Netflix removed satirical Saudi Arabia episode journalist murder: Netflix removed a satirical episode in Saudi Arabia evoking the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Netflix has removed an episode from the satirical "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" in Saudi Arabia, citing the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to several US media outlets, including the Financial Times.

The episode of the comedy show is critical of the country for the assassination of Washington Post reporter Jamal Kashoggi last year at the Kingdom's consulate in Turkey.

Netflix removed satirical Saudi Arabia episode journalist murder

Kashoggi had been a virulent critic of the kingdom and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Financial Times and other media reported. The kingdom has since publicly acknowledged that the journalist, who was a permanent resident of the United States, had died under his responsibility in his consulate.

In a statement to the Financial Times and other media, Netflix said it received a request from the kingdom that the video violate a law against cyber-crimes.

"We strongly support artistic freedom and have withdrawn this episode only in Saudi Arabia after receiving a valid legal application - and to comply with local law," said a Netflix official in a statement.

In the episode, aired for the first time in the United States in October, Minhaj said, "It would be a good time to re-evaluate our relations with Saudi Arabia, and I'm talking about that as a Muslim and an American." He also criticized the kingdom for its involvement in the Yemeni war and called it autocratic.

The New York Times reported that the episode is still available in Saudi Arabia on the YouTube platform.


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Saudi Arabia apparently respects its commitment to reduce its oil production.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other non-member countries have agreed to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce the global surplus.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Saudi kingdom has reduced production by at least 486,000 barrels a day to 10,058 million barrels.

History has shown that this kind of commitment rarely lasts very long.

"90% of the time, OPEC produces above its quotas," said Larry Adam, chief investment officer for the Americas at Deutsche Bank, at a press conference Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Larry Adam believes that the price of crude oil price does not exceed 58 dollars (54.7 euros) a barrel this year. OPEC members who agreed to cut production for the first time in eight years would probably like the price per barrel to be higher than that.

"This deal was made during a period of historically low demand for energy," Larry Adam said. "Let's look at what will happen in the spring, when the Americans will drive a lot ... Let's see if they will keep their word."

Larry Adam emphasizes that this agreement is not for an indefinite period: it is valid for six months, after which it will be necessary to discuss an extension.

Even if OPEC respects the agreement and maintains low production, shale oil production in the United States could keep the global oil inventory at a high level.

"The United States has really become a key producer of oil, and that will prevent its price from exceeding $ 50 a barrel," he continued. He believes that the equilibrium point for US producers - where they are not making a profit but where it remains viable to continue producing - has fallen from $ 70 to $ 45 a barrel.

Thursday, January 5, the price of crude oil was 53.76 dollars per barrel. Tuesday, he reached his highest price in 18 months, with $ 55.24 per barrel.

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