Saudi Crackdown Hits New Low: Daily Brief

Reporter Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Saudi consulate in Istanbul; after Kavanaugh debacle in US, we need to hold men accountable; Interpol president disappears in China; Trump’s call to re-weaponize ‘drug war’; lessons from Mexico's human rights catastrophe; good news from Romania, and very bad news from Bulgaria.

Reporter Jamal Khashoggi may have become the latest victim of the crackdown against any dissent by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was worried for his life before he was allegedly murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee recently, he lamented that his family and his reputation had been “totally and permanently destroyed” by allegations of sexual assault. Yet Judge Kavanaugh became Justice Kavanaugh on Saturday. The people who will, for many decades, face the consequences for his tortured nomination are women, says HRW's Ryan Thoreson in an op-ed published by the New York Times. 

Nobody is safe from the regime in China. Not even the president of Interpol...

United States President Donald Trump is set to intensify one of the most abusive policy failures in US history – the “war on drugs.”

What lessons can be learnt from the human rights catastrophe in Mexico?