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It's what many have suspected ever since Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in Istanbul six weeks ago. The Washington Post says the CIA has concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince DID give the order to kill the Saudi journalist who'd criticised Mohammed bin Salman. The American spy agency isn't commenting on the reports. And the Saudi embassy in Washington says the CIA assessment is false. If not, the CIA finding is the first direct confirmation of the crown prince's involvement after Turkey said the order to kill came from the highest level in the kingdom. Where does the finding leave Saudi US relations? Where does it leave the fate of Mohamed Bin Salman? Presenter: Sami Zeidan Guests Glenn Carle, career CIA officer and the former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for transnational threats. Scott Lucas, professor of American studies at the University of Birmingham - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
It was a daring raid. Tens of millions of dollars stolen from Bangladesh's central bank via the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, transferred to accounts in the Philippines and then laundered through the Philippine casino system. The money, and the thieves, then vanished. And it was all done online. In this comprehensive investigation spanning several countries, 101 East examines one of the biggest bank robberies in modern times, to find out how cyber-hackers infiltrated the global banking system, and got away with it. The crime stunned the then-governor of Bangladesh Bank, Atiur Rahman. "It was like a terrorist attack, into the central bank," he says. "I couldn't believe it ... because nothing like that ... ever happened." The robbery prompted investigations in the Philippines, Bangladesh and by the FBI. It revealed weaknesses in the supposedly secure global money transfer system known as SWIFT, which banks use to move billions of dollars daily between themselves. The heist also exposed the murky banking system of the Philippines, where some of the world's toughest bank secrecy laws make the country vulnerable to potential corruption and money laundering. And it drew attention to the country's casinos, which are exempt from anti-money laundering laws, and not required to report suspicious transactions. 101 East exposes how cyber-hackers got away with one of the biggest bank thefts in history, robbing Bangladesh's central bank of more than $80m. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
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On this episode of The Listening Post: More than a month after Jamal Khashoggi's killing, control on media and public discourse in Saudi Arabia continues to tighten. Plus, 'defector TV' in South Korea. Saudi Arabia post-Khashoggi It's been almost six weeks since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Riyadh reaffirmed this past week that it was a rogue operation, but its story keeps changing. And news has surfaced of another Saudi journalist, Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Jasser, who was arrested eight months ago, and was allegedly tortured to death while in detention. Al-Jasser ran what he thought was an anonymous account on Twitter, a platform that used to be a proxy public square for Saudis, but where an army of trolls has poisoned debate, harasses dissidents and spreads misinformation. The mastermind of that campaign was Saud al-Qahtani, who worked behind the scenes as an enforcer for Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. As his boss conducted a charm offensive on the western media, al-Qahtani ensured journalists back home toed the line and critics stayed quiet. He was reportedly fired over his role in the Khashoggi killing, but the chilling effect of his work remains. Contributors Ali al-Ahmed, The Institute for Gulf Affairs Feras Abu Helal, editor-in-Chief, Arabi21 Sahar Khamis, associate professor, University of Maryland Chris Doyle, director, The Council for Arab-British Understanding On our radar Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Will Yong about the latest developments in Gaza: where Israeli warplanes destroyed the headquarters of Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV; and India - where a top TV news anchor has been criticised for a report on the conflict between government forces and the Maoist or Naxalite insurgency in the northeast of the country. South Korea's 'Defector TV' South Korea's President Moon Jae-in's visit to North Korea's capital of Pyongyang in September was the latest in a series of steps aimed at defusing tensions on the peninsula. But despite talk of reunification, most of what South Koreans know about their neighbours comes from the testimonies of those who have sought asylum in the south. Those testimonies are now being used to produce so-called 'Defector TV', reality TV that puts North Koreans on the air, exploring what their lives were like before defecting and even setting them up with romantic partners from the south. The producers involved say they're out to improve understanding, pave the way to reunification of countries divided since the end of World War II, but the sceptics aren't buying it. They say the shows are heavy on misrepresentation, sensationalism and sexist stereotyping. Contributors Kim A-ra - defector and broadcaster, Channel A Christopher Green - co-editor, Sino-NK Park Hyun-sun - sociology professor, Ewha Womans University Kim Ji-young - defector and broadcaster, TV Chosun More from The Listening Post on: YouTube - http://aje.io/listeningpostYT Facebook - http://facebook.com/AJListeningPost Twitter - http://twitter.com/AJListeningPost Website - http://aljazeera.com/listeningpost - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
Iranians are bracing for the impact of US sanctions that are due to snap back into place on August 6, following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.
The looming restrictions will block trading of precious metals, steel, coal, currency and debt, as well as Iran's purchase of US dollars. The sanctions are expected to further slow Iran’s already faltering economy, and that’s before a further round of US restrictions target Iran’s oil, energy and shipping industries in November.
Iran's mounting economic challenges present a stern test for President Hassan Rouhani. Having already faced brusque opposition by conservatives unhappy with his stewardship of the government, recent protests in Khorromshahr and Tehran’s Grand Bazaar have left him with little room for manoeuvre.
The Stream will look at how Iranians are coping in the immediate aftermath of the US’s exit from the nuclear deal and what lies in store when the sanctions begin to bite.
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