Tuesday January 21, 2020

Money speaks loudest in democracy’s moral maze

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and other Saudi excesses won’t be allowed to hurt trade with the desert kingdom either in the US or here

25th November, 2018
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman shakes hands with US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office Pic: Getty

Jamal Khashoggi was savagely murdered and dismembered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul 59 days ago. In those eight weeks, the rules of international relations have been unashamedly mangled by blatant self-interest. Autocracy is now prioritised over democracy.

Brexit has understandably dominated public debate in Ireland since Khashoggi’s assassination. Backstops, borders and the bananas internal wrangling within the Conservative Party has consumed the attention of the Irish people. Yet while all that Brexit madness has...

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