x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Animation films on social issues can have impact

A reader complains about the poor condition of roads in Ras Al Khaimah. Other letter topics include: niqab row, animation film, driving, nuclear proliferation

A reader complains about driving hazards posed by roads under repair in Ras Al Khaimah. Jeff Topping / The National
A reader complains about driving hazards posed by roads under repair in Ras Al Khaimah. Jeff Topping / The National

I was amused to read about the animation film by Emirati director Hamad Alawar, which shows the trials and tribulations of a man whose wife decides she’s had enough of childcare and leaves their newborn at home under his care and supervision (Critical acclaim for film of dad left holding the baby, September 23).

A majority of men in our societies think that parenting is easy, and something women should do. This common perception cannot be easily reversed. That is why these films are important. When these serious social issues are handled through a medium like animation film, it is even better because anyone of any age group can watch it. Sometimes these mediums can send our messages across better than books and newspapers. Sunita Joshi, Dubai

Time to reward safe drivers in UAE

I am writing in reference to the news article Link UAE car insurance premiums to a driver’s safety record, expert says (September 18).

In western countries, it is the insurance industry that actively champions road and fire safety, as they have the most to lose from lax standards. They lobby for regulations and legislation, they actively advertise and undertake massive public awareness programmes to help influence behaviour.

As someone who has never had an accident in 30 years of driving, including the last six in Dubai, I would absolutely welcome linking insurance coverage and rates to driving records.

Further, insurance companies should adopt policies of refusing to insure drivers whose records exceed a certain number of violations, accidents or who have been convicted more than once for driving under the influence. It’s time to start rewarding safe drivers and punishing those who are not.

Name withheld by request

Roads in RAK are a recipe for disaster

I would like to draw the attention of the authorities to the poor condition of roads in Ras Al Khaimah. The roads are all damaged and dusty because of the repair and maintenance work that has been going on for more than two years. Surprisingly, not even a kilometre of road has been restored. The condition is especially pathetic in the town of Nakheel where roads are riddled with potholes. We would like to know what the problem is and when can we expect a solution to such daily problems and disturbances?

Ezra Josue, Ras Al Khaimah

We need to think less about others

I refer to the article UK niqab row opens unsettling discourse (September 19).

Too many people in the world spend too much time pondering over Muslims, Islam and their “vices”.

I wonder why Muslims are not left alone or seen as part of the larger community. Fewer Muslims actually spend time thinking about what people of other communities do. This has created a division between Muslims and the rest of the world. Will this community ever be looked at as part of the larger humanity? I doubt it.

Every community has its own codes of conduct. If Muslims are wearing hijab, niqab, burqa or kandura, no one should be bothered. But incidents all over the world suggest just the opposite.

If we think or interfere less in other people’s affairs, the world will be a better place to live.

Cyrus M, Abu Dhabi

Who will defend Britain and EU?

It is the position of both the Labour and Liberal parties, plus many Conservatives that the UK can no longer afford an independent nuclear deterrent of the size of the Trident submarine fleet – a deterrent that currently also protects non-nuclear Germany from attack, under a Nato agreement.

Yet, the German government has subsidised and supplied Israel with a fleet of five Dolphin-class submarines, subsequently converted into a nuclear-armed, undersea naval attack force.

Incredibly, meanwhile, the EU, of which Britain is a major contributing member, is funding Israel to the tune of hundreds of billions of euros in aid every year. Does it make military, economic, political or even morale sense? The UK helps fund the EU that funds Israel, that now possesses a secret nuclear arsenal and a second strike capability that apparently dwarfs any nuclear deterrent anywhere in Europe.

Is it militarily defensible that a Mediterranean country of less than 8 million people has been made into what is believed to be the most powerful nuclear-armed state in the world, after the US and Russia?

Anthony Bellchambers, UK