Of course punishment against Saudi dissidents is nothing new. Read this startling piece from Oct. 12 about the decades long persecution and threats against Ali Al-Ahmed and his family.
Here Al-Ahmed speaks on Democracy Now on 10/15.
In an unusual move the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has invoked the Magnitsky Act which required the president to report to Congress on a killing of a human rights figure by a foreigner and gives the president power to levy sanctions. Unfortunately nothing has to be done for 120 days.
Outside Saudi Embassy in Istanbul
Now #MBS means #MisterBoneSaw
An unprecedented storm of anger has arisen after the apparent murder of Saudi expat and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. At a press conference in Washington DC leaders of CAIR revelead that Khashoggi was going to head a new group DAWN, which would promote democracy in Saudi Arabia and the greater Middle East. This might have been the motive for his murder.
Khashoggi's fiancé wrote this op-ed in the New York Times which included these words: "If the allegations are true, and Jamal has been murdered by the errand boys of Mohammed bin Salman, he is already a martyr. His loss is not just mine but that of every person with a conscience and moral compass."
The New York Times has had many, many articles showing Saudi regime crimes and illegal wars for instance: Iran Derangement Syndrome by Roger Cohen on Oct 13. Will it take the next step and call for an end to the U.S. alliance with the Kingdom of Horrors?
Now is the time to call newspapers, members of Congress and institutions that take Saudi money and insist they speak out. It can work. Last year Steny Hoyer stopped a bill that would halt arms to Saudi Arabia. Now he is a supporter of the measure.
By the way have you noticed Hillary Clinton has tweeted nothing about the Khashoggi disappearance on her twitter account? The last mention of Saudi Arabia we could find was a congratulations to the kingdom for letting women drive. Perhaps we should check with the Clinton Foundation.