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Unseen cultural heritage

Malta’s strategic position, its closeness to the major civilisations of the central Mediterranean, its...

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Farmers’ lot is not a happy one

Agriculture may be the most taken-for-granted industry on the island. Why shouldn’t it be when Malta has...

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When we play with fire

Two unconnected incidents brought home to anyone observing the Maltese scene the propensity to treat security and...

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Electronic vote counting

The European and local council elections will be held in two months’ time but the electors have yet to be...

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Overflowing civic amenity sites

What is wrong with the civic amenity sites? The country’s bulky refuse disposal centres are turning into...

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Stress test for rule of law

Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi asked Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia in Parliament why the Police...

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In court and not really alone

There he goes again. Former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil was back in court the other day asking, yet...

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The demographic time bomb

In the late 1960s, Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies of the Department of Biology...

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Exporting Maltese culture

Many understandably fret about the future of the Maltese language. However, there are indications that, with the...

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NGO watchdog’s requirements

The mission of the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, which was established 12 years ago,...

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Perils of political cronyism

A vibrant democracy thrives on the division of power between the legislative, the executive, the judiciary and...

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A flawed economic model

Malta’s significant economic growth, improving fiscal dynamics and low unemployment levels are impressive....

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An untrustworthy ‘culture’

As head of the civil service, Mario Cutajar is in duty bound to implement government policy and also defend it....

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Projects first, planning later... if at all

As public anger mounts over the uncontrolled and haphazard building development taking place at frenetic speed...

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Constitution is the people’s

The process of constitutional reform seems to have kicked off without so much as a statement – even out of...

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Those empty pews, a failure?

The signs were all around and the outcome of the Church survey on Sunday Mass attendance came as no surprise....

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The hand that rocks the cradle

The Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, Dunja Mijatović, opted to mark Women’s Day by...

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Adequate protection of children

The Child Protection Bill was first presented in Parliament five years ago by then family minister Marie-Louise...

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Panama Papers scandal far from over

Edward Scicluna may be a good Finance Minister but he is not all that politically savvy. Had he been politically...

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The fishy tuna racket

Malta has been rocked by a scandal that started in Spain following the release of summaries of telephone taps of...