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  • A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    A letter to my daughter - Kristina Chetcuti

    On October 16 last year at 3pm, we were at home together, in the living room laughing about something we had just seen on television. I don’t even remember what about, but I remember the sound of laughter. And then I remember a few seconds later,...

  • The degrading of Malta’s name - John Vassallo

    Today all newspapers and TV stations worldwide name Malta in the same breath as Slovakia, Bulgaria and now Saudi Arabia because of the terrible fate suffered by journalists. We are now placed in the same boat as two former Soviet Bloc countries...

  • Fat cat insults the nation - Claire Bonello

    So it turns out that the concession for the national aquarium was another case of public land given away at a low price to private interests. A report issued by the National Audit Office concluded that the concession did not take into account the...

  • The other side of what, exactly? - Michela Spiteri

    I have written several articles on the subject of underage/under the influence/reckless driving, and my views on the subject must now be well-known. Every columnist has a hobby horse – a sore point or two – and this is definitely one of mine. But...

  • Taking Daniel Holmes seriously - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Daniel Holmes was released from prison two weeks ago. The Welshman was 28 when he was arrested in Gozo in 2006 for growing cannabis plants. In 2011, he was fined €23,000 and served a 10-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Over the years, his case has...

  • Shocking revelations - Arnold Cassola

    The two articles in La Repubblica and the ensuing fracas in Parliament last week have taught me and the Maltese something more about the hidden dirty works ofour country. First, we learned that the price of blasphemy depends a lot on who it is and...

  • The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The state of journalism - Manuel Delia

    The killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia brought about change in many people’s lives. Hers was ended. And dramatic, brutal killings are normally expected to bring about change beyond the shattering pain they cause to those closest to the...

  • Crime against the country - Victor Paul Borg

    One year after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the event that ruptured Malta’s innocence, the convoluted aftermath has led to a dangerous state of dichotomy. It’s a dichotomy between the two Maltas – those who see everything bad,...

  • Where is teachers’ professional status going? - Sandro Spiteri

    Where is teachers’ professional status going? - Sandro Spiteri

    The rise in the status of teachers in Malta throughout the 20th century mirrors the steady improvement of education provision and investment therein by successive governments. From being considered akin to janitors in 1907, which prompted the...

  • No more learners of a lesser god - James Calleja

    No more learners of a lesser god - James Calleja

    The prevailing culture in many European and non-European countries is that vocational education is a second option – most parents would want their children to go to university. This trend has been provoked and promoted by a clear separation...

  • Walking together

    We all walk together, for some reason or other. Families enjoy walking together on a bright Sunday afternoon. Youths organise cross-country hikes to share time with each other. NGOs make their aims known through solidarity walks and marathons. We...

  • Thank you from Honduras

    I would like to thank the Mission Fund and its benefactors for its gene­rous donation of €2,500, which will go to the poor and for Mass intentions. Also, I wish to thank the public for supporting the Mission Fund and encourage them to keep helping...

  • Islanders - October 14, 2018

    Islanders - October 14, 2018

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  • Release Asia Bibi

    May the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, manage to dissuade the hard-line Muslim Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party from causing trouble should Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, be released. Ms Bibi, a...

  • ZTV - Adrian

    ZTV - Adrian

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  • Malta Protestant College

    The Sunday Times of Malta of March 11 of this newspaper published my article on the ‘Belvedere’ built at St Julian’s in 1827-8 by John Watson, later converted into the Malta Protestant College. Two of the illustrations accompanying the article...

  • To chain or not to chain

    An Animal Welfare Malta advert appeared in The Sunday Times of Malta of October 7. The advert states that it is now illegal to chain one’s dog, as well as to tether, fasten or restrain, to a permanent object as a method of primary...

  • Spot the gender

    It’s all about gender today. This might help to understand it better.  Gender equality: men have a right to eat; women have a right to eat. Gender diversity: men eat first and feed their loved ones afterwards; women feed their loved ones first and...

  • Gozo’s roads

    A couple of weeks ago the Transport Minister proudly announc­ed that 160 roads in Malta are being rebuilt according to modern exigencies, out of European Union funds. Why is it that Gozo has again been left in the lurch? Why is Gozo so arrogantly...

  • Nothing is sacred any more

    The Superintendent of Cultural Heritage says that San Ġwann has the richest surviving collection of archaeological sites, comprising Punic, Roman, Saracen and medieval re­mains. So I wouldn’t at all be surprised if there are archaeological...