x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Inheriting a divided nation

Readers comment on President Barack Obama's historic election, praising his leadership but questioning his ability to unite the United States. Other letter topics today: an Emirati 'trapped' in India, private sector jobs, and a dubious defense for rape.

Readers congratulate US President Barack Obama, and argue with the analysis. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP
Readers congratulate US President Barack Obama, and argue with the analysis. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP

My heartiest congratulations to the people of America who have rightly chosen Barack Obama to lead them for another four years (Obama: 'The best is yet to come', November 8). But Mr Obama has some daunting tasks ahead.

Americans would obviously like him to steer the country out of the economic recession so that the unemployment rate in their country begins to shrink.

Beyond US shores, the rest of the world is certainly relieved by Mr Obama's re-election, as his views on many issues are moderate and he is less likely to order a war with Iran over nuclear issues than his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

With Mr Obama at the helm for a few more years, the Bush-era memory of wars, deaths, destruction and human rights violations will become less intense in the minds of the people.

Muneer Ahmad, Abu Dhabi

I take issue with the claim that President Obama won the female vote. While statistically that is true, Mr Obama only won with minority women, but not white women. The statistical advantages with minority women was so large that it pushed his total in the female vote category past Mitt Romney.

I also take issue with the assessment of the youth vote. Here, too, people are giving Mr Obama a clear victory. But again this is not entirely true. If you look at national exit polls by age and race combined, Mr Obama only won with minority youth. Every age group of white voters favoured Mr Romney.

Finally, among middle class supporters, the data is not as clear cut as some want to believe. Mr Obama only won in the group with a family income under $50,000 (Dh183,500) per year. Mr Romney won the group with family incomes between $50,000 and $75,000.

This all proves what we knew well before November 6. America is a very polarised place, driven in part by Mr Obama's message of class warfare.

Eric Reyes, US

Pace of cash case is slow, troubling

The final paragraph of your news story, Emirati 'trapped' abroad on fake-cash charge claims innocence (November 6), has left me scratching my head. As MK Lokesh, the Indian ambassador, told The National: "We have told the concerned ministries to expedite the case. It is a judicial case and takes time. There are cases like this concerning Indians in the UAE, too."

That may be true, but when do two wrongs make something right?

Philip Grange, Dubai

Private sector best place to polish

This article is a milestone in UAE journalism, proving it's transparency (UAE private sector 'cannot compete' with government for Emirati staff, November 8). It is quite accurate and to the point, and there is no harm in admitting that people go where they can earn more, not only Emiratis but expatriates as well.

The drawback comes when the public sector cannot accommodate 100 per cent of the Emirati workforce, because naturally it is not possible or realistic. I think young Emirati graduates should first work in the private sector, polish themselves by becoming professionals, and then progress further in their fields which would take them even higher.

Moiz SA, Abu Dhabi

People often feel more secure and appreciated in the government sectors compared to the private sector. Private sector jobs have false stereotype about Emirati youth and professionals, and many make false promises.

There are a huge number of unemployed Emiratis, and many of them are seeking a better job with little regard to the salary.

Michelle Salem, Dubai

The private sector in the UAE cannot compete with Government jobs, as public sector work really does pay more and has shorter working hours.

In most parts of the world, people earn according to their merits. And the reality is that the private sector anywhere does not have a bottomless pit of funds and cannot afford employees who don't earn their living by putting in the hours and efforts.

Aziza Al Busaidy, Dubai

Rape defence is indefensible

It seems that the explanation of the lawyer of the defendant contradicts that of the defendant's statement (Abu Dhabi man accused of rape 'innocent because he was wearing jeans', November 7).

I hope the judge will see clearly how one dirty lie could destroy someone else's life.

Liars get what they deserve sometimes.

Name withheld by request

The lawyer needs to be replaced if he is coming up with such a ridiculous defence like that. How can he even stand up in court and say such absurdities? The embarrassment and shame would overwhelm me.

Peter Jenkins, Dubai