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  • Fertility industry’s ethics

    The world of assisted medical reproductive technologies, although providing a haven for couples suffering from problems of infertility, most often loses sight of its moral compass in its quest to provide the couple with a child at any...

  • Ditch the laws on blasphemy

    According to a write-up in the Times of Malta (August 8), the Church authorities declared that the law prohibiting the vilification of the Catholic religion “must not be axed” - surprise, surprise! Justice Minister Own Bonnici should go ahead and...

  • Summer rain brings relief

    The rain in the past days might have spoilt some summer events, yet it also brought some relief in other quarters. Indeed, public discourse that featured quite prominently referred to the rain’s cleaning of the streets, pavements, beaches and...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Stop the trojan treaty

  • In praise of the palju

    In praise of the palju

    Last week, I wrote about the Cold War at our offices and how women are having to take up knitting again in order to fend off the freezing temperatures at work, courtesy of the air-conditioning systems. It looks like several readers (all of them...

  • The internet and the law

    To a lot of people the internet is a mystery. Somehow, we have managed to create this other world similar to another dimension, as described in movies like Star Trek or the more recent Interstellar. Being in another dimension seems to mean that...

  • Giving diplomacy a chance in Syria

    Giving diplomacy a chance in Syria

    Is it possible that the abysmal situation in Syria – clearly a stain on the world’s conscience – has finally prompted the international community to give diplomacy a chance at ending this dreadful conflict? Over the last few weeks, there have been...

  • Proposed Tower Road development

    I am writing on behelf of my client John Cilia regarding his proposed development at Tower Road, Sliema, on the property of the Carmelite Order, about which there has been much media attention. In particular, of concern are the implications...

  • Improving the unimprovable

    I’m not ashamed to say I was not in Valletta on June 20. The reason is that, much as I admired the tena­city and clarity of expression of the people at the Front Ħarsien ODZ, I thought their position was docile at best. They were right to oppose...

  • Fenech Adami’s Malta

    I read with amazement some of the contents of the article ‘UK government sceptical of Fenech Adami’s Malta’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 16). In the first instance the views and comments in this article are those of deputy high commissioner...

  • The browning of Europe

    It has been a historical fact of consider­able importance that Malta has always felt the need to protect itself from foreign invasion. The massive fortifications left to us by the Knights of Malta, meant to protect our forefathers, have been an...

  • Thank you

    I am very grateful to the Mission Fund in Malta for supporting our mission in Durrës, Albania. The money will go towards the education of underprivileged children as well as medical help for destitute families. I assure the Mission Fund’s...

  • What’s in a book title?

    When former Labour Party treasurer Joe Sammut was arraigned in court last week, the book he was carrying got into the news. It was conjectured that he might want to draw attention to its title, as a sleazy, veiled threat of some sort. Perhaps he...

  • Bible translation in Malta

    While referring to the very interesting article ‘Translating the Holy Bible into Maltese’ by Lino Bugeja (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 9), I feel obliged to add further credit to the Rev. Prof. Peter Paul Saydon, who co-founded the Għaqda...

  • Let’s talk trash Prime Minister

    Sliema and St Julian’s have a trash problem. But then litter and garbage are everywhere on Malta, long ignored and studiously swept (oh the irony!) under the official carpet. Our streets and countryside are a national disgrace. Successive...

  • The Maltese language

    In his article on the current (mis)use of the Maltese language, carried in the special 80th Anniversary Times of Malta magazine on August 9, Laurence Grech, former editor of The Sunday Times of Malta justifiably complains about the frequent...

  • Give us 18,000 square metres

    These last few months have been clouded with a sense of panic environmentally-wise. There’s a sense of carpe diem urgency in having to savour every open spot, every uncrowded roof top, every unspoilt bay, every last undeveloped nook and cranny...

  • Islanders

  • Bonaparte and St John’s Museum

    Bonaparte and St John’s Museum

    Following the clarification by the president of the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation (Times of Malta, August 16), if the revelation is correct, the museum is in for a great renovation. May it further consolidate itself as one of Valletta’s key...

  • Ecclesiastical blood transfusions: Take 3

    When last Sunday I wrote my commentary titled ‘Ecc­lesiastical blood transfusions: Take 2’ I never imagined that during the weekend the ecclesiastical body in Malta would receive a good and healthy blood transfusion. This came in the form of a...

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