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  • Give children better schools - Adrian Delia

    Educating our children has become a feat too big to handle for this government. I write this with a heavy heart as I read report after report and watch news clip after news clip, all pointing to the systematic failure by this administration. My...

  • Strong and stable currency - Aaron Farrugia

    Strong and stable currency - Aaron Farrugia

    This year marks the 20th anniversary since the euro was introduced back in January 1999. This is certainly an important milestone and one that is worth reflecting upon. Although arguments for a common European currency had been floated for quite...

  • On land reclamation - Denis Camilleri

    On land reclamation - Denis Camilleri

    The Maltese archipelago is a small island state of 316 square kilometres with the total population standing at 475,701 people, up by 3.6 per cent when compared to 2017. Of these, 55,000, or 11.15 per cent, are non-Maltese nationals, an increase of...

  • Pietà heritage: a chance to act - Astrid Vella

    Whenever I see London being promoted as a tourist destination, it never fails to strike me how this city that prides itself on its modern buildings does not use images of its gleaming skyscrapers to draw visitors. Evidently, London’s marketing...

  • Don’t worry, love the price - Matthew Farrugia

    Don’t worry, love the price - Matthew Farrugia

      Our relationship status with oil has always been ‘complicated’, ever since we found out we can use it to propel ourselves forward and light our homes. For us Mediterraneans, oil is not just a matter of convenience, it is cultural when we...

  • Owen’s shades of grey - Ranier Fsadni

    Owen’s shades of grey - Ranier Fsadni

    For a long time, we have been told that the international Daphne Project, the European Parliament and the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia are one big unholy alliance. They spin the same story out of the same pack of lies, for the purpose of...

  • The Malta we believe in - Mario de Marco

    Sidney Hook is considered to be one of the top political philosophers of the 20th century. In his youth, he was a Marxist. Later on, he became an ardent critic of communism and any other extreme ideologies that suppressed democracy. He once wrote:...

  • Defaming and defacing - Martin Scicluna

    Defaming and defacing - Martin Scicluna

    The liberty of the press is one of the birth-rights of citizens in every civilised country em­bracing the rule of law. In Malta, the independence of the press is embedded in article 41 of the Constitution as a fundamental right. The appearance in...

  • Hell on valley of hope - Victor Formosa

    A year ago, the contractor arrived on our street, right on Wied tal-Isperanza (Valley of Hope) in Mosta, to start tearing the building adjacent to ours bringing over trucks and high-ups, noisy equipment and a generator whose noise levels exceeded...

  • Why they all march - Klaus Vella Bardon

    The annual Washington DC March for Life came and went with hardly any mention in the media. This year, the event took place on January 18, marking the 46th anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision of January 1973, Roe versus Wade, when...

  • Speaking up for the centre - Roberta Metsola

    Joseph Muscat’s recent rant in somehow trying to instil an imagined threat to pensions, is not only an economic falsity, it is an attempt to once again use projected fear to pull wool over eyes. But it did bring back memories of how I found myself...

  • It’s called ‘youth’ - Fr Charles Cini, SDB

    It’s called ‘youth’ - Fr Charles Cini, SDB

    Much of the selfish aggressiveness of young people today arises out of insecurity. Rapid changes in Maltese society have in many cases produced injustice; this has created a lack of self-confidence, causing humiliation before parents and family.

  • Broken world order - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    Broken world order - Rodolfo Ragonesi

    History is filled with struggles for global domination. Even in the days when it took several months to travel seas and deserts, the intrepid human spirit was ever ready to dominate and exterminate. In today’s world of globalisation, have...

  • Serious tunnel vision flaws - Maria Grazia Cassar

    Serious tunnel vision flaws - Maria Grazia Cassar

    A Gozo-Malta tunnel is on everyone’s lips at the moment, with much speculation on the environmental and social impact it will have. There have also been many suggestions of alternatives and variations on the subject by the public and people in the...

  • Social impact assessments - Michael Briguglio

    Do residents benefit from massive development projects which commercialise public land? Is Malta’s budgetary surplus impacting different social groups in an equitable manner? Is social cohesion given the importance it deserves in Malta’s policy...

  • Weddings then and now - John Guillaumier

    Weddings then and now - John Guillaumier

    In the past, weddings were just weddings. Nowadays, they are a big business, involving wedding fairs, wedding planners and hen parties on chartered cruises. At the Weddings Fair, “dazzling stands” promote and sell “wedding dresses, accessories,...

  • Opium’s not that bad for you - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Opium’s not that bad for you - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I decided to approach the question of falling church attendance by reading an interview with someone from the Malta Humanist Association. It was about “humanist weddings”, which apparently are offered as an alternative to Church ones. In the...

  • The truth will prevail - Simon Busuttil

    The truth will prevail - Simon Busuttil

    Why did Konrad Mizzi drop the libel cases he opened himself to prove his innocence? After all, the allegations of corruption and money laundering in his regard are extremely serious. Let us recall the facts on which the allegations are based. They...

  • A selfie with St Paul’s viper - Kristina Chetcuti

    A selfie with St Paul’s viper - Kristina Chetcuti

    I love babies, and I’m so happy that this year the stork is bringing quite a few in my life whom I can coo and cradle and talk to about the world and they will stare at me with eyes wide in amazement (and when they start crying I can hand them...

  • Another bizarre episode - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Another bizarre episode - Petra Caruana Dingli

    In the latest episode of the Panama Papers fallout, the Prime Minister explained that in this case he had made an exception, in suing Daphne Caruana Galizia for libel. He will not now readily let the case go, even though Daphne has since been...