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  • Teachers deserve far better - Francis Zammit Dimech

    “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacherfor living well” – Alexander the Great. Educators provide society with the necessary skills, prepare us for our careers, and instil in us our moral and democratic values, all of which are so...

  • Picking your battles - Ranier Fsadni

    Picking your battles - Ranier Fsadni

    Last week’s online poll in this newspaper showed the stark disparity between the Labour and Nationalist parties. If a general election were held tomorrow, the poll asked, how would you vote? The vote was consistent from the beginning to eight...

  • Research is key for housing policy - Roderick Galdes

    In an article on this newspaper (January 7), Nationalist MEP hopeful Michael Briguglio posed several questions relating to Malta’s housing policies and vacant properties. I had, more or less, the same queries and concerns when I first entered...

  • US-China tensions - Martin Scicluna

    US-China tensions - Martin Scicluna

    At the dawn of 2019, it is clear that today’s geo-political landscape is dominated by the rivalry between the United States and China. For much of the past two decades the US believed that China would pursue a path from communism to liberal...

  • Fake news, maybe. Who is faking it? - Revel Barker

    Fake news, maybe. Who is faking it? - Revel Barker

    What you are about to read is either a prediction or it is fake. Decide for yourself. In fact, it may be both, because I am predicting what I believe to be fake news. Here is my prediction. The government is going to keep the tunnel running as a...

  • Drugs and youths - Fr Charles Cini SDB

    Drugs and youths - Fr Charles Cini SDB

    I live and work with young people.  It is easy to judge young people, but I always found the best lessons emerge from listening to them with empathy and true commitment, following in the footsteps of Don Bosco. Recently I came across a passage...

  • Parcelling public land - Michael Briguglio

    Parcelling public land - Michael Briguglio

    By now it is no secret that the government’s economic model is heavily dependent on accelerated construction projects. Money is injected in the economy, growth takes place and the government’s political cycle is fuelled. But this comes at a cost.

  • Red + blue = murky brown - Vicki Ann Cremona

    Last week’s judicial and political developments have shocked and saddened many of us. As the report by the Venice Commission on constitutional arrangements and separation of powers in Malta, dated December 15, 2018 states: “Constitutional checks...

  • Slipping into political irrelevance - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Slipping into political irrelevance - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Once the smoke begins to clear, one big reason remains why Adrian Delia should step down as leader of the Nationalist Party. And that is simply because it is highly unlikely that he will ever lead his party to electoral victory. A political party...

  • The mirrors of Dunkirk - Kristina Chetcuti

    The mirrors of Dunkirk - Kristina Chetcuti

    In the mid-1990s, film director Christopher Nolan and his wife sailed across the English Channel, specifically from Dover to Dunkirk, trailing the sea passage of many small boats that helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands stranded on the...

  • Migration: Time for long-term solutions - Regina Catrambone

    On December 22, rescues at sea saved the lives of 49 people, but everybody was busy getting ready for Christmas celebrations. In our rush to buy presents and finalise recipes, the survivors’ ordeal caught little attention. Now the festive season...

  • Francis’ political philosophy in Malta - Fr Joe Borg

    Politics: as an act of charity; as service to the people; as respect for the primacy of justice and law; the defence of those most vulnerable; as a bridge between peoples and builders of peace and as a means to rethink of our common destiny. This...

  • Adrian Delia’s battles - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I am not a member of the PN, nor was I one when Adrian Delia was elected as leader. Had I been, I would probably have voted for Alex Perici Calascione, who seemed to me the most level-headed and likeable of the four candidates. That said, I have...

  • Civil war or obsolescence? - Sandro Spiteri

    A declaration of war can be a classic diversionary tactic that is used to smother internal strife and en­sure the leader’s position of power by rallying the troops around the flag (or the Maduma, as the case may be). When in the 1980s, Argentina’s...

  • Truth, lies and fake news - Ray Azzopardi

    Christiane Amanpour, a renowned journalist with CNN, in an interview on ‘How to seek truth in the era of fake news’, uploaded by TED in 2017, affirms that one cannot solve the great issues facing the world if one cannot distinguish between truth...

  • The Ombudsman’s DB ruling: what now? - Arnold Cassola

    The Ombudsman’s DB ruling: what now? - Arnold Cassola

    Last Wednesday, following my complaint and that of others, the Ombudsman for Environmental and Planning Affairs gave a very clear ruling on the disgusting behaviour of the Planning Authority CEO, Johan Buttigieg, who had authorised the renting of...

  • Cancer prevention… and helping our beleaguered Blue Planet - Steven Bajada

    Cancer prevention… and helping our beleaguered Blue Planet - Steven Bajada

    If scientific knowledge on the causes of cancer could be translated into successful preventative measures, it is estimated that we can reduce the number of cases of cancer in Europe by up to half. The European Code Against Cancer details 12...

  • Dying to be sustainable – burial or cremation? - Anne Zammit

    Dying to be sustainable  – burial or cremation? - Anne Zammit

    It’s an odd season to be thinking about corpses. All the leaves are green as we move out of the dead of winter toward the spring of new life and renewed hope ahead. Yet Malta is firing up for its first crematorium, a development which can only go...

  • Tackling drink and drug-driving - Adrian Galea

    The annual festive season has a tendency of raising the level of awareness about the perils of drink-driving. In his interview on TVM, George Grech (who faces the extent and reality of drug abuse on a daily basis) reminds us that drug-driving is,...

  • Question Time: Banning petrol, diesel

    José Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Transport plays a major role in the improvement of every modern society, as a means for economic development and a prerequisite for achieving social and...