Bad girls

Updated 07 January 2017
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Bad girls

In reference to “University expels 9 female students for mass brawl,” (Jan. 6), it must be said that it is a shame to the families that these young women lost the right to attend any Saudi university because they were involved in a big fight.
The article does not say what started the brawl, but for young women to behave in such a manner is a disgrace to themselves, their families and reflects badly on all Saudi women. But as much as their behavior should be condemned, it would have been helpful if we understood the cause of the fight. By knowing the cause, we might better understand why such young ladies would engage in such aggressiveness.
But in the end, is it really necessary to expel nine girls from the university, denying them an education at a crucial point in their lives? Suspension, yes. Certainly probation for the remainder of their studies. But to ban the girls from ever obtaining a higher education at a Saudi university denies them an opportunity to become productive members of Saudi society.


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