Obama’s emotional farewell speech

Updated 22 January 2017
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Obama’s emotional farewell speech

President Barack Obama made a highly emotional farewell speech from his home town Chicago. He is regarded as the third-best orator among US presidents after John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Obama at his best is in some ways an even better orator than Kennedy or Roosevelt, and more accomplished than the great communicator Ronald Reagan, a trained actor, and Bill Clinton.
Obama is remembered for many outstanding orations, including the one in Cairo University and at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, for which he got a standing ovation. He does not need notes or a teleprompter.
The curtain is falling on eight years of Obama as the first-ever black president of America. This great man is gracefully stepping down, making way for a white president again. The entire world will miss his marvellous orations. Thank you, Obama, but do not make it the last we hear of you. Good luck and best wishes to you.


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