ISTANBUL: Jamal Khashoggi believed he was safe in Turkey.Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist and newspaper editor, had lived in exile in Washington for more than a year, writing a column for the Washington Post in which he regularly criticised his country's crackdown on dissent, its war in Yemen and sanctions imposed on Qatar.He said he could write freely in the United States in a way that was impossible at home, according to friends and colleagues, but he was increasingly worried that Riyadh could hurt him or his family.In Turkey, though, Khashoggi had friends in high places, including some of President Tayyip Erdogan's advisers. So when he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, he hoped the appointment would be brief, a simple bureaucratic task that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancee, whom he had met four months earlier."He said the safest country in the world for Saudi Arabians was Turkey," said Yasin Aktay, an Erdogan aide and close … [Read more...] about Apple Watch, hired jet, mystery vehicle figure in search for missing Saudi dissident
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Elon Musk’s plan to take Tesla private has generated a lot of buzz, and it has been met with a lot of skepticism. But there are several reasons why he might actually be able to pull off the deal. He’s got a few things going for him, including a market with mountains of uninvested cash, an army of believers, and ties to some massive backers that could help him make his plan a reality. Since setting Wall Street ablaze on Tuesday with an unexpected tweet about taking his car company Tesla private, Elon Musk has been met with a healthy dose of skepticism over his proposed plan as well as his unconventional method of announcing it. Analysts are taking Musk at his word that he has indeed secured funding, has investor support, and is seriously considering taking the company private – he could face serious legal consequences if he wasn’t entirely truthful. But many nonetheless find the $420 a share price tag he’s floated … [Read more...] about A couple reasons why Elon Musk could actually pull off his wild plan to take Tesla private
THERE was something refreshing about watching former French president Nicholas Sarkozy being interrogated in a French jail. Particularly since he may soon be accused of conspiracy in the murder of my old friend, Col Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. Sarkozy and his former chief of staff, Claude Guéant, are being investigated for secretly accepting at least €50 million from Gaddafi for his 2007 electoral campaign. Such a payment violated France's maximum permissible limit for political donation, not to mention a ban on foreign financing of candidates and failure to report the payments. Sarko also faces investigation over secret payments from Gulf oil states. French political candidates often have to wade through the sewers to finance their campaigns because spending limits were set relatively low to prevent big money from buying the elections, as in the United States. These charges against Sarkozy and Guéant have been percolating for years with only a muted response. Sarkozy … [Read more...] about Sarkozy’s hand in the French cookie jar?
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is currently on a multi-week tour across the US, meeting with heavy hitters in government, business, and the media. Starting with President Donald Trump, MbS, as he is known, has since gone on to meet other important politicians in Washington, including influential members of Congress and a number of Trump Cabinet officials. But the crown prince isn’t just meeting with politicians. The Independent reported that a leaked copy of his itinerary revealed meetings with journalists, media moguls, academics, and some of the biggest players in the world’s economy. Here are some of the biggest names MbS is meeting during his charm offensive: Donald Trump Trump has now met with MbS multiple times, both in the US and Saudi Arabia. He has emerged as a strong supporter of the young crown prince, as well as his father, King Salman. The president brought several charts with him when he met with MbS at the White … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince is taking a landmark US tour, meeting with with stars from Elon Musk and Bill Gates to Oprah
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015