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10:41  02 october  2019
10:41  02 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Saudi Arabia has been known for its brutal detention and treatment of activists. But crossing a border to murder Khashoggi on Turkish soil was Civil society. Saudi Arabia ’s made some cosmetic strides when it comes to human rights, like lifting a ban on women driving, but the Khashoggi killing likely

In a one-two punch on Thursday, Saudi Arabia announced it would seek death sentences and the United States levied sanctions against some members of the team of Saudis suspected of murdering Jamal Khashoggi in And, oh, Mohammed bin Salman, the 33- year -old de facto ruler, exonerated.

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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will not levy additional punitive measures at this time against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. President Donald Trump says the U.S. will not levy additional punitive measures at this time against Saudi Arabia over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

What happened? One year ago this week, Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, 59, walked into his country’s consulate in Istanbul and never came out. The details of Khashoggi’s brutal murder leaked out in the days and weeks that followed, but despite initial outrage against Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman, who’s suspected to have ordered the killing, the case doesn’t seem to have damaged his regime. In fact, he’s closer than ever to President Donald Trump’s administration. 

Irish citizens among those who can now get a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia for the first time

  Irish citizens among those who can now get a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia for the first time Visas for the desert kingdom had until now been restricted to foreign workers or pilgrims to the country’s holy sites. The visa will allow tourists enter the country for up to three months, will be valid for a year and will cost about €107.The kingdom says there will be will be no restrictions on unaccompanied foreign women but that non-Muslims will still not be allowed visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.A briefing provided by the Saudi consulate outlines that strict Muslim dress codes will not apply to foreigners.

When Saudi Arabia hosted its high-profile investment conference just weeks after Jamal Khashoggi ’s killing last October, top executives from some of the world’s biggest financial companies begged off, skipping the event over fears negative publicity could tarnish their company’s brands.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Jamal Khashoggi landed in Washington last fall, leaving behind a long list of bad news back home. After a successful career as an adviser to and unofficial spokesman for the royal family of Saudi Arabia , he had been barred from writing in the kingdom, even on Twitter

Why does it matter? On Sunday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared on 60 Minutes and accepted blame for the murder. Sort of: He actually said he bears “full responsibility” not because he ordered the killing but because it “was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government.”

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The CIA has said it believes MBS ordered the killing himself, and while Saudi Arabia put 11 people on trial in secret for the murder, nobody has yet been convicted. Meanwhile, Trump has lauded the Saudi leader for modernizing the kingdom and for supporting U.S. industry by buying American military equipment — and even more important, he’s indicated that he’ll let Saudi Arabia lead the way on policy toward Iran after an attack on Saudi oil facilities this month.

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ISTANBUL — The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi is opening a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia as the kingdom blasted President Trump on Sunday for promising “severe punishment” if the royal court was responsible.

Saudi Arabia on Friday launched a new tourist visa that opens the notoriously closed-off country to travelers from around the world. It's all part of a push by the crown prince to change perceptions of Saudi Arabia . One year from now, Saudi Arabia will host its most high-profile gathering yet when

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 26: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (not in pictured) during a meeting at the Presidential Blue House on June 26, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is visiting South Korea for two days - the first time by an heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia since 1998. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 26: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (not in pictured) during a meeting at the Presidential Blue House on June 26, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is visiting South Korea for two days - the first time by an heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia since 1998. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

HOW TO THINK ABOUT IT

Emboldening strongmen. Saudi Arabia has been known for its brutal detention and treatment of activists. But crossing a border to murder Khashoggi on Turkish soil was crossing another line — one that worried dissidents in exile the world over when Saudi Arabia saw few repercussions for the journalist’s death.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 08:  Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) © 2018 Getty Images ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 08: Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that missing writer and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources including Turkish officials. Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi writer critical of the Kingdom and a contributor to the Washington Post was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) This spring, a Palestinian activist in exile in Norway was whisked into hiding by authorities after the CIA passed on information that Saudi officials might be targeting him. Meanwhile, the Saudi government is reportedly attempting to lure some of its exiles home — in part to keep them from bad-mouthing the kingdom abroad as it attempts to rebrand itself as a modernizing state. 

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  Opinions | What happened on the way to Khashoggi’s horrifying final seconds? This is a murder story that hasn’t died for a simple reason.A year after Khashoggi’s killing, Saudi Arabia still hasn’t provided a clear explanation of what happened. But Saudi, U.S. and European sources, amplifying a June report by U.N. investigator Agnes Callamard, helped reconstruct the events leading to the shocking murder of Khashoggi, my colleague and friend.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia ’s public prosecutor acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that the killing of the dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi appeared to have been premeditated — yet another shift in the kingdom’s account of his disappearance in Turkey.

Senate resolution ‘contained interferences’ in kingdom’s internal affairs, says statement.

But not all strongmen. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who’s jailed many of his internal critics, has been labeled a strongman himself. But this week he stood up for Khashoggi in a Washington Post column, promising to keep pushing for answers (like who authorized the murder) and accusing Saudi Arabia of letting killers operate with impunity. 

Civil society. Saudi Arabia’s made some cosmetic strides when it comes to human rights, like lifting a ban on women driving, but the Khashoggi killing likely intensified scrutiny of other human rights abuses there, including the torture of detainees who protested sexist laws. However, the lack of follow-through — and gruesome details of the killing — likely had a chilling effect on the country’s fledgling civil rights movements.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS © Thomson Reuters Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERS

Still, there are signs of hope: Last week the U.N. voted down a Saudi attempt to derail a human rights investigation in Yemen.

A Year After Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia Appears Untouched

  A Year After Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia Appears Untouched President Donald Trump embraced Saudi Arabia's leader despite suspicions that he ordered a journalist's horrific murder.Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Saudi Arabia had previously rejected accusations that Khashoggi died at the consulate as "baseless." State media also downplayed allegations from Turkish officials that a Saudi "assassination squad," including an official from Crown Prince Mohammed's entourage and an "autopsy expert," flew in

Saudi Arabia on Friday launched a new tourist visa that opens the notoriously closed-off country to travelers from around the world. It's all part of a push by the crown prince to change perceptions of Saudi Arabia . One year from now, Saudi Arabia will host its most high-profile gathering yet when

Next steps. Khashoggi’s case may not have been resolved, but it also hasn’t disappeared from the public mind. U.N. special rapporteur Agnès Callamard, who led an investigation of the case, is still calling for an official U.N. probe, for CIA files on Khashoggi to be declassified — and for the world community to hold MBS to account by moving the November 2020 G20 summit from its scheduled location in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives ahead of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva © Thomson Reuters Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives ahead of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan June 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

And just like Ukraine, Saudi Arabia could be wrapped up in impeachment proceedings against Trump: According to recent reports, the White House took extra steps to conceal the content of calls between Trump and MBS — raising investigatory antennae on Capitol Hill. 

Gallery: Timeline of Jamal Khashoggi's murder and the aftermath (New York Daily News)

  A Year After Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia Appears Untouched

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