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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Selling out the nation - Roberta Metsola

    Anyone who has followed the way that Joseph Muscat’s administration has casually sold off Malta’s passports, the healthcare system, energy independence, and international reputation in a fog of redacted contracts, to anonymous offshore entities...

  • Roman Catholic Malta - David Pace O’Shea

    Roman Catholic Malta - David Pace O’Shea

    Approximately 2,000 years ago, the Bible tells us that the people of these islands got to know about Christ. They accepted his Good News and they adopted it as a roadmap to their lives. They believed that there was one God who was the creator of...

  • The journey ahead - Silvio Schembri

    The past 20 years have seen the financial services grow into becoming one of the most important contributors to Malta’s economic growth. It was built through a commitment to excellence and cemented through a strong sense of political...

  • Wanted a lifesaver - Alfred Gauci Tonna

    Wanted, someone who could come up with a solution to save over 800,000 lives a year from around the world. Whoever is gifted enough to have the right idea will really deserve to be among the greatest people on earth. Who knows, maybe one day some...

  • Why young people love Eddie - Frank Psaila

    Some days ago, former prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami turned 84. Social media, Facebook mostly, where the elder statesman does not administer an account, was awash with photos of people, mostly my age and younger, with Eddie. Fenech Adami was an...

  • Politics of population - Ranier Fsadni

    Politics of population - Ranier Fsadni

    Many readers, on seeing this newspaper’s report that Malta’s population has shot up to 460,000, with non-Maltese nationals making up almost 12 per cent, will have paused. It’s right to pause. But we also need to pause on what that pause should...

  • The end of childhood - Joseph Farrugia

    Our politicians would have us believe that giving the freedom to persons of 16 years to vote is an extension of democracy in Malta. In truth, this is nothing but a dishonest charade. One party is seeking to grab the votes of our teenagers under...

  • To be or not to be - Justin Schembri

    Paraphrasing Shakespeare, the Malta College of Science and Technology (Mcast), should itself start asking the question: to be or not to be? The recent troubles between the college’s teaching staff and its administration have reached the headlines...