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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Refugee status shows global incompetence

Readers express their views on regional unrest, globally rising petrol prices, reforms and more

The images of refugees struggling to escape tyranny reinforce the fact that there are no winners in war, says one reader. Mohamad Abazeed / AFP
The images of refugees struggling to escape tyranny reinforce the fact that there are no winners in war, says one reader. Mohamad Abazeed / AFP

I refer to the editorial, It is a losing game in Syria (August 30). It is sad that after the killing of several thousands of people in Syria during the past few years of civil conflict, a political settlement to the whole issue has still gone nowhere. Whoever is to blame for these mass killings, whether the leadership or others, must realise that the atrocity has been carried out on their own people. "Winning" doesn’t give anyone privilege. On the contrary, people lost trust in their leaders, the very people who are supposed to safeguard their rights to live in peace. The situation of refugees struggling to return home is disgraceful.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Western Europe flyer market seems to be recovering

In reference to your article, Etihad signs agreement with Argentine carrier (August 27), it has now become more clear why the national carrier left Air Berlin. What makes me happy is that it looks like the number of western European passengers has since improved. This means that the market must be recovering, which can only be a good thing.

Marija Maria, Dubai

Petrol prices are rising around the globe

In reference to your article, UAE petrol prices to bump up in September (August 29), here in the US, Hurricane Harvey will have an immediate impact on domestic gasoline prices. I'm sure filling stations are already increasing their prices.

Kevin McCarthy, United States

Are there alternatives to VAT?

I refer to your article, VAT and small businesses - what are the implications? (August 29). The VAT system is well-known and is hardly a leap in the dark. Still, it can put a strain on businesses - especially small start-ups, which the UAE is hoping will drive an entrepreneurial powerhouse for a post-oil economy. Like anywhere in the world, it will force increased government expenditure on a new department to collect and enforce the VAT law. That, coupled with job losses and a rise in the cost of living, may lead to the less fortunate having to pay a bigger proportion of their incomes than anyone else.

Andy Preston, Abu Dhabi

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