Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 August 2019

Congratulations to Algeria for a spectacular victory

Our readers have their say about Algeria's victory, ASAP Rocky, Saudi Arabia, Iran and edible flowers

Algerian soccer fans cheer following their team's victory in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. EPA
Algerian soccer fans cheer following their team's victory in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. EPA

I write to you in reference to your editorial Algeria goes from political upheaval to footballing triumph (July 21).

This article shed light on Algeria’s most recent challenges and the undying resolve of its people. The recent victory of Algeria’s team against Senegal in the Africa Cup of National final was a well-deserved win after months of political upheaval. Algeria is writing a new chapter in its history which will hopefully bring about better days in sports as in politics. Algerians deserve to have a better political environment and to be governed by a stable and peaceful administration.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Jailed stars get more support than US-detained migrants

I write to you in reference to your article Donald Trump says he’s trying to secure rapper ASAP Rocky’s release from Swedish prison (July 20).

If it is true that ASAP Rocky is being held in inhumane conditions in a Swedish prison then something must be done to bring him to the US. However, I do not understand President Donald Trump’s eagerness to get one person out of jail, when his administration has been responsible for detaining thousands of men, women and children in centres at the southern border with Mexico. All the people who have been wrongfully detained must be released, not just those who are famous.

Phil Jones, Dubai

The face of Saudi Arabia is truly changing for the better

I write to you in reference to Saeed Saeed’s article It’s a great time to be young: Saudi Arabian youth hail the changes happening in the kingdom (July 20).

This is truly astonishing. I never thought I would see uncovered women in public in Saudi Arabia in my own lifetime. Things are really changing fast in the kingdom, and this generation is paving the way to progress.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

Edible flowers call for stricter hygiene rules to be enforced

I write to you in reference to Farah Andrews’ article Dubai bans restaurants from serving flowers on food (July 19).

I understand there are health risks related to consuming unwashed produce, but I am not sure if the best response is to ban them altogether. If we take this to the extreme, authorities will need to ban nutrient-dense vegetables such as lettuce, kale and other greens. These vegetables are also dangerous to one’s health if they are not washed properly. I believe that stricter hygiene rules should be implemented instead of ­banning edible flowers which, if washed, are perfectly safe

to eat.

Darya Rama, UAE

An amicable solution is sorely needed in the Gulf

I write in reference to your article Iran’s seizure of British tanker ‘illegal interference’ says UK (July 20). The concerned parties must find an amicable way to solve this problem. Beating war drums is naive and will achieve nothing.

Nazim Hasan Khan, India

Updated: July 21, 2019 04:43 PM

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