Obama must stop Israel

Updated 24 November 2012
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Obama must stop Israel

This is in response to the column, “Time to earn that Nobel, Mr. President!” by Aijaz Z. Syed. As a US citizen, I agree, that President Obama should do all in his power to stop Israel. When I was young, I was indoctrinated and even signed up to the US Marine Corps but quickly opened my eyes to see the truth. The American military-industry complex doesn’t fight for human rights and freedom so much as it does for large corporations to rule however and wherever they choose. I have wished to expatriate since the Bush days in 2003 and it is still a goal of mine. Since the US supports unjust corporations and organizations like Israel, I subjected myself to financial poverty from 2005-2010 in order to not pay taxes to support the system we have established here. After finding that my protest was anti-progressive to my own growth and enjoyment of life, I am seeking other ways to live, work, and actively speak out against the injustices. — Demetrio Landeros,
By e-mail


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