x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

The Marina Mall Street Festival is a rousing success

Readers respond to The National's coverage.

A juggler performs at the Marina Mall Street Festival. A reader maintains that Dubai is on its way to becoming a world-renowned destination for street festivals. Randi Sokoloff / The National
A juggler performs at the Marina Mall Street Festival. A reader maintains that Dubai is on its way to becoming a world-renowned destination for street festivals. Randi Sokoloff / The National

In reference to the news story When the circus comes to town (March 26), yesterday I attended the Street Festival at Dubai Marina Mall and what a fantastic experience it was. There were performers from all around the world performing various acts such as juggling machetes, aerial acrobatics, comedy, etc. The performances took place both inside and outside the mall. What can be better than sitting at an outside restaurant in the cool night air watching an excellent mime?

Having been to similar events in other countries, I can say without a doubt that Dubai is well on its way to becoming a world-renowned street festival destination.

I will be attending more shows this week.

DC, Dubai

In Libya, try diplomacy first

I refer to Michael Young's opinion article about Libya The leaders don't appear to know who is in charge (March 24). Living in Beirut, Mr Young should understand the difficult complexities inherent in conflict and its resolution, especially when compounded by external interference in an already divided nation. Libya is a nation that is divided and every faction is subjected to external interference.

The global media is slowly beginning to involve genuine experience and expertise in the Libyan discourse before pontificating. If war is the failure of diplomacy, Libya's political antagonists, including the UK prime minister David Cameron, might learn from both a critically objective media and history: try many forms of diplomacy before military action.

Turkey represents the most significant local player. Prior to the UN Security Council call for a ceasefire and no-fly zone to enforce it, Turkish diplomats were holding discussions with both the rebels and the Libyan government. The first French bombing raid was a blow for the rebels against the government, scuttling those talks. Subsequent attacks by the US and the UK took giant steps beyond the more stringent aspects of UN Resolution 1973, to which Security Council members Russia and China strongly voiced their opposition.

Violence by all combatants in this armed conflict endangers civilians. Does the UN Security Council genuinely desire to broker both a ceasefire and a long-term solution? If so, then it is time for the UN to mandate that the coalition cease attacks and support a leading role for Turkey to assemble a coalition for peace that includes non-western nations, and restart talks with Libyan factions to negotiate a genuine ceasefire on all sides.

Dr Jamil Brownson, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain

An insensitive invitation

The Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has invited Pakistan's president and prime minister to watch the India-Pakistan cricket match in Mohali, India, on March 30 when he will also be present. He has written to both of them "it gives me a great pleasure" to invite them to watch the match.

This is a very insensitive, bizarre and absurd move on part of the Indian prime minister.

There is a lot of anger and bitterness amongst the people of India about the attack by terrorists from Pakistan in Mumbai on September 26, 2008. PM Manmohan Singh has made a serious mistake in ignoring the feelings and anger of many Indians.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

An honest mistake by a company

The news article Cobone.com compensates customers for disclosing emails (March 24) detailed how hundreds of people have received compensation of Dh50 and an apology after signing up for a money-saving coupon deal, only to have their e-mail details released without their consent. I'm a bit confused as to the point of this article. One would normally find articles where the company in question has refused to help customers or has not acknowledged their mistakes.

However, the company in question, cobone.com, has taken full responsibility for their actions. They have apologised to customers and compensated them for the human error. Yes, human error - it wasn't a technical issue but a human one. Are we not all humans who make mistakes? Cobone unintentionally released the e-mails of a small number of its customers for a specific deal - not their credit card details, full names or anything of that sort.

Amanda el Shakankin, Abu Dhabi

Another mourner for a movie star

I refer to the news article World mourns for movie queen (March 24) which described the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor who died on March 23 in Los angeles at the age of 79.

Cleopatra is dead. I will most certainly miss Virginia Woolf. May the Almighty grant the departed soul eternal peace.

Amit Bhattacharjjie, Abu Dhabi