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The fall of the House of Saud and Britain at the crossroads? (E250)

Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t have dared to produce a scene like the one described by the New York Times regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. They claim that a Glasgow University-trained surgeon put his earphones in, turned his music on, and began dismembering the Washington Post columnist. There’s no question that it’s a murder most foul but worse than a crime, it may be a blunder that could bring the House of Saud down. To help us join the dots, we invited the academic Aziz Alghashian, a specialist in Saudi Arabia from the University of Essex.

British politics seems to have been in existential crisis for years – the state itself in question. The evidence of this is endless; the challenges of the Scottish independence movement, the changing tides in the north of Ireland, the leaving or not of the European Union, a minority government, the possibility of schism in both the major parties of the state. We’re doomed, it seems, to live in interesting times. John McTernan is a former adviser to two prime ministers – Julia Gillard in Australia and Tony Blair in Britain. He’s a sage analyst and commentator, so who better to jump aboard Sputnik to give us his take.

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