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  • Precautionary principle

    Precautionary principle

    Lara Dimitrijevic should keep doing the good work she said she and the Women’s Rights Foundation (WRF) are doing regarding women’s equality and against domestic violence. Although we are one of the few nations that still abhor the murder of...

  • French shivers

    Populist far-right leader Marine Le Pen is closer than ever to gain power in France after recent polls showed she is very likely to reach at least a second round of voting this spring in the two-stage electoral process. She promised to hold a...

  • Libya ban

    The directors of Equitrade Ltd, which distributes animal health, veterinary pharmaceuticals and horse requirement products, categorically deny the alle­gations made in the report ‘Libya bans Maltese firms for “smuggling”’ (January 24). Since then,...

  • St Paul in Malta

    St Paul in Malta

    Referring to Fr Hermann Duncan’s feature ‘The Pauline cult on our islands’ (February 9), I would like to add the following. Besides the two parishes mentioned, there is in Attard an old chapel (above) dedicated to the arrival of St Paul in Malta.

  • Peppi Azzopardi says Xarabank is no vehicle for populists

    Peppi Azzopardi says Xarabank is no vehicle for populists

    Presenter Peppi Azzopardi will field questions in tomorrow's edition of Times Talk amid criticism that his programme Xarabank is giving a voice to populist, misinformed views.  Mr Azzopardi underlines the popular programme's achievements and also...

  • Public interest in media law

    Deborah Schembri (‘Private lives and public interest’, February 11) asks: “Should the private life of politicians, and by private here I mean sexual, be made public?” She asks this question in the light of the alleged visit by a government...

  • Fitting tribute

    I was moved by Peter Busuttil’s memorial article on Pino Scicluna. It was written not only with much knowledge of that very fine actor and of his personality but with the love that old friends like Peter and Pino have for each other. I invite...

  • The great American wall

    The great American wall

    When the rock band Scorpions performed its iconic hit song Wind of change live in Berlin in 1990, singing the words “Did you ever think that we could be so close, like brothers?”, the wall had just come down, and Europe was being swept in a tide...

  • Pigs and troughs

    One of my favourite songs is Stop this world, written by jazz pianist and singer Mose Allison in 1966 and recently recorded by Diana Krall. In the opening four lines of the song, the second and third very aptly describe the status of Malta under...

  • So, are you love sick?

    Plato said “love is a mentalillness”. Author Fran Lebowitz described love as a “pleasurable mental illness”. A psychology graduate quipped that “love leads to mental illness because it makes you do stupid things!” Love is epitomised by Valentine’s...

  • Mercy inpractice

    The agreement with Libya on migrants is not much help to them. Libya cannot cope with migrant problems as it has a lot to deal with already. The poor migrants are cleaned of their money by smugglers, caught by the coastguard and then sent to...

  • The special relationship is back

    Days after the shock of Pearl Harbour Winston Churchill journeyed across the Atlantic to meet with President Franklyn D Roosevelt, cementing one of the world’s most synchronous alliances. The same impetus saw Theresa May rush to be the first world...

  • Marsascala inconvenience

    Marsascala inconvenience

    In the beginning of this year, a new pavement started to take shape in the old bypass connecting Żabbar to Marsascala. A pavement in this stretch of road is badly needed. I am not sure whether this is a temporary pavement but most of the residents...

  • It’s all about people

    It’s all about people

    Or shall I say ‘ordinary people’, by which I mean to refer to those who try to live a decent life without asking or expecting privileges, but only what is legally and factually their right in a morally correct, just and honourable way. In an...

  • Red card

    Allow me to refer to a news item titled ‘Commission “morally convinced” Jimmy Magro solicited €25,000’ (February 2, 2017). The following was stated in the item in question: “The Permanent Commission Against Corruption has found a case of attempted...

  • Suggestive overtures of repression

    One need not read between the lines to understand what Deborah Schembri, the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes and a lawyer by profession, was after in her Talking Point titled ‘Private lives and...

  • Acculturation attitudes

    A study by the Faculty for Social Well-being at the University of Malta has exposed a number of interesting pointers to the Maltese attitude to foreign migrants living in their midst and the state of their integration in Malta. The study was based...

  • Buying back our freedom

    Make no mistake about it. Resorting for the first time ever to file precautionary warrants on the bank assets of a journalist, when there isn’t even a judgment about the merits of the case, is an affront to democracy and freedom of expression. The...

  • Muscat’s pyrrhic victory

    Francis Fukayama, a political scientist of global influence is comparing Trump’s presidency to an experiment on whether the United States “is a nation of laws or a nation of men”. This is because US democracy, with all its limitations, has a...

  • Tusk to manage Muscat

    Endangered by a degraded society which abandons the person to the stratagems of money spinning, the mind must defend itself at all costs by upholding its rights and its essential pre-eminence.  A mind that is soiled attempts to hold truth bound.

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