Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Postponed

A Washington, D.C. federal judge has postponed sentencing for former national security advisor Michael Flynn, but not without first expressing his disgust.

Flynn has admitted to lying about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador throughout the 2016 election campaign as well as admitting to working as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of the Turkish government.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed to postpone Flynn’s sentencing on the condition that Flynn continue to aid federal prosecutors with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as well as others.

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Khashoggi’s Communication Intercepted by Saudis

A Montreal-based Saudi activist is suing NSO Group for allegedly hacking his and Jamal Khashoggi’s communication via WhatsApp at the behest of the regime.

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli cyber intelligence firm founded in 2010 and based in Herzliya close to Tel Aviv.

Omar Abdulaziz, a close associate of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fellow Saudi exile, is suing the Israeli company on the grounds that it intercepted their conversations leading up to Khashoggi’s murder at the direction of the Saudi regime.

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CIA Confirms Crown Prince’s Role in Khashoggi Murder

The CIA has joined Turkey in accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The assertion that the Crown Prince — known as MBS — was indeed responsible for the death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi is in direct contradiction with the Saudi government’s claims.

More than a dozen Saudi officials have been arrested in connection with the murder, a handful are facing the death penalty, and the monarchy has named a senior intelligence official as the leader of the hit-team.

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Administration Omits Saudi Prince in Sanctions

The administration has sanctioned a number of Saudi Arabian officials over the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, but not the Crown Prince.

The Trump administration issued sanctions against 17 Saudi officials today in response to the officials’ involvement in the assassination of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

The Treasury Department froze all officials’ U.S. assets and prohibited American citizens from doing business with them.

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Saudis Refuse Extradition

The Saudi government is refusing requests made by Turkey to extradite the individuals suspected of assassinating Jamal Khashoggi.

Because the murder was committed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has requested that the suspects be extradited to Turkey for trial.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said instead that the 18 suspects will be tried in Saudi Arabia following an investigation conducted by the Saudi government.

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Middle East Status Quo in Flux

Tensions are rising as the Saudi government tries to play off Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination as an “interrogation gone wrong.”

Khashoggi was a loyalist Saudi journalist who had written critiques of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and was living in exile in the United States as a result of his writings.

According to a Turkish official who spoke with CNN, Khashoggi was assassinated inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and his body was dismembered using a bone saw before the pieces were smuggled out of the country.

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Be Like Elin Ersson

Elin Ersson, a student from Sweden, prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker by refusing to take her seat on a plane.

The entire incident was captured on Facebook Live by Ersson despite flight attendants’ attempts to confiscate her phone.

Ersson and other activists bought tickets on the flight which traveled from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Istanbul, Turkey, after they discovered an Afghan deportee would be on board.

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Mesut Özil Quits German Team

The star of the German football team has resigned in protest over the racist treatment he has received following this year’s World Cup.

Following this year’s competition, Özil was the chosen scapegoat of the German people for their team’s defeat in this year’s World Cup.

“I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose.”  — Özil

His resignation comes amidst international criticism directed towards France, whose primarily Muslim-immigrant team carried them to victory despite the harsh policies the French government has enacted against Muslims and immigrants.