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The Guardian view on Jeff Bezos and Saudi Arabia: with friends like these… | Editorial

Businesses and governments have turned a blind eye to the kingdom’s behaviour because it suited them. Now the costs are clearerWhat is the cost of convenience? Business people may look again at their balance sheets in light of the Guardian’s revelation that an investigation found the Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message apparently sent from the crown prince of Saudi Arabia’s account.For a long time, the kingdom’s piles of cash and strategic importance ensured that commercial and diplomatic partners played down its catastrophic role in the war in Yemen – spearheaded by Mohammed bin Salman himself – and human rights abuses including the arrest and alleged torture of women’s rights activists. Continue reading...


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