“There are several reasons why these countries decided to hold this joint drill. It’s primary target is Turkey, who has been actively building up its position in the region. The fact is, however, that Turkey has no plans against Egypt, Israel, Greece or Southern Cyprus, while Greece and Southern Cyprus have,” Mugisuddin said. The expert believes that since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president, Egypt, who had previously actively cooperated with Arab countries and the Muslim world as a whole, has been distancing itself and increasingly kowtowing to the US and Israel. © AP Photo / Emre TazegulTurkey Slams Greece for Inclusion of Disputed Islets in EU Environmental Program“When it comes to the situation in Gaza and other regional problems, Egypt acts as one of Israel’s best friends, that are why its participation in the joint drills with Greece, Southern Cyprus and Israel is no … [Read more...] about Greece-Egypt Drill in the Med a ‘Psychological Test for Turkey’ – Analyst
We grasp that Malta is actually part of the Mediterranean when some dispute arises with one of our neighbours. Our economy and society seem to have remained insulated from the geographical context where they exist. And it is as if the digital means of communication... tourism as well... have served to deepen this divide, not level it out. True, football and pop music have helped to bring part of our population closer to Italy, which in the past was a point of reference for the bourgeois strata of the island. However, from a deeper perspective, there does not exist a conscious knowledge of who and how our neighbours really are: we know them little if at all, care minimally about them, and the same applies in our regard from their side. It is a pity that some confrontation has to arise, like with immigration, for us to face up to the reality that indeed, we are part of the Med. During the nineteen seventies, a Labour government made great efforts to promote such a consciousness – … [Read more...] about Part of the Med?
Set the moodMalta was a trip of first experiences. I ate a whole rabbit, rode a Segway and hung off the back of an electric buggy as we made our way across this beautiful Mediterranean country. The island is any Instagrammer’s dream, with its turquoise coloured waters and unique limestone architecture. Movie buffs - and Game of Thrones fans - will also be in their element. As a GOT nerd, getting to walk around Mdina (the original Kings Landing) was incredible. Sadly, the famous Azure Window that featured in the show is gone (the sea arch collapsed in a storm last year), but I made up for it by Segwaying past the impressive St Paul’s Cathedral, where Daenary’s Targaryen married Kahl Drogo. Fictional TV shows aside, this country is steeped in real history - World War II wounds in particular are still visible as some buildings remain damaged from the bombings during the Siege of Malta. It all adds to the country’s character and the history tours on offer … [Read more...] about Magical Malta: Is this the Med’s best holiday island?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Life-saving bill for students draws mixed views Bill 224, which seeks to allow teachers and other school staff to promptly administer medication when asthma attacks, seizures and other emergencies happen, draws mixed views. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Haidee V Eugenio, [email protected] Published 3:37 p.m. ChT May 17, 2018 CLOSE Residents testify Sen. Mary Torres’ Bill 22 which seeks to allow delegation of student health services to school employees other than nurses and other health care practices in cases of emergencies such as asthma attacks and seizures. Looking on is the … [Read more...] about Life-saving bill for students draws mixed views
MUSTAFA Akinci is not doing himself any favours by making a fuss when the Cyprus government announces some energy-related plan. He may be making a sensible point, about such moves undermining prospects of a settlement, but all he achieves is add substance to the Greek Cypriot fear that Turkey wants to take control of the island’s hydrocarbons. Commenting on Tuesday’s announcement by the trilateral alliance of Cyprus, Israel and Greece about the East Med pipeline, which at present is little more than a pipe-dream, Akinci said it was not possible to contribute to peace and stability in the region by excluding Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots from the energy plans. It would be sensible to manage natural resources on common benefit and carrying the gas through Turkey in a cheaper and faster way, he said. It is true that cooperation with Turkey on hydrocarbons would contribute to peace in the region, but it is also true that Turkey is trying to hijack the Cyprus … [Read more...] about Our View: Akinci’s approach to hydrocarbons dispute not doing Turkish Cypriot side any favours