Letters to the Editor [Archives:2001/01/Letters to the Editor]
This is the first time I am writing to you. I congratulate you for your successful newspaper.
I have read your article titled We Have a Public Relations Problem. It is true that Arabs have a public relations problem but you were not right when you said Arabs had been unable to convey their massage to the USA and the West due to lack of skills in public relations. Even if Arabs havent a public relations problem, they would not be able to convey their massage properly to the USA or to the West.
In fact, the USA media conveys only what they want and that agrees with countrys interest, simply because Israel is controlling the media of the USA and of course they do what they like. Finally, this is my opinion and everyone has her/ his own opinion.
I am a Canadian citizen who was born in Indiana in 1925. I have been married for over 50 years and left for Canada to keep son out of Vietnam and other such murderous incursions onto other lands and peoples. Life time rebel meaning that I do my own thinking and make my own decisions without regard for what others might say. (Note I do not say what others might “think”.) I do not have any religion or other superstitions. Actually, I do not have any virtues. Without such imagined virtues this simply means that I do not possess any justification or excuse for killing you or anybody else. This does no mean that I would hesitate to defend my life and property by whatever means possible and I expect others to do the same. My father told me I could do anything I wanted except harming others or their property. This commandment I remember. And too, he said, “there is no such thing as a fair fight.” Here are a few thoughts I want to share with you.
Life is little more than making many decisions. Either you do or you do not. Either I wait (too often until it is too late) and listen to others for orders and advice on what to believe or I listen to myself which says to me, “What is to be gained and what is to be lost if you proceed?”
Every “friend”, partner and ally that the US has ever had has been double-crossed, stabbed in the back, robbed, humiliated, attacked, imprisoned, etc. As I said, life is simple. The peoples of the world can choose to do that which is in their own best interests, or choose to do nothing and wait. One can make his/her own decisions and take the responsibility or let others make the decisions for them and take the consequences.
I would like to wish you all a happy Eid and happy new year. I always read your newspaper and I follow up the news through Yemen Times.
You are of great help to me through your vacancy and job opportunities announcements. I am looking for a job in the field of Geology, Petroleum Geology, hydrology, or in any related field.
Abdullah Taha Ali Farea
Keep on following the newspaper, and I hope that someday you will find the job that suites you, especially that trust in our newspapers vacancy announcements is remarkable.
I, for one American, has seen the total destruction of Afghanistan as a country and people and is not only committed to my own country, but also to insisting on continuing the aid to Afghanistan, it’s people, and it’s culture. I have a strong feeling that the majority of Afghans, regardless of their historical tribal connections, loyalties, or ancestry realizes there is only one way from here.
We have the commitment to a common goal that of peace, reconciliation, stabilization, freedom of religion as a people, and unity and prosperity as a country.
I am extremely proud, as an American to support a commitment of the Afghan people in this effort and I will.
Along with Afghanistan peoples’ courage to rid itself of the terrorist and oppressive nature that consumed the country in the last years, I welcome the realization and courage of others that either side with the terrorists, or side with the rest of the civilized world. Should you decide to ‘side’ with the rest of the civilized world, well, we shall be with you also.
Leslie Anne Conville
Chicago, IL USA
My name is Paul Hoonaishi and I am of mixed race (Yemeni and British). I have lived in Yemen for 12 years. My father is from Toor al-Baha in the South and my mother is from the UK.
I am working as the Yemeni Community Development officer, helping Yemeni families understand the British legal system and so on.
I would like to become a member of your newspaper which connects me with a lot of Yemenis.
You are eventually a Yemeni, so it gives us great pleasure if you join us. There is no membership fees. All you need to do is to stay in touch through yementimes.com and receive our emails. We will be more than glad to help you in any way we can.