Editor's note

Savage and premeditated. That's how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an address to the Turkish parliament. Saudi Arabia has admitted Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, but blamed it on a rogue operation. Nicolai Due-Gundersen explains that Erdoğan is using the Khashoggi incident to push for closer relations with the US – and further his dream to cement his political leadership of the Muslim world. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Fields questions the US's selective morality in dealing with repressive regimes.

Gemma Ware

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on October 17. Turkish Presidential Press Office/EPA

What Turkey’s Erdoğan is seeking to gain in wake of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Nicolai Due-Gundersen, Kingston University

Jamal Khashoggi's murder will have ramifications for the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Trump, like Obama before him, has enjoyed a close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s royal family. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime – and so are a lot of US allies

Jeffrey Fields, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Critics say Trump's defense of Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi affair betrays American values. But many presidents have cozied up to dictators, ignoring human rights abuses to serve US interests.

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Cartoonists can be an important voice of dissent: but they can also be divisive

Daniel Hammett, University of Sheffield

Political and editorial cartoons are a key indicator of the democratic health of a country - but they can also be regressive.

Massacre in Malaysia: why the quest for an investigation into alleged UK colonial crimes faltered

James Sweeney, Lancaster University

British troops allegedly killed 24 unarmed villagers in Batang Kali in 1948, but the government still refuses a public inquiry.

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