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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Khashoggi Affair Won’t Stop Trump’s Drive For War With Iran

Reprinted with permission from Independent media institute.

The disappearance and apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi have disrupted the Saudi government’s charm offensive in the United States. Think tanks are returning Saudi money. Defense contractors are worried about the end of lucrative arms deals. Sen. Marco Rubio says “no more business as usual.” The otherwise friendly editorial page of the Washington Post is calling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “a murderer.”

But one thing is unlikely to change as a result of a brazen killing of a regime critic: the Trump administration’s warmongering policy toward Iran. The emerging damage control story—that Khashoggi died during “an interrogation that went wrong”—is designed to protect the strategic alliance that seeks to confront the Islamic Republic, say Iran experts.…

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With The Saudis, Trump Shows Timidity

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

If a foreign journalist living in America and writing about the Iranian government’s noxious policies were murdered by agents of Tehran, the president of the United States would take it as evidence of the need for tough action. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, however, was a Saudi writing about the Saudi government, which is a U.S. ally.

After he disappeared while visiting Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul, Donald Trump was a portrait in timidity. “We want to find out what happened,” he bleated more than a week later. “He went in, and it doesn’t look like he came out.” What happened is pretty clear.…

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We’re Living ‘The Hunger Games’ — And We Need To Change That

Most of us are familiar with The Hunger Games — the story of a fictional future society where an elite has everything and is oblivious to the suffering all around them, beyond an occasionally peek at their ubiquitous screens to see the tragedies unfolding beyond their borders.

I founded Lions Gate Entertainment, which distributed that dystopian film to the world eight years ago. I never thought it would become a reality, but I’m afraid it has.

After spending three days in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where I was doing some desperately needed humanitarian work to help Christians terrorized by ISIS, I returned to my home in Vancouver.…

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