the bottom of what happened,” to use his exact words. Whoever listened to President Donald Trump the following day discussing the likely murder of JAMAL Khashoggi on direct orders of the Saudi Crown Prince becomes dumbfounded as to “What’s in the Trump Administration’s mind!” Suddenly, the US President’s language became milder and embedded with the standard lack of precision as he was claiming that US Intelligence personnel were already on the ground in Istanbul working closely with Turkish intelligence to investigate the kidnapping and murder of Khashoggi. The Turkish authorities denied that until that moment of the President’s declarations, no US Intelligence personnel were on the grounds in Turkey. Rather, quite outrageously, Donald Trump went on to say before gathering journalists at the Oval Office the following day that regardless of the outcome of the investigations to the murder of Khashoggi, the US would still honor its commitments to continue to sell arms to the Saudi Regime and that the US would continue to welcome Saudi investments in the US (naturally as very significant percentage of it is invested in US Government Debt, Treasury bonds and bills to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars). Money talks for a President attuned to deal making irrespective of considerations of morality, human rights and proper statesmanship. “So, what if One finds a skeleton in the closet!” However, Republicans in the Senate as expressed by Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee as both strongly and affirmatively countered the President by declaring that if the Saudi Regime was found connected to the murder of Khashoggi, the Senate will Not pass any arm sale to Saudi and will impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia. Should the investigations of the murder of Khashoggi show MBS has a hand in it – as most probably is the case – here goes Trump, Kushner & Bolton’s ambitions to use the Saudis as the spearhead to launching wars against Iran and forgo Saudi Arabia as the milk cow they counted on to furnish most of the cash to undertake military actions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Trump Administration’s behavior and casual attitude vis-à-vis the possible killing of a dissident Journalist on order of MBS, explains MBS’ general apathy,

    indifference and total lack of rationality. MBS is under the strong belief, emboldening him to excesses that “he could always get away with murder;” thanks to the apathy and apparently guaranteed protection of Big Sam. MBS trusts there are much important common strategic interests and strategic objective binding MBS with Trump Administration. MBS developed the convictions that what’s at stake between the US and Saudi Arabia surpasses the US paying attention, reprimand or hold the Saudi Crown Prince accountable for the trivialities of certain excesses, murder and violations of Human Rights. This explains, among other things, that when on the 9th of last August, when the Saudi jets bombed a bus packed with schoolchildren in the Sa’da region, northern Yemen. The attack, which occurred during a field trip to mark the end of summer classes, killed at least 40 students aged between 6 and 11, and left dozens more wounded; the bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia. It has been established that the bomb was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors. The bomb is very similar to the one that wreaked devastation in an attack on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 in which 155 people were killed and hundreds more wounded. As the war on Yemen by a Saudi lead coalition enters its 4th year with tens of thousands of innocent Yemeni casualties; MBS points out that the Saudi coalition is in collusion with the US and some European Western powers as all are ignoring repeated calls by the International Human Rights Agencies to end what’s increasingly being judged as a “Genocide War.”

    MBS is emboldened by the fact that America as Saudi’s strategic partner, partners on the big issues, as all the incidental occurrences go with the territory.
    MBS knowing that he can get away with crimes, beside that of the war in Yemen, where he violates human rights, Washington, as represented by the current Trump Administration, would always seek excuses for MBS and would always look the other side.
    This exactly what happened when MBS detained the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Sa’d El-Hariri, who under duress was forced to submit his resignation on the Saudi State Television. Had it not been for the intervention of the French President to secure the release of Sa’d El-Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon would with all likelihood still be detained in Riyadh. Not a word of protestation, condemnation or intervention by the Trump Administration was made to secure the release of Mr. Hariri and scold MBS for violating the international diplomatic protocols and the sacrosanct codes of International Relations.
    Same observation one can make when MBS arbitrarily rounded, without heeding the requisites of due diligence, of senior members of the Saudi Royalty and leading seasoned Saudi businessmen who many among them are of world prominence; this, as MBS crammed them all in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as converted to a makeshift prison.
    In all the above, not a word of reprimand or condemnation were uttered by President Trump or any senior members of the Trump Administration. Jared Kushner continued his shuttle visits to MBS, as the President son-in-law went by doing business with MBS as usual.
    Simultaneously, MBS carried on with the stifling of the freedom of expression, cracking down, detaining and torturing Human Right activists in Saudi Arabia as not a single word was ever uttered by President Trump or any of senior members of the Trump Administration condemning and protesting MBS’ actions.
    This much fed into MBS’ vanity as an immature and an inexperienced lad that the Big Uncle Sam would always tolerate the new kid on the block’s excesses prompting him to contemplate that he could commit a new crime with impunity, the heinous, most vicious and most inhuman crime of the kidnapping and possible murder of a peaceful dissident Saudi Journalist in the most bizarre and gruesome fashion imaginable.
    In all this, who would in his right mind exonerate the Administration of indirect complicity!

  • Nitricc

    Hi All; ” Turkey claims it has an audio-visual evidence of the murder and alleges it was ordered by the highest authority in Saudi and carried out by a 15-member squad of intelligence officers and hit men that flew to Istanbul.” This very troubling. I am sure Turkey is black mailing Saudis. The Saudis will pay billions to Turkey to shut their mouth. Again, how is Turkey able to get the audio or video with out illegally spaying on the Saudis. This is crazy. Why do I have this feeling who ever ordered this horrible murder got right back to praying.

    • Abrehet Yosief

      Selam Nitricc
      There are reports that said the journalist left his mobile outside but kept his apple watch and started recording himself. They video and audio is now in his cloud account.

      • Nitricc

        Hey Abrehet; now that makes prefect sense! thank you. In this case the Saudis are screwed.

