Readers discuss US aid to Pakistan, VAT and 'good conduct certificates' in the UAE
Pakistan should free itself from the clutches of US aid
In reference your story US suspending more than $255 million in security aid to Pakistan (January 5) and the harsh tweets by president Donald Trump about Pakistan not co-operating fully to control terrorism, Pakistan must be very upset with the halting of aid and the strong comments of Mr Trump. However there is an opportunity in every crisis. Pakistan should endeavour to generate its own resources to fight terrorism in the country. Why depend on money from other countries to manage law and order at home? Pakistan is rich in agriculture, industry and textiles. Pakistan should focus on exports and generate adequate revenues so that it is self-sufficient. Self-help is the best help.
Rajendra Aneja, Dubai
Iran needs new leadership
Regarding your story US and France agree on Iran regime's failure to serve people (January 8), the time of bad government in Iran has to come to an end. There has to be a new system of politics working in the direction of peace.
Asyah Elisabeth Meel, Abu Dhabi
VAT threatens the agility of the UAE's economy
In reference to your leader The Government's VAT pledge gives a taste of our economic future (January 8), VAT is a redistributionist construct, so it is not hard to understand why redistribution should be promoted as its benefit. What is hard to understand is that, given the golden opportunity of developing the UAE's post-oil economy, the authorities have chosen to adopt this tax, where the cost ends up in the lap of the consumer, with often the least able bearing the greatest burden on their net income. The UAE's economy needs its agility to compete in the global marketplace.
Andy Preston, Abu Dhabi
Good conduct certificates are good in theory, but will they work in practice?
In response to your story UAE to introduce 'good conduct certificate' requirement for work visas (January 8), where do these certificates come from if you have been a resident working expat for 23 years in the UAE? Or a born-and-brought-up expat here who has never worked outside the country?
Tanya Milbourne, Dubai
The UAE authorities already perform a background check on expatriate workers, so how is this any different?
Sam Anderson, Abu Dhabi
The UAE's effort to contain deadly Australian flu deserves applause
In response to your story Deadly Australian flu spreads across the world (January 9), this is only the latest development in the spread of the deadly Australian flu across the globe, including America. That doctors in the UAE are calling for vaccination as a preventive measure after one patient's death is laudable. The World Health Organisation should immediately take measures to prevent this flu further.
K Ragavan, India
The US and Israel should stop bullying the Palestinians
In response to your article Sweden warns against US cutting UN aid to Palestinians (January 10), it is about time to end the illegal occupation of Palestine. The United States should put pressure on Israel to end the longest and ugliest occupation in modern history, instead of bullying the Palestinian victims of the belligerent apartheid Israeli regime.
Wadad de Marco, Dubai
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