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  • The unbearable numbness of politics

    Last week I was in Malta for a quick one-week visit that combined work, family, and some rest. The weather was great and the general rhythm of the place was good. While the locals continue to sustain that well-paced rhythm of Maltese normalcy,...

  • The untenable bitterness of being

    The untenable bitterness of being

    That Konrad Mizzi’s position within the Government, and now within the House, given the way he’s behaved, is untenable is a given. Likewise, his boss, Premier Joseph Muscat, who failed to dump him, and that other specimen, Schembri, at the first...

  • Dwejra Heritage Park guardians

    Malta’s fast diminishing natural landscape received a welcome boost when, earlier this month, an application for the rehabilitation of a quarry and the building of a retirement home in Wied Għomor was rejected by the Planning Authority. It was...

  • Is the Prime Minister listening?

    Our country has been grippedfor over three months by what I believe has been an unnecessary political crisis. When I say unnecessary I do not wish to diminish the gravity of the situation but because I still can’t understand why the Prime Minister...

  • Escalating instability

    Escalating instability

    A miscalculation leading to accidental war between states is becoming even more of a threat than it was during the Cold War. The uneasy stability of the bipolar world between 1945 and 1989 has been replaced by a highly volatile international system.

  • Death penalty increasing

    Death penalty increasing

    In 2012, Latvia became the last EU member State to abolish capital punishment in war time. Would that be of any news value to us? Well, the truth of the matter is that from time to time and usually following some outrageous murder or massacre...

  • Honest politicians

    An honest policy is something everyone would benefit from. This was wisely stated by Simon Busuttil when addressing the last PN general council. Busuttil is offering his commitment to lead this country according to a policy based on honesty and...

  • Abandoned tourist resort

    Abandoned tourist resort

    The Buġibba promenade, right from the upper part near the water polo pitch up to Qawra point, is in total shambles. It seems Transport Malta, the Malta Tourism Authority and the local council do not even bother to ensure that, at least, the urgent...

  • The service pension

    I read with interest the contribution by Roger Davies Barrett (May 3). Like him, I also served with the Royal Air Force for a long time and then retired with a service pension. But, as he says, “we are being robbed all the time by our Maltese...

  • The triumph of faith

    I refer to John Guillaumier’s letter ‘The decline of faith’. His tirade was an extension of Ramon Casha’s promotion and adulation of the Malta Humanist Association – ‘Growing beyond religion’ (April 15) – after a heartfelt description of the...

  • Pitfalls of the untruth game

    When I wrote about ‘the untruth game’, for which the national broadcasting became a champion back in the 1980s, I hoped that the country would eventually not only let the truth prevail but also look upon it as a liberating force. What is happening...

  • When silence is clearly not an option

    When allegations of impropriety are made against the financial services regulator the red bulb should light up. Some allegations may turn out to be unfounded but a country with a thriving financial services sector that forms a crucial part of the...

  • Faith: Is there a clash?

    I write in response to the article titled ‘Faith and Reason’ by Mgr Joseph Farrugia (May 13). It is not my intention to convince anyone to choose to sit on either side of the fence dividing atheism and religious belief. However, I do have to take...

  • Worst creation under heaven

    The spilling of innocent blood of human beings has become common place in the ever changing, civilised and modern contemporary world. In just a few days the world witnessed massacres in Nigeria, Turkey, Belgium and Pakistan. In these barbaric and...

  • Tunnelling the cross

    Tunnelling the cross

    The proposed tunnel crossing under the 10km Gozo Channel seems to have surfaced again. Those in favour of this tunnel are putting forward every thinkable reason to justify such a tunnel. Such justifications include the long waiting queues on both...

  • Anti pro-life culture

    As an organisation promoting love and responsible parenthood in marriage in Malta for over 50 years, Cana would like to comment on the recent programme Insiders with the title ‘To ban or not to ban abortion’, aired on Euronews recently. The...

  • Mirror, mirror

    Andrew Borg Cardona called Malta’s ambassador to the Eurovision Song Contest a “bitch”. It has to be someone like him to politicise everything, even Ira Losco’s superb performance during the contest. For somebody who remained unchanged since he...

  • Big Brother

    Last Wednesday, I called 153 to inquire about the telephone number of the Passport Office. The lady who answered my call was most helpful. After forwarding the requested details, she went out of her way and asked if she could assist me further in...

  • Hunting offences

    Hunting offences

    All is not well on this island in just about every department that a government is responsible for. This morning, for instance, I was again shot awake by illegal hunters in the valley near my home. I have been listening to these since the end of...

  • Naqilgħu tkaxkira, they say

    Naqilgħu tkaxkira, they say

    The warning was clear: “After the next election, it would be the turn of others, like The Times and The Malta Independent to be swept away (jaqilgħu tkaxkira) so nobody would stand in the people's path to progress and prosperity.” The message was...

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