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  • No private matter - Michael Falzon

    “Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies,” the European Institute for Gender Equality said. It is violence inflicted on an...

  • Gozo needs a ministry - Lino DeBono

    Gozo needs a ministry - Lino DeBono

    I view the government and the Opposition as the parents of our society. When the parents are positive and able, they take care of the family and lead it to a positive and better future. That’s the way I view political leaders, politicians and even...

  • Chip off the old block - Raymond Mangion

    Chip off the old block - Raymond Mangion

    The Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta is holding its seventh foundation day commemoration today. It will be conferring its award for Academic Excellence on John Mamo, who lectured at the department of commercial law for many years. Mamo...

  • We marched, now what? - Josianne Cutajar

    As the year draws to a close, these final weeks are the perfect period to reflect on the events and actions that left a mark on us these past 12 months. Undoubtedly, one of the events that remains imprinted in my mind is the march against...

  • Feeling the growth in GDP - Michael Briguglio

    You probably know that Malta’s gross domestic product went up by 7.5 per cent in real terms during the third quarter of 2018. You might have read this in the newspapers or heard it on the news. If you are part of the growing group which gets its...

  • The kappillan of Malta - Albert Buttigieg

    The kappillan of Malta - Albert Buttigieg

    This is the title of a historical novel. Penned by Nicholas Monsarrat, the novel recounts the parish work of Father Salvatore, a humble Maltese kappillan – parish priest – in his assiduous endeavours to hearten and inspire his parishioners in the...

  • Ejja, let’s sit down for a (soft) drink - Kristina Chetcuti

    Ejja, let’s sit down for a (soft) drink - Kristina Chetcuti

    The stepson’s graduation the other day was a fond, nostalgic throwback to my graduation day 21 years ago. Ouch, seeing it typed out like that, I realise that that’s exactly half my lifetime ago, which erm, makes my days of youth look terribly afar.

  • Human rights from a woman’s perspective - Renee Laiviera

    Rarely is the negation of human rights purposefully or knowingly propagated. It is rather in the implementation of legislation and policies that such negation comes about. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the...

  • The tile and cake Nazis - Claire Bonello

    The Planning Authority has scored a bit of an own goal with its latest educational campaign. It started off with a collage of tiles and the tagline telling us that tiles were pretty, but they were only appropriate in the bathroom and should not be...

  • Ruling the rule of law - Michela Spiteri

    Fact. I’ve been writing this column for just over 11 years. That’s nearly 300 articles. Some, I suppose, have ‘made waves’, others perhaps have sunk under them; but the one or two with real impact are the ones that matter most. Nothing is more...

  • Cosmopolitanism, à la carte - Mark Anthony Falzon

    “It wasn’t in our manifesto.” This, according to the Prime Minister, is an adequate response to the question of voting rights for non-EU resident foreigners. As reported, the matter was raised at a Cabinet meeting by Minister Helena Dalli, who...

  • The 2nd Republic Constitution: what’s it for? - Robert Musumeci

    What is a constitution? In simple terms, a constitution is an original form of a social pact, that identifies itself with the society that creates and shapes it. In other words, it is a contract which binds citizens and the State. Although the...

  • Manoel Island development: the real, ugly implications - Arnold Cassola

    Manoel Island development: the real, ugly implications - Arnold Cassola

    On December 20, the Planning Authority will be deciding on the plans for Manoel Island. Another piece of our limited public land is going to disappear. First of all, Midi are planning one year and seven months of excavation on Manoel Island. This...

  • Migration: the impact on society - Martin Cauchi Inglott

    Malta is experiencing sudden population growth. The impact of this was delibe­rated during a roundtable organised by Partit Demokratiku together with European Liberal Forum in Valletta on December 1. I am personally against sacrificing our...

  • Anti-corruption day - Manuel Delia

    Anti-corruption day - Manuel Delia

    Today is anti-corruption day. Yes, really. I know that every day should be anti-corruption day. But December 9 has been designated anti-corruption day by the UN, which creates special observances to promote international awareness and action on...

  • Quiet room with a view that comes at a price - Alan Deidun

    Quiet room with a view  that comes at a price - Alan Deidun

    A pall of cynicism and resignation seems to have settled on the populace at large when it comes to making their voice heard about environmental matters, what with the incessant construction mill and the relentless encroachment upon our open...

  • Another misconception about planners - Anthony Ellul

    The Malta Chamber of Planners refers to the report ‘Planners should use standard building for future construction, urban development seminar told’ (November 22). It cannot but note that once again there is a misconception about planners. It is not...

  • Question Time: Money for the parties

    Aleander Balzan, Director of Communications – Labour Party Some months ago, the Constitutional Court gave a judgement in which it expressed its reservations on the fact the Electoral Commission had both an investigative role and the authority to...

  • Facts not fakes - Sammy Ketz

    Facts not fakes - Sammy Ketz

    On September 12 the European Parliament voted massively in favour of a proposed directive that gives the press and news agencies hope that they will at last be paid by the giants of the internet. For years the internet giants have picked up...

  • A flawed process - Mario de Marco

    A flawed process - Mario de Marco

    On July 30, 2015, the Opposition members of the Public Accounts Committee and the Shadow Minister for Energy wrote to the Auditor General and requested that he investigates matters relating to the Electrogas power station. We asked the auditor to...