India’s changed priorities

Updated 06 April 2017
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India’s changed priorities

The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel should ring alarm bells in Arab capitals, which see an ally in New Delhi. The current government, led by Hindu nationalists, has come to power with the agenda of weakening Muslims in India and elsewhere.
The Modi government’s foreign policy has been formulated in a way that erroneously makes the world believe that there is no greater friend of Arabs and Muslims than Modi. But behind the smokescreen, there is nothing to celebrate.
By cozying up to Tel Aviv, Modi has reinforced people’s belief that his government does not recognize the Palestinian struggle for freedom. India had always been a friend of Yasser Arafat, but India under Modi is desperate to be an ally of Benjamin Netanyahu who has presided over a sustained campaign to usurp Palestinian land and crush any form of resistance to Zionist aggression.


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