Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Ci si inginocchia per pregare oppure per venerare il Presidente?
Del caso del giornalista saudita Jamal Khashoggi sono state scritte migliaia di parole, ma alla fine di elementi certi risulterebbe solo che sia entrato in una ambasciata e poi non ne sia più uscito.
Tutto il resto sono al massimo ipotesi ragionevoli, ma che dovrebbero essere comprovate, ma almeno a prima vista la maggior quota sembrerebbe da ascriversi a disinformazione pura.
Forse l’unico metodo valido per cercare di capire cosa sia successo realmente potrebbe essere la ricerca del ‘cui prodest‘.
I titoli del The New York Times sono tutto un programma.
Questo sarebbe il primo titolo:
«President Trump welcomed home on Saturday an American pastor freed by Turkey and said the release would improve relations with Ankara, but he denied any connection to the dispute between Turkey and Saudi Arabia over the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
With television cameras on hand to record the event, Mr. Trump invited the pastor, Andrew Brunson, to the Oval Office roughly an hour after he had landed back in the United States. In an emotional moment, Mr. Brunson asked if he could pray for Mr. Trump, then knelt next to him and asked God to give the president “supernatural wisdom.”»
Questo sarebbe invece il secondo titolo.
«The participants nicknamed it “Davos in the Desert,” which captures the lofty ambitions of the annual investor conference scheduled to convene in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this month.
Initially planned as an intimate gathering, it grew quickly in size and scope, and the inaugural meeting last year reflected the determination of its host, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to be a player on the world stage.
In keeping with Muslim practice, no alcohol was served. Waiters roamed the vast, opulent Ritz-Carlton Hotel, offering pale Saudi coffee and exotic fruit drinks. Outside the hotel, female executives kept their arms and legs covered. But the gathering was an extravagant embodiment of Crown Prince Mohammed’s dream to modernize Saudi Arabia and wean it off its reliance on oil by 2030.
Speaking on stage to the Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo, the prince said Saudi Arabia “and all of its projects and programs can reach new horizons in the world.” Then he presented his blueprint for Neom, a $500 billion planned city that would rise from the sands — a futuristic Xanadu of high-tech jobs and robot workers.
Last week, that vision collided with the brutal realities of the Middle East — a swirl of allegations that Crown Prince Mohammed’s family ordered the murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey. The ensuing furor has tarnished the future king’s reputation and left his conference in tatters, as foreign investors confront the dark side of his Arabian dreams.
If last year’s conference served as a grand coming-out party for Crown Prince Mohammed, this year’s gathering is a symbol of the West’s deepening disillusionment with the young leader. No longer the bold reformer bent on modernizing his kingdom — a favorite of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — he is now regarded as an impulsive, unreliable autocrat who falls back on crude tactics to crush dissent.
The grisly, if unconfirmed, reports about the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, have prompted a growing list of attendees and sponsors to bail out of the Riyadh meeting. By week’s end, The New York Times and every other major Western news media organization, except Fox Business Network, had canceled its participation. ….»
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I punti cardine sembrerebbero essere i seguenti:
«an extravagant embodiment of Crown Prince Mohammed’s dream to modernize Saudi Arabia»
«he presented his blueprint for Neom, a $500 billion planned city that would rise from the sands»
«Jamal Khashoggi, have prompted a growing list of attendees and sponsors to bail out of the Riyadh meeting»
«No longer the bold reformer bent on modernizing his kingdom — a favorite of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — he is now regarded as an impulsive, unreliable autocrat who falls back on crude tactics to crush dissent»
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Nei fatti a ben pochi, per non dire a nessuno, interessa che l’Arabia Saudita impianti sistemi economici alternativi a quello petrolifero.
Esattamente come a ben pochi, sempre per non dire a nessuno, interessa che l’Arabia Saudita ampli la sua sfera di interessi locoregionali politici, militari ed economici.
