Letters to the Editor [Archives:2001/33/Letters to the Editor]

August 13 2001

Dear Yemen Times 
In a recent edition of YT, there was a letter in the ‘Letters to The Editor’ section by the reader Ghassan Amin Ahmed Alsaidi titled ‘Muslim Girls Should be Sent to Yemen’ here he claimed that many Arab girls forget their morals as they leave their home countries. He claimed that muslim girls go ‘to America and mix with the bad crowd which convince them to go against Islam and commit many sins’. To be very frank I was very appalled at his sexist attitude. Why did he say send ‘Girls’? Why not send Boys? Why didn’t he mention them? Yes he is right in mentioning this problem that affects young Arab teenagers depositing their morals in their homelands. However this is a problem which affects Arab teenagers regardless of their gender. Both teenage boys and girls suffer from this problem. He made parents more aware of a current problem, and more importantly I hope he has enlightened teenagers regarding this problem. I hope teenagers can become more responsible and aware of their decisions, and more importantly, their decisions’ influences. 
Mona Maghafi 
A Suggestion for YT Website 
I am a Yemeni student who is currently studying in Malaysia. I think that if Yemen Times uses the Microflash in its homepage design it would be better. Microflash reflects the Hi-tech in the Internet industry. I also hope if Yemen Times will be able to send me some of the latest news regarding my country. 
Aiman Ghani 
[email protected] 
Dear Aiman, 
Thank you for the suggestion. You could always read updated news on our website every Monday. You can also subscribe to our breaking news service at: http://yementimes.com/#newsletter. 
Asking About the Yemeni Horse 
I would like to use the letters to the editor section to ask Yemen Times readers about the Bedouin Horse of Yemen. Is the Bedouin horse of Yemen the ancestor of the Northern Bedouin tribes: the Aneze or the Shammar? Or is it the contrary, the horses came from Mesopotamia down to the Yemen? 
What is the history of the Yemeni horses and what Strains do you have (Koheilan, Saklawi, Hamdani, Obeyan….) 
Do Yemeni tribes still breed horses, like the Northern tribes: the Shammar, the Jbur,the Aqaidat, the Tai and many others in the Jezirah? 
Could someone provide information on the history of your horses? Please email me to the below given email address. 
Assoc. for Reservation of Bedouin Horse 
Yussef el Achcar – Beirut 
[email protected] 
Dear Editor 
I’ d like to express my thanks and appreciation to you and to columnist of Common Sense Mr. Hassan Al-Haifi in particular and all the staff in general for the strenuous and perilous efforts you continuously exert to bravely and unpartialy tackle the problems facing Yemeni people. Those problems are considered as a tumbling stone hindering our progress such including the phenomenon of the prevalence of weapons among the Yemeni people, which are used for destruction. 
I still remember your words and stances towards this dangerous phenomenon. You have always reiterated that those weapons “were and will always stay as ugly instruments used for destruction.” 
They are the source of our instability and insecurity because they claim the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. 
Dear editor-in-chief, Walid Al-Saqqaf we are in dire need for your writings because as a journalist you are the voice of the voiceless who try to alleviate our sufferings in this country which became full with many crooks and corrupts. 
Ridha Salim Batiyur 
English language teacher 
Ridha [email protected] 
Dear Editor, 
I remember emailing you a letter to the editor some time ago. The letter was published and many Yemeni readers consequently emailed me asking about applying to American Colleges. I would like to thank you very much for allowing me to express my views in your newspaper. As a child I lived in Riyadh and many childhood friends of mine were Yemenis, it is my dream to visit Yemen. Inshallah when I finish my college studies I would like to visit Yemen. 
Saad A. S. 
[email protected] 
To The US Embassy in Sana’a: 
Where is Our Right to Know? 
I am a Somali national, living as a refugee resident in Sanaa, Yemen. After winning a DV 2001 lottery, I went to the consular section of USA Embassy in Sanaa Yemen on Monday 23/7/2001 as my appointment was at 8:00 in the that morning. Then I presented all my documents as per lottery instructions. I handed all my lottery documents to the concerned officer and she requested me to pay an amount of $670 as consular fees both for me and my wife, which I did pay. Then they told me to come the next day. When I came the next day, suddenly without any interview or introductions, the lady officer told me with anger that my secondary certificate was fraudulent. I told her that it was not and at the same time I asked her “How could you prove that it were fraudulent?” Automatically she replied that they were told so by concerned authorities. Furthermore, she seized my secondary certificate without any legal and considerable reason. However, my secondary certificate was issued by the Somali Ministry of Education and was approved by the Somali Consular in Aden. It was then approved by the Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
It is for sure that the US consular has no right to seize authentic documents of other countries’ citizens. I know it has got many other rights upon the lottery (visa issuing and cancellation of the DV case) according to the consular, but I am very disappointed in the consular’s misjudgment, which was based on false and unreliable information. Finally I would like to request the consular section of USA embassy in Sana’a to first release my certificate and then bring proof of any claims that they have regarding their fraudulence in reply. It is essential for all embassies to respect the rights of other people’s documents. 
