Google announced in December 2020 that it intends to establish a "Cloud region" in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Amnesty International is teaming up with 38 other human rights groups and individuals to call for a halt to Google’s plans to set up an enterprise cloud business in Saudi Arabia because of concerns over the country’s human rights track record. The joint statement — signed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Media Matters for Democracy, among others — calls for Google to end its plans in Saudi Arabia until the company conducts a public human rights assessment and makes it clear what kinds of government requests for data it won’t honor. Even more important, the letter writers state, is conducting that investigation in the open, actually consulting with the people Google could inadvertently help Saudi Arabia to hurt, and speaking to... Continue reading…
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The bill includes a 120-day halt of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, with the potential for that ban to be extended for 3 years. It now heads to the Senate.
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Biden is facing growing criticism from progressives and advocacy groups for upholding Trump era policies on everything from refugees to arms sales.
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Areej al-Sadhan told Insider her brother's 20-year sentence shows Saudi Arabia has no intention of letting the US criticize its domestic affairs.
UN officials were told that if Callamard did not ease off her investigation there were people willing to kill her.
A top Saudi official reportedly threatened to have the UN's Khashoggi investigator "taken care of" during a January 2020 meeting in Geneva.
A recently declassified US intelligence report said MBS ordered the operation that led to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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The BBC issued a correction and apology over the weekend after interviewing a man who claimed to be US senator Cory Booker on Friday but was only pretending to be the New Jersey Democrat.The broadcaster said in a statement on its website that the impersonator had apparently engaged in a “deliberate hoax.” The BBC said it had apologised to Booker and was investigating what went wrong to ensure it didn’t happen again.The interview aired on the BBC’s “Newshour” radio program only once, and did not appear elsewhere, the statement said. An on-air apology was also issued Monday.The discussion appeared to be about the Biden administration’s decision not to sanction Saudi Arabia after a recently declassified intelligence report implicated the country’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.A number of listeners picked up on the inconsistency at the time of the interview, voicing their concerns on Twitter. “I’m not sure who the BBC World Service just interviewed on Newshour about US relations with Saudi Arabia, but it definitely wasn’t Senator Cory Booker…” one user tweeted.“@CoryBooker did you do an interview today with the BBC discussing the Khashoggi killing? Someone sounding nothing like you and without your speech pattern was claiming to be you today,” tweeted another.Booker’s office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on the incident.While uncommon, national news shows have been duped by pranksters before. Last December, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo believed she was interviewing the CEO of pork industry giant Smithfield Foods when it was actually an animal rights activist.Related...Opinion: The BBC Isn’t Anti-Semitic. But It Must Realise Jews Do ‘Count’Laura Kuenssberg Captures UK's Mood With Hot Mic Dig About Boris JohnsonBBC Speaks Out In Defence Of Pooch Perfect Following Complaints From Viewers
A Saudi investment fund courted by Hollywood and Silicon Valley owns two planes used to fly Jamal Khashoggi's killers to and from Istanbul.
President Joe Biden sees Saudi Arabia as needed for the US to achieve objectives in the Middle East, and he's not the first president to think so.
A US intelligence report released on February 26 found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly approved the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Biden's White House has essentially leaned on the importance of the diplomatic relationship with Saudi Arabia in defense of its actions.
Plus: Critical Cisco flaw, NSA advice, and someone hacked Gab? In Brief  The murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, which is said to be have been aided by digital surveillance, was ordered by the head of the Saudi Arabian government, US intelligence has publicly asserted.…
Other than being downgraded in the eyes of the US under Biden, it's unclear what other consequences, if any, MBS will face over Khashoggi's killing.
The long-awaited release of the report is indicative of Biden's move to drastically alter the dynamic between Washington and Riyadh post-Trump.
Our reliable sources have confirmed that it will announce following the imminent public release of a US intelligence report about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.It will put foreign governments in the US government’s crosshairs if they target journalists like Khashoggi.Point to be noted that Khashoggi was a Washington Post contributing columnist and US resident.It will not carry the weight of a presidential executive order but it will allow the Biden administration to show it is being responsive to the brutal murder.Now, President Biden must navigate a complicated relationship with the US ally, that remains a key geostrategic partner and the largest purchaser of US-made weapons in the world.The Turkish government turned over an audio recording of the brutal killing and dismemberment of Khashoggi to a number of Western governments including the US.But, the Crown Prince (MBS) has denied any involvement in Khashoggi’s killing.
The call occurred ahead of the release of a US intelligence report on Khashoggi's brutal murder, which was expected to implicate MBS.
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