Russia fast becoming leader

Updated 31 December 2016
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Russia fast becoming leader

This is in reference to the recent developments involving Russia and the United States and their fight over hacking that may have affected the American elections.
As usual, President Obama is a day late and a dollar short. Just like his response to Israel’s illegal settlements, Obama sends a wishy-washy message to Vladimir Putin by kicking out of the US 35 Russian diplomats.
It’s been clear since the summer when President-elect Donald Trump urged Russia to find Mrs. Clinton’s emails that Trump and Putin had something going on and that Russia was doing some funny business with hacking American computers.
It’s no coincidence that emails from the Democrats’ side of the aisle were being leaded in a very professional and in an incremental manner that proves that some careful planning took place to hurt the Clinton’s run for president. Even though Obama knew about the hacking before the election he kept quiet and then his response more than a month after the election is to expel diplomats.
It’s an outrage that any government would interfere with the election process of any country. The outcome could be disastrous, and in this case for Americans it certainly looks that way. Yet Obama is timid and weak and he should have taken stronger action. One thing you can say for Trump is his response would have been a lot more aggressive.
But this is usually the way Obama works by avoiding confrontation when it’s most critical to his country and his people to take a strong stand against attacks on his country and the attacks on innocent civilians in the Middle East that needs US assistance.


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