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  • Apology called for

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week showed the world his bullying tactics by his ‘Nazi’ and other remarks towards the Netherlands and Germany a week earlier. It shows how low and irresponsible he can get. The Dutch government had...

  • Let’s stick to reason

    Unlike Albert Cilia Vincenti, I am not convinced that an enucleated ovum can be termed a third parent as it cannot transmit its genes to the offspring. However, it is refreshing to note that parenthood is recognised at fertilisation. That is why I...

  • Stop sidelining the sidewalk

    Stop sidelining the sidewalk

    In commenting about improving the way students cross the Tal-Qroqq ‘skate park’ roundabout, Jean Karl Soler quite rightly feels that placing 20 speed humps on the Birkirkara bypass is absurd, yet even the pedestrian priority lane in Pietà has...

  • A temptation too strong to resist?

    A credit rating agency has made a remark that indicates, unsurprisingly, that it is very much aware of the extent governments go to retain power. With the general election in Malta only a year away at most, the agency, Standard and Poor’s, points...

  • Judging a book by its cover

    Justice Minister Owen Bonnici’s Talking Point ‘Telling a tree by its fruit’ (March 13) gives rise to legitimate reaction and deep reflection. The Party Financing Act was certainly a positive and significant step towards addressing the...

  • Europe – what future?

    Europe – what future?

    First Brexit, then Trump and now the collapse of the Azure Window. Of course these are only three of many other man-made or naturally caused calamities afflicting us and our world over the span of just a few months. Naturally, there are those who...

  • Fast as a snail

    On March 4, at 12.44, I posted a parcel for the Philippines at St Paul’s Bay post office. It contained gifts for a niece in the Philippines who turns eight on March 20. Do you know where this parcel is now? Believe it or not: Maltapost managed to...

  • Quality of kerosene

    The months of January and February were abnormally cold for me this year. I normally heat my home using two very efficient paraffin heaters. Last year I unknowingly purchased inferior paraffin from a hawker. Eventually this same hawker provided me...

  • In favour of life

    In his column of March 8, Martin Scicluna never once, not once, mentioned that abortion kills an innocent and vulnerable human being. That’s what anti-abortionists are against. They are acting in favour of life, surely a very positive attitude.

  • Happy St Patrick’s

    Irish handcuffs – definition: when a person carries an alcoholic beverage in both hands at the same time.

  • Gozo’s other window

    Gozo’s other window

    Those who are mourning the loss of the Dwejra window might find some joy in visiting Gozo’s other window in Wied il-Mielaħ, of which I send two pictures taken by me.

  • Safeguarding natural beauty

    Now that we know that all that remains of the Azure Window is a heap of shattered rocks, the idea of building a copy or replica of it in fibreglass or any other material is one of those temptations that should be resisted and rejected from the...

  • Iconic landmark

    We are building monster skyscrapers and digging five-storeys down. Is it possible, then, that we could not save an iconic landmark as the Dwejra azure window?

  • Understanding the electorate

    Simon Busuttil does not seem to understand the Maltese electors, probably because he is such a decent man. It strikes me, and obviously this is only a personal opinion, that the majority of Maltese electors do not want a ‘clean’ system. Voting...

  • Solid EU migration, asylum policy

    The refugee crisis in 2015 and early 2016 posed an unprecedented challenge for Europe. A strong, common and coordinated response by the European Union was needed: a comprehensive response aimed at putting an end to uncontrolled migration flows...

  • Teachers’ duty of care

    The editorial ‘Teachers’ Duty of Care’ (March 7) couldn’t have been better. On the other hand, I was very disappointed to read how the spokeswoman from the Education Department expressed herself on the news of the Eritrean seven-year-old boy...

  • Turkey beyond Erdogan

    Turkey beyond Erdogan

    Joseph Muscat is urging the EU to engage more closely with Turkey but, as of this week that position will find even fewer takers than before. To the increasing repression within Turkey, already a source of tension with Europe, the Turkish...

  • Picture-perfect window

    Picture-perfect window

    The Azure Window was lost during a storm that hit Malta and Gozo. Over 50 years ago, I took pictures of the famous landmark to be used to promote Gozo. Most of the photographs were published by travel agents, travel writers, the travel trade and...

  • Shattering of myths

    Shattering of myths

    In recent years, due to the global socio-political climate, the phrase ‘Muslim woman’ might conjure an image of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated...

  • Preparing for the worst

    I completely agree with Jorge Domecq’s Talking Point (March 11) about an EU defence force and the savings that could be made from merging and the consequent rationalising of resources. Of course this would only make sense in the case of those...

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