Muslims in Myanmar

Updated 09 November 2013

Muslims in Myanmar

Why is the world community so quiet over the killings of Muslims in Myanmar? I am surprised to note that even the United Nations is not taking any action to check the brutality of the Myanmar government. Muslims in Myanmar are being pushed to the wall and a slow-burning genocide is under way. Unfortunately, the Muslim in Myanmar have no strategic role to plan in the grand game of global politics. That is why; their cries mean nothing to the world. Muslim countries must take action to stop the bloodshed of Muslims in Myanmar. Why are we waiting for the United Nations to take action? We must do something on our own. — Shahid Ali, Dammam


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017

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