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  • No quiet on eastern front

    The events preceding the start of World War II are well known. British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, returned to Downing Street from Munich on the night of September 30, 1938 claiming that he had brought “peace for our time” after signing...

  • Poverty and unborn children

    The Green Paper themed ‘A framework for poverty reduction and for social inclusion’ deals also with children but not with unborn children. It should, for many reasons. International public health experts, writing in the Journal of the Royal...

  • The Face of Christ, the Face of Man

    The Face of Christ, the Face of Man This evening Pope Francis will lead the Way of the Cross at the Coliseum. The following are a few snippets from the text  of some of the stations. The text was written by  Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini...

  • Gozo’s altar of reposition

    Lately TVM showed a short feature about the Altar of Reposition that is put on show every year during Holy Week at the Mdina cathedral. The feature was accompanied by a very interesting historical description provided by Fr Edgar Vella. Malta and...

  • Duties when recycling waste

    Waste recycling has been common practice for most of human history as a means not only of saving precious resources but also of maximising their re-use. Beverage bottles in Britain, Ireland and Sweden, for example, have been recycled since at...

  • PN’s DNA

    Mark Anthony Vassallo insinuated in his letter (April 10) that I misinterpreted the facts when I wrote some weeks ago that it was in the PN’s DNA to block progress. I concluded this not only from recent blatant examples like the Individual...

  • Picnic on the Mdina lawns

    A photo of myself and three generations of my family, peacefully enjoying a picnic on the lawns of the Mdina ditch, was published in On the Dot (March 31) in the context of various reports on reprehensible acts of illegal rubbish dumping and...

  • Forgotten anniversary

    In reference to a reminder by Denis Darmanin (April 11) to commemorate the bicentenary of the Treaty of Paris signed on May 30, 1814 between France and the Coalition after the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain “took sovereignty over Malta”, for the...

  • News update

    Since February, when the news was published that Bart’s, the prestigious London teaching hospital, would be setting up a medical school in Gozo, we have heard nothing more. Obviously, this good news was welcomed with a great deal of interest at...

  • Champion of environment

    Din l-Art Ħelwa and citizens who value the environment and Malta’s natural heritage are indeed grateful to The Sunday Times of Malta for enticing Environment Minister Leo Brincat to declare that he will champion the environment when Mepa is split...

  • Patter of conscience

    In the week in which civil unions were legalised, and gay couples were officially permitted to apply to adopt, there must be several politicians, on both sides of the adoption divide, who can see themselves reflected in the words of Martin Luther...

  • Curing those we wounded

    On Maundy Thursday, Christ instituted two great sacraments: the Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood. Both of them are interrelated and cause each other to come into being. In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis...

  • Whipping Politicians

    Last Monday, Malta became the 22nd European country to recognise same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt. As happy as I am that we’ve finally made it into in the 21st century on the right side of history, I’ve also come to...

  • Exploitation of new graduates

    I read recently in this newspaper about the sick leave abuse. There is another side to the matter – employer abuse. Young graduates are being made to work exceedingly long hours with no extra pay, the excuse being they have a good salary. These...

  • Mġarr road project

    The Mġarr local council refers to the article that appeared on April 10 about the decision taken by the Mepa tribunal on the embellishment of the road leading to the Mġarr cemetery. This project was planned several years ago during the fifth...

  • Citadel cinema still hibernates

    On March 31, 2013, the last film for the public was screened at the Citadel cinema, in Victoria, with the hope, and a written promise, that it would be reopening after the upgrading. The film was Les Miserables (the musical phenomenon). It was a...

  • Service pension case drags on

    In March of last year, it was reported in this newspaper that Malta had been taken to court over service pensions on grounds that the country’s legislation does not conform to European Union social security rules. Was there any progress regarding...

  • The Chinese takeover

    When the Greeks laid siege to Troy they never expected to find such heroic resistance. However, they managed to overthrow the Trojans by means of a stratagem using a wooden horse. The inhabitants just fell for this trick even though an old...

  • Lack of cashiers

    On Thursday, I went to the Mosta Bank of Valletta branch to cash a cheque. It took me about 90 minutes to do this! For most of the time there was only one cashier serving a large number of customers and, unbelievable but very true, for a...

  • Hunters and xenophobia

    Last week, world renowned guitarist and animal rights campaigner Brian May had the temerity to criticise Malta’s primitive attitude to birds and our so-called tradition of bird-hunting and trapping. The hunters’ reaction and, disappointingly, that...

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