Traffic problems in Riyadh

Updated 25 February 2013
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Traffic problems in Riyadh

I am a resident of Riyadh and I have noticed that in recent days the traffic problems have intensified in our city.
The traffic jams of Riyadh are causing many serious problems such as difficulties in carrying patients to hospitals and reaching schools, offices and airports on time.
In my view, the two biggest problems causing traffic jams are absence of public transport systems like the ones in Dubai — buses services and metro trains —and low fuel price that encourages people to buy gas-guzzling vehicles. And because of the cheap fuel, there is no concept of pooling and sharing vehicles as well. I hope the authorities would take necessary measures to deal with this serious issue. — A reader, 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