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Newsweek: Two-Thirds of Middle East Experts Want Biden to Return to Iran Deal Without Conditions: Poll

Newsweek: Two-Thirds of Middle East Experts Want Biden to Return to Iran Deal Without Conditions: Poll.


NY TIMES: Fictional Saudi TV show sparks furious debate in Arab world

According to the New York Times,

Fans laud the program, set in the 1940s and 1950s, for highlighting an often overlooked aspect of the region’s past — Jewish communities in the Persian Gulf — while providing a much-needed example of coexistence among different faiths.

But critics have blasted it as a blatant effort to reshape Arab views of Israel to pave the way for formal relations, or what many in the Arab world call “normalization.”

America doing Saudi Arabia’s war bidding?

A Guardian columnist suggests that when it comes to war, Saudi Arabia has the money to ensure others fight for Riyadh’s interests.

It is baffling, in the light of last week’s attacks on two Saudi oil facilities, that there is so much speculation about Saudi and Iran going to war. Saudi does not “go to war”: it hires proxies, and depends on US gullibility to continue the lie that it is the regional peacekeeper, and that any threat to the country destabilises the region.

Turkey: Audio recordings prove Khashoggi was tortured, murdered in Saudi consulate

The Guardian has the details.

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic,” a source told the Washington Post. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

Admitting the existence of any planted listening or video devices is a difficult balancing act for the Turks, who are wary of revealing any efforts or methods used to spy on foreign operations inside the country, and are also at pains to maintain a delicate political and trade relationship with Riyadh.

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Al Jazeera: The Saudis killed Khashoggi; Al Arabiya: Saudis being blamed with no evidence

Al Jazeera is no friend of the Saudi government.

Al Arabiya definitely is.

Their contrasting narratives about the reported death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are becoming more evident by the day.

For example, Al Jazeera is quick to point out that Khashoggi repeatedly claimed dissent was not allowed under Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old crown prince who rules the Kingdom.

Al Arabiya is focusing on the gaps in the narrative suggesting Khashoggi was murdered (and perhaps dismembered), with those orders coming from bin Salman or someone close to him.

In its latest story, Al Arabiya suggests

The mystery over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been riddled with misreported news, dubious sources and orchestrated media campaigns.

But three key figures have been the face of this, exaggerating and embellishing the story with fake news to spark panic and place blame on Saudi authorities.

Al Jazeera is headquartered in Qatar, one of Saudi Arabia’s bitter rivals. Al Arabiya consistently argues the people close to Khashoggi or interested in pinning his still unconfirmed death on Saudi Arabia have ties to Qatar.

For what it’s worth, Al Arabiya has not reported any conflicting theory as to how Khashoggi might have died.