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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

The Middle East sits on shifting sands

Readers discuss Mike Pence, fake news, India and more

US Vice President Mike Pence begins a three-day Middle East trip today which will see him visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Susan Walsh / AP
US Vice President Mike Pence begins a three-day Middle East trip today which will see him visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel. Susan Walsh / AP

With reference to your article, Can Mike Pence relaunch the Middle East peace process? (January 19), there's no point in him travelling unless something can be accomplished. The Middle East sits on shifting sands, both figuratively and literally.

Frank Johansen, US

Great strides taken in cancer detection

I refer to your online article, Blood test shows promise in early detection of cancer (January 19). Recent studies reveal that more common types of cancer can be found through blood tests. This is a good development in the medical field.

K Ragavan, India

Freedom of expression reigns supreme in India

With reference to your article, India's top court clears film that upset nationalists (January 19), the Supreme Court of India has shown wisdom in ordering the all-India release of the movie, Padmavat, despite protests from some fringe groups. The Censor Board has cleared the movie, but some states and groups have opposed its release on the basis of rumours. Artists must have space to express themselves. Why are some groups objecting without even seeing the film? The right to freedom of expression is fundamental in the Indian Constitution and the apex Court has done well to uphold it. Filmmakers spend a lot of money on making a film and it not being released on schedule can create losses for them.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Keep an eye out for fake news

With reference to your article, Fox News 24 site is latest ploy in fake news (January 20), Shame on all the news outlets that propagate stories in order to create divisions between the GCC countries.

Wadad de Marco, Australia

The fact that fake news websites are using Fox News' name to seem legitimate shows how much CNN has become ostracised.

Roshan Coelho, India

Sympathy for California 'house of horrors' victims

I refer to your article, California couple David and Louise Turpin charged with torturing their 13 children (January 19), I am so very sorry for the children.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi