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  • Unaccountability getting out of control

    Malta may have all the trappings of a democracy but a closer look at how the government is running the country shows a worrying deficit in one of the basic democratic principles: accountability. Equally worrying is that, rather than taking heed of...

  • The commissioner who never was - Tonio Borg

    In March 2017, Parliament enacted a law setting up the office of Commissioner for Standards. The commissioner was to act as a watchdog over our representatives in Parliament, checking their demeanour and financial assets declarations and receiving...

  • Lessons from John McCain - Martin Scicluna

    Lessons from John McCain - Martin Scicluna

    Senator John McCain, the veteran senator from Arizona, Republican Party candidate for the US presidency in 2008 and great supporter of the Atlantic Alliance, died of an aggressive form of brain cancer last week after a year-long battle. In 1967,...

  • A report, warts and all - John Consiglio

    A report, warts and all - John Consiglio

    The 10th Financial Stability Report (2017) recently produced by the Financial Stability Department of the Central Bank of Malta, and endorsed by the national Financial Stability Committee, must surely rank as the best tool for all those who...

  • Size matters

    I write in relation to the article ‘The size of property’ (August 22) by Frank Salt. May I kindly ask the author to provide the criteria upon which he based the ever so condescending conclusion that properties in Malta are much too large for the...

  • How many?

    How many hours of continuous pneumatic hammer noise, starting at 8am, non-stop, and still going at 3pm, before it becomes illegal? How many decibels from this machinery before it causes permanent damage to your eardrum? How many concrete mixers...

  • The Japanese way

    The Japanese way

    I spotted six young Japanese ladies in High Street, Sliema a few days ago, with garbage bags in hand, picking up rubbish on the street, pavements and doorsteps. I thanked them in Japanese – “Arigatogozaimasu” – for their effort, although I saw...

  • The road to shame

    The road skirting Xemxija Bayis inundated with potholes. So is the uphill road to the Capuchins’ church. Shame is not a word strong enough to shake those responsible into action. It is the government’s duty. I mean a succession of them. The bumpy...

  • An uncultured attitude

    Until 2017, Malta had been absent from the Venice Biennale – the most prestigious contemporary art exhibition in the world – for almost two decades. Its return was rightly hailed by the Malta Arts Council as a major achievement in the government’s...

  • Why Independence Day should be Malta's only National Day

    Why Independence Day should be Malta's only National Day

    Many people have written about the need for Malta to have one national day. I myself have been writing in this newspaper for around a decade about this issue. Unfortunately, despite all this, we seem to still be far away from finding a...

  • [No] fiddling as Rome burns - Edward Zammit Lewis

    [No] fiddling as Rome burns - Edward Zammit Lewis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, addressing the Bundestag on the morning of June 28, ominously stated that immigration could make or break the European Union. The backdrop to her speech was her struggle to survive the challenge of her rebellious...

  • The cult of terrorism - Samuel Bezzina

    In July, Japan oversaw the last death sentence of six doomsday terrorists linked to Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth). This follows another earlier capital punishment of seven cultist extremists, including the movement’s murderous spiritual leader,...

  • GreenPak to take legal action - Mario Schembri

    Reference is made to Green MT’s statement titled ‘GreenPak should tell the truth’. GreenPak intends to proceed with legal action against Green MT following a defamatory statement claiming that the recycling cooperative had violated State aid...

  • Career progression

    I refer to the article titled ‘UĦM signs agreement “under protest”’ (September 1). For reasons known, your correspondent focused solely on one source of information without deeming it fit to contact the public administration about the agreement...

  • Affordable rent

    The city of Münster has developed a new model of socially just land use that could also work for Malta ( https://www.stadt-muenster.de/stadtplanung/sozialgerechte-bodennutzung.html ). I believe it would be in the interest of all people with a...

  • Us migrants

    Us migrants

    Having worked and lived across Britain and the Unites States for just over 27 years, I have moved between England and Scotland, from the East Coast to the Midwest, while I was never inclined to regard myself as an emigrant, and less so as a...

  • That M word

    That M word

    I could write about a humanitarian disaster, slavery or human trafficking and get zero response. But, mention the M word and the balloon goes up as noisy and spectacular as fireworks on a festa night. Maltese politics aside, no subject seems as...

  • Four years of growing indifference - Regina Catrambone

    Four years of growing indifference - Regina Catrambone

    In the summer of 2013 my family and I were on holiday, sailing around the Central Mediterranean. All of a sudden, a beige coat surfaced from the sea, bearing witness to desperate migrant crossings. It was evident that people were losing their...

  • Guardian’s tunnel vision

    Unveiled a year ago, the Santa Luċija project, comprising a new underpass and the widening of Vjal Santa Luċija, is meant to complement the major development of the multi-level junction being constructed in Marsa. Three months ago, the...

  • Heed our President not Salvini - Tonio Borg

    A number of NGOs that used to berth their rescue vessels in Malta have appealed to the Maltese government to withdraw the decision banning them from departing from the island’s harbours. In the recent past, they did so, with no harmful...