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On Saudi Economy Inner City Press Asks IMF of Impact of Yemen War and Khashoggi Modest Concern

By InnerCity Press - Thu Nov 01, 10:39 am

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR PFT NY PostNEW YORK CITY, November 1 – When the International Monetary Fund held its biweekly embargoed media briefing on November 1, Inner City Press asked four questions, including, “On Saudi Arabia, what is the IMF’s estimate of the impact of l’affaire Khashoggi on the country’s economy, as well as of the US’ call for a (sequenced) cessation of hostilities in its war on Yemen?” IMF Spokesperson Gerry Rice, after reading out this “question from Matthew Lee,” emphasized that the IMF doesn’t do politics. He said, however, that the IMF is concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen and stands ready to re-engage although there are no operations there now due to the conflict. On Khashoggi’s murder he said it is too early to estimate how much it will impact confidence in the Kingdom – it already has – and, in what others may take as news, he answered that the impact for now is modest. (Inner City Press also asked about the “coup” in Sri Lanka which Rice said the IMF is monitoring and remaining in contact with its counterparts on a technical level – but that’s another story.) The Saudi kingdom is still dodging about the death of Jamal Khashoggi. And Czech President Miloš Zeman, who’s clung at a personal adviser to Ye Jianming, controlled of UN bribery indictee Patrick Ho through the China Energy Fund Committee, has now said, “I love journalists, that’s why I may organize a special banquet for them this evening at the Saudi embassy.” It’s this Zeman who’s played a role in Guterres having China Energy Fund Committee still accredited UN ECOSOC, while Guterres hashad Inner City Press banned since July 3. On May 17,  Inner City Press’ reporting that day, as before, included the non-response since November 2017 of the UN Mission the the Czech Republic, which holds the presidency of the UN ECOSOC to which CEFC continues to hold consultative status, while CEFC’s Ye Jianming was and remains an adviser to Czech President Zeman. Even as the Mission in New York refused to answer, on for example 28 November 2017 and 6 February 2018, Inner City Press’ reporting has been picked up in the Czech Republic, on 12 January 2018 here, then on 28 May 2018 here….

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