At a time when the IDP issue is a major subject of international discussion, conceptual clarity is essential. Erin Mooney, the Deputy Director of the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, in the lead article of the Refugee Survey Quarterly [24:3 (2005), 9-26], “The Concept of Internal displacement and the Case for Internally Displaced Persons as a Category of Concern,” analyzes the different meanings connoted by the term internally displaced person (IDP). She also counters the argument that IDPs should not be a group of particular focus by putting forth a case for IDPs as a category of concern based on indicators of need and vulnerability.
I’m sure the demise of a Washington Post journalist is not a priority for a ‘fake news’ president. I don’t think the Trump administration is going to do anything about Khashoggi... Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, but that said, it has behaved within international norms for the most part. It did not used to kidnap and murder critics in such an egregious way. It didn’t round up hundreds of its own citizens and shake them down in a Ritz-Carlton [as Mohammed bin Salman did last fall]. It has not put a former crown prince under house arrest. This … reflects the somewhat precarious nature of bin Salman’s position. His legitimacy is open, and his judgment is reckless. Saudi royal family members have gone out of their way to say [the war in Yemen] was not a family decision... [bin Salman] continues to enjoy the protection of his father, and that’s what’s crucial. But I would not be surprised if he were moved out of the line of succession or there was an assassination attempt.
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The crocodile tears of the crown prince and other Saudi officials are probably for deception and prevarication. The disappearance of Jamal [Khashoggi] fits with a pattern of crude intimidation and the silencing of criticism and dissent.