Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

March 01, 2021

Donald Trump’s brand of hyperreality over the past four years relied heavily on melodramatic plotting to keep the audience invested in the performance. To reestablish the more sober style of hyperreality the Democratic Party as an ideological force has come to represent, US President Joe Biden...

Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Damages Press Freedom

October 02, 2019

In late 2018, Fair Observer published many articles on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. In an editorial decision, we decided to publish a 360⁰ series and an e-magazine on the subject one year after his death. We are doing so because freedom of the press matters and his murder raises deeply...

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Jamal Khashoggi Continues to Haunt the World’s Conscience

October 02, 2019

On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi expatriate journalist, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. What then transpired resembled a 1920s American gangland-style killing, complete with the victim’s final pleadings, the executioners’ harsh words and the chilling sound of a bone...

Mohammed bin Salman’s Special Style of Denial

September 27, 2019

In an interview that will appear in a documentary called "The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia" to air on PBS, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), we discover, deigned to speak in December 2018 about his responsibility concerning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The...

The UN Offers Mohammed bin Salman a New Distraction

June 20, 2019

Contrary to his hopes and expectations that the world might eventually forget if not forgive, Mohammed bin Salman still appears to have a journalist’s blood on his hands, according to the UN’s special rapporteur. The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth pertinently observed in a text that Saudi Crown...

MBS Gave the Green Light to Silence Dissenters

March 20, 2019

Saudi Arabia conducts its most ambitious campaigns in the darkest secrecy. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. According to US officials cited by The New York Times, “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters — which included...

Lindsey Graham Wants MBS “Dealt With”

January 22, 2019

Is Lindsey Graham the moralizer-in-chief of the Republican Party or has he stepped into the role of devious consigliere and enforcer within Trump’s mafia? Middle East Eye informs us that Senator Lindsey Graham has not relented in his paradoxical campaign to impeach not his friend and idol,...

The Courtroom Drama of the Jamal Khashoggi Murder

December 18, 2018

The Saudis and the White House agree that the divine right of a crown prince must not be interfered with. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Lacking a judicial framework to stage the trial of the assassins of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the media have become the virtual courtroom and the...

Donald Trump Says the World Is a “Vicious Place”

November 26, 2018

For Donald Trump the world was “dangerous” last week and “vicious” this week. The trend is downward. What will it be next week?  Donald Trump’s simplistic worldview has never been particularly hard to decipher. But the more he talks about delicate subjects, where crass slogans and...

Jim Mattis: The US Doesn’t Have a Choice

November 23, 2018

In Trump’s dangerous world, according to Jim Mattis, all blemishes are created equal but some are more equal than others. As a loyal member of President Donald Trump’s team, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis explains the terrible constraints imposed on the president concerning his choice of...

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