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  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Minority (Yeah) Right

  • Obama paves the way for his legacy

    Obama paves the way for his legacy

    US President Barack Obama delivered a defiant State of the Union address on Tuesday, focusing mainly on domestic policy and laying out his strategy to improve the standard of living of America’s middle classes. His domestic agenda included making...

  • Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    Editorial: Principles and misinformation

    It is not unknown for politicians to give up principles to serve their political purposes. But it is never a pleasant sight, as exemplified by the way the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have come together in a rare show of consensus over...

  • In defence of thieves (of a kind)

    I have a new hero. Last Friday, Stephen Camilleri was handed a two-year prison sentence suspended for four years for theft of ticket money at Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna’s Malta at war museum in Vittoriosa. At the time of the theft, Camilleri was...

  • There is nothing wrong with change

    Winston Churchill, once said: “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” In fact, a lot of good can result from changes in the right direction. I trust that this belief is what triggered Opposition leader Simon Busuttil...

  • The tourism tug-of-war

    It is often other people who are tourists. The writer Evelyn Waugh once said: “Every Englishman abroad, until it is proved to the contrary, likes to consider himself a traveller and not a tourist.” That was back in the 1930s but the word ‘tourist’...

  • Sure, go tell it to the birds

    Some might be inclined to regard the interference of our politicians in an apolitical referendum on spring hunting as ill-advised; even unconstitutional. On the other hand, in the current ‘Charlie’ climate it might be equally ill-advised to say...

  • Acting today to save tomorrow

    When I was a university student, it was still reasonably easy to find a parking slot on the ring road without having to get there at sunrise. The cars parked in the vicinity of the lecture halls and the main quadrangle weren’t the dinky smart...

  • The Pope of inclusion on exclusion

    I shudder to think what the reaction of the media would have been had Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI uttered the same words spoken by Pope Francis on the flight to the Philippines. The Pope was speaking with journalists about the Charlie Hebdo...

  • The sounds of our lives

    The sounds of our lives

    Every morning I wake up to the sound of chirping birds, trees hustling in the wind and the cows mooing in the fields. No. I don’t. I wake up every day at 6am sharp to the dreaded sound of the alarm clock, which gets louder and louder with each...

  • A bridge/tunnel too near...

    As a fairly frequent visitor to Gozo I have been following the tunnel/ bridge controversy with some interest. And... it occurs to me – and no doubt to nine-tenths of the rest of the archipeligo’s population – that the politicians and pundits have...

  • Gozo’s operatic legacy

    The recent splendid performance of Nabucco at the Astra Opera House in Victoria shows how Gozo has developed an irresistible passion for music, fully deserving to be called Malta’s cultural city. The Astra Musical Society deserves praise for an...

  • The spring hunting issue: focus, facts and foreigners

    Come April 11, I will line up to vote against the hunting of game birds over the Maltese islands in spring. I hope, however, that the campaign to achieve this objective will be focused and factual. ‘Focused’ because the aim of the referendum is...

  • Blasphemy laws reform

    I refer to the article about the reform of blasphemy laws (‘Plans for reform of 1930s blasphemy laws’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). It is important to differentiate between blasphemy and obscenity. Blasphemy involves an insult to God...

  • The Paris shootings

    I refer to Fr Joe Borg’s article about the aftermath of the Paris shootings (‘Are all lives equally sacred?’, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). I admit the Charlie Hebdo maga­zine is vulgar and intimidating but the point of it all is not...

  • Cultural tourism niches

    There has been much talk about Malta’s upmarket tourism potential. Without entering into the merits of the ‘quality versus quantity’ contention, it is a well-known fact that a number of cultural and religious events take place in the shoulder...

  • Certainly not upmarket at all

    I refer to the article ‘We need quality not numbers – hotel chief’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, December 14), which highlighted the need to attract a better quality of tourist to the island. My immediate reaction to the article was dream on –...

  • Islanders

  • Restoration of fountain in Victoria

    Restoration of fountain in Victoria

    I refer to the item ‘Fountain restored’ (Gozo page, The Sunday Times of Malta, January 18). The Wirt Għawdex NGO is to be commended for the sterling work it is undertaking in the restoration of various historic buildings and monuments in Gozo.

  • Burlò

    Burlò

    Breast or Wings?

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