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Jamal Khashoggi

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Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks ago and was murdered. According to the BBC, Khashoggi was “a prominent journalist who covered major stories including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of Osama Bin Laden for various Saudi news organisations. For decades, he was close to the Saudi royal family and also served as an adviser to the government. But he fell out of favour and went into self-imposed exile in the US last year. From there, he wrote a monthly column in the Washington Post in which he criticised the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

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“Saudi prince’s aide was ‘at consulate’ when Khashoggi vanished”

“Trump says it appears Khashoggi is dead and consequences may be ‘severe’”

“Saudi Arabia vows retaliation against U.S. sanction ‘threats’ following Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance”

“CCTV reveals ‘suspicious’ movements of Saudi intelligence officer”

“Turkish officials suspected Khashoggi had been killed within hours of disappearance”

“Why Jared Kushner reportedly wants Trump to stand by Saudi Arabia”

“Trump sees Khashoggi’s disappearance mostly as a PR problem”

“Washington Post editor: Trump should put the burden of proof about Khashoggi on Saudi Arabia”

“The Irish Times’ view on Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance: journalists under threat”

The Washington Post, as it shames others, continues to pay and publish undisclosed Saudi lobbyists and other regime propagandists”


  • Writing: Why might the circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi’s death rupture relationships between Saudi Arabia and other nations in the world?
  • Debate: The Untied States should sever diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia as a result of the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Poll: Is the United States too dependent on its financial ties with Saudi Arabia?
  • Short Answer: Who was Jamal Khashoggi?

Current events quiz:

1) Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for which publication?

a. The New York Times
b. The Washington Post
c. The Boston Globe
d. Al Jazeera

2) Jamal Khashoggi visited the consulate of which country just prior to his reported death?

a. Turkey
b. Saudi Arabia
c. Russia
d. China

3) Why did Khashoggi need to go to Istanbul?

a. To write a piece on the Turkish government
b. To get married
c. To visit his family
d. To obtain a document attesting he had divorced his ex-wife

4) Many are saying Khashoggi’s death is an attack on the free press and modern journalism . (T/F)

5) Khashoggi was a journalist who was very critical of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (T/F)

6) One of Khashoggi’s largest passions was freedom in the Arab world. (T/F)


1) B

2) B

3) D

4) T

5) T

6) T

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