We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Saudi Regime Survives but Enters the Time of Troubles

Click here to access article by Melkulangara Bhadrakumar from Strategic Culture Foundation
In a sensational disclosure quoting “intelligence sources”, former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer wrote in the Financial Review newspaper on Sunday that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered on October 2 in Turkey was far from a “bleeding heart liberal” but was a seasoned intelligence agent and a sympathizer of the Muslim Brotherhood working on regime change in his country.

Downer wrote: “To add to the complexity of the story, the Brotherhood is supported by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Qataris… So Jamal Khashoggi – a former Saudi intelligence agent, a man who was close to the Muslim Brotherhood and a sworn opponent of (Saudi Crown Prince) MBS' reform program – was in the process of setting up a centre to promote the ideology of the MB. He was setting it up in Turkey with Qatari money. The Saudis wanted to stop him. In September they offered him $9 million to return to Saudi Arabia and to live there unhindered. They wanted him out of play. Khashoggi refused and the rest you know. The Saudis killed him.”
I don't often post speculative articles like this one regarding the future of Saudi Arabia after the murder of Washington Post's journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the acting king of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). However, there are exceptions when an article rises to a high standard of plausibility based on reliability of sources. This article meets this standard of mine. 

After all, because news and information is carefully monitored and managed by ruling elites, we ordinary humans must test out geopolitical analyses and theories of conspiracies in an attempt to get at the truth. See if you agree with me and the reasoning of the author. His analysis certainly adds a great deal of complexity to the already complex nature of geopolitical affairs involving major players in the world. The murder of Khashoggi may be a watershed event that could have major ramifications in the geopolitical future of the world.
The bottom line is that the explosive anger and fury of the “Deep State” in America over the death of Khashoggi can only be understood with Downer’s intelligence input – namely, that Khashoggi was a priceless “asset” of the US intelligence establishment and the Saudis simply eliminated him.