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  • Secret signing in Malta of final Italian armistice during World War II

    An almost unknown event of World War II was the secret second signing of the Italian armistice document on board HMS Nelson in Malta’s Grand Harbour on September 29, 1943. This event was the culmination of a series of negotiations that had began...

  • Dawn of a new era for Malta

    The Maltese were looking forward to a period of stability under the French. But Napoleon Bonaparte had other ideas. Our forefathers believed too much in the power of signed papers. Clearly, the Maltese were speaking a different language from that...

  • Fans keep Zapatista flame burning 20 years after revolt

    Mexican insurgent group that sparked 1994 battle that claimed at least 140 lives became an early symbol for supporters of the anti-globalisation movement The picturesque colonial town high in the mountains in southern Mexico is filled with relics...

  • Events that shook the Maltese islands in two short years

    Malta’s long and arduous process leading to statehood could only have happened if it no longer formed part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and subsequently, Italy. But one might ask: If Lampedusa forms part of the province of Agrigento in...

  • China marks Mao’s birthday

    Top Chinese leaders bowed three times before a statue of Mao Zedong on the 120th anniversary of his birth yesterday in carefully controlled celebrations China celebrated the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, yesterday, but...

  • Chairman’s great educational point

    In a remote part of China, the day starts at the Democracy Elementary and Middle School with a pre-dawn jog, some revolutionary songs and then an activity long-since forgotten at other schools: reciting quotations from Mao Zedong’s Little Red...

  • US President Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Malta on December 8, 1943

    The third important visit by a wartime leader in Malta in 1943 was by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who arrived in Malta on December 8. His Douglas C 54 aircraft, escorted by 20 Lightning P-38s and Supermarine Spitfires, landed at Luqa...

  • The Malta Mounted Infantry in the Second Anglo-Boer War

    Following my article ‘Pembroke: from war symbol to spacious modern town’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 15), I received feedback from several readers keen on learning about further military exploits connected to Malta and especially with...

  • Maltese temples bear superb testimony to Neolithic culture

    The prehistoric temples of Malta and Gozo have been described as “architecture in its purest and most original form”. They are sometimes called megalithic, meaning “of large stones”. But the temples are much more than that: they are the remains of...

  • Morality and sexuality in Maltese society in the late Middle Ages

    When one analyses today’s permissive society with regard to standards of morality, one might conclude that present-day Malta has plummeted to unprecedented decadence. Scholarly research on Maltese social history during the late Middle Ages has...

  • Shaken, stirred or straight up?

    Many Americans this week have been toasting the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcoholic beverages that turned booze-smuggling thugs into celebrities and otherwise-law-abiding citizens...

  • Mabel at War

    On the 25th anniversary of Mabel Strickland’s death, Victor Aquilina gives a glimpse of her life, focusing on her work as editor of Times of Malta during World War II. It is not without good reason that Mabel Strickland is often regarded first as...

  • Murders in Malta, 1672 – the great scam

    What a great story to stumble across! The adrenalin rose to amber alert. On my part, I believed that all I required was some collateral research to fill in the details and reconstruct some context – like the family name of the noble victims, of...

  • Playmobil employees honoured

    Playmobil Malta recently honoured 48 of its employees with Long Service Awards during a ceremony showing the company's appreciation and recognition. “We are here today to recognise years of dedication and commitment. Seeing so many of you this...

  • Quadruple murder in Malta in 1672

    Twelve persons were put to death in Malta in 1672 following the murder by a 19-year-old girl of her father, her mother and two infants. A pamphlet, printed in Bologna, records in great detail this gory Maltese drama. Though anonymous, the author...

  • Lampedusa’s strong and long-standing relationships with Malta

    Malta and Lampedusa are geographically twin islands in the central Mediterranean, with Lampedusa being some 86 nautical miles to the south-west of Malta. Both islands have in recent days become witnesses to their waters becoming the graveyards of...

  • Go deep

    Sinking to the bottom has never been as pleasurable as in Malta. Or rather, in Gozo, since the sister island has some of the best dive sites in the world. You wouldn’t imagine that such a small island could hold so many underwater treasures – it’s...

  • Close the deal

    Yes, you might have carried out a successful due diligence and brushed up your technical jargon, but at the end of it all, what usually helps you clinch a deal are first impressions – how you look and what you are wearing. Most management manuals...

  • A female touch

    Equality? Thankfully, it has happened – from office to home, the sexes enjoy equal rights and share the same aspirations and expectations. And that is how it should be. There is just one area, though, where the odds are heavily stacked against one...

  • It’s time to go out

    Do you feel like an adventure? Of course you do. You want to recapture the spirit of history book travels, conquer the seven seas, travel to the darkest corners of Africa (without going all Colonel Kurtz) and do a bit of pirateering on the side.

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