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  • It’s blooming spring!

    It’s blooming spring!

    Do you know The Burning House game? When you have to say what three things you’d snatch on your way out if your house is on fire? It always makes me anxious even thinking about it. What would I grab? From the vantage point of the sofa, in a...

  • Islanders

    Islanders

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  • An open door to an empty tomb

    The first image that comes to mind on Easter Sunday is that of an open door to an empty tomb. We are in a garden, very close to a small hill which was used as the execution venue for slaves and Jews. On that hill, a carpenter from Nazareth, a man...

  • ZTV - Judge

    ZTV - Judge

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  • The end of ‘America first’?

    The end of ‘America first’?

    The US airstrikes on a Syrian air force base – the first such attack by America against the regime of Bashar al-Assad – represent an extraordinary turnaround from the earlier rhetoric used by Donald Trump about how he would conduct his country’s...

  • The missing public park

    The sign at Tigné Point says: “Stick to the footpath”. It’s a bit difficult to disobey those instructions. If you had to try to wander off the path towards the seaward side you’d merely be clambering over the rosemary bushes on the growing medium...

  • Coalition of convenience

    The news that the president of the Malta Developers Association, Sandro Chetcuti, was asked by both party leaders to contest the general election did not come as a surprise. When Malta Today journalist Raphael Vassallo quipped that Chetcuti...

  • Operation Marsa swamp

    Orwell couldn’t have made it up. Last Wednesday, some bright spark de­cided that Marsa was a major threat to law and order. Squads of police swooped down on the place and rounded up all those who looked like migrants and who were waiting for work...

  • The right to insult

    Originally, Labour intended to reform press and libel laws to help lift the burden of hefty legal fees, libel damages and fines from a financially beleaguered press. This noble cause was openly embraced by the government until somewhere down the...

  • Bishop Eamon Casey, champion of the poor

    The President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, 12 bishops, 100 priests and thousands of mourners recently took part in the funeral Mass at Galway Cathedral for the former bishop of Galway, Ireland, 89-year-old Eamon Casey. However, some cynics could...

  • Corruption: just a perception?

    Recently, Transparency International published a league table of perceived corruption among the nations of the world. Malta’s ranking was 47th, the worst position we have occupied since we joined the EU in 2004, when we were in 24th place. In the...

  • Metro transport

    Metro transport

    Politicians who favour a metro rail system for traffic-congested Malta are on the right track. This is a much needed infrastructural investment. A former civil engineer expat friend of mine insists that digging tunnels for a metro system is now,...

  • Benedict XVI at 90

    Benedict XVI at 90

    Today, Easter Sunday, the Pope Emeritus celebrates his 90th birthday. Throughout his short eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI was often criticised by a hostile establishment which rarely engaged with the profound meaning of his message. His...

  • ODZ figures don’t lie

    ODZ figures don’t lie

    Sandro Chetcuti, the president of the Malta Developers Association (MDA), and Robert Musumeci, consultant to government on planning policies as well as private practice architect with a knack for ODZ permits, are both in denial mode. They both...

  • Brexiteers were greatly misled

    It was a pleasant surprise to read David Hogg’s letter from Bristol (‘Brexit is the UK’s worst decision’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 9). The letter was graphically and appropriately displayed. It was heartening to hear from a Remainer, as so...

  • The Church’s traditional religious practices

    The Church’s traditional religious practices

    In my younger days in the churches of Valletta it was the practice to administer Benediction with the singing of the Tantum Ergo and Pange Lingua in Latin, even after Mass had been said and ended. In many modern parishes this has become...

  • Merkel deserves another term

    Driven by generosity, altruism and social responsibility, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to let in one million refugees in 2015 without much apparent concern for what the average German citizen thought or wanted. This partly explains why she is...

  • A political marriage of convenience

    The long-awaited return of Marlene Farrugia to her first political love has finally arrived when she posted on Facebook “I’m the ‘thug enough to protect, mature enough to step up’ part, Dr Simon Busuttil is the rest”. But perhaps the most...

  • Humanitarian calamity

    There is nothing more desirable than peace, prosperity and happiness. War wreaks destruction and devastation and is the foundation of acrimony and animosity. Justice, dialogue and reconciliation is the antidote for wars and conflicts. The Holy...

  • A good reading of figures

    In whatever way one looks at the figures, it is very difficult not to arrive at the conclusion that Malta is enjoying one of its finest hours in terms of economic advancements. The various reports by international agencies have projected very...

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