US President Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to discuss “building up” cooperation while the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was apparently not even mentioned.
Accompanied by the US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, Kushner met with King Salman – all as part of his trip to the Gulf nations in support for a yet-to-be-unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal.
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“Building on previous conversations, they discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and the Trump administration’s efforts to facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” the White House said following the talks. The chilling murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which gripped the world’s attention for months in late 2018, was never mentioned in the statement, though.
After all, why would US officials spoil the lovely atmosphere of cooperation with their major Middle Eastern ally and arms trade partner with such grim details? Khashoggi was brutally killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in early October 2018, with his body allegedly being dismembered afterwards. Riyadh has repeatedly changed its story about the journalist’s disappearance and death. So far eleven individuals have been charged by Saudi prosecutors in the journalist’s killing – with five suspects facing the death penalty.
The tragic event, which put relations between Washington and Riyadh to a severe test, seems to be finally a thing of the past as international clamor around it wanes.
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The White House was arguably the last and most adamant champion of the House of Saud in the tumultuous times that followed the grisly assassination, which was largely blamed on the crown prince himself. The CIA“concluded with high confidence” that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing and the US Senate passed a resolution blaming the prince for the journalist’s death.
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One of the more important consequences of the Trump Administration trade war against both China as well as Japan is the recent diplomatic and economic meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Not only was it the first such meeting by a Japanese PM in seven years since the chill in relations over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea. It also suggested a new political and economic strategy might be emerging across Asia’s largest economic sphere. Hours after leaving Beijing Abe hosted Indian PM Narenda Modi in Tokyo. Does this all foreshadow a new flank in an emerging multi-polar world or merely shrewd politics by Abe?
Showing he saw the meeting in Beijing as more than a photo-op, Abe brought a business delegation of some 1,000 top Japanese businessmen. China Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced that deals worth $18 billion had been signed during the talks. As well the two agreed to resume $29 billion worth of mutual currency swaps in event of future currency crises. Both leaders agreed to create a hotline to communicate in event of possible future tensions. Abe also invited Xi to come to Japan in 2019, a major step.
Less discussed in public media was the fact that Japan has agreed to include the China Renminbi in Japan’s foreign exchange reserves, a significant boost to the credibility of China’s currency. China for its part will allow the Bank of Japan to invest directly in Chinese government bonds.
What was not mentioned in the press accounts either in China or Japan was an historic offer of the Japanese Emperor conveyed through Abe to Xi. According to informed sources in Japan, Abe conveyed the wish of Japan’s Emperor Akihito to visit China before he abdicates next April to formally apologize to the Chinese people for the Japanese invasion of China during the 1930s. At the same time the Emperor extended an invitation to China’s Xi to come to Japan. According to the report, Xi accepted the invitation regardless the Emperor’s decision on his visit to China. Such a move by Japan’s Emperor would be seen by Beijing and the Chinese as more than symbolic.
Notably, Li formally invited Japan to reconsider its participation in China’s ambitious Belt-Road Initiative infrastructure project which has recently come under criticism from Malaysian,
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Europe has just lost its mind over the Refugee Crisis because it reveals how the politicians have lied to the people. A Yazidi girl who was sold into slavery by the Islamic State managed to escape to fled to Germany. She was only 15 when her entire family was captured by Isis in northern Iraq four years ago. She was eventually sold along with her sister and all other young teenage girls and she had to live with an Isis member she knew as Abu Humam.
She managed to escape and made it to Germany as a refugee. She was reunited with her mother and several other family members who all managed to flee. Then while walking down the street in February this year, she was stopped by a man. It was her ISIS captor there in Germany. He apparently searched and followed her to Germany. She ran to the authorities for help. They told her that they could not do anything about it because the man was registered as a refugee as well and thus ABOVE the law. She then feared for her life and fled Germany going back to Iraq where she said she felt safer there.
Meanwhile, Angela Merkel is fighting to keep her position as head of Germany. The Refugee Crisis that she alone created for Europe has been her Achilles Heel. Merkel has, according to Reuters, acknowledged that mistakes had been made with the refugees. With regard to the state election campaign next year, Merkel hopes that now admitting her mistake, she can keep her job.
“There are political issues that one can see coming but don’t really register with people at that certain moment – and in Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution,” she said.
Until they really deal with the Refugee Crisis and limit anyone entering to families or women and not young men arriving by themselves, sorting out this issue will not unfold before it tears the EU apart.
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