Category Archives: Saudi Arabia – Dubious Ally

Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist, but a high-level operative for the Saudi intelligence service

German Press Reveals Saudi Spook Saga Behind Khashoggi Disappearance

Germany’s leading right-of-center daily Die Welt this morning reveals that Jamal Khashoggi was not a journalist, but a high-level operative for the Saudi intelligence service, an intimate of Osama bin Laden, and the nephew of the shadiest of all Arab arms dealers, the infamous Adnan KhashoggiJohn Bradley reported last week in the Spectator that Khashoggi, who allegedly met a grisly end in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that among other things wants to replace the Saudi monarchy with a modern Islamist totalitarian state.

Figures he’d be working for the Washington Post.


Beware of Media Sourcing for Jamal Khashoggi ‘Scoops’

There are still more questions than answers surrounding the disappearance of sometime Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. And the whole affair has become a tug-of-war between Middle East interests and an ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and other powers in the region, including Turkey and Qatar.

In the absence of verifiable facts, the American media are floating all kinds of leaks from Turkish sources.


What the media aren’t telling you about Jamal Khashoggi

As someone who spent three decades working closely with intelligence services in the Arab world and the West, the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi knew he was taking a huge risk in entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week to try to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife.


Saudi Arabia used controversial spyware to monitor Canada-based political refugee: report

The allegation is detailed in an explosive new report following an investigation by internet watchdog the Citizen Lab, housed at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, which has been raising alarms about the spyware known as Pegasus.

Pegasus is an Israeli-made surveillance program marketed to governments as a tool against terrorists and criminals, but which Citizen Lab says has been used by repressive regimes against human-rights workers, journalists and others.


Inside the Saudi terror machine: Understanding Wahhabism and Salafism

These two strains of Islamic fundamentalism are ideologically identical, which hasn’t stopped them from feuding

Although the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] had decided to use the term “Salafism” instead of “Wahhabism,” the question of the distinction between the two ideologies remained relevant. The internal debate has taken place in the West on whether to use the term Salafism (whether jihadist or not) more readily than Wahhabism. This was syntactically legitimate, because Salafism meant orthodoxy and orthopraxy. But it was less so politically. Making the connection between the two religious practices would mean holding Saudi Arabia responsible for the spread of Salafism, which Western leaders have always proscribed. However, the two are ideologically identical, as we shall try to demonstrate.


Pierre Poilievre Rips Trudeau For “Strutting Around Like A Peacock,” Says Canada Needs Energy Independence

Poilievre points out that the Trudeau government’s tough talk on Saudi Arabia wasn’t matched up with action, as our country is still buying tons of Saudi oil.