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  • Manners maketh Malta - Kristina Chetcuti

    Manners maketh Malta - Kristina Chetcuti

    If an alien happened to be passing by the Local Council quarters in South Street, Valletta on Tuesday evening and heard a loud cacophony, scrambling of chairs and insults thrown about with every breathing gap, he would have immediately thought...

  • Destructive strategy

    If I decide to do something that I know my opponents will oppose – and they do – then I say they are “being negative”. What a wonderful destructive strategy! Moreover, the surest way to frustrate your opponents is to leave all awkward questions...

  • When the proverbial hit the fan - Arnold Cassola

    The ‘jablo’ statues that stole the scene from all other V18 activities, at least for the past two weeks, have certainly contributed to a lively national discussion. I must say that I quite like the idea of putting a face to proverbs and other...

  • February notebook - Claire Bonello

    Hats off to the Żabbar local council and the Żejtun local council for opposing further attempts to gobble up green space. The Żabbar council is resisting the attempt to colonise yet another ODZ spot by fast food giant Macdonalds, whereas the...

  • Bin (not) there, dump that - Michela Spiteri

    Sir Arturo Mercieca, Sir Luigi Camilleri, Nathalie Poutiatin Tabone, Ġuże Ellul Mercer, Manwel Dimech, St John the Baptist, St Hyacinth, St James, St Joseph, St Dominic, St Trophomous, Frères, Rudolph, Falzon, Helen, Gafar, Church, Depiro,...

  • The Daphne memorial - Mark Anthony Falzon

    On September 8 two years ago, Norman Lowell and three of his sidekicks stood in front of the Great Siege monument in Valletta to commemorate, as they put it, “the sacrifice of our forefathers”. An Imperium Europa wreath was laid and a speech read...

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  • ZTV - Pavlvs

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  • Misunderstanding the Constitution - 6: Is this the way to defend Malta in the Strasbourg court? - Giovanni Bonello

    Misunderstanding the Constitution  -  6: Is this the way to defend Malta in the Strasbourg court? - Giovanni Bonello

    Let me make it clear from the very outset: this is not a criticism of the government’s lawyers. They take instructions from their principals, so fingers point not at them, but at their client, the government of Malta. And there are far too many...

  • Too cruel anywhere - Manuel Delia

    Too cruel anywhere - Manuel Delia

    The tone is most definitely souring. It was never sweet to begin with. Daphne Caruana Galizia died four months ago. And while the stunning blast of the explosion was still ringing in everyone’s ears, the Prime Minister moved in to set the scene.

  • A sustainable world: Balance is the key - David Marinelli

    A sustainable world: Balance is the key - David Marinelli

    Continuous economic growth is the goal which every country aspires to. It is the promise of every political party worldwide at every election and yet it is a myth. The drive towards growth has not delivered any form of sustainability for any...

  • Twelve new football pitches for Bulebel - Alan Deidun

    Twelve new football pitches for Bulebel - Alan Deidun

    The Prime Minister is reported to have resorted to a treadmill as an analogy when referring to the economic windfall our country is experiencing and the insatiable demand for land resources that this brings with it. He postulated that “if you stop...

  • Far too many direct orders

    When lack of good governance has become so pervasive, instances of impropriety or slippages, even when these involve taxpayer money, are not made much of. Governing standards have now sunk to such a low level that almost every impropriety or...

  • Education for the 21st century - Anne Tabone

    One Chinese proverb goes: “Do not confine children to your own learning for they were born in a different time.” With changes in society and technological developments happening so fast, it is difficult to ascertain what subject content is...

  • Question time: Missing the mark

    Alex Muscat, Labour MP I don’t need to defend the American University of Malta. Results at project completion will speak for themselves, and the private institution will show that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. More important now is to...

  • The Holy See and China - André DeBattista

    The Holy See and China - André DeBattista

    The credibility that the diplomatic corps of the Holy See has built over centuries can be jeopardised by a possible mishandling of relations with China. One of the most eminent contemporary political scientists, Joseph Nye, makes a distinction...

  • Miracles on the unborn

    According to a recent report in the international press, a miracle is being studied by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Catholic Church, which, if recognised, will pave the way for Pope Paul VI to be declared a saint. The miracle...

  • Society of good men

    I read the article ‘UK Freemasons go on charm offensive’ (February 8). I am a Freemason in the US and have been for 36 years, plus I am Roman Catholic. I describe the Masons as a “friendship society”. It is not a “secret-society”. We openly...

  • Christian heritage

    Christian heritage

    We celebrated the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck on February 10. It is a yearly feast that marks one of the landmarks that characterise us as a people. How befitting it is, for us, Maltese, that, during this year when Valletta is the European City...

  • The most beautiful expression

    When Italian comedian Roberto Benigni appeared on Rai TV five years ago to speak about what many would consider a boring, legal topic he attracted an audience of almost 13 million. La piu bella del mondo (the most beautiful in the world) was the...