In a world where “American jobs” didn’t depend on smart-bomb producers and cheap oil, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia might be a defendant in a murder trial. Instead, he’s not on the defensive at all.
In The Dissident, Bryan Fogel tells the story of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who got under the monarchy’s skin for championing free speech in the Arab world. “In Saudi Arabia, having an opinion is a crime,” says one of Khashoggi’s younger friends, hiding out in Canada. Khashoggi’s fatal mistake was that, to survive the loneliness of his self-exile, he wanted a wife. And to legally marry, in October 2018, he had to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, his betrothed’s hometown.