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Is Saudi money becoming radioactive?

By TechCrunch

Yesterday, a Saudi news outlet broke the news that such Silicon Valley big wheels as Marc Andreessen, Sam Altman and Travis Kalanick are advisors to a $500 billion megacity project being built by the country, which has pitched it as a model of what future cities will look likeRead full story

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  • Is it time for U.S. companies to rethink their relationships with KSA? Should Jamie Dimon and others still attend conf. in SA next week?

  • Good points especially about how people perceive SoftBank's vision fund money. Is it blood money? Will it buy silence for Saudi? Will it allow MBS to excerpt influence over certain companies like what's happening with Tesla and Lucid motors? It opens up many ethical and strategic questions.

  • When a headline has a question mark the answer to that question is always "no". If anyone is holding money they believe to be radioactive, I volunteer to take it off you free of charge.

  • This is another indication that Silicon Valley has been shirking its responsibility of supporting the very democracy that made tech riches possible. Ties should be severed. If we expelled Russian diplomats for a poisoning of an ex-spy on UK soil, we should have an equal-or-stronger reaction for a murder

    This is another indication that Silicon Valley has been shirking its responsibility of supporting the very democracy that made tech riches possible. Ties should be severed. If we expelled Russian diplomats for a poisoning of an ex-spy on UK soil, we should have an equal-or-stronger reaction for a murder of a journalist (and US resident!) on Turkish soil.

  • Some context on what’s been going on:

    https://newspicks.us/news/1178858/

  • If the war on terror was true to it’s cause, we would be hitting targets in Saudi Arabia as often as we do in other countries in the middle east. If you consider the facts; where the money comes from, where the terrorists are from... Saudi Arabia is one of the top offenders. One can only conclude, the

    If the war on terror was true to it’s cause, we would be hitting targets in Saudi Arabia as often as we do in other countries in the middle east. If you consider the facts; where the money comes from, where the terrorists are from... Saudi Arabia is one of the top offenders. One can only conclude, the war on terror isn’t really about what it claims to be about. Instead it appears to be about oil, keeping our supply line strong, keeping the people who profit from oil in power, and eroding the rights of the American citizens. Billions of dollars and millions of lives have been lost and it’s upsetting our ‘reasons’ are deceptive. The war on terror is a marketing campaign designed to create fear so the politicians can push through bills like ‘the patriot act’ and so the defense department gets the money they want to pursue their agenda and so we can kill whoever gets in our way.

  • Saudi maybe is the best country for the capital intense industry.

    Impossible to survive without cashcow nowadays.

    Which, while terrible, isn’t really comparable with killing innocent civilians in Yemen, jailing human rights activists or others of MBS’s alleged pastimes.

    I personally disagree with the

    Saudi maybe is the best country for the capital intense industry.

    Impossible to survive without cashcow nowadays.

    Which, while terrible, isn’t really comparable with killing innocent civilians in Yemen, jailing human rights activists or others of MBS’s alleged pastimes.

    I personally disagree with the upper statement in the article.

    There's no way of comparing.I think the tragedies must be concerned case by case rather than comparison.

  • It sounds like MBS needs a whipping boy. Maybe not he might get sadistic pleasure from the prospect.

  • Saudi money should’ve been radioactive a long time ago. War crimes, human rights abuses, despotism, proven monetary support for jihadism. The list goes on.

    However, we live in a world where China is the US’s biggest trade partner. China is another despotic, tyrannical country. Should we stop trading

    Saudi money should’ve been radioactive a long time ago. War crimes, human rights abuses, despotism, proven monetary support for jihadism. The list goes on.

    However, we live in a world where China is the US’s biggest trade partner. China is another despotic, tyrannical country. Should we stop trading with them?

    For that matter, what about our overtures to DPRK and previous ones to Cuba and Iran?

    Let’s be honest. We will never be consistent in our values so long as money and relevant lobbies are in the way.

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