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Nov 18 2022
The Biden administration ruled on Thursday that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity from a lawsuit over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, drawing immediate condemnation from the slain journalist's former fiancee.Reuters
Jul 15 2022
President Biden shared a fist bump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after arriving in the Gulf kingdom for a high-stakes visit.
Why it matters: Biden once vowed to make the kingdom a "pariah," and U.S.-Saudi relations have been strained over a number of issues, including the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
U.S. intelligence concluded MBS wasAxios
Jul 15 2022
As President Joe Biden defended his plans to visit Saudi Arabia, a country he once vowed to make an international “pariah,” Saudis who have fought to reform the absolute monarchy called the trip a betrayal that could have devastating consequences.
“We feel betrayed,” Abdullah Alaoudh, a U.S.-based leader of the National Assembly Party, an opposition group, told NBC News in a phoneNBC News (Online)
Jul 07 2022
President Joe Biden will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman when he travels to the Middle East next week for a closely watched visit to discuss regional and energy security.
Biden and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz are holding a bilateral meeting that will include the king’s top advisers during a summit of regional energy producers in Jeddah, the White House said.Washington Examiner
Jul 15 2022
President Joe Biden arrived Friday in Saudi Arabia where he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a controversial sitdown he had earlier insisted would not take place.
The crown prince greeted Biden as he arrived at the royal palace where the two leaders exchanged a fist bump, but no handshake.
Biden has alternated between handshakes and fist bumps throughout the fourNBC News (Online)
Jul 15 2022
President Biden was seen greeting Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday with a fist bump during his trip to the Middle East.
The greeting came amid speculation over whether Biden would shake the hand of bin Salman, who approved the 2018 operation that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to U.S. intelligence assessments. Khashoggi, who was a Washington Post columnistNational Review (News)
Mar 17 2020
‘Two things form the bedrock of any open society,” Salman Rushdie once noted, “freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.”
Well, in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, “How Free Speech Dogma Failed Us in Charlottesville,” Michael Signer, the former mayor of Charlottesville, makes the argument that restricting speech is necessaryNational Review (News)
Jan 24 2020
More than 155 authors, academics, and free speech advocates, including authors Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, and actress Molly Ringwald, are pushing a Massachusetts college to reinstate a professor who was abruptly fired over a Facebook post.
In response to President Trump's tweet threatening to bomb Iran's cultural heritage sites Jan. 4, Asheen Phansey, who was an adjunctFox News (Online News)
Jul 11 2022
President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week stands at the threshold of a new Middle East. If the visit’s purpose is simply to beg for increased oil production, then it will be a waste of time (the Saudis have already said they are already producing at near-capacity).
On the other hand, if the visit gives the U.S. the opportunity to establish a new relationship with Saudi crownThe Dispatch
Dec 09 2022
Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed on Friday to import more oil and natural gas from energy-rich Gulf Arab states while not interfering in their affairs, likely seeking to cast Beijing in a more favorable light than Washington as America’s attention in the region wanes.
Xi also urged the Arab countries to conduct energy sales in the Chinese yuan, potentially divorcing the U.S. dollar fromAssociated Press