Saudi Journalist’s Mysterious Disappearance 🤨

 Osman Orsal / Reuters

Osman Orsal / Reuters

Missing or murdered?

Jamal Khashoggi, a high-profile Saudi Arabian journalist who writes for the Washington Post, disappeared mysteriously on Oct. 2, after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. As of now, he is presumed dead. Despite Turkish allegations, Saudi officials have denied involvement.

Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

Khashoggi is a vehement critic of the current Saudi government. Fearing arrest, he fled to Washington, D.C., in June 2017. This September, he published an article, â€śSaudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable.”


LEANING LEFT:

NY Times: Trump Gives Dictators Greenlight

Huffington Post: Donald Trump is Complicit in Jamal Khashoggi’s Likely Death. So Are Many Others.


The left 
is concerned that President Trump’s relative silence on Khashoggi’s disappearance will embolden Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, who has already been criticized for human rights violations. They warn that Trump’s friendlier policies toward Saudi Arabia undermine the U.S.’s stance on human rights, and that the â€śanti-free speech climate” in Saudi Arabia echoes the one promoted by Trump and by repressive regimes worldwide.

LEANING RIGHT:

Breitbart: Turkey to Search Saudi Consulate for Missing Journalist

Newser: An Extraordinary Move in Search for Missing Journalist



The right 
is focused on the murky details of Khashoggi’s disappearance and on the regional rivalry it signifies between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. In their view, this is a Middle East issue. They highlight the political tension between the two countries, citing their disputes with each other and nearby Gulf states. 


What's next?

Khashoggi’s fate is still unknown. His disappearance is a big deal for the Middle East and the U.S., given its involvement in the region. Should an escalation between Saudi Arabia and Turkey occur over the incident, Turkey would normally look to the U.S., its NATO ally, for help. But given the Trump administration’s favorable treatment of Saudi Arabia, experts aren’t certain what would happen.

Potentially the most awk thing you've seen today

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