US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018 in Saudi Arabia. In 2019, Saudi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had taken ‘full responsibility’ for the killing but denied ordering it.
After becoming Crown Prince in June 2017, MBS first cracked down in September 2017 on dissident clerics, academics, writers and human rights activists, followed by the detention of a few hundred prominent royal family members and businessmen on charges of corruption.
The decision comes on the heels of another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging, replacing it with jail time, fines or community service and bringing one of the kingdom's most controversial forms of public punishment to a close.
A forensic analysis by technical experts retained by Bezos after a leak of his personal information in early 2019 suggested that the Bezos iPhone was compromised by 'tools' procured by a close associate of the Saudi de facto ruler.
In The Subcontinental Menu this week, the story of a 20-year-old former Buddhist monk who is now the biggest star in the community to why that cow urine may be a reason for global warming, among many other interesting snippets.