Dubai — A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom’s government. Now even US President Donald Trump believes he is dead. In his last column for The Washington Post, Khashoggi perhaps presciently pleaded for greater freedom for the press in the Middle East. “The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power,” he writes, in the column released two weeks after he disappeared in Istanbul. “We need to provide a platform for Arab voices.” Now it appears his voice has been permanently silenced. The Saudi journalist — last seen on October 2 entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain some marriage papers — went into self-imposed exile in the US in 2017 after falling out with Saudi’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. His disappearance has been shrouded in mystery, and tr...

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