Un business da cinquecento miliardi è oltremodo appetibile, ma chi ambisca a comparteciparvi vorrebbe farlo alle proprie condizioni, non certo a quelle prospettate dal Principe Ereditario.
Tutte le grandi superpotenze ne sono coinvolte: dagli Stati Uniti alla Russia, per non parlare poi della lunga ombra dei cinesi, sempre discreti e quasi invisibili, ma attivamente presente.
Siamo chiari. Di Mr Jamal Khashoggi e della fine che avrebbe fatto non ne cale a nessuno. Mentre tutti sono interessati ad influenzare e determinare gli equilibri politici, militari ed economici del Medio Oriente.
Ragionando sotto questa ottica, molto di quanto sta accadendo diventa improvvisamente semplice da comprendersi.
→ Bbc. 2018-10-14. Jamal Khashoggi: UK and US ‘could boycott’ Saudi conference
Britain and the US are considering boycotting a major international conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the BBC has learned.
Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.
The authorities in Istanbul believe he was murdered there by Saudi agents – claims Riyadh has dismissed as “lies”.
Donald Trump has said he would “punish” Saudi Arabia if it was responsible.
A number of sponsors and media groups have decided to pull out of this month’s investment conference in Riyadh, dubbed Davos in the Desert, as a result of concerns over Mr Khashoggi’s fate.
Diplomatic sources have now told the BBC’s James Landale both the US Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and the UK’s International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, might not attend the event, which is being hosted by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to promote his reform agenda.
A spokesman for the UK’s international trade department said Dr Fox’s diary was not yet finalised for the week of the conference.
A joint statement of condemnation, if it is confirmed that Mr Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, is also being discussed by US and European diplomats.
However, Mr Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, has said words alone will not be good enough if he has been murdered.
“If we have already lost Jamal, then condemnation is not enough,” she wrote in a piece for the New York Times. “The people who took him from us, irrespective of their political positions, must be held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law.”
She added that Saturday had been Jamal’s birthday.
“When your loved one leaves this world, the other world no longer seemed scary or far away. It is being left here all alone, without them, that is most painful.”
President Donald Trump has said the US will inflict “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia if the kingdom is found to be responsible for the death of Mr Khashoggi.
He said he would be “very upset and angry if that were the case”, but ruled out halting big military contracts.
“I think we’d be punishing ourselves if we did that,” he said. “If they don’t buy it from us, they’re going to buy it from Russia or… China.”
Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevut Cavusoglu, said Saudi Arabia was not yet co-operating with the investigation – despite a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz saying they wanted to uncover “the whole truth”.
Mr Cavusoglu has urged the kingdom to allow Turkish officials to enter the consulate.
What is alleged to have happened?
A Turkish security source has told the BBC that officials had audio and video evidence proving Mr Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post, was murdered inside the consulate.
Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi entered the building to get some documents.
Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents.
Turkish TV has already broadcast CCTV footage of the moment Mr Khashoggi walked into the consulate for an appointment at which he was due to receive papers for his forthcoming marriage to Ms Cengiz.
→ Ansa. 2018-10-14. Usa e Gb verso il no a ‘Davos deserto’
Gli Stati Uniti e la Gran Bretagna starebbero prendendo in considerazione l’ipotesi di boicottare la ‘Davos nel deserto’, il summit dei giganti della finanza e dell’economia Usa, in programma a Riad dal 23 al 25 ottobre, a seguito del caso di Jamal Khashoggi, il giornalista dissidente scomparso 12 giorni fa nel consolato saudita ad Istanbul. Lo riferisce la Bbc online che cita fonti diplomatiche. Ieri, il presidente Usa, Donald Trump, aveva promesso una “punizione severa” se dietro alla sparizione del giornalista c’è Riad.
Le fonti diplomatiche riferiscono alla Bbc che sia il segretario al Tesoro Usa, Steve Mnuchin, che il segretario al Commercio internazionale del Regno Unito, Liam Fox, potrebbero non partecipare all’evento di Riad, patrocinato dal principe ereditario, Mohamed bin Salman.