x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Garcia's racist remark condemned

A reader was angered and saddened by golfer Sergio Garcia's "fried chicken" comments about Tiger Woods. Other topics: the London street attack, talking at the movies and Israel's ambitions.

A reader was saddened by Sergio Garcia's racially charged comment about Tiger Woods. Julian Finney / Getty Images
A reader was saddened by Sergio Garcia's racially charged comment about Tiger Woods. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Cowardly attack was not in the name of religion

My thoughts are with the family members of the victim of the heinous attack on the streets of Britain (Soldier hacked to death in London, May 23).

The perpetrators of this despicable act bring nothing but shame and disgust upon themselves as individuals.

It is cowardly to say that this has been carried out in the name of any religion or cause.

I implore media and social-media sites to remove footage of this disgusting act; give these people no public voice.

At the height of the Northern Ireland "troubles" there was a ban on the IRA speaking publicly through the media.

Britain should apply the same law now, to ensure justice is served and respect is given to the victim's family. B Hopkin, Abu Dhabi


Garcia's remarks are unacceptable

After I read the report and analysis of Sergio Garcia's "fried chicken" remarks about Tiger Woods (Cheap talk can be costly, May 23), my initial reaction was that of disgust, then anger and, later, sadness.

To think that we live in 2013 and there are still people who simply cannot accept the fact that apartheid is dead and buried and its ugly face will never surface again.

At the time of writing, it appears that neither the European Golf Tour nor Garcia's sponsors will be taking any severe action against him.

This makes me believe that a slip of a tongue with racial overtones is still acceptable in many parts of the so-called developed world. Anwar Khan, Dubai


Bad drivers should get bad publicity

In spite of several warnings given to UAE motorists that they should not use mobile phones while driving, I still see a lot of people using their phones without a hands-free set.

These people should know that they are putting lives in danger.

I think the authorities should arrange for a toll-free number or email address where people can report such offences, and details of proven breaches should be publicised in the media.

K Elm, Abu Dhabi

Stay at home if you can't stay silent

In reference to Owners set the rules at cinemas (May 23), the whole point of seeing a film on a big screen and in darkness is to absorb yourself in the movie and forget about the real world.

People who want to disrupt this experience should stay at home with their buddies, where they won't bother anybody else, and play video games.

Claire Wyness, Abu Dhabi

Dancing was disappointing

I agree with Dancers let down by poor seating (May 22), about the recent Dubai performance by the Royal Moscow Ballet.

The ambience was lacklustre but the orchestra was very good.

However, the dancers were not performing in unison; the only one worth watching was the lead ballerina. Having paid for "platinum" seats, I found it all quite disappointing. Name withheld by request


The seating arrangements at the ballet performance brought a new meaning to the phrase "restricted view". Peter Cooper, Dubai

Israel's ambitions must be thwarted

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, is on a hiding to nothing as he tries to revive the Middle East peace process.

The position is clear; Israel is interested in propaganda, not peace. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is actively committed to the eventual forced transfer of all Muslim Arabs out of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

He has no intention of entering into meaningful negotiations with the five million Palestinian Arabs, who constitute the largest group of indigenous people in the region.

His government continues to provoke international outrage by building illegal settlements in a bid to abort the establishment of a Palestinian state.

These settlements are in clear violation of international law and the Geneva Convention on Human Rights, and the European Union and United Nations insist that they all must be dismantled and their residents repatriated to Israel.

Until that policy is implemented, Israel will remain a pariah state.

Anthony Bellchambers, UK