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  • 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...

  • Emancipation or financial independence?

    For Equalities Minister Helena Dalli, the government’s ‘roadmap’ for women’s advancement has always been clear: financial independence first. No wonder then the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2016, regarding Malta, does not...

  • Watch: 'Just go ahead, build something illegal,' environmentalist says

    Watch: 'Just go ahead, build something illegal,' environmentalist says

    Alan Deidun has championed the fight against building in outside development zones but he harbours no illusion at what appears to be the relative ease with which permits are being dished out. His answer, when asked for advice on how to build four...

  • Malta’s national heritage at risk

    A symposium on the theme ‘Maltese national heritage at risk’, organised by the History of Art and Fine Arts Students Association with the objective of raising awareness about the lack of cultural appreciation in Malta, highlighted a number of...

  • A window pain for sure

    The Azure Window at Dwejra succumbed to the forces of nature on March 8. It was swallowed by the deep blue abyss. There it joined the cave it once proudly held so high above. There was nothing we could do about it. Not even control people from...

  • Echo chamber politics

    Echo chamber politics

    As an independent commentator on the Maltese scene, I am not in the business of scoring political points or wearing my political views on my sleeve. My task is to provide informed and constructive criticism and commentary, and to cajole and if...

  • First sign of insecurity

    First sign of insecurity

    I have to reply, once more, to an article by Desmond Zammit Marmarà, a Labour Party councillor and an insider of Ċentru Nazzjonali Laburista. This follows another and similar reply to a Zammit Marmarà contribution in which he had stated that...

  • Investment in schools

    Reference is being made to the report ‘Minister fears fall-out over delay for promised schools’ (March 11). The e-mail correspondence mentioned in the report dates back to six months ago. Since that time, the new FTS management has been turning...

  • Church models exhibition

    Last week I visited the exhibition organised by the Għaqda Dilettanti Mudelli ta’ Knejjes, a society of church model enthusiasts which promotes the appreciation of our religious traditions particularly those associated with church models. The...

  • Intrusive trees

    Intrusive trees

    I think the plain but beautiful and well-proportioned façade of St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is badly marred by the presence of the large alien trees that completely obscure the Mannerist style of the exterior of the church, typical of its...

  • A good idea

    Not long ago, the mayor of Balzan (Ian Spiteri), openly suggested, that the money collected from the contraventions issued by wardens, should go to local councils, and these in turn, should be used to repair and properly maintain the terrible...

  • 'ODZ rules stretched like a rubber band’

    'ODZ rules stretched like a rubber band’

    Riddled with loopholes and stretched like a rubber band, planning rules for ODZ development are contributing to more buildings in pristine countryside, environmentalist Alan Deidun warns. In a candid interview with Times Talk, Prof. Deidun speaks...

  • See no evil, probe no evil... nothing

    British prime minister Harold Wilson is supposed to have said in the mid-1960s that a week is a long time in politics because so much can change. The Malta police appear to differ, judging by a brief statement issued in reaction to a front-page...

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