Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Saudi prince in Argentina as G20 summit tensions brew

Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi killing The Latest: Pompeo to defend role in Yemen before senators
Gerardo Duncan | 30 November, 2018, 05:13

But lawmakers have exhausted of such strategic arguments, arguing that Trump should prioritice the defence of American human rights ideals - such as condemning the killing of a journalist - over the expedient of looking the other way.

His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waits until the consulate closes, but he does not emerge.

Argentinian federal prosecutor Ramiro González accepted the case, HRW said Wednesday.

Germany has halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing and urged others to do the same. A large majority of the Senate has pushed back against the president's defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is suspected of ordering the murder.

And police have been searching for the slain journalist's remains.

Riyadh calls the claim "baseless".

A poster depicting a figure resembling Mohammed bin Salman holding a chainsaw, a reference to Khashoggi's dismemberment inside the consulate, was hung from the headquarters of the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists.

A New York Times report in May further revealed that USA special forces have been operating on the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border, helping the Saudis to hunt down and destroy Houthi targets, particularly missile sites that might be used to bombard neighboring Saudi provinces.

Trump last week called Saudi Arabia a "steadfast partner" and said it was unclear whether MBS was aware of the plan to kill Khashoggi. And now the whole questioning of what Saudi Arabia said about Yemen.

Riyadh simultaneously announces the sacking of top intelligence official Ahmad al-Assiri and royal media adviser Saud al-Qahtani, both senior aides to the crown prince.

AMYGOODMAN:Shireen Al-Adeimi, we're going to ask you to stay with us, Yemeni scholar, activist, assistant professor at Michigan State University.

The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation on the "economy and finance, investment promotion and security and military cooperation to counter extremism and terrorism", the Tunisian presidency said in a statement. Trump has tried to run interference for the crown prince in Washington, but this latest move by the Senate suggests it isn't working.

Erdogan says the order for his murder came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government.

If the Sanders-Lee resolution does not pass, Corker said he could see members of the Appropriations State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee adding language regarding Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi to the final fiscal 2019 foreign aid spending bill.

Washington announces tough sanctions against 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the murder.

"We also have a crown prince that's out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist", Sen. To change the narrative dramatically enough to reverse its momentum, the Saudis would either have to get rid of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which doesn't appear to be in the cards, or to make him suddenly indispensable.

"Our security interests can not be dismissed", Mattis said, even as Washington seeks accountability for Khashoggi's murder, a crime which "our country does not condone". "We were told at this briefing that it was at the direction of the White House that she not attend". "They have nothing definitive". "We understand that Saudi Arabia is an ally, of sorts, and a semi important country", Corker said.

Indeed, Codepink has been talking to Sputnik about the war in Yemen since 2016, with over a dozen appearances on Sputnik Radio and interviews with our journalists, during which it was a common lament that Western media and USA politicians were not paying attention to the war.

Though Pompeo and Mattis both called for an immediate Yemen cease-fire by all parties to the conflict on October 30, and the State Department reiterated that call last week, they argued in remarks prepared for today's briefing that the United States should in essence help Saudi Arabia keep the military pressure on Yemen's Houthi rebels ahead of efforts to bring the parties to the table at UN talks next month.

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