A reader considers supermarket profit margins in the UAE and the UK. Other letters topics today: China and rights, animals and cruelty, Lebanon and unity and Syria and justice.
How much profit is enough?
Your article Abdullah calls for new strategy with Syria (July 7) deserves applause.
China's approach to human rights issues is being scrutinised by the global community - especially its policies regarding Syria and Tibet.
I am once again very impressed with the UAE Government's intelligent handling of further improving bilateral relations with China while also speaking strongly to the world, representing the UAE as a peace-loving nation that respects human life.
Brigitte Graefin von Bulow, Abu Dhabi
Shocking scene at pet market
I was shocked to see the inhumane conditions the animals are kept in the pet market behind Bawadi Mall at Al Ain. Dogs of all sizes are held in cages, with the only sign of nourishment a bowl of water.
Some appear sick, and it is doubtful that they are taken for walks. A Saluki could not get up at all, not even to urinate, a Great Dane was sitting in a cage barely bigger than itself, two Huskies were huddled together and obviously in bad medical shape.
How is it possible that the owners of this particular pet shop could get away with this type of treatment of animals?
Even if people were interested in buying them, the prices are astronomical - such as Dh5,000 for a Maltese Poodle.
These animals would probably not last long even if homes were found for them.
If expatriates do not know what to do with their animals when they leave, why not have them put down rather than subject them to this type of slow misery, which eventually leads to their deaths anyway?
This matter should be brought to the attention of the proper authorities.
Marianne Brooks, Al Ain
Unity in Lebanon will ensure peace
I am writing in response to James Zogby's opinion article, The Lebanese have more in common than you think (July 8).
As a Lebanese Australian, I'm happy to see closer ties with all of Lebanon's close neighbours, and better relations internally.
A little more unity and less division are essential for peace.
Frederick Melick, Australia
Inspired by story of sick teenager
Your story, Abdullah, 13, becomes part of UAE history (July 6) was very heartwarming and inspiring.
The doctors and other medical staff at Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah deserve huge praise for successfully undertaking the keyhole surgery to remove Abdullah Hassan Al Marzouqi's spleen, and I am sure I join all your readers in wishing Abdullah a speedy and complete recovery among his family and friends.
I was especially impressed with his comments about being glad the operation was performed during the holidays, so he will not miss school. What a commendable attitude he has towards education.
I'd also like to praise The National for an article like this, reassuring us that medical science in the UAE is advancing all the time and that the type of surgery for which one previously had to travel overseas is now available right here.
Jane Rogers, Dubai
Groceries policy a boon for shoppers
As an expatriate, I was amazed to read (Cost of the weekly shop plunges by 15 per cent, July 8) that the cost of staple items in the UAE is 40 per cent lower than in Britain.
Presumably, the likes of Carrefour still make healthy profits in the UAE - otherwise they wouldn't be here - so the big companies that run the supermarkets in the UK, the US and Australia should be ashamed of themselves.
Terri Holt, Dubai
Free hearts will prevail in Syria
Regarding Syrian cleric's meteoric rise from obscurity to notoriety (July 5), the Syrian people want justice - especially the Sunnis who suffer just because of their faith.
I am an Emirati mother but I can understand how the Syrian people are suffering under Bashar Al Assad's government.
The government can't protect its own people from the killers of innocent children and women. Free hearts who love humankind will win - if not today, then tomorrow.
Saada Saleh, Abu Dhabi
Hackers' actions make no sense
I'm puzzled by the activities of Anonymous (Hackers list 'sites banned by Emirates', July 6).
What does this group hope to achieve? As far as I understand it, most of the allegedly "banned" sites contain pornography or material that insults religion.
Nobody needs to see such things, nor care that we cannot see them.
Ian Dunn, Abu Dhabi