Indian prime minister Narendra Modi warned against protectionism in his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.    Denis Balibouse/ Reuters
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi warned against protectionism in his address to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Denis Balibouse/ Reuters

Let us dream of a time when we can all live together in peace and prosperity



One of the most vexing questions of our time is what went wrong in the relationship between Muslims and the West. Continuing global violence in the name of Islam reflects the deepest fears by certain factions of western political, cultural and economic encroachment. The solution requires finding common ground upon which to build mutual respect and understanding. Let us boldly challenge members of the world's civilisations to stop demonising others and to turn instead to a deeper understanding of those shared values that can solve the problems facing humanity today. Muslims must ask themselves what went wrong within their own societies but the West must also pose the same question about itself.

Moderate scholars in Islam and the West offer a basis for repairing this frayed relationship by arguing that Islam actually supports the fundamental values of a pluralistic, free society. Focusing on finding solutions and common ground, rather than determining fault and blame, creates hope and inspiration in both Muslim and western worlds. Let us dream of a time when Muslims, Jews, Christians and followers of all other traditions and faiths can live together in peace, justice and prosperity.

Samaoen Osman, South Africa

Turning our backs on globalisation would be a mistake

I refer to your article Davos 2018: India's Modi warns against protectionism. In his elaborate speech to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Mr Modi, who is the first Indian premier to attend the Davos summit in two decades, talked about his concerns about globalisation's diminishing lustre. Most nations are displaying an aversion to globalisation. Mr Modi quoted Mahatma Gandhi's words welcoming various cultures at a time when the threat of terrorism and other factors are prompting people to turn inwards. Globalisation enhances cooperation among countries and is the right answer to the problems of our time.

K Ragavan, India

Jerusalem cannot be the capital of Israel

In reference to your story Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed holds talks over Jerusalem embassy move, Jerusalem is not part of Israel. Please refer to the UN partition pre-1967. As for territories acquired during wars, under international law they have to be returned.

Wadad de Marco, Sydney, Australia

Use common sense, not gyms, to lose weight

I refer to your article Fitness First in dispute with members over VAT. Why do people have to rely on machines when they can do anything and everything at home. We don't need to pay anyone to lose weight. If we think carefully about what we eat before we eat it, we might not have to struggle to slim down later. Common sense sadly is a sense which is not so common.

Matthew Litty, Dubai

Condolences to the family of the Fujairah tragedy

I refer to your article Family and friends attend funeral of seven siblings killed in Fujairah house fire. May the little angels rest in peace. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the grieving family.

Melanie Rose, Dubai

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

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2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

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2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

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