Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

Women’s movement in Lebanon has a rich history

Our readers have their say about the Australian prime minister, budget airlines and the Lebanese protests

Lebanese women march with national flags during a demonstration near the Roman ruins in the eastern Bekaa Valley city of Baalbeck on October 26, 2019, on the tenth day of country-wide protests against tax increases and official corruption. / AFP / -
Lebanese women march with national flags during a demonstration near the Roman ruins in the eastern Bekaa Valley city of Baalbeck on October 26, 2019, on the tenth day of country-wide protests against tax increases and official corruption. / AFP / -

I write in reference to Sunniva Rose’s article Lebanese women are breaking taboos to be face of protests (October 24). Women have been at the forefront of all protests in Lebanon. Any other stand diminishes the history of the women’s movement in Lebanon. We are not breaking any taboos. We’ve been there since the beginning.

Mira, Beirut

Listen to the people and disregard what the politicians are saying

I write in reference to James Haines-Young’s article Lebanon: Nasrallah backs government as supporters clash at protest (October 25). Disregard what they say. Listen to the people. The people choose to live free.

Rami Salman, Beirut

Scott Morrison’s gesture in warm-up shows sporting spirit of leader

I write in regard to Ajit Vijaykumar’s report Australia PM Scott Morrison serves water during warm-up match against Sri Lanka (October 25). Given that Sri Lanka are being hosted by Australia for a short three-match Twenty20 series, it was heartening to watch Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, serve water to members of the touring party. This gesture spoke volumes about the sporting spirit of the leader and other politicians around the world should follow suit.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

There are already budget airlines running through other emirates

This is in reference to Deena Kamel’s article India’s budget airline SpiceJet to open its first international hub in the UAE (October 23). If you want to fly from India to Europe, why would going through Ras Al Khaimah be a good option? There are already budget airlines doing that through Sharjah and Dubai.

Michael Grantham, Dubai

Credit cards should be used in emergencies only

Learning how to manage money is a skill that should be taught to all. We should not be naive when it comes to the use of credit cards. Financial education needs to become a part of our national curriculum. It is always healthier to save rather than spending only to later regret unnecessary expenditure. While saving money may not seem to be easy, establishing goals is a first step. We should get into the habit of using credit cards only during emergencies. Read e-statements and texts that banks routinely send.

Matthew Litty

Updated: October 26, 2019 07:05 PM

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