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  • Albatross around Prime Minister’s neck

    The Prime Minister’s performance at the Anti-Corruption Summit in London has been met with incredulity and disbelief. Set against the Panama Papers scandal that has rocked Joseph Muscat’s government to the point of immobility, his words on...

  • The Panama plot thickens

    Revelations made through The Sunday Times of Malta and The Malta Independent on Sunday prove that the Panama Papers scandal is not fading away. Quite the contrary. The plot thickens. We now learn that the Prime Minister’s most trusted minister and...

  • Panamagate: the crunch

    Panamagate: the crunch

    Journalists report, voters decide. That basic axiom has been followed to the letter by much of the Maltese press in the reporting on Panamagate. However, in the wake of the continuing revelations on Konrad Mizzi’s and Keith Schembri’s secret...

  • Reclaim those bastions

    Reclaim those bastions

    The three major cities of Malta, namely Valletta, Mdina and Vittoriosa, and the Cittadella in Gozo, are zones of exceptional historical, artistic and architectural interest. Historians, artists and academics have attempted to capture their unique...

  • Turbulent flight

    On a recent flight, there was a drunk, rowdy group in rows 26 and 27 and we were all in for a dreadful journey. They were noisy while boarding but things got worse once they found their seats and consumed duty-free vodka before we even took...

  • The old buses

    The old buses

    Until a few months ago, several old buses had been on our roads since as far back as the 1950s and these were an attraction in themselves. Today, such buses are government property and there are no future plans for them. Would it not be a good...

  • Prevalence of diabetes

    In commending George Debono for his piece on “the two national scourges” last Saturday and, especially, appreciating his promotion of healthier diets and lifestyle, may I point out that the local prevalence rate for type II diabetes is nowhere...

  • Repeat TV programmes

    Correspondents complaining about repeated TV programmes should see beyond Melita and GO. I am no fan of TV service providers but one has to look at the entire picture. Apart from the pay-on-demand options, the local service providers air - in real...

  • Panama revelations

    In the midst of the current controversy on the Panama Papers revelations, I am tempted to resort to Voltaire’s dictum: “There are pious people among us but where are the wise ones?”

  • Watch: Why kick up a fuss over old house facades?

    Watch: Why kick up a fuss over old house facades?

    TimesTalk on Tuesday discussed how the typical Maltese streetscape in many localities is losing its character as apartment blocks are built instead of old houses. The damage is irreversible in many localities. So why are certain NGOs and experts...

  • Height of political impudence

    As Malta sizzles in what must rank as the hottest controversy ever over reports of corruption, impropriety, sleaze and maladministration, the government chooses this particular moment to come out with the news that no fewer than 241 of the 259...

  • Facing Muslim realities

    Facing Muslim realities

    The Muslim diaspora in the EU consists of roughly 16 million people (out of 508 million). France and Germany lead the way with about five million each. Britain hosts about three million. The Netherlands, Spain and Italy each have about 800,000.

  • Build like there’s no tomorrow

    Sliema has been a construction site for years but the present situation is unprecedented in scale, with construction taking place literally on every corner. The two towers planned for the Tigné area are to be viewed in this context. I have tried...

  • One way to beat traffic

    With the finer weather approaching and the Kappara project set to send traffic congestion to new highs, the Bicycle Advocacy Group have the following advice for those who opt to switch to a bicycle to beat the traffic. Even if your trip is just a...

  • Archbishop’s true father

    Bishops, both Catholic and Anglican, are not immune to sensational stories. The latest is that of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a priest who is blessed with grace, charisma and spirituality. The archbishop is very close to both Pope...

  • Weekend vandalism

    Vandals threw tables and windows from the roof of the old Holiday Inn building in Tigne Street, Sliema, last weekend. It is becoming a regular occurrence. Perhaps this is to be expected when developers just abandon a building unsecured for years...

  • Long-term dangers

    In recent weeks, the Italian Treasury published certain observations that resulted from studies into the possible long-term consequences to the British economy should the referendum be followed by a Brexit from the European Union. The Italian...

  • Olives and oleanders

    Olives and oleanders

    The recent episode of brutal tree ‘pruning’ at the University brought to mind another even more destructive tree slaying, which seems to have been passed over in silence. Many years go, when Juanito Camilleri was head of IT at the University, he...

  • The decline of faith

    In his letter on the Catholic Church, John Azzopardi quoted a book on the alleged “triumph” of faith (April 1). This claim is no longer true in contemporary Europe. The decline of faith can be traced back to the publication of The revolutions of...

  • Animal cruelty

    I read the report on the chained and abused dog (April 29). Over the 21 years I have lived here, I noticed the total lack of concern for animal welfare. Animal Rights Parliamentary Secretary Roderick Galdes should do what he’s paid for and have...

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