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Your Call's Media Roundtable: The Saudis' internal & regional policies; taxes & The Paradise Papers

© 2016 Khaled Abdullah
The remains of a community hall in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, after Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked a funeral ceremony there on October 8, 2016.

Last weekend, Mohamad Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince and the architect of the devastating war in Yemen, ordered the arrests of some of the country’s top political and business elites. On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the ongoing crackdowns in Saudi Arabia.

We’ll also talk about the publication of over 13 million leaked documents dubbed the Paradise Papers. They reveal how political elites and major corporations use offshore tax heavens to avoid paying taxes. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for Buzzfeed

Will Fitzgibbon, reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author of The Making of Donald Trump

Web Resources:

The Paradise Papers

Buzzfeed: Saudi Arabia Has Shaken Up The Middle East — This Is How

The NY Times: How Business Titans, Pop Stars and Royals Hide Their Wealth

The Guardian: What happens when the super-rich write the tax rules? They fail

The Washington Post: Don’t be fooled by the comforting rhetoric coming from Saudi Arabia’s crown prince 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.