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  • France under attack, again

    France under attack, again

    France is once again the victim of an unspeakably cruel terror attack, in which at least 84 people were killed, including children, and at least 50 critically injured, after a truck drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice on...

  • ZTV - Blue Lagoon

    ZTV - Blue Lagoon

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  • Populism and the democratic system

    With an increase in populist movements and the vote for Brexit one wonders whether populism is a threat or a challenge for democracy. If democracy is defined as “government of the people, by the people and for the people” is not populism affirming...

  • British service pensions

    The British service pension drama has dragged on for the past 15 years or so. Now that the government has won the case on a technicality, the drama has come to an abrupt end. The Labour government has forgotten the commitment in writing signed by...

  • Police and drunks

    Police and drunks

    There seems to be an increasing number of reports, mainly of public disturbance, and perhaps mostly in Paceville, where police are called to an incident and the miscreants are arrested... for assaulting the police. It could, of course, be the case...

  • Solutions without God are temporary

    During his homily for the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Kerċem, Gozo Bishop Mario Grech highlighted the Biblical metaphor of being barefoot. Interpreted in the modern sense, being barefoot refers to individuals suffering from ruined...

  • Civil engineering and high-rises

    Recent articles on the various high-rise proposals have led to a lot of speculation among people from all walks of life. It seems like everyone is always discussing these recent proposals by developers. Although most of the proposals are still...

  • Question time: Game changers

    Chris Agius The Iceland national football team qualified for the Euro 2016 finals in France and had a good run, only bowing out to France in the quarter finals. In the process, they beat England and drew against Portugal. It had been a long road...

  • Wise words

    With reference to Charles Pace’s letter ‘A personal appeal to the PM’, it was reported that Joseph Muscat told Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico the real problem of future immigration is not that they keep coming but the fact that they will change...

  • The age of paranoia

    The age of paranoia

    In 2004, the punk-rock band Green Day released the song American Idiot. Written in the aftermath of the Iraq War, the song makes reference to the general political atmosphere of the time – the incessant television coverage, jingoism, the so-called...

  • Animal welfare

    Seeing that, last year, after an inspection requested by the ministry responsible for animal welfare, it was decreed that animals could no longer be kept in the hold of the Virtu Ferries catamaran during the Pozzallo-Malta crossing in the summer...

  • So noisy!

    That Malta tops the list of the noisiest place is no exaggeration. Nevertheless, it is a fact that most, if not all of us, complained at one time or another when noise (unwanted sound) invaded our private space. It is also a fact there are those...

  • No respect

    When I walked into the churchyard during the feast of Fgura, I could not help but notice, black spots everywhere. There were also black spots on the steps as well as all over the landing leading to the doors of the church itself. If you have not...

  • A cleaner Malta

    A cleaner Malta

    I have an appeal to make to young people: change your attitude to keep the country clean. The authorities should do their part too. Numerous jobs can be created to monitor cleaning and to handle the washing of streets every day rather than...

  • For the record

    I totally agree with Charles Camilleri about Freedom Square. I would like to raise a small point, however. He states: “Surely, when asked to leave, the British departed peacefully and with dignity.” The British left because their lease expired on...

  • The correct mentality for success

    Most of this country’s major sports organisations have been in existence for decades with the Malta Olympic Committee officially coming to life in 1928 and the Malta Football Association celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2000. Maltese athletes...

  • National interest, Labour style

    When the Opposition leader extended a hand of cooperation to the government to help handle the unfolding post-Brexit world, he did so aware of dormant and unutilised expertise within his party’s ranks that once helped Malta successfully navigate...

  • The twilight of the gods?

    These repeated bouts of sparring between the two Gozo heavyweights Joseph Caruana and Mgr Joseph Farrugia are ending in stalemate. A striking feature of the ‘debate’ is that both sides – even if in different ways – seem to have a restricted view...

  • Not wounded or defeated

    On February 7, 2012, in ‘Smash Communications Limited vs. Broadcasting Authority et’, decided by the Civil Court, First Hall, the court concluded that the present system established in the Broadcasting Act regulating the imposition of...

  • Noises that cause discomfort

    One of my favourite passages in Shakespeare is Caliban’s speech in The Tempest, a play I directed for MADC in 1984. It starts with the lines: “The isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.” The noises that fill...

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