American Companies Are Backing Away From Saudi Business Conference Over Missing Journalist

Americans are rightfully outraged as they learn about how a Saudi national living as a legal resident in the USA while working as a journalist for the Washington Post, managed to disappear from sight after entering a Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey.

There is a business conference being hosted by Saudi Arabia that American companies are backing out of, as more becomes known about the alleged murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the 2nd of October 2018. It appears that there were Saudi operatives sent to its embassy in Istanbul by MBS/ the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,  to await the arrival of Mr. Khashoggi, and after his arrival, to murder and dismember him, and then to return to Riyadh. Purportedly, there’s a video showing him entering the embassy but there is none detailing his exit as his fiancee had been waiting for him outside. He had gone to the embassy/ consulate to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife.

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A car leaves Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 3, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

US and Turkish officials have told The Washington Post that there are audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was tortured and murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Can you believe that in a 10/11/18 FOX TV interview, that the republican President Donald Trump boldly described that the relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, as being excellent? His immediate reaction was to worry about an arms deal that the Sauds have promised but not yet purchased. This is a projection over a deal that has not been consummated/ closed.

Another important point is that there have been new reports about how the US intelligence community had picked up chatter involving officials from Saudi Arabia planning his abduction. It would be standard for the US president to have been notified. Thus, there is the question as to why Mr. Khashoggi and others with a need to know,  had not been informed.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On October 11, 2018, Zachary Bazu of Axios penned the following report, “Companies back away from Saudi conference over missing journalist”

“A number of companies and individuals are backing away from doing business with Saudi Arabia until more answers are provided on the whereabouts of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who unnamed Turkish officials believe was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. There is also speculation that Khashoggi’s disappearance is connected to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).”

“The big picture: As Axios’ Dan Primack previewed on Monday, many of the world’s largest prospective financial deals involve Saudi Arabia and are predicated on trust in MBS as a reformer.”

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“Driving the news: The New York Times has pulled its sponsorship of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), a massive conference colloquially known as “Davos in the Desert,” hosted by MBS and the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund.”
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  • “Ernest Moniz, former energy secretary under President Obama, is suspending his involvement advising Saudi Arabia on a $500 billion smart city project.”
  • “Neelie Kroes, a former vice president of the European Commission, also told WSJ she would be suspending her role in the project until more is known.”
  • “Richard Branson, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group, announced Thursday that he will suspend his directorships of two Saudi tourism projects: “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government.”

This is an updating list.


    • Dear Suzanne,

      This is what comes of making the press, the enemies of the peoples. It turns out that as of 2016, Jamal Khashoggi writing was banned because of his critical op-eds regarding President Trump’s leadership style.

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda


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