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March 14 2005

Last Wednesday we celebrated the 14th anniversary of The Yemen Times at the Taj Sheba Hotel. There were 300 or more guests, including fiends, diplomats, representatives of various organizations and associations, clients and staff.

It was an occasion to connect with and relate to some of the supporters of The Times, and to get a feeling about how the newspaper is perceived. It also was a time to learn of ideas and ambitions the supporting community has, and how they might be implemented.

Although it was a busy night, it gave clear indicatations as to what how we are performing, and what we could to make things better. Especially appreciated was Dr. D. Thakur's words quoted from Joseph Eddison: “If you want never ending success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian angle.” By putting these words into reality I hope we can make an ever-lasting success.

The challenge is great. We can do our best, but still not achieve success if we don't get feedback and guidance from our readers. The real need now is to connect.

So, on monthly basis, starting in May, the Yemen Times will be conducting discussion rounds, for one hour or so, on various topics. We will announce the schedule of topics in a later issue.

The invitation is open to all interested people, and results of the discussions will be documented and published in the paper, to form the basis for further issues of comment. It will also be an opportunity to meet and connect with people from various fields.

The Yemen Times will also shortly conduct a survey to explore the interests and inclinations of the readers, as to what should be covered more and what should be presented differently. It will be done online, as well as within the paper. Please contribute to the paper by filling this questionnaire and returning it. We need to hear what you have to say, because simply we are writing for you.

The celebration which we had last week marked a turning point in the history of the Yemen Times. Clearly, we are now at a crossroads.