Do skin-lightening creams perpetuate racism?
Our readers have their say on skin colour, schools reopening, a reminder of Ghayathi and a walk down memory lane
Condolences on the passing of Hatem Nusseibeh
With reference to Lina Sinjab's article Hatem Nusseibeh: The Total executive who left a mark beyond his field (June 20): may he rest in peace. He was always smiling.
Dina Karrar, Paris, France
Schools reopening have parents divided
Regarding Simon Rushton's piece Education chiefs briefed on reopening educational institutions in September (June 21): it will be a challenge wearing masks all day long. And even play wearing them! Experts have advised in the past too about the effects of wearing masks for too long (on lungs).
Monika Arora Agarwal, Dubai
Schools need to open. Children can’t learn from home. It is not the same. Mental health will be a bigger problem than the virus if this continues for much longer.
Jasmine Mckean, Abu Dhabi
By keeping schools closed the female workforce is discriminated against. Most mothers will have to stay home and look after the children as usually the husband is the breadwinner. It is a step backwards for women’s rights.
Natasha Hawkes, Dubai
If schools can give parents an option if they want to send their children to school or not, that would be great for all. Those who prefer to stay home can continue e-learning. We spent four months and will continue educating our children on how to socially distance and sanitise. I am sure most of them will do perfectly once they are back in school.
Jamila Amisafi, Dubai
Skin-lightening creams should not be necessary
With reference to Emma Day's piece Johnson & Johnson to stop selling skin-lightening creams in the Middle East (June 20): good. These creams are ridiculous and the reason they were created is that the "lighter" you look the better you look, which just perpetuates the subconscious racism.
Mike Bruski, Dubai
Happy that the company made this decision. It’s a step in the right direction
Yasmin Lear, Dubai
If they are good to remove dark spots and scarring caused by acne then it is unfair to stop the product for those people.
People should be allowed to make that choice to buy it for themselves.
Saadias Halim, Dubai
Good to read about greening the desert
I write to you regarding John Dennehy’s article The man who turned the UAE's desert green (December 29, 2019): I have only just seen it while going down memory lane and searching the internet for articles about Ghayathi. I was tree planting there from 1976 to 1978.
Thank you for publishing the article and to John Dennehy for writing it. It is wonderful that David Pryce revisited Ghayathi after working there so many years ago.
Nick Phillips, Kent, UK
Updated: June 23, 2020 03:49 AM