Saudi insiders would love to depose Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose role in the Khashoggi scandal has made him toxic, but they can’t see a way to do it
Under intense international pressure, Saudi Arabia has stated that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The admission will likely ramp up calls for the removal of the country's de facto king, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who many believe bears ultimate responsibility for the death. The defenestration of…
Khashoggi on life under MBS: ‘Nobody dares to speak’
Al Jazeera's UpFront looks back to a March interview with the man who dared to criticise the Saudi royal leadership. In the debate [full transcript below], UpFront host Mehdi Hasan pressed Jamal Khashoggi and two others on whether Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known colloquially in the West as MBS, is truly an…
Stephen Hawking warned that machines are getting smarter than ever, and dismissing it could be our worst mistake
Machines with superhuman intelligence have the potential to subdue humans with weapons that "we cannot even understand," Stephen Hawking wrote in a posthumous collection of essays released Tuesday. The book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, comes seven months after the world-famous scientist's death. It features commentary on a variety of topics, including black holes…
Syria: The endgame
It looks like President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace? In the debut episode of The Take, a new podcast by Al Jazeera's Jetty Studios, we explore the final play in Syria: The country's die-hard rebels are locked in a corner, the Syrian government is opening borders, and…
A shadowy group spent £257,000 on Facebook ads asking people to drive a knife into Theresa May’s Brexit plan
An influential group of politicians has uncovered evidence of a dark advertising campaign on Facebook, in which users were encouraged to lobby against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan. In findings published on Saturday, the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee said an anonymous organisation called Mainstream Network spent £257,000 ($335,148) on ads that reached…