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  • Good progress – more required

    The Labour government is doing well on the economic front. Events coincide to confirm such a statement. The Prime Minister has had a very successful visit to China, a meeting of a giant and a small guy that went ahead as if they were equals. That...

  • There is no point living in the past

    Having just read Graham Wood’s letter ‘Malta changes for the worse’ (July 9), I felt compelled to reply. He visited the islands as a child and viewed Malta through the eyes of a child, not noting the poverty or the poor standard of living of its...

  • Party funding Bill... or is it?

    A draft Bill on party financing has been presented to Parliament. The proposed law incorporates various proposals made by Alternattiva Demokratika but it regulates donations to parties and the expenditure limits of individual candidates, without...

  • Nothing heroic in adoption

    Nothing heroic in adoption

    Maltese people are renowned for their affection and the desire they have to care for and raise their children. For a number of reasons, some people choose to bring up a child who is not biologically theirs with that sort of passion and as though...

  • Commitment to our heritage

    Recent events in the environmental sphere have revealed that vast areas of archaeological and historical sites throughout the length and breadth of the Maltese archipelago are privately owned, continuously at the mercy of wanton vandalism and the...

  • Energy source gone with the wind

    In the run-up to the last general election, the Labour Party had committed itself to adhere to the European Union’s targets on renewable energy but also to reconsider the ‘mix’ of energy sources to achieve them. It now appears clear that in...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

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  • Another Middle East flashpoint

    Another Middle East flashpoint

    Fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip intensified last week with Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israeli cities and Israel carrying out numerous (disproportionate) air strikes on Gaza. With a good number of Arab countries in...

  • The Chinese connection

    Everyone seems to be doing it. Angela Merkel and David Cameron have talked up the benefits of doing business with a prosperous China while US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the annual China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Joseph Muscat...

  • Why I want my hut

    Ta’ Xbiex may seem like an unlikely place of departure for a piece on huts and basic dwellings. Except that walking there the other day I came across an Italian family who had parked their camper van right on the front. Old and shabby, it didn’t...

  • Why not a socio-religious TV?

    I agree with Martin Scicluna’s article ‘The voice of the Church’ (Times of Malta, July 2) about “the concern expressed about the Maltese Church’s difficulties in getting its voice heard”. I agree with Archbishop Paul Cremona and it pains me to see...

  • A debate about the elderly

    The highlight of this government’s programme so far is the quantity of important Bills it has asked the House of Representatives to discuss and approve, mostly Bills with a liberal and social content, but also others which have been too long on...

  • Please let’s stop this horsing around

    You won’t catch me joining the rush to march alongside thousands in protest, waving placards and flags wildly about, even if it’s to make a point about something I strongly believe in. Not because I don’t care enough about people or things. On the...

  • Another day, another land grab

    When we think of Sicily, the first thing that comes to mind is the fantastic food – the fresh fish, juicy vegetables, olive oil and mounds of canolli – rightfully giving the island the title of ‘God’s Kitchen’. After that we think of the...

  • I love you, you pay my rent

    I don’t know how familiar Pope Francis is with the theories about liquid modernity expounded by the Polish sociologist Sygmunt Bauman. But several of the Pope’s homilies, particularly his recent one at the Shrine of Castelpetroso in the diocese of...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Guilty pleasures that are full of cheese. We all have them, right? Except for the hipsters, but those don’t count because most of them are lying, anyway. As a confirmed cheese lover, my guilty pleasures are too numerous to list in their entirety,...

  • Dressing up for village life

    Dressing up for village life

    I did a spot of window shopping in Rabat the other day. Now, over there, there’s none of the high street shops like Debenhams or Mango or Accessorize like we have say, in Paola. Instead, the Rabat-trademarked Fiorita has taken over the...

  • There is no harm in just looking...

    I am so teed off... angry and... no, I am actually incandescent with rage. Why? I’ll tell you: Apparently the interfering busybodies – aka the authorities – are proposing to designate a number of our beaches as bona fide legal nudist beaches. What...

  • Thank you from Pakistan

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund of Mosta for the generous donation of €2,000 which will partly fund a safe drinking water project, which we, the Dominican Sisters of Malta are carrying out in a very depressed community outside the city of...

  • Magnanimous in defeat

    The recent humiliating defeat of one of the top-rated international football teams in the world underlines the beauty of this game with its unpredictability, its high drama and scintillating brilliance. Brazil, the country with the best record ...

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