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No first names, please


Israel retaliation likely as Obama envoy holds talks

Barak, in a statement, said he had told Mitchell Israel cannot accept any attack on its citizens and would act with determination against any attack by Hamas or its allies.

Referring to the President of the US by his first name is very inappropriate. This was done in the article “Israel retaliation likely as Obama envoy holds talks.” S.A.

We did not refer to Obama by his first name. The sentence to which you refer was about Defense Minister Ehud Barak. It shouldn’t be confusing, as one is Barak and one is Barack.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak (L) gestures during his meeting with US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) in Jerusalem July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

The wrong century…


Fidel Castro demands Obama return Guantanamo base

Cuba indefinitely leased Guantanamo to the United States in 1903 after the United States occupied the country during the 1998 Spanish-American War. Castro charges that the base at the south-eastern tip of Cuba was taken over illegally.

You should have said the 1898 Spanish-American War. You currently give the false impression of a non-existent recent war to those that are unaware.

Alarmist headline?

Egypt attacks Iran and allies in Arab world

Hi, don’t you think this title is very inflammatory? What the world, especially the middle east, does NOT need now are words that imply more violence. Please do your part and be more careful with headlines.

Several readers thought the headline was alarmist and misleading. In retrospect, we should have worded it differently: GBU Editor

Arctic claims


Bush issues U.S. policy on Arctic energy supplies

In addition to Russia and the United States, the other countries that claim territory in the Arctic are Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

I’m writing to let you know about errors in this article.¬† You fail to mention Canada as one of the nations with claims, and incorrectly identify Greenland as a country, which it is not technically for another 6 months.