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  • Another Middle East flashpoint

    Another Middle East flashpoint

    Fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip intensified last week with Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israeli cities and Israel carrying out numerous (disproportionate) air strikes on Gaza. With a good number of Arab countries in...

  • The Chinese connection

    Everyone seems to be doing it. Angela Merkel and David Cameron have talked up the benefits of doing business with a prosperous China while US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the annual China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Joseph Muscat...

  • Why I want my hut

    Ta’ Xbiex may seem like an unlikely place of departure for a piece on huts and basic dwellings. Except that walking there the other day I came across an Italian family who had parked their camper van right on the front. Old and shabby, it didn’t...

  • Why not a socio-religious TV?

    I agree with Martin Scicluna’s article ‘The voice of the Church’ (Times of Malta, July 2) about “the concern expressed about the Maltese Church’s difficulties in getting its voice heard”. I agree with Archbishop Paul Cremona and it pains me to see...

  • A debate about the elderly

    The highlight of this government’s programme so far is the quantity of important Bills it has asked the House of Representatives to discuss and approve, mostly Bills with a liberal and social content, but also others which have been too long on...

  • Please let’s stop this horsing around

    You won’t catch me joining the rush to march alongside thousands in protest, waving placards and flags wildly about, even if it’s to make a point about something I strongly believe in. Not because I don’t care enough about people or things. On the...

  • Another day, another land grab

    When we think of Sicily, the first thing that comes to mind is the fantastic food – the fresh fish, juicy vegetables, olive oil and mounds of canolli – rightfully giving the island the title of ‘God’s Kitchen’. After that we think of the...

  • I love you, you pay my rent

    I don’t know how familiar Pope Francis is with the theories about liquid modernity expounded by the Polish sociologist Sygmunt Bauman. But several of the Pope’s homilies, particularly his recent one at the Shrine of Castelpetroso in the diocese of...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Guilty pleasures that are full of cheese. We all have them, right? Except for the hipsters, but those don’t count because most of them are lying, anyway. As a confirmed cheese lover, my guilty pleasures are too numerous to list in their entirety,...

  • Dressing up for village life

    Dressing up for village life

    I did a spot of window shopping in Rabat the other day. Now, over there, there’s none of the high street shops like Debenhams or Mango or Accessorize like we have say, in Paola. Instead, the Rabat-trademarked Fiorita has taken over the...

  • There is no harm in just looking...

    I am so teed off... angry and... no, I am actually incandescent with rage. Why? I’ll tell you: Apparently the interfering busybodies – aka the authorities – are proposing to designate a number of our beaches as bona fide legal nudist beaches. What...

  • Thank you from Pakistan

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund of Mosta for the generous donation of €2,000 which will partly fund a safe drinking water project, which we, the Dominican Sisters of Malta are carrying out in a very depressed community outside the city of...

  • Magnanimous in defeat

    The recent humiliating defeat of one of the top-rated international football teams in the world underlines the beauty of this game with its unpredictability, its high drama and scintillating brilliance. Brazil, the country with the best record ...

  • Creative industry needs strong, transparent structures

    Contrary to what was reported in the press, I am sure that Albert Marshall, chairman of the Arts Council, was at one with the minister in welcoming in a new fraternity of artistic directors, (‘Artistic directors should work together’,...

  • Wirt iż-Żejtun Symposium 2014

    I would like to congratulate the organisers of the Wirt iż-Żejtun Symposium 2014 which dealt with the Turks’ last incursion in Żejtun in 1614. The event was well organised and the speakers presented different aspect on the same subjects. The...

  • Parking problems in St Paul’s Bay

    One of the main problems affecting our localities is that of parking facilities or rather the lack of them. Forming part of the St Paul’s Bay local council deepened my understanding of how this difficulty is taking its toll on all sectors of our...

  • Where are the authorities?

    Where are the authorities?

    A few months ago I wrote a letter describing the careless parking taking place in a particular road in Tarxien/Fgura. I also reported this to the local councils for action to be taken but, unfortunately, things are getting worse and nothing has...

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  • Concern over banding in schools

    As parents striving to raise our children in a stronger society, we are concerned with the introduction of banding in the education system. Education will once again start to emphasise grades and academic abilities only. In mixed-ability classes,...

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