Letters to the Editor [Archives:2000/27/Letters to the Editor]

July 3 2000

Rejoinder to article “Who are more intelligent and more intellectual men or Women? Issue no. 25 page 8 Mr. Issam Al-Khawlani has made a grave mistake in understanding intelligence and intellectuality and has proven that he is far less intelligent than most women.
First, he has defined intelligence by education and knowledge through learning; Knowledge is information; learning; clear perception, understanding and is not only accomplished through reading, but also through life experiences and education.
Intelligence is mental ability and perception of the intellect. A person who has a high professional position cannot measure it. There are many women in positions of authority. For example, India’s political arena has been highly influenced by women politicians. In fact, Yemen’s own ambassador to the Netherlands is a woman.
General director of Al-Sabin Hospital Dr. Arwa Rabiya has done a commendable job to make the hospital better than other government hospitals in the Republic. She is also a woman.
However, being women, we will not foolishly generalize and say that all women are more intelligent than men. No! There are smart men, and there are smart women.
On the subject of the story that Mr. Khawlani has related, it proves nothing but the fact that sexual discrimination is still prominent in such developed countries as the United States. The five men who graduated five years after the women were more successful in all terms than the five women. That is so because women are still trying to guarantee themselves the right of equal pay for work of equal value. Even now women with the same qualifications and experience are given a salary less than their male colleagues.
Unfortunately Mr. Khawlani has been unable to comprehend fully the complexity of the issue he has so fondly narrated. Finally, please do keep in mind that behind every successful man is a woman.
By: Ayla M. Shabooti and Sadaf Shah
Dear editor,
I am writing in replay to an article published in the newspaper titled ‘How do Yemenis Perceive Public Parks?” I went with my class, here at Sana’a British School to Attan swimming park. We found this park a very nice and well-organized place to have a picnic. The trees were taken after well. My class and I have disagreed with that article. There are places to go but you have to look for them.
Our class decided that Attan swimming park needed a few changes such as signs, grass and picnic tables. Yet that was all.
Jannett and John Rizcallah
Dear Editor,
I thought I’d write to say what a great newspaper site you have. It’s easy to use and I don’t get lost. I have found out a lot about Yemen.
I live in Australia and I am a student. I am interested in Yemen for a school assignment. In reading your newspaper and other sources I have found a lot that disturbs me about your ways of life. I found many negative articles or information regarding kidnapping, corruptness, women’s rights etc. I believe that everyone should get a fair go and more positive articles should be printed about the good in Yemen… Or isn’t there any good?
Larissa Penthesilea
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Dear Larissa,
I appreciate your sympathy to Yemen’s conditions, etc. However, as a newspaper, we cannot in any way try to distribute the news items in positive or negative terms. We can only publish what happens in reality, and unfortunately, negative developments are more common nowadays. But if you look at previous issues, you will find several articles emphasizing achievements. However, as the famous proverb says, “a true journalist’s role is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”    The Editor