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  • Cremation in Malta

    Cremation in Malta

    I have just read the story ‘Gravediggers told to deny reports on work conditions’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 10). Could someone explain to me and maybe other readers why the deceased are not cremated in such a small country? We cremate...

  • What is your beach ritual?

    What is your beach ritual?

    I live for summer. I spend the whole of winter glaring at the miserable grey skies and wishing the heaving clouds away. In November when I put my flip-flops away, I’d already be counting the days to June. For the three summer months, every minute...

  • Use of the Parliament building

    Permitting other activities in our Parliament other than those related to national political debates by MPs, the passing of laws, the House Business Committee or other parliamentary committees turns this important institution into an ordinary...

  • Turkey’s path to authoritarianism

    Turkey’s path to authoritarianism

    The rule of law, freedom of expression and democratic practices have been under attack over the past few years in Turkey but the conduct of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim after last week’s failed coup attempt...

  • The controversial Lija flats

    The highly controversial permit for flats in a two-floor residential and villa area in Lija has met with universal disapproval except from those who stand to make a profit by it. The residents and neighbours are rightly incensed and are collecting...

  • Argonauts of Pokémon

    I once had a conversation with a student who had enrolled in the anthropology course at university, but had dropped out to study marketing a few misspent weeks later. She couldn’t see the point of spending at least three years of her life reading...

  • Historic constitutional change

    Last week we wrote history together in what was the greatest constitutional reform in 30 years. The government was elected on the pledge of strengthening the Commission for the Administration of Justice and reforming the appointment, systems of...

  • Island of petrol stations

    While the Catholic Maltese and the Knights of St John buried their dead inside the churches of Valletta, a small cemetery for Muslims existed outside the city walls. When Floriana was built, in the late 17th century, the cemetery was relocated to...

  • Festival of vomit and urine

    I’d like to live in a country where the right to a good night’s sleep is sacred; where the powers-that-be understand that property owners and residents have a first claim on their streets and a right to peace and quiet; where complaints about...

  • Islanders

    Islanders

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  • What matters is clicks, not facts

    Should President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thank his lucky stars, the gods or technology for quashing the coup against him last weekend? Many news outlets sang the praises of communications technology. According to a BBC report last Monday, for...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Teething troubles

  • The failure of multiculturalism

    In the current turmoil when millions find themselves threatened and displaced to an extent not seen since the aftermath of World War II, one keeps wondering whether we have lost control completely and we keep asking ourselves: how did we get into...

  • ZTV - Reason

    ZTV - Reason

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  • Flying by the seat of our ‘patched’ pants…

    As an Air Malta captain of many years standing, I have become increasingly irritated, annoyed and frustrated by the current spate of ill-informed criticism we are being made to endure. It seems that some members of our society think that our...

  • The right to life... and death?

    One cannot really blame MPs for their “palpable discomfort”, as our online report put it, when they listened to a certain Joe Magro make his plea for the legalisation of euthanasia a few days ago. Mr Magro suffers from ALS, a progressive disease...

  • What employers are looking for

    The creation of employment is the holy grail of most economies. Entrepreneurs’ objective is generally to exploit business opportunities to make money and, in the process, generate jobs. In the modern economy, employers look for a set of skills...

  • England post-Wembley 1966

    I have just read Mike Wagstaff’s diatribe (‘Blame it all on the EU’, July 19). His half-page article was riddled with mistakes. Why did I mention I was a submariner? Well, in the 1970s I had to travel to the Clyde Submarine Base from Derby by ...

  • Problematic law enforcement

    As a local councillor, I know that one of the things that really irritates residents is lack of law enforcement. As a citizen, I am also amazed that certain situations persist in our country. While everyone acknowledges that civic discipline is...

  • Mellieħa Streets of Valletta

    In his letter ‘For history’s sake’ (June 22), Fr Mark Cauchi OSA wrote that, according to P. P. Castagna, Old Mint Street, in Valletta was centuries ago known as St Michael Street. Castagna gave no date and I very much doubt that what he ...

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