Durbe Ali Mukuli 
[email protected] 
Dear Editor, 
On August the 9th South Africa will be celebrating ‘National Women’s Day’. Do you also have such a holiday over there in Yemen? I was wondering because I wanted to know how Nadia Muhsen would be celebrating such a day? I believe that you were going to do an interview with Nadia, did you get to do it? How did it go? Did you put your interview in the Newspaper? If so which date did it fall under, then perhaps I could read it, as I’d be very interested to see what you thought about her plight! Pity no one seems to be able to help Nadia, she seems sort of stuck in limbo & ill to boot! Such a sad, sad, sad story & with a world wide following plus on the internet too! They even have a candle site which has reached over 9 thousand people lighting candles for her from all around the world! Amazing how people have read her story & how it’s brought ‘Yemen’ into their homes. I just hope that it doesn’t put people off from visiting your country! I hear quite a bit about people getting kidnapped in the Yemen too! So sad! What is going on in this part of the world? I like reading your article on Aden, as I went to school there & have often wondered what it looks like now. Can’t you put some pictures of Aden on your website? 
Mrs. R. Campbell 
Dear Campbell, 
Thank you for your interest in reading Yemen Times. We will also focus more on Aden in the future. Please note that the interview we made with Nadia Muhsen was in issue 5 of 2000. 
You can read the interview online at: 
– Editor 
War Criminal Sharon 
We hear everyday about the holocaust which “Sharon” wants the world to remember. However, the world seems to have failed to remember his own holocaust in 1982. That is the “Sabra, Shatila” massacre when Sharon was the Minister of Defense. Because Sharon’s holocaust will continue in his memory and because there is an attempt to prosecute hi for his crimes, he feels frightened. The USA seems to protect this culprit because they hate Moslems and Arab people. Otherwise, why do they support Sharon’s government in its aggression against Palestine and at the same time waged a war against Iraq after invading Kuwait. They all must know that the Palestinian resistance to occupation will continue until the return of all Arab land. 
Also, we need to establish a united Arab and Islamic nation in order to stop beasts such as Sharon from continuing his aggression. We know very well that there was a time when one Islamic state used to rule most of the world. We do need many honorable leaders to lead the Arab nation such as Jamal Abdul Al-Nassir. 
Captain: Jabr Ali Al-Mawery 
Ministry of Defense 
Dear Editor, 
All that Monday means to me is “Yemen Times.” Every Monday, I hurry to the nearest newsstand to purchase my favorite newspaper. On this occasion, I want to share ideas with you. Are you ready? I was listening to Sana’a Radio on Monday morning and was fully attracted to the “Youth Magazine” program. I couldn’t imagine that such useful and splendid program is on the Radio. Such programs need more encouragement and on my turn I advise all YT readers to even for once, listen to this program. I wish that this program can be expanded for more than one hour. 
On the other hand, being one of YT readers I have some questions: There were articles published in old issues on social topics such as: early marriage, girls smoking, university’s female students and marriage, teachers and students, Sana’a gangs in Shub such as Quraish gang, free time utilizing.” Where are they now? Where are those interviews regarding such hot topics? 
Abdul Rahman 
[email protected] 
Dear Abdul Rahman, 
Thank you for reminding us of some of the most important social topics that need coverage. Hopefully, we will be publishing many of those important topics that deal with the daily lives of Yemenis quite soon. Just keep on following YT. 
– Editor 
Dear Editor, 
I’m glad to write in order to express my admiration, but I do not have the fair words for that. I am proud that Yemen produces a newspaper like you. You have now gain relatively strong grounds in Yemen and in the world. I want to join the rest or YT friends in writing to you. I did participate in your contest conducted on Monday, 9th of April, 2001 in an effort to join in. However, I would like to know what to do in order to become one of your writers. Finally, I’m most honored to send you this letter, and I wish you the best of success. 
Rahma Yousef 
Dear Rahma, 
I welcome you as a friend of the newspaper, and please know that we will honor your valuable friendship. You can become a writer for YT by contributing articles to us and we will be more than glad to have them published for you. However, if you want to become a permanent writer, you should call us at (01) 268661 and make an appointment for an evaluation of your writings. Wishing you the very best.