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  • The construction myth

    The mobilisation against the building of a new university at Żonqor Point is fundamentally en­couraging. Apart from the justified plea against further destruction of the countryside, any protest which reminds the Muscat government that not...

  • Sensible ‘extremists’

    Sensible ‘extremists’

    Joseph Muscat’s response to the protest against construction on ODZ reveals the stance his government will be taking. Those who do not accept his ‘compromise’ will be portrayed as extremists or, to use his word, “absolutist”. Those of us unwilling...

  • A prophetic encyclical

    As a Franciscan friar, I rejoice for the prophetic encyclical which bears the title Laudato Si’ mi Signore, “Praise be to you, my Lord”. The title comes from the beautiful canticle composed by St Francis of Assisi who praises God for “our Sister,...

  • IS overshadows al-Qaeda

    It was reported by The Guardian that the mother of Thomas Evans, a 25-year-old British extremist who converted to Islam a few years ago, asked British MPs how her son could be allowed to fly to Egypt just a few months after he had been stopped by...

  • Boissevain’s other Malta

    Boissevain’s other Malta

    During Jeremy Boissevain’s first fieldwork in Malta, some 55 years ago, it was put about in the village that he was a spy for the United Nations. (An American, with a Swedish wife, from a British university, asking questions in Kirkop – what else...

  • Environmental balance

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: “Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen...

  • Brussels needs to get tougher

    Half a million migrants have already crossed the Mediterranean sea this year, with more than a million waiting for boats in Libya. More are pouring through Africa to join the exodus. After months of dithering and inaction, the EU has at last...

  • Towering Sliema

    Architect Ray Demicoli must harbour a bizarre sense of humour when selling his idea of a 40-storey hotel rising from the narrow congested roads of Qui Si Sana (June 25). He posits that a hotel does not generate congestion in the area as there is...

  • Greece tragedy or soap opera?

    No one can keep up with Greece, as its position changes by the day. One minute it’s heading for the euro exit door, and the next it bangs hard with another plea to be let back into the negotiating room. The only predictable factor is that Greece...

  • Language rules must be reliable

    “Whom am I speaking to,” asked the voice at the other end. “Sorry, you’ve got the wrong number: nobody I know says ‘whom’,” replied the man on this end, while he put the phone receiver down. His reason for doing so: all the people he knew said...

  • Use of bus cards by elderly

    Use of bus cards by elderly

    The Tallinja card will, undoubtedly, reduce the risk of abuse. On the other hand, it would have been more appropriate as well as just if people aged over 70 were given at least two years’ exemption to give them enough time to get used to it. It is...

  • Amazing ward staff

    After my first ever unexpected visit to a hospital ward, I was truly both thrilled and amazed by the courtesy, willingness to help and joie de vivre that were openly exhibited by all the staff at the Mater Dei Hospital’s Yellow Orthopaedic Ward 1,...

  • Marsascala residents beware

    I participated in the protest march held in support of the residents of Marsascala. I feel that our country has reached the point of saturation with regard to further building in open rural spaces and more so in urban places. I reside in St...

  • How dare a black man tell us to stand in line?

    How dare a black man tell us to stand in line?

    I could bet my bottom dollar that were it a Maltese burly, foul-mouthed bully who was believed to have caused some commotion at the Valletta bus terminus, the police would have let him off with a friendly shoulder pat and the template ‘ejja nimxu...

  • Gozo crafts face unfair competition

    The craft sector in Gozo is a fragile industry subject to a number of negative factors. The Craft Village at Ta’ Dbiegi, Għarb, has more than its fair share of these issues that make it increasingly difficult for the genuine artisans to...

  • Overseeing party political financing

    When the people’s trust in politicians and in the political parties tends to diminish rather than increase, particularly in the wake of the attacks and counter-attacks on corruption, any attempt at bringing about a change for the better can only...

  • Imported greens go bad fast

    Imported greens go bad fast

    Much of the fruit and vegetables on the market is imported from abroad, which means it is transported in chilled containers. The problem is that while in storage by the importer these are kept at the regulated cold temperature, but once they...

  • No right of choice in abortion

    I really pity young people like Jamie Vella (an executive member of the PN’s youth section) when they utter such silly and unfounded statements (June 24), such as “giving women the right of choice over their own bodies”, or when they make...

  • Tax on pensions

    I agree with Edwin Gauci’s letter (June 27) regarding tax on pensions. The €8,500 threshold for single people and €11,900 for a couple has not changed since 2008. This means many pensioners who receive the maximum pension or an overseas one are...

  • Use a cheque and you will pay more

    Another money-spinner is in the pipeline! I have just had word from Melita that our future bills will have a surcharge if we persist in submitting payment by cheque! I wonder how many subscribers do not possess a computer, or do not wish to use...

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