        • Brhan

          Hi Nitricc,
          Your comment should read either the Saudi gov’t and particularly MBS is screwed. The Saudis ( if you are generalizing) have no clue about what is going on

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Brhan.
            I think Saudis are screwed. The long arm of the west needs an excuse to send some 20-30 years back to incivility the next oil reach country.

          • Aligaz G

            Hei Mitiku,

            As a rich oil producing Ethio-Norwegian you would want the Saudis to be screwed. Then the price of oil would go up to like a thousand dollars per barrel and your sovereign fund will go up to like 3 Trillion. Sneaky.

          • Blink

            Dear Aligaz
            In Norway there is an idea of phasing out petroleum money by 2050 maximum time but don’t forget the country is blessed with endless natural resources which means the Fund will grow , grow and grow. Don’t forget also the country tax system is simply legendary . The Norwegian economy needs the market to held stable as they are dependent in international trade away from oil prices. I think Mitiku future grand kids are far better than trump world and most other countries.

            I think the Saudi must do everything to remove the Qatari rulers or bring them to their senses when it comes about everything. Qatar is just equally lunatic war hungry and we know this by their foot print in Libya .

          • Aligaz G

            Blink,

            I thought it was funny that Ato Lutefisk Mitiku wrote ..”The long arm of the west needs an excuse to send some 20-30 years back to incivility the next oil reach country.” while living in Norway which is really an oil economy. Granted the west would hardly attack one of it’s own but ironic anyway. And Btw Norway’s HDI is number 1 in the World. Now regarding Qatar this is one of the ME countries I haven’t visited so I dont have a good feel for the place. I just know they are one of the new breed aggressive Arab states and Al Jazeera is based there.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Aligaz.
            Relax Algaz, you have to learn right now Norway is the leader of the long arm. If you know that you could have use your real name. You have to know the difference between Norway and the rest of oil rich under the West target. If you dont get it I will try in Norwegian as usual.

            PS. I encourage you to use your real name the way i do just because you live in a free land.

          • Aligaz G

            Hei Mitike,

            How did you find me out? You are amazing. What a genius. If you see a black man sitting at Stockfleths cafe near Stortingsbygningen typing very fast and laughing that would be me. But dont approach he is a highly trained devourer of cheese Danish pastries. If you want to know my real name just ask the barista very quietly about me it’s better that way. Anyway the thing is they have good coffee and an italian coffee machine so you know I feel at home. But now because of what you posted PIA has personally changed my assignment. ha ha

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Aligaz.
            I dont like the cafe life. What I love is to watch is a pfdj person telling the stories why he left Eritrea. That few minutes or hours of torture the pfjd is going through is precious. Who knows better the suffering of Eritreans youth than pfdj people.

            Have fun.

          • Blink

            Dear Mitiku
            If you really think openly about using a real name ,your name means nothing as far as Aligaz didn’t meet you in person with that name . I find the name thing really a bogus argument. Let’s assume I use your name except I made it Melesse Mitiku , how can you prove I am not Melesse ? I think the name argument is being made when your adrenaline kicks in or some kind of boring feeling and you have no time to argue with the person.
            The name can be animals name and still people can read ideas( bad or good ) the nickname doesn’t have any infused value . I believe Abrhet is using the name but she is most probably another name in reality.

          • Aligaz G

            Blink,

            Let Mitiku look for me in all the cafes in Oslo. He probably thinks I have been assigned by Isaias to monitor him. Another unbelievable but true story. lol

          • Blink

            Dear Aligaz
            I just don’t know why people jump to such conclusions . There is no way PFDJ can do such work while they control 100% of Eritreans affairs, I mean what is there for PFDJ in Norway that Aligaz can do for them ?

            The notion that PFDJ can hire who protect them or defend them in such forum is simply irresponsible to normal mind.

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Blink.
            Sorry, Blink. It is a sensitive subject. People like you misuse the asylum system only to get the work permit. The moment the work permit is secured you start the very horrible system we run away from. You see how the world is unfair.

          • Blink

            Dear Mitiku
            Sensitive issue , Why is that a sensitive issue to discuss your country politics? Norway is a free democratic country ,where people express their political views freely. It is not like the Norwegian system that is being exploited by anyone but influence Eritrean asylum seekers to experience the sense of it.

            Can you mention one policy of PFDJ that Aligaz or me advanced in this forum? Just accusing someone who disagree or caught you red handed on your bogus lies doesn’t make him a PFDJ supporter. There are tenth of hundreds Eritreans aboard who discusses their homeland politics and all these don’t agree on Everything but labeling them as PFDJ is simply idiotic and it will not go anywhere to advance Eritreans interest . Get your tail under and act like a dog or be a man and challenge anyone without going to small rubbish things like asking people to use their real name .

          • Selam

            Dear Blink
            All your comments are against Qatar. Is that because of Aljazeera that expose the real character of IA or do you have some bad experience in Qatar?

          • Mitiku Melesse

            Hei Aligaz.
            I dont hide by alias like a retarded pfdj who got protection in Norway and make life hell the very people who run away from pfdj rule in Eritrea.

    • David Samson

      Hi Nitricc,

      Though illegal, the Turks with the blessing of the western intelligence have secretly recorded his movements– inside and around the Embassy’s compound. It is obvious when he was told to get his papers from Turkey instead of USA, might have already alerted Western securities. The Saudis usually outsource most of dirties works to third parties, but this was the tricky exceptional one and had decided to carry out themselves. Boy! it was such a botched job and any amateurish could have done a better job.

      There will be some outcries until the issue vanishes from the air waves, then back to business as usual–Trump and other big boys will race to get the Saudis’ cash.

  • Hameed Al-Arabi

    Salam Awate team,

    Really, it is a well articulated analysis of the situation that wraps up the Saudi Journalist disappearance.