The Great Mexican Wall

Updated 28 January 2017
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The Great Mexican Wall

The multi-billion-dollar wall construction is actually dividing the world in line of richness and eventually it will backfire on the US itself. Instead of constructing the walls, they can guard the borders with the help of man, machinery and technology. Deter, isolate or destroy Mexico financially will be an easy task for the US in the current circumstances.
Trump can persecute Mexico in the name of trade deficit. But the implications are many and not only the Mexicans, but the US citizens too will be forced to pay high prices for all imported goods in to their country.
High import duty and subsidized local supply will also corrupt the country’s tax structure. In 2015 it was estimated that there was a trade volume of $531 billion between Mexico and the US and as of today Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the US after China and Canada.
The wall's construction and proposed unfair tariffs on Mexican goods and services are actually a disproportionate punishment to their known offences committed on the US soil. Moreover these reckless actions might push Mexico to hard days ahead and Trump is indirectly helping China to become stronger in terms of trade matters too. The rich are supposed to feed the poor.
But they are building walls in places of bridges. Financially crippling a country for nothing is not going well for a civilized world. As Martin Luther King Jr. rightly pointed out, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


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