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About "Saudi Censorship"
In the photo above, the man on the left is Jamal Kashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a frequent critic of the regime. The man on the right is thought to be Mustafa al-Madani, a member of the 15-person team sent to kill Kashoggi when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Al-Madani’s role was to be Kashoggi’s body double, allaying suspicion after Kashoggi was killed and dismembered. This week, a CIA investigation into the matter concluded that Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, was responsible for ordering the hit.
The Saudi government does not take kindly to dissidents and seeks to silence free speech within and outside the borders of Saudi Arabia. Kashoggi’s death is the latest in a pattern of kidnappings and killings of Saudi dissidents that goes back decades. President Trump has so far been reluctant to take action or blame the Saudi government, publicly stating that the CIA report will determine who is at fault.
Now that we know who is at fault, what should the U.S. do?
This week’s first question asks about Saudi Arabia’s censorship policies. Other topics include Senate judicial confirmations, recent developments for U.S. space programs, trade tensions, the war in Yemen, Israel’s elections, Jamaica’s crime problem, Egypt’s new capital, election infrastructure in Florida, and much more!
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Mark’s competitive history includes top awards in policy, Lincoln-Douglas, parli, extemp, and apologetics in NCFCA and Stoa. He is currently an honors student at the University of Texas, dual-majoring in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Business. Through his connections with forensics and writing for Monument, Mark earned an internship at the Texas Civil Justice League, where his research aims to increase stability and fairness in Texas’ civil justice system. In his spare time, Mark plays for UT’s rugby team.