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Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression



A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor

I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.


I was recently online looking at the 2018 “Freedom in the World” report published by Freedom House and came to a grave realization. There is only one country in the Arab world that has been classified as “free.” That nation is Tunisia. Jordan, Morocco and Kuwait come second, with a classification of “partly free.” The rest of the countries in the Arab world are classified as “not free.”

As a result, Arabs living in these countries are either uninformed or misinformed. They are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives. A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change.

The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries. They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information. These expectations were quickly shattered; these societies either fell back to the old status quo or faced even harsher conditions than before.

My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press. He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment. The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community. Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression/2018/10/17/adfc8c44-d21d-11e8-8c22-fa2ef74bd6d6_story.html


Twitter says it won't suspend Louis Farrakhan over tweet comparing Jews to termites

Source: The Hill

Twitter said Wednesday that it will not suspend Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan over a tweet comparing Jews to termites, the company confirmed to The Hill.

Farrakhan, who has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks for years, posted a clip to Twitter of a speech he gave captioned, "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm anti-Termite."

The tweet prompted backlash on the platform, with figures such as Chelsea Clinton blasting it as anti-Semitic.

"The responsive laughter makes my skin crawl. For everyone who rightly condemned President Trump’s rhetoric when he spoke about immigrants 'infesting our country,' this rhetoric should be equally unacceptable to you," Clinton wrote.

https://twitter.com/ChelseaClinton/status/1052565799934849024

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/technology/411950-twitter-says-it-wont-suspend-louis-farrakhan-over-tweet-comparing-jews-to

The Twit tweets: ... Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State

“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!


https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1052213711295930368

6 compete for 2 seats on Michigan Supreme Court

Can Democratic nominees to the Michigan Supreme Court defeat a pair of Republican incumbents?

Will Justice Beth Clement's vote to put a gerrymandering proposal on the November ballot hurt her among conservatives?

Two Michigan Supreme Court seats are at stake in the Nov. 6 election, and there are six contenders, including two incumbent justices appointed last year by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The winning candidates will serve eight-year terms.

Although justice candidates are on the nonpartisan part of the ballot, the candidates are nominated by political parties.

The incumbents are Kurtis Wilder and Elizabeth Clement, both appointed Snyder in 2017 and nominated this year by the Michigan Republican Party.

The Michigan Democratic Party nominated Megan Kathleen Cavanaugh and Samuel Bagenstos.

https://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/10/6_compete_for_2_seats_on_michi.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=mlive_sf&utm_medium=social

Why does Kid Rock look like Dr. Phil dressed up as Kid Rock:



https://twitter.com/jakesaysyousuck/status/1051636352712732673
https://twitter.com/jiffywild/status/1052045511253872641

... the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result

Just in from @clarissaward and @TimListerCNN: "According to two sources, the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey..."

https://twitter.com/brianstelter/status/1051911549584101378

More from Ward and Lister's @CNN report: "One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible."

https://twitter.com/brianstelter/status/1051913108057411584

Work it Gina (87 y.o. Gillum supporter)!

https://twitter.com/AndrewGillum/status/1051887989213687808

Trump on 60 Minutes: "I'm not a baby." Also Trump:

https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/1051864837779857408
https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/954405318238195712

The Twit tweets: Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge...

Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened “to our Saudi Arabian citizen.” He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!


https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1051814214212485120

Trump Hangs 'Tacky' Fantasy Painting of Himself With GOP Presidents in White House

President Trump’s latest addition to White House decor is a kitschy fantasy painting that shows him relaxing with Republican presidents of the past—an update to a best-selling image commonly found in tourist gift shops and online galleries.

The artwork, “The Republican Club” by Andy Thomas, could be seen in the background of a photo tweeted by 60 Minutes, which aired an interview with Trump on Sunday night.

It shows a slimmed-down Trump sandwiched between Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, directly across from Abraham Lincoln. Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and both Bushes are also in the imaginary scene.

Amateur art critics sneered on social media that the painting was “tacky,” “a travesty,” or “blasphemy.” Some said it looked like the political version of the famous “dogs playing poker” painting.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-hangs-tacky-fantasy-painting-of-himself-with-gop-presidents-in-white-house?ref=home


Edit to add pic:



He certainly made him thinner!
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