‘Careless Whisper’ lives on

Updated 29 December 2016
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‘Careless Whisper’ lives on

George Michael, who gave music-lovers “Careless Whisper,” is no more, but his smash hit lives on. The hitherto unrevealed generosity of this great artist came to light only after his death.
A leading UK newspaper wrote about the difference between Michael and US-President-elect Donald Trump. The former was a secret philanthropist who donated millions to charity, but this only came to light after his death. The latter boasted of the little he did, tweeting: “I gave millions of dollars to DJT Foundation raised or received millions more. All of which is given to charity, and media won’t report.”
Michael secretly donated millions of pounds to individuals in need and to organizations. It has now emerged that he worked at a homeless shelter but chose to remain anonymous, asking others who worked there not to disclose his good deeds. Lots of his generous gestures have come to light through many of his beneficiaries. His philanthropic acts and his “Careless Whisper” will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved this gentleman artist.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia