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  • Newspeak

    The Times of Malta carried a front-page article on March 1 dealing with comments made by the International Monetary Fund about the Malta Financial Services Authority. To me, it was a very polite way of showing how an ‘independent and autonomous’...

  • Gay behaviour

    I read with interest Josianne Cutajar’s article, ‘Do you have the Ex-Factor?’ (March 4). She clearly says that being gay is being gay and that there is no chance of being healed, not even with the intervention of God. She mentions a person who...

  • The hand that rocks the cradle

    The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Dunja Mijatović, opted to mark Women’s Day by pointing out that “a few states still maintain highly-restrictive legal frameworks which prevent or limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion...

  • A celebration of equality... when? - Helena Dalli

    As part of the Women Political Leaders’ International Women’s Day campaign, I was asked to send a short message for publication. I wrote: “Gender balance will be achieved the day when women and men are represented at all levels of society in equal...

  • That tunnel – Go figure... - Revel Barker

    That tunnel – Go figure... - Revel Barker

    A chum of mine, challenging his failure at maths O level, asked the master: “Okay, I got only 15 per cent. But that’s 15 per cent out of how many?” My own grasp of the subject is not that bad, but sometimes I will admit to being confused and...

  • Italian restaurants - Frank Salt

    Italian restaurants - Frank Salt

    Conclusions published from a recent survey state that half those employed in restaurants in Malta and Gozo are foreigners.  I am surprised at that figure. I was under the impression that the percentage was much higher. In most of the restaurants...

  • Disappearing townscapes

    Disappearing townscapes

    Malta International Airport plc are to be congratulated on the hoarding they have erected in the tunnel and around the new building site at the airport, depicting the traditional colourful house fronts and doors to be found in the towns and...

  • The beauty of Gozo

    A lot has been said about the pros and cons of having a tunnel between Malta and Gozo. However, I am not aware a proper and professional study was carried out to determine if the road network in Gozo will cope with the traffic generated and all...

  • Pending claims

    Bank of Valletta refers to the item ‘Bank faces mounting damages over ill-fated fund’ (March 6), which incorrectly asserts that some form of settlement agreement has been reached out of court in relation to claims about the La Vallette Multi...

  • Wave goodbye to dinosaurs

    Wave goodbye to dinosaurs

    One of the most significant events in my lifetime to date has been the Belfast Agreement of 1998 and the underlying process that brought it about. Pride of place in the publicity around it has gone primarily to a group of men – Clinton, Mitchell,...

  • Adequate protection of children

    The Child Protection Bill was first presented in Parliament five years ago by then family minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. As President, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca comes to the end of her presidency. It must be disappointing to her that the...

  • Crimea: five years on - Vladimir Malygin

    On March 18, 2019 Russia will be celebrating a major event – the fifth anniversary of the voluntary reunification of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol with the Russian Federation. As is well known, soon after the 2014...

  • Ought Francis turn vegan? - Ranier Fsadni

    Ought Francis turn vegan? - Ranier Fsadni

    I may have missed it but it seems that Pope Francis has not accepted the Million Dollar Vegan challenge, which is part of a global campaign to get celebrities to go vegan during Lent, earn a million dollars for the charity of their choice, while...

  • Clerical sexual abuse scandals - Fr Aaron Zahra O.P.

    The recent Bishops’ Summit in Rome, which dealt with the clerical sexual abuse crisis, made headlines all over the world and came about as a result of the muckraking of bishops, cardinals and priests who had sexually abused children or who had...

  • Damaging statements

    Nationalist Party exponents seem to delight in harming Malta’s name, not just locally but, more so, in other countries, particularly in EU institutions. They justify this by saying that when they attack the Maltese government they are not...

  • Gozo Ministry architects

    I refer to the item ‘Gozo Ministry giving “major jobs to just one architect”’ (March 5). On October 25, 2017, the Ministry for Gozo issued an expression of interest for the service/s of architect/s. On the same day, this public call appeared on...

  • Unbelieving clerics

    Unbelieving clerics

    The award-winning film The Favourite, set in 18th century England during the reign of Queen Anne (photo), reminded me of several anecdotes in Will Durant’s The Story of Civilisation: “Samuel Clarke (1675-1729), who knew enough mathematics and...

  • Clear view

    Eddy Privitera states he is warned to die because he is old. I would not go that far. Just try and write something not politically paranoid once in a while. Maybe if he took his head out of the sand he would get a clearer picture.

  • Panama Papers scandal far from over

    Edward Scicluna may be a good Finance Minister but he is not all that politically savvy. Had he been politically shrewd enough, he would not have fallen into pitfalls so often. But, perhaps, it is because he is such an upright person that he...

  • Watch: 'They say we help smugglers... but they're the ones financing them'

    Watch: 'They say we help smugglers... but they're the ones financing them'

    Daniel Mainwaring was already familiar with the EU’s migration policy before he ever set foot on an NGO rescue vessel. After volunteering aboard the Sea-Watch, however, it is the human stories which are seared into his consciousness. “Every woman...