MBS, Donald Trump

Murder in Istanbul: Will Saudi Scapegoats Save Crown Prince?

Late on Friday, amid major international uproar and after more than two weeks of denials as well as several days of speculation that it would do just that, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in its consulate in Istanbul. A day later, even President Donald Trump, who initially attempted to Read More

World Trade Center, 9/11

Collective Interests: Going Numb on 9/11

Another year has passed since 9/11, and it seems as though accountability for those who financed and supported the perpetrators is further from reality than ever. While yet more evidence has surfaced this year about the people involved in covering up the crime, secrecy reigns supreme in Washington. Yelling “national security” a whole lot, which Read More

Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia

Human Rights of Little Concern in Middle East Arms Deals

A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service shows that the Trump administration has begun to adopt increasingly lax standards on the sale of arms to countries with dubious commitments to human rights. Regardless of track records on intensifying humanitarian crises, the administration has prioritized increasing the sale of weapons to the region — notably